Thanks to Dorte for this from Billboard:
Rising vocalist Dido launched a U.S. tour last night at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., just as her Arista debut album “No Angel” has risen to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and to a new high of No. 120 on The Billboard 200, all in its 45th week. “No Angel” has sold more than 254,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.
But thanks to an unlikely ally, Dido’s stock seemes primed to rise even further. Eminem’s “Stan,” on which he samples Dido’s “Thank You,” is soon due for release as a single. The cut is No. 13 this week on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally.
Here are Dido’s tour dates:
Aug. 1: Boston (Avalon)
Aug. 2: New York (Regis Live)
Aug. 3: Chicago (Vic Theatre)
Aug. 4: Minneapolis (the Quest)
Aug. 7: Seattle (Showbox)
Aug. 8: Portland, Ore. (Aladdin Theater)
Aug. 10: San Francisco (Warfield Theater)
Aug. 11-12: Los Angeles (Greek Theater, opening for Sting)
Aug. 14: Los Angeles (John Anson Ford)
Aug. 17: Houston, Texas (Numbers)
Aug. 18: Austin, Texas (Music Hall)
Aug. 20: Atlanta (Variety Playhouse)
Aug. 21: New York (Roseland Ballroom)
Thanks to Sarahj for this:
Soaring Like a Goddess
By Richard Leiby
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 2, 2000; Page C05
“I’m a nice British girl,” the achingly romantic singer named Dido announced from the stage of the 9:30 club Monday night. The explanation seemed necessary, given that one of her tender love songs has become a highlight of the latest hateful, profane CD by rapper Eminem.
The song is “Thankyou,” and Eminem generously samples it to frame the murderous saga of “Stan,” a demented rap fan. The happier result, however, is that Eminem’s millions in sales have reignited interest in Dido and her wonderful debut album, “No Angel,” released more than a year ago and ignored by the pap-mongers who program MTV and radio. Now the 28-year-old chanteuse from London–full name Dido Armstrong, a former literary agent–is poised for a well-deserved breakthrough on the pop charts.
Classically trained since childhood, Dido once played piano, violin and recorder, but her only instrument these days is her voice, whose soaring resonance recalls Sinead O’Connor’s (without the God-awful wailing). Her musical stylings also have been favorably compared with those of folk-popsters Sarah McLachlan and Beth Orton. But Dido and her five-man band deliver a funkier electronic mix–a sound she once called “more dubby and dancey and hip-hoppy.”
In Washington, Dido launched her nationwide tour with an adventurous hour-long set that included the fashionable scratchings of a center-stage turntablist. The deejay contributed worthily to such syncopated, up-tempo numbers as “Hunter” and “No Angel.” Even the already rapturous ballad “Here With Me” was improved with breakbeats and a drum ‘n’ bass bottom.
To read the rest of the article, go to The Washington Post