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James Arthur confirms split with Simon Cowell

Saltburn's X-Factor winner James Arthur has confirmed that he is no longer with Simon Cowell's company, Syco.

There was speculation earlier this year that he had been dropped by the record label.

Last night, though, James Arthur posted these messages on Twitter:

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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.

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I now have to move on and do something different - the future is bright! #LOVE

Syco declines to comment on James Arthur

Saltburn's X Factor winner James Arthur said he was 'concentrating on his music' after reports that he had been dropped from Simon Cowell's record label.

The singer was reportedly dropped by Syco after it emerged his song Follow The Leader included the lyric "I'm gonna blow up your family like I'm a terrorist".

A spokeswoman for Syco declined to comment and James tweeted to defend the song, which he insisted was "not promoting terrorism".

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James Arthur 'still with Syco'

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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.

Saltburn's James Arthur has denied speculation that he was dropped by Simon Cowell's label Syco. It has been reported that The X Factor winner was sacked because of controversial lyrics.

Cowell backs North East singers

Simon Cowell has tweeted his support for James Arthur who is releasing his debut album. James is from Saltburn and won The X Factor, going to number one with his single Impossible. He has also shown backing for Little Mix. the girl group has two members from South Tyneside.

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James album this week. It's reeeeealy good. And little mix with their stunning new single. Very proud of both artists.

James Arthur: 'My next album will be rap - then rock"

James Arthur has spoken about the challenge of appealing to different fans since he won the X Factor last year.

He feels he has to strike a balance between the audience he had before he found fame and the fans who helped him to win the show and reach number one in the charts.

He promised to release a "commercial" album every year - but said he will also produce a rap album, and then a rock one, to express the different sides of who he is.

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X Factor winner back for album signing

'Impossible' singer James Arthur has tweeted his excitement about coming back to the region for an album signing. James, from Saltburn, will be signing copies of his album at HMV in Middlesbrough.

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Can't wait to get back up to Boro today. Come see me at HMV Middlesbrough from 5pm tonight you lovely people #LOVE http://t.co/KCKltnztTH

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James Arthur fans excited for Boro album signing

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Just listened to the new @jamesarthur23 album and it is really good! Hopefully I'll be able to meet him this Wednesday! #HMV #Middlesbrough

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