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'X Factor' winner outlines plans for album three

James Arthur has said that he wants to be more like Kanye West on his next album.

The Middlesbrough-born singer won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012, then saw his debut single ‘Impossible’ reach number one. Both follow-up single ‘You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You’ and Arthur’s self-titled debut album peaked at number two the following year.

After being dropped from Simon Cowell’s label Syco Records following a slump, Arthur has experienced a resurgence this year. Comeback hit ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ reached number one in the UK and new album ‘Back From The Edge’ also reached top spot last month.

Speaking to The Daily StarArthur outlined plans for his third record: “I want to just go a bit crazy and bit more Kanye next. I would love to do something more left (field) and maybe make an R&B, hip-hop thing.”

“This one was quite guitar-based, vintage Motown, really honest and raw but I’m excited to make new music,” he added.

Arthur also said that he is hoping to break the US: “We’re hearing good things, [the album] could be a hit there. I think it will be nice to be presented as a new artist. I’m not ashamed of my history but they don’t know my background, which will be interesting.”

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Read more: James Arthur’s rise, fall and rise again

James Arthur will play the following live dates:

London, Koko (December 20)
Birmingham, O2 Institute (December 21)
Manchester, O2 Ritz (December 22)

Arthur made headlines back in 2013 for making homophobic comments when embroiled in a feud with rapper Micky Worthless, in which Arthur responded with a rap slamming him as a ‘fucking queer’ and urged him to ‘shoot himself’. He later apologised and said he was ‘extremely disappointed in himself’.

Earlier this year, Arthur opened about the extent of his ‘suicidal feelings’ following his career slump and being dropped by Simon Cowell’s label.