James Arthur 'Axed' From Simon Cowell's Label, 'X Factor' Winner Confirms Split From Syco Records

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James Arthur has taken to Twitter to confirm he’s left Simon Cowell’s label, Syco Records, which he signed to following his ‘X Factor’ win in 2012.

Back in April, James denied that he had parted ways with the label, however in a series of tweets he has now told fans that he has to “move on and do something different”.

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James shared his career update with his 2.1million followers, writing: "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.

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

A source from Syco has reportedly told The Mirror that James was ‘axed’ by the label.

“We have basically taken the decision not to take up the option of another album,” they said. “James’ record sales were good but he has become a liability and he didn’t listen to anyone.

“He was told a few days ago and has now obviously made the news public himself.

"It is a shame this has happened but he hasn't helped himself."

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James and Simon have had a number of public feuds

James’s relationship with Syco has reportedly been on the rocks for a while and his choice to release a mixtape entitled ‘All The World’s A Stage’ - which featured a reference to terrorism in the lyrics - didn’t go down too well according to sources.

“It seems James is self-destructing,” a source told The Sun On Sunday. “He has done himself no favours with his outbursts. It’s as if he’s almost willing Syco to drop him.”

James has also had a number of spats with Simon Cowell, who eventually admitted in April that it was time for crisis talks with the singer.

One of their many public arguments was over a character in the ‘X Factor’-inspired musical ‘I Can’t Sing’, which led to Si hitting back, telling James to “just shut up and put the records out”.

It is not clear what the future holds for James, though he is scheduled to play at a number of events this summer, including V Festival.

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