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Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong, known as Dido, is an English singer-songwriter. Dido shot to worldwide success with her debut album, No Angel. The album sold in excess of 21 million copies worldwide, and won several awards; including the MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act, two NRJ Awards for Best New Act and Best Album, and two Brit Awards for Best British Female and Best Album.
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TalkTalk founder Dunstone takes reins from Harding
Yahoo News - 23 days
By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - TalkTalk founder and chairman Charles Dunstone will take over the running of the British telecoms operator when chief executive Dido Harding steps down in May after seven years in charge, the company said on Wednesday. Harding's departure came as TalkTalk reported a 5 percent drop in revenue and said it had lost a net 42,000 broadband subscribers in its third quarter, but kept its full-year earnings forecast unchanged. Shares in TalkTalk, which competes with Sky, Virgin Media and industry leader BT, were trading up 8.5 percent at 170 pence at 1231 GMT.
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Former Sony Music Chairman has advice for Creative Entrepreneurs
Huffington Post - 2 months
Today we launch The Business of Creativity Series, which will be 12-part You-Tube series of interviews with leading figures in the Creative Sector. Our subjects may be names you don't automatically know, but these are the 'power behind the thrones' of the global entertainment and creative sector and you most likely have interacted with their work. In hearing their stories, we can receive inspiration from them and a generation of creative entrepreneurs and Start-ups can learn how to pursue their craft and pay their bills. The Creative Sector is a massive sector globally in terms of economics and employment, but few operators within it truly understand both the business and the creative elements and struggle to combine them successfully. All too often creatives find money 'a dirty word', and investors find creatives fun, but not serious business people. According to a report by UNESCO and EY in 2015, the creative economy employed nearly 30 million people worldwide and generated ...
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Annie Is Not Okay, Okay?
Huffington Post - 3 months
People who grew up with me know that I was an enormous fan of Michael Jackson. I built a shrine to him in my bedroom and sat at the foot, humming his lyrics every night. One time, I climbed onto the table of my shrine to hang a new photo of him and fell through. The top was made of glass, you see, and I was a very heavy child. Not bright either. I wasn't injured because there was a Michael Jackson table cloth covering the top which prevented me from slicing up my body and bleeding to death. I genuinely believed that the spirit of Michael Jackson, who was very much alive at that point, protected me from my own stupidity. All this to say that yesterday morning I was biking to work and "Smooth Criminal" came on my iPod. It was a slower jazzy version by a band called J. Viewz. I know every word to this song. I know every word to every song of his, but for whatever reason, today is the first day I actually listened to those words. "He came into her apartment/He left the bloodstains on ...
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After 27 years, Mark Morris' 'Dido and Aeneas' only gains in force
Chicago Times - 11 months
Delight defines Mark Morris' "Dido and Aeneas." Delight in sex, in music, in pathos, in mischief and even evil. Delight despite the ancient tragic story of love betrayed, and despite the historic and political trappings the story has accumulated over the centuries. Running for the second time in...
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How to Merge in NYC
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Winter had finally arrived. I sat on the train facing forward. The man sat across from me and had his legs straddling mine. An odd position to be in with a stranger. I moved my legs to the side but one knee still touched. We both pretended that we didn't notice. His girlfriend's legs straddled the woman next to me. The woman next to me wore a hot pink blazer, large, round sunglasses, a silk ascot with sailboats on it and small gold hoop earrings. She sat in the window seat so I had to look over her, past her, to see out the window. But every once in a while, I glanced at her in the reflection, took note of her graceful stature, her well-matched jewelry. And I suddenly noticed how slouched over I was and lifted my shoulders to sit up straighter. My ticket fell from my pocket and the man across from me picked it up, smiling slightly at my eyes as he handed it back to me. I joked that I had put it in my pocket because I didn't want to lose it and had now dropped it twice. He laughe ...
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Transforming the Majority Shouldn't be the 'Job' of Minorities, But it Is. Especially for Students.
Huffington Post - over 1 year
For those of us involved in social movements we get that our life's work is to educate the majority. For many of us, that began in school. The conversations and eruptions taking place on Yale's campus are not new. When I was a student at Yale in the 1980s and 1990s I participated in similar disruptions. I made the front page of the Yale Daily News in 1988 in a story that is reminiscent of the ones today. Friends decades before did the same. That we all paid different personal, career and other significant costs cannot be overstated. But Yale, American society and the world changed. Meeting Blacks where you shop and work, attend school or church or hang out changes how Whites perceive them: the "you are different" trope. The chance to educate, while experienced differently for Whites and Blacks, should not be undervalued either. This is particularly true at Yale and centers of power. The interpersonal and interfamilial even in the horrors of slavery could change outcomes. You can ...
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Local bowlers contest historic county match
Isle Of Man Today - almost 2 years
The Paddy Power-sponsored Isle of Man senior men’s bowls team broke new ground on Sunday as they took part in their first Senior County Championship Match. Their historic inclusion into the Endleigh Insurance-sponsored Crossfield Cup was the culmination of so much work by so many people, which started way back in 2012, and drew a capacity crowd for the home leg at Peel Sunset Bowling Club. Logistically and financially this is the biggest and most complex project in the history of crown green bowls, not just in the Isle of Man but in Britain as there are four flights and UK travel to contend with. While there are always learning points from a venture like this, the day could not have run any smoother. It ended up a day in the sun, not only for the Manx men but also for their opponents Shropshire who did their part in making this the most momentous day in the history of the local game. If organisational lessons were learned, there were also some handed out on the bowling green wi ...
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The Most Disturbing Dolls In Literature
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
I am a collector of dolls and doll parts. I'm rarely creeped out by most dolls, either in real life or in literature, but I know many people who are. Why might that be? Dolls often reside in "the uncanny valley" a phrase that refers to a theory developed by robotics professor Masahiro Mori in 1970: it posits that objects with features that are human-like, that look and move almost, but not quite, like actual human beings, elicit visceral feelings of revulsion in many people. The "valley" in question refers to the change in our comfort with these objects -- our comfort level increases as the objects look more human, until, suddenly, they look simultaneously too human and not quite human enough, and our comfort level drops off sharply, only to rise again on the other side of the valley when something appears and moves exactly like a human being. When I thought about the creepiest dolls in literature, I immediately remembered Richard Matheson's Zuni warrior doll (mentioned below). ...
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Philadelphia's Owen Wister
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
While researching my new book, Literary Philadelphia (The History Press)--due out at the end of the year--I looked into the life of Owen Wister. He was the author of the western novel The Virginian. Wister was the only child of a physician father and an actress mother. His mother happened to be the daughter of English actress, Fanny Kemble. The Wister family had strong Philadelphia patrician roots and young Wister was sent to exclusive boarding schools in New England and Switzerland. He entered Harvard in 1878 where he achieved top honors in musical composition and dramatic writing. Perhaps it was his success in writing the libretto for Hasty Pudding's comic opera Dido and Aeneas that made him want to become a composer. He wanted to go to Paris and write music in a garret but in order to do that he needed his father's approval and financial support. Starving in Paris without financial support from home was not an option for Wister, despite the fact that many ex-patriot American ...
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Dear Diary: Going on Record, Dido Opens Up With <i>Greatest Hits</i>
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Ultimately, Dido believes her upcoming collection of songs is "the crazy diary of my life" rather than a greatest hits record. Dido's Greatest Hits, available on November 25 through RCA Records in standard and deluxe editions, covers almost 15 years, beginning in 1999 with the release of No Angel. That and her three other studio albums, including last March's Girl Who Got Away, are nicely represented on this 18-song compilation, along with treats such as the Academy Award-nominated "If I Rise" (with A.R. Rahman) and "NYC," a lively new dance track that was released in October. Eminem's "Stan," the rap single that put the UK woman who only needs one name on the U.S. map thanks to her sample of "Thank You," is also there, signifying the start of a remarkable global adventure. The deluxe edition adds 13 remixes of some of her most popular songs, including a previously unreleased version of "White Flag (Timbaland Remix)." Such examples provide proof that she was destined for g ...
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UK's TalkTalk raises full-year forecast for TV customers
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's TalkTalk Telecom Group signed up 167,000 new customers for its TV service in the three months to end-September, it said on Tuesday, putting it on track to have nearly a million viewers and raising its revenue growth forecast to at least 3 percent for the year ending next March. The company, which now offers a "quad play" of broadband, fixed line and mobile telecoms and TV, also said it had 5,000 net additions to its broadband service in the quarter, when its bigger rivals BT and BSkyB spent heavily on marketing around their sports programming. Chief Executive Dido Harding said the fight between BT and Sky for sports fans had not hurt demand for TalkTalk's lower-priced 'value' packages, which offer digital channels, catch-up TV, pay channels and on-demand programming. "We are the fastest-growing TV service in the UK.
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Barneys And Macy's Racial Discrimination Cases Stir Talk Of 'Shopping While Black'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
-- The usual scenario involves suspicious glances, inattentive clerks or rude service — not handcuffs. Yet when a black teen said he was wrongly jailed after buying a $350 belt at a Manhattan luxury store, it struck a nerve in African-Americans accustomed to finding that their money is not necessarily as good as everyone else's. Shopping while black, they say, can be a humiliating experience. Much attention has been paid to the issue over the years — Oprah Winfrey complained that a Swiss clerk did not think she could afford a $38,000 handbag, and even President Barack Obama has said he was once followed in stores. But according to shoppers interviewed Monday, many people don't recognize how prevalent retail discrimination is, and how the consistent stream of small insults adds up to a large problem. "It's one thing if you don't understand. But don't ever tell me it doesn't happen to me," said Natasha Eubanks, who shops often at high-end stores in New York City. "You can't assume i ...
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TalkTalk urges action on suicide sites
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
Internet provider says government should downplay its focus on online pornography, with ISPs criticising proposed filters One of the UK's largest internet providers, TalkTalk, told education minister Sarah Teather that the government should downplay its focus on pornography filters and try to stop suicide sites instead, the Guardian has learned. In a meeting with Teather, who as an MP led a campaign against the sexualisation of children, TalkTalk chief executive Dido Harding said: "Suicide is more important to parents than porn, so why mandate [filters against] porn and not suicide?" According to notes from the meeting in May 2012, released under a Freedom of Information request, Harding said that the government's plan to make users choose whether to opt in or out of being able to access sites designated as "porn" would be ineffective. "Active choice by CD is not active choice," she told Teather, referring to some ISPs who offer filter options on installation software sent to c ...
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Michael Sigman: The Melodies Linger On (Part II)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When I asked my pop-music-obsessed friends to pick a favorite melody from the past 50 years I overbooked, assuming that a fair number would have better things to do. But what could be more important for a pop-music obsessive than weighing in on this crucial issue? And so our correspondents continue to name those tunes. (A final installment will be hopelessly devoted to the melodies of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.) Two respondents paid homage to their friends/mentors. Songwriter/producer Chris Braide says "Tempted," a nifty number by Glen Tilbrook, is "incredibly complex and yet totally simple." Tony-winning playwright/lyricist Steven Sater selects the haunting Butch Cassidy instrumental "Come Touch The Sun," from the pen of Burt Bacharach. Master of time, space and satellite radio Andrew Oldham isn't stuck in the '60s, when he managed and produced the Rolling Stones. He picks Dido-Rollo Armstrong-Rick Nowels' 2003 "White Flag." Memorabilia maven/author Jeff Gold ...
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Free Pussy Riot
Amnesty International - over 3 years
18 July 2013 Urge the Russian Authorities to release the Nadya and Masha immediately. Seven members of the Russian band Pussy Riot, Russian Federation, January 2012. © Игорь Мухин More than 100 internationally renowned musicians have joined a worldwide call for the release of the two jailed members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot ahead of their parole appeal hearings this week by signing an open letter calling for their release. Join them and sign the petition below. OPEN LETTER Dear Masha and Nadia, As the one-year anniversary of your trial approaches, we are writing to assure you that, around the world, people are both still thinking of you and working for your release. Although you were the most visible of the protesters, we know that there were many other young people who have suffer ...
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How Is NASA Linked To Kanye, Pink Floyd And Psy?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NASA recently launched the Iris spacecraft to explore the sun, but the mission patch logo looked pretty familiar to Pink Floyd fans. That sent us on our mission to explore how many other connections we could find between music and space. Turns out we found ten. So here are the songs, videos, album art or incidents linking space and NASA with musicians ranging from Daft Punk and Dido to Kanye West and Jay-Z to the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and Korean superstar Psy. Join us, as we boldly go where no listicle has gone before.
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James Scarborough: Hollywood Fringe: The Fire Room, Actor's Company Theatre, West Hollywood
Huffington Post - over 3 years
For lonely hearts who fear the prospect of dying alone, there's the thought-provoking and enchanting The Fire Room, written by Meghan Brown and directed by Amanda McRaven at the Actor's Company Theatre in West Hollywood as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. It's a well-conceived, directed, and acted story. First, there is a place in the afterlife for people who died alone. Second, apparently you can hook up with someone who died centuries before. Third, there's red tape for getting out of the waiting room of Purgatory and, in the arms of a significant other, march triumphantly through the Pearly Gates. And fourth, though we shouldn't be surprised in this era of Big Data and 24/7 Internet connectivity, the connection process is based on algorithms. It's a clever tale, set in various Afterlife locales. There's a contemporary Van Nuys apartment, a Roaring Twenties Speakeasy, and some sort of office space where the admin takes place. Dressed in white, dancing with lisso ...
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Ci vorrà ancora molto tempo prima di trovare i nuovi Beatles
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Quando un figlio viene alla luce, nel mondo moderno, c'è già uno stuolo di persone (genitori, nonni o baby sitters) preposti per la sua crescita ed intrattenimento 24/7. I bambini di oggi crescono spesso con la presenza costante di adulti nella estenuante posizione di giullari, e se non si fanno faccette da perfetti imbecilli sul tappetone quando hanno pochi mesi, se non si gioca col Didò con loro a tre anni o non si vestono per ore le Barbie a sei, ci si sente (e probabilmente si è considerati) come il prototipo del pessimo genitore. More...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dido
  • 2013
    Age 41
    By late 2013, she was writing material for a fifth studio album.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to her solo work, Dido has co-written and provided vocals for tracks with Faithless, including "One Step Too Far"—which was released in the UK as a limited edition single, where it debuted at number six—and "No Roots", the title track of the fourth Faithless album. Rollo—Dido's brother—co-writes and co-produces much of Dido's solo material, including many tracks on No Angel, Life for Rent and Safe Trip Home. She provided guest vocals for each of the six studio albums by Faithless, from 1996's Reverence to 2010s The Dance. Dido worked with her brother on a CD to accompany the children's book he wrote with Jason White, Safe from Harm; the CD is also titled Safe from Harm and the artist is listed as "Dusted". She co-wrote Britney Spears's worldwide number one hit "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman", soundtrack feature track to Spears's first major film debut.
    In November 2013, Dido released the album Greatest Hits, a compilation of previous material and remixes that also included a new track, "NYC".
    More Details Hide Details The release of Greatest Hits completed Dido's contractual obligations with RCA Records, and she spoke of her plans to release her music independently.
    Dido appeared on the second series of televised singing competition The Voice UK in May 2013, serving as an advisor to coach Danny O'Donoghue during the show's battle rounds.
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    Dido's fourth album, Girl Who Got Away, was released by Sony Music Entertainment in March 2013. "No Freedom" was released as the album's lead single in January 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The album was recorded in London and California and features production from Rollo Armstrong, Sister Bliss, Lester Mendez, A. R. Rahman, Rick Nowels, Greg Kurstin, Brian Eno, and Jeff Bhasker.
    Dido made a comeback in 2013, releasing her fourth studio album Girl Who Got Away, which reached the Top 5 in the United Kingdom.
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  • 2011
    Age 39
    In January 2011, Dido released "If I Rise", a collaboration with producer A.R. Rahman, for which an official music video was released. "If I Rise" was written for 127 Hours, a thriller film directed by Danny Boyle.
    More Details Hide Details The soundtrack features a mix of electric guitars with orchestral arrangements and sound loops, and "If I Rise" is featured in the climax of the film. The song was nominated for Satellite Award, Houston Film Critics Society Awards and Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award, as well as the 83rd Academy Award for Original Song. It won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Song.
  • 2010
    Age 38
    Dido married Rohan Gavin in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details They have one son, Stanley, who was born in July 2011. Dido says she is a "diehard" lifelong supporter of Arsenal F.C. BRIT Awards MTV Video Music Awards MTV Europe Music Awards
    In September 2010, Dido released the single "Everything to Lose" via digital download, following its appearance on the soundtrack of the film Sex and the City 2 (released in May 2010).
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  • 2009
    Age 37
    Shortly after the release of Safe Trip Home, Dido returned to the studio to start recording new material for inclusion on her fourth studio album. In July 2009, Dido said that the album would have an electronic approach, in an attempt to take it in a totally different direction to her previous albums.
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  • 2008
    Age 36
    In December 2008, Dido's Safe Trip Home song "Let's Do the Things We Normally Do", was criticised by Gregory Campbell, MP for East Londonderry and Minister for Sports, Arts and Leisure for Northern Ireland, for referencing lyrics from a song, "The Men Behind the Wire", which was written in the aftermath of the introduction of detention without trial for persons accused of being members of paramilitary groups.
    More Details Hide Details Campbell described "The Men Behind the Wire" as "written about people who were murderers, arsonists and terrorists", and suggested "she Dido should clarify her position so that her fans and the wider public knows where she stands on these things". The album's artwork features a photograph of astronaut Bruce McCandless II during a spacewalk, as part of space shuttle mission STS-41-B; McCandless sued Dido, Sony Music Entertainment, and Getty Images Inc for unauthorised use of this photo in September 2010.
  • 2005
    Age 33
    The album, which Dido began work on in October 2005, was produced by Jon Brion and Dido herself and features contributions from Brian Eno, Questlove, Mick Fleetwood, Rollo Armstrong, and Matt Chamberlain.
    More Details Hide Details Recording sessions were held at London's Abbey Road and at Jon Brion's home studio in Los Angeles. During production of the album, Dido attended evening classes in music and English at the University of California, Los Angeles. The first single from the album, "Don't Believe in Love", was released in October 2008, and a track titled "Look No Further" was made available to download from her official website for a limited time. The album failed to sell as well as No Angel or Life for Rent, and Dido opted not to tour in support of the album due to her difficulties with performing the material that was written about the death of her father. It was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
    Also in 2005, Dido provided vocals for her brother's side project Dusted on the album Safe from Harm.
    More Details Hide Details She sings on the tracks: "Time Takes Time", "Hurt U" and "Winter" and she co-wrote three tracks on the album: "Always Remember to Respect & Honour Your Mother, Part 1", "The Biggest Fool in the World" and "Winter". Dido's third album, Safe Trip Home, was released in November 2008.
  • 2004
    Age 32
    Following her sold-out world tour of 2004, Dido was asked 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 both solo ("White Flag") and duetting with Youssou N'Dour ("Thank You" and "Seven Seconds").
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    After learning the guitar, she showcased her skills to audiences during her 2004 Life for Rent tour.
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  • 2001
    Age 29
    Interest soared in her debut album, leading it to hit charts in Europe on import sales alone, charting in the top five on the UK Albums Chart before its official UK re-release. "Thank You" was also sampled by the Airheadz in their trance track "Stanley Here I Am" originally as a bootleg, but later entering the UK Top 40 in April 2001. No Angel went on to become the top-selling album of 2001 worldwide, debuting at, and returning to, number one in the official UK albums chart many times throughout the year.
    More Details Hide Details It spawned two Top Ten hit singles, "Here with Me" and "Thank You", a further Top Twenty hit, "Hunter" and a fourth and final single release "All You Want" which reached the top 25. It was certified platinum in over thirty-five countries, and is estimated to have sold over 21 million copies worldwide. Dido's widely emulated hairstyle at this time became known as the "Dido flip". Her sold-out worldwide tour featured hip-hop artist Pete Miser as her live band's DJ. No Angel claimed No. 97 according to the Decade-end album chart by Billboard. Life for Rent was released in 2003. Preceded by the hit single "White Flag", the album sold over 152,000 copies in the first day alone in the UK, and went on to sell over 400,000 in the first week. Three further singles—"Life for Rent", "Don't Leave Home" and "Sand in My Shoes"—were lifted from the album, with Dido embarking on a worldwide tour in support of the album (a DVD of footage from the tour was released in 2005 entitled Live at Brixton Academy). It is the 4th biggest selling album of the 21st century in the UK.
    American rapper Eminem helped introduce Dido to a US audience in 2001 when he received permission from Dido herself to sample the first verse of "Thank You" in his hit single "Stan".
    More Details Hide Details Dido also appeared in the music video as Stan's pregnant girlfriend. She did not want to do the video at first, as she was uncomfortable with the scene in the video where she had to be tied up and have her mouth covered with duct tape, but later agreed to it and got along well with Eminem and the crew on set. In North America, the video usually aired with the trunk scene censored.
  • 1999
    Age 27
    After releasing No Angel in 1999, and after much time spent promoting the album, Dido broke up with her fiancé, entertainment lawyer Bob Page, after a seven-year relationship.
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    No Angel was first released in 1999, and Dido toured extensively to promote the record.
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  • 1998
    Age 26
    In 1998, the music producer for the film Sliding Doors picked her track "Thank You" for the soundtrack.
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  • 1996
    Age 24
    Odds & Ends brought her to the attention of A&R Peter Edge at Arista Records, who signed her in the USA in late 1996, and negotiated a co-sign deal with her brother's independent record label, Cheeky Records.
    More Details Hide Details Of the tracks included on Odds & Ends, "Take My Hand" was included on all editions of No Angel as a bonus track; "Sweet Eyed Baby" was remixed and renamed to "Don't Think of Me", while "Worthless" and "Me" were released exclusively on the Japanese edition. Peter Leak became Dido's manager during the recording of No Angel after Edge played some of the in-progress recordings and been "blown away" by them. Cheeky Records, to which Dido was signed, was sold to BMG records in 1999. This delayed the release of the album No Angel in the United Kingdom, but also allowed her to concentrate on promoting No Angel in the United States, including a slot on Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair tour. Through touring, both before and after the album was available, Dido's music began to receive more exposure. The first official single chosen by Dido and her label, "Here with Me", initially struggled to make an impact on radio, but while the label were considering switching to an alternative track, the song made a breakthrough as a result of its use in television program Roswell. The song was used as the theme music of the show, but it was actually when it was played in its entirety during the season finale that it really made an impact with audiences. Manager Peter Leak told HitQuarters that sales jumped from 2,000 to 9,000 units during the week of the show's transmission.
  • 1995
    Age 23
    The collection was released by Nettwerk on CD-R acetate in 1995 and featured a mixture of finished productions and demo versions which she later considered for release on her 1999 debut album, No Angel.
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    In 1995, Dido began recording 10 demo tracks which were put together on a collection entitled Odds & Ends and sent out by Nettwerk management.
    More Details Hide Details Nettwerk had signed her after she was brought to their attention by her collaborations with Faithless, the UK dance act spearheaded by her brother, Rollo Armstrong (Dido co-wrote and provided vocals for album tracks, such as "Flowerstand Man" and "Hem of His Garment").
  • 1971
    Dido was born at St Mary Abbots hospital in Kensington, London, on Christmas Day 1971.
    More Details Hide Details On her birth certificate, her name was registered as Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong. Because she was born on Christmas Day, she also celebrates an "official birthday" on 25 June, following the example of Paddington Bear. Her mother, Clare (née Collins), is a poet of French ancestry, and her father, William O'Malley Armstrong, was an Irish publisher and former managing director of Sidgwick & Jackson. Her elder brother, Rowland Constantine O'Malley Armstrong, is better known as record producer Rollo, part of the British electronica trio Faithless. Despite their birth names, the pair were known from childhood by the names that are famous now – Dido and Rollo. Dido has made it clear that "Dido" is now her real name and not simply a stage name or nickname. Her name derives from that of the mythical Queen of Carthage. As a child, she had to deal with its ambiguous and unusual nature, which led to her being bullied and even to her pretending to have an ordinary name. It's one of the most irritating things that my parents did to me.... Florian is a German man's name. That's just mean. To give your child a whole lot of odd names. They were all so embarrassing....
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