The piano-infused pop song has also been the most digitally downloaded single at iTunes for the past couple of weeks.

Daniel Powter is having anything but a bad day. His debut single, "Bad Day," is in its second week at the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 and has also reached No. 1 on the Pop 100 and the Adult Top 40 tally. The piano-infused pop song has also been the most digitally downloaded single at iTunes for the past couple of weeks. Its accompanying Marc Webb-lensed video was recently put into heavy rotation on VH1.

And in what has perhaps become the highest-profile promo spot a song could ask for, Powter's tune has become one of several de facto theme songs for contestant booting on Fox's smash TV show, "American Idol." The track can be found on Powter's self-titled Warner Bros. debut, which has been out since last year internationally.

While Powter acknowledges that topping the Hot 100 is an ego boost, it is more importantly, "a validation for all of us who write our own music." Pausing for a few seconds, he adds, "There's just something very special about making it in America."

Through it all, Powter, a self-described self-deprecating Canadian, says he is humbled by the whole experience. "I made the record I wanted to make and delivered it to the label," he says. "There is great validation when you make a record and it connects with people."

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