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With a "cheeky chappy" persona to match Robbie Williams and vocals reminiscent of original Pop Idol Will Young, former call-center worker Olly Murs was one of the success stories of the 2009 season of The X Factor, finishing runner-up to Joe McElderry in the hotly contested final. Born in Essex in 1984, Murs showed little interest in singing while at school, focusing his attention on football, where he played for the school team and later semi-professionally for local non-league team Witham Town. In 2007, he appeared on Deal or No Deal, where he won a lowly £10, but it was his performance of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" on the sixth series of The X Factor that enabled him to show off his talents. Mentored by Simon Cowell in the live stages, he wowed judges with renditions of songs by the Beatles, Queen, and George Michael and soon became the favorite to win the show. However, despite a duet with musical hero Robbie Williams in the final, Murs finished a respectable second. In 2010, he signed a six-figure record deal with Epic/Syco Music and embarked on the sold-out X Factor arena tour. After being personally invited by Williams to play at the televised charity football event Soccer Aid, Murs released his first single, the Jason Mraz-inspired "Please Don't Let Me Go," in August. His debut album, featuring songs written by Eg White, Scouting for Girls' Roy Stride, and Wayne Hector, was released in 2010. The record produced three U.K. Top 20 singles, with "Thinking of Me" and "Heart on My Sleeve" racking up chart positions alongside the debut number one "Please Don't Let Me Go." Murs took a short break from his musical career in late 2011 to present the eighth season of The Xtra Factor -- a spinoff behind-the-scenes look at The X Factor -- returning to the program that shot him to fame. His experience with the dynamics involved in the show and his upbeat character made him a firm favorite with the audience -- as well as flirty co-presenter Caroline Flack. During the recording of each show, Murs was working on songs for his second album with writers Steve Robson (Lily Allen, James Morrison) and Claude Kelly (Kelly Clarkson, Backstreet Boys). The first single from his second record, "Heart Skips a Beat," featuring U.K. hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks, was released in summer 2011 and swiftly became a hit. The full release, In Case You Didn't Know, followed in November and secured his first U.K. number one album. The following year, Murs opened for sprightly boy band One Direction on their North American tour and re-released the "Heart Skips a Beat" single, replacing Rizzle Kicks with Philadelphia rap duo Chiddy Bang, to coincide with the shows. Also in 2012, Murs released his third studio album, Right Place Right Time, which included the single "Troublemaker," featuring rapper Flo Rida. Summer 2013 brought a number of prestigious live shows, including a support slot on Robbie Williams' Take the Crown stadium tour, which also involved duetting with the former Take That star during the headline set. By the end of the year, Murs had also collaborated in the studio with Williams, who showed up on his Swings Both Ways album on the track "I Wan'na Be Like You." In November, 2014 Murs issued Never Been Better, his fourth studio album, which included the single "Wrapped Up" on which the frontman of Gym Class Heroes, Travie McCoy, guested. In support of the album, Murs embarked on a European tour in mid-2015, with sold-out dates throughout the U.K. and Ireland. In April it was announced that Murs would return with his former Xtra Factor co-presenter Caroline Flack to take over the hosting of the main X-Factor show after the departure of Dermot O'Leary. Toward the end of the year, Never Been Better was given a special-edition release, adding an extra seven tracks to the original album -- including the U.K. Top Ten single "Kiss Me" -- and a bonus live DVD, recorded on his European tour. ~ Jon O'Brien & Scott Kerr
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Albums by
Olly Murs

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    You Don't Know Love (Cheat Codes Remixes)

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    You Don't Know Love (Acoustic)

    14 songs

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    Never Been Better (Deluxe)

    11 songs

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    Never Been Better

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    Right Place Right Time

    14 songs

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    Right Place Right Time (Deluxe)

    4 songs

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    Up

    1 song

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    Stevie Knows (7th Heaven Remix)

    1 song

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    Stevie Knows

    1 song

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    Kiss Me (Aevion Tropical Mix)

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    Kiss Me (Acoustic Mix)

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    Kiss Me (The Alias Club Mix)

    1 song

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    Kiss Me

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    Beautiful to Me (Remixes)

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    Seasons (Remixes)

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    Beautiful to Me

    1 song

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    Wrapped Up

    20 songs

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    Never Been Better (Special Edition)

    17 songs

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    Never Been Better (Deluxe)

    22 songs

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    Right Place Right Time (Special Edition)

    18 songs

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    Right Place Right Time [Deluxe Edition]

    13 songs

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    In Case You Didn't Know

    12 songs

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    Wrapped Up (Alternative Versions)

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Top Songs by
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  2.   Troublemaker
  3.   Wrapped Up by Travie McCoy
  4.   Up
  5.   Dear Darlin'
  6.   Dance With Me Tonight
  7.   Heart Skips a Beat
  8.   Kiss Me
  9.   Please Don't Let Me Go
  10.   Beautiful to Me
  11.   Never Been Better
  12.   Tomorrow
  13.   You Don't Know Love
  14.   Stevie Knows
  15.   I Need You Now
  16.   Hold On
  17.   Intro
  18.   Sliding Doors
  19.   This Song Is About You
  20.   I'm OK
  21.   Behind the Scenes
  22.   Busy
  23.   Wrapped Up/Treasure
  24.   Love Shouldn't Be This Hard
  25.   Let Me In
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