New Artist Alert: UK Pop Sensation Olly Murs Signs With Columbia Records;Tours The US With One Direction

Columbia Records is proud to announce the signing of UK pop sensation Olly Murs. The X Factor UK singer will release his debut single “Heart Skips A Beat” on May 22, 2012 (listen to the track below). Olly will make his US performance debut as the special guest on One Direction’s sold out 2012 US Summer Tour (see below for full dates).

Olly Murs’ rise to fame began after he auditioned for Britain’s top singing competition showThe X Factor in 2009 where he performed “Superstition” in his first audition. Simon Cowell said it inspired “the easiest yes I’ve ever given”. In a short amount of time Murs has achieved international success including two double platinum albums & three #1 singles in the UK. The British Superstar to date has sold over 4 million records internationally.

"I can't wait to come over to the US to tour with the One Direction boys and release my first single there! ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ is a favorite of mine and my fans, and I hope you guys will love it too."