Murs took a short break from his musical career in late 2011 to present the eighth season of The Xtra Factor -- a spinoff behind-the-scenes look at The X Factor -- returning to the program that shot him to fame. His experience with the dynamics involved in the show and his upbeat character made him a firm favorite with the audience -- as well as flirty co-presenter Caroline Flack. During the recording of each show, Murs was working on songs for his second album with writers Steve Robson (Lily Allen, James Morrison) and Claude Kelly (Kelly Clarkson, Backstreet Boys). The first single from his second record, "Heart Skips a Beat," featuring U.K. hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks, was released in summer 2011 and swiftly became a hit. The full release, In Case You Didn't Know, followed in November and secured his first U.K. number one album. The following year, Murs opened for sprightly boy band One Direction on their North American tour and re-released the "Heart Skips a Beat" single, replacing Rizzle Kicks with Philadelphia rap duo Chiddy Bang, to coincide with the shows. Also in 2012, Murs released his third studio album, Right Place Right Time, which included the single "Troublemaker," featuring rapper Flo Rida.
Summer 2013 brought a number of prestigious live shows, including a support slot on Robbie Williams' Take the Crown stadium tour, which also involved duetting with the former Take That star during the headline set. By the end of the year, Murs had also collaborated in the studio with Williams, who showed up on his Swings Both Ways album on the track "I Wan'na Be Like You." In November 2014 Murs issued Never Been Better, his fourth studio album, which included the single "Wrapped Up," on which the frontman of Gym Class Heroes, Travie McCoy, guested. In support of the album, Murs embarked on a European tour in mid-2015, with sold-out dates throughout the U.K. and Ireland. In April it was announced that Murs would return with his former Xtra Factor co-presenter Caroline Flack to take over the hosting of the main X Factor show after the departure of Dermot O'Leary. Toward the end of the year, Never Been Better was given a special-edition release, adding an extra seven tracks to the original album -- including the U.K. Top Ten single "Kiss Me" -- and a bonus live DVD, recorded on his European tour. Murs' fifth album, 24 Hrs, arrived in late 2016 and featured the singles "You Don't Know Love" and "Grow Up." 24 Hrs became his fourth consecutive effort to top the British album chart. ~ Jon O'Brien & Scott Kerr, Rovi