Olly Murs vs Snow Patrol: Stat Clash

Ollie-Murs-Snow-Patrol-O2-BlogFebruary will see two very different British pop acts hitting The O2 Arena – Olly Murs on the 4th and the 5th, and Snow Patrol from the 10th through to the 12th. But which one comes through our punishing Stat Clash procedure on top? Read on to find out.

Years active

Olly Murs

Olly Murs came to the UK’s attention during the sixth series of X-Factor back in 2009. That makes for a grand total of a little over two years in which he has been active – pretty wet behind the ears, but going strong.

Snow Patrol

Northern Irish indie band Snow Patrol released their first EP, titled Starfighter Pilot, in 1997. That means they’ve been on our radars for over 14 years – almost a lifetime in pop terms.

Winner – Snow Patrol

 

Initial impact

Olly Murs

After securing the runner-up spot on X-Factor, the Essex singer’s first single went straight to number one in the UK charts in 2010. His self-titled debut album went straight in at number two later that year, and has sold some 600,000 copies to date. 

Snow Patrol

By contrast, Snow Patrol had something of a slow start in the music business. Their first two albums from 1998 and 2001 did well with the critics, but failed to sell in any significant numbers. Snow Patrol were then dropped from their independent label in 2001.

Winner – Olly Murs

 

Peak performance

Olly Murs

Murs’s second album, In Case You Didn’t Know, went straight in at number one in the UK chart and has spawned two number one hit singles to date. As well as the O2 Arena dates, Murs has been an ever-present on the TV screen throughout 2011.

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol’s third album and major label debut, 2003’s The Final Straw, went five times platinum in the UK and went on to sell three million worldwide. The follow-up, 2006’s Eyes Open, was the best-selling British album of the year, racking up six million global sales.

Winner – Snow Patrol

 

Singles success

Olly Murs

Snow Patrol may have it wrapped up on album sales, but Olly Murs has bagged an impressive five number one singles already in his brief career. He’s also snagged one number four, and a further number one along with his fellow X-Factor contestants.

Snow Patrol

By contrast, Snow Patrol don’t have a single number one single to their name. That’s not to say that their songs don’t sell well – 2006‘s Chasing Cars has spent more than 150 weeks in the UK top 100, and has sold more than 800,000 copies in the UK  and more than 3 million in the US. Still, immediacy is everything when it comes to singles, so…

Winner – Olly Murs

 

And the winner is… it’s a draw!

With two wins each, we’ll have to call this one a draw. In truth these are two very different artists, appealing to two very different demographics. Snow Patrol are the seasoned veterans, having hewn out a hard-fought career over some 15 years, while Olly Murs is the product of today’s instant-fame televised talent contest culture. It remains to be seen if he can last the course, but for now he’s certainly the darling of the UK pop press.

Who would you pick?

With both artists set to rake in the crowds at the O2 Arena in February, which would you choose to see? Who do you think comes out on top, regardless of stats? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.