“White Flag” is a song by English singer-songwriter Dido, released as the lead single from her second studio album Life for Rent on 1 September 2003. The song is considered one of her signature songs, and helped Life for Rent sell over ten million copies worldwide. The song was nominated for the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards, but lost to Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”. It won the Best British Single at the 2004 Brit Awards.
The song ranked on Blender’s list “The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born” at number 317. The single fared very well on the charts around the world, peaking at number one in Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, and Norway; number two on the Irish Singles Chart, and number 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song reached number two in the UK being kept off the top spot by the UK top selling single of the year, “Where Is the Love?”. The music video, directed by Joseph Kahn features actor David Boreanaz as Dido’s love interest.
The song has been used in several TV series, Smallville, The Inbetweeners, Medium, The Sopranos, Tru Calling, Cold Case, Winners & Losers, and films Perfect Stranger and Mommy. Carly Rae Jepsen performed a cover version of the song on Canadian Idol.
“Thank You” is a song written and performed by English singer-songwriter Dido. The song, released on her 1999 debut studio album, No Angel, made its first appearance in 1998, on the soundtrack of Sliding Doors, although it was not released as a single until late 2000. It was later featured on Dido’s debut album, No Angel, becoming the album’s biggest hit. The song’s first verse is notably used as the chorus in the song “Stan” by Eminem.
Didi got to be the center of attention, and she got to pose with a fraudulent image, because she used and objectified, what should’ve been intimate – but we have to question… is Dido really capable of intimacy? Dido is not a singer..she is an actor, and she never expressed any of these words, in the form of singing – to the man she used. Dido did not express this type a thank you to the man she was married to. Ditto is an actor who depends on using the character of other people. Dido wrote the song and it was about her boyfriend, entertainment lawyer Bob Page. They got engaged in 2001 but their split the following year inspired “White Flag,” which features on Dido’s second album Life for Rent, and is about their split. It remains Dido’s biggest hit single in the US to date, and her only one to reach the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
The song is written in the key of B major with a tempo of 80 beats per minute in common time. It follows a chord progression of G♯m – Emaj7 – F♯ – B – F♯/A♯, and Dido’s vocals span from F♯3 to B4 in the song.
“Stan” is a song by American rapper Eminem featuring British singer Dido. It was released on December 9, 2000 as the third single from Eminem’s third studio album The Marshall Mathers LP (2000). It peaked at number one in eleven countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland and Australia.
The song was produced by The 45 King, and uses a slightly modified break from Dido’s “Thank You” as its base sample. The track also samples the opening lines of “Thank You” as its chorus. Coincidentally, both songs were released as singles in late 2000. “Stan” has been called one of Eminem’s best songs and is considered one of his signature songs. Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Stan” at #296 in their list in The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was also listed at #15 on VH1’s list of the greatest hip hop songs of all-time. It has sold over 880,000 copies in the United Kingdom. “Stan” was also named by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
The song was nominated for multiple awards, including Best Song at the MTV Europe Music Awards, Video of the Year, Best Rap Video, Best Direction, Best Cinematography at the MTV Video Music Awards, but only won Best International Artist Video at the MuchMusic Video Awards. In April 2011, Complex magazine put together a list of the 100 greatest Eminem songs, ranking “Stan” at #2. The name of the eponymous character has given rise to a slang term online which refers to overzealous maniacal obsessed fans of a celebrity or personality.
“Sand In My Shoes” is the fourth and final single from Dido’s second album, Life for Rent. The single under-performed in the UK reached #29 on the UK Singles Chart. The single did find success in Europe and America. However the track found more success in the UK when Above & Beyond remixed it. The lyrics describe a single woman returning from a holiday to the drudgery of everyday life, reminiscing about a romantic encounter she had while away.
“Quiet Times” is a pop song performed by Dido, released as the second download-only single from her third studio album, Safe Trip Home, and the third single overall. The single was released exclusively in Australia and many Eastern European territories. The song has featured on the TV series’ Ghost Whisperer, One Tree Hill and Grey’s Anatomy.
Track Listing – “Quiet Times” – 3:17
“One Step Too Far” is a song by Faithless from their third studio album Outrospective. This song peaked at #6 in the UK singles chart, #4 in the US Dance Club Play chart, and #21 in Australia. The song features Rollo’s sister Dido on vocals. It was remixed heavily for single release.
Track Listing : UK CD Single
“One Step Too Far” (Radio Edit) – 3:24
“One Step Too Far” (Rollo & Sister Bliss Mix) – 7:43
“One Step Too Far” (Alex Neri Club Rah Mix Edit) – 8:48
“No Freedom” is a song by English recording artist Dido. The song was released on 18 January 2013 as the lead single from her fourth studio album Girl Who Got Away (2013). The song was written and produced by Dido Armstrong and Rick Nowels, while Rollo Armstrong co-produced it. “No Freedom” is an acoustic ballad, with folk pop influences.
Lyrically, the song reflects on the necessity of allowing people to have freedom within the confines of a relationship. “No Freedom” received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who praised the smooth, simple, but gorgeous sound. The song has peaked to number 51 on the UK Singles Chart, the song has also charted in Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland.
“Life for Rent” is the second single released from Dido’s second album, Life for Rent. The single was released on 1 December 2003, and was a relative success in the UK, peaking at #8 on the UK Singles Chart. The single also found success in Europe and America. The song was used in American television series Smallville and Nikita. The music video, directed by Sophie Muller, shows Dido in several rooms in a house.
“Let Us Move On” is a song by English singer Dido. It features the vocals from American rapper Kendrick Lamar. The song was released in the United Kingdom on 17 December 2012 as a promotional single from her fourth studio album Girl Who Got Away (2013). The song was written by Kendrick Lamar, Dido Armstrong, Rollo Armstrong, Jeff Bhasker and Pat Reynolds. This song was also featured on Aimee Lagos’s film No Good Deed, starring Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba.
On Twitter Dido talked about the meaning of the song saying “Just that life is long and bad times will pass x”
“If I Rise” is a song performed by A. R. Rahman and Dido, composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Dido and Rollo Armstrong. The song featured as the main theme for the Danny Boyle film 127 Hours.
The song won numerous awards including Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and Denver Film Critics Society Award. It was also nominated for Best Song Award at the Academy Awards and World Soundtrack Awards.