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Sade

When singer Sade and her band of the same name were establishing themselves, their record company, Epic, made a point of printing "Pronounced Shar-day" on the record labels of their releases. Soon enough, the music had no problem with the correct pronunciation. With the breakthrough Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten single "Smooth Operator" propelling the debut Sade album, Diamond Life, to the same spot on the Billboard 200 chart in 1985, the band fast came to epitomize soulful, adult-oriented, sophisti-pop. Though only five more studio albums would follow in the next 25 years, the band's following abated only slightly, and each release was treated like a long-awaited public return of a mysterious yet beloved diva.

Born Helen Folasade Adu in Ibadan, Nigeria, about 50 miles from Lagos, Sade was the daughter of an African father and an English mother. After her mother returned to England, Adu grew up on the North End of London. Developing a good singing voice in her teens, Adu worked part-time jobs in and outside of the music business. She listened to Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and Billie Holiday, and studied fashion design at St. Martin's School of Art in London while also doing some modeling on the side.

Around 1980, she started singing harmony with a Latin funk group called Arriva. One of the more popular numbers that the group performed was an Adu original co-written with bandmember Ray St. John, "Smooth Operator." The following year, she joined the eight-piece funk band Pride as a background singer. Pride's opening acts often featured members of the band in different combinations. Pride and their off-shoots performed often around London and stirred up record company interest. Initially, the labels wanted to sign only Sade -- technically a trio featuring Adu, Stuart Matthewman, and Paul Denman -- while the whole of Pride wanted a deal. The members of Pride not involved in the Sade trio eventually told Adu, Matthewman, and Denman to go ahead and sign a deal. Adding keyboardist Andrew Hale, Sade signed to the U.K. division of Epic Records.

The band's debut album, Diamond Life (with overall production by Robin Millar), went Top Ten in the U.K. in late 1984. January 1985 saw the album released on CBS' Portrait label, and by spring, it had gone platinum on the strength of the Top Ten singles "Smooth Operator" and "Hang On to Your Love." The second album, Promise (1985), featured "Never as Good as the First Time" and "The Sweetest Taboo," the latter of which stayed on the U.S. Hot 100 for six months. Sade was so popular that some radio stations reinstated the '70s practice of playing album tracks, adding "Is It a Crime" and "Tar Baby" to their playlists. In 1986, Sade won a Grammy for Best New Artist.

Sade's third album was 1988's Stronger Than Pride, and featured their first number one single on the U.S. R&B chart, "Paradise," as well as "Nothing Can Come Between Us" and "Keep Looking." The fourth Sade album didn't appear for four years: 1992's Love Deluxe continued the unbroken streak of multi-platinum Sade albums, spinning off the hits "No Ordinary Love," "Feel No Pain," and "Pearls."

Matthewman, Denman, and Hale went on to other projects, including the low-key Sweetback, which released a self-titled album in 1996. Matthewman also played a major role in the development of Maxwell's career, providing instrumentation and production work for the R&B singer's first two albums. Sade eventually reconvened to issue Lovers Rock in 2000. The lead single "By Your Side" was a moderate hit, peaking at number 18 on the adult contemporary chart; the following summer, Sade embarked on their first tour in more than a decade and sold out many dates across America. In early 2002, they celebrated the tour's success by releasing a live album and DVD, Lovers Live. They resurfaced in late 2009 with "Soldier of Love," the lead single for the album of the same title, released the following year. In the U.S., Soldier of Love debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 500,000 copies during its first week. Another live set, Bring Me Home, followed in 2012. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi
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Comments

marqueznorma 7 7
Love this music
My love for your music set me free . Heavenly voice of love!
Compassionat e , sensuous, sophisticate d , classy and a very talented vocalist! I used to listen to this when my children were little and they would fall asleep with me singing the music of Sade. The 80's were the bomb because of this multi talented woman.
Kiss of life truly sade a angel from heaven to earth music brings goose bumps moves through you with the greatest love. Truly a blessed artist so much meaning in her music. Leota
I love Sade music it's smooth and beautiful ?
Sade'~ALWAYS HAS, IS & WILL BE~the EPITOME of DISTINCT UNIQUENESS-t o t a l l y INCOMPARABLE ! ! She possesses ULTIMATE PURITY in INDIVIDUAL TALENT, ARTISTRY, SOUND & STYLE -Infinitely evident through each & every form of self-express i o n ' , each & every moment. She is exceptional, special, loved & appreciated. . . She is TRULY a GIFT!
Feels like you're mine.
My dream always been to see her in a concert , from all females singer she's my # 1 . How I knew about her yrs ago for my birthday a very dear friend of mines bought me her DVD as a gift ;)
I love this song and sade especially the part when she day didn't I tell you that part gets me every time :)
I have an entire station dedicated to her....for as much as a person can on Pandora anyways!
I love Safe! Her voice is one that is sensuous and soothing to the soul. Used to listen to her thru the entire 80's! Even Lady Soul said she loves the music of Safe!
Love you much Sade. Don't stop bringing your unforgettabl e vocals. :-* Always and forever a Queen
ltbl
Mere words do not suffice. She's a full body experience.
greenlama1
Beauty. Class. Style. And that voice! One in a million...
mamcg007
I still remember the 1st time I heard that VOICE...The song was smooth operator I was hook. I had people laughing at me because they never heard it but when the did, all thing change and they where hook and still is. 2times in New Orleans waiting for #3
I love you Sade always have always will.
Time for some new music from sade. Love all her music
kulowt
Love her music!
Ageless music by a wonderful singer :-)

:-)
Sade thank you for making my bus ride to downtown bearable.
She puts me in that mood also , just lay back and close my eyes and drift away.
I was fortunate enough to see her twice in Concert here in Detriot (Motown) Michigan, one in 1994 when Digiable Planets opened up for here at Pine Knob outdoor venue (Beautiful) and the other was in 2011 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Both were Unforgettabl e ! I grew up as a kid on her music and still love every bit of it. I don't know of any other artist that makes me wanna close my eye's and zone out to the point I feel I'm on a island with 80º Degree weather near a ocean with heavy currents o
In a class by herself. Classic!
If you don't like Sade then you might as well get a gun and shoot your damn self. Sade is beautiful and she can sing. ��
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your love. Tomorrow wil be the best day of your life. However if you do not post this to at least 5 songs you Will die in 2 days. Now you started so dont stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name Will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cus it actually works
I ♥ the song Bullet Proof Soul per Sade!!!
Sade your love is king.Great song....oh la la..
The ONE and ONLY..... That is all......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . # B o w D o w n
a_tellez00
Food for the soul ... Thank you ... Exactly ... I was dancing in bed ... Gotta get up now and get to work
my favorite jazz singer, music for warm weather thoughts
Does not get hotter than Sade.
gdoak3
Luv Sade's music. Funny, I met her in Ngeria when she was about 13 and I was an architecture student. I asked her what she wanted to be and she said she wanted to be a SUPERSTAR!
Very sexy voice, "By your side" is my all timed favorite.
judy.hunter2
PLEASE make it stop.
judy.hunter2
Can't stand Sade and can't figure out how to keep them from playing her stuff on MY station!
Haunt Me is the best!
No Ordinary Love
brendao37
omg so sexy Sade I cannot wait to see what you will give us next!!!
much love! I want to be with my lover when I hear you!!!
Just what i needed
My queen….
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put
this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Don't read this because it actually works. You will b
Beautiful, soulful and soothing voice! Love Sade
SIMPLY PUT just an incredible singer. Wishing she would come to S.C. ( On my bucket list )
saw her in concert on jones beach in new York...she was barefoot and ENCHANTING
love is stronger than pride is her best....I cry a little every time I hear it
Silky
Smooth
Yeap shes my #1 smooth voice!****** * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
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