LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Acoustic pop singer Dido shot to fame a decade ago as the soft crooner on U. rapper Eminem's hit song, "Stan." After what she calls "disappearing" for while, she is back this week with her first album in five years - with a more electronic sound.
The London-based singer, 41, has sold more than 29 million albums since her debut album "No Angel" in 1999, She will release "Girl Who Got Away" in the United States on Tuesday.
Her 2008 album "Safe Trip Home" was less successful albeit critically acclaimed.
Recently, the Oxford English Dictionary added the term “Stan” to its hallowed database, citing Slim Shady as its likely originator.
The Oxford English Dictionary’s entry for “Stan” used as a noun reads, “An overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity.” The dictionary’s entry for “Stan” used as a verb reads the same.
Below the definitions of the term, the Oxford English Dictionary offers up the term’s origin.
“Early 21st century: probably with allusion to the 2000 song ‘Stan’ by the American rapper Eminem, about an obsessed fan,” reads the dictionary.
For those of you who don’t remember, “Stan” is a song from Eminem’s seminal .
Featuring UK-based singer Dido and a 45 King instrumental that probably feels more haunting now than it should, the song finds Em rapping from the perspective of “Stan,” an amalgam of all his craziest, most obsessive fans in the world.
While we were recording the third verse of Stan, he started rolling a joint and asked me if I minded if he smoked while we cut. Everything was cool and I had gotten all the way to the last 3 lines and I screwed up so all he had to do was punch in my vocals at the end so I could re-do that line and the verse was finished.
Back then we were recording on 2 inch tape, so once you recorded over something it’s gone forever.
Slim Shady himself recognizes that and a year ago he took to lyric annotation website Genius to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the track, including how hearing the "your picture on my wall" line from Dido's "Thank You" inspired the song's obsessive fan theme.
Yesterday, the Detroit rapper dropped by the lyrics website again to share a hilarious story about how a super high engineer kind of ruined the third verse of "Stan." Here's the story: When we recorded Stan I worked with a couple different engineers but this particular engineer I had never worked with before. He was already rolling it so I told him “no problem”.
"It's a little comment on the fact that I disappeared a bit.