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      Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong (born December 25, 1971 in London) is a Brit award-winning English singer who performs under the name Dido. Dido is partly of French descent; her mother, Claire, is a French poet and her father is British book publisher William Armstrong. Named after... read more

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      Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong (born December 25, 1971 in London) is a Brit award-winning English singer who performs under the name Dido.


      Dido is partly of French descent; her mother, Claire, is a French poet and her father is British book publisher William Armstrong. Named after the mythical Carthaginian queen, Dido was educated at Thornhill Primary, City of London Girls', and Westminster Schools. At the age of six, she attended the Guildhall School of Music in London, England. By the time she reached her teens, she had already mastered piano, violin, and recorder. As an adult, she learnt to play the guitar, showcasing her skills to audiences during her 2004 Life For Rent tour.
      Following her track, "Thank You" (which had already been used in the 1998 movie Sliding Doors) being sampled by the rapper, Eminem, in his UK #1 single, "Stan" (Dido appeared in the music video, acting as the fictional character, Stan's, long-suffering girlfriend), Dido shot to worldwide fame and critical acclaim with her debut album, No Angel, which was already available in the USA, and charted in the UK top 5 on import sales alone. Her debut single, "Here With Me," had already caused demand for the album, as it was used as the theme music for the television programme Roswell (it was later used in the soundtrack for the movie Love Actually).


      No Angel was the top-selling album of 2001 in the United Kingdom, debuting at, and returning to, #1 in the official UK albums chart many times throughout 2001. Her second album, Life For Rent, was released September 30, 2003, and became one of the fastest selling albums in UK music history, debuting at #1, and debuting in the US top 5. Dido has also won 4 Brit awards, winning Best British Female artist and Best British Album for No Angel at the 2002 ceremony, and Best British Female artist and Best British Single for "White Flag" at the 2004 ceremony. She also won Best Album for No Angel and Best Newcomer at the 2002 NRJ awards in France.


      Dido's brother, Rollo Armstrong, is part of the music group Faithless, and gave Dido her big break, by allowing her to provide guest vocals on certain Faithless album tracks, such as "Flowerstand Man" and "Hem Of His Garment." She continued the trend, even after she found fame in her own right, providing vocals for "One Step Too Far," which was released in the UK as a limited edition single, where it debuted at #6, and "No Roots" the title track of the final Faithless album. Rollo also co-writes and produces tracks with Dido, including many tracks on both No Angel and Life For Rent. Dido has also provided guest vocals to tracks by other artists including "Feels Like Fire" for Carlos Santana's 2003 album, Shaman and a duet with Rufus Wainwright entitled "I Eat Dinner (When The Hunger's Gone)" for the "Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason" movie soundtrack.
      Following her sold-out world tour of 2004, Dido took time out of her worldwide travels to perform at three of the Live 8 concerts on 2 July 2005 - performing in London, then at the Eden Project in Cornwall, before flying over to Paris, performing solo and duetting with Youssou N'Dour.


      In late 2005, Dido began working on her third solo album, writing and recording in America. She appeared at Clive Davies' pre-Grammy awards party in January 2006, where she said she aims to release the album sometime in 2006.


      - From the Wikipedia article on Dido

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