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Marcus Collins releases Mercy as next single

Marcus Collins releases Mercy as next single

Fresh from the success of his top 10 debut single and album, gay X Factor finalist Marcus Collins will release his self-penned track Mercy.

The song, out on 3 June, is described as a funky horn-laden upbeat number about infatuation.

He said: ‘No-one wants to see misery at the moment. Smile. Make people smile with you. And do songs that make people smile. We’ve never needed that more than at the moment.’

The singer, who came second in the UK version of The X Factor, divided critics and music fans with his first single, a swing version of The White Stripes' classic.

However, the song, which was released on 5 March, entered the singles chart at a respectable number nine.

Collins' self-titled album, which is executive produced by his X Factor mentor, judge and Take That frontman Gary Barlow, is out now.

The 12-track record features original songs, as well as cover versions of Your Love Is Lifting Me Higher by Jackie Wilson and Tightrope by Janelle Monae.