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White Flag (song)

“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.[1] 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 (Dido song)

“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.[1]

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.[2]

Stan (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.[2] 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.[3] “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.[4] 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

“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

“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[1] and many Eastern European territories. The song has featured on the TV series’ Ghost Whisperer, One Tree Hill and Grey’s Anatomy.[2]

Track Listing – “Quiet Times” – 3:17

One Step Too Far

“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

“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 (song)

“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

“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

“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.

Hunter (Dido song)

“Hunter” is a song by British singer Dido released as the third single from No Angel, her debut album. “Hunter” went to the top ten on the World Adult Charts and top 20 on the UK Singles Chart while achieving top five success in Portugal and Greece. “Hunter” tells the tale of restlessness in a failing relationship and the singer’s wish to be a “hunter”, or unencumbered person, once again.

The video, directed by Matthew Rolston, takes place in the city during a night of the full moon. In the video, Dido is chasing her lookalike in the city. Intercut are scenes of Dido singing the song in a balcony, living room and also the underwater amusement park. The video ends with Dido catching up with her lookalike in a tunnel and both hugging and embracing each other.

Here with Me (Dido song)

“Here with Me” is the debut single by English singer-songwriter Dido. It was the first single she released from her 1999 debut studio album, No Angel. The song was written about her now ex-boyfriend Bob Page.

The single was released on 17 May 1999 in the United States, but was not released in the United Kingdom until February 2001, where it was the album’s second single following the worldwide release of “Thank You” in December 2000. It peaked at number four in the UK Singles Chart, becoming her second top five single in a row, following “Stan,” a collaboration with Eminem. It reached number 1 on the Australia HitSeekers Chart following her live performance on the 2001 ARIA Awards.

“Here with Me” was used as the theme song for the 1999–2002 American television sci-fi drama Roswell.

Feelin’ Good (Faithless song)

“Feelin’ Good” is a song by Faithless, from their sixth and final studio album The Dance (2010). The song was released in the United Kingdom as a digital download on 29 August 2010. The song features Rollo’s sister Dido on vocals. The song has peaked to number 125 on the UK Singles Chart.

Writer(s)    Rollo Armstrong, Maxwell Fraser, Dido Armstrong

Released : 29 August 2010

 

Everything to Lose

“Everything to Lose” is a song released by British singer Dido, as the only single taken from the soundtrack of the motion picture Sex and the City 2 and premiered on Dido’s official YouTube channel on 9 May 2010.[1] The song was premiered on radio stations on 4 June 2010.[2] It was officially released as a digital download in the United Kingdom on 7 September 2010, alongside remixes by Armin Van Buuren, ATFC and Fred Falke.[3] The song peaked at #16 on the Italian Digital Singles Chart, #58 on the Japan Hot 100 and #84 on the ARIA Singles Chart. No physical CD single was released,[4] and the track wasn’t included on her fourth album.[5]

End of Night (song)

“End of Night” is a song by English recording artist Dido. The song was released on 5 May 2013 as the second single from her fourth studio album Girl Who Got Away (2013). The song was written by Dido and Greg Kurstin.

On Twitter Dido said “#endofnight the person i wrote this about is, well was, a friend… they have heard the song and love it and have no idea it’s about them!”. [sic] On Twitter @ShanLovegood_TW asked “what is your favourite part of #EndOfNight ?”, Dido said “#endofnight you were ugly when the beat kicked in and ugly when it left… and the chorus! i wrote it in 2010 but i still love it. x”. [sic][4]

Don’t Think of Me

“Don’t Think of Me” is a song by Dido. It was released as the second single from her debut album, No Angel, exclusively in the United States. The single was released on 19 February 2000, however, was serviced to radio in December 1999, two months before the official release. The single gained enough airplay to peak at #35 on the Adult Top 40 in May 2000.

Track Listing

“Don’t Think of Me” (Radio Mix) – 3:56
“Don’t Think of Me” (Album Edit) – 4:18
“Don’t Think of Me” (Call Out Research Hook) – 0:10

Don’t Leave Home

“Don’t Leave Home” was the third single released in the UK from Dido’s second album, Life for Rent. It was officially released on 12 April 2004. Even though it didn’t go further than number 25 on the UK Singles Chart, it stayed in the charts for nine weeks.[1] The song was however a radio hit, peaking at #1 on the official airplay chart in early 2004.

“Don’t Leave Home” deals with drug addiction. It is written and sung from the unusual point of view of the drug singing to the person who is addicted to it. It was originally a demo recorded for her 1999 album No Angel that was instead included on the 2003 album, Life for Rent. It was written and produced by Dido Armstrong and her brother Rollo Armstrong. The song is set in common time composed in a moderate tempo of 80 beats per minute,[2] written in F♯ Major with a vocal range from the tone of F♯4 to the note of C♯6.[2] The B-side, “Stoned”, is a song which tells the story of an unwinding relationship, clouded through drugs, as the title suggests. “Stoned” was remixed by Deep Dish as “Stoned (Deep Dish Remix)”. This version peaked at number-one on the Hot Dance Club Songs.[3][4]

Don’t Believe in Love

“Don’t Believe in Love” is a pop song performed by Dido. It is the only official single from her third studio album, Safe Trip Home, but the second single overall. It was released on 27 October 2008.[1][2]

The song was premiered on radio stations on 1 September 2008, and was released for download in many European countries from 29 September 2008.[3] It was also released in Australia on this date.[4] The physical single was released in United Kingdom on 27 October 2008,[5] and in Germany on 31 October 2008.[6]

The music video for the song was filmed in a ranch near Los Angeles, with AlexandLiane as the directors. The video was filmed in September 2008, and premiered on Dido’s official YouTube account on 30 October 2008. The music video was available as a free download from the iTunes Store on 3 December 2008, as part of their 2008 “12 Days Of Christmas” promotion.

Do They Know It’s Christmas?

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is a song written in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in reaction to television reports of the 1983–85 famine in Ethiopia. It was first recorded in a single day on 25 November 1984 by Band Aid, a supergroup put together by Geldof and Ure and consisting mainly of the biggest British and Irish musical acts at the time. The single was released in the United Kingdom on 3 December 1984[1] and aided by considerable publicity it entered the UK Singles Chart at number one and stayed there for five weeks, becoming the Christmas number one of 1984. The record became the fastest selling single in UK chart history, selling a million copies in the first week alone and passing 3 million on the last day of 1984,[2] on the way to becoming the biggest selling single of all time in the UK. It held this title until 1997 when it was overtaken by Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997”, released in tribute to Princess Diana following her death.[3] The original version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” has sold 3.78 million copies in the UK to date.[4]

The song was also a major success around the world, reaching number one in thirteen other countries outside the UK. In the US, the single fell short of the top ten in the Billboard Hot 100 due to a lack of airplay, but it had sold an estimated 2.5 million copies in the US by January 1985.[5][6] Worldwide the single had sold 11.7 million copies by 1989.[7] Geldof’s cautious hope was that the single would raise £70,000 for Ethiopia, but in the event “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” raised £8 million within twelve months of release.[8] The single’s worldwide success in raising awareness and financial relief for the victims of the Ethiopian famine led the recording of several other charity singles in the UK and in other countries, such as “We Are the World” by USA for Africa. The song also led to various spin-off charity events, such as Comic Relief, and the Live Aid concert which would take place seven months later in July 1985.

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was re-recorded three times in 1989, 2004, and 2014. All the re-recordings were also charity records; the 1989 and 2004 versions also provide money for famine relief, while the 2014 version was used to raise funds for the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa. All three of these versions also reached number one in the UK, and the 2004 version of the song was also a UK million seller, with 1.17 million copies sold.[9]

All You Want

“All You Want” is a song by Dido, released as the fourth and final single from her debut album, No Angel. The single was released as an exclusive 3″ mini-disc in the UK, making it ineligible to chart. However, the single was released as a traditional 5″ CD single in other parts of the world. It peaked at #8 in Russia.

The track was used at the end of the penultimate episode of the first series of Sky One’s Mile High.

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