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Olly Murs – Right Place, Right Time

OLLY MURS Right Place Right Time

Everyone’s favourite X-Factor runner up Olly Murs is back with a new album. The cheeky Essex boy has found time in between his presenting gig on the Xtra Factor to get back into the studio. He’s recorded his third studio album in three years, and it seems his regular TV appearances have done his pop career no harm at all…

Right Place Right Time Album CoverRight Place Right Time was released on 26th November and has shot straight to the top of the charts with sales of 127,000. This comes hot on the heels of “Troublemaker”, the debut single from the album, which reached number one in the UK charts on its release earlier in November. And Murs’ latest hit has stayed at number one for a second week, making Olly only the fourth artist to top the singles and album chart at the same time in 2012.

The title of the album is Olly’s summing up of his career so far: “I’ve worked hard in everything I’ve done, doing what’s felt right, and everything has fit into place.” It all seemed so improbable back in 2009, emerging from the oft derided ‘overs’ category of X-Factor to finish in 2nd place to Joe McElderry. But Murs has gone from strength to strength, seeing his second album hit number one and his supporting stadium tour sell out. While McElderry seems to have already faded from view, Murs has become one of the UK’s biggest pop stars.

flo rida olly mursSo it only follows that after two platinum selling UK albums, Murs has shifted his attention to the United States. And he’s enlisted the help of a big name US rapper to help turn heads. Flo Rida guests on “Troublemaker”. Mr Rida’s contribution is the rather baffling line “Typical middle name is Prada/ Fit you like a glove girl/ I’m sick of the drama”, but no doubt the mere mention of his name in association with the track will give Murs a helping hand at cracking America. And good luck to him.

After his soulful self titled debut album and the ska-pop follow up In Case You Didn’t Know, Murs stated that he wanted to go in a different direction again with the new album. On Right Place Right Time he’s chosen to develop a more funk led sound in the vein of Jamiroquai or Maroon 5 (Just listen to the bassline on “Hey You Beautiful”). In reality this new direction makes an incremental difference to the familiar Murs style of carefree, bright, by-the-numbers pop, rather than a complete overhaul. But he will no doubt continue to appeal to teenage girls and their mums alike.

Watch out for “Army of Two. It’s a solid gold hit in waiting along the lines of Will Young or more recent Take That hits. It has a lighter-in-the-air chorus that’s ready made for his no doubt massive stadium tour that will follow next year. And in addition to doing his own shows in 2013, Olly will be touring as the support act on Robbie Williams’ Take The Crown tour. The two performed together on X-Factor when Murs was a contestant and Olly has said he’s hopefull of collaborating on a track with Robbie in the future.

The album is available in the standard, 12 track edition, and a deluxe edition which features special edition artwork, a 20-page booklet and a CD containing four bonus tracks and live material. It’s released on the 4th December in the US.

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