Introducing: Keren Ann

March 31st, 2011 by Dean Piper

If you’re a fan of Florence & The Machine then you’ll love fellow spellbinding songstress Keren Ann. I’ve fallen in love with her blend of melodic pop and Keren’s new album 101 – out April 4 – is going to be perfect to pop on during chilled summer nights. I sat down with the Israeli [...]

Introducing: Twenty Twenty

March 30th, 2011 by Dean Piper

If you’re still mourning the loss of Busted then fear not as there’s a new pop-punk trio in the shape of swoopy-fringed teenagers Twenty Twenty. Frontman and guitarist Sam Halliday is joined by his brother Jack on bass and close pal Sonny Watson-Lang on drums. The boys are set to release their debut single Love [...]

When I met Debbie Harry…..

March 27th, 2011 by Dean Piper

Iconic Blondie star Debbie Harry tells me she still feels the pressure to produce good music despite so many years in the business. This week I joined Debbie at The Ivy Club to hear tracks from the band’s new album Panic Of Girls (out May 30). She told me: “We still want to put good [...]

Lisa Snowdon on her meningitis battle: "Thank God Johnny made me see a doctor."

March 27th, 2011 by Dean Piper

Lisa Snowdon is finally back on form after her recent bout with viral meningitis. But she told me this week she owes a lot to her Capital FM breakfast show co-host Johnny Vaughan – who forced her to seek a doctor in the first place. Lisa, promoting her involvement with the fabulous Spring/Summer M+S campaign, [...]

Jo Whiley bows out from Radio 1 with a little help from Foo Fighter Dave Grohl

March 27th, 2011 by Dean Piper

It’s the end of an era today at BBC Radio 1 where Jo Whiley bows out from the station in her last ever show this afternoon. Jay Z has played at her house, Madonna’s co-hosted her show and Jo’s been there at the very beginning of so many core Radio 1 acts … from Plan [...]

The rest of this week's column…..

March 27th, 2011 by Dean Piper

*It sounds like there was only one box to be in at last weekend’s matinee performance of the X Factor tour. I hear Keith Lemon and his mum Pat, Lizzie Cundy, Natasha Hamilton and Gail Porter drank their way through the entire bar allowance in their freebie box. Hell, Gail even got carried out by [...]

The legend that was….Elizabeth Taylor

March 27th, 2011 by Dean Piper

There will never be another Liz Taylor. Fact. And a friend of mine told me a fantastic story about Liz that I just had to share with you all. My pal tells me: “She was bickering non stop with her last husband Larry Fortensky on a Concorde flight we were on once and she said [...]

Aldo Zilli launches Baby Zilli with a star studded event in Soho

March 27th, 2011 by Dean Piper

I’ve known hilarious Italian chef Aldo Zilli for years now – we used to hang out in his restaurant for long lunches eating up lobster spaghetti all the time. So it’s good to see Aldo and his wife Nikki thriving in life – he’s one of the good guys. Aldo held a special launch party [...]