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.
IN NOVEMBER 2010, MURS RELEASED HIS SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM, OLLY MURS, WHICH ENTERED THE UK ALBUMS CHART AT NUMBER TWO, WITH THE BIGGEST WEEK ONE ALBUM SALES FOR A DEBUT ALBUM IN 2010, WITH OVER 108,000 ALBUMS SOLD.
THE ALBUM WENT ON TO SELL OVER 600,000 COPIES.
SINCE THEN HE HAS RELEASED A FURTHER 4 ALBUMS ALL OF WHICH HAVE PRODUCED TOP 10 SINGLES
“I said if I have a No. 1, I'll do a naked photo shoot! I'm not sure a lot of people would like to see that, but it was more to the fans, really. Every gig I do, they try to get me to take my clothes off, so it's a promise to them - if I get a No. 1, I'll happily do a naked shoot.” – Olly Murs