On TV: Dido, Hilary Duff, Ashlee Simpson

Pop music acts on television this week include Dido, who performs on ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ on Monday; the ‘American Idol’ 12 finalists, who perform on ‘On Air’ on Tuesday; Hilary Duff, who phones into ‘Total Request Live’ on Tuesday to premiere her new video; Jessica Simpson, who hosts and performs on ‘Summer Music Mania 2004’ on Fox on Tuesday and performs on the WB’s ‘Pepsi Smash’ on Thursday; Ashlee Simpson, who performs on ‘TRL’ on Wednesday; Wilson Phillips, who performs on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Wednesday; and Mandy Moore, who appears on ‘The View’ on Friday with her ‘Saved!’ co-star Macaulay Culkin.

Dido To Pen New Album In LA

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The Daily Star reports Dido is set to depart England for Los Angeles to write her new album. “It’s a really fertile writing place,” Dido explained. “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.”

On TV: Avril Lavigne, Ashlee Simpson, Dido

Pop acts on television this week include Avril Lavigne, who performs on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Monday, ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Tuesday, ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and ‘Total Request Live’ on Wednesday; Ashlee Simpson, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Monday; ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ will have a reunion of the ‘American Idol’ finalists on Monday; Alanis Morissette, who performs on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Tuesday, ‘On Air’ on Wednesday, and ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Thursday and Friday; Mandy Moore, who appears on ‘The Late Show’ on Wednesday, ‘TRL’ on Thursday, and ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ on Friday; Dido, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show’ on Thursday and ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn’ on Friday; and on Thursday’s ‘On Air’ and ‘The Tonight Show’, the newest American Idol winner will be on — which will be either Fantasia Barrino or Diana DeGarmo.

Rollo Talks About His Sister Dido

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The producer of Faithless and Dido’s producer/brother Rollo spoke with Radio 1 about the differences in working with the two acts. “It’s a very different process, because the song always comes first,” Rollo said. “The song will be written on guitar or piano and only once the song is written do we produce it. So every song that Dido’s written can be played beautifully on the guitar. And from the song we produce the track, hopefully to bring out the song, whereas with Faithless it’s ‘here’s the music, now let’s write the song’.”

The full story at bbc.co.uk/radio1 has since been removed.

Dido Has A Crush On Soccer Ace

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News of the World reports Dido and Leeds United soccer star Alan Smith enjoyed a dinner date after she developed a huge crush on the striker and plan another meal when she returns from work in New York. “Dido’s always had a bit of a thing for Alan. Word got back to him and it all took off from there,” a friend revealed. “They had planned to meet this weekend because Leeds were in London to play Arsenal, but Dido had to go to the States so they had to put that on hold. The relationship is just a bit of fun for both of them. Alan split from his girlfriend recently so is also young, free and single.”

Dido Live In Tokyo

Dido performed an intimate acoustic showcase in Tokyo on October 30, 2003. Members of the media, lucky contest winners and record industry people attended the invite-only private gig. Accompanied by her guitarist, Dido performed ‘Thank You,’ ‘White Flag’ and ‘Life For Rent’ among others.

Video of Dido performing three songs from that showcase gig at MTVAsia.com has since been removed.

Nice Toilets Draw Dido To V

The Sun reports Dido has agreed to play her first music festival at V this in Essex and Staffordshire in August, because they have posh toilets. “V was the natural choice for me,” she said. “It is a really good mix of music and the weather always seems to be quite nice. And it has posh toilets, too.” Dido will perform alongside N.E.R.D., The Strokes, and Jamie Cullum.

On TV: Michelle Branch, Dido, Clay Aiken

Pop acts on television this week include Michelle Branch, who performs on ‘The Sharon Osbourne Show’ on Monday; Jessica Simpson, who visits MTV’s ‘Total Request Live’ on Monday, performs on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Tuesday, who visits ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Wednesday and performs on the show on Thursday; Dido, who performs on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Monday; Clay Aiken, who performs on ‘The View’ on Thursday and appears with fellow ‘American Idol’ Kelly Clarkson on ‘Today’ and ‘TRL’ on Wednesday; and Nelly Furtado, who appears on ‘Last Call’ on Friday.

Dido In Despair As Father’s Health Deteriorates

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The Sunday Mirror reports that Dido missed out on the Brit Awards because she is emotionally distraught over her father William O’Malley Armstrong’s frightening relapse of a brain disease. “It puts her success into perspective and she knows the only thing of any concern is the health of her father,” a friend revealed. “His recovery from illness a couple of years ago inspired her to write the album Life For Rent, which has gained such success. So it just adds to Dido’s unease that William is once again unwell.”

Dido to Begin North American Tour In May

February 17, 2004 – Billboard reports Dido has announced details of a North American tour in support of her new album, ‘Life for Rent.’ The trek will begin May 17th in Vancouver, BC and has dates booked through June 18th in Boston, Mass.

Dido Skips Awards Circuit To Write And Record New Album

February 5, 2004 – The Sun reports Dido is clearing her diary, cancelling appearances at the Grammy Awards and the Brit Awards to write and record before her world tour later this year. “The last year has been absolutely fantastic,” she said. “I’m really excited to be making space to write and record. I’ll be sorry to miss all the fun at the Brits but I look forward to seeing everyone on tour soon.”

Dido Tops World Chart For 10th Week

January 12, 2004 – Contributed anonymously:

While the world focuses on Britney Spears, Dido makes her case by staying on top of the World Chart for the 10th week with ‘Life For Rent’. Britney’s ‘In The Zone’ comes in at #8, while Michael Jackson’s ‘Number Ones’ gets the #11 spot.

Justin, Dido, Busted Big Brit Award Winners

Winners at Tuesday night’s Brit Awards include Busted, who won British Breakthrough Artist and Pop Act; Daniel Bedingfield, who won British Male Solo Artist; Dido, who won British Female Solo Artist and British Single for ‘White Flag’; and *NSYNC star Justin Timberlake, who won International Male Solo Artist and International Album for ‘Justified’.

Dido Falls For Canadian Model

The Sunday Mirror reports Dido has fallen head over heels in love with male model Rodney Webber of Canada. “Dido is absolutely in love,” a friend revealed. “She has been introducing Rod to all her close friends. She couldn’t be happier.” The friend added, “She’s blissfully happy with him. And taking him to Rollo’s wedding proved to all the family that she was serious about Rod. He’s quite laid back and takes it all in his stride. He’s not starry at all – and that’s one of the things Dido likes about him.”

Dido Packs An Unlikely Punch

December 30, 2003 – Dido admitted in an interview with Q magazine to acting violent when she was about to get on stage to sing with her brother Rollo’s band Faithless. “The security guard wouldn’t let me on, insisting it wasn’t my turn because Faithless were on,” Dido explained. “‘I am in Faithless, you idiot,’ I told him, but still he wouldn’t move. So I punched him in the stomach and he dropped to the floor. I can be really horrible sometimes, a total bitch.”

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