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".
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.
People across the North East were out late for a rare glimpse of the Northern Lights last night.
This picture was taken by one of our viewers, Nick Wesson, in Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire.
The body of a man from Middlesbrough aged 70 has been discovered at the foot of cliffs near Saltburn-by-the-Sea. His death is not thought to be suspicious. Police have not yet released his name.
Coastguards were called out to reports of a teenager threatening to jump in the rough sea at Saltburn after playing the "neknomination" drinking game.
The RNLI Lifeboat based in Redcar was also sent to Saltburn Pier after being alerted by Cleveland Police, but the teenager was later found to be at home.
After going to the pier, Redcar Coastguard Rescue Team found the male had posted his intention to jump from it on social media after taking part in the online game.
"The craze of neknominate is spreading virally through Facebook but before accepting your mission please just stop and think about what you are doing.
"If you have been drinking, your judgement will be impaired and you will be more likely to be overcome by the cold, dark sea. Your acceptance of the dare is highly likely to be life threatening.
"Alcohol is a contributory factor in a significant number of coastal drownings every year. Alcohol and sea water really don't mix."
A man who had gone missing from his home in Saltburn has been found safe and well.
Derek Ingledew, 76, had been missing since Wednesday but has been found in London.
Police are thanking members of the public for help with their enquiries.
Police are appealing for help to trace a missing man from Saltburn.
Derek Ingledew, 76, has been missing from home since January 15th. His family say it is out of character for him not to return home and officers are concerned for his welfare.
Mr Ingledew is described as white, 5ft 8" tall with brown eyes and white hair and he wears glasses. He was last seen wearing a grey ski-type jacket, a blue shirt, navy trousers and brown shoes.
There has been reports of a possible sighting of Mr Ingledew in London and he may be travelling by train.
Anyone who may have seen him is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.
Police searching for a missing man from Harrogate have found a man's body on a beach in Saltburn.
James Kipling has not been seen since the afternoon of Thursday, 14th November. A body was found near cliffs, in an area known as Saltburn Scar, but has not been identified.
X Factor winner James Arthur is returning to his hometown to meet fans today, November 6. The Saltburn-born star will be at HMV in Middlesbrough to sign copies of his new album.
A dog from Saltburn has been filming with international model Agyness Deyn. Meg 'Surfdog' is taking part in a film featuring the model.