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|Single by Dido|
|from the album Life for Rent|
|Released||1 September 2003 (2003-09-01) (UK)|
|Genre||Pop, trip hop|
|Writer(s)||Dido Armstrong, Rollo Armstrong, Rick Nowels|
|Producer||Rollo Armstrong, Dido Armstrong|
|Dido singles chronology|
"White Flag" is a song by English singer-songwriter Dido, released as the lead single from her second album Life for Rent on 1 September 2003. "White Flag" is the biggest hit of Dido's career. It is considered one of her signature songs, and helped Life for Rent sell over ten million copies worldwide. The song was nominated for the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards, but lost to Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful". It won the Best British Single at the 2004 Brit Awards. The music video, directed by Joseph Kahn features actor David Boreanaz as Dido's love interest. The song ranked on Blender's list "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born" at number 317. The single fared very well on the charts around the world, peaking at number one in Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, and Norway; number two on the Irish Singles Chart, and number 18 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song reached number two in the UK being kept off the top spot by the UK top selling single of the year, "Where Is the Love?". The song was used in several TV series, Smallville, The Inbetweeners, Medium, The Sopranos, Tru Calling, Cold Case, and film Perfect Stranger.
Carly Rae Jepsen performed the cover version of the song on Canadian Idol.
Background and composition
"White Flag" was written and produced by Dido, Rollo Armstrong and Rick Nowels. In the song, the protagonist is unwilling to give up, even if they know their relationship is over. In a battle, a white flag signals surrender. By stating there will be "No white flag," she indicates she will not give up on the relationship and that she intends to fight until the bitter end, and that she will not give up on her relationship with her partner. Dido wrote the song about a past relationship, but later said that she initially regretted writing it because it caused more problems with the person involved. However, she has said that she now likes to perform the song.
"White Flag" begins with a lone synth-chord reminiscent of Sinéad O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U". It features "multi-layered" sound, delicate piano outro, and strings. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com, it is written in the key of D minor and Dido's vocals range from the low note of A3 to the high note of C5.
David Jeffries from Allmusic wrote a largely positive review, praising "Dido's sweet delivery" and stating that "It’s all very beautiful, the perfect soundtrack for weeping, and the definition of “wistful” in a song." Derryck Strachan wrote for BBC Music that the song is "engaging to the extent that you could easily be humming along without it registering in your brain. There's something unconscious, pleasantly innocuous about it. It's comfort food for the ears" and it could be easily on a Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan romantic comedy. Alexis Petridis from The Guardian wrote that the song "is a superb, confidently written pop song, possessed of a chorus that is impossible to dislodge from your memory without the aid of hypnotherapy."
Awards and success
The song was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2004 Grammy Awards, but lost out to Christina Aguilera for "Beautiful". The song won the award for "Best Single" at the 2004 BRIT Awards. It sold one million copies in five days on its way to total sales of over five million, making it the fastest selling album by a female artist.
The music video, directed by Joseph Kahn and it features actor David Boreanaz as her love interest. The video tells a story about a relationship that is over, but both still in love with each other, meeting in everywhere that they go and trying to not see each other. By the end of the video, they get back to the apartment and Dido's room is filled with David's photos and David's room is filled with Dido's photos.
- UK CD single
- "White Flag" – 3:40
- "Paris" – 3:24
- "White Flag" (Johnny Toobad mix) – 6:17
- USA CD single
- "White Flag" (radio edit) – 3:36
- "Stoned" (Deep Dish radio edit) – 4:02
- "Paris" – 3:24
- "White Flag" (video) – 3:40
- USA DVD single
- "White Flag" (video) – 3:40
- "Life For Rent" (video) – 3:41
- French CD single
- "White Flag" – 3:58
- "Paris" – 3:24
- ^ The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born: 301 - 350
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- ^ Cinquemani, Sal (27 September 2003). "Dido: Life for Rent". Retrieved 2012-02-21.
- ^ "Dido - White Flag Digital Sheet Music". Music Notes. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
- ^ Strachan, Derryck (20 June 2003). "BBC - Music - Review of Dido - Life For Rent". BBC. BBC. Retrieved 2012-02-21.
- ^ Petridis, Alexis (26 September 2003). "Dido "Life For Rent"". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-02-21.
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- ^ Spanish Charts
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- ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2003 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association.
- ^ "Austrian single certifications – Dido – White Flag" (in German). IFPI Austria. Enter Dido in the field Interpret. Enter White Flag in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
- ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2003". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch.
- ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Dido; 'White Flag')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
- ^ "Norwegian single certifications – Dido – White Flag" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway.
- ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Dido; 'White Flag')". Hung Medien.
- ^ "American single certifications – Dido – White Flag". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics