Informative Dido Information From RS, MTV And Others

Thanks to Katie for this.

Hey- I just got my new Rolling Stone and there is an article about Dido in
it on Pg. 53 under “New Faces.” It talks about her career, her influences,
and how she ties in with Eminem. There’s also a pic. Just thought you’d like
to know!

Thanks to AshBaby for this:

Hi! I found this snippet on the 7th October issue of
Music Week Magazine at my office — it’s a European
music trade mag. It seems like Dido’s album will be
released in the UK and in Europe now that they see
it’s picking up in the US!

Already taking off in the US, this album of pleasing,
radio-friendly pop-soul will be promoted without a
single before Christmas, barring only the singer’s
contribution to Polydor’s Eminem Christmas single
Stan. BMG has high hopes of a big breakthrough here –
and it’s easy to hear why.

Thanks to Zanhacker for this :)

I read this on Roswell is mentioned

Dido Discusses Her Appearance On Eminem’s “Stan”


“I always stick
up for Eminem,
because he’s
totally different
and totally
out there.
He’s so
His rhymes…
they’re genius.”
— Dido

If you are one of the nearly 2 million people who have already purchased
“The Marshall Mathers LP” by Eminem, you are sure to have caught the
chilling fan-correspondence cut “Stan,” which features an enigmatic vocal
sample by an artist who’s relatively recent to the hip-hop arena.

That sample was taken from a song called “Thank You” by London-based
singer-songwriter Dido Armstrong, known simply as Dido, who released
a well-reviewed solo debut, “No Angel,” last year. Just hours after returning
home following 13 months of touring in support of the LP, Dido talked
to MTV News about the controversial rapper and how she came to appear
on his new album.

“I got this letter out of the blue one day,” Dido began. “It said, ‘We
like your album, we’ve used this track. Hope you don’t mind, and hope
you like it.’ When they sent [‘Stan’] to me and I played it in my hotel
room, I was like, ‘Wow! This track’s amazing.’

“I’m not really sure how Eminem got [my song],” she continued. “I’ve
heard two different stories: One, that his engineer brought it to him,
and the other is, and I know for a fact, that [producer] Mark The 45
King had ‘Thank You’ on one of his mix tapes.” As it turns out, a friend
passed the lengthy sample from Dido’s song (which was also featured on
the soundtrack of the Gwyneth Paltrow movie “Sliding Doors”) along to
the Detroit rapper.

In its entirety, “Thank You” is a very dulcet, rainy-day-London love
song — nothing like the murderously obsessive letter-writing-fan epic
Eminem created around the snippet.

“It’s literally one of those songs that took me only a few minutes to
write,” Dido said of “Thank You.” “I was just sitting there thinking,
I’m going to write a song about having a sh** day, and then one person,
or anything — it doesn’t matter — makes it all okay.

“It’s not necessarily about one specific person,” she continued. “It’s
about anyone who has something that makes them happy and just being thankful
for that one small thing that actually makes your life good. It’s that

Before Eminem put Dido on his “Marshall Mathers” album, which debuted
at number one on the “Billboard” album chart with the second-biggest
first-week sales figures in the history of the record business — she
was something of a secret, and hardly a sensation. While her track “Here
With Me” was selected as the theme to the WB Network’s teen-alien series
“Roswell,” “No Angel” virtually vanished from “Billboard” charts for
about a year; the album made its comeback at number 144 the same week
that Eminem’s new release debuted.

“I do find it hard to believe that someone would rush off and buy my
album after just hearing that small bit in Eminem’s song,” she commented.

While Dido and Eminem have never actually met, she is an admitted fan
of the hit- and dis-maker. “I think it’s refreshing that there’s actually
someone prepared to push the boundaries a bit and actually get to number
one. I’m really pleased about that,” she said. “That’s why I always stick
up for Eminem, because he’s totally different and totally out there.
He’s so intelligent. His rhymes and stuff, I mean, they’re genius. Anyone
who’s prepared to totally say what they think and not care, and know
that it’s not all deadly serious, and do their thing and do it completely
unique — I think it’s just so refreshing to have [a] number one doing

Eminem is not the first to discover the 26-year-old’s ethereally soulful
music. At age ten, Dido was skilled at the piano, violin, and recorder,
and years later she began singing in various bands on the London music
scene. She eventually hooked up with her brother Rollo’s musical brainchild,
Faithless, appearing on the trip-hop group’s albums to date (1996’s “Reverence”
and 1998’s “Sunday 8 PM”) and touring with the band as well. Clive Davis
signed Dido to Arista in 1997 as a solo artist, at which time she began
to embark on recording and producing “No Angel” with Rollo.

Currently, Dido is holed up in London for a quick breather before she
heads back out on the road armed with a few new songs she’s written during
her travels. “With all the touring at the moment… I’m not going to
get a chance to go into the studio until the beginning of next year,”
she said, adding that Rollo will return to the creative plate to produce
“at least a few more tracks” with her for her next effort.

Dido just nailed down two dates opening for a longtime influence of hers,
Sting, at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on August 11 and 12. The singer
will also be embarking on a headlining tour of the U.S. at the end of
June, though those dates have yet to be established.

Thanks to Cargirl for this :)

I just wanted to
let you know that according to a PR Newswire Association release on
October 10, 2000, Arista records is launching a full line of DVD
singles. Among many artists, Dido’s “Here With Me” will be one of the
singles scheduled to be released on November 21, 2000. The release
says that the singles will retail around $9.95 each. Dido’s single
will feature the “Here With Me” video and a live performance of “Thank
More info can be found at
Arista’s website at

Thanks to Sarah for this :)

Just thought you might like to know that Dido’s No Angel has finally been
released in the UK.

They are obviously not expecting big sales as not all record stores are
stocking it and if they are they are only receiving small quantities of the
album, the most being 10.

Anyway I have got a copy and its great!

Thanks to aliensteen for this :)

on EW Breakout on pg. 20 there a picture of dido and eminem on SNL saying Dido Age 20 THE BUZZ Along with singing the unofficial Roswell anthem (” Here with me”), this litterary agent-turned-singer achieved ” who’s that?” status last week by appearing on Saturday Night Live with eminem, who samples her ” Thank you” on his celeb-stalker diatribe “Stan.” DISCOVERY After impressing Arista Records’ diva-spotter Clive Davis, Dido Armstrong was signed to the label’s U.K. division in 1997( her first name comes from The Aeneid) HAS SHE SEEN ROSWELL? ” It’s good, but i don’t have the patience to stick with a series. hte only thing i Love is The Sopranos.” ON THE CONTROVERSIAL EMINEM His album ” doesn’t offend me. I listen to it and i hear a story. He’s a storyteller…. He He just happens to write about things that are darker.” FYI Just hours after SNL, A FAMILY EMERGENCY had Armstrong racing home to England ( according to Dido, all is now fine). Next Stops on hte Limp Bizkit/Eminem tour, a role in the “Stan” video, and a U.K. release for No Angel, which just hit Billboard’s top 50 in the U.S.—-Nicholas Fonsca

And on page 63 What to Watch “Roswell” ( the WB, TV PG-DLV) Suprise! Isabel’s secret birthday party sour when tess is abducted.