James Arthur axed from Simon Cowell's Syco label
Former 'X Factor' winner confirms news via Twitter
The singer joined the label following his X Factor win in 2012 and released his debut album, 'James Arthur', last year. But, in a career dotted with controversy, Arthur has persistently faced rumours that his relationship with the company was fractured.
Syco stood by Arthur following controversies over his use of homophobic lyrics in an off-the-cuff rap track and even when he compared his professional situation to that of a captive killer whale. In April, Arthur said, "As far as I know I am still with Syco," after releasing a track that included the line, "I'm gonna blow up your family like I'm a terrorist".
Yesterday (June 11), Arthur confirmed that he had, indeed, been dropped by the Sony imprint, breaking the news over Twitter. He wrote: "Just to clear things up - I am no longer with Syco. I would like to thank all at the label for making a great record with me."
Just to clear things up - I am no longer with Syco. I would like to thank all at the label for making a great record with me.— James Arthur (@JamesArthur23) June 11, 2014
I now have to move on and do something different - the future is bright! #LOVE— James Arthur (@JamesArthur23) June 11, 2014
Arthur has previously said that he felt detached from his self-titled debut album. 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.