X Factor 2009 runner-up Olly Murs is set to renew his record deal with Syco and partner label Epic after impressing the company with sales of his debut self-titled album. The Essex-born singer came 2nd in the sixth series of the popular talent show and despite not winning, was immediately signed to Syco.
Murs' debut single entitled 'Please Don't Let Me Go' topped the UK singles chart last year whilst his album went to number two. Although all subsequent songs have failed to reach No. 1, Murs' album sales have still been impressive and today, it has been reported that he is set to sign another contract with the label.
The Mirror reports that Olly attended a three hour meeting with bosses at Sony ahead of a gig in the HMV Hammersmith Apollo. Murs' success comes on the back of the recent news that series winner Joe McElderry has been dropped by the same label after sales of his debut album 'Wide Awake' failed to make a positive impression on the UK charts.
A source from Syco told the paper: ''Simon and everyone at the label are thrilled with Olly's progress. They are renewing his contract and believe he has a big future ahead of him.'' Despite his success in the charts, critics gave a somewhat mixed review of his first album with some reviewers praising the Essex chap whilst others criticized the song's similarities to each other.