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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 as runner-up to Joe McElderry in the hotly contested finale. Born in Essex in 1984, Murs showed little interest in singing while at school, focusing his attention on football, which 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. Despite a duet with musical hero Robbie Williams in the finale, however, 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-length 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 dueting 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 Wanna Be Like You." In November 2014, Murs issued Never Been Better, his fourth studio album, which included the single "Wrapped Up" with the frontman of Gym Class Heroes, Travie McCoy as a guest. 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-presener 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. The next year, Murs issued an acoustic version of "Unpredictable" with singer Louisa Johnson. ~ Jon O'Brien & Scott Kerr
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Olly Murs

  1.   Song
  2.   Troublemaker
  3.   Wrapped Up
  4.   Dear Darlin'
  5.   Dance with Me Tonight
  6.   Grow Up
  7.   Please Don't Let Me Go
  8.   Heart Skips a Beat
  9.   Back Around
  10.   Before You Go
  11.   Kiss Me
  12.   Tomorrow
  13.   Never Been Better
  14.   Love Shine Down
  15.   Beautiful to Me
  16.   You Don't Know Love
  17.   Flaws
  18.   Stevie Knows
  19.   Years & Years
  20.   I'm OK
  21.   That Girl
  22.   Up
  23.   Don't Say Goodbye
  24.   Love You More
  25.   Nothing Without You
  26.   Hope You Got What You Came For
  27.   Stick with Me
  28.   Why Do I Love You
  29.   Did You Miss Me?
  30.   Hey You Beautiful
  31.   Hand on Heart
  32.   Right Place Right Time
  33.   Army of Two
  34.   In Case You Didn't Know
  35.   On My Cloud
  36.   Last Christmas
  37.   A Million More Years
  38.   Read My Mind
  39.   Change Is Gonna Come
  40.   Private
  41.   Unpredictable
  42.   Love Shouldn't Be This Hard
  43.   If I Stay
  44.   We Still Love
  45.   Us Against the World
  46.   Let Me In
  47.   Can't Say No
  48.   Seasons
  49.   That's Alright with Me
  50.   Stop Tryna Change Me
  51.   The One
  52.   Perfect Night (To Say Goodbye)
  53.   Sliding Doors
  54.   One of These Days
  55.   Cry Your Heart Out
  56.   What a Buzz
  57.   Personal
  58.   Head to Toe
  59.   Loud & Clear
  60.   Baby Blue Eyes
  61.   This Song Is About You
  62.   Tell the World
  63.   Oh My Goodness
  64.   Anywhere Else
  65.   Thinking of Me
  66.   I Blame Hollywood
  67.   Heart on My Sleeve
  68.   Ask Me To Stay
  69.   How Much for Your Love
  70.   Better Without You
  71.   Better Than Me
  72.   24 Hrs
  73.   Deeper
  74.   History
  75.   Ready for Love
  76.   I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
  77.   Just Smile
  78.   I've Tried Everything
  79.   I Need You Now
  80.   I Don't Love You Too
  81.   Hold On
  82.   Busy
  83.   Accidental