Olly Murs and Joe McElderry, who faced off against each other in “The X Factor” U.K. Season 6 finals in 2009, have debuted high on the U.K. charts with their respective new music.
In 2009, Murs came in second place on “The X Factor” U.K., while McElderry was the winner.
The Official Charts Company announced on August 28, 2011, that Murs’ “Heart Skips a Beat” song (featuring Rizzle Kicks) debuted at No. 1 the U.K. singles chart. “Heart Skips a Beat” (released on August 21, 2011) is the first single from Murs’ still-untitled second album due out on Sony Music’s Epic Records/Syco Music.
“Heart Skips a Beat” is Murs’ second No. 1 U.K. single as a solo artist. His first solo single, “Please Don’t let Me Go,” was a No. 1 hit on the U.K. charts when it was released in 2010. His 2010 self-titled debut album was also a hit, selling 600,000 copies (double platinum) in the United Kingdom. In 2009, Murs also had a No. 1 song with McElderry and other “X Factor” U.K. finalists from 2009 with their version of Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone.”
In 2011, Murs was named co-host (with Caroline Flack) of “The Xtra Factor,” the spinoff show that takes a behind-the-scenes look at “The X Factor” U.K.
Meanwhile, McElderry has had a comeback after being dropped by Syco/Sony Music in 2011. His second album, “Classic,” has debuted at No. 2 on the U.K. charts.
In 2009, McElderry had a solo No. 1 hit in the U.K. and in Ireland with his version of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb,” but he was dropped from Syco/Sony Music, after his 2010 debut album, “Wide Awake,” had disappointing sales of 60,000 to 90,000 copies in the United Kingdom.
After being dropped from Syco/Sony Music, McElderry went on to win Season 2 of “Popstar to Operastar,” and he signed a new record deal with Universal Music’s Decca Records. His second album, “Classic” (a collection of opera songs and pop cover tunes), was released in Europe on August 22, 2011.
As previously announced, Murs and McElderry each announced separate solo tours in the United Kingdom. Murs is headlining arenas (with capacities of 18,000 to 20,000 people), while McElderry is headlining theatres (with capacities of 2,000 to 5,000 people).
Murs took to his Twitter account to express his reaction to “Heart Skips a Beat” becoming his second No. 1 U.K. single:
“NUMBER 1!! Wooooooooooo woooo!! Thanks to everyone who downloaded it!! X I’m soooo happy!! Its PUCKA!!! X”
“We did it @RizzleKicks!! Top guys!! Thanks for everything!! Harley left ya voicemail dude….x”
McElderry also posted a message on Twitter in reaction to the debut chart position of “Classic”:
“No 2!!! #mcelderrymassive love u guys!!! Soo happy right now!!!”
Meanwhille, Murs tweeted his response to a story published August 27, 2011, in the Daily Mirror, which reported that Murs proclaimed Simon Cowell to be a better judge than Gary Barlow, who replaced Cowell as a judge on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2011. The British tabloid claims that Barlow and Murs are now in a “bitter bust-up” with each other.
Murs commented on Twitter:
“For those of you that have seen the Mirror today! The story is a load of rubbish & I’ve already said many times.”