UK song-writer and musician Olly Murs is breaking into the USA with his new album Right Place, Right Time, coming out April 16th. While in town for a live concert at the House of Blues, Olly stopped by B96/Chicago to chat with Stylz & Roman about his new music, being selected as this February’s VH1 “You Outta Know” artist, confirming that his friend Harry Styles was officially dating Taylor Swift, and who gets the most girls between the 1D members and him.
Olly Murs Performs “Troublemaker”
Since Olly is good friends with the boys of One Direction, he knows what really goes on behind the scenes when on tour. Last December he played a game of Avoid Marry Snog with CBS Local, and said “I would say I would avoid Taylor Swift, because she’s dating one of my friends. She’s going out with Harry Styles. So Harry, I couldn’t obviously go near Taylor because that’s his missus.” 1D fans freaked out once he said it because they finally had to accept the fact that “Haylor” was official. Now this is just old news.
When asked about the whole incident, Olly shared, “C’mon, they were seen walking holding hands, so I just presumed- I felt really bad about it, like wow, I didn’t expect this to blow up. In a couple places in America on Twitter they were like ‘Oh my God.’ So, now that Harry and Taylor have broken up would Olly go for her? He said “No, she’s not my cup of tea.”
This February, VH1 is featuring Olly as the “You Outta Know” artist, joining previous artists that were chosen like Adele, Bruno Mars, Gotye and Foster The People. This is a big deal because it will introduce him to more fans in the United States.
Olly shared the story behind being chosen. “I went and visited VH1 last year and met some of the people there. I did an acoustic set, met everyone, and it was nice, and they really took a shining to me. When we got the phone call to ask me to do it, it was like ‘Cool! That’s amazing.’ We did all the filming the other day, which was great. For me, it’s just good to be in America. It’s something that every artist would like to achieve in their career; have success here.”
Who got more girls; Olly, the guys from One Direction or Simon Cowell? Olly explained, “You’re talking about one against five. A couple of them have girlfriends. When you’re talking about me sleeping with girls, and them sleeping with girls, you’re talking about a worldwide international boy band compared to a solo artist that’s just trying to break worldwide, so it’s a little different.”
Apparently the ladies in the UK really like Olly because he was recently given the honor of being named one of the sexiest guys in the world. Olly humbly laughed, “I saw recently in a magazine in the UK that I was voted the 9th sexiest man in the world. I can’t see myself being in the top ten!”
Olly’s new album, Right Place, Right Time will be dropping this spring, and Olly thinks everyone should pick up a copy because “It’s a cool, fun, happy album, and it has really fantastic songs on it.”
-Danielle Clasing, B96 Chicago