Dear Darlin'

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"Dear Darlin'"
Single by Olly Murs
from the album Right Place Right Time (solo version)/Right Place Right Time - Special Edition (duet, and solo versions)
Released 26 May 2013 (2013-05-26)
Format Digital download
Genre Pop, breakbeat
Length 3:25
Label Epic
Writer(s) Olly Murs, Ed Drewett, Jim Eliot
Producer(s) Ed Drewett, Jim Eliot
Olly Murs singles chronology
"Army of Two"
"Dear Darlin'"
"Right Place Right Time'"

"Dear Darlin'" is a song by English recording artist Olly Murs, from his third studio album, Right Place Right Time (2012). The song was released as the third single from the album on 26 May 2013. It was co-written by Murs, Ed Drewett and Jim Eliot. Drewett and Eliot also co-produced the song.

The song reached number five on the UK Singles Chart. On 2 September 2013, Murs released a new version of the song for its release in France which featured French vocals from singer Alizée, and was later included on the Special Edition of the album.


On 18 April 2013, Murs revealed via Twitter that "Dear Darlin'" would be the third single released from Right Place Right Time.[1][2]

"Dear Darlin'" was co-written by Murs, Ed Drewett and Jim Eliot. Of the track, Murs said: "Writing with Ed and him being my friend helped, as we sat there for hours before writing, going over old relationships and recalling their scenarios. It's about writing to someone to tell them how I feel about losing someone. It's not the kind of song you'd expect me and Ed to write, as we're bubbly characters, but we were able to open up to each other."[3]

Murs has said that the song was inspired by Eminem's song "Stan".

Critical reception[edit]

"Dear Darlin'" was one of the three songs that was previewed prior to the album's release. Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review commenting, "it's reassuringly familiar without feeling dated." He ended his review writing, "There are Christmassy chimes to be heard throughout, so we wouldn't be surprised if this is the next pre-Christmas single."[4]

Chart performance[edit]

The song reached number 196 on the UK Singles Chart, with downloads from the album only. After the premiere of the song's video, further album-only downloads helped the song to reach a peak of number 18, before it then climbed the following week to number 9, then to #6, and then finally to its current peak of #5, becoming Murs' ninth UK top 20 hit overall and his first single (aside from his number ones) from an album to reach the top 10 since "Thinking of Me" in 2010.

The song has so far reached a peak of #8 in the Irish Charts, #4 on the Australian Charts and #29 on the New Zealand Charts. The song peaked number one in Austria, marking his first number one there and it also peaked number two in Germany.

Music video[edit]

On 18 April, Murs tweeted that the music video would be shot the following week in Los Angeles.[1] It was shown on Murs' Vevo channel on 13 May. It shows Murs thinking about when he and his girlfriend (played by model Jessica Cook) moved into their new home and later after a falling out the girl moves out. It then shows Murs and the girl walking around the town with the girl been given a coffee saying 'I ♥ You' in it, then walking by a busker playing the guitar with a cardboard sign saying 'I Miss You' next to him. She is later seen walking by a wall saying "These Arms Are Yours To Hold" and is last seen writing 'Dear Olly, I Miss You Too' in a notebook before ripping the page out and scrunching it up whilst Murs is seen on top of a tower.

Live performances[edit]

Olly Murs and Alizée singing the French version of Dear Darlin’ - Le Trianon, Paris, 2013.

Murs' first live performances of the song were during promotion of the Right Place Right Time album at the end of 2012, when he performed it acoustically for the ninth series of The Xtra Factor and This Morning. It was subsequently performed on his UK and Ireland arena tour for the album in March 2013. In May 2013, he was briefly interviewed and performed the song on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, and as part of his set on the final day of BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Derry. The song was also performed at the 2013 Royal Variety Performance.

Track listing[edit]

Digital EP[5]
No. Title Length
1. "Dear Darlin'" (Single Mix) 3:26
2. "Don't You Worry Child" (BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge) 3:39
3. "Dear Darlin'" (Live from The O2 - video) 3:38
France single[6]
No. Title Length
1. "Dear Darlin'" (featuring Alizée) 3:27


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[7] 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 1
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[9] 63
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[10] 39
France (SNEP)[11] 127
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 2
Iceland (Tónlist)[13] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 8
Lebanon (The Official Lebanese Top 20)[15] 2
Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard)[16] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 29
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[18] 10
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[19] 4
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[20] 28
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 38
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
Germany (Media Control AG)[24] 20
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[25] 20


  1. ^ a b Murs, Olly (18 April 2013). "NEW UK single is.. (Drum roll) a little tune myself, @Eddrewett & Jim Eliot wrote 'Dear Darlin' fav song from album!! Doing Vid next wk.". Twitter. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Corner, Lewis (18 April 2013). "Olly Murs confirms new single 'Dear Darlin' - listen". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Corner, Lewis (18 April 2013). "Olly Murs confirms new single 'Dear Darlin' release details". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Copsey, Robert (8 October 2012). "Olly Murs's new album 'Right Place Right Time': First listen". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Dear Darlin' [+video]: Olly Murs: MP3 Downloads. 2013-05-20. Accessed 2013-05-21.
  6. ^ Dear Darlin': Olly Murs: Téléchargement MP3. 2013-09-02. Accessed 2013-09-03.
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  9. ^ " – Olly Murs – Dear Darlin'" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
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  12. ^ " – Olly Murs – Dear Darlin'". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  13. ^ "Netlistinn viku 27, 2013" (in Icelandic). Tónlist. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Chart Track: Week 25, 2013". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  15. ^ "The Official Lebanese Top 20". Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Luxembourg Digital Songs". Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
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  18. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2013-06-22". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  20. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201332 into search.
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  22. ^ " – Olly Murs – Dear Darlin'". Swiss Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "Archive Chart: 2013-06-15" UK Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "Top 100 Singles Jahrescharts 2013" (in German). VIVA. Viacom International Media Networks. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  25. ^ Lane, Daniel (1 January 2014). "The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles Of 2013". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 January 2014.