The Next Bruno Mars: Olly Murs
Olly Murs rose to fame as a finalist on the sixth season of The X-Factor (damn you and your hit-making powers, Simon Cowell!). Murs didn’t win, but his premiere single “Please Don’t Let Me Go” debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart. He also became a TV presenter, co-hosting the X-Factor spinoff The Xtra Factor. Like Bruno Mars, Murs sings upbeat pop songs with a bit of a retro vibe. Last year, he collaborated with Flo Rida on the song “Toublemaker.” While I will never understand the appeal of Flo Rida, he’s pretty much a guaranteed hitmaker, so it looks like Olly Murs is about to have a major US crossover moment.