Olly Murs Set to Crack America, Opening for One Direction
"I can confirm I am joining @onedirection on their US tour from 29th May as special guest!! Columbia US releasing HSAB in the summer!! #pucka."Murs was quick to reassure his UK fans that he has no plans to abandon them, saying: "I'm always yours RIGHT here in the UK!! Its my home!! #ukmursarmy." Well isn't that sweet. Reiterating his commitment to his UK fans, Olly recently confirmed that he would be back co-hosting the UK's X-Factor post show, the Xtra Factor, alongside Caroline Flack. Murs has always been nonchalant about conquering America, it just looks like the timing was right for a U.S. takeover. I'm hoping once his X-Factor duties are over and done with, he'll come back to America for some more intimate gigs.
While Olly might be playing second fiddle to One Direction here in America, over in the UK he's been top dog for considerably longer than the quintet has. Murs rose to prominence as a contestant on the sixth season of The X-Factor, finishing second place to winner Joe McElderry. His debut single, the infectious summer jam "Please Don't Let Me Go" went straight to #1. Subsequent singles, "Thinking of Me," "Heart On My Sleeve" and "Busy" all charted but none as impressively as his debut. The songs all had the same light and fluffy pop feel about them, which was a point of contention among music reviewers and bloggers alike.
His second album, while similar stylistically to his debut, differed JUST enough to make it interesting. First single "Heart Skips a Beat," featuring UK rap duo Rizzle Kicks included just the right amount of electro to make it a fun departure from his "tired" old sound, while on follow up single, "Dance With Me Tonight" he sort of reverted back to his old ways, albeit a lil bit jazzier.
Check out the video for "Oh My Goodness" below, featuring a cheeky Olly in hot pursuit of a pretty girl at a mall. Also make sure you check out an acoustic performance of the single HERE and get a true sense of this talented singer/songwriter's chops. I'm beyond ecstatic for Olly Murs and hope that the American 1D fans love him as much as I do. The guy definitely deserves all the success in the world. For a list of tour dates here in America where you can catch Olly, go HERE.