Billie

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Billie Paul Piper, 22 September 1982, Swindon, Wiltshire, England. Teenage pop sensation Billie was groomed for stardom from an early age, training at London’s prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School (whose other alumni has included members of the Spice Girls and All Saints and television personalities Nick Berry, Denise Van Outen and Samantha Janus). A bit part in EastEnders was followed by the prominent use of Piper as the face of a Smash Hits advert in August 1997. This high-profile campaign was instrumental in Virgin Records subsidiary Innocent signing the 15-year old Piper. She recorded tracks for her debut album while still studying at school, but the hard work paid off when her debut single ‘Because We Want To’ went straight in at UK number 1 in July 1998. Her follow-up ‘Girlfriend’ also debuted at number 1 in October, making Billie the first UK female solo artist to have two number 1s in the same year since Cilla Black in 1964. The...

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