Regarding his new album, Collins explained: "We've got about seven or eight songs that we're going to put down.
Collins did not appear on The X Factor that year, but joined the band after original member Anthony Hannah decided to quit the band following their exit from the show.
In 2011, Collins chose to audition as a solo artist for the eighth series of The X Factor.
On 21 January, it was announced that his debut single would be a cover of The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army". It was an exact copy of an arrangement of the song previously recorded by French artist Ben l'Oncle Soul that had been a hit in Europe.
The song received a mixed reception, with fans of The White Stripes comparing the song in unfavourable light to the original.
was released as the second single from the album, making it Collins' first self penned single.
The music video for "Mercy" was released on 24 April 2012, with the single released on 3 June 2012.
His debut single from the album was "Seven Nation Army", a cover of The White Stripes hit, which also became his first top 10 UK single.
Prior to his solo audition in 2011 Collins was a member of five-piece boyband Eton Road, who rose to fame on the third series of The X Factor.
In the first week of live shows, they sang "Airplanes" by B.o. They sang "Big Girls Don't Cry" and were saved by judges Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole voted to save them and eliminate Diva Fever instead, without having their mentor Simon Cowell to vote.
In the third week, they sang "I'll Stand by You", in which they progressed to the fourth week, where they performed "Venus".
The song charted at number nine on the UK Singles Chart and spent three weeks on the chart.