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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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Track List: Soldier Of Love (Radio Single)

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Track List: Still In Love With You (Radio Single)

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Track List: The Moon And The Sky (Radio Single)

Comments

I love all your songs! sade! a beautiful woman with a talented voice. this song is a favorite. <3
roymjr
Please come out soon to perform. I would live to see you again.
roymjr
Such unbelievable talent. When I want to get away from the world I put on my ear phone close my eyes and see paradise. I saw her in her first concerts in calif. Comes out in a evening gown barefooted then changes to jeans and a tie top barefooted. So down to earth and the most beautiful voice ever. I took my son at 10 to see Sade perform. He new right there and then he wanted to work with music. He is now a recording engineer. Thank Miss Sade. You are Beautiful and so talented.
Tosca.,,1st time hearing that track laid-back, and connected!
Boy would I to see Mrs SADE live in concert!
jaimecasusky
The Queen of the Scene...
Classic talent
If your not listening to this music your missing out.
They will play this music forever..thi s type of talent is timeless
Sade's music is timeless, I love you baby, endlessly
Sade is a talented vocalist. I never tire of her musical interpretati o n s .
Yes
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 started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in143 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
ONE of the best concerts ever was at Chastain Park in Atlanta. Sade was way cool.
Never get tired of listening to Sade.
The Queen of ...SMOOTH
Sounds romantic to me,when i see ur eyes mmmm,u gave me the kizz of life oh yeah!
Love how this lady sings wow!!!
No Ordinary Love is a great music video.
phenomenal.. .
I am a big fan!
Love sade,, wepa,, l
I loved your music when my ears first ate your words & ill still love your music when it repeatedly plays as my ringtone, or even my alarm clock. GoodNight Sade & fans! Love her more...
skingcade2
I love, love, love her she is an awesome artist
have every album and been to two of her concerts she magnificent! ! ! ! ! ! !
niiice
My favorite artist of all time. Helped me ease the pain
Love Sade....that voice is amazing!
Great artist! I have all her albums and I love them ALL!
Careful
Let's find out
denjen13a
Whatever she puts out, I can listen to. A magnificent artist and always a class act !
best s**t in the world man this lady is the truth...long live the voice of Sade.


beautiful music from a very beautiful lady!!!
avaruth8
I love her music, so soothing and blissful ~Long time fan
byron500
There will never be another one like this lady. Never.
Wow i found Sade #86 ny sr. Year in highschool and been a fan ever since...LOVE U BAND LOVE THE LADY!
sade is one of akind a sexy lady love her music
sfortson2005
Everyone should have a SADE cd!
I just adore her music.. Her music takes me away to a far and beautiful beach.
I'm walking hand in hand with my King.. Yesssss baby!!
She's superb in her delivery...s t a y down for your crown!!!!!!
This piece has my wife really singing it,right now!
No ordinary love!
I am a #1 fan of your songs.
Sade is the best singer of the 90's music....... I ' m glad she still have that voice!!!!!
She still has it after all the years of raising a child and all, she has the fountain of youth!
jtny786
Like this Soldier of Love joint by Sade, a little different, nice switch up. Sade really is a soul survivor. Keep it up, sis. We love you.
Such a great artist Sade :-). :-). So many of her songs I love and can relate to in so many ways in my life, sweet sadness ....oh well the best can't always be happy all the time :-)
This is awesome
mellow sweet soul singer
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