No Angel

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No Angel
Studio album by Dido
Released 1 June 1999
Recorded November 1998–April 1999 at Swanyard Studios, The Church Studios, Sarm West Studios, Olympic Studios, Eden & Angel Studios
Genre Pop rock, trip hop, pop
Length 52:01
Label Arista, Cheeky
Producer Dido Armstrong, Rollo Armstrong, Rick Nowels, Youth, Duncan Bridgeman, Jamie Catto, Sister Bliss
Dido chronology
Odds & Ends
(1995)
No Angel
(1999)
Life for Rent
(2003)
Singles from No Angel
  1. "Here with Me"
    Released: 17 May 1999
  2. "Don't Think of Me"
    Released: 19 February 2000
  3. "Thank You"
    Released: 12 December 2000
  4. "Hunter"
    Released: 10 September 2001
  5. "All You Want"
    Released: 10 December 2001
Dido's "Thank You" from No Angel

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No Angel is the debut studio album by British singer-songwriter Dido. Originally released on 1 June 1999 in the United States, the album found a mass audience when it was released worldwide in February 2001. As of 2014, the album has sold more than 16 million copies worldwide, and was the second best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK, behind James Blunt's Back to Bedlam.[1]

Background[edit]

Recording for the album began in 1998, when Dido officially signed a record deal with Arista Records. As well as recording ten new tracks, Dido took two previously recorded tracks from her demo collection, Odds & Ends, and used them for the album, with "Take My Hand" appearing in its original form, and "Sweet Eyed Baby" being remixed to create "Don't Think of Me". During recording for the album, a deal to release the album in the United States was finalised, however, a deal to secure European sales of the album was not completed, thus meaning that when the album was released in June 1999, it was released exclusively in America. Prior to the album's release, a promotional sampler titled The Highbury Fields EP was issued to radio stations, featuring four tracks from the album, and "Worthless", another track from the demo collection Odds & Ends.

Singles[edit]

The album's first single, "Here with Me", was released prior to the album in the United States in May 1999, peaking at number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100, and subsequently becoming the theme music for the popular American TV series Roswell. The song was released worldwide on 3 February 2001, peaking at number four on the UK Singles Chart and number ten in Portugal and Greece, whilst also appearing inside the Top 40 in France and New Zealand.

In an attempt to boost album sales, a second single, "Don't Think of Me", was released on 19 February 2000, but did not fare as well as expected, only peaking at number 35 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart.

"Thank You" was released as the second European single in May 2001, peaking at number three in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 40 in Germany, France and Italy.

The album's third European single, "Hunter", was released in September 2001, reaching the Top 20 on the UK Singles Chart, and achieving Top 10 success in Portugal and Greece.

A fourth single, "All You Want", was released in December 2001, but was ineligible to chart due to only being released as a 3" mini-single. Some of the album tracks were later licenced for use in television programmes, with "My Life" appearing in an episode of the drama series Angel Eyes, as well as alongside "Honestly OK" and "Thank You" in several episodes of the Warner Bros. show Popular.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[4]

Q listed No Angel as one of the best 50 albums of 2001.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Upon release, No Angel entered the Top Heatseekers chart at number 50 on 24 July 1999, with sales of less than 20,000 copies. However, success was soon on the cards, when American rapper Eminem took the album track "Thank You" and remixed it for his song "Stan", which was released on 9 December 2000 as the third single from his third album The Marshall Mathers LP. "Stan" used both the beat and hook from "Thank You", and featured Dido on vocals as a way of thanks for the use of her track. Dido also appeared in the video for "Stan", as the pregnant girlfriend of one of Eminem's fans (Stanley). "Stan" peaked at #51 on the Billboard Hot 100, and subsequently created interest for Thank You, which was released as the album's third single on 12 December 2000. On 13 December 2000, the album officially entered the Billboard Hot 200, where it peaked at number four. On 14 December 2000, "Stan" was released in both the United Kingdom and Australia, and subsequently peaked at number one in both countries. Hours later, due to the success of "Stan", the deal for No Angel to be sold in European countries was finalised.

The album was released in Europe on 13 October 2000, with the same tracklisting as the original American issue, with the exception of the addition of the music videos for "Thank You" and "Here with Me", despite "Thank You" not being released a single in Europe at the time, and "Stan", which appeared as a bonus track on most European editions of the album. By the time of release in Europe, the album had sold over 1 million copies in the United States, and had been certified Platinum there. Three weeks after the album's release in Europe, a Japanese issue was released, featuring two bonus tracks that had previously appeared on Dido's demo collection, Odds & Ends, titled "Worthless" and "Me".

No Angel became one of the best selling albums of 2001 throughout the world, being named the biggest selling album of 2001 in the United Kingdom and the second best seller in Australia, being certified 6× Platinum for sales of over 420,000. The album also reached #5 in Canada. The album won the award for Best Album at the 2002 BRIT Awards, where Dido also won the Best British Female award. In 2006, the album was certified 3× Platinum in Switzerland, selling over 100,000 copies there. "No Angel" was one of the three best-selling albums in 2001, with over 10 million plus sales that year.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer Length
1. "Here with Me"   Dido Armstrong, Paul Statham, Pascal Gabriel Dido, Rick Nowels* 4:14
2. "Hunter"   D. Armstrong, Rollo Armstrong Dido, R. Nowels 3:57
3. "Don't Think of Me"   D. Armstrong, R. Armstrong, Pauline Taylor, Paul Herman Martin Glover 4:32
4. "My Lover's Gone"   D. Armstrong, Jamie Catto Duncan Bridgeman, Jamie Catto, Dido 4:27
5. "All You Want"   D. Armstrong, P. Herman, R. Armstrong Dido, R. Nowels 3:53
6. "Thank You"   D. Armstrong, P. Herman Rollo, Dido 3:38
7. "Honestly OK"   D. Armstrong, Matty Benbrook, R. Armstrong Rollo, Dido 4:37
8. "Slide"   D. Armstrong, P. Herman Rollo, Dido 4:53
9. "Isobel"   D. Armstrong, R. Armstrong Rollo, Dido 3:54
10. "I'm No Angel"   D. Armstrong, P. Statham, P. Gabriel Rollo, Dido 3:55
11. "My Life"   D. Armstrong, R. Armstrong, Mark Bates Rollo, Dido 3:09
12. "Take My Hand"   D. Armstrong, Richard Dekkard Rollo, Dido, Sister Bliss 6:42

* Initial pre-production and programming by Paul Statham and Pascal Gabriel.

Bonus tracks
No. Title Director Length
13. "Here with Me" (video) Liz Friedlander 4:06
14. "Thank You" (video) Dave Meyers 3:14
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Here with Me" (Unplugged) Dido, P. Statham, P. Gabriel 4:23
14. "Here with Me" (Rollo Orchestra mix) Dido, P. Statham, P. Gabriel 5:18
15. "Stan" (featuring Eminem) Dido, P. Herman, Marshall Mathers 6:44
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Stan" (featuring Eminem) Dido, P. Herman, Marshall Mathers 6:44
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Stan" (censored radio edit) (featuring Eminem) Dido, P. Herman, Marshall Mathers 3:58
No. Title Length
13. "Worthless"   7:52
14. "Me"   2:38
No. Title Length
13. "Stan" (featuring Eminem) 6:44
14. "Christmas Day"   4:03
15. "Here with Me" (Unplugged) 4:23
16. "All You Want" (Divide & Rule remix) 6:47
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Stan" (S&S remix) Dido, P. Herman, Marshall Mathers] 3:41
14. "Flowerstand Man" (with Faithless) Rollo, Dido 5:43
15. "Don't Think of Me" (live electronic mix) Dido, Rollo, P. Taylor, P. Herman 5:18
16. "Take My Hand" (techno remix by Deroga) Dido, Rollo, Sister Bliss 4:53
17. "Aria (Theme to The Talented Mr. Ripley)"     3:18
  • HDCD
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Christmas Day"     4:03
14. "One Step Too Far" (with Faithless)   5:20
15. "Worthless"     7:52
Deluxe edition bonus discs
  • America
  1. "Here With Me" (video)
  2. "Thank You" (live acoustic)
  3. "Photo Gallery"
  • Japan and Australia
  1. "Thank You" (Deep Dish mix)
  2. "Thank You" (Skinny mix)
  3. "Here with Me" (Chillin' with the Family mix)
  4. "Here with Me" (Lukas Burton mix)
  5. "Hunter" (Franasios K mix)
  1. "Here With Me" (Lukas Burton mix)
  2. "Thank You" (Deep Dish remix)
  3. "Hunter" (MJ Cole remix)
  4. "Take My Hand" (Rollo & Sister Bliss remix)
  5. "Christmas Day"
  6. "Hunter" (video)
  7. "All You Want" (live video)
  8. "Honestly OK" (live video)
  • Brazil
  1. "Here With Me" (Lukas Burton mix)
  2. "Thank You" (Deep Dish remix)
  3. "Hunter" (MJ Cole remix)
  4. "Take My Hand" (Rollo & Sister Bliss remix)
  5. "All You Want" (Divide & Rule remix)
  6. "My Lover's Gone" (Meme remix)
  7. "Hunter" (video)
  8. "All You Want" (live video)
  9. "Honestly OK" (live video)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[29] Platinum 40,000x
Australia (ARIA)[30] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[31] Platinum 30,000x
Brazil (ABPD)[32] 2× Platinum 250,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[33] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[34] Platinum 30,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[35] Platinum 50,514[35]
France (SNEP)[36] Diamond 1,262,300[37]
Germany (BVMI)[38] 3× Gold 750,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[39] Gold 15,000^
Italy (FIMI)[40] Platinum 100,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[41] Platinum 150,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[42] Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RIANZ) 5× Platinum 75,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[43] Platinum 40,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[44] Platinum 100,000*
Sweden (GLF)[45] Platinum 60,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[46] 3× Platinum 150,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[47] 10× Platinum 3,070,926[48]
United States (RIAA)[49] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[50] 5× Platinum 5,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Burger, Jeff. Album review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
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  4. ^ "The new Rolling Stone album guide - Nathan Brackett, Christian David Hoard - Google Books". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  5. ^ "The Best 50 Albums of 2001". Q. December 2001. pp. 60–65. 
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  10. ^ Paul Sexton (7 May 2001). "Geri Halliwell Earns Fourth U.K. No. 1". Billboard magazine. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
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  27. ^ The first is the list of the best-selling domestic albums of 2001 in Finland, the second is that of the foreign albums:
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  30. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  31. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Dido – No Angel" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Dido in the field Interpret. Enter No Angel in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  32. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Dido – No Angel" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  33. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Dido – No Angel". Music Canada. 
  34. ^ "Danish album certifications – Dido – No Angel". IFPI Denmark. 
  35. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
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  37. ^ "Les Albums Diamant :" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
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  39. ^ "Ελληνικό Chart". Web.archive.org. 2002-02-23. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  40. ^ "Italian album certifications – Dido – No Angel" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Dido in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
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  42. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Dido – No Angel" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  43. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Dido – No Angel" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 
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  46. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Dido; 'No Angel')". Hung Medien. 
  47. ^ "British album certifications – Dido – No Angel". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter No Angel in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  48. ^ "BPI Highest Retail Sales". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  49. ^ "American album certifications – Dido – No Angel". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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External links[edit]

  • Dido — official website.
Preceded by
Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
by Limp Bizkit
The Id by Macy Gray
UK number one album
10 February 2001 – 23 March 2001

6 October 2001 – 12 October 2001
Succeeded by
Songbird by Eva Cassidy

Fever by Kylie Minogue
Preceded by
The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
12 March – 6 May 2001
Succeeded by
The Disney Album by Michael Crawford