X Factor's James Arthur comeback set for Number 1 as he resigns to Simon Cowell's label

James Arthur

X Factor winner James Arthur's comeback keeps getting stronger.

After hitting the top spot on iTunes last week - where he currently remains at the time of writing - James is now battling for this week’s Official Number 1.

James originally joined Simon Cowell's Syco label 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 after only one album.

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.

After time away from the spotlight, James is now very much back and new track Say You Won’t Let Go could become his first chart topper since winner's single Impossible.

Originally charting last week at Number 25, the song has this week jumped to Number 2 and is the most downloaded track of the week so far.

Right now Closer by The Chainsmokers and Halsey is still ahead by 10,000 combined sales, thanks to streaming, the Official Charts Company reports this evening.

And in more good news for James,it was revealed over the weekend that he is now once again signed to Simon's record label.

The 28-year-old has come full circle, as Syco confirmed that he is back on their roster of artists, the first time an X Factor winner has returned to the label.

"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.

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