James Arthur denies being dropped by Syco over terrorism lyrics

Tabloid rumours suggested that 'X Factor' winner had been ditched over controversial rap

James Arthur denies being dropped by Syco over terrorism lyrics

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James Arthur has denied reports that he has been dropped by his record label.

Reports in The Sun On Sunday suggested that the X Factor winner had lost his contract with Simon Cowell's label over lyrics on his upcoming rap mixtape, which see him threatening violence and comparing his actions to those of a terrorist.

The tabloid suggested that the line "I'm gonna blow up your family like I'm a terrorist" used on one track which has been teased by Arthur in the lead up to the release of the mixtape was the final straw for Syco, who stood by Arthur in 2013 following controversies over his use of homophobic lyrics and earlier in 2014 when he compared himself to a killer whale.

However, Arthur has responded to the reports and denied that he has been dropped. "As far as I know I am still with syco but I am exclusively signed to Sony. People look too deeply into the media circus. It's about music.", he tweeted last night (April 6), explaining that the line quoted by the papers was taken out of context and that is exists as part of song quoting a letter from a fan, similar to 'Stan' by Eminem.


Arthur has previously said that he wasn't "in love" with his second single 'You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You' and felt detached from his self-titled debut album, which was released in 2013. Speaking earlier this year about Arthur, Simon Cowell said: "I think James, unfortunately, has had so many issues with what he has done publicly – which is a real issue with me. Somebody should have told him to shut up and just put the records out."


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