Daniel Powter

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Daniel Powter
DanielPowterJan09.jpg
Powter in 2009
Background information
Birth name Daniel Richard Powter
Born (1971-02-25) February 25, 1971 (age 43)
Origin Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Piano rock, pop rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, pianist
Instruments Piano, vocals
Years active 1995–present
Labels Outside,
Warner Bros.,
Avex,
EMI
Website http://www.danielpowter.com/

Daniel Richard Powter (born February 25, 1971) is a Canadian recording artist, songwriter, and pianist. He is best known for his self-penned hit song "Bad Day" (2005), which spent five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. Powter was the only solo artist to register a #1 hit in that year without previously having had another song chart in the Hot 100.

Early life[edit]

Powter grew up in Vernon, in the Okanagan-Shuswap region of British Columbia. As a child, Powter played the violin at the age of 4. 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. He first started writing songs when he was 10 years old.

Powter released his first EP, 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. Negative Fashion was then revived in Powter's 2008 album: "Under the Radar."

Self-titled debut[edit]

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 first album, Daniel Powter. Warner Bros. Records submitted the single for commercials, 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 in 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.

"Bad Day" was the Billboard Hot 100 Single of the Year for 2006.

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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. Powter was never able to have another major hit after "Bad Day" and never cracked the U.S. Hot 100 again.

Later career[edit]

Powter performing at the Festival of Friends in 2013

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 was released under the band's name. Powter was still 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. In that same year, he released his greatest hits album, Best of Me, and with it, recorded three new songs and a new version of the title track to go along with 'Bad Day', 'Jimmy Gets High', 'Next Plane Home' and his other singles. Only one was released as a single: 'Lose To Win'; Powter again failed to re-capture the success of 'Bad Day'. Sometime after, he took a hiatus.

On April 10, 2012, Powter's new single "Cupid" was released to US and Canadian iTunes Stores. Powter's latest album, Turn on the Lights, was released in July 2012.

On June 13, 2012, Powter also made a tribute to L'Arc-en-Ciel with his variation of the song "Stay Away."

On December 5, 2012, Powter was featured in a song with Japanese singer May J. titled "Back To Your Heart". On the 18 he released the single "Christmas Cupid", which is a Christmas version of his song "Cupid".

On April 10, 2013, he released "Crazy all My life". On June 5, Powter announced on Twitter that he was working on a new album with Jeff Dawson, who co-produced most of his songs in the past, and John Fields, who produced "Crazy All My Life". Powter added that like with I'm Your Betty he would not be focusing on making singles or else he would create 'garbage'.

On July 17, 2013 Powter performed at the NADCP 19th Annual Drug Court Training Conference Closing Ceremony performing Bad Day and The Whole World Around.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
AUS
[4]
AUT
[5]
BEL
(WA)

[6]
FRA
[7]
IRL
[8]
JPN
[9]
NZ
[10]
SWI
[11]
UK
[12]
US
[13]
I'm Your Betty[14]
  • Released: February 14, 2000
  • Label: Outside
  • Formats: CD
Daniel Powter 14 43 18 14 8 4 6 14 5 9
Under the Radar
  • Released: August 13, 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, digital download
74 21 29 10 20 43
Turn on the Lights
  • Released: July 13, 2012
  • Label: Avex, EMI
  • Formats: CD, digital download
177 109
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
JPN
[9]
B-Sides[20]
  • Released: January 29, 2007
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: Digital download
Best of Me
  • Released: December 8, 2010
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, digital download
65
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Album details
iTunes Live from Tokyo[21]
  • Released: August 6, 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: Digital download
Songs from Under the Radar[22]
  • Released: September 16, 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: Digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
CAN
[23]
AUS
[4]
AUT
[5]
BEL
(WA)

[6]
GER
[24]
IRL
[8]
SWI
[11]
UK
[12]
US
[25]
US
Adult

[26]
"Bad Day" 2005 7 3 13 7 17 1 5 2 1 1 Daniel Powter
"Free Loop (One Night Stand)" 11 43 62 50 55 20 38
"Jimmy Gets High" 43 41
"Lie to Me"[31] 2006
"Love You Lately" 5 39
"Next Plane Home" 2008 61 25 71 37 70 Under the Radar
"Best of Me" 40
"Whole World Around"[32] 2009
"Lose to Win"[33] 2010 Best of Me
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"[34]
"Cupid" 2012 152 36 Turn on the Lights
"Crazy All My Life" 2013 23
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ TOP 50 SINGLES, WEEK ENDING 18 August 2005. Irish Music Charts Archive
  2. ^ 2006 Billboard Music Awards Finalists
  3. ^ The Associated Press, December 7, 2009.
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  9. ^ a b ダニエル・パウター (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
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  12. ^ a b Peak chart positions for albums in the United Kingdom:
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  14. ^ "I'm Your Betty – Daniel Powter". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Powter Tacks New Single Onto Hit Album". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "American certifications – Powter, Daniel". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
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  19. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Daniel Powter)". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  20. ^ "B-Sides by Daniel Powter". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  21. ^ "iTunes Live From Tokyo – EP by Daniel Powter". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Songs from Under the Radar – EP by Daniel Powter". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  23. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Canada:
  24. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Powter, Daniel / Single". musicline.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Daniel Powter – Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Daniel Powter – Chart History: Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Canadian certifications – Daniel Powter". Music Canada. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Gold–/Platin-Datenbank (Daniel Powter)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  30. ^ レコード協会調べ 1月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:1月度認定> (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Lie to Me [Australia Single] – Daniel Powter". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Whole World Around (Taiwan DMD) – Daniel Powter". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Songs from Lose to Win – Single by Daniel Powter". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – Single by Daniel Powter". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 

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