X Factor's James Arthur just misses out on Number 1 with comeback single

James Arthur

X Factor winner James Arthur has just missed on the top spot in the charts.

After hitting the top spot on iTunes last week, James has had to settle for Number 2 in this week's Official Top 40 with his comeback track.

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.

Following 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 but despite scoring the most downloads was beaten by the Chainsmokers and Halsey to Number 1 thanks to streaming.

However we're not sure he'll be too miffed.

It was revealed last 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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