Olly Murs

Olly Murs

Statistics never lie. But facts and figures only ever tell part of the story and, when that story concerns Olly Murs, they leave out the most important part of the equation. Three multiplatinum albums, four No 1 singles, sell-out arena tours, total record sales exceeding 10m. That’s impressive. No, it’s HUGE. And plenty of artists would be happy with those stats, would hang their gold and platinum discs on the wall, and sit back and count their royalty returns. But Olly is made of different stuff. There’s a restlessness to him, a need for challenges, for creative fulfilment, that no amount of commercial number-crunching could ever satisfy. Put simply, he’s on a mission. And, on his sensational new album, the aptly titled Never Been Better, he has come closer than ever before to accomplishing it. This is the record his whole life has been leading up to. A set of songs that mix the immediately identifiable with the shock of the new.