James Arthur On X Factor Curse: 'Male Winners Haven't Made Great Albums'

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James Arthur has claimed that previous male X Factor winners have failed to release good enough albums.

Previous champions Shayne Ward, Joe McElderry and Matt Cardle have been labelled flops since departing Simon Cowell's SyCo label, despite achieving reasonable record sales following their victories.

According to The Mirror, he said: "I find the statistics ridiculous, the blokes that have won before have had a niche, they haven't sold records because they haven't made great albums. That's the bottom line.

"This show has evolved. If either me or Jahmene won, the albums will be good and they will sell. There's creative control this year, there hasn't been that before.

"We haven't had to compromise our styles, where as in the past I think that's been the case, they have had to compromise."

He continued: "I think the music industry has evolved, the X Factor has produced some of the biggest acts in the world and they didn't even have to win. If One Direction won that year, they still would have had the same success as they have now.

"Sometimes the winner is just the winner because of their popularity, it's not about the music they make. Everyone left in the competition has the ability to sell a lot of records."

The only three winners who are still signed to SyCo are Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke and Little Mix - though even Burke adjusted her deal before releasing second album Heartbreak On Hold.

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