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Just In Time For Valentine’s Day, Olly Murs Covers Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”

We’ve got a special Valentine’s Day surprise to share with you, courtesy of our February You Oughta Know artist Olly Murs. The 28-year-old Brit performed a few songs exclusively for VH1 recently, and on this great cover of Jason Mraz‘s monster smash “I’m Yours,” he adds a bit of a reggae twinge to his pop savvy repertoire.
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Olly Murs Laments A Certain “Troublemaker” In Exclusive You Oughta Know Live Performance

Olly Murs was without new friend Flo Rida during our You Oughta Know shoot, but between his distinctly Brit-ish pronunciation and the improvised moves of his enthusiastic backup dancers, we didn’t even sweat. (Sorry, Flo!) This month’s featured artist broke down current single, “Troublemaker,” for YOK Live, bringing an infectious energy to our personalized stage, as well as a stellar band.

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Olly Murs Has Love For Dr. Dre, Eminem, And Hip-Hop Collaborations

With live renditions of “Angels” and “The Climb” catapulting him to a second-place finish on The X Factor UK, you may not have pegged Olly Murs as a hip-hop fan. “I grew up listening to a lot of rappers and styles of music like Dr. Dre–I’ve got the Chronic, 2001 albums–I’ve got 50 Cent stuff, I’ve got Eminem stuff,” says the big-band enthusiast, proving our February You Oughta Know artist’s own musical tastes are as eclectic as his assortment of vests and bowler hats.

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Music Seen: Olly Murs Charms His Way Through New York City

Olly Murs YOK Music Seen

If you’re not familiar with Olly Murs from his charismatic performances on The X Factor UK or genre-bending tracks with the likes of Flo Rida and Chiddy Bang currently climbing the charts, it’s time to get acquainted. Our You Oughta Know artist for the month of February is prepping for a full-blown U.S. takeover in 2013, which began last year when he opened for fellow U.K. act One Direction. Having honed his craft in front of both screaming girls and Simon Cowell, Olly’s drawing serious crowds in his own right thanks to his massive stage presence, throwback sound, and undeniable charm. He’s also a good enough sport to subject himself to our rounds of questioning and photo shoot requests.

We were lucky enough to spend the day with the up-and-comer here in New York City, before his sold-out gig at  Irving Plaza. VH1′s fearless photographer Lauren Weissler was on hand to capture every moment, from makeup touch-ups to pre-show rituals, and we’ve got all the special stuff down below, ready for your enjoyment.

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