Artist of the Month

JAMES ARTHUR

Origin: Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England 

Genres: Pop, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Rock

Years Active: 2010 - Present



James Andrew Arthur (born 2 March 1988) is a British singer and songwriter who won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012. His debut single, "Impossible", was released by Syco Music after the final and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart in its first week of release. Since then, it has gone on to sell over 1.4 million copies in the UK, making it the most successful winner's single in the show's history and has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. The follow-up single "You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You" reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. He released his self-titled debut studio album in November 2013. The album debuted and peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart.

After the release of his debut studio album James Arthur, he was involved in a series of controversies. This led iTunes to offer refunds for the album. The single release "Recovery" made to number 19, while the sales for the fourth single "Get Down" hardly made the top 100. Arthur parted ways with Simon Cowell's record label Syco in 2014. In 2015, he signed a new deal with Columbia Records to release his second studio album in 2016, titled Back from the Edge. Arthur was also re-signed to Syco in 2016.

On 8 January 2016, Arthur released a new song called "The Truth" on iTunes in the United States Following the song's release, he took to Twitter and clarified that the song would feature on Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn, and that it was not the lead single.

Arthur released "Say You Won't Let Go" on 9 September 2016 as the lead single from his second studio album Back from the Edge, which was released on 28 October 2016. Arthur also re-signed with Syco. On 30 September 2016, the single reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming his second chart topper and making him the first male winner to date to have two UK number one singles. The song remained on the top spot for three consecutive weeks. In January 2017, the single became his first chart entry on the Billboard charts in the US. By the second week of January 2017, it had surpassed the 1 million sales mark in the UK, making James the first-ever 'X Factor' act to have two singles sell over a million copies in his homeland as well as the 21st act in UK chart history to have two or more million sellers. As of February 2017, it had sold two million copies worldwide. It was later confirmed that he will be appearing at the V Festival in August, having previously performed there in 2013. The same month OneRepublic lead singer Ryan Tedder also confirmed that he would be joining the band and Fitz and the Tantrums as a support act on their Honda Civic Tour in the US and Canada during the summer.

 

Follow up single "Safe Inside" peaked at #31 on the UK charts and third single "Can I Be Him" peaked inside the Top 75 at #69. In May 2017, the new album by US rapper Machine Gun Kelly, featuring a collaboration with James, was released. The following month the song was confirmed as the fourth single from the album.  The same month it was announced that James would be one of the vocalists featured on a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water", which was recorded to raise funds for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.T he single was released on June 21 and went on to enter the UK charts at #1 two days later.  On June 20, James confirmed on Twitter that he would be a guest vocalist on drum n bass act Rudimental's single "Sun Comes Up", set for release on June 30.

 

He has cited Nirvana lead singer and songwriter Kurt Cobain as the reason he became interested in music and also draws from many different genres from Hip Hop, to Soul, to R&B, to Rock, and artists like Prince, Miguel and Michael Jackson. He has also stated that he would love to collaborate with American rapper Eminem.

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