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Bad Day (Warner Brothers, 2005)
Bad Day was a pop song from Canadian singer Daniel Powter. He originally recorded the song in 2002 but could not find a record label to release it. Bad Day first appeared at Christmas 2004 used in a French Coca-Cola TV ad. Soon after, Warner Bros. Records’ CEO and chairman Tom Whalley heard a demo tape of it and offered Powter a recording contract. As a single, it was first released in Europe in early 2005. It became the most played song on European radio and went top five in more than ten countries. When finally released in the U.S., Bad Day topped the Pop chart (Hot 100), the Pop 100 chart, the Adult Top 40 chart and the Adult Contemporary charts. Additionally it topped the Czech Republic, Irish and Scottish charts. (In his native Canada, Bad Day peaked at #7.) In 2006, Bad Day became the first song ever to sell two million digital copies in the U.S. Not such a bad day after all.