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Olly Murs

With a cheeky young chap 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. Murs' fifth album, 24 Hrs, arrived in late 2016 and featured the singles "You Don't Know Love" and "Grow Up." 24 Hrs became his fourth consecutive effort to top the British album chart. ~ Jon O'Brien & Scott Kerr
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Olly Murs

  1.   Song
  2.   Troublemaker
  3.   Wrapped Up by Travie McCoy
  4.   Up
  5.   Dear Darlin'
  6.   Dance With Me Tonight
  7.   Grow Up
  8.   Please Don't Let Me Go
  9.   Heart Skips a Beat
  10.   Back Around
  11.   Kiss Me
  12.   Beautiful to Me
  13.   Never Been Better
  14.   Love Shine Down
  15.   Stevie Knows
  16.   You Don't Know Love
  17.   Tomorrow
  18.   That Girl
  19.   Thinking of Me
  20.   One of These Days
  21.   Cry Your Heart On
  22.   I've Tried Everything
  23.   Anywhere Else
  24.   Change Is Gonna Come
  25.   Better Without You
  26.   Private
  27.   Unpredictable
  28.   Last Christmas
  29.   What a Buzz
  30.   Oh My Goodness
  31.   On My Cloud
  32.   Just Smile
  33.   Accidental
  34.   Flaws
  35.   Better Than Me
  36.   Read My Mind
  37.   Love You More
  38.   Years & Years
  39.   Love Shouldn't Be This Hard
  40.   Sacrifice
  41.   If I Stay
  42.   Up by Ella Eyre
  43.   Let Me In
  44.   Nothing Without You
  45.   Hope You Got What You Came For
  46.   Ready for Love
  47.   Stick With Me
  48.   Why Do I Love You
  49.   Seasons
  50.   Did You Miss Me?
  51.   I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
  52.   Perfect Night (To Say Goodbye)
  53.   Sliding Doors
  54.   Runaway
  55.   Personal
  56.   Head to Toe
  57.   Hey You Beautiful
  58.   Hand on Heart
  59.   Right Place Right Time
  60.   Loud & Clear
  61.   Army of Two
  62.   I'm OK
  63.   I Need You Now
  64.   I Don't Love You Too
  65.   A Million More Years
  66.   Deeper
  67.   We Still Love
  68.   Us Against the World
  69.   History
  70.   That's Alright with Me
  71.   Stop Tryna Change Me
  72.   This Song Is About You
  73.   In Case You Didn't Know
  74.   I Blame Hollywood