ARCHIVE NEWS FROM
JANUARY - DECEMBER 2011

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

26th December 2011 - It's A Boy

Dido reveals she secretly gave birth to a baby boy in July, according to reports. She has named him Stanley. The Daily Mail reports that the 'White Flag' singer and her husband Rohan Garvin had welcomed their son at London's Portland Hospital five months ago, but have only recently decided to reveal the information to the public.
Dido also acknowledged the new arrival on Twitter, writing: "I wanted to wish you all a very happy christmas. I'm ridiculously excited about stanley's first Christmas this year! : )"
Dido had revealed that she was pregnant in February, after she was forced to pull out of a scheduled appearance at the Oscars in LA to perform as she was unable to travel via aeroplane. It appears to be a coincidence that the singer's son shares a name with the crazed protagonist of her 2000 duet with Eminem, 'Stan', which bagged the pair a Number 1 single and helped pave the way for Dido's solo career. The controversial track recounts the tale of a stalker who writes to Eminem and becomes angry when he doesn't receive a response, eventually locking his pregnant girlfriend in the boot of his car and driving into a river. It sampled Dido's track 'Thank You' in the chorus, and the singer also appeared in the video for the song.

All Dido and all the many fans online wish Dido and Rohan congratulations!

25th December 2011 - Happy Birthday Dido!

All Dido and all the many fans online wish Dido a very warm and happy 40th birthday!

25th December 2011 - Merry Christmas!

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

14th September 2011 - If I Rise on 9/11 Memorial Album

For the landmark 10th Anniversary of September 11th 2001, a fundraising album has been put together of 19 touching songs - one of which is 'If I Rise' by Dido and AR Rahma. The album called 'Ten Years On - A Collection of Songs In Remembrance of September 11th 2001' has a digital worldwide release available on iTunes, AmazonMP3 and www.tenyearsonalbum.com now. 100% of profits go to the 9/11 Memorial.
Other artists involved are: Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, John Legend, Alanis Morissette, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, John Lennon, Jem, Vusi Mahlasela, Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds, Stevie Wonder, Eva Cassidy, Cindy Lauper, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Nanci Griffith, Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, Suzzy & Maggie Roche, Patty Griffin, Nina Simone.
The artists have all kindly donated their songs along with acclaimed California based Japanese photographer Hiroshi Watanabe who donated the cover photograph.

29th March 2011 - Happy Birthday All Dido!

All Dido is 10 years old today!

18th March 2011 - Faithless To Split Up

Faithless star Maxi Jazz has revealed that the band are splitting up. The group, who have been together for 15 years, are best known for hits such as 'God Is A DJ', 'We Come 1' and 'Insomnia', plus 2 hits featuring Dido, 'One Step Too Far' and 'Feelin Good'. The 'The Dance Never Ends' released in November 2010 will be the last Faithless album. Buy 'The Dance Never Ends': UK CD/Download. In a statement, Maxi Jazz said:

After 15 years(!) and six albums(!!) I think we've probably made our collective point by now and that it's time to close the book and return to the library...
We've had, with you, the most unbelievable, epic and moving experience, stretching over years and tens of thousands of miles... joyful, exhilarating and empowering, we never for a moment thought an affair could last this long. Or be this powerful. Never thought for a moment that the end of this journey would be left to us either...
Quite naturally people grow, change and leave the things of youth behind them. You've not only brought us with you, but introduced us to y'children too! What're you like..?
The album 'The Dance Never Ends' was written and produced for you, as a thank you, but also as a goodbye. The tour schedule has been particularly hectic as we attempt to visit as many territories as there are people who wanna see us.. And say thank you.
If I devoted the rest of my life to the task, I could NEVER thank you enough. I have memories that will still be with me in my next life.
But, like when writing a song, you always just 'know' when it's finished... this is and was the 'Thank YOU And Goodbye' tour and to be truthful, I really hope you just pick up the ball of your life.. And RUN WITH IT!!
Once again, whether you bought or downloaded a cd, came to a show or told your mates about us... Whether from the beginning or just last week..
Thank you.
You'll be in my heart forever. Listen for my voice in future lifetimes, I only grow in your shadow, you're the sun to me.
One Love.
Maxi

28th February 2011 - Dido Misses Out On An Oscar

'If I Rise', Dido's collaboration with A R Rahman, from the '127 Hours' soundtrack didn't win the Music (Original Song) award at Oscars last night. The winnner was 'We Belong Together' from 'Toy Story 3'. Buy '127 Hours'. UK/USA CD/Download. You can download 'If I Rise' on it's own if you wish.

16th February 2011 - If I Rise Video

Dido's and A R Rahman filmed an official video for their Oscar-nominated song 'If I Rise' this week in London.

6th February 2011 - A Message From Dido She's Pregnant (And Married)

Hello everyone,
It's been a month of amazing news for me and now I have some more to share. Me and my husband Rohan are expecting a baby and we're beyond happy and excited about it. So as some of you already know, I won't be able to travel to LA for the oscars ceremony to perform 'If I rise'. Obviously I'm really gutted about not being there going to the oscars has literally been a dream of mine since I was about 9 - but I'm absolutely thrilled that the wonderful Florence Welch has agreed to step in and sing the song. I can't wait to hear her sing it as I'm a huge fan of hers and she'll sound amazing. I will definitely be watching the whole thing live on TV and texting Rollo (who is going to be at the ceremony. But not singing... Thankfully... :-)) Also, me and AR are going to be filming a video for 'If I Rise' next week which I'm really looking forward to.

Love, dxxx

All Dido and all the many fans online wish Dido and Rohan congratulations!

28th January 2011 - Dido Questions And Answers

Congratulations on the Oscar nomination. Where were you when you found out about it?
I was in a restaurant and a friend texted me. I nearly fell off my chair.
This is a great start to 2011 for you. Is it looking like you'll finish the new album this year too?
The new album should be finished soon. Very excited about it. We've had a lot of fun doing it. I've done a lot of stuff with Rollo here in the UK and then I spent some time in California over the summer and wrote a load of songs there with a different flavour that I love. Driving round California is about the most inspiring thing for me I think. I got to work with some great people there too - Jeff Bhasker, Greg Kurstin, Rick Nowels again. Happy days.
Would you like to work with A R Rahman again?
I'd absolutely love to. We have done another track and I just need to finish the lyrics on that and we'll get that finished and I'd love to do more with him. He's an amazing human being to be around and incredibly talented and I learnt a lot from the short time we already spent together. His melodies are absolutely beautiful. I realised I'd never actually sung another person's melody as one of my songs and he writes melodies I could never write but I just love singing. Especially when you get more of the Indian scale in there. It's not dissimilar to Irish music and so it really resonates with me and moves me.
Do you have any other collaborations lined up?
I certainly do. Too early to say for sure as I don't want to jinx things but there are things going on hopefully!

25th January 2011 - If I Rise Nominated For An Oscar!

Dido's collaboration with A R Rahman, from the '127 Hours' soundtrack has been nominated for an Oscar! 'If I Rise' is up for the Music (Original Song) award at this year's ceremony. The 83rd Academy Awards take place on Sunday 27th February 2011 in Los Angeles, USA.
For more information, visit the The Oscar's official website. Buy '127 Hours'. UK/USA CD/Download. You can download 'If I Rise' on it's own if you wish.

16th January 2011 - Critics' Choice Awards

On Friday night, Dido and A R Rahman's new song, 'If I Rise', from the '127 Hours' soundtrack won the Best Song award at the 16th Annual BFCA Critics' Choice Movie Awards. The awards poll 200 film critics from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest film critics organisation in the USA and Canada. The ceremony took place at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
For more information, visit the Critics' Choice Awards

10th January 2011 - Out Today

As previously reported, Dido has a new song 'If I Rise', on the soundtrack of Danny Boyle's latest film '127 Hours', which tells the real-life story of a climber who became trapped by a boulder. Following the film's UK release last week, the soundtrack is out today. Buy '127 Hours': UK CD/Download. You can download 'If I Rise' on it's own if you wish.

1st January 2011 - Happy New Year!

What will Dido be up to in 2011? Keep up to date by regularly checking back here.
All the best for 2011.