James Arthur Looking For New Record Label
X Factor winner James Arthur has confirmed his departure from Simon Cowell's record label.
It was reported in April that the singer had been dumped by Syco for writing a song about terrorism.
And Arthur wrote on Twitter on Wednesday night: "Just to clear things up - I am no longer with Syco. I would like to thank all at the label for making a great record with me.
"I now have to move on and do something different - the future is bright!"
The singer said he had not signed to a new label yet but that there had been a "lot of interest".
The 26-year-old's song Follow The Leader included the line "I'm gonna blow up your family like I'm a terrorist".
Arthur was criticised for the lyrics but insisted he was "not promoting terrorism".
He said at the time: "As far as I know, I am still with Syco but I am exclusively signed to Sony. People look too deeply into the media circus. It's about music."
It is the latest controversy for the star after a series of online blunders, including criticising his own publicity team for the messages they post on Twitter and temporarily leaving the social network after becoming embroiled in a homophobia row.
The singer, whose most recent single Get Down made it to just number 96 in the chart, said later of that incident that he was "disappointed in myself for being so naive".
Arthur, who won The X Factor in 2012, is one of several winners of the show who later parted company with Syco.
Matt Cardle, Joe McElderry and Steve Brookstein all failed to maintain chart success after their popularity faded following victory on the television show.
Last week, 2006 winner Leona Lewis announced she had left the company after seven years, signing a new deal with Island Records, part of rival Universal.