X Factor's James Arthur hits Number 1 with comeback single

James Arthur

Former X Factor winner James Arthur has hit the top spot with new single Say You Won't Let Go.

The 2012 champ was ditched by Simon Cowell's Syco record label after only the one album in 2013 but has since signed a new deal with Columbia.

And his debut track from the new era has stormed the charts, this evening hitting the top spot to knock off The Chainsmokers from pole position which they've held for the past three weeks.

James' new song is taken from his second album Back From The Edge which follows a turbulent two years for the singer, who this week revealed he was close to suicide and addicted to drugs following his appearance on the show and being dropped.

He recalled in an interview with The Sun newspapers: “I’d never been a guy who suffers from suicidal tendencies but I had taken all I could take from life.

“I thought that was my chance and I’d ruined it. You never see an X Factor winner make a comeback. It doesn’t happen.”

James - who now just "laughs off" criticism after becoming known for his Twitter outbursts - went to to reveal: “Quitting drugs has helped me gain some perspective. I don’t recognise that artist in my first album."

“I was trying to write a hit, trying to be the best X Factor winner ever — they weren’t honest songs as you didn’t hear any of my character," he explained. “This one, there’s loads of me in it. There is a bit of self-indulgence in there as I had to tell my story."

James' song debuted in the charts at Number 25 today in the official charts but is expected to shoot up the rankings come next week's countdown.

Say You Won't Let Go is out now and can be downloaded HERE.

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