Dido

Born 25 December 1971.

English singer-songwriter

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Dido covers Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat

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Biography

Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong (born 25 December 1971), known as Dido, is a British singer-songwriter. Dido attained international success with her debut album No Angel (1999). The album sold over 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. Her next album Life for Rent (2003), continued her success with the hit singles "White Flag" and "Life for Rent".

Dido's first two albums are among the best-selling albums in UK Chart history, and both are in the top 10 best-selling albums of the 2000s in the UK. Her third studio album Safe Trip Home (2008), received critical acclaim but failed to duplicate the commercial success of her previous efforts. She was nominated for an Academy Award for the song "If I Rise". Dido was ranked No. 98 on the Billboard chart of the top Billboard 200 artists of the 2000s (2000–2009) based on the success of her albums in the first decade of the 21st century. 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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  1. Review of Girl Who Got Away

    Girl Who Got Away 2013

    Reviewed by Nick Levine
    Dido’s fourth album is both familiar and surprising, taking some unexpected turns.
  2. Review of Safe Trip Home

    Safe Trip Home 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Long
    She still delivers devastating blows of emotion
  3. Review of Life For Rent

    Life For Rent 2003

    Reviewed by Derryck Strachan
    One could pick any track off the album and place it in the sad, thoughtful scene about...
  4. Review of No Angel

    No Angel 1999

    Reviewed by Natalie Shaw
    There’s little variation in No Angel's material, but its songs do their jobs diligently.
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