JLS and Olly Murs crowned Britain’s hardest working acts

JLS and Olly Murs have been jointly unveiled as the hardest working acts to headline at major venues in 2011 by PRS for Music.

According to the annual chart on the hardest working performers by venue type, JLS and Murs performed a total of 29 major venues each in 2011, ahead of Take That. Both acts began their careers as contestants on the UK reality show X Factor, JLS featuring in the fifth series and Olly Murs in the sixth.

Murs called the accolade a ‘real honour,’ adding: ‘The last two years have been incredible for me – I’ve achieved so much and it’s great to be recognised for all the work I’ve put in. Thanks to everyone who’s come to see me play live – there’s lots more to come!’

JLS, who were named in third place in the 2010 chart, commented: ‘This is a great achievement and really goes to show how hard we have been working this year. It’s an honour to be awarded this by PRS for Music and we are looking forward to what 2012 will bring!’

JLS has gone from strength to strength since their X Factor exposure, with their 2009 debut single and album both entering UK charts at number one. The band released their third studio album last month, with another UK tour set for 2012.

Olly Murs  successfully managed to beat Katy Perry to the UK number one spot with Please Don’t Let Me Go in August. Since then he has embarked on a UK tour and has just released his second album, In Case You Didn’t Know.

Barney Hooper, Head of PR at PRS for Music, said ‘Performing live and going on tour are fundamental to any artist and is a great way for them to engage with their fans. Congratulations to both JLS and Olly Murs and all the songwriters who they have worked with to create the music that so many people are enjoying.’

Hardest working bands of 2011 – The charts in full

Most Performances at Major Venues
1. JLS/Olly Murs
3. Take That
4. Russell Watson
5. Alexandra Burke
6. Westlife
7. The Wanted
8. Beady Eye
9. Michael Ball

Most Performances at Festivals
1. Skinny Lister
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Example
4. Lucy Ward
5. Pilgrims Way
6. Dry The River
7. Yasmin
8. Rachel Sermanni
9. Bellowhead
10. Katy B

Most Performances at Concert Venues
1. The Merseybeats
2. The Searchers
3. Chas ‘n’ Dave
4. Joe Brown
5. Dennis Locorriere
6. Tony Christie
7. Paul Carrack
8. Joe Longthorne
9. Mike Harding
10. The Blues Band

Most Performed Tribute Acts
1. Limehouse Lizzy
2. Bon Jovi Experience
3. Talon
4. The British Pink Floyd Show
5. The ELO Experience
6. Whole Lotta Led
7. Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
8. The Counterfeit Stones
9. Sing-A-Long-A Abba
10. T-Rextasy

JLS and Olly Murs have been jointly crowned the most performed artists to headline at major venues in 2011 by PRS for Music. In its annual series of charts on the hardest working performers in 2011 categorised by venue type, JLS and Olly Murs performed a total of 29 major venues each.

 

Both JLS and Olly Murs began their careers as contestants on the UK reality show X Factor, JLS featuring in the fifth series and Olly Murs in the sixth.

Peter Andre claimed the title in 2010 clinching it from previous holders Status Quo, but who has dropped out of the top 10 this year but is set for a large 2012 tour all over the UK.

Olly Murs said “It’s a real honour to be receiving this award from PRS For Music. The last two years have been incredible for me – I’ve achieved so much and it’s great to be recognised for all the work I’ve put in. Thanks to everyone who’s come to see me play live – there’s lots more to come!”

JLS, who were named in third place in the 2010 chart, said ‘This is a great achievement and really goes to show how hard we have been working this year. It’s an honour to be awarded this by PRS for Music and we are looking forward to what 2012 will bring!’

JLS has gone from strength to strength since , releasing Beat Again in July 2009 going straight in at #1, their debut album was released in November of the same year, again, going straight into #1 in the charts. Since then JLS has gone from strength to strength, and releases their third studio album in November with another UK tour set for 2012.

Olly Murs, signed jointly with Epic Records and Syco in February 2010, and successfully managed to beat Katy Perry to the #1 spot with Please Don’t Let Me Go in August. Since then he has embarked on a UK tour and has just released his second album called In Case You Didn’t Know.

Barney Hooper, Head of PR at PRS for Music said “Performing live and going on tour are fundamental to any artist and is a great way for them to engage with their fans. Congratulations to both JLS and Olly Murs and all the songwriters who they have worked with to create the music that so many people are enjoying.”

Most Performances at Major Venues – the chart in full

1. JLS/Olly Murs
2. Take That
3. Russell Watson
4. Alexandra Burke
5. Westlife
6. The Wanted
7. Beady Eye
8. Michael Ball

 

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