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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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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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I love sade so much ! Love this song it's my favorite one of hers
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I find her voice stunning. Even after all this time she knocks my socks off. The definition of a sexy voice!
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(www.genesis 4 2 1 . c o m )
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I wish the had play back on her Song's her voice. Just. Wow lost of words. Time list music
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I want to have her baby! Lol ............ . . . . . no!!! seriously!
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Love Sade 4 life! Interesting note - she shares her birthday of 1-16 with the beautiful r.i.p. Aaliyah and now new smooth diva Fka Twigs!!!! How ironic is that??
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Sade's voice is stunning.
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Wow. 30Yrs of true music
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Love Sade's voice. Incredible talent.
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Love her
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She keeps the flame going.
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msaishajarre t t 0 7
Love everything by her, but this right here!!!!
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I love Sade and can't wait to see her show she's the best!
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The best
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Wow I have alway love you songs and music and your so amazing birthday beautiful. Keep it up I have always love the that your music has no bad words too thank you..:)
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She is one of a kind.
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She is so talented and beautiful ! gotta love her voice !
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pamdesalle19 7 4
Best concert ever!! She really knows how to put on a great show!!!
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Me Encanta me Arrebata esta Bella Mulata la Amo desde Cuba la Escuchaba y la Añoraba ahora que puedo oír su Música estoy Fasinado con sus Discos José
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dragonlady60 8 8
Her band is amazing
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dragonlady60 8 8
I love this womans voice and style..""!
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I love all of your music and I have all of you albums. They are all inspirationa l for me.
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she has been my boo since she came in the 80's and she is still sexy hot and beautiful. she has made me a soldier of love
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nrivers16
2 thumbs up: fine holiday fun
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Sade your so smooth and beautiful and you rock you're definitely an asset to the human race
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dragonlady60 8 8
Smooth operator.... . . . p e a r l
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dragonlady60 8 8
I love her voice and style!!!!
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