2012 X-Factor Winner sacked by Simon Cowell
X Factor winner James Arthur has reportedly been sacked by Simon Cowell's record company Syco following a new song in which he appears to glamorize terrorism. This follows several months of "Twitter gaffs" by Arthur who has been accused of homophobia on the social networking site.
After recording just one album for the label, 26-year-old James has now been dropped with the shocking new track apparently the final straw that led to music mogul Simon's decision, according to reports.
The new song, ‘Follow The Leader’, features lyrics in which James raps 'I'm gonna blow up your family like I'm a terrorist'.
A music source told The Sun on Sunday's Dan Wootton that it appears that James might be self-destructing.
'He has done himself no favours with his outbursts,' the source revealed. '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.
'It feels like the end of the road for him at Syco - James has been his own worst enemy.'
James tweeted that his song was actually from the point of view of a mad fan and that he wanted everyone to hear it in context, but it appears that he may have just gone a little too far with the terrorist references. Another of the tracks on the mix tape appears to glamorize drugs while another is a tirade of foul language.
It's not the sort of material that a mainstream music company like Syco - who have stars like One Direction and Susan Boyle on their books - are likely to want to be associated with.
His last single with Syco, "Get Down", failed to reach the top 40 after radio stations failed to play it and James lashed out at his publicity team saying they should: 'stick to promoting Paul Potts'.
Cowell said of James earlier this year: 'Somebody should have told him to shut up and just put the records out'.