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Eminem Brings Dido Onstage At Britain's Reading Festival

August 25th, 2013 11:24am EDT
Eminem
Hip-hop star Eminem surprised revellers at Britain's Reading Festival on Saturday (24Aug13) when he brought singer Dido onstage during his headlining set.

The rapper, real name Marshall Mathers III, topped the bill on the second night of the event, following punk trio Green Day after they performed on Friday night (23Aug13).

The crowd roared as Eminem, who was 20 minutes late, took the stage and opened with new single Survival, before playing hits including Lose Yourself and The Way I Am.

He told fans, "I feel like I'm not even working right now, just having fun. I think this is the loud...
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Dido Had Secret Baby Over The Summer

December 26th, 2011 5:00pm EST
Dido
Singer/songwriter Dido celebrated her 40th birthday on Christmas Day as a new mom - sources close to the star have revealed she gave birth to a baby boy this past summer.

The singer and writer husband Rohan Gavin have named the child Stanley, who ironically shares the name of the obsessive, suicidal fan in Eminem's "Stan" tune, which heavily featured a sample from Dido's hit "Thank You."

The newborn is the singer's first child.

Britain's Daily Mail reports little Stanley was born in London in July. Dido, whose full name is Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong, announced s...
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Eminem Defends His Pop Collaborations

June 3rd, 2010 6:30pm EDT
Eminem
Rapper Eminem has defended his decision to mix hip-hop with pop by recruiting Pink and Rihanna to record collaborations for his new album - insisting he felt both artists could "pull it off."

The star scored a major international success with his last pop collaboration - 2000 single Stan, which featured a sample of Dido's track Thank You.

He has since parodied a number of pop icons in his work, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, but he's now embraced the musical genre again by inviting both Pink and Rihanna to record vocals on tracks for his upcom...
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Dido Dedicates Song To Late Dad

October 28th, 2008 9:08am EDT
Dido
Pop star Dido has dedicated a song on her new album to her late father.

The Thank You singer penned the track Grafton Street from her upcoming LP Safe Trip Home in memory of her dad William, who died in 2006, aged 68 from lupus, a disease of the immune system. And Dido admits the loss hit her hard.

She says, "Him dying was huge. I was so close to him. I got to be with him and I was glad about that." However, she regrets not completing her third album sooner for him to hear her new tracks.

She adds, "He was around to hear some of it. It's gutting I can't play him the whole...
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Dido Crowned Songwriter Of The Year In London

October 16th, 2008 7:00am EDT
Dido
British singer Dido has been named Songwriter of The Year at the 28th annual ASCAP Awards in London. The Wednesday night American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Awards also honored "Solid" hit-makers Ashford & Simpson, while Kate Nash and The Kooks received special awards.

Nash received the College Award for their multi-platinum selling debut album, Inside In/Inside Out.

Corinne Bailey Rae's global smash hit "Put Your Records On" was named Song of the Year.

Radiohead star Jonny Greenwood, Howard Goodall and Elizabeth Fraser were among the composers hono...
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Dido Set To Release New Album, 'Safe Trip Home,' Nov. 4

August 28th, 2008 6:15pm EDT
Dido
The new album from Dido, Safe Trip Home will be released by the RCA Label Group on November 4, 2008.

Recorded in Los Angeles and London, Safe Trip Home is co-produced by: Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Kanye West, Rufus Wainwright, Eels) Ark, the new production company of Rollo Armstrong (Faithless) and Dido. The record also features a song co-written with Brian Eno.

To coincide with this announcement a track from the album will be available for free download.

From Friday, August 22, "Look No Further" will be available from www.didomusic.com. A single, "Don't Believe in Love," will...
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No More Elgin Lumpkin Or Georgios Panayioutous: Celebrities Who Changed Their Names

July 21st, 2008 10:43am EDT
Cher
Marilyn Monroe was originally christened Norma Jean. Archibald Leach opted for the more debonair nom de guerre Cary Grant. At the age of 10, musical prodigy Steveland Morris was dubbed (by Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.) "Little Stevie Wonder." These aren't the only celebrities who bid farewell to the names bestowed upon them in infancy; among those in the public eye, adopting a more star-worthy moniker seems to be the rule, not the exception.

Stage Names

Where stage names are concerned, some stars keep it succinct. Musicians Cher and Seal shortened their names from Cherilyn and ...
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Notes & Quotes: Dido, Gnarls, Panettiere, Paltrow & More

May 13th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Dido
Singer Dido has sold her Hollywood Hills home for over $4.4 million.

Jack Black and Gnarls Barkley star Cee-Lo Green have re-recorded Carl Douglas' 1974 hit "Kung Fu Fighting" for new animated movie Kung Fu Panda, which stars Black.

"I've always voted. Sometimes I've voted more than once, illegally. But you can't do that anymore. The picture ID has ruined everything." Filmmaker John Waters reveals he broke the law at past U.S. presidential elections.

"In Hollywood, there is no such thing as being a nice girl, or being... not messed up. If you're not, they'll make you that wa...
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Check Out A Fine Frenzy's New Video For 'Almost Lover'

March 24th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
A Fine Frenzy
Alison Sudol inhabits a vivid imaginary world populated by siren songs and sailors, sightless creatures and fragile fallen eagles, a place where almost lovers and hopeless dreams are bid a melancholy musical farewell.

And on One Cell in the Sea, Sudol allows the listener inside that often-fantastical world, revealing her inner life via songs Harp magazine praised as "fraught, haunted and beautiful."

One Cell in the Sea is the 14-song debut from A Fine Frenzy, the lineup fronted by 22- year-old singer/pianist Sudol. While A Fine Frenzy's songs are ethereal, the musical and ly...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 25

December 25th, 2007 3:00am EST
Sissy Spacek
Happy Birthday to English singer Dido (1971), Cranberries guitarist Noel Hogan (1971), stolen base leader Rickey Henderson (1958), Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox (1954), "Carrie" actress Sissy Spacek (1949), country singer/actress Barbara Mandrell (1948), Margaritaville singer Jimmy Buffett (1946), Jimi Hendrix Experience bass player Noel Redding (1945; d. 2003), baseball legend Nellie Fox (1927; d. 1975), Twilight Zone writer/creator Rod Serling (1924), American bandleader Cab Calloway (1907; d. 1994), Casablanca star Humphrey Bogart (1899; d. 1957), actresss Evelyn Nesbit (1884; d. 1967),...
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Norwegian Hitmakers Claim Seven ASCAP Prizes

October 12th, 2007 9:15am EDT
Ne-Yo
The Norwegian hitmakers behind chart-toppers for Ne-Yo, Rihanna and Beyonce were honored with seven coveted Songwriter Of The Year prizes at Wednesday's 27th annual American Society Of Composers, Authors And Publishers (ASCAP) Awards in London.

Producers Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen, collectively known as Stargate, earned the title for penning some of the most performed songs of the past year.

These included Ne-Yo's So Sick, which was also honored as ASCAP's Song Of The Year, Rihanna's Unfaithful, Kelly Clarkson's Walk Away and Beyonce Knowles' Irreplaceable.

Other awards...
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Fascinating Facts

July 18th, 2007 8:30pm EDT
Eva Longoria
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria has legally changed her last name to that of new husband Tony Parker, but will remain Longoria in the credits of her hit TV show.

The glasses John Lennon wore on a 1966 Beatles tour of Japan have sparked a bidding frenzy in cyberspace after reaching $1.5 million at auction. Online auction house 991.com has been inundated with bids from Lennon fans keen to claim the glass-less spectacles, which the late rocker gave to the Fab Four's translator as a gift. Until recently, the glasses belonged to an American collector. Bidding for the item is open u...
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James Blunt Smashes U.K. Record

July 17th, 2007 3:16pm EDT
James Blunt
James Blunt's smash hit debut Back To Bedlam has become the biggest-selling U.K. album of the millennium. The British singer's record has sold 3,020,490 copies - overtaking Dido's No Angel album which had 3,015,703 sales.

2004s Back To Bedlam sold 11 million copies internationally - and it earned Blunt five Grammy nominations and two Brit Awards.

The You're Beautiful star's follow up will be released later this year.

-James Blunt Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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James Blunt Sues Over Royalty Dispute

July 17th, 2007 11:55am EDT
James Blunt
Singer James Blunt is suing music producer Lukas Burton, who claims he co-wrote six songs on the crooner's debut album Back To Bedlam. Burton - who has produced tracks for Paul McCartney and Dido - alleges he co-wrote Goodbye My Lover, No Bravery, Cry, I Don't Believe, I Really Want You and Don't Lose Yourself with Blunt and is now seeking royalties from the tracks.

However Blunt insists he wrote the songs while still serving in the British army and is asking London's High Court to rule that he and EMI Publishing own the copyright to the disputed tracks.

All royalties from the d...
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Suzanne Vega To Release 'Beauty & Crime' July 17

June 9th, 2007 4:00pm EDT
Suzanne Vega
Over 20 years into her storied career, singer Suzanne Vega shows that she remains one of the freshest voices in popular music today with the release of Beauty & Crime, her seventh album.

Revolving around the theme of New York, the city where Vega was raised and still lives, the 11 original songs on Beauty & Crime remind those of us who are old enough to remember "Tom's Diner" (complete with its myriad remixes) why we fell in love with Suzanne in the first place. For a younger generation, this new collection of songs fits in nicely among a the latest crop of artists (Feist, Sufjan Stev...
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Robert Plant To Revamp Classic Zeppelin On Exclusive Starbucks CD

February 2nd, 2007 10:30pm EST
Robert Plant
Paul Weller has tackled Rose Royce's Wishing On A Star and The Magic Numbers attempt Beyonce Knowles' Crazy In Love on a quirky new covers compilation.

They're joined by artists like R.E.M., Dido and k.d.lang, covering tunes by Glen Campbell, James Taylor and Leonard Cohen on Sounds Eclectic: The Covers Project, which will be sold exclusively at Starbucks coffee stores across America this spring.

The album, which also features Robert Plant revamping his old Led Zeppelin classic Black Dog, was inspired by Gary Jules' international hit Mad World, a cover of a Tears For Fears tune.

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Celebrity Birthdays, December 25

December 25th, 2006 3:00am EST
Annie Lennox
Happy Birthday to English singer Dido (1971), Cranberries guitarist Noel Hogan (1971), stolen base leader Rickey Henderson (1958), Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox (1954), "Carrie" actress Sissy Spacek (1949), country singer/actress Barbara Mandrell (1948), Margaritaville singer Jimmy Buffett (1946), Jimi Hendrix Experience bass player Noel Redding (1945; d. 2003), baseball legend Nellie Fox (1927; d. 1975), Twilight Zone writer/creator Rod Serling (1924), American bandleader Cab Calloway (1907; d. 1994), Casablanca star Humphrey Bogart (1899; d. 1957), actresss Evelyn Nesbit (1884; d. 1967),...
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Holly Brook Hits The Road With Teddy Geiger and Alexa Ray Joel

September 25th, 2006 12:09pm EDT
Holly Brook
Holly Brook -- whose track with Fort Minor, "Where'd You Go," won this year's MTV Video Music Award for Best Ring Tone -- will hit the road with singer-songwriter Teddy Geiger to perform material from her solo debut "Like Blood, Like Honey." Alexa Ray Joel will also join the tour, which kicks off in Portland, OR, at The Aladdin Theatre.

Fresh off a successful tour with Daniel Powter, Brook has been widely received as a talented performer. "With light, airy vocals reminiscent of Dido and a simple, sophisticated piano style in the Sarah McLachlan tradition, she displays a broad songwriti...
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Dido Travels and Parties for Musical Inspiration

March 22nd, 2006 1:46pm EST
Dido
Dido has been partying as much as possible over the last year to find inspiration for her next album. The British star, who recently started work on the follow-up to 2003's Life For Rent, also moved to Los Angeles to lead her new-found hedonistic lifestyle.

She tells MTV, "I have to say I spent last year just having a good time. I sort of traveled and partied. In a way, I just wanted something to write about. I get really stuck in a bubble on tour, and I don't want to write songs about being on it. I want to just have a life and write and feel stuff. So I'm having a life, and it's b...
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Today's Celebrity Birthdays, Dec. 25

December 25th, 2005 3:00am EST
Jimmy Buffett
Happy Birthday to English singer Dido (1971), Cranberries guitarist Noel Hogan (1971), stolen base leader Rickey Henderson (1958), Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox (1954), "Carrie" actress Sissy Spacek (1949), country singer/actress Barbara Mandrell (1948), Margaritaville singer Jimmy Buffett (1946), Jimi Hendrix Experience bass player Noel Redding (1945; d. 2003), baseball legend Nellie Fox (1927; d. 1975), Twilight Zone writer/creator Rod Serling (1924), American bandleader Cab Calloway (1907; d. 1994), Casablanca star Humphrey Bogart (1899; d. 1957), actresss Evelyn Nesbit (1884; d. 1967),...
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First Greatest Hits Album From Eminem Due

November 29th, 2005 3:48pm EST
Eminem
Curtain Call: The Hits (click for review), the first greatest hits album from rap superstar Eminem, will be issued on December 6, 2005. Released simultaneously will be a two-disc deluxe edition featuring special packaging and a second CD titled "Stan's Mixtape." Along with 13 of Eminem's biggest hits, Curtain Call includes three new songs -- "Fack," "Shake That" (featuring Nate Dogg) and "When I'm Gone" -- each written and produced by Eminem. In addition, the Curtain Call bonus track marks the album premiere of the controversial Eminem-Elton John live duet of "Stan" from the 2001 Grammy A...
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