Dane Leon Bowers (born 28 November 1979) is an English singer, songwriter, DJ and record producer. He was a part of R&B boyband Another Level between 1997 and 2000 when he performed on seven Top 10 singles, before taking up solo projects with True Steppers and Victoria Beckham. He has made TV appearances on Celebrity Big Brother 7 and the celebrity version of Come Dine With Me. and is now part of the pop supergroup 5th Story, set up for The Big Reunion.
|Birth name||Dane Leon-Ben Bowers|
|Born||28 November 1979|
Sutton, London, England
|Genres||R&B, pop, UK garage|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, DJ, producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, turntables, sampler, drum machine|
|Associated acts||Another Level, True Steppers, Upper Street, 5th Story|
Bowers was born in Sutton, London, England. He was educated at two independent schools for boys: at Cumnor House School in the town of Croydon in South London, followed by Trinity School of John Whitgift, at Shirley Park in the London Borough of Croydon. When he was fifteen years old, after leaving school, he enrolled at a Croydon-based performing arts college, the BRIT School.
After leaving the BRIT School, Bowers joined British boy-band Another Level, where he performed as a part of the group for three years, between 1997 and 2000, with fellow members Mark Baron, Wayne Williams and Bobak Kianoush.
Another Level gained seven Top 10 singles in two years in the United Kingdom, including 1998's UK No. 1 "Freak Me"; and a platinum-selling self-titled debut album. Their follow-up album, Nexus, released in 1999, achieved gold-selling status, and was followed by a Brit Award nomination for Best British Newcomer in 1999.
After Another Level split in 2000, Bowers wrote and fronted two UK Top 10 hits for the UK garage act True Steppers in 2000: "Buggin" and "Out of Your Mind". "Buggin" reached No. 6 in the UK Singles Chart in April 2000. The latter featured the first solo recording of Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, and reached No. 2; it was beaten to the number one spot by Spiller featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor with "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" in August 2000.
In 2001, two solo singles released under the moniker of 'Dane', "Shut Up and Forget About It" (allegedly written about his relationship with Jordan) and "Another Lover", both reached No. 9 on the UK Singles Chart, and an album, Facing the Crowd remained unreleased.
In 2010, Bowers returned to making music and signed with independent record label Conehead UK to record a pop album, with the first single, "All She Needs", written by Jamie Scott, released in July 2010.
On 27 August 2013, Another Level were on the verge of signing up for the ITV2 documentary The Big Reunion, but Williams announced that he would not take part. In an interview with MTV UK, he said: "I decided not to participate in The Big Reunion because it wouldn't feel right to me...I'm in a totally different space in my life and I don't feel any need to look back." Also, Baron, who now works for Alan Sugar's company Amsprop, had been forced to pull out due to Sugar not allowing him time off work. Bowers told the Daily Star, "Another Level were supposed to do it but then Mark said he couldn't because of work. He's married to Alan Sugar's daughter and works for him. You don't say no to Alan Sugar. So Alan Sugar stopped Another Level taking part in The Big Reunion. I was a bit annoyed because he pulled out right at the end. Surely he would have known earlier. But his loss is my gain." Bowers instead joined The Big Reunion supergroup 5th Story, along with Kenzie from Blazin' Squad and former soloists Adam Rickitt, Kavana and Gareth Gates.
In 2004, Bowers wrote and starred in a TV sitcom pilot called Bow to the Bowers. It was a satirical look at the music industry, casting Bowers as an egotistical, vain version of himself. It also starred former Steps member Lee Latchford-Evans and ex-Brother Beyond star Nathan Moore, though it never made it to mainstream TV.
Bowers appeared in the follow-up TV show to Totally Scott-Lee, called Totally Boyband, in which five boyband members from past groups were modelled into a new singing act called Upper Street. The group featured him alongside Lee Latchford-Evans of Steps, Jimmy Constable of 911, New Kids on the Block's Danny Wood, and S Club's Bradley McIntosh. The series commenced on MTV in the UK in September 2006, but their first single only charted at No. 35 and the group subsequently disbanded.
In 2009, Bowers appeared in an episode of Celebrity Come Dine With Me alongside Bobby Davro, Laila Morse, and Dani Behr, where he served langoustines, beef tenderloin, and bread and butter pudding. Bowers' theme for the evening was 'funky, cool and fashionable'.
On 3 January 2010, Bowers was the seventh contestant to enter Channel 4's seventh and final series of Celebrity Big Brother. He made it to the final on 29 January 2010, but finished as runner-up to Alex Reid.
In June 2012, Bowers was accused of racially aggravated assault and harassment in connection with an incident in Norwich on 2 June 2012. In December 2012, Bowers admitted one count of assault and one of threatening behaviour during a drunken fight. He denied making racist remarks. The judge accepted his guilty plea, saying "It seems highly unlikely that you, given your background, would have made racist remarks." Bowers was sentenced to unpaid community work.
In October 2012, Bowers began playing football for the 3rd team of Cwmbran Celtic which plays in the Newport and District League. He made his match debut in a 3–1 home defeat to Marshfield AFC. The chairman of Cwmbran Celtic said he "hopefully will enjoy his stay with us. He’s a nice lad."
On 21 April 2013, Bowers was arrested and charged with two counts of assault by beating after a confrontation at Butlins Bognor Regis. The charges were later reduced to "using threatening or abusive behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress", to which Bowers pleaded guilty, and was given a conditional discharge.
|17 April 2000||"Buggin" (with True Steppers)||6|
|14 August 2000||"Out of Your Mind" (featuring Victoria Beckham)||2|
|19 February 2001||"Shut Up... and Forget About It"||9|
|25 June 2001||"Another Lover"||9|
|11 July 2010||"All She Needs"|
(with Upper Street)
|16 October 2006||"The One"||35|
|Facing the Crowd|
|Studio album by |
|Genre||R&B, UK garage|
|Label||Arista Records, Northwestside|
|Producer||Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis • Dallas Austin • The Underdogs • Scott Whitman • Nathan Thomas • Wyclef Jean • Dow & Young • Michael Harwood • Cutfather & Joe • Karl Bartos • Mark Sheehan • Dyme • John Themis|
|Singles from Facing the Crowd|
Facing the Crowd is the unreleased debut album under the moniker of 'Dane'. The album was due for release in 2001, but remains commercially unreleased after he was subsequently dropped by his record label. A small number of physical copies pressed for distribution to media and radio stations were made available before the album's release was cancelled. The album spawned two UK Singles Chart top ten singles, "Shut Up... and Forget About It" and "Another Lover".
After Another Level split in 2000, Bowers wrote and fronted two UK Singles Chart top ten singles for the UK garage act True Steppers in 2000, where he was billed as "Dane Bowers from Another Level". "Buggin" entered the charts at No. 6 in April 2000, and "Out of Your Mind", featuring the first solo recording of Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham, which reached No. 2, as it was beaten to the number one spot by "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" in August 2000 by Spiller featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor. His subsequent chart success lead to a solo record deal, and in February 2001, Bowers released "Shut Up... and Forget About It", a song allegedly written about his relationship with Katie Price. The song peaked at No. 9 on the UK Singles Chart. Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis and Wyclef Jean-produced "Another Lover" was released as the album's second single in June 2001, but this again stalled at number nine. Bowers was subsequently dropped from his label, and Facing the Crowd remained unreleased. Bowers subsequently went on to focus on behind the scenes work, writing and producing, including a collaboration for Victoria Beckham's debut solo album in autumn that year.
|1.||"Shut Up... and Forget About It"||Dane Bowers • Harvey Mason Jr • Damon Thomas||The Underdogs||3:09|
|2.||"Bump"||Bowers • Hagen Hammond • Michael Harwood||Michael Harwood||4:03|
|3.||"Another Lover"||Bowers • Scott Whitman • Nathan Thomas||Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis • Wyclef Jean||4:13|
|4.||"She's Gettin' It Somewhere Else"||Bowers • Whitman • Thomas||Whitman • Thomas||3:31|
|5.||"She's Lying"||Bowers • Joe Belmaati • Mich Hansen||Cutfather & Joe||3:54|
|6.||"Girl Ain't Mine" (featuring Dallas Austin)||Dallas Austin • Terence Daly • Danny O'Donoghue • Mark Sheehan||Dallas Austin • Mark Sheehan||4:00|
|7.||"Hey Say, She Say" (featuring Dyme)||Bowers • Campbell • Hassan • Gordon • Skinner||Dyme||3:39|
|8.||"We All Know"||Bowers • Brian Dow • Bradley Young||Dow & Young||3:45|
|9.||"A Man"||Karl Bartos • Yasmine Hamdan • Ralf Huetter||Karl Bartos||3:36|
|10.||"Will I Ever Need to Love Again"||Bowers • Whitman • Thomas||John Themis||3:33|
|11.||"Feels So Natural"||Bowers • Belmaati • Hansen||Cutfather & Joe||3:37|
5th Story were an English supergroup consisting of 1990s-early 2000s pop stars Dane Bowers, Gareth Gates, Kavana, Kenzie and Adam Rickitt. They were formed in 2013 exclusively for the second series of the ITV2 reality-documentary series The Big Reunion.A1 (band)
A1 (stylised as a1) are a British–Norwegian boy band that formed in 1998. The original line-up consists of Paul Marazzi, Christian Ingebrigtsen, Mark Read and Ben Adams. Ingebrigtsen is originally from Oslo, Norway, but the other members originate from London.
Their debut single, "Be the First to Believe", entered the UK Singles Chart at number six in mid-1999. They achieved success in the UK and other parts of the world in the late 1990s and early 2000s, particularly Southeast Asia. In the UK, they scored two number ones and six other top 10 hits, seven of which were written by the band. Adding to this, they also won a BRIT Award for "British Breakthrough Act" in 2001. They were managed by band manager Tim Byrne, who also formed Steps.
Marazzi left the band in 2002, citing personal reasons. The three remaining members subsequently decided to split due to exhaustion from being on the road for the best part of four years straight.
In December 2009, Ingebrigtsen, Read and Adams reformed a1, without Marazzi, in Norway for a series of concerts at the Christiania Theatre in Oslo. Since their comeback, they have released new singles as well as their fourth and fifth studio albums, Waiting for Daylight, in 2010, and Rediscovered, in 2012.
In 2014, a1 appeared on the itv2 documentary The Big Reunion along with other bands such as Eternal, Damage, Girl Thing, 3T and a new band called 5th Story, made up of Dane Bowers (from Another Level), Gareth Gates, Kenzie (from Blazin' Squad), Kavana and Adam Rickitt.
In 2017, Marazzi met his former bandmates in Newcastle, after the fifteen years of his absence and he will appear in their 20 years anniversary tour.Another Level (Another Level album)
Another Level is the self-titled debut album by English boy band Another Level, released on 9 November 1998 in the United Kingdom by Northwestside Records. It includes the number one single "Freak Me", originally sung by Silk, as well as the singles "Be Alone No More", "Guess I Was a Fool", "I Want You for Myself" and the double A-side release "Be Alone No More '99" and "Holding Back the Years". The album peaked at number thirteen in the United Kingdom, where it was certified Platinum on 9 April 1999.Another Level (band)
Another Level was a British soul and R&B influenced boy band that formed in 1997 and broke up in 2000, consisting of Mark Baron, Dane Bowers, Bobak Kianoush and Wayne Williams. They achieved seven top ten singles, including the 1998 number-one "Freak Me".
In 2013, the band were about to reunite for the ITV2 documentary, The Big Reunion however, Williams and Baron chose not to take part in the show. Bowers is the only member to take part in the show as he joined supergroup, 5th Story along with Kenzie from Blazin' Squad and former soloists Adam Rickitt, Kavana and Gareth Gates.
On 30 November 2014, it was reported that Another Level could make a comeback, but nothing happened.Buggin
"Buggin" is a song by UK garage duo True Steppers, released in 2000 and featuring singer Dane Bowers of Another Level. A Top 10 hit, the song reached #6 on the UK Singles Chart.Celebrity Big Brother (UK series 7)
Celebrity Big Brother 2010, also known as Celebrity Big Brother 7, was the seventh series of the British reality television series Celebrity Big Brother and the final series aired on Channel 4 and E4. It began on Sunday 3 January 2010 and aired for 27 days until the final on 29 January 2010, making it the longest Channel 4 series of Celebrity Big Brother. The series launched with 6.7 million viewers and became the most watched series of Big Brother UK since the eighth regular series in 2007, averaging 3.7 million viewers per night.Davina McCall returned as main presenter, also hosting Big Brother's Big Mouth. George Lamb returned to present Big Brother's Little Brother. The show was sponsored by the bed retailer Dreams, who also sponsored the previous celebrity series.
Alex Reid won the show with 65.9% of the final vote, hence becoming the final Channel 4 Celebrity Big Brother winner. No housemates from this series appeared in Ultimate Big Brother later on in the year.From the Heart (Another Level album)
From the Heart - the Greatest Hits is the first greatest hits album by the British boyband Another Level, released on 1 June 2002, two years after the group had split. The album was released to fulfill the band's three-album deal which they signed when they were signed to Northwestside records in 1998. The album contains all eight of the band's singles, plus three popular album tracks, plus five additional alternative versions including a previously unreleased live session of "I Can See You in My Mind".List of UK garage artists
This is a list of notable artists who have worked in the UK garage genre and subgenres, except dubstep and grime as they have their own lists. This includes notable artists who have either been very important to the genre or have had a considerable amount of exposure (such as in the case of one that has been on a major label). This list does not include little-known local artists. Only artists who have articles are included. Groups and artists with aliases are listed by the first letter in their name (not including the words "a", "an", "DJ" or "the"), and individuals are listed by their surname.Nexus (Another Level album)
Nexus is the second and final studio album by English boyband Another Level, released on 13 September 1999 in the United Kingdom by Northwestside records. The album includes the theme from Notting Hill, "From the Heart", released by the band in May 1999. The album includes the singles "Summertime" and "Bomb Diggy", which became the band's final single. The album peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. A limited edition version of the album (limited to 10,000 copies) with a bonus disc was made available on the day of release.Out of Your Mind
"Out of Your Mind" is a song by UK garage duo True Steppers. It features Dane Bowers and Victoria Beckham, in her first appearance as a solo artist. The single was released on 14 August 2000.SHAFTA Awards (adult video)
The SHAFTA Awards ("Soft and Hard Adult Film and Television Awards") are an annual film award ceremony for pornographic films in the United Kingdom, described by the organisers of the event as the "UK Oscars of Porn", while AVN state it is the highlight of the British adult film calendar.Voting is open to any subscriber of Television X. As winners are determined by fan votes, nominees have used social media to encouraging people to vote for them. The term SHAFTA was chosen as a portmanteau of BAFTA and penis shaft, with the full name being a backronym.Shut Up... and Forget About It
"Shut Up... and Forget About It" is the debut solo single by English singer and songwriter Dane Bowers, released as the lead single from his debut album, Facing the Crowd (2001). A Top 10 hit, the song peaked at #9 on the UK Singles Chart in early March 2001. The song was produced by the American production duo The Underdogs.The Big Reunion
The Big Reunion was a British reality-documentary series that began airing on ITV2 on 31 January 2013. The show featured chart-topping bands who were big in the UK pop music scene between the 1990s and early 2000s, and the programme followed them as they reunited for the first time in a decade and went through their two weeks of intensive rehearsals before finally stepping back on stage for a comeback performance.
The first series featured Five, 911, Atomic Kitten, B*Witched, Blue, Honeyz and Liberty X. Another mini-series, entitled The Big Reunion: On Tour, aired from 5–19 September 2013. It followed the groups embarking on their arena tour, and other behind-the-scenes action. The Big Christmas Reunion, a Christmas special, also aired on 12 December 2013. It saw the bands recording a Christmas charity single for Text Santa and looked at how Text Santa helped vulnerable people.
The Big Reunion proved to be an unexpected hit for ITV2; the first episode brought in 1.2 million viewers, becoming the channel's highest rated premiere in five years, and the show went on to achieve over 1 million viewers every week, making it one of the channel's most popular shows. Due to the huge success, a second series was commissioned. The second series, which premiered on 6 February 2014, features 3T, A1, Damage, Eternal, Girl Thing, and a supergroup called 5th Story, which consists of Kenzie from Blazin' Squad, Dane Bowers from Another Level, and former soloists Adam Rickitt, Kavana and Gareth Gates.The Big Reunion (series 2)
The second series of the British reality-documentary series The Big Reunion began airing on ITV2 on 6 February 2014 and ended on 27 March 2014. The show features 'teen' bands, some of whom were big names in the UK pop music scene between the 1990s and early 2000s, and the programme follows them as they reunite for the first time in a decade and go through their two weeks of intensive rehearsals before finally stepping back on stage for a comeback performance.
The bands who reunited for the second series were 3T, A1, Damage, Eternal and Girl Thing. Additionally, Kenzie from Blazin' Squad, Dane Bowers from Another Level, and former soloists Adam Rickitt, Kavana and Gareth Gates, joined together to form the supergroup 5th Story.Totally Boyband
Totally Boyband was a television programme that aired in the United Kingdom on MTV. The programme debuted on 18 September 2006 and aired on Sunday nights at 21:30 (GMT). The premise centred on the former members of boy bands and pop music bands attempting to regain their former fame by regrouping into a new band called Upper Street. A single called "The One (That Got Away)" was released on 23 October 2006, but spent only one week at number 35 after entering the UK Singles Chart on 29 October.
The participants were:
Dane Bowers of Another Level
Jimmy Constable of 911
Lee Latchford-Evans of Steps
Bradley McIntosh of S Club 7
Danny Wood of New Kids on the BlockThe single was later recorded without the help of Latchford-Evans, who was sacked by the rest of the band before their debut release due to a disagreement. He described the band's manager in the program, Jonathan Shalit as "two-faced".It was announced in October 2006, that US music network VH1 would be producing its own version of the show, titled Mission: Man Band with Bryan Abrams (Color Me Badd), Rich Cronin (LFO), Chris Kirkpatrick (*NSYNC) and Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees).True Steppers
True Steppers were an English UK garage production duo, consisting of Jonny Lisners and Andy Lysandrou .They had success with Dane Bowers on "Buggin", which reached #6 in the UK Singles Chart in April 2000.Their biggest selling record came in August 2000, when True Steppers collaborated with Dane Bowers and Victoria Beckham on "Out of Your Mind". There was a wave of publicity for this single and Victoria involved her husband, David Beckham, for the in-store record signings. There was a chart battle with Spiller and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, whose summer dance track "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" was released in the same week. True Steppers were leading in the midweek published chart, but Spiller and Sophie had overtaken them by Saturday. Spiller was announced as #1 on the Sunday, with True Steppers at #2. They later released another single, this time with the former East 17 singer Brian Harvey and American R&B singer Donell Jones, called "True Step Tonight" which reached #25, and an album named True Stepping, which made the dance charts UK Albums Chart.Upper Street (band)
Upper Street were a UK boy band formed in 2006 from the MTV-produced reality television series Totally Boyband. The members of the band were all ex-members of other groups. They were Dane Bowers of Another Level, Jimmy Constable of 911, Bradley McIntosh of S Club 7, and Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block. Lee Latchford-Evans of Steps was also originally in the line-up, but left due to conflict within the group. Their only single, "The One" was released in the United Kingdom on 23 October 2006 by Concept Records.
Despite the band's confidence that it would place in the top 10, the single entered the charts on 29 October 2006, at number 35. Teletext's Planet Sound reported on November 6, 2006, that the band had split up after confrontation with their record company.Victoria Beckham discography
The discography of Victoria Beckham, an English pop music singer, consists of one studio album, two cancelled albums, five singles, five music videos and one DVD. On 14 August 2000, Beckham released her first solo single, "Out of Your Mind" in collaboration with Dane Bowers and Truesteppers, which debuted at number 2 in the UK Singles Chart. Before the single's release, on 8 July 2000, Beckham made her public solo debut at London's Hyde Park at a concert to raise money for the Prince's Trust charity. She sang "Out of Your Mind" to a 100,000-strong audience. Beckham then signed a recording contract with the Spice Girls' label Virgin Records. Her next single as a solo artist, "Not Such an Innocent Girl", was released on 17 September 2001. Again, she faced competition in another hugely hyped chart battle, this time with Kylie Minogue's single "Can't Get You Out of My Head". Despite a huge promotional campaign, Beckham was outsold eight to one, and her single debuted at number 6. Beckham's eponymous debut album, which was released on 1 October 2001, reached number 10 in the UK Albums Chart. The album cost a reputed £5 million to produce and it sold a modest 100,000 copies. The second and final single to be released from the album was "A Mind of Its Own" on 11 February 2002. The single reached number 6 in the UK and sold 56,500 copies. A third single, "I Wish", was promoted but never materialised.
In 2002, Telstar Records signed Beckham in a deal made with 19 Management worth £1.5 million. In 2003 Beckham's first single with Telstar, "Let Your Head Go / This Groove", was released in the UK on 29 December 2003 and charted at number 3. Beckham spent much of that year recording two pop/urban-influenced albums called Open Your Eyes and Come Together. These albums never materialised, and amidst the collapse of Telstar and bankruptcy of the label, remaining plans for Beckham's music career were shelved and cancelled. All promotional albums and tracks have been leaked and are available on YouTube and various sources online.Vinnie Jones
Vincent Peter Jones (born 5 January 1965) is a British actor and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1984 to 1999, notably for Wimbledon, Leeds United, Sheffield United, Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers and Wales.
Born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, Jones represented and captained the Welsh national football team, having qualified via a Welsh grandparent. As a member of the "Crazy Gang", he won the 1988 FA Cup Final with Wimbledon, a club for which he played well over 200 games during two spells between 1986 and 1998. He also played for Chelsea, Leeds United, Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers. Jones was a defensive midfielder who was especially noted for his very aggressive style of play, earning him a "hard man" image on the field.
Since his retirement from football, he has capitalised on his tough man image and is now known as an actor for his fiery demeanour and physical presence, often being typecast into roles as violent criminals and thugs. His early film career began with roles in mainstream films such as Snatch (2000), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), and Mean Machine (2001). He played Juggernaut in the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand, Sebastian Moran in CBS's Elementary, and Brick in The CW's Arrow.
Jones appeared in Celebrity Big Brother 2010, where he finished in third place behind Dane Bowers and Alex Reid.