2012 has seen the emergence of one of the brightest male solo artists the UK has produced in years. With a number one album, three top ten hits and well over half a million singles sold in the UK alone, not to mention his huge international success and 135 million YouTube views, Conor Maynard has more than proved why he won MTV’s Best Newcomer for 2012 at the start of the year.

With a recently sold-out UK headline tour – which saw scenes of hysteria throughout the country including Shepherds Bush Empire where fans camped out overnight causing police and ambulances to be called due to dangerous overcrowding – and a standout, lazer-drenched medley of his debut single ‘Can’t Say No’ and mega-hit ‘Turn Around’ at the MOBO Awards, there’s no denying Conor Maynard has become one of the most talked-about artists of 2012.

And now, Parlophone is delighted to announce the release on January 21st of his fourth single, a very special and brand new version of ‘Animal’, the opening track from ‘Contrast’, Conor’s smash-hit debut album. ‘Animal’ is an up-tempo, quirky slice of cutting-edge pop music, with a dose of urban cool beating through its dark and sexy heart.

And now that urban streak has got even cooler with grime legend Wiley jumping on board and throwing down his magic, creating a whole new version of the track. Darker, harder and even more addictive, ‘Animal’ featuring Wiley sees Conor entering 2013 as one of the biggest UK success stories of recent years.

Conor has also just been confirmed as one of the key acts performing at this year’s Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball at the 02 on December 9th before he heads to the US ahead of the release of his album there on January 8th. In support of that release he’ll be performing on Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the David Letterman show amongst many others.