Olly Murs On New Album: 'It's Not Meant To Sound Arrogant'
MTV got an exclusive first listen of Olly's fourth studio album with the man himself and we can confirm he's 'Never Been Better'. Get all the goss here...
Olly Murs is back. And according to the man himself, he's 'Never Been Better' when it comes to his fourth studio album.
MTV were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of Olly's latest offering at a recording studio in central London yesterday (October 1), with the star on hand to talk us through his new material.
Kicking off proceedings with lead single Wrapped Up, Murs explained that he wanted to make a "fun, feel-good song", adding that Travie McCoy's involvement gives it a "fresh, different" pop edge in an industry that is saturated with EDM 'Calvin' heavy dance tracks.
As we already know, Olly is all about the pop music, and Wrapped Up is pure, pop-perfection with an touch of "funky" cool - giving fans an introduction to his more mature sound.
Up sees Murs join forces with Demi Lovato, with an "excited" Olly explaining that their collaboration is the perfect partnership for them to entertain new fans on both sides of the Atlantic.
It's a catchy, folk-inspired pop song (think, The Vamps - Somebody To You), with Murs stating that this song is his Pink and Nate Ruess moment.
Hope You Got What You Came appears to be Olly's dramatic power-ballad, complete with Abbey Road strings - with the Essex boy explaining that it could either be about fans coming to see him on tour or the end of a relationship with a girl he was seeing.
Adding that the track has "plenty of balls", he moved on to album opener Did You Miss Me - which he tells press was almost the first single from his new LP.
Written with actor Michael Keaton's son, it's a cheeky, fun, '80s inspired-song - with Olly referencing the Jason Derulo influence when it comes to the brass backing track.
Murs described album title track Never Been Better as his 'middle finger' song to those who may have doubted him, citing pal Robbie Williams and how he's been inspired by the ex-Take That star. "This is my Robbie track", he exclaimed.
The 30-year old went on to explain that the tune is about his situation at the moment, stating that his "life was great", before adding: "That’s not meant to sound arrogant."
The final song we got to hear was Let Me In - which Olly co-wrote with the Modfather himself, Paul Weller.
Olly explained how the tune is a result of a "surreal" chance meeting with Weller, stating: "Some people might go, 'Oh, you’re from X Factor, you don’t write your own songs, rah, rah, rah,'I felt like Paul was going to be one of those characters, but he wasn’t. We had a right laugh and we wrote a song together: I think that’s what it should be.
He added: "It shouldn’t be where you’re from, or where you’ve come from, it should be right here, right now."
We can't wait to hear the rest of the album! Better Than Ever is due for release on November 24, with Wrapped Up available from November 16.