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Daniel Powter
DanielPowterJan09.jpg
Background information
Birth nameDaniel Richard Powter
Born(1971-02-25) February 25, 1971 (age 42)
OriginVernon, British Columbia, Canada
GenresPiano rock, pop rock, alternative rock
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, pianist
InstrumentsPiano, vocals
Years active2000–present
LabelsOutside,
Warner Bros.,
Avex,
EMI
Websitehttp://www.danielpowter.com/
 
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Daniel Powter
DanielPowterJan09.jpg
Background information
Birth nameDaniel Richard Powter
Born(1971-02-25) February 25, 1971 (age 42)
OriginVernon, British Columbia, Canada
GenresPiano rock, pop rock, alternative rock
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, pianist
InstrumentsPiano, vocals
Years active2000–present
LabelsOutside,
Warner Bros.,
Avex,
EMI
Websitehttp://www.danielpowter.com/

Daniel Richard Powter (born February 25, 1971) is a Canadian recording artist. He is best known for his 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.

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Early life [edit]

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.

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.

Daniel Powter [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 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 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.

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 would never again crack the Hot 100 charts in the US after "Bad Day".

Later career [edit]

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 greates 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 single and that was 'Lose To Win'; again failing to re-capture the success of 'Bad Day'. Sometime after, Powter 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 December 5, 2012, Powter was featured in a song with Japanese singer May J with the song "Back To Your Heart". On the 18th he released the single "Christmas Cupid" (which is a Christmas version of his song "Cupid").

Discography [edit]

Albums [edit]

Studio albums [edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSalesCertifications
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 Powter144318148461459
Under the Radar
  • Released: August 13, 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, digital download
742129102043
Turn on the Lights
  • Released: July 13, 2012
  • Label: Avex, EMI
  • Formats: CD, digital download
177109
"—" 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
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
JPN
[9]
B-Sides[19]
  • 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
TitleAlbum details
iTunes Live from Tokyo[20]
  • Released: August 6, 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: Digital download
Songs from Under the Radar[21]
  • 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
TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
CAN
[22]
AUS
[4]
AUT
[5]
BEL
(WA)

[6]
GER
[23]
IRL
[8]
SWI
[11]
UK
[12]
US
[24]
US
Adult

[25]
"Bad Day"2005731371715211Daniel Powter
"Free Loop (One Night Stand)"436250552038
"Jimmy Gets High"4341
"Lie to Me"[29]2006
"Love You Lately"4539
"Next Plane Home"20086125713770Under the Radar
"Best of Me"200940
"Whole World Around"[30]
"Lose to Win"[31]2010Best of Me
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"[32]
"Cupid"201215238Turn on the Lights
"Crazy All My Life"201327
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References [edit]

  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.
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  7. ^ "Discographie Daniel Powter". lescharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Discography Daniel Powter". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "ダニエル・パウター" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Discography Daniel Powter". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Discographie Daniel Powter" (select "Charts" tab). swisscharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Peak chart positions for albums in the United Kingdom:
  13. ^ "Daniel Powter – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  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. 
  18. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Daniel Powter)". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  19. ^ "B-Sides by Daniel Powter". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  20. ^ "iTunes Live From Tokyo – EP by Daniel Powter". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Songs from Under the Radar – EP by Daniel Powter". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  22. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Canada:
  23. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Powter, Daniel / Single". musicline.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Daniel Powter – Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Daniel Powter – Chart History: Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Canadian certifications – Daniel Powter". Music Canada. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  27. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Gold–/Platin-Datenbank (Daniel Powter)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Lie to Me [Australia Single] – Daniel Powter". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Whole World Around (Taiwan DMD) – Daniel Powter". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Songs from Lose to Win – Single by Daniel Powter". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – Single by Daniel Powter". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 

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