Heart Skips a Beat

Album: In Case You Didn't Know (2011)
Charted: 1 96
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Songfacts®:

  • English singer-songwriter Olly Murs' first single from his sophomore album finds him continuing with his familiar reggae-pop sound. The song was premiered on The Chris Moyles Show on July 7, 2011.
  • The song features Brighton-based Hip-Hop duo Rizzle Kicks, who comprise Jordan "Rizzle" & Harley "Sylvester." They debuted on the UK singles chart in July 2011 with their song "Down With The Trumpets." Jordan said to 4Music of the collaboration: "The beat's wicked. We were a bit apprehensive that it would be like... more poppy, that it wasn't really our style, but then he played the beat. It's kind of got some hip hop vibes."
  • The song was Murs' second UK chart-topper, arriving at #1 just shy of a year after his debut single "Please Don't Let Me Go." It also reached the peak position in several European countries including Germany, Poland and Switzerland.
  • The song was written by Alex Smith, Samuel Preston, Jim Eliot and Rizzle Kicks. Does the name Samuel Preston ring a bell with you? He was the frontman of the Ska-Pop group The Ordinary Boys whose appearance on Celebrity Big Brother and relationship with fellow contestant Chantelle Houghton made him a fixture for a time in UK tabloids.
  • This is the only song Murs did not co-write for In Case You Didn't Know. "It was a curveball and nothing like the album," he told Music Week. "But I loved the production and the writers wrote it for me."
  • The song was remixed for the American market, removing Rizzle Kicks' contribution and including a new verse from Philadelphia Rap-Pop pairing Chiddy Bang. This new version was released as Murs' debut single in the United States on May 14, 2012.
  • Olly Murs discussed the song's meaning with Artist Direct: "I believe the song is about a relationship that's going sour," he said. "It's not feeling as great as it did before. You play that one record fell in love with on repeat, and you remember the good times. It makes you want to dance again and get closer. You feel that love again. That's how I feel when I sing the song. That's how I interpret it."

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