James Arthur Biography

James Arthur (James Andrew Arthur) was born on 2nd March 1988 in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom. He is a musician who won the ninth series of X Factor in 2012.

James Arthur X Factor

In 2012 James Arthur auditioned for the ninth series of The X Factor, performing an acoustic rendition of judge Tulisa’s “Young”. At bootcamp he sang “A Million Love Songs” and was chosen as one of six contestants in the “Boys” category to advance to judges’ houses. He was mentored by Nicole Scherzinger.

After his performance of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” on the third live show on 20 October, Arthur was accused of plagiarism. His version was very similar to the rendition by YouTube star only1Noah, which was uploaded on 9 May 2012 and had over 13 million views at the time. However, Arthur later tweeted: “Btw doesn’t everyone know I was putting a spin on Noah’s version? It had 13.something million hits! Was I supposed to state the obvious?” In week 7, after performing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, Arthur was controversially in the final showdown.

James Arthur sang “Fallin'” for survival against fellow favourite Ella Henderson, and the result went to deadlock. Scherzinger and Gary Barlow voted to send Arthur through to the quarterfinal, while Tulisa and Louis Walsh voted to send Henderson through to the quarter-final. Resulting from the public vote Arthur was sent through to the quarter-final, receiving 13.7% of the vote whereas Henderson received 12.1%.

On 9th December 2012 he was announced the winner with 53.7% of the final vote, against Jahméne  Douglas who received 38.9%. This made him the  first-ever winner of the show to have previously been in the bottom two.

James Arthur Album

  • James Arthur

James Arthur Songs

  • You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You
  • Get Down
  • Naked
  • New Tattoo
  • Impossible
  • Lie Down
  • Recovery
  • Roses
  • Supposed
  • Suicide
  • Is This Love?
  • Certain Things (feat. Chasing Grace)
  • Smoke Clouds
  • Flyin’
  • Emergency
  • You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You (Acoustic)
  • Impossible (Acoustic)
  • Get Down (Acoustic)
  • Supposed (Acoustic)

James Arthur Impossible

Arthur winning song was the cover song of Shontelle’s ‘Impossible’. The song became the fastest selling The X Factor winner’s single reaching 255,000 downloads within 48 hours and over 490,000 by the end of the week. The single topped
the UK Singles Chart in its first week of release. After 11 days, it was the seventh biggest-selling debut single from any contestant from The X Factor, with sales of 622,000. In its second week, the single dropped to number two, but reclaimed the number one spot in its third week, and stayed at the top for a further week.

James Arthur  Family

James Arthur mother is Shirley Ashworth and father is Nell Arthur. They split up when James was one year old and each settled with new partners a few years after their divorce. They hardly spoke with one another for more than 20 years, but they agreed to attend James’s X factor audition together in a family
reunion to support him.


James Arthur
James Arthur