US rapper Jay Z has been reported to have a close eye on recent X Factor winner James Arthur and even wants to help launch his career in America.

A source told the Daily Star:

Jay-Z is a keen spotter of British talent and is already involved with Rita Ora and K Koke, and worked with Tinchy Stryder and Sugababes too… Jay knows what kind of music James should be making and that’s gritty and edgy. He feels his team could master an album of worldwide hits.

X Factor aren’t usually the most successful or coolest of artists, just ask Joe McElderry (remember him?), so maybe some endorsement from someone as successful as Jay Z would be a massive help.

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