ARCHIVE NEWS FROM
JANUARY - DECEMBER 2004

The news items on this page have been gathered from various sources.

29th December 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the download chart 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' stayed at number 1.

26th December 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the singles chart 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' stayed at number 1.

25th December 2004 - Happy Birthday Dido!

All Dido and all the many fans online wish Dido a very warm and happy 33rd birthday!

25th December 2004 - Merry Christmas!

All Dido would like to wish everybody around the world a very merry Christmas.

22nd December 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the Christmas download chart 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' stayed at number 1.

20th December 2004 - Band Aid 20 Week 3 Sales

'Do They Know It's Christmas?' claimed the Christmas 2004 number 1 yesterday. It sold 231,492 copies in its third week of release, a 19.6% decline on last weeks sales. It sold more than 8 times as many copies as the track at number 2 (Ronan Keating Featuring Yusuf, 'Father And Son' which sold 27,922 copies). 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' has now sold more than 812,000 copies since its release three weeks ago and it should complete its millionth sale before the end of the year.

19th December 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the Christmas singles chart 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' stayed at number 1.

18th December 2004 - USA End Of Year Chart

'White Flag' was at number 1 in the Billboard adult contemoporary chart of 2004 and at number 36 in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. 'Stoned - Deep Dish Remix' was at number 2 in the Billboard dance music/club chart. 'Life For Rent' was at number 48 in the Billboard Hot 200 album chart.

15th December 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the download chart 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' stayed at number 1.

13th December 2004 - Band Aid 20 Week 2 Sales

'Do They Know It's Christmas?' sold 287,849 copies in its second week of release, increasing its dominance by claiming a massive 41.5% chunk of the singles sales. It sold alomost 7 times as many copies as the track at number 2 (Kylie Minogue, 'I Believe In You' which sold 39,321 copies). It's already the best-selling single of the year and it's the odds-on favourite to be the Christmas 2004 number 1 in next weeks chart.

12th December 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the singles chart 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' stayed at number 1.

9th December 2004 - In The Pipeline

'Do You Have A Little Time' is sampled on the track 'Don't You Trust Me?' on the new 2Pac album 'Loyal To The Game' which is released on Monday 13th December 2004. Pre-order 'Loyal To The Game': UK CD.
Meanwhile Dido's live CD and DVD set 'Live At Brixton Academy' will now be released in March or April 2005.

8th December 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the download chart 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' went up 7 places to number 1.

7th December 2004 - Dido's Proud Of Band Aid 20

Despite Dido's huge album sales, she's proudest of her recent involvement in Band Aid 20, a charity record that is close to her heart. She said, "I loved it. Band Aid was the first single I bought. I was 13 and I was getting a stereo for my Christmas and birthday present, so in fact it was the only single I had for about three months. It's great to be part of something special, it's different, it's drawing attention to a whole new generation. It raises awareness for people of a younger age. When I was at that age, at 13, and when I watched all those videos, I then went on to run Sport Aid and my dad actually did the Live Aid book. It really hit me between the eyes that you could actually do something outside your environment. It's the only time I've actually met Bob Geldof, after Sport Aid. He took my cheque for £400 or something, gave me a hug and said, "Thank you." He's a great man and it just blew me away. I love the way he's so honest and just gets on with the job. With this new Band Aid single the biggest names have got involved. I mean I can't believe that so many people came together that quickly. It's so impressive." Buy 'Do They Know It's Christmas?': UK CD.

6th December 2004 - Band Aid 20 Week 1 Sales

'Do They Know It's Christmas?' sold 292,594 copies in its first week of release, only a little less than the rest of the top 40 combined and claimed a massive 40.38% chunk of the singles sales. It sold alomost 14 times as many copies as the track at number 2, (Ice Cube Featuring Mack 10 & Ms Toi, 'You Can Do It' which sold 20,953 copies) making it the fastest selling single since Elton John's Princess Diana tribute single 'Candle In The Wind 97', which sold 3.4 million copies in its first week. However it has a long way to go before it beats the original Band Aid version which was released in 1984 and sold 750,000 copies in its first week and went on to sell just over 3.5 million copies. It did beat Band Aid II's 1989 version, which sold slightly more than 200,000 copies in its first week. Band Aid 20's version is already the fifth best-selling single of the year so far.
A behind-the-scenes look at the recording session of the Band Aid 20 single is shown tonight at 10.35pm on BBC One in the UK.

5th December 2004 - UK Chart

This week 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' entered the singles chart at number 1.

3rd December 2004 - Dido To Take A Year Off

Dido is taking a year off to go globetrotting and she would like to take in Asia, South America and Australasia. She said, "I'm gonna spend the year travelling and writing. I want to work on a new album and enjoy it properly, so I'm going to head off. Asia would be cool, I think I'd like to go back to New Zealand for quite a while, because that was beautiful. I might go to South America. There's loads of places I want to go to, what a great life, eh? I want to see as much as I can."

2nd December 2004 - Band Aid 20

'Do They Know It's Christmas?' sold 72,242 copies on its first day of release on Monday, more than the rest of the top 30 combined. Making it the fastest selling single of the year.
A behind-the-scenes look at the recording session of the single is shown on Monday 6th December 2004 at 10.35pm on BBC One in the UK.

1st December 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the download chart 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' went down 3 places to number 8.

29th November 2004 - Out Today

Don't forget that the Band Aid 20 charity single 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' is released in the UK today. It features Dido amongst others and it's raising money for famine relief in the Darfur region of Sudan. 1 million copies have been sent to records stores. Buy 'Do They Know It's Christmas?': UK CD. The track listing is as follows:

CD Single (9869413):
Do They Know It's Christmas? (By Band Aid 20)
Do They Know It's Christmas? (By Band Aid)
Do They Know It's Christmas? - Performed At Live Aid, 1985 (By Band Aid)

26th November 2004 - Up For Selection

The video for 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' is now available for selection on the UK satellite music television channel, The Box. The selection number is 204.

25th November 2004 - Band Aid 20 Microsite

To mark the release of Band Aid 20's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?', a special microsite has been created. It features the lyrics, the video and information about the song.
For more information visit the Band Aid 20 microsite.

24th November 2004 - UK Chart

This week 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' entered the download chart at number 5.

19th November 2004 - Band Aid 20 Video

Last night more than 13 million viewers tuned in to see the first showing of the Band Aid 20 video 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'. It was shown simultaneously on all five terrestrial TV channels, Sky One and other digital channels in the UK. Madonna introduced it and she told fans to "feed the world" before the video got its premiere.

19th November 2004 - Dido Misses Out

Dido lost out to Usher's 'Confessions' in the Best Album category at the 11th annual MTV Europe Music Awards 2004 last night. The event took place at Tor Di Valle in Rome, Italy.

18th November 2004 - Band Aid 20 Download

From today you can download Band Aid 20's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' which features Dido amongst others. You can download the track as well as a special 2 track version featuring the original 1984 Band Aid version. The download along with the single, released on Monday 29th November 2004 will raise money for famine relief in the Darfur region of Sudan. Pre-order 'Do They Know It's Christmas?': UK CD.
For more information, and to download the track for £1.49 or the 2 track version for £1.99 visit the Band Aid 20 website.

15th November 2004 - Band Aid

The 2004 version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' was recorded yesterday at Air Studios in London and will raise money for famine relief in the Darfur region of Sudan. The single will be titled Band Aid 20 to mark the 20th anniversary of the original song, which featured stars such as George Michael, Duran Duran and Phil Collins.
Bob Geldof has said the recording of the new Band Aid charity single was "firing the starting pistol" to raise funds and awareness for Africa. He was joined by about 40 leading names of the music scene for a fresh version of 1984 single.
Some of the stars had already recorded their contributions before yesterday, with Sir Paul McCartney adding his bass guitar section on Friday. Dido, Robbie Williams, Thom Yorke, Dizzee Rascal and Coldplay's Chris Martin had also already recorded their parts and were not in the studio yesterday. Blur singer Damon Albarn served tea for the artists and crew, who have donated their time, but he didn't sing. U2's Bono flew in late yesterday to add his famous line "Well, tonight thank God it's them instead of you." Dido's is the second artist to sing on the single after Coldplay's Chris Martin, her lines are "And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy, Throw your arms around the world at Christmas time."
The full Band Aid 20 line-up is: Chris Martin, Sir Paul McCartney, Bob Geldof, Midge Ure, Radiohead, Robbie Williams, Dido, Bono, Daniel Bedingfield, Natasha Bedingfield, Turin Brakes, The Thrills, Will Young, Katie Melua, Busted, Joss Stone, Lemar, Jamelia, Keane, Beverley Knight, The Darkness, Dizzee Rascal, Ms Dynamite, Snow Patrol, Sugababes, Travis, Danny Goffey, Rachel Stevens, Estelle, Feeder, The Divine Comedy, Moloko, Shaznay Lewis, Morcheeba, Ash and Damon Albarn (serving tea).
The single is being mixed today and is released on Monday 29th November 2004. It will make its debut on the nation's airwaves tomorrow morning at 8.00am and the video is unveiled on Thursday 18th November 2004 at 5.50pm on all five terrestrial TV channels, Sky One and other digital channels in the UK, Madonna will be seen introducing it. Retailers expect to sell about 500,000 copies in its first week, but bookmakers think it could be the biggest-selling record since Elton John's Princess Diana tribute single 'Candle In The Wind 97', which sold 3.4 million copies in its first week. 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' is expected to go straight to number 1 and stay there until Christmas, where it's the odds-on favourite to be the Christmas 2004 number 1 in the UK. Pre-order 'Do They Know It's Christmas?': UK CD. The track listing at the moment is as follows:

CD Single (9869413):
Do They Know It's Christmas? (By Band Aid 20)
Do They Know It's Christmas? (By Band Aid)

8th November 2004 - Out Today

Don't forget that the soundtrack to the new Bridget Jones film, 'Bridget Jones, The Edge Of Reason' is released in the UK today. This film itself is released on Friday 12th November 2004. Dido features with Rufus Wainwright on the track 'I Eat Dinner (When The Hunger's Gone)'. Buy 'Bridget Jones, The Edge Of Reason': UK CD.

4th November 2004 - Band Aid

The re-recording of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' will take place at Air Studios in London on Sunday 14th November 2004 and it will be filmed for a TV special to be shown on Sunday 28th November 2004. Dido is on tour in Australia then so she won't be able to record her part in London, but she will be recording the whole track in Australia for Midge Ure to choose which lines to use. Robbie Williams is recording his part in Mexico.
Along with Dido and Robbie Williams other artist confirmed to take part include, Sir Paul McCartney, Justin Hawkins (The Darkness), Chris Martin (Coldplay), Natasha Bedingfield, Jamelia, Fran Healy (Travis), Beverley Knight, The Sugababes, Skye (Morcheeba), Danny Goffey (Supergrass), Busted, Keane, Katie Melua, Ms Dynamite, Snow Patrol, Shaznay Lewis, Tim Wheeler (Ash) and Will Young. Nigel Godrich, best known for his work with Radiohead is producing the single and Damien Hirst is to design the artwork for the CD sleeve.

27th October 2004 - Paris Concerts Cancelled

Due to a throat and sinus infection Dido will be unable to perform at the two Paris concerts tonight and tomorrow evening at Le Zenith. Dido is very disappointed as she has been looking forward to playing in Paris for a long time. Unfortunately it will be difficult to reschedule these concerts but it is being looked into.
Dido would like to express her apologies to her fans and thank them for their continued support.

21st October 2004 - Band Aid

Dido amongst others has been asked to appear on a new version of the charity song 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'. Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, who wrote the song, originally recorded it with a host of 1980s stars under the name Band Aid, had approached a series of current star musicians to do a re-recording. Others billed to appear are Robbie Williams, Keane, Coldplay, and The Darkness. Midge Ure, formerly frontman of British group Ultravox said, "It's definitely going to happen. I'm very excited, this project is not just about raising money. It's about putting the focus back on Africa and the problem of famine which has not gone away. The line-up proves that this country is brimming with talent and the big names approached seem very keen."
The original Band Aid record shot to the top of charts around the world in 1984 and raised huge ammounts of money for African famine relief. The new Band Aid recording is already odds-on favourite to be the Christmas 2004 number 1 in the UK.

20th October 2004 - Thank You

Thank you voting for my website for the People's Choice Award at the Interactive Music Awards. All Dido came 167th out of thousands, which wasn't as good as last year when All Dido came 84th. Winners were voted for by 293,798 music lovers across twelve different categories one of which was the People's Choice Award.
For a list of the top 500 People's Choice Award websites visit the Digital Music Awards 2004 website.

17th October 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'No Angel' went out of the top 75.

14th October 2004 - Dido And Rufus Eat Dinner

Dido features with Rufus Wainwright on the soundtrack to the new forthcoming Bridget Jones film, 'Bridget Jones, The Edge Of Reason'. The new track is called 'I Eat Dinner (When The Hunger's Gone)'. The soundtrack is released in the UK on Monday 8th November 2004 and in the USA on Tuesday 16th November 2004. Pre-order 'Bridget Jones, The Edge Of Reason': UK CD.
For more information on Rufus Wainwright visit his Official website and for more information on 'Bridget Jones, The Edge Of Reason' visit the Official website.

13th October 2004 - Live CD And DVD

Dido's live CD and DVD set 'Live At Brixton Academy' is rumoured to be released in the USA on Tuesday 23rd November and in the UK on Monday 29th November 2004. Other rumours say that BMG has put the release date back until at least January 2005. Pre-order 'Live At Brixton Academy': USA CD/DVD.

11th October 2004 - New Zealand Dates Added

New Zealand dates have been added to Dido's 'Life For Rent' tour in November 2004. They are in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.
For all the dates and venues of Dido's 'Life For Rent' tour see the Tour Dates page.

10th October 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the singles chart 'Sand In My Shoes' went out of the top 75 and in the album chart 'No Angel' went up 1 place to number 62.

6th October 2004 - MTV EMAs Nomination

Dido's 'Life For Rent' has been nominated in the Best Album category at the 11th annual MTV Europe Music Awards 2004. The event takes place on Thursday 18th November 2004 at Tor Di Valle in Rome, Italy.
To vote for Dido visit the MTV Europe Music Awards website.

5th October 2004 - Sony Abandons Copy-Control CDs

Sony is abandoning its CDs that use built-in anti-copying technology that limits copying them, after pushing the program for two years.
Dido's 'Life For Rent' CD includes the anti-copying technology and Sony has announced it will stop publishing the discs, mainly because its message against illegally copying CDs for uses such as in file-sharing over the internet has widely sunk in, the company said.

3rd October 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the singles chart 'Sand In My Shoes' went down 12 places to number 55 and in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went out of the top 75, but 'No Angel' went up 8 places to number 63.

2nd October 2004 - Sand In My Shoes USA 12" Promo

There is a USA 'Sand In My Shoes' promo 12" vinyl triple pack doing the rounds. It includes a new remix, 'Sand In My Shoes - Hani Num Sound Mix' and 'Don't Leave Home - Gabriel & Dresden Mix'. Buy 'Sand In My Shoes': USA Promo 12". The track listing is as follows:

12" Promo Single - (J12 65811-1-SD):
Sand In My Shoes - Above & Beyond Mix
Sand In My Shoes - Hani Num Sound Mix
Sand In My Shoes - Filterheadz Mix
Sand In My Shoes - Steve Lawler We Love Ibiza Mix
Sand In My Shoes - Rollo & Mark Bates Mix
Don't Leave Home - Gabriel & Dresden Mix

26th September 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the singles chart 'Sand In My Shoes' went down 14 places to number 43 and in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 8 places to number 70 and 'No Angel' re-entered the album chart top 75 at number 71.

25th September 2004 - More Sand In My Shoes Remixes

There is yet another 'Sand In My Shoes' 12" promo doing the rounds. Buy 'Sand In My Shoes': UK Promo 12"3. The track listing is as follows:

12" Promo Single - (SAND 03):
Sand In My Shoes - Above & Beyond's UV Mix
Don't Leave Home - Gabriel & Dresden Keep Your Warm Club Mix

Gabriel & Dresden's remix of 'Don't Leave Home' is one of the tracks included on Gabriel & Dresden's new album 'Bloom' which was released in the USA on Tuesday 7th September 2004 and is released in the UK on Monday 25th October 2004. Pre-order 'Bloom': UK CD.

19th September 2004 - UK Chart

This week 'Sand In My Shoes' entered the singles chart at number 29 and in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 8 places to number 62.

16th September 2004 - World Music Awards Winner

Dido picked up another award yesterday at the World Music Awards 2004 in Las Vegas. She won the Best Selling Artist/United Kingdom award. Dido was nominated for two other awards, World's Best Female Artist and World's Best Pop Female Artist.
For a list of all the World Music Award winners visit the World Music Awards website.

15th September 2004 - UK Chart Midweeks

According to the midweek sales 'Sand In My Shoes' is currently only at number 29 in the singles chart.

14th September 2004 - Please Vote For My Website

Please vote for my website for the People's Choice Award at the Digital Music Awards 2004.
There's an added bonus of prizes for voters too. You can get the chance to win one of five Xboxes and tickets for the awards ceremony and after party. So please get your vote in and make a difference.
To vote for my website please visit the Digital Music Awards 2004 website.
Many thanks.

13th September 2004 - Out Today

Don't forget that 'Sand In My Shoes' is released in the UK today. Buy 'Sand In My Shoes': UK CD and/or UK 12". The track listing is as follows:

CD Single (82876626922):
Sand In My Shoes - Album Version
Sand In My Shoes - Dab Hands Baleria Injection Mix
Sand In My Shoes - Beginerz Vocal Mix
Sand In My Shoes - Steve Lawler We Love Ibiza Mix
Sand In My Shoes - Rollo & Mark Bates Remix

12" Single (82876626921):
Sand In My Shoes - Above & Beyond's UV Mix
Sand In My Shoes - Filterheadz Remix

12th September 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 1 place to number 54.

9th September 2004 - Benefit Gala

Dido will be performing at the YouthAIDS Benefit Gala which raises funding and awareness to fight HIV/AIDS among youth in developing countries. The gala takes place at New York City's Capitale Grand Ballroom on Thursday 23rd September 2004. Dido along with five-time Grammy Award winner Wynonna Judd will each provide special musical performances. The The event will also honor the efforts of Carlos and Deborah Santana amongst others.

8th September 2004 - Life For Rent Repackaged

'Life For Rent' the repackaged version which was due to be released last month and then was postponed has now got a new released date. It will now be released on Monday 18th October 2004. It will include a cover version of James Taylor's 'Fire And Rain' and 5 tracks from the 2003 AOL session, 'Thank You', 'White Flag', 'Life For Rent', 'Here With Me' and 'Mary's In India'. Pre-order 'Life For Rent': UK Repackaged CD.

5th September 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 1 place to number 53.

3rd September 2004 - Up For Selection

The video for 'Sand In My Shoes' is now available for selection on the UK satellite music television channel, The Box. The selection number is 270.

1st September 2004 - Australian Dates Added

Australian dates have been added to Dido's 'Life For Rent' tour in November 2004. They are in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
For all the dates and venues of Dido's 'Life For Rent' tour see the Tour Dates page.

30th August 2004 - Out Today

Faithless release an instrumental album in the UK today. 'Everything Will Be Alright Tomorrow' is an accompaniment to the 'No Roots' album released in June 2004. Dido featured on the title track of 'No Roots' and there is an instrumental version on 'Everything Will Be Alright Tomorrow'. Buy 'Everything Will Be Alright Tomorrow': UK CD.

29th August 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 6 places to number 52.

26th August 2004 - V Festival Highlights

Virgin Radio have added some tracks from Dido's appearance at the V Festival last weekend. You can listen to 'Hunter', 'Thank You', 'White flag' and an interview with the lovely Miss Armstrong. There are also some photographs.
For more information and to listen to the tracks visit the Virgin Radio website.

24th August 2004 - Sand In My Shoes Details

'Sand In My Shoes' will be released on BMG in the UK on Monday 13th September 2004 and it will be available on one CD single and 12" vinyl. Pre-order 'Sand In My Shoes': UK CD and/or UK 12". The track listing is as follows:

CD Single (82876626922):
Sand In My Shoes - Album Version
Sand In My Shoes - Dab Hands Baleria Injection Mix
Sand In My Shoes - Beginerz Vocal Mix
Sand In My Shoes - Steve Lawler We Love Ibiza Mix
Sand In My Shoes - Rollo & Mark Bates Remix

12" Single (82876626921):
Sand In My Shoes - Above & Beyond's UV Mix
Sand In My Shoes - Filterheadz Remix

23rd August 2004 - French Dates Added

French dates have been added to Dido's 'Life For Rent' tour in October 2004. They are in Lyon, Toulouse, Marseille, Lille, Strasbourg and two dates in Paris.
For all the dates and venues of Dido's 'Life For Rent' tour see the Tour Dates page.

22nd August 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went up 1 place to number 46.

21st August 2004 - Will & Grace TV Soundtrack

'White Flag - Scumfrog Remix' will be one of the tracks on the 'Will & Grace, Let The Music Out!' TV Soundtrack album which is released on Monday 13th September 2004 in the UK and on Tuesday 14th September 2004 in the USA. 'White Flag - Scumfrog Remix' was only previously available on USA 12" vinyl. Pre-order 'Will & Grace, Let The Music Out!': UK CD.

20th August 2004 - Another Sand In My Shoes Remix

Above & Beyond have just completed a remix of 'Sand In My Shoes', which is scheduled to be released on the 12" Single.
Above and Beyond are DJ/producers Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki and in the past they have done remixes for Madonna, Britney Spears, Delerium and many more.

19th August 2004 - V Festival Highlights

If you can't get to see Dido at this weekends V Festival don't worry, Channel 4 and E4 in the UK will be showing highlights of the Festival on both nights. The times are as follows:

Saturday 21st August 2004 at 9.30pm on E4
Saturday 21st August 2004 at 11.25pm on Channel 4
Sunday 22nd August 2004 at 9.30pm on E4
Sunday 22nd August 2004 at 11.25pm on Channel 4

18th August 2004 - Gig Recorded

Last nights gig at London's Brixton Academy was recorded. It was all shot on Hi Definition and the director is David Bernard. Hopefully this was recorded for the live DVD and CD release which will hopefully be released around Christmas time.

18th August 2004 - Tour Gossip

Last night at the first of three nights at London's Brixton Academy, Dido relvealed that she got beaten up "By a much bigger girl" in the venue's toilets during a gig that she went to see there when she was younger.

17th August 2004 - Sand In My Shoes Video

In between tour dates Dido charged off to the USA last week to shoot the video for 'Sand in my Shoes'. She flew to Los Angeles on Friday 6th August 2004, had two intensive 12 hour day shoots, and then flew straight back to London. Despite the manic schedule it was, according to Dido, "A fun shoot that went really well." The video is directed by Alex de Rakoff and many of those involved have collaborated with Dido before on her past videos.
'Sand In My Shoes' is released on Monday 13th September 2004. Pre-order 'Sand In My Shoes': UK CD.

15th August 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went up 5 places to number 47.

15th August 2004 - Manchester Concert

For my review of the last night's concert see the Fans Concert Reviews page.

13th August 2004 - UK Tour Starts Tonight

Dido's UK 'Life For Rent' tour starts tonight at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland. Enjoy the concert if you're going.

11th August 2004 - Belgium Date

Dido is to play at the Forest National in Brussels, Belgium on Monday 25th October 2004.
For all the dates and venues of Dido's 'Life For Rent' tour see the Tour Dates page.

10th August 2004 - Dido Writes For Christina

Dido is rumoured to have agreed to write a song for Christina Aguilera. Dido is so impressed with Christina's unusual voice she jumped at the chance to pen a track for her. Dido said, "I get approached a lot to write for various people, but I decided to do one for Christina because she has got a unique voice."
Dido co-wrote a song for Britney Spears in 2002 called 'I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman', which got to number 2 in the UK charts.

9th August 2004 - Faithless Albums Re-Issued Today

Two Faithless albums are being re-issued in the UK today, 'Sunday 8pm/Saturday 3am' and 'Reverence/Irreverence'. Both were previously unavailable since October 2002 and they are now available again, each with a bonus CD of remixes and updated artwork.
'Sunday 8pm/Saturday 3am' features Dido on the tracks 'Postcards', 'Hem Of His Garment' and 'Postcards - Rewritten Mix'. 'Reverence/Irreverence' features Dido on the tracks 'Flowerstand Man', 'Salva Mea', 'Flowerstand Man - Matty's Remix' and 'Salva Mea - Way Out West Remix'. Buy 'Sunday 8pm/Saturday 3am': UK CD and/or 'Reverence/Irreverence': UK CD.
Faithless are also releasing an instrumental album on Monday 30th August 2004. 'Everything Will Be Alright Tomorrow' is an accompaniment to the 'No Roots' album released in June 2004. Dido featured on the title track of 'No Roots' and there is an instrumental version on 'Everything Will Be Alright Tomorrow'. Pre-order 'Everything Will Be Alright Tomorrow': UK CD.

8th August 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went up 1 place to number 52.

7th August 2004 - Sand In My Shoes Video

Dido is shooting the video for 'Sand In My Shoes' this weekend in Los Angeles and it's set to be another masterpiece.

1st August 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 1 place to number 53.

31st July 2004 - More Sand In My Shoes Remixes

There is another 'Sand In My Shoes' 12" promo doing the rounds. Buy 'Sand In My Shoes': UK Promo 12"2. The track listing is as follows:

12" Promo Single - (SAND 02):
Sand In My Shoes - Dab Hands Re Touch Mix
Sand In My Shoes - Dab Hands Baleria Injection Mix

The commercial release date of 'Sand In My Shoes' is Monday 13th September 2004. Pre-order 'Sand In My Shoes': UK CD.

25th July 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 3 places to number 52.

23rd July 2004 - Sand In My Shoes Remixes

The 'Sand In My Shoes' promos are doing the rounds at the moment on CD and 12" vinyl double pack. It's not yet known which remixes will appear on the commercial release. Buy 'Sand In My Shoes': UK Promo CD and/or UK Promo 12"1. The track listing is as follows:

CD Promo Single (82876639002):
Sand In My Shoes - Filterheadz Remix
Sand In My Shoes - Dab Hands Baleria Injection Mix
Sand In My Shoes - Steve Lawler We Love Ibiza Mix
Sand In My Shoes - Beginerz Vocal Mix

12" Promo Single - (82876639001):
Sand In My Shoes - Filterheadz Remix
Sand In My Shoes - Steve Lawler We Love Ibiza Mix
Sand In My Shoes - Beginerz Vocal Mix
Sand In My Shoes - Rollo & Mark Bates Remix

The commercial release date of 'Sand In My Shoes' is Monday 13th September 2004. Pre-order 'Sand In My Shoes': UK CD.

21st July 2004 - BMG/Sony Merge

Dido's record label BMG has been allowed by the European Commission to merge with Sony, despite protests from many independent record labels, who said the merger would lead to a lessoning in consumer choice. But the European Commission accepted the majors' claims that the move was essential for their future survival. The merger, which will become a 50-50 joint venture called Sony BMG, reduces the number of so-called music majors from five to four. However, French group Vivendi Universal's music arm retains the number one spot in Europe, the European Commission said. Sony BMG will be headquartered in New York and will bring together a series of record labels including Sony's Columbia and Epic and BMG's Arista and RCA.

20th July 2004 - Life For Rent Repackaged Postponed

The repackaged version of 'Life For Rent' has now been postponed for the time being. A source at BMG said it was just a sort of 'turbo edition' of the album, containing enhanced CD-rom videos and mixes of 'White Flag' and 'Stoned'. BMG's postponement of the CD was due to an excess of stock of current 'Life For Rent' albums. No new date has been announced, but it's possible it might coincide with the live DVD release around Christmas time.

18th July 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went up 2 places to number 49.

17th July 2004 - UK Tour Support

Aqualung will be supporting Dido on the UK leg of her 'Life For Rent' tour in August 2004. Tickets went on sale yesterday. Buy tickets at Ticketmaster.
For more information visit Aqualung's official website.

15th July 2004 - Life For Rent Repackaged

'Life For Rent' is due to be repackaged and re-released according to Amazon.co.uk. Presumably there will be a bonus CD with extra tracks and remixes, and maybe some enhanced videos. Even better would be a bonus DVD. Amazon.co.uk has got the released date as Monday 23rd August 2004, but my guess would be after 'Sand In My Shoes' is released. Pre-order 'Life For Rent': UK Repackaged CD.

14th July 2004 - Next Single Confimed

Dido's fourth single from 'Life For Rent' has been confimed as 'Sand In My Shoes'. It is due for release on Monday 13th September 2004. Expect some great remixes of the track which is sure to be one of the most played songs this summer.

13th July 2004 - UK Tour Dates Announced

This is what you and I have been waiting for, Dido's 'Life For Rent' tour UK dates have finally been announced. In addition to her appearance in Edinburgh and her festival appearances in Chelmsford, Stafford and Dublin, she will do a short summer tour of the UK. The tour kicks off on Saturday 14th August 2004 in Manchester. Tickets go on sale on Friday 16th July 2004 at 9.00am. Buy tickets at Ticketmaster. The full new UK dates are as follows:

Saturday 14th August 2004 - Carling Apollo, Manchester, England
Tuesday 17th August 2004 - Carling Academy, Brixton, London, England
Wednesday 18th August 2004 - Carling Academy, Brixton, London, England
Thursday 19th August 2004 - Carling Academy, Brixton, London, England
Friday 27th August 2004 - International Arena, Cardiff, Wales
Saturday 28th August 2004 - SECC, Glasgow, Scotland

For all the dates and venues of Dido's 'Life For Rent' tour see the Tour Dates page.

11th July 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 23 places to number 51.

10th July 2004 - V Festival

Dido has also promised the 130,000 V Festival punters something a bit different to what they may expect. She said, "My live set has always been a bit different to the album, we mix it up quite a lot and it will be heavier than the album, there is a lot of rock in it. And I have started playing guitar which is also interesting – I'm working on it. I always played but badly, because I have never devoted time to playing properly. It has been fun recently, it's a bit of a new challenge."
If you wondered where a massive selling artist sleeps when doing a festival, Dido exclusively told Virgin Radio that, "Of course I will be sleeping in a tent." Buy V Festival 2004 tickets at Ticketmaster.

4th July 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went up 27 places to number 28.

29th June 2004 - Afraid To Sleep Rumour

Sony is preparing a major movie soundtrack for 'Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse' which will be released worldwide later this year in seven different formats.
Sony is hoping to have various popular artists with their new/unreleased tracks to put on the soundtrack. Rumour is that a few have been already confirmed, such as 'Alone' by Evanescence, 'Reject' by Avril Lavigne, 'Denial Of The Truth' by Seal and Dido's 'Afraid To Sleep'. Rumour is that the first single to be released from the soundtrack will be either Evanescence's or Dido's.

27th June 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 9 places to number 55.

25th June 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went out of the top 50.

23rd June 2004 - Stan Legal Battle

According to reports, Dido has fallen out with Eminem over the prompt payment of royalties for his sampling of 'Thank You' on his hit single 'Stan'. She has begun a legal battle to claim £1m from Eminem.
An insider said Dido had a lot to thank Eminem for, as 'Stan' was the song that catapulted her to fame. And source said he was sure the pair would work out their differences.

22nd June 2004 - An Apology

Saturday evening as Dido was preparing for her performance at the FleetBoston Pavilion in Boston she was suddenly overcome with an acute bout of dizziness. A physician was promptly called and soon after arriving advised her that she would be unable to perform. Dido was then admitted to an area hospital where she was discharged yesterday morning. Dido very much regrets that she was unable to perform her concert Saturday evening and she looks forward to returning to Boston as soon as possible. Efforts are underway to reschedule her appearance for later this season, and if these are successful, all tickets for Saturday's evening's concert will be honoured. Further details will be available soon. In the meantime tickets for Saturday's concert can be refunded at point of purchase. On behalf of the band, crew, management and the Pavilion Theatre, we apologize for any inconvenience.

21st June 2004 - Take My Hand Covered

'Take My Hand' has been covered by dance DJ Jurgen Vries and features a guest vocal from Andrea Britton. The single was released on Monday 7th June 2004. Buy 'Take My Hand': UK CD. The track listing is as follows:

CD Single (6749932):
Take My Hand - Radio Edit
Deliverance - 12" Edit
Take My Hand - 12" Vocal CD Edit
Take My Hand - Piece Process Remix 12" Edit

20th June 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 1 place to number 46.

20th June 2004 - Boston Concert Cancelled

Last night's concert at the FleetBoston Pavilion in Boston was cancelled at the very last minute (an hour after support act, Johnathan Rice had performed) due to Dido being ill. Hopefully the date will be rescheduled.

18th June 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went down 6 places to number 50.

16th June 2004 - Free Concert

Dido will be performing a free concert at Bryant Park in New York tomorrow at 5:15pm, gates open at 4:30pm.
For more information visit the Sony Card Experience website.

13th June 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 7 places to number 45.

12th June 2004 - Edinburgh T On The Fringe

Dido is among the artists playing T On The Fringe gigs in Edinburgh in August 2004. She is playing at the Usher Hall on Friday 13th August 2004. Buy tickets at Ticketmaster.
For more information visit the T On The Fringe website. For all the dates and venues of Dido's 'Life For Rent' tour see the Tour Dates page.

11th June 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went up 5 places to number 44.

10th June 2004 - Next Single Rumour

'Sand In My Shoes' is rumoured to be the fourth single to be released from 'Life For Rent'. It is rumoured to be released on Monday 2nd August 2004.

9th June 2004 - Dido To Stay In The UK

Dido has denied reports saying that she is planning on leaving the UK to live in Los Angeles to concentrate her efforts on her USA career. She told reporters, "No, it's not true. I got a bit of a surprise when I read that in the papers."

8th June 2004 - Dublin Date

Dido has been confirmed to play at Marley Park in Rathfarnham, Dublin on Wednesday 25th August 2004. Tickets go on sale on Friday 11th June 2004. Buy tickets at Ticketmaster.
For all the dates and venues of Dido's 'Life For Rent' tour see the Tour Dates page.

7th June 2004 - Out Today

Don't forget that 'No Roots' the new album from Faithless is released in the UK today. 'No Roots' features Dido on the title track. Buy 'No Roots': UK CD.

6th June 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' stayed at number 38.

4th June 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went down 11 places to number 49.

30th May 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the singles chart 'Don't Leave Home' went out of the top 75 and in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went up 3 places to number 38.

28th May 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went down 3 places to number 38.

27th May 2004 - Ivor Awards Winner

'White Flag', written by Dido Armstrong/Rollo Armstrong/Rick Nowels won International Hit Of The Year at today's songwriting ceremony The Ivors, named after Ivor Novello. It's the second Ivor that Dido has won, she won Songwriter Of The Year in 2002.
In Best Song Musically & Lyrically 'White Flag' lost out to 'Leave Right Now' by Will Young, written by Francis Eg White.
The 49th Ivor Novello Awards for British songwriters, composers and music publishers was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

25th May 2004 - Live Album/DVD

A fan spoke to Dido after her concert in Los Angeles last night and Dido said that she plans to release a live CD/DVD in December 2004.

24th May 2004 - DA On The Move To LA

Dido has decided to pack her bags and head for the sunny streets of Los Angeles in a bid to write her new album.
Dido wants to remove herself from distractions and nurture contacts in the USA music industry. She said, "It's a really fertile writing place. Sometimes you have to be lonely to write, it really helps. It can also be helpful if you've got a lot of stuff inspiring you and you're feeling a bit weird and lonely."
According to Dido's friends, there's one thing in the UK she'll really miss, the football. Her pal said, "Apart from her family and close friends, the thing she will be devastated to leave most is Arsenal. She's a huge fan."

23rd May 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the singles chart 'Don't Leave Home' went down 13 places to number 74 and in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 10 places to number 41.

21st May 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' stayed at number 35.

17th May 2004 - Dido's Tour Diary

Here is a bit from Dido's tour diary which you can find on the official Dido website:

We did a couple of production rehearsals there and then kicked off the tour finally at the Eric Harvie Theatre. Wondered why I was getting so out of breath and then realised we were at altitude!
Singing at altitude is sort of fun. I didn't get to go skiing. Everyone was too worried I'd break my leg. Went bowling for the first time in my life instead. And put my shoulder out.
Anyway, we had a great show. I'm so happy to be back on tour at last. It's been two years since I've done a proper gig!

Today we had an 18 hour bus journey to Victoria, BC. Saw a moose, a bear, some seals, and a 'whale' that turned out to be a floating log on the way.

16th May 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the singles chart 'Don't Leave Home' went down 14 places to number 61 and in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 6 places to number 31.

15th May 2004 - A First

The days of promo VHS videos could be numbered, as Fastrax is set to offer TV companies digital promos rather than cassette tapes, the first of which was Dido's 'Don't Leave Home'.

14th May 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went down 3 places to number 35.

13th May 2004 - Tour Starts Tonight

Dido's tour starts tonight at the Eric Harvie Theatre in Banff, Canada. Enjoy the concert if you're going.

9th May 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the singles chart 'Don't Leave Home' went down 8 places to number 47 and in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went up 2 places to number 25.

7th May 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went down 1 place to number 32.

2nd May 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the singles chart 'Don't Leave Home' went down 4 places to number 39 and in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went up 2 places to number 27.

30th April 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went down 1 place to number 31.

26th April 2004 - Ivor Awards Nomination

Dido is in the running to win the top honours at The Ivors, named after Ivor Novello. 'White Flag' has been nominated for two awards, Best Song Musically And Lyrically and International Hit Of The Year.
The 49th Ivor Novello Awards for British songwriters, composers and music publishers will be held at Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Thursday 27th May 2004.
Dido won an Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter Of The Year in 2002.

25th April 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the singles chart 'Don't Leave Home' went down 10 places to number 35 and in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 2 places to number 29.

23rd April 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went down 4 places to number 30.

20th April 2004 - Exclusive Stoned Download

This is the first time Dido has released an exclusive track online. 'Stoned - Beginerz Remix' is an official record company release. You can download and burn the track to CD, copy to your portable music player or other player and listen to the track on your PC. The download will cost £1.50 and comes with the video of 'Don't Leave Home' and exclusive artwork in PDF format.
For more information, and to download the track for £1.50 visit the 7 Digital Media website.

19th April 2004 - Live Album Rumour

It is rumoured that Dido may release a live album after the 'Life For Rent' tour. The release date may be in December 2004.

18th April 2004 - UK Chart

This week 'Don't Leave Home' entered the singles chart at number 25 and in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went up 1 place to number 27.

16th April 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went up 4 places to number 26. 'White Flag' was the Greatest Gainer/Sales for the second week running.

15th April 2004 - Next Single

'Sand In My Shoes' will be the fourth single to be released from 'Life For Rent'. Dido said, "We've just been waiting till the summer to put it out. It's one of my favourites though."

14th April 2004 - UK Chart Midweeks

According to the midweek sales 'Don't Leave Home' is currently only at number 27 in the singles chart.

13th April 2004 - UK Tour, Dido Speaks

Answering questions on the official Dido website, Dido said that she will be playing in Manchester on tour, she said, "I am playing in Manchester. I think it will be in August but not sure." She also said that she might be playing in Birmingham, she said, "I think so. Maybe in August? if not, certainly by the end of the year." The UK tour dates will be announced shortly.

12th April 2004 - Out Today

Don't forget that 'Don't Leave Home' is released in the UK today. Buy 'Don't Leave Home': UK CD. The track listing is as follows:

CD Single (82876611722):
Don't Leave Home
Stoned - Deep Dish Stoner Remix Edit

11th April 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 3 places to number 28.

10th April 2004 - TV Appearance

Dido will be performing 'Don't Leave Home' on 'cd:uk' on Saturday 17th April 2004 at 11.30am on ITV1 in the UK. It is taken from the 'Headliners' show recorded in August 2003.

9th April 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went up 7 places to number 30. 'White Flag' was the Greatest Gainer/Sales.

7th April 2004 - Capital Award

Dido picked up another award at todays Capital Radio Help A London Child Awards, she won London's Favourite UK Female Vocalist which was voted for by the listeners to Capital FM.
The awards were held at the Lancaster Hotel in London and compered by Capital FM DJ Neil Fox, the ceremony saw Dido beat off competition from the likes of Jamelia and Rachel Stevens to take the award.

5th April 2004 - My Album Is Better

Faithless star Rollo Armstrong says his group's new album, 'No Roots' knocks the spots off anything his sister Dido has recorded even though he helps make her records. Rollo insists 'No Roots' is better than the albums he has made for Dido. "She loves it as much as we do" he said. "For me, this is definitely the best album I have ever made, including my Sisters."
The new album features Dido on the title track and Sister Bliss hasn't ruled out the possibility that Dido could join them on stage. "We made the album, sat with it, pulled it apart, re-did it and there was one thing that was missing a female voice" said Bliss. "Luckily Dido loved it and came up with something. It's very short, it's a cameo role. But it was actually because the music needed it rather than a cynical attempt to use Rollo's sister to sell a few more million records. She sings on the title track 'No Roots' which is also the theme tune to the series with Caroline Quentin called 'Life Begins'. It's doubtful whether Dido will join us at T in the Park. It depends on the part of the world she is in. She has her own tour all over the world and it's all kicking off.
'No Roots' will be released in the UK on Monday 7th June 2004. Pre-order 'No Roots': UK CD.

4th April 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went up 1 place to number 25.

2nd April 2004 - Up For Selection

The video for 'Don't Leave Home' is now available for selection on the UK satellite music television channel, The Box. The selection number is 343.

2nd April 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went down 4 places to number 37.

1st April 2004 - Future Forests

Dido is involved with a not-for-profit organisation called Future Forests, which essentially works to plant new forests to counter global CO2 emmissions. In Dido's case, a forest has been started in Mozambique, to neutralise the CO2 emmissions produced by the making of the 'Life For Rent' album.
For more information, and to plant a tree in Dido's forest yourself for £10 visit the Future Forests website.

31st March 2004 - Faithless Added

Faithless have been added to the line up for the V Festival 2004. Dido had already been named as one of the headline artists. I wonder if Dido will also sing with Faithless, my guess is that she will on at least song, probably the new Faithless/Dido track 'No Roots'. Tickets are on sale now. Buy V Festival 2004 tickets at Ticketmaster.
For more information visit the V Festival website.

31st March 2004 - Don't Leave Home And Stoned Details

'Don't Leave Home' will be released on BMG in the UK on Monday 12th April 2004 and it will only be available on one CD single. Pre-order 'Don't Leave Home': UK CD. The track listing is as follows:

CD Single (82876611722):
Don't Leave Home
Stoned - Deep Dish Stoner Remix Edit

More 'Stoned' mixes have also been serviced to clubs on promo CD and 12" vinyl. Buy 'Stoned': UK Promo CD and/or UK Promo 12". The track listing is as follows:

CD Promo Single (?):
Stoned - Deep Dish Edit
Stoned - Deep Dish Vocal
Stoned - Deep Dish Dub
Stoned - Beginerz Remix
Stoned - Paul Jackson Vocal
Stoned - Paul Jackson Dub

12" Promo Single (STONED01):
Stoned - Deep Dish Voca'
Stoned - Deep Dish Dub
Stoned - Beginerz Remix
Stoned - Paul Jackson Vocal
Stoned - Paul Jackson Dub

29th March 2004 - Happy Birthday All Dido!

All Dido is three years old today!

28th March 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 10 places to number 26 and 'No Angel' went out of the top 75.

27th March 2004 - Another Little Dido

There is a TV show in the UK called 'Stars In Their Eyes: Kids', which is the offspring of a top-rating entertainment show called 'Stars In Their Eyes'. It features kids aged 16 and under taking a trip through the magical doors and emerging as sound a likes of their favourite singing superstars. On tonight's show 14-year-old Steph from the Wirral performed as Dido and she sang 'Life For Rent'. Unfortunately she wasn't the audiences favourite, so she didn't win an automatic place in the final, however viewers could vote for their favourite out of the four remaining performers. The performer with the most public votes over the whole series gets a special place in the final.
You may remember on last years 'Stars In Their Eyes: Kids' 13-year-old Rebecca from Dublin performed as Dido and she won through to the final where she came eighth.

26th March 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went down 8 places to number 33.

24th March 2004 - Lucky Lucy Meets Dido

A UK student jetted off to South Africa for the weekend to catch up with Dido while she was filming her new video. Prize winner Lucy enjoyed the trip of a lifetime after winning a competition on UK radio station Beacon FM. "I said I would give them my first-born and tattoo their names on my body if I won. About an hour and a half later they called to say I had won but luckily I don't have to keep the promises I made. Although they did make me sing a Dido song in a South African accent live on air."
Just days later Lucy was whisked to the airport and flown thousands of miles. She and a friend met Dido, together with the cast and crew on the set for the "Don't Leave Home" video.
Lucy said it was a "unforgettable experience" adding that Dido had even remarked what a great prize it was as the two met up near Cape Town. "You had to text in the word South Africa to the station with a message to get you noticed, it was really wonderful and everyone was great, Dido was really easy to talk to and I was really impressed by just how nice she was. We also got to meet the rest of the cast."

22nd March 2004 - What's Dido Up To

Dido has recently returned from South Africa, where she has been shooting the video for the forthcoming single 'Don't Leave Home', which will be released in the UK on Monday 12th April 2004. Pre-order 'Don't Leave Home': UK CD.
Right now Dido is rehearsing for her forthcoming tour, which kicks off in the USA in May and moves across the Atlantic in July (with a bit of summer holiday in between). As soon as any UK dates are ready to be announced, they will be posted here.
For all the dates and venues of Dido's 'Life For Rent' tour see the Tour Dates page.

21st March 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went up 5 places to number 16 and 'No Angel' went up 2 places to number 72.

19th March 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went down 2 places to number 25.

16th March 2004 - UK Festival Appearance

Dido will be one of the headline artists at the V Festival 2004. The event takes place across two locations, Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex and Weston Park in Weston-Under-Lizard, Shropshire. Dido will be playing at Hylands Park on Saurday 21st August 2004, and at Weston Park on Sunday 22nd August 2004. Other confirmed artists are, The Strokes, Muse, Pixies, Kings Of Leon, Massive Attack, N*E*R*D, Athlete, Primal Scream, Snow Patrol, Keane and Jamie Cullum. Tickets go on sale on Saturday 20th March 2004 at 9.00am with single day tickets, weekend tickets and weekend camping tickets available. Buy V Festival 2004 tickets at Ticketmaster.
For more information visit the V Festival website.

15th March 2004 - Record Of The Week

Dido's next single, 'Don't Leave Home', is currently Record Of The Week on two BBC Radio 2 shows, Ken Bruce's and Janice Long's.

15th March 2004 - Rare Odds And Ends

There is an extremely rare Nettwerk Management Dido CD album from pre-1999 called 'Odds And Ends'. The album includes a rare version of 'Don't Think Of Me' called 'Sweet Eyed Baby'. The track listing is as follows:

Give Me Strength
Reverb Song
Take My Hand
Me
Sweet Eyed Baby
Keep Your Faith In Me
Too Bad
Believe - Flu Season Mix
Worthless
Hurry Home - Demo
River, Run Me Dry

14th March 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 4 places to number 21 and 'No Angel' went down 17 places to number 74.

12th March 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' stayed at number 23. In the Billboard 200 album chart 'Life For Rent' went out of the top 50.

11th March 2004 - More Italian Tour Dates Announced

Some more tour dates in Italy have been announced. They are in Stra on Tuesday 20th July 2004, Rome on Wednesday 21st July 2004 and Cernobbio on Wednesday 22nd July 2004. Tickets are on pre-sale now.
For all the dates and venues of Dido's 'Life For Rent' tour see the Tour Dates page.

9th March 2004 - New Faithless Roots

Dido guests on the title track of the new Faithless album 'No Roots'. She has featured on all of Faithless' album to date. Rollo said, "We started on it when we were finishing Dido's album. We had a separate studio where Bliss'd be beavering away on Faithless ideas. We played it to our label and they loved it." Faithless preview the album with a low-key one-off gig at the Mandela Hall, Belfast in Northern Ireland on Friday 23rd April 2004.
'No Roots' is released on Monday 7th June 2004 and is preceded by their new single 'No Weapons Of Mass Destruction' which is released two weeks earlier on Monday 31st May 2004.

7th March 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 6 places to number 17 and 'No Angel' went up 18 places to number 57.

5th March 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went up 1 place to number 23. In the Billboard 200 album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 10 places to number 50.

1st March 2004 - Next Single Info

'Don't Leave Home' is now scheduled to be released on Monday 12th April 2004. The formats and track listings have yet to be confirmed.

29th February 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 1 place to number 11 and 'No Angel' went down 6 places to number 75.

27th February 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' stayed at number 24. In the Billboard 200 album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 3 places to number 40.

23rd February 2004 - Dido's Despair

Dido missed the Brit Awards after her father suffered a frightening health relapse. She decided not to go to the awards ceremony sending a video message by way of thanks instead.
She had said she was missing the ceremony, "to concentrate exclusively on writing and rehearsing for her forthcoming world tour", but in reality she didn't go to the ceremony because she is emotionally distraught over her father's condition.
A source close to the singer confirmed, "Dido simply couldn't face the Brits feeling like she does. She was honoured to get the awards but felt unable to make the ceremony. The whole family is very worried and they need time to come to terms with what has happened."
A spokesman for Dido confirmed her father was ill in hospital, but refused to be drawn on the precise detail of the illness. She said, "Dido is a very private person and this is a hard time for her and her family."

22nd February 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 2 places to number 10 and 'No Angel' went up 1 place to number 69.

20th February 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' stayed at number 24. In the Billboard 200 album chart 'Life For Rent' went up 2 places to number 37.

19th February 2004 - Some European Tour Dates Announced

Some more tour dates have been announced. The dates are for Europe. Not all of the European dates have been announced and more tour dates will be announced soon. The tour takes in the breadth of Europe with dates at venues in Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Most pre-sale tickets went on sale yesterday.
For all the dates and venues of Dido's 'Life For Rent' tour see the Tour Dates page.

18th February 2004 - Dido Would Like To Thank

Even though Dido wasn't at the Brit Awards last night there were video messages her, she said:

Best British Female Solo Artist: "Hi everybody I'm really sorry I'm not there tonight and I hope you're all having a great time. I'm pretty surprised to be winning this award, I know it's voted for by the public, so thank you all so much, I'm really grateful. This is quite a personal song for me, 'White Flag', it wasn't the easiest song to write or to sing and this is what makes this even more amazing, so thank you very much. I want to thank the people who helped me make the song, my brother Rollo, Rick Nowels, Pete Edge, Ash Howes, P*nut, thank you all so much, thank you, goodnight."

Best British Single: "Thank you, thank you, thank you everybody. This is just fantastic to be winning Female Artist again, and actually I would like to thank some of the great female artists that made me want to write and sing in the first place. So thank you, Sinead O'Connor, Kate Bush, Annie Lennox, Carole King, Sade and of course, thank you the Brits, this is fantastic."

17th February 2004 - Double Brit Award Winner

Dido picked up two Brit Awards at this evenings Brit Awards 2004, she won Best British Female Solo Artist and Best British Single for 'White Flag'. Best British Single was voted for by the public. It's the second time that Dido has won Best British Female Solo Artist, she first won the award in 2002.
In the other category in which Dido was nominated, Mastercard Best British Album, she lost out to 'Permission To Land' by The Darkness.
The awards ceremony took place at London's Earls Court and was presented by Cat Deeley. Dido unfortunately had to pull out of her appearance at the Brit Awards because of rehearsals and writing for her upcoming World tour.
For a list of all the winners visit the Brit Awards 2004 website.

16th February 2004 - Dido Enters Rich List Again

Dido has made it into the list of the music world's biggest earners again. She made £15.8m last year thanks to the massive success of her two albums, 'Life For Rent' and 'No Angel', which continued to fly off the shelves.
According to 'Heat' magazine's annual rich list she was the tenth biggest earner in The Pop Rich List. 'Heat' bases its rich list on estimated earnings, record and DVD sales, tour revenue, merchandising, music publishing royalties and other income. The top ten biggest earners last year were:

1. Rolling Stones (£55.3m)
2. Sir Paul McCartney (£40m)
3. Sir Elton John (£34m)
4. Robbie Williams (£30m)
5. Coldplay (£23.5m)
6. Sting (£25.1m)
7. Phil Collins (£25.1m)
8. Fleetwood Mac (£23.5m)
9. Iron Maiden (£17.9m)
10. Dido (£15.8 m)

15th February 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the album chart 'Life For Rent' went up 1 place to number 8 and 'No Angel' went down 14 places to number 70.

13th February 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went down 4 places to number 24. In the Billboard 200 album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 9 places to number 39.

11th February 2004 - North American Tour Dates Announced

This is what you've been waiting for, some Dido's tour dates have finally been announced. The dates are for North America and they go on pre-sale this week. More tour dates will be announced soon.
For all the dates and venues of Dido's 'Life For Rent' tour see the Tour Dates page.

9th February 2004 - Grammy Awards

Dido didn't win an award at last night's grammys. She was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (for a solo vocal performance, singles or tracks only) for 'White Flag'. Christina Aguilera won it for her vocal performance on 'Beautiful'.
For more details and to see all the other winners visit the Grammys website.

8th February 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the singles chart 'Life For Rent' went out of the top 75. In the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 2 places to number 9 and 'No Angel' went down 23 places to number 56.

7th February 2004 - Mystery Single

Dido revealed during 'Thank You: The Dido Story' on BBC Radio 2 tonight that she released a single with an un-named band. She said, "I just sang two words repeatedly, and you'll never hear it." She also joked "2,000 unsold copies are probably in some ones bedroom and we only printed 2,005 copies."
If you missed 'Thank You: The Dido Story' or you would like to listen to it again, then visit the Radio 2 website.

6th February 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went down 2 places to number 20. In the Billboard 200 album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 5 places to number 30.

5th February 2004 - Dido Pulls Out Of The Brits

Dido has unfortunately had to pull out of her appearance at the Brit Awards 2004 because of rehearsals and writing for her upcoming World tour. Dido is tipped to be one of the big winners at the Brits, with nominations in three categories.
She said, "The last year has been absolutely fantastic for me. However, the continual commitment to events, promotion and TV appearances has meant that any time for being creative has been non-existent. I'm therefore really excited to be clearing the decks and making space to write and record. I've also been desperate to get out on the road and this now means that I will finally be able to make that a reality. Although I'll be sorry to miss all the fun and celebrations at the Brits, I look forward to seeing everyone on tour soon."
Cat Deeley is presenting the the awards ceremony which takes place at Earls Court in London on Tuesday 17th February 2004.

4th February 2004 - Red Flag

Furious Dido has forced the closure of a far-right which was using her songs to back their cause. Her lawyers shut the website after finding it misinterpreting 'White Flag' and 'This Land Is Mine', printing the lyrics and offering downloads of the songs. They stupidly reckoned both songs could be taken to be about white supremacy.
Dido was outraged when she learned of her presence on the website and called her record label, BMG immediately. They contacted record watchdog the British Phonographic Industry and the website was shut within an hour. An insider at BMG said, "Dido was horrified when she found out about the site. Anyone who knows her would see their views are completely the opposite of hers. She's fuming about it but happy they've shut it down."

3rd February 2004 - Thank You: The Dido Story

'Thank You: The Dido Story' is a documentary which will be on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday 7th February 2004 at 9.00pm in the UK.
With the Grammy Awards taking place in Los Angeles on Sunday 8th February 2004, Radio 2 takes the opportunity to profile one of the UK's nominees. Mark Goodier tells the story of the UK's most popular contemporary female singer/songwriter ('Life For Rent' was the biggest-selling album of 2003). In her frankest interview yet, Dido talks about her career, her influences, cracking America, how she's lost count of all her awards and what she does in her spare time away the glare of the paparazzi lens. The programme will feature interviews with her family, friends, collaborators and fans plus her biggest hits including 'Here With Me', 'Thank You', 'Hunter', 'White Flag' and 'Life For Rent'.

1st February 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the singles chart 'Life For Rent' went down 12 places to number 59. In the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 5 places to number 7 and 'No Angel' went down 18 places to number 33.

30th January 2004 - European Chart

I'm afraid that I won't be able to bring you any Eurochart positions anymore as you now need to be a subscriber to Billboard to access them. Sorry.

30th January 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' stayed at number 18. In the Billboard 200 album chart 'Life For Rent' stayed at number 25.

28th January 2004 - Tour Confirmed

BMG have said that there is a definitely a tour planned. It will start in spring but no dates have been set as yet.

25th January 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the singles chart 'Life For Rent' went down 8 places to number 47. In the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 1 place to number 2 and 'No Angel' went down 6 places to number 15.

24th January 2004 - NRJ Awards

Dido won Best International Female Artist and Best International Album at the NRJ Awards this evening in France. She also performed 'Life For Rent' at the awards ceremony.

23rd January 2004 - European Chart

This week in the Eurochart Hot 100 albums chart 'Life For Rent' stayed at number 1. The chart is compiled by Billboard.

23rd January 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' stayed at number 18. In the Billboard 200 album chart 'Life For Rent' went up 1 place to number 25.

19th January 2004 - Brit Awards, Vote For White Flag

You can now vote for 'White Flag' for the Best British Single by visiting the Brit Awards 2004 website. The voting period is from today up until Sunday 8th February 2004 and you are only allowed to vote once per category.
Dido is nominated in two other categories, Best British Female Solo Artist and Mastercard Best British Album. The awards ceremony takes place at Earls Court in London on Tuesday 17th February 2004.

18th January 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the singles chart 'Life For Rent' went down 4 places to number 39. In the album chart 'Life For Rent' stayed at number 1 and 'No Angel' went down 1 place to number 9.

16th January 2004 - European Chart

This week in the Eurochart Hot 100 albums chart 'Life For Rent' stayed at number 1. The chart is compiled by Billboard.

16th January 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went up 2 places to number 18. In the Billboard 200 album chart 'Life For Rent' stayed at number 26.

13th January 2002 - Brit Awards Gossip

Amy Winehouse, who is up against Dido, Annie Lennox, Jamelia and Sophie Ellis-Bextor for Best British Female Solo Artist at the Brits said, "I really want Jamelia to come through this year, and I would much prefer her to get it than someone like Dido. If you don't change your music and change yourself and so on there's not many places you can go. I'm just being honest with you, you know. I try and say as little as possible about these things because I am an honest girl and I will put my foot in my mouth!"

12th January 2002 - Brit Awards 2004 Nominations

The nominations for the Brit Awards 2004 were announced this evening at the Park Lane Hotel in London.
Dido is celebrating her nominations in three categories, Best British Female Solo Artist, Mastercard Best British Album and Best British Single. Dido won Best British Female Solo Artist and Mastercard Best British Album for 'No Angel' in 2002.
The awards ceremony, which will take place at Earls Court in London on Tuesday 17th February 2004, will include performances from Dido, The Darkness, Busted, 50 Cent, Black Eyed Peas, Muse and Duran Duran. Details of the presenters are being kept secret for a fortnight and it will be shown 'as live' the same evening on ITV1 in the UK.
The Brit Awards 2004 nominations for the categories in which Dido has been nominated are as follows:

Best British Female Solo Artist:
Annie Lennox
Amy Winehouse
Dido
Jamelia
Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Mastercard Best British Album:
Gotta Get Thru This - Daniel Bedingfield
Think Tank - Blur
Magic And Medicine - The Coral
Permission To Land - The Darkness
Life For Rent- Dido

Best British Single:
White Flag - Dido
Superstar - Jamelia
Scandalous - Mis-Teeq
Sweet Dreams My LA Ex - Rachel Stevens
Spirit In The Sky - Gareth Gates & The Kumars

For more information and to see all the other nominees visit the Brit Awards 2004 website.

11th January 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the singles chart 'Life For Rent' went down 7 places to number 35. In the album chart 'Life For Rent' went up 1 place to number 1 and 'No Angel' went up 1 place to number 8.

9th January 2004 - European Chart

This week in the Eurochart Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went out of the top 20. In the Eurochart Hot 100 albums chart 'Life For Rent' stayed at number 1. Both charts are compiled by Billboard.

9th January 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went up 2 places to number 20. In the Billboard 200 album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 2 places to number 26.

7th January 2004 - Dido Unveils New Image

Dido will be featured in the February 2004 issue of the UK magazine, 'Red'. Here is an excerpt the exclusive interview:

Dido is Britain's richest and most successful female recording artist, but personal happiness has eluded her.
Now, after two traumatic break-ups, Dido has revealed that she has found love again and is celebrating with a dramatic new image - the singer best known as a blonde now has russet coloured hair.
Dismissing reports that she had returned to her ex-boyfriend, record mogul Ferdie Unger-Hamilton, she tells 'Red' magazine: "Nope I'd gone shopping with him, that's all." And is she seeing anyone now? "Yep. But that's all I'm saying."
In the interview, the 32-year-old also spoke about the trauma of her father William's illness. She has been keeping a vigil at his bedside at London's UCL hospital since he had a stroke in the autumn. She says "Last year I got into a routine, go to the hospital, make the record, go back to the hospital."
Dido also reveals that, despite reports that she is worth more than £20 million, she worries about overspending as her family was short of money when she was young. She says "When I went to Westminster (School), all my friends had tons of money. I'd go to secondhand shops and Mum would tell me I looked good." And that thriftiness appears to have rubbed off. "I'm obsessed with price tags. It has to make me look pretty damned amazing if I'm going to spend a fortune on it."

The full interview appears in the February 2004 issue of 'Red' magazine which is out on Friday 9th January 2004.
To subscribe to the magazine visit the 'Red' website.

6th January 2004 - Faithless Dido

Dido has said that she's likely to sing on her brother Rollo's next Faithless album.

5th January 2004 - Baby Armstrong

Dido will soon be listening to the patter of tiny feet. Not that she is pregnant though. She will be auntie Dido, as her brother Rollo and his new wife, Daisy Gough are expecting a child in June 2004. Daisy's mother, Sharon said, "Rollo is divine, and he will make a wonderful father."

4th January 2004 - UK Chart

This week in the singles chart 'Life For Rent' went down 2 places to number 28. In the album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 1 place to number 2 and 'No Angel' re-entered the album chart top 75 at number 9.

3rd January 2004 - White Flag Covered

'White Flag' has been covered by the Dutch band The Snaters. You can download their 'Punk Rock Version' from The Snaters website.

2nd January 2004 - European Chart

This week in the Eurochart Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went down 4 places to number 20. In the Eurochart Hot 100 albums chart 'Life For Rent' stayed at number 1. Both charts are compiled by Billboard.

2nd January 2004 - USA Chart

This week in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart 'White Flag' went up 1 place to number 22. In the Billboard 200 album chart 'Life For Rent' went down 2 places to number 24.

2nd January 2004 - Cover Your Ears

Dido is threatening to go all rock on us. She says, "At home I scream songs all the time, really aggressive songs. They just haven't made it on to a record yet. Will they one day? Never say never."

1st January 2004 - UK End Of Year Chart

'White Flag' was the 12th biggest selling single of 2003, it sold around 290,000 copies. 'Life For Rent' was the 184th biggest selling single of 2003. 'Life For Rent' was the biggest selling album of 2003, it sold over 2.2 million copies since it's release at the end of September 2003, which was nearly twice as many as the 2nd biggest selling album, 'Justified' by Justin Timberlake. 'No Angel' was the 89th biggest selling album of 2003.

1st January 2004 - Dido's New Year's Resolution

Dido's New Year's resolution is to join the Mile High Club. She revealed "I've been travelling in private jets recently which makes it easier and more appealing."

1st January 2004 - Happy New Year!

What will Dido be up to in 2004? Keep up to date by regularly checking back here.
All the best for 2004.