Oliver Stanley “Olly” Murs (born 14 May 1984) is an English singer-songwriter and television presenter. He rose to fame after finishing as the runner-up in the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009. He is currently signed to Epic Records in the United Kingdom, Columbia Records in the United States, and Syco Music.
In 2010, Murs released his debut single “Please Don’t Let Me Go”, which debuted at number one on the UK Singles Charts and received a Gold certification by the BPI. It was Murs’ first number one single after “You Are Not Alone” with the other series 6 finalists. His second single from debut album “Thinking of Me” charted at number four on the UK Singles Charts and received a Silver certification by the BPI. “Heart Skips a Beat” was his second number-one single. Murs’ first single from his next album In Case You Didn’t Know, “Dance with Me Tonight”, became his third to reach number one.
In November 2010, Murs released his self-titled debut album, which entered the UK Albums Chart at number two, with the biggest week one album sales for a debut album in 2010, with over 108,000 albums sold. The album went on to sell over 600,000 copies, and was certified double platinum by the BPI. In November 2011, Murs’ released his second album, In Case You Didn’t Know, entered the charts at number one and resulted in two number-one singles. As of December 2014 Murs has sold over 10 million records worldwide.
In May 2011, it was announced that Murs would return to The X Factor to co-present spin-off show The Xtra Factor with Caroline Flack. His autobiography, Happy Days, was published in October 2012. In November 2012, Murs released his third album Right Place Right Time, and so far has released four singles from it; the first, “Troublemaker”, was his fourth number one.
On 16 November 2014, Murs released his latest single, “Wrapped Up” featuring Gym Class Heroes’ Travie McCoy, which peaked at number 3. This was to be the first song to be released from his new album Never Been Better which entered the charts at number 1 on 24 November 2014, followed by a second single, “Up” featuring singer Demi Lovato. Murs also announced that he would tour the UK in spring 2015. On the 15th of June, Murs released his fourth single Beautiful to Me in which the music video included a Game of Thrones actress.
On 16 April 2015, it was announced that Murs would be reunited with Flack to replace Dermot O’Leary as co-presenters of The X Factor from series 12. Murs hinted this at a concert in Dublin and also announced that he would be making a fifth album.