Singer Olly Murs has labelled the UK pop charts unfair in a recent interview. Murs’ latest single ‘You Don’t Know Love’ reached the 19th spot in the singles chart however, the 32 year old believes it could have placed higher.
Olly Murs became an overnight star after appearing in the sixth series of the UK version of The X Factor in 2009. Despite being a runner up in the competition, Murs achieved far more success than eventual winner Joe McElderry.
In actuality, Murs is one of the few artists to have emerged from a TV talent competition, to have a sustained period of success in the UK, and continues to be a relevant figure in the music industry. Murs has twice hit the number one spot with ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’ in 2010 and ‘Heart Skips a Beat’ in 2011. In more recent years however, the singer has struggled to match his initial success and believes that the current set up of how the UK charts are judged, may have something to do with it.
Here’s what Murs had to say: “I want the song to be No.1. I think it’s hard now for any artist – especially UK artists – to get a No.1. Streaming is so popular, so if you are an in demand act, obviously people want to listen to your music. I feel like the chart now, for breaking new artists, is harder, because the songs have to be incredible,”
“I do think it’s the way forward, but for example, my song has been No.1 on the radio airplay chart for the last couple of weeks, and that’s amazing for me – it’s huge,”
He continued: “The radio chart doesn’t help on the main chart, whereas with streaming you have to be on certain playlists for it to have effect. So then a Spotify or Apple Music playlist would be the equivalent of us listening to a radio playlist.”