Sunday, March 29, 2009

ഌ DANIEL POWTER, Bad Day|Under The Radar|Jimmy Gets High|Free Loop|Love You Lately|Find My Way|Just Like Heaven|Next Plane Home|

Daniel Richard Powter (born February 25, 1971) is a Canadian recording artist.  He grew up in Vernon, in the Okanagan Shuswap region of British Columbia. He is best known for his #1 smash hit "Bad Day". As a child, Powter played the violin before changing to piano. He changed to piano once a group of kids 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'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 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 penultimate 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.

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.

At the 2007 Grammy Awards, Powter received a Best Male Pop Vocal Performance nomination for the song "Bad Day".

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. [wikipedia]

Where is the moment we needed the most
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost
They tell me your blue skies fade to gray
They tell me your passion's gone away
And I don't need no carryin' on

You stand in the line just to hit a new low
You're faking a smile with the coffee you go
You tell me your life's been way off line
You're falling to pieces every time
And I don't need no carryin' on

*Because you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know..You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day..The camera don't lie
You're coming back down and you really don't mind
You had a bad day..You had a bad day

Will you need a blue sky holiday?
The point is they laugh at what you say
And I don't need no carryin' on

Sometimes the system goes on the blink
And the whole thing turns out wrong
You might not make it back and you know
That you could be well oh that strong
And I'm not wrong

So where is the passion when you need it the most
Oh you and I
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost

Cause you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know..You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day..You've seen what you like
And how does it feel for one more time
You had a bad day..You had a bad day

{With so many smashing long list of awards garnered, guess its not a "Bad Day" afterall...! Truly Powter-ful}

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