X Factor's James Arthur plans big new album as he parties with Nicole Scherzinger

James Arthur

X Factor's James Arthur has revealed plans for a new hip hop album.

The 2012 champ made a huge comeback to the charts in 2016 with a massive new single and album, which both went on to Number 1.

James is now off on a headline tour with his new music but is already planning his next record.

“I want my next album to be a mixture of confessions and a hip-hop vibe. I’ll definitely go more R&B – I haven’t shown off my chops in that sense," he teased.

Meanwhile, speaking to The Sun newspaper, James raved about former X Factor mentor Nicole Scherzinger revealing they remained close.

After enjoying a night out at the BRITs with her, James quipped: “I didn’t expect to be hanging out with Nicole at 2am drinking tequila.

He told the tabloid: “I was supposed to see her last night, but she was like, ‘Babe, I’m running late, I can’t meet up because I’ve got to sing on a flight.’

“When we catch up we have a couple of glasses of whisky and chill, listen to music and just talk. We talk on Whatsapp quite often.”

James praised Nicole - and other celeb pals - for sticking by him when he was "down and out".

He said: “People like Ed Sheeran are so refreshing. Even when I was down and out, he maintained support. He still messaged me.

“Same as Nicole and Labrinth. I didn’t have a lot of showbiz friends.”

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