Simon Cowell has re-signed The X Factor champion James Arthur to his record label Syco over two years after dropping him following the success of his new single.
James originally joined Syco after winning the ITV talent contest in 2012, with his self-titled debut album charting at number 2 - but several controversies led to him being axed in 2014.
Since then, James has maintained a low public profile. He signed a new deal with the German division of Columbia Records, and joined the books of prestigious management firm James Grant - best known for representing telly stars such as Ant and Dec, Davina McCall and Emma Willis.
Last week James released his comeback single 'Say You Won't Let Go' - and it has proven a huge hit, currently sitting at number one on iTunes UK.
Now the 28-year-old has come full circle, as Syco confirmed yesterday that he is back on their roster of artists.
"We can confirm that James Arthur is now once again signed to Syco Music in the UK," a spokesperson said. "We are delighted to welcome him back into the Syco fold."
Syco - which is co-owned by Columbia's parent firm Sony - will now release James's new album 'Back From The Edge', which is due out in November.
The surprise turn of events marks the first time ever that Simon has re-signed an X Factor act. According to The Sun, the mogul swooped to snap up James after the success of his new single prompted interest from rival firms.
"Over the last few years James has kept in touch with Simon," a source said. "James has grown up a lot and realises he made mistakes in the past. Simon knows this."