Teesside X Factor winner has not been dropped from label - despite reports, says sister

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THE family of Teesside X Factor winner James Arthur has denied that he has been fired by Simon Cowell’s record label.

Reports in The Sun on Sunday today (Sunday, April 6) suggested that a “furious” Simon Cowell fired Mr Arthur, 26, over a track in which he raps “I’m going to blow up your family like I’m a terrorist.”

But his sister Sian Arthur took to social media site Twitter to deny the reports.

“James hasn’t been dropped by Simon Cowell,” she tweeted. “No idea where they get their info from. Even if he did there are plenty of labels waiting for him.”

Mr Arthur, from Saltburn, East Cleveland, did not issue any denials about being fired - except to say his song did not promote terrorism and was from the point of view of a “demented fan”.

But the newspaper reported quoted a music source as saying: “It feels like the end of the road for him at Syco. James has been his own worst enemy.

“He has done himself no favours with his outbursts. It’s as if he’s almost willing Syco to drop him.

“Simon and Syco have been extremely loyal to James throughout his problems but there’s only so much they are prepared to put up with.”

Arthur has been a controversial figure since winning the X-factor in 2012. Last month his single, Get Down, failed to make the top 40.

Mr Cowell said: “Somebody should have told him to just shut up and put the records out” after the singer criticised the X Factor for producing male winners that were not “believable” and look “like puppets.

He has also criticised boyband One Direction, his record label’s biggest success story.

Syco has declined to comment so far.

Mr Arthur’s mother, Shirley Ashworth, was not available for comment when contacted by The Northern Echo.

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2:32pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Hanntsm says...

James doesn't need any more bad press, why don't you mention all the good things he does, he is very talented and when he writes I am sure he doesn't think about the media he is just being creative and SYCO should support him in that, he shouldn't have to keep defending himself, let him do what he loves doing writing and singing songs. His family and all his fans support him because he is a nice guy. So come on guys give him a break. By the way is that what the media do trawl peoples tweets, how very sad!!!
James doesn't need any more bad press, why don't you mention all the good things he does, he is very talented and when he writes I am sure he doesn't think about the media he is just being creative and SYCO should support him in that, he shouldn't have to keep defending himself, let him do what he loves doing writing and singing songs. His family and all his fans support him because he is a nice guy. So come on guys give him a break. By the way is that what the media do trawl peoples tweets, how very sad!!! Hanntsm
  • Score: 5

3:46pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Though I am not sure as to who he is, what he has actually produced, or how he is nice, ( I will presume that he is philanthropic), it would seem that he has a recognised ability to compose - all else being equal, therefore, the world should remain 'his oyster' with or without Mr Cowell. Real talent always shines through, and truly great music of all genres, lives on.
Though I am not sure as to who he is, what he has actually produced, or how he is nice, ( I will presume that he is philanthropic), it would seem that he has a recognised ability to compose - all else being equal, therefore, the world should remain 'his oyster' with or without Mr Cowell. Real talent always shines through, and truly great music of all genres, lives on. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 0

4:18pm Sun 6 Apr 14

loan_star says...

I wouldn't call writing songs about blowing people up as being talented. Coupled with his homophobic comments recently, it seems he is unable to do anything without making a tit of himself.
I wouldn't call writing songs about blowing people up as being talented. Coupled with his homophobic comments recently, it seems he is unable to do anything without making a tit of himself. loan_star
  • Score: 4

5:29pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Hanntsm says...

First it was Mickey worthless who made the first rap video in which he used homophobic language and said he would ruin James's career,James retaliated ( maybe not the best move)then a friend of mr worthless put it all over Twitter then another friend of his accused James of something else so check your facts lone star. Each time he retaliated but he was the one who got negative press they don't mention the good things he does like singing for charity or being there for his fans, no this is a witch hunt.
First it was Mickey worthless who made the first rap video in which he used homophobic language and said he would ruin James's career,James retaliated ( maybe not the best move)then a friend of mr worthless put it all over Twitter then another friend of his accused James of something else so check your facts lone star. Each time he retaliated but he was the one who got negative press they don't mention the good things he does like singing for charity or being there for his fans, no this is a witch hunt. Hanntsm
  • Score: 5

5:38pm Sun 6 Apr 14

darloboss says...

the blokes a d1ckhead exactly what you would expect from cleveland
the blokes a d1ckhead exactly what you would expect from cleveland darloboss
  • Score: -11

6:15pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Hanntsm says...

That's rather rude to all the people from Cleveland don't you think, you are entitled to your opinion darloboss but I have to disagree with you on both counts james is a talented guy who is trying to do what he loves doing without all the negative responses from people like you
That's rather rude to all the people from Cleveland don't you think, you are entitled to your opinion darloboss but I have to disagree with you on both counts james is a talented guy who is trying to do what he loves doing without all the negative responses from people like you Hanntsm
  • Score: 9

6:23pm Sun 6 Apr 14

studio says...

Talented, i have no doubt. But clearly not the sharpest tool. Where are his management team when he is destroying a great chance of a career?

Sad to see, but someone really needs to give him some advice on how to handle the public and media.
Talented, i have no doubt. But clearly not the sharpest tool. Where are his management team when he is destroying a great chance of a career? Sad to see, but someone really needs to give him some advice on how to handle the public and media. studio
  • Score: 14

6:50pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Hanntsm says...

I agree that he is not getting the support he needs from his team and surely that is SYCO. We his fans have requested his music on radio stations and not had any joy, I never heard his last single Get Down once and it was great. So what are they doing to promote his music? I have watched his interviews where he has been accused in the media of ranting and raving and he has always been friendly and relaxed so I know they are writing lies. But it is hard to fight the media
I agree that he is not getting the support he needs from his team and surely that is SYCO. We his fans have requested his music on radio stations and not had any joy, I never heard his last single Get Down once and it was great. So what are they doing to promote his music? I have watched his interviews where he has been accused in the media of ranting and raving and he has always been friendly and relaxed so I know they are writing lies. But it is hard to fight the media Hanntsm
  • Score: 6

7:06pm Sun 6 Apr 14

darloboss says...

Hanntsm
open your eyes its not that long ago he was in the papers for bedding a little stockton lass then dumping her who knows how many more i presume you are a wanabe fan
Hanntsm open your eyes its not that long ago he was in the papers for bedding a little stockton lass then dumping her who knows how many more i presume you are a wanabe fan darloboss
  • Score: -10

7:20pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Hanntsm says...

No I am not a wannabe fan and with all due respect to the young lady it takes two to get bedded as you put it and from my own observation lasses today aren't backward in coming forward, I don't know the young lady in question so it is not for me to judge her, I wish the same could be said for all the people who sit in judgement on James Arthur
No I am not a wannabe fan and with all due respect to the young lady it takes two to get bedded as you put it and from my own observation lasses today aren't backward in coming forward, I don't know the young lady in question so it is not for me to judge her, I wish the same could be said for all the people who sit in judgement on James Arthur Hanntsm
  • Score: 10

7:37pm Sun 6 Apr 14

studio says...

darloboss wrote:
the blokes a d1ckhead exactly what you would expect from cleveland
Clearly the Darlo population are of a higher standard to those of Cleveland….. Even i laughed at that, and Im from "Darlo"
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: the blokes a d1ckhead exactly what you would expect from cleveland[/p][/quote]Clearly the Darlo population are of a higher standard to those of Cleveland….. Even i laughed at that, and Im from "Darlo" studio
  • Score: 2

7:44pm Sun 6 Apr 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

He commited professional suicide. He was gifted his shot at success, he didn't earn it and subsequently threw it away as though it was worthless. This is what happens when you're given things and don't earn them. The guys a talentless idiot who didn't deserve any amount of success in the music business.
He commited professional suicide. He was gifted his shot at success, he didn't earn it and subsequently threw it away as though it was worthless. This is what happens when you're given things and don't earn them. The guys a talentless idiot who didn't deserve any amount of success in the music business. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: -2

8:10pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Voice-of-reality says...

I have now listened to his music - I retract my previous comment relating to talent. Its all 'spin, spin, spin' these days - I shall return to Sibelius.
I have now listened to his music - I retract my previous comment relating to talent. Its all 'spin, spin, spin' these days - I shall return to Sibelius. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 0

8:39pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Hanntsm says...

I have to disagree he has got talent and he has not thrown it away he is on his way to Germany right now where he is singing, he never stops singing for his fans who I might add appreciate him, and he certainly isn't a talentless idiot far from it and quite a few in the industry have made the comment about how talented he is .
I have to disagree he has got talent and he has not thrown it away he is on his way to Germany right now where he is singing, he never stops singing for his fans who I might add appreciate him, and he certainly isn't a talentless idiot far from it and quite a few in the industry have made the comment about how talented he is . Hanntsm
  • Score: 5

6:55am Mon 7 Apr 14

darloboss says...

Hanntsm so your not a wanabe fan
then you must be his mam i hope your proud of him cos everyone needs their mam
Hanntsm so your not a wanabe fan then you must be his mam i hope your proud of him cos everyone needs their mam darloboss
  • Score: -4

10:32am Mon 7 Apr 14

Ally F says...

Can't comment on whether James Arthur has talent, no doubt he has, but he has been in the press recently for all the wrong reasons. Whether he's talented is immaterial. It's the transition from being a nobody one day, to front page idol the next. You can't mentally and psychologically prepare for that, and it's no surprise some pop-up stars go a little off the rails and a bit Lady Ga-ga.

Just look at the parallels with Arthur, SuBo et al and many a premier league footballer. All struggling to contain their emotions on and off the pitch or stage - all are undoubtedly hugely talented, but not prepared for the 24/7 attention into every aspect of their lives. The press just love to worship them one day and demonise them the next - it sells papers.

Once SyCo have milked Arthur they will drop him. The lawyers will have plenty of clever words in the contract protecting the record company. I just hope Arthur then lets his talent shine through and becomes his own man rather than the completely commoditised product Syco has made him. But while he is signed to Cowell he might as well just suspend all reality, opinion, free thinking, creativity etc., and just be the record company branded puppet and cash cow he's supposed to be.
Can't comment on whether James Arthur has talent, no doubt he has, but he has been in the press recently for all the wrong reasons. Whether he's talented is immaterial. It's the transition from being a nobody one day, to front page idol the next. You can't mentally and psychologically prepare for that, and it's no surprise some pop-up stars go a little off the rails and a bit Lady Ga-ga. Just look at the parallels with Arthur, SuBo et al and many a premier league footballer. All struggling to contain their emotions on and off the pitch or stage - all are undoubtedly hugely talented, but not prepared for the 24/7 attention into every aspect of their lives. The press just love to worship them one day and demonise them the next - it sells papers. Once SyCo have milked Arthur they will drop him. The lawyers will have plenty of clever words in the contract protecting the record company. I just hope Arthur then lets his talent shine through and becomes his own man rather than the completely commoditised product Syco has made him. But while he is signed to Cowell he might as well just suspend all reality, opinion, free thinking, creativity etc., and just be the record company branded puppet and cash cow he's supposed to be. Ally F
  • Score: 15

10:51am Mon 7 Apr 14

Hanntsm says...

No I am not his mum I do not have that honor , but I would be proud of him if I was. I am sure you aren't perfect but ill bet your mam is proud of you.
No I am not his mum I do not have that honor , but I would be proud of him if I was. I am sure you aren't perfect but ill bet your mam is proud of you. Hanntsm
  • Score: 3

9:17pm Tue 8 Apr 14

joedarlo45 says...

Think the clue is in the statement that his last record failed to make the Top 40......thats not many record sales.....so he is not generating any profits.......bye bye
Think the clue is in the statement that his last record failed to make the Top 40......thats not many record sales.....so he is not generating any profits.......bye bye joedarlo45
  • Score: -4

8:17am Thu 10 Apr 14

Hanntsm says...

Reason:His record was not played on radio stations despite many requests from his fans, and that's all I have to say on that matter as the song was great. But not really bothered what you think have to go to work now.
Reason:His record was not played on radio stations despite many requests from his fans, and that's all I have to say on that matter as the song was great. But not really bothered what you think have to go to work now. Hanntsm
  • Score: 3

6:53pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Withnail Lefty says...

Wasn't Don McLean prescient when, in 1970, he sang about "the day the music died" because that "day" was when Simon Cowell started X Factor.
Wasn't Don McLean prescient when, in 1970, he sang about "the day the music died" because that "day" was when Simon Cowell started X Factor. Withnail Lefty
  • Score: 1

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