I Know That Song! The One That Coined The Term "shipping"


Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong is known professionally by just one name, is an English singer and songwriter. She considers her professional name to be her real name, not simply a stage name or nickname.

As a child, she had a tough time dealing with her birth name's complicated and unusual nature, which led to her being bullied. She also struggled with her birthday falling on Christmas day, so she also celebrates an "official birthday" on June 25, following the example of Paddington Bear. 

Her first two albums are among the best-selling albums in UK chart history, and both are in the top 10 best-selling albums of the 2000s in the UK and she was nominated for an Academy Award for the song "If I Rise"

Today’s song is based on reality. It is about today’s singer and her split with her boyfriend Bob Page, who is the guy with whom she wrote another hit song for her called “Thank You”. They were engaged, but split up in 2002.

A Neo-Nazi website misinterpreted the meaning of this song, and its title, to be about white supremacy and used it as their theme tune. When she heard about this, today’s singer was disgusted that her music was being used to promote racial hatred and successfully had the website closed down.

This song is one of the most-successful songs of this singer’s career: it charted in over 20 nations, scoring a number 1 in 8 of them. And in most countries where it did appear, it broke the top 10. 

The track has also been certified Platinum in multiple countries and the video co-starred David Boreanaz (of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fame).

There is a lyric in the song "I will go down with this ship" which many believe gave rise to the term "Shipping" from the world of fanfiction, where fans create relationships (thus the "ship") between characters that they hope will happen. 

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