Daniel Powter

Daniel Powter
Daniel Powter
Background information
Birth name Daniel Richard Powter
Born February 25, 1971 (1971-02-25) (age 40)
Origin Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Piano rock, pop rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, pianist
Instruments Piano, vocals
Years active 2000–present
Labels Warner Bros., Sony BMG
Website http://www.danielpowter.com/

Daniel Richard Powter (born February 25, 1971) is a Canadian recording artist. He is known for his hit "Bad Day", which spent five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. Powter became the only act to register the #1 hit of the year (2006 in this case) but chart no other Hot 100 hit.

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Life and career

Powter grew up in Vernon, in the Okanagan-Shuswap region of British Columbia. As a child, Powter played the violin. He changed to piano after a group of children bullied him and destroyed his violin. A dyslexic, Powter had trouble in university studying music, and later dropped out in order to pursue his own musical career, learning all songs by ear and recording new melodies that he created. Daniel Powter released his debut album, I'm Your Betty, in 2000. The album, limited to a very small print, contains ten songs, two of which—"More Than I" and "Negative Fashion"—were featured on the television show Higher Ground..

Powter at the MTV Asia Awards 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand

Powter's first single, "Bad Day", was first released in Europe in mid 2005, in advance of his second album, Daniel Powter. Warner Bros. Records submitted the single for commercial production, and it was subsequently chosen by Coca-Cola as the theme song for an ad campaign in Europe. The song achieved heavy airplay in most European countries, peaking at number three on the overall European airplay chart. It reached number one on national airplay in Germany, number one on the singles charts in the Republic of Ireland[1] and Italy, number two in the United Kingdom,—where it stayed in the top ten for thirteen weeks—and number three in Australia.

In the United States, "Bad Day" was used extensively on the television series American Idol in its fifth season. Powter sang the song live at the end of the final show of that season on May 23, 2006. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, making Powter the first solo Canadian male artist to top the Hot 100 since Bryan Adams in 1995 (with "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?"). The song also reached number one in Powter's homeland of Canada.

On July 2, 2005, Powter performed at the Berlin installment of Live 8, a simultaneous group of concerts in nine countries intended to raise awareness of poverty in Africa and put pressure on world leaders for aid.

"Bad Day" came fifth in the British Record of the Year 2005. In 2006, Powter won in the New Artist of the Year category at the Canadian Juno Awards, and was nominated for Best International Breakthrough Act at the BRIT Awards. "Bad Day" was nominated at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards for Hot 100 Single of the Year, and was named Billboard magazine's song of the year in 2006.[2] At the 2007 Grammy Awards, Powter received a Best Male Pop Vocal Performance nomination for the song.

The subsequent singles from Daniel Powter – "Jimmy Gets High", "Free Loop", and "Lie to Me" – were released in different parts of the world, each failing to match the success of "Bad Day". "Free Loop" was deemed chart ineligible in the UK (as the release included a version of "Bad Day" as a B-side whilst "Bad Day" was still in the chart, hence breaking chart rules) and failed to chart in the U.S., though it reached the top forty on the Adult Contemporary chart. Following the release of "Lie to Me", "Jimmy Gets High" was to be the fourth single from the album in the UK, but its release was cancelled. A new track called "Love You Lately" was released as the next U.S. single, preceding a re-release of the album Daniel Powter that was also cancelled.

In March 2008, a song by Japanese singer Haru featuring Powter, "Find My Way", was released. In September, Powter released his third album, Under the Radar. This was the same year in which he embarked on the Wolfbaggin' Tour, joining the likes of Alphabeat and Lil Chris.

Powter also performed piano on tracks for what was scheduled to be Marcy Playground frontman John Wozniak's solo album, Leaving Wonderland...in a fit of rage, but the album will now be released under the band's name. Powter will still be given credit for his contributions to the song "Gin and Money".

In December 2009, Powter was named as the decade's top One-Hit Wonder by Billboard. The magazine describes one-hit wonders as acts whose second hit did not reach the top 25; they only included acts from 2000 to 2007.[3] Powter's notoriety is unmistakable, since "Bad Day" is his only Hot 100 hit.

On January 1, 2010, he performed 'O Canada' at the NHL Winter Classic.

Discography

Albums

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
AUS
[4]
AUT
[5]
FRA
[6]
GER
[7]
IRE
[8]
NZ
[9]
SWE
[10]
SWI
[11]
UK
[12]
US
[13]
2000 I'm Your Betty
2005 Daniel Powter 14 43 14 42 8 6 26 14 5 9
2008 Under the Radar
  • Release date: August 13, 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
74 29 20 43
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilation albums

Year Album details
2007 B-Sides[17]
  • Released: January 29, 2007
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: digital download
2010 Best of Me[18]
  • Released: December 8, 2010
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Extended plays

Year Album details
2008 iTunes Live from Tokyo[19]
  • Released: August 6, 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: digital download
Songs from Under the Radar[20]
  • Released: September 16, 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: digital download

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
CAN
[21]
AUS
[4]
AUT
[5]
FRA
[6]
GER
[22]
IRE
[8]
NZ
[9]
SWI
[23]
UK
[12]
US
[24]
2005 "Bad Day" 7 3 13 3 17 1 7 5 2 1
[A]
Daniel Powter
"Free Loop (One Night Stand)" 11 43 62 52 55 20 32 38
[B]
"Jimmy Gets High" 41
2006 "Lie to Me" 92
"Love You Lately" 5
[C]
2008 "Next Plane Home" 61 71 37 70 Under the Radar
2009 "Best of Me" 40
"Whole World Around"
2010 "Lose to Win" Best of Me
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Notes

References

  1. ^ Bad Day peaks at #1 on ISC on August 18, 2005
  2. ^ 2006 Billboard Music Awards Finalists
  3. ^ The Associated Press, December 7, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal > Daniel Powter". australian-charts.com. http://www.australian-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Daniel+Powter. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "austriancharts.at - Austria Top 40 > Daniel Powter". austriancharts.at. http://austriancharts.at/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Daniel+Powter. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "lescharts.com - Les charts portal > Daniel Powter". lescharts.com. http://lescharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Daniel+Powter. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Charts.de - Albums - Daniel Powter". charts.de. http://charts.de/search.asp?search=daniel+powter&x=0&y=0&cat=a&country=de. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Irish Charts - Daniel Powter". irish-charts.com. http://irish-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Daniel+Powter. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal > Daniel Powter". charts.org.nz. http://charts.org.nz/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Daniel+Powter. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  10. ^ "swedishcharts.com - Swedish charts portal". swedishcharts.com. http://swedishcharts.com/search.asp?search=Daniel+Powter&cat=a. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". hitparade.ch. http://hitparade.ch/search.asp?search=daniel+powter&cat=a. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Daniel Powter". chartstats.com. http://www.chartstats.com/artistinfo.php?id=707. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Daniel Powter Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/daniel-powter/chart-history/656763?f=305&g=Albums. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum - January 2007". Canadian Recording Industry Association. http://www.cria.ca/gold/0107_g.php. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2005 Albums". ARIA Charts. http://www.aria.com.au/pages/aria-charts-accreditations-albums-2005.htm. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  16. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - August 29, 2010: Daniel Powter certified albums". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS&artist=Daniel%20Powter&format=ALBUM&go=Search&perPage=50. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  17. ^ "B-Sides". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. http://itunes.apple.com/album/b-sides/id212942598. Retrieved December 16, 2010. 
  18. ^ "THE BEST OF ME / ベスト・オブ・ミー~ベスト・オブ・ダニエル・パウター(初回限定盤)" (in Japanese). Warner Music Group Japan. http://www.wmg.jp/artist/powter/WPCR000013960.html. Retrieved December 16, 2010. 
  19. ^ "iTunes Live From Tokyo - EP". iTunes Store Australia. Apple Inc. http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/itunes-live-from-tokyo-ep/id286124983. Retrieved December 16, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Songs from Under the Radar - EP". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. http://itunes.apple.com/album/songs-from-under-the-radar-ep/id290074393. Retrieved December 16, 2010. 
  21. ^ "allmusic ((( Daniel Powter > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p702418. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Charts.de - Singles - Daniel Powter". charts.de. http://charts.de/search.asp?search=daniel+powter&x=0&y=9&cat=s&country=de. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". hitparade.ch. http://www.hitparade.ch/search.asp?search=daniel+powter&cat=s. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Daniel Powter Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/daniel-powter/chart-history/656763?f=379&g=Singles. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  25. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2005 Singles". ARIA Charts. http://www.aria.com.au/pages/aria-charts-accreditations-singles-2005.htm. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  26. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - August 29, 2010: Daniel Powter certified singles". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS&artist=Daniel%20Powter&format=SINGLE&go=Search&perPage=50. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  27. ^ a b "Daniel Powter Album & Song Chart History - Adult Contemporary". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/daniel-powter/chart-history/656763?f=341&g=Singles. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  28. ^ a b "Daniel Powter Album & Song Chart History - Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/daniel-powter/chart-history/656763?f=343&g=Singles. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 

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