After he won the British X Factor in 2012, James Arthur had the world at his feet. He had a record deal and had a hit studio album to his credit too. Then it all fell apart as his life took a turn for the worse. That was the hardest period of his life. Arthur however wasn’t about to give up.
He got his life back on track and came out with another album that was more of an outpouring of emotions than a record. He did not expect it to be as big a hit as it turned out to be and Arthur was back in business. The Englishman has got a very important year coming up. If you want to see what makes him so special, then book your James Arthur tickets and catch him live in concert.
The X Factor
James Arthur started to record and write songs when he was just fifteen years old. He then went on to perform with quite a few bands. In the year 2012, he decided to audition for the British version of The X Factor. He sang an acoustic version of the track Young. He was picked for the bootcamp and performed to A Million Love Songs. His performance was good enough for him to be mentored by Nicole Scherzinger. Arthur eventually won the show.
His winner’s song was a cover of Impossible, the track by Shontelle. The track was released in the form of a charity single for Together for Short Lives and turned out to be a massive hit. The single went on to peak at the first spot on the UK Singles Chart and also went to the top spot in Ireland. It also climbed to the second position in Australia and New Zealand. The track went on to become the best selling X Factor winner’s single in history.
The Debut Album
James Arthur released the track You’re Nobody ‘til Somebody Loves You in 2013. It peaked at the second spot in the UK and made it to the Top 10 in multiple other countries around the globe. That was followed by the release of his self-titled debut album on November 4, 2013. The record peaked at the second spot in the UK and Scotland. It also went to the sixth position in Switzerland and to the second spot in Ireland. The record went platinum in the United Kingdom and Poland while it recorded gold level sales in Ireland. He then hit the road for his first major tour which saw him play thirty seven dates all across Europe.
Controversies and Back from the Edge
When it looked like Arthur had arrived, he got in the middle of a few controversies. He was criticized for using homophobic lyrics in a song of his. Then he was accused of glorifying violence in a song. As a result of the controversies surrounding him, he parted ways with his label, Syco. He then came out with a mixtape titled “All the World’s a Stage” which was released independently.
James Arthur started to get back on track and went on a tour in May of 2015. He then landed a recording contract from Columbia Records and released the single Say You Won’t Let Go on September 30, 2016. The track was a massive hit that went to number one in the UK and charted at the eleventh spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 thus becoming his first charting track in the United States. The song also topped charts in countries like Sweden, New Zealand, Scotland, the Netherlands, Ireland and Australia.
Say You Won’t Let Go went double platinum in the UK, Italy and Denmark. It was certified three times platinum in the US and five times platinum in Canada. In Australia and Sweden, the song was certified seven times platinum. The song was also the lead single of his next album “Back from the Edge” that came out on October 28, 2016.
The album climbed to the eighth position on the US Heatseekers Albums and made it to the number one position on the UK Albums chart. It also climbed to the Top 10 positions in Switzerland, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland and Australia. The record went platinum in the UK whereas it recorded gold level sales in Sweden, Denmark and Canada.
James Arthur Tour Tickets
James Arthur then celebrated the success of “Back from the Edge” by going on the 16th Annual Honda Civic Tour to support OneRepublic. Not only that, but he also embarked on his own “Back from the Edge Tour” which comprised of a total of thirty six shows that saw Arthur perform all over Europe and Japan. Fans bought James Arthur tour tickets in impressive numbers for those live shows and that is expected to be the case when he tours next.