James Arthur signs new record deal, second album due in 2016

Published Monday, Sep 7 2015, 11:57 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
James Arthur has signed a new record deal and will release his second album next year.

The former X Factor winner has signed a new contract with Columbia Germany after being dropped from Simon Cowell's Syco label in 2014.

James Arthur performs at 'Summer Saturday Live' at Newmarket Racecourse, 2014


He shared the happy news via Twitter, telling fans: "After a crazy 15 months I'm so happy to be able to say that I've signed a worldwide deal with a major label and releasing album 2 in 2016.

"I want to say a huge thanks first of all to my incredible fans for the love and support you have shown me. Without you.. God knows what.

"Thanks to my amazing publishers @sonyatvpubuk my new management team @hallornothing @JGGMedia you have helped me turn it around xxx

"Excited about the future!

"Thanks to @columbia_de @ColumbiaRecords can't wait to finish this album with you."

James confirmed his exit from Syco in June last year, saying: "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."

After winning the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012, James went on to achieve a number one hit with 'Impossible'. His debut album hit number two in the charts and spawned the singles 'You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You' and 'Recovery'.