All it took was one song for James Arthur, 29, to mark his triumphant return to the music scene. His song Say You Won’t Let Go, released in September 2016, spent three weeks at the top of the UK Singles chart.
As of February 2017, the song has sold over two million copies worldwide. His latest album Back From The Edge also made it to No. 1 on the UK Albums chart.
Arthur, who won The X-Factor back in 2012, previously made headlines for a number of controversial incidences, including homophobic comments, bizarre Twitter rants, and a feud with another The X-Factor contestant, Lucy Spraggan. In light of the negative publicity, iTunes even offered refunds to customers who purchased his eponymously-titled debut album.
Subsequently, Simon Cowell’s music label Syco dropped Arthur from in 2014. This happened after the singer’s single Get Down failed to crack the charts.
In a recent interview with The Sun, Arthur talked about how he wanted to change people’s perception of him through his second album Back From The Edge.
He mentioned that for Back From The Edge, he had to be vulnerable and honest. Arthur also added that he wanted to let people know that he is not a bad guy.
So, now that he’s back on top again, Arthur feels like a new man.
“Being back now… it feels like I’ve got my purpose back again. It feels like I’m doing what I should be doing. I’m just really chuffed to be back to doing hard work, you know? (Being) busy all day, every that’s what I like to be doing,” he shared in an interview with MTV.