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She put a spell on you

ANNIE LENNOX, SOLO ARTIST AND ACTIVIST

Having been a flamboyant androgyne at the forefront of the 80s visual revolution, as one half of the 80 million-selling Eurythmics, Lennox proceeded to go solo and produce Diva and Medusa, both of which are being re-released on vinyl this year alongside the Eurythmics catalogue.

Diva (1992) was produced by Stephen (Propaganda/Pet Shop Boys) Lipson and written by Annie, and if she needed confirmation that she could do it alone, she got it: Diva has sold 1.2 million copies in the UK, where it debuted at No.1 and was the sixth best-selling album of the year; and it debuted in the Top 10 of more than 10 other countries on its release, and is certified double platinum in the US. The LP, which was accompanied by a Sophie Muller-directed video album, won Best British Album at the 1993 BRIT Awards and Lennox also took home Best British Female Solo Artist. Her second solo album, Medusa (1995), was also produced by Lipson. It has sold over six million copies worldwide to date.

But Annie’s more than just a fearsomely gifted singer, performer and writer – she’s also a celebrated humanitarian and activist, working behind the scenes for a variety of causes, such as the SING campaign, supporting women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Greenpeace and The British Red Cross, as well as being a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, a Special Envoy for HIV/ AIDS in Scotland and Ambassador for HIV/AIDS in London. She received the Woman of Peace Award at the 2009 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. In 2011, she was named an OBE in recognition of her humanitarian work. She has received 11 doctorates, and in 2016 was awarded the Livingstone Medal for outstanding public service by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and The Scottish Saltire Award for her contribution to the Arts. Most recently, she was the recipient of The Musicians Company Popular Music Lifetime Achievement Award as well as The George Harrison Global Citizen Award. She is also founder of The Circle – a not-for-profit organisation that “works to support and empower some of the most marginalised women and girls around the globe”.

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