“Warner Chappell have been there for me from the very beginning of my songwriting journey, well over 25 years ago,” Dido said in a press release on Wednesday (November 15).
“They gave me my start and helped me create the songs that were the foundations of my first record and then over the years continued to be family. I’m excited for all the things we will create together now.”
The artist, who started writing and recording music in the 1990s, rose to global acclaim with her debut album No Angel, which sold over 20 million copies worldwide and included chart-toppers like Here With Me and Thank You.
No Angel became the second highest selling album of the 2000s in the UK, and topped the charts in markets like Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, New Zealand and Norway. It also made the Top 5 in the US.
“Warner Chappell have been there for me from the very beginning of my songwriting journey, well over 25 years ago.”
Her subsequent album, Life for Rent, released in 2003, continued her streak with more than 12 million copies sold globally, securing its place as the fourth highest-selling global album of that year. The album, which included hit singles White Flag and Life for Rent charted in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Life for Rent also hit the Top 5 in the US.
Dido’s musical journey continued with releases like Safe Trip (2008), and earned a Grammy nomination for the duet If I Rise with A.R. Rahman. Her fourth album, Girl Who Got Away (2013), reached No. 5 in the UK, and landed in the Top 10 in markets across Europe
Her fifth album, Still on My Mind (2019), charted at No. 3 in the UK and was in the Top 10 in Europe.
“Dido is one of the most remarkable songwriters of this century. We’re so pleased that she’s put her faith in us again to represent one of the great modern songbooks.”
Guy Moot, Warner Chappell Music
Beyond her solo career, Dido has collaborated with her brother Rollo’s band Faithless, and has written for artists ranging from Britney Spears to Rihanna.
Dido’s accolades include an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection in 2019, adding to her earlier Ivor Novello wins for Songwriter of the Year (2002) and International Hit of the Year for White Flag (2004). She is also a four-time BRIT Awards winner and a recipient of three World Music Awards. Dido has also been nominated for two Grammy Awards.
Guy Moot, Co-Chair and CEO of Warner Chappell Music, said: “Dido is one of the most remarkable songwriters of this century. We’re so pleased that she’s put her faith in us again to represent one of the great modern songbooks. We look forward to working with her on new projects and continuing to promote her incredible catalogue in exciting and creative ways.”
Elsewhere at Warner Chappell Music, the company’s recent signings include songwriter Rick Boardman, the founder of Manchester-based songwriting collective The Six, English record producer, DJ and songwriter Nia Archives, Grammy-nominated producer Tommy Brown, the founder of Champagne Therapy Music Group, and American singer-songwriter Amy Allen.
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