Facts about Dido
English singer Dido came onto the pop scene in the early 2000s, and by the end of the decade was an Oscar nominee for her song “If I Rise,” from the 2010 movie 127 Hours.
Dido’s first LP No Angel was released in 1999. The album blended her lonesome voice and crushing tales of romantic heartache with a lush mix of guitars and electronics, drawing comparisons to Sinead O’Connor and Sarah McLachlan. The single “Here With Me” was chosen as the theme song for the aliens-among-us TV show Roswell, and Dido got another boost when her song “Thank You” was sampled by rapper Eminem on his 2000 song “Stan.”
Her albums include 2003’s Life For Rent (with the single “White Flag”), Safe Trip Home (2008), Girl Who Got Away (2013), and Still On My Mind (2019).
Dido’s name is pronounced DYE-doe… Dido is a name from Virgil‘s Aeneid; she is the founder and queen of Carthage… Dido married novelist Rohan Gavin in 2010. Their son, Stanley, was born in 2011… Although Who2 was skeptical of reports that Dido’s real name is Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong, it does seem to be true. “Such a silly name,” she said in a 2019 interview with the New Zealand site Stuff.
Something in Common with Dido
4 Good Links
- Stuff talks with her in 2019 about where she's been
- Music videos (mostly of the distant past) on this helpful channel
- The joke's on the BBC, which harshed on her hit album in this 1999 review
- Wikipedia has an excellent rundown of all her releases