(Columbia Records; New York, NY, January 13, 2015) Internationally acclaimed British singer/songwriter Olly Murs’ sophomore U.S. album, Never Been Better, is set for release Tuesday, March 10 via Columbia Records and is available for pre-order now HERE. Fans will receive a download for “Wrapped Up,” the funk-infused first single which features Gym Class Heroes front-man Travie McCoy, instantly upon pre-order. They will collect additional tracks on a bi-weekly basis leading up to the album’s official release, including the beautiful pop-folk ballad “Up” ft. Demi Lovato, the bold title track “Never Been Better” (iTunes pre-orders only), and the powerful, emotive ballad “Beautiful To Me.” See full track list below. Olly will make the U.S. television debut of “Wrapped Up,” currently a Top 3 single in the UK with #2 airplay, on NBC’s TODAY Show on Thursday, January 15.
Never Been Better features riveting guest appearances including a much-buzzed writing pair-up with iconic British artist Paul Weller (formerly of The Jam and Style Council), Demi Lovato on the song “Up” (Top 5 single sitting at #1 airplay in the UK) and Ryan Tedder on “Seasons,” among others. The album is in the Top 5 on iTunes album chart in 16 countries, the Top 10 in 31 countries and serves as Murs’ 3rd consecutive UK #1 album. The U.S. iTunes deluxe version will also include 3 additional exclusive songs.
Never Been Better is the highly anticipated follow-up to his acclaimed 2013 U.S. Columbia Records debut effort, Right Place Right Time, and its accompanying hit “Troublemaker” featuring U.S. hip hop star Flo Rida. That album is now quadruple platinum in the UK and the song went on to become a platinum-plus smash, selling more than 1.5 million units, winning over American music fans as Murs’ highest charting U.S. single to date. The album also cracked Billboard’s Top 20 Best Selling Albums Chart, with the prolific Murs already over the 10 million milestone in total career record sales.
“I definitely have a vision in my head,” says Olly. “Your experience grows, your outlook changes. I love to work with other people, to get the ideas bouncing around.” Most of the songs on Never Been Better were co-written by Murs, whose personal goal was to approach every track at the top of his game. “I think this album is my ‘I mean it’ album. It’s time to come out of my shell and get a bit more serious.”
Never Been Better will be released in the U.S. on Tuesday, March 10.
‘Never Been Better’ Track Listing:
- Did You Miss Me
- Wrapped Up (ft. Travie McCoy)
- Beautiful To Me
- Up (ft. Demi Lovato)
- Nothing Without You
- Never Been Better
- Hope You Got What You Came For
- Stick With Me
- Let Me In