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James Arthur 'dropped by record label Syco after mixtape controversy'

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James Arthur has been dropped by Syco after controversy about a song on his new rap mixtape, it has been claimed.

Simon Cowell's record label has reportedly sacked the 2012 X Factor champion after he included lyrics such as "I'm gonna blow up your family like I'm a terrorist" in his All The World's A Stage mixtape.

James Arthur

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James Arthur


According to The Sun on Sunday, the track 'Follow the Leader' was the last straw for Syco after a series of controversial outbursts from the star, including the use of homophobic lyrics in a rap and comparing himself to an "exploited" killer whale.

'Follow the Leader' includes the lyrics: "Look at what you do to me, I'm crying over stupid s**t/ You're such a f**king homophobe, wish I'd never let you in/ To think that I was thinking maybe I should let you live/ I'm gonna blow up your family like I'm a terrorist."

While Arthur has not directly referenced the rumoured sacking on his Twitter page, he took to the social networking site today (April 6) to defend the track, seemingly comparing it to Eminem's 2000 song 'Stan'.

"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," he wrote. "Just for the record."

The X Factor: James Arthur

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James Arthur on X Factor in 2012

Simon Cowell

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Simon Cowell


The singer had previously addressed questions about the track on Friday (April 4), saying: "For anybody who is confused by the lyrics in the 'follow the leader' teaser..the song is from the point of view of demented fan hence the homophobe reference and the aggressive tone.

"In the story the fan turns on me.. Can't wait for you to hear it in context!"

Cowell has recently commented on Arthur's behaviour, saying that the star should have "shut up and just put the records out".

The Syco boss said: "I think James, unfortunately, has had so many issues with what he has done publicly - which is a real issue with me.

"Somebody should have told him to shut up and just put the records out."

A Sony Music spokesperson and Arthur's PR both declined to comment this morning (April 6).

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