I was more than a little surprised to see "Stop Me" by Mark Ronson Ft. Daniel Merriweather make a top 10 debut on the UK Singles Chart a couple of weeks ago. The name Daniel Merriweather should be familiar to fans of Australian music. There was massive hype surrounding the release of Daniel's debut single in 2003 and he was considered by many to be the next big thing. Daniel was marketed as Australia's first white R'n'B superstar (even though that honour clearly belongs to Peter Andre) and he quickly developed a considerable amount of positive buzz at home and overseas.
Despite much critical acclaim, including an ARIA Award for Best Urban release, Daniel's domestic career lasted for all of two singles - "City Rules" in 2003 and "She's Got Me" in 2004. Since 2004 Daniel has provided vocals for various Australian hip hop acts but had largely fallen off the radar until the release of "Stop Me". I didn't particularly enjoy Daniel's solo material but his vocal talent is undeniable. Daniel can best be described as the antipodean Justin Timberlake - only with a far better voice and considerably worse producers. "City Rules" is a rather painful cry for urban credibility but "She's Got Me" ventured into more pop friendly territory. I've posted a remix, which mercifully edits out the token rent-a-rapper.
Daniel's music is not available on iTunes or any of the usual online retailers. You might be able to find some of his early music on Australian Ebay.