Label drops X-factor star James Arthur following homophobic rap
Simon Cowell’s record label. Syco. is rumoured to have dropped X Factor UK winner James Arthur, following a series of controversies including the release of a homophobic rap track by the singer last year.
Arthur who won X Factor in 2012, is due to drop a new album, All the World’s a Stage, later this month, but the singer has come under fire yet again for explicit lyrics and song themes which reportedly glamorise drug use and terrorism.
Arthur has defended the track in question, 'Follow the Leader' saying he drew inspiration from Eminem’s 'Stan' and took to twitter to say it was not promoting terrorism.
The song "follow the leader" from the mixtape is not promoting terrorism, it's a story, a reciting of a Stan Esc letter from a demented fan.— James Arthur (@JamesArthur23) April 6, 2014
Controversy first struck the singer in November of last year when he released a track which included homophobic slurs such as ‘you fucking queer’.
Cowell is yet to confirm whether Syco has dropped Arthur from the label.