Olly Murs (album)

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Olly Murs
Olly Murs album cover.png
Studio album by
Released23 November 2010 (2010-11-23)
LabelSyco, Epic
ProducerMatt Prime, Future Cut, Steve Robson, Adam Argyle, Martin Brammer, Andy Green, Steve Fitzmaurice, John Shanks, Jerry Abbott, Grant Black, Paddy Byrne, The Invisible Men, Mark Taylor, Trevor Horn
Olly Murs chronology
Olly Murs
In Case You Didn't Know
Singles from Olly Murs
  1. "Please Don't Let Me Go"
    Released: 27 August 2010
  2. "Thinking of Me"
    Released: 19 November 2010
  3. "Heart on My Sleeve"
    Released: 4 March 2011
  4. "Busy"
    Released: 27 May 2011

Olly Murs is the self-titled debut studio album by the English singer-songwriter Olly Murs. It was released on 23 November 2010 in the United Kingdom.[1]

The album's lead single, "Please Don't Let Me Go", was released on 27 August 2010. The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart. The second single from the album, "Thinking of Me", was released on 22 November 2010,[2] and debuted at number four. The third single "Heart on My Sleeve" was released in March 2011 and peaked at number 20.[3] The song was written by James Morrison and John Shanks. The fourth and final release from the album, "Busy" was released in May 2011 and peaked at number 44.[4] In October 2011, nearly a year after the album's release, BBC Radio 1 listeners voted Olly Murs as "Album of the Year" in the annual Radio 1 Teen Awards.[5]

Background and production[edit]

The possibility of an album was first rumoured when Murs finished second place on the sixth series of ITV talent competition, The X Factor. In February 2010, it was announced that Murs had been signed to a 50/50 record deal between Epic Records and Syco Music.[6] Murs has collaborated with John Shanks, Ed Sheeran, Eg White,[7] Roy Stride, Trevor Horn, Wayne Hector, Matty Benbrook,[8] Phil Thornalley, Martin Brammer, Preston, Mark Taylor[9] and Chris Difford[1] on the album. Professor Green was due to appear on the album, however, the duet fell through before recording was completed. "Heart on My Sleeve" is a cover of the song originally recorded by American Idol finalist Michael Johns. Murs performed "Thinking of Me" live on The X Factor on 21 November 2010.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars

Ruth Harrison gives the most positive review of the album, saying "Olly has actually engaged his brain, put pen to paper and written tracks that are true to himself and his sound...this album proves that Olly is an artist in his own right".[11] A review by Fraser McAlpine on the BBC Music website gave a heading of 'X Factor runner-up reveals a debut almost as good as his taste in hats.'[12] Hermione Hoby from The Guardian gave a negative review of Olly Murs, saying "the album chugs along with vacant cheer through a series of reggae-inflected songs that don't always make the most of Murs's soulful voice. Other than the slightly awkward stab at scat-singing on "Please Don't Let Me Go" [...] there's not much here to grab the attention."[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number two on 5 December 2010, selling 108,000 copies in its first week.[14] The album was kept off the top spot by the third week sales of Take That's Progress which sold over 174,000 copies.[15] In the following three weeks the album sold upwards of 100,000 in each week, making it the fastest selling debut album of 2010 in the UK.[14] On 8 April 2011, the album was certified two-times platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipments of 600,000 copies in the UK.[16] As of December 2014, the album had sold 815,971 copies in the UK.[17] In Ireland, the album debuted at number eleven.[18] It has since been certified gold by the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) for shipments of 7,500 copies.

Track listing[edit]

Olly MursStandard edition
1."Change Is Gonna Come"Prime3:46
2."Please Don't Let Me Go"
  • Future Cut
  • Robson
  • Darren Lewis[a]
3."Thinking of Me"
  • Future Cut
  • Robson
  • Argyle
  • Brammer
5."I Blame Hollywood"
  • Argyle
  • Brammer
  • Argyle
  • Brammer
6."Ask Me to Stay"3:35
7."Heart on My Sleeve"Shanks3:29
8."Hold On"
  • Abbott
  • Grant Black
  • Murs
  • Paddy Byrne
10."Love Shine Down" (featuring Jessie J)
  • Murs
  • Jason Pebworth
  • George Astasio
  • Jon Shave
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Dan Smith
The Invisible Men4:07
11."Don't Say Goodbye"Taylor3:36
12."A Million More Years"Trevor Horn3:36


Charts and certifications[edit]


On 21 November 2010 a UK tour was announced for 2011 to promote the album.[26]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United Kingdom[19] 29 November 2010 Digital download, CD


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