This Week In... 1997
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This Week In... 1997

August 29, 2017

Check out what was #1 on the ARIA Charts 20 years ago!

ALBUM

Oasis - Be Here Now

The third studio album from Britpop kings Oasis was greeted with much fanfare when it was released on 21 August 1997, so much so that the album cover includes a calendar with the date on it (the date differs depending on the release date in individual territories). The band’s previous release – the mega-selling (What's The Story) Morning Glory? – spent five straight weeks at #1 on the ARIA Charts in early 1996.

Debuting at #1, Be Here Now spent four weeks in the top ten and ten weeks in the top 50. The album was accredited Platinum and was #57 on the 1997 ARIA End Of Year Albums Chart.

Be Here Now includes the singles ‘D'You Know What I Mean?’ (#16 Jul. ’97), ‘Stand By Me’ (#48 Sept. ’97) and ‘All Around The World’ (#69 Jan. ’98). The band’s world tour in support of the album included their first ever visit to Australia in early 1998.

After Be Here Now’s release, Oasis released four more studio albums: Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants (#6 Mar. ’00), Heathen Chemistry (#4 Jul. ’02), Don’t Believe The Truth (#5 Jun. ’05) and Dig Out Your Soul (#5 Oct. ’08).

Following their split in 2009, they separated into two groups; Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Beady Eye. Lead singer Liam Gallagher is set to release his debut solo album, As You Were, on 6 October.

Single

Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Feat. 112 - I'll Be Missing You

American rapper/producer Sean Combs (also known as Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy, etc) took his first and only #1 to date on the ARIA Singles Chart when ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ spent five straight weeks in the top spot during August 1997. It was Puff Daddy’s second single to chart locally, after ‘Can't Nobody Hold Me Down’ (#27 Jul. ’97). Both tracks – as well as the follow-up single ‘Been Around The World’ (#48 Jan. ’98) – appeared on the album No Way Out (#17 Aug. ’97).

The single debuted at #44 at the start of July 1997 and hit #1 for the first time in its fourth week in the top 50. ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ spent a total of 13 weeks in the top ten and 20 weeks in the top 50. It was #4 on the 1997 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart and accredited 2x Platinum.

The single was released as a tribute to Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, who died in March 1997 during the infamous East Coast-West Coast hip hop war. It also features contributions from Wallace’s widow, Faith Evans and the R&B group 112, as well as a sample of The Police’s hit ‘Every Breathe You Take’.

‘I’ll Be Missing You’ topped the chart in many territories including New Zealand, the UK and US. It won a Grammy Award in 1998 for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group. Puff Daddy and The Notorious B.I.G. charted later in 1997 with ‘Mo Money Mo Problems’ (#10 Nov. ’97).