Dido

Dido

Pop diva
Date of Birth: 25.12.1971
Country: Great Britain

Content:
  1. Biography of Dido
  2. Persistence and Success
  3. No Angel and International Recognition
  4. The Hit that Elevated Dido
  5. Soundtracks and Career Shift
  6. Record Deal and New Beginnings

Biography of Dido

Dido, the British pop diva, is becoming more famous with each passing day. Her debut album, "No Angel," released in 1999, continues to hold its place in the top ten of the Billboard 200 list of the best-selling albums. Dido Armstrong was born on December 25, 1971, in London, England. This unusual name, given to her by her parents, belongs to an African queen. Growing up as the daughter of a literary agent and a poet (her mother was simply passionate about literature), Dido had no interest in television, parties, or various celebrations. However, she found her passion in music, undoubtedly influenced by her brother Rollo, who is the founder of the English trip-hop group Faithless. Dido learned music from him and also enrolled at the Guildhall School of Music at the age of six. Her brother constantly recorded her playing the piano and violin. With her love for playing different instruments, Dido developed a fondness for jazz, particularly Ella Fitzgerald, at the age of sixteen. After listening to this artist, she began her career in her brother's band.

Persistence and Success

Despite her brother's initial discouragement, who was not satisfied with his sister's voice, Dido did not give up singing. And after that, she began to study vocals day and night, constantly developing her vocal cords. Strangely enough, it was he who initially dissuaded her from singing but eventually recognized her talent. Dido recorded her debut album with her brother's band in 1996, which sold five million copies. Working with her brother's band helped boost her career. Later, she toured with the group for the next two years, gaining valuable musical experience. While on a tour break, she was noticed by Clive Davis, who promoted her songs (by then she had started singing solo) and signed a record deal with his company.

No Angel and International Recognition

Her debut album, "No Angel," had already gone double platinum and remains very popular on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Interestingly, the album was produced by Dido herself and her brother. Of course, with the help of Eminem, Dido became known worldwide, as he sampled her song "Thankyou" and proposed recording a song together, rather than the other way around. No British artist had ever sold two million copies of an album in the US before becoming famous in their own country. All this is true, but not when it comes to Dido.

The Hit that Elevated Dido

And of course, the real hit that propelled Dido to fame was "Stan." The song, with a sample written by Eminem, topped the UK charts in just a few days. "I like 'Stan'," says Dido, "and 'Thank You' is my favorite song from the new album." With this song, Dido and Eminem wanted to show what really goes on around us, depicting the cruelty of the world.

Soundtracks and Career Shift

Even before the release of the song "Stan," the single "Thank You" was used as a soundtrack for the Hollywood film "Sliding Doors." Another single, "Here with Me," served as the main theme for the popular British TV series "Roswell." Dido's album, "No Angel," features 12 songs, with her brother Rollo taking part in the recording. Dido studied music at the Guildhall School of Music, where she played the piano and violin. At the age of 17, she decided to pursue a legal career and started working in one of London's offices. From time to time, she visited the studio where her brother Rollo began recording the first album for the group "Faithless." Her brother advised Dido to join the band as a vocalist. Thus, from a simple girl who brought tea to the guys from Faithless, Dido became a part of the group. Seeing her success, Rollo invited Dido to join Faithless on their first tour. It was during this tour that Dido started writing her own songs and decided to leave Faithless. "I didn't want to leave the band because they were like family to me, but I really wanted to finish my own album," says Dido.

Record Deal and New Beginnings

Dido signed a contract with a record company. Here's what she shared: "I met new people, and they organized a big dinner where they handed me a check for the recording. When I got home, I couldn't leave the house for a few days. I felt like I had given away my music. I was broken, but the check lying on the table nearby instilled a sense of panic in me about the unknown."

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