Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong, publicly known as Dido was born on 25th December, 1971 in London, England.Dido is an award winning English singer-songwriter.
Dido was born on the Christmas Day but she celebrates her birthday on 25th June “official birthday”, following the case of Paddington Beat.Dido was the daughter of William O’Malley Armstrong an Irish publisher and earlier managing director of Sedgwick & Jackson and Clare, a French poet. Dido has an elder brother, Rowland Constantine O’Malley Armstrong who is famous for record producer Rollo.
Dido was given name after legendary Queen of Carthage. As Dido explains:
“To be called one thing and christened another is actually very confusing and annoying. 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. ...I thought it was cruel to call me Dido and then expect me to just deal with it.”
Dido, Interview published in The Observer in 2001
Dido was learned at Westminster School, City of London Girls' and Thornhill Primary. When she was just 5 years old, Dido stole a recorder from the school, then her parents joined her at Guildhall School of Music in London, England. And after some time, Dido had learned to play violin, recorder and the piano. Later she studied law at the Birkbeck, University of London, even as working as a fictional agent. Dido didn’t do the course, and she decided that she will give her total time to music. She learned the guitar and she displayed her talent to viewers throughout her 2004 Life for Rent tour.
In the year of 1995, Dido started recording demo tracks and entitled Odds & Ends and also sent out through Network management. Dido provided vocals for the album tracks, for instance "Hem of His Garment", "Flower stand Man" and UK dance act organized through her brother, Rollo Armstrong. And this collection was unconfined through Network on the CD-R acetate in 1995. Odds & Ends conveyed her to the concentration of Arista Records, who noticed her in USA, striking a contract with her brother's record tag, Cheeky Records, to co-sign her. And of the tracks comprised on Odds & Ends, "Take My Hand" was comprised on all version of No Angel as an extra track; "Sweet Eyed Baby" was renamed and remixed to "Don't Think of Me", although "Worthless" and "Me" were unconfined exclusively on Japanese edition.
Dido was admitted to Cheeky Records, and it was sold out to the BMG records in 1999. And this deferred the discharge of No Angel in United Kingdom, but permitted her to focus on endorsing the album No Angel in U.S., comprised a gap on Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair tour. During touring, her music started to acquire more exposure. And the initial official single selected through Dido and her tag, "Here with Me", was applied as the theme music for the TV programme Roswell.
And in the year of 1998, the music creator for the movie Sliding Doors picked her track "Thank You" for the album. No Angel was unconfined in 1999. Dido toured expansively to endorse the record.
Dido No Angel album became the top-finest of 2001- both in United Kingdom and universal. All through the year, it became the number 1 in certified UK albums. It produced two top 10 hit singles, “Thank You”, and “Here With Me”, next Top 20 hit, “Hunter” and 4th and last single release “All You Want” which arrived at top 25. And it was qualified platinum in above 35 countries. It is projected to have sold out above 21 million copies globally. And it became the IInd fastest selling album of 21s century in UK. After a global tour, Dido declared that she was captivating a sabbatical in 2002 and at that time she started to record and write her IInd album.
Life for Rent was unconfined on 29th September 2003 world and 30th September 2003 in USA & Canada. It became the biggest selling album in UK melodic history. It debuted at the number 1 in Ireland, Switzerland, Australia, Mexico, Malaysia and Thailand, Italy, USA, New Zealand, Germany, Hong Kong, France, UK, the Netherlands, Greece, South Africa, Denmark and many more. Leading through the hit single "White Flag", the melody video for which features Bones star David Boreanaz, Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and this album sold out above 152, 000 copies in first day unaccompanied in UK, and continued to sell above 400,000 in first week. And 3 more singles- “Sand in My Shoes", "Don't Leave Home" and "Life for Rent" were raised from the album, with Dido boarding on a global tour in sustain of the album. And it became the 4th fastest selling album of 21st century in UK.
After the globe tour of 2004, Dido was called to perform at 3 of Live 8 concerts on IInd July 2005- presenting in London, and at Eden Project in Cornwall, prior to fly over to Paris, presenting both single ("White Flag") and duet ting with Youssou N'Dour ("Thank You" and "Seven Seconds").
In the year of 2005,Dido provided vocals for the project of her brother Dusted on album Safe from Harm. Dido sings on tracks: "Winter", "Hurt U" and "Time Takes Time" and Dido co-wrote 3 tracks on the album: "Winter", "The Biggest Fool in the World" and "Always Remember to Respect & Honor Your Mother, Part 1".
Dido began work on her 3rd album in October 2005 in Los Angeles. And the album has been created through Jon Brion and also herself. And collaborators comprise Matt Chamberlain, Mick Fleetwood, Quest love, Rollo Armstrong and Brian Eno.
On 22nd August 2008, her official website verified that this album was named Safe Trip Home, with the authorized let loose date of 17 November 2008. Additional songs to be comprised in the album are: "The Day Before", "Grafton Street", "Never Want To Say It's Love" and "It Comes And It Goes".
“I recorded my vocals next to the hover in Jon’s broom cupboard. It was so small; there wasn’t even room for a guitar: I got quite addicted to singing in there.”
Dido, Interview in Q magazine
After the discharge of No Angel in 1999, she separated with her boy friend, amusement lawyer Bob Page. They remained together seven years. No Angel album songs were written with her fiancé. Dido thanked him publicly and openly after achieving Songwriter of the Year award at the Ivory Novello music awards, adding up, "The song 'Thank You' sums up that connection.