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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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Sade is so f**kin sexy
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Wow! I remember her in my 20's FINE LADY!
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I love Sade!!
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kenyarijo
I've been in ❤ since 1985 I was little kid but my cousin would listen to her .
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Been in love since 1985... You'll ALwAYs have my❤️��
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eve924650
I love Sade!!!! Her soulful voice and the message she delivers with each performance. This Woman is a Beast!!!
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Sade.......
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Love love love
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I would have love to have met her, she would have been my wife.
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Skin..
You...
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Is it a crime is my S***.. Love u sade
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Hang on to your love people.. It's not easy to find.
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I do not know HOW I get Alicia Keys when I plug in Sade. Sade is the pinnacle, Alicia a student. And Adele? She needs time to see..... I should be getting old jazz, soul, maybe some Ol' Blue Eyes too...Amy Winehouse is the only modern comparison.. . . but Alicia Keys? pee ewe!
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denisecollie r 0 9
My favorite song by Sade❤
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I love her!!! I can vibe to her all day
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YES. She is definitely timeless. May she do 1 more world tour. Would love to see her LIVE!!!
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She is timeless since the first time I heard her in 85 just getting out of high school and getting b.e.t and mtv and seeing her videos
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My jam! This puts me in a happy place.
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sharifahap
She's the best. Timeless classic still the jam to this day!
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As good as it Gets, Can't bet the Feelings of A Great Song...
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Timeless so classy takes me away to the most beautiful mindset��
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beautiful voice
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Love me some Sade she's timeless.
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Will you keep on loving me.....Will you keep on bringing out the best in me, love this song
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Love love love me some SADE baby
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Not only is Sade beautiful & talented, she also a mysteriousne s s about her that I find rather sexy.
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She is mesmerizing - Her CD stays in my cd player every day. Soothing, sweet, powerful.... C a n ' t say enough. I am (and so is my husband) forever enamored by this artist. And I also have shed a few tears, when one of her songs hits me at just the right moment.
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I still get lost in her voice. I remember long drives ALWAYS included a cassette of Sade. Yes kids she's been rocking my world for three format changes. Live she would make you weep
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Sades heavy stuff is perfect assassin soundtrack s**t
"I love you, but unfortunatel y I've been hired to kill you."
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mine said jasmine
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love this
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Love love love this song baby
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest 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 be injured(but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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norte_beauty
wish she would tour again!
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Love me some Sade. Made all except 1 of her tours back to 1980s
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Number one fan love love love this song love you Sade
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Love Sade been listening to her since the 80's
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anistone02
one of my favorite songs
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Love her so much grow up with her all I can say is on one's better
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Luv her ❤️❤️
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dragonlady60 8 8
My fave song...play it almost everyday..sa d e is amazing
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Love it one of a kind!:)
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raulruiz0049
sade is pretty pure
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Your music is enchanting. Can u perform at the Marvin gardens in Boston? Please?
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She is awesome and well talented .love all her lyrics.
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pure awesomeness
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This lady is so smooth!! Her music takes me on a mind trip!
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2 bad shes underrated. Than again most jazz singers r. Wonder if Seal was her idle? Yes, she carries a classy persona. Very few female singers know wat tht is these days. No need 2 mention which ones in pop music. The list is 2 long 2 start let alone finish. Lol
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I've been enchanted with her since I first heard her voice(and saw her)
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class and talent and beautiful
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