Right Place Right Time is the third studio album by English recording artist Olly Murs. It was first released on 23 November 2012, by Epic Records. The album received mostly mixed and positive reviews from critics, most of whom called it catchy but predictable and said that the songs were nothing memorable. The album was also criticised for sounding similar to Murs's previous album, In Case You Didn't Know (2011).
Right Place Right Time debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 127,000 units. The album has been certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. The album reached the top-five in Austria, Ireland and Scotland while achieved top-twenty positions in Australia, Canada and in the United States becoming his successful album to date.
The album spawned five singles. The lead single from the album, "Troublemaker", which features vocals from American rapper Flo Rida, debuted and spent two weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming his most successful single to date. "Army of Two", was released as the album's second single achieving moderate success. "Dear Darlin'", became Murs' first UK top 10 hit (aside from his number ones) since "Thinking of Me" in 2010, peaking at number 5. "Dance with Me Tonight" will be solicited to contemporary hit radio in the United States on 20 August. It will serve as the second single in the US. The title track was released on 23 August as album's fifth single. A special edition version which featured a DVD of the tour was released on 25 November 2013. Murs re-released the album under the title, Right Place Right Time: Special Edition on the 24 November, preceded by the release of new single "Hand on Heart".
The album was released in a variety of different formats. The two most prominent ones were the standard, 12 track edition of the album and the deluxe edition of the album, containing a red font for the logo rather than the standard edition's black on the artwork, a second disc of four bonus tracks and live recordings of "Troublemaker" and "Army of Two", and a 20-page booklet. On both the iTunes editions of the album, the pre-order only exclusive track "Just for Tonight" was featured, whilst the deluxe edition also carried live performance videos of 'Troublemaker' and 'Army of Two' along with a two part, track by track video documentary with Murs on the making of the album. Amazon.co.uk offered two free downloads of the Wideboys club mix of "Troublemaker" and the Thomas Gandey (aka 'Cagedbaby') remix of Right Place Right Time for a limited time. Play.com sold signed copies of the standard edition of the album, and Sainsbury's sold the standard edition with an exclusive slipcase, both for a limited time. Murs' official webstore also sold a limited 'super deluxe' boxset version, containing the two disc deluxe edition of the album, a large fold out poster, and a personalised lyric book (featuring exclusive pictures and hand written thoughts from Murs about the songs) housed in a collectible presentation box with the 'OM' trilby hat logo that appears on much of his official merchandise. The standard 12 track edition was also available to buy as a personalised album on the website MixPixie, with the option to incorporate a customised message and photo onto the artwork.
The album will serve as Murs' first North American release, being released in the country through Sony Music Entertainment on 16 April 2013. His first North American release was originally due to be an alternative edition of his second album, In Case You Didn't Know in September 2012, but the release was cancelled, and replaced with Right Place Right Time. The American edition will be a mixture of seven tracks from the album, along with "Heart Skips a Beat" (featuring Chiddy Bang in place of Rizzle Kicks), "Dance with Me Tonight" and "Oh My Goodness" from In Case You Didn't Know. It was initially due for release in the U.S. on 4 December 2012, but it was pushed back first to 9 April, and then one week later, to its final release date of 16 April.
In September 2013 Murs confirmed on his Twitter account that he would release a special edition of Right Place Right Time in 25 November 2013. On 7 October the artwork for the album was released with extra tracks and it was also revealed to contain a DVD of the tour.
As with his previous two albums, Murs stated that he wanted to evolve his sound again, this time taking on a more funk-led influence from artists such as Jamiroquai and Maroon 5: "I hate saying the music is more ‘mature’, because I haven’t changed. But I feel my songwriting is stronger and I knew where I wanted to go as an artist with this album. I’ve tried to make some of the songs anthemic, and I hope it will open me up to a wider audience. I don’t want to do the same style on every album. I’d always said I want to do a Motown album, but after a couple of songs I’ll go ‘Let’s change it up’." Of the album's title, he added: "Right Place Right Time as a title sums up my career to this point. I’ve worked hard in everything I’ve done, doing what’s felt right, and everything has fit into place. It’s the sentiment for this album – a body of work of great pop songs. And I’ve gone in a different place again this time."
On 17 September 2012, Murs announced via Twitter that the lead single from the album would be "Troublemaker", which features vocals from American rapper Flo Rida. It was released by Epic Records on 18 November 2012 and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart the following week, beating Girls Aloud's comeback single "Something New", which charted at number two. It remained atop the charts on 2 December, before slipping to number three on 9 December, behind Bruno Mars's "Locked Out of Heaven" (#2) and Gabrielle Aplin's cover of "The Power of Love" (#1). It then fell to number five in its fourth week. Troublemaker is Murs highest peaking single on the billboard hot 100, currently peaking at number 30. It has also been certified gold by RIAA, for shipments of over 500,000 copies.
During an interview with the Daily Mail on 28 November, Murs hinted that the second single would be "Army of Two". He said: "'Army of Two' is being tipped to be a single from my new album Right Place Right Time. Production-wise, the song is insane, and the message behind it - it's about my fans, that we are together - is nice. It's a bit cheesy to write a song about you and your fans but you could interpret it as a relationship, marching to the future together. But it was written as me speaking to them saying to grow with me and we can keep going." On 14 January Murs officially confirmed on Twitter that Army of Two will be the second single and also revealed its artwork and uploaded a lyric video and it will be released on 10 March 2013.
On 18 April 2013 a press release revealed that "Dear Darlin'" will be released as the third single on 7 June 2013.
On 19 July 2013 Murs revealed on Twitter that the fourth single to be released from the album would be the title track "Right Place Right Time" and also revealed the single's artwork.
On 7 October 2013 it was revealed that "Hand on Heart" would be the next single, making this the fifth single from the album (excluding the US release "Dance with Me Tonight"). The song was released on 24 November 2013 a day before the release of the special edition of the album.
Two days after performing "Troublemaker" for the first time on UK television at the live results show of The X Factor, Murs launched the album at his record company offices in London on 21 November 2012, with a special listening party for the album, featuring specially invited competition winners that was broadcast on his Ustream account, and hosted by Capital FM breakfast show DJ, Dave Berry. He answered questions from fans submitted to him on Twitter, and questions from the invited fans, previewed some of the songs off the album and performed "Troublemaker" and "What a Buzz" acoustically. As well as promoting "Troublemaker" with appearances on This Morning, Daybreak, Sunday Brunch, Match of the Day Kickabout and Surprise, Surprise, he also performed an acoustic version of "Dear Darlin" on the 25 November edition of The Xtra Factor. He also performed it again acoustically on This Morning on 14 December, as well as being interviewed on Alan Carr: Chatty Man that evening. A special documentary about his live show for Little Noise Sessions titled Olly Murs: A Day in the Life, where he performed some of the album tracks live for the first time, was shown on 4Music on 15 December.
Murs will support the album with his second live arena tour of the UK and Ireland for 28 dates from February–April 2013, starting at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on 26 February. He will then play his first live European dates in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Denmark in April 2013, as well as supporting Robbie Williams on all 22 dates of his Take the Crown Stadium Tour of the UK and Europe in summer 2013. Murs played some shows for the United States in January 2013 and is doing more shows in April and May to promote the U.S. version of Right Place Right Time release in April. Australian dates were announced on Sunday 7 April 2013.
Right Place Right Time received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 61, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 4 reviews. John Aizlewood of BBC Music said: "With everything going his way, this is probably exactly how he thought being a pop star would turn out. Only the truly flint-hearted could not wish him well." It received a 3/5 stars review from Digital Spy's Lewis Corner, who said: "It may not be a big departure from his previous efforts, but when you're on to a good thing, why change the pace?" Danielle Goldstein from Time Out magazine gave Right Place Right Time 3/5 stars: "This isn’t groundbreaking stuff, but it’s heartfelt and fun and by no means a shameful addition to your record collection." Hermione Hoby of The Guardian gave Right Place Right Time a 3/5 rating: "Murs is one of this country's biggest pop stars, with two platinum-selling albums under his belt since doing X Factor time in 2009. This third album makes his success a mite more palatable - there's less of the pop-ska pabulum and more Will Young-style balladeering, mixed in with up-tempo, perky numbers, such as "What a Buzz" – an enthusiastic account of a date, which sounds like a parody of his own hapless-chappy every-bloke persona. The lyric "got ketchup on my trousers and my cheeks are going red" is enough to prompt corresponding blushes of embarrassment in the listener."
In a slightly negative review, Andy Gill from The Independent gave the album two stars, saying "Olly Murs claims to want to grow musically with each album, but any perceived development here beyond last year's In Case You Didn't Know is minutely incremental rather than an ambitious overhaul of his approach." At the USA Today, Elysa Gardner found that "The mostly upbeat, mostly formulaic songs on this X Factor alum's American debut reveal a fluid, serviceable voice but little personality. A few bouncy tracks will grab you right away, but they don't hold on for long."
In the United Kingdom, Right Place Right Time debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, with sales of 127,000 copies sold in its first week giving Murs' second number-one album in the UK in two years. In the same week, the album's lead single "Troublemaker" remained atop the UK Singles Chart for a second consecutive week. Consequently, Murs became the fourth artist after Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and One Direction to achieve a chart double. It also gave him the fastest selling album of 2012 by a male solo artist in the UK charts, until Bruno Mars's Unorthodox Jukebox sold 136,000 copies two weeks later, knocking him off the top spot. By the end of the year, the album had sold 570,000 copies in the UK alone, becoming the seventh biggest selling album of 2012 in the UK. In February 2013, the album was certified 2× Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for shipments of over 600,000. With 623,000 copies sold in 2013, it was also the fifth best-selling album in the UK. As of January 2014, the album has sold 1.19 million copies in the United Kingdom.
In Australia, the album debuted at number 87 due to the success of "Troublemaker". Following his performance at the 2013 Logie Awards, the album jumped from number 72 to a new peak of 27. The US version of the album debuted and peaked at #19 on the Billboard 200 Albums in April 2013.
Right Place Right Time (Special Edition) is an upcoming reissue of English singer-songwriter Olly Murs third studio album Right Place Right Time (2012). It will release on 25 November 2013, through Epic Records and Syco Records. Right Place Right Time (Special Edition) features seven new tracks and a DVD, Olly Murs: Live At The O2 Arena.