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Last Updated: Wednesday February 24 2010 06:30 GMT

X Factor Olly gets record deal

Olly Murs

X Factor's Olly Murs is planning to release an album after landing a big record deal.

Olly was mentored by Simon Cowell throughout last autumn's talent show, and at the moment he's performing in the UK-wide tour.

He's now signed a joint deal with Simon's record label Syco Music and Epic Records.

But neither of the labels has revealed when fans will get to hear new tunes from the X Factor runner-up.

Epic Records has released music from other X Factor successes like JLS, who have sold more than a million copies of their debut album.

Olly Murs

The other record company in the deal, Syco, said: "We are thrilled to be involved with Olly. As an artist he ticks every box."

Olly got to the reality show final last year, but missed out on the X Factor crown to fellow contestant Joe McElderry who was mentored by Cheryl Cole.

Both record labels reckon it's the first time an artist will release a debut album in a shared deal between two companies.


Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

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