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Also Known As: Florian Cloud De Bounevialle Armstrong, Dido Armstrong Died:
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Dido achieved a level of stardom that most artists could only dream of by writing and performing electronica- and folk-tinged pop songs that resonated with millions around the world. The British chanteuse first burst onto the scene with her debut album, No Angel (1999), which featured her dreamy, slightly cracked falsetto singing honestly about love and heartache. While the album's sales lagged at first, it slowly gained momentum with the release of the singles "Here with Me," the theme song for the supernatural drama "Roswell" (The WB, 1999-2001; UPN, 2001-02), and "Thank You," which rapper Eminem would later sample in his hit song "Stan" (2000). No Angel, undoubtedly catapulted Dido to international fame, yet the unassuming singer did her best to avoid the limelight, preferring to spend time rehearsing in the studio. Her subsequent albums, most notably Life for Rent (2003), not only delivered Dido's signature elements on songs such as "White Flag," but they also paved the way for a long and successful career for the multi-talented and deeply passionate artist.She was born Florian Cloud De Bounevialle Armstrong on Dec. 25, 1971 in London, England. Named after an African warrior queen, Dido developed...

Dido achieved a level of stardom that most artists could only dream of by writing and performing electronica- and folk-tinged pop songs that resonated with millions around the world. The British chanteuse first burst onto the scene with her debut album, No Angel (1999), which featured her dreamy, slightly cracked falsetto singing honestly about love and heartache. While the album's sales lagged at first, it slowly gained momentum with the release of the singles "Here with Me," the theme song for the supernatural drama "Roswell" (The WB, 1999-2001; UPN, 2001-02), and "Thank You," which rapper Eminem would later sample in his hit song "Stan" (2000). No Angel, undoubtedly catapulted Dido to international fame, yet the unassuming singer did her best to avoid the limelight, preferring to spend time rehearsing in the studio. Her subsequent albums, most notably Life for Rent (2003), not only delivered Dido's signature elements on songs such as "White Flag," but they also paved the way for a long and successful career for the multi-talented and deeply passionate artist.

She was born Florian Cloud De Bounevialle Armstrong on Dec. 25, 1971 in London, England. Named after an African warrior queen, Dido developed a creative streak at an early age, in part due to her family's professional background. Her father, William O'Malley Armstrong, was a publisher and former managing director at book publishing company Sidgwick & Jackson in London, and her mother, Clare Armstrong, was a poet. Her older brother, Roland "Rollo" Armstrong, worked as a music producer for the British electronica trio Faithless. At six, Dido attended London's Guildhall School of Music, which helped develop her emerging singing and songwriting skills. By the time she was in her teens, she had already mastered the piano, violin and recorder. She nurtured her passion for music throughout college, as well as while attending law school and briefly working as a literary agent. By 1995, Dido was collaborating with her brother's group and recording several demo tracks, including songs that were later included on her 1999 debut album, No Angel.

A showcase for her soft, haunting voice and emotionally-charged lyrics accented with elements of electronic dub effects, No Angel knocked it out of the park. The first single to gain mainstream appeal was "Here with Me," which became the sound track for the U.S. supernatural drama series "Roswell." To further boost album sales, the song "Don't Think of Me" was released in 2000, yet it did not fare as well on the charts and did little to boost Dido's career in America. All that changed after rapper Eminem sampled the track "Thank You" for the chorus of his critically acclaimed song, "Stan" (2000), about an obsessive fan of his named Stan. Not the least troubled about the sampling, Dido even appeared in the controversial music video as Stan's pregnant girlfriend. Her single "Thank You" was also featured on the soundtrack of Gwyneth Paltrow romantic comedy "Sliding Doors" (1998). Fueled by the success of "Thank You," No Angel went on to become one of the best-selling albums of 2001 and launched Dido as an international star.

Dido's sophomore release Life for Rent picked up where her debut album left off, featuring more folk-pop gems, including the hit single "White Flag," a refreshingly honest ode to messy breakups and undying love. Considered one of Dido's signature songs, "White Flag" earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2004. Not the sole gem on the record, Life for Rent blended effortless melodies and lush strings with the singer's wistful lyrics about familiar themes like summer romance on such standouts as "Sand In My Shoes," as well as darker issues like co-dependency on tracks like "Don't Leave Home." To the surprise of no one, Life for Rent catapulted to the No. 1 spot on countless charts, sold millions of copies worldwide, and helped Dido sell out her worldwide concert tour in 2004.

In addition to her solo work, she collaborated with artists like Carlos Santana, Rufus Wainwright, and co-wrote Britney Spears' hit song "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" (2002). Dido's third album release, Safe Trip Home (2008), featured the singer's signature elements, including her dreamy, slightly cracked falsetto and lyrics about love and heartache, but it also showcased her versatility as a multi-instrumentalist. Dido's album received mostly glowing reviews, however, it failed to sell as well as her previous releases. The album also prompted a lawsuit in 2010, when former NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless II sued Dido for using his 1984 space flight photo on the album cover. The cover showed him free-flying away from the space shuttle Challenger, which, according to McCandless was an infringement of his persona. That same year, Dido recorded the Academy Award-nominated song "If I Rise" for the soundtrack of Danny Boyle's survival drama "127 Hours."

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