In 1995, Dido began recording 10 demo tracks which were put together on a collection entitled Odds & Ends and sent out by Nettwerk management.
Cheeky Records, to which Dido was signed, was sold to BMG records in 1999.
This delayed the release of the album No Angel in the United Kingdom, but also allowed her to concentrate on promoting No Angel in the United States, including a slot on Sarah Mc Lachlan's Lilith Fair tour.
and won several awards, including the MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act, two NRJ Awards for Best New Act and Best Album, and two Brit Awards for Best British Female and Best Album.
Her next album, Life for Rent (2003), continued her success with the hit singles "White Flag" and "Life for Rent". I thought it was cruel to call me Dido and then expect me to just deal with it.
Dido's first two albums are among the best-selling albums in UK Chart history, and both are in the top 10 best-selling albums of the 2000s in the UK. Dido was educated at Thornhill Primary School in Islington, Dallington School, City of London Girls' and Westminster School where she was taught by the contemporary musician and Head of Academic Music, Sinan Savaskan.
is better known as record producer Rollo, part of the British electronica trio Faithless. After she stole a recorder from school at the age of five, her parents enrolled her at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
It was certified platinum in over thirty-five countries, and is estimated to have sold over 21 million copies worldwide.
Dido's widely emulated hairstyle at this time became known as the "Dido flip".
Through touring, both before and after the album was available, Dido's music began to receive more exposure.
The first official single chosen by Dido and her label, "Here with Me", initially struggled to make an impact on radio, but while the label were considering switching to an alternative track, the song made a breakthrough as a result of its use in television program Roswell.
American rapper Eminem helped introduce Dido to a US audience in 2001 when he received permission from Dido herself to sample the first verse of "Thank You" in his hit single "Stan".