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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bring Me Home - Live 2011

1. Soldier Of Love (Live)

2. Skin (Live)

3. Kiss Of Life (Live)

4. Love Is Found (Live)

5. In Another Time (Live)

6. Jezebel (Live)

7. All About Our Love (Live)

8. Paradise / Nothing Can Come Between Us (Live)

9. Morning Bird (Live)

10. The Moon And The Sky (Live)

11. No Ordinary Love (Live)

12. By Your Side (Live)

13. Cherish The Day (Live)

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Track List: The Ultimate Collection

Disc 1

1. Your Love Is King

2. Smooth Operator

3. Hang On To Your Love

4. The Sweetest Taboo

5. Is It A Crime

6. Never As Good As The First Time

7. Jezebel

8. Love Is Stronger Than Pride

9. Paradise

10. Nothing Can Come Between Us

11. No Ordinary Love

12. Kiss Of Life

13. Feel No Pain

14. Bullet Proof Soul

Disc 2

1. Cherish The Day

2. Pearls

3. By Your Side

4. Immigrant

5. Flow

6. King Of Sorrow

7. The Sweetest Gift

8. Soldier Of Love

9. The Moon And The Sky

10. Babyfather

11. Still In Love With You

12. Love Is Found

13. I Would Never Have Guessed

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Track List: Soldier Of Love

1. The Moon And The Sky

2. Soldier Of Love

3. Morning Bird

4. Baby Father

5. Long Hard Road

6. Be That Easy

7. Bring Me Home

8. In Another Time

9. Skin

10. The Safest Place

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Track List: Lovers Live

1. Cherish The Day (Live)

2. Somebody Already Broke My Heart (Live)

3. Smooth Operator (Live)

4. Jezebel (Live)

5. Kiss Of Life (Live)

6. Slave Song (Live)

7. The Sweetest Gift (Live)

8. The Sweetest Taboo (Live)

9. Paradise (Live)

10. No Ordinary Love (Live)

11. By Your Side (Live)

12. Flow (Live)

13. Is It A Crime (Live)

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Track List: Lovers Rock

1. By Your Side

2. Flow

3. King Of Sorrow

4. Somebody Already Broke My Heart

5. All About Our Love

6. Slave Song

7. The Sweetest Gift

8. Every Word

9. Immigrant

10. Lovers Rock

11. It's Only Love That Gets You Through

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Track List: The Best Of Sade

1. Your Love Is King

2. Hang On To Your Love

3. Smooth Operator

4. Jezebel

5. The Sweetest Taboo

6. Is It A Crime

7. Never As Good As The First Time

8. Love Is Stronger Than Pride

9. Paradise

10. Nothing Can Come Between Us

11. No Ordinary Love

12. Like A Tattoo

13. Kiss Of Life

14. Please Send Me Someone To Love

15. Cherish The Day

16. Pearls

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Track List: Love Deluxe

1. No Ordinary Love

2. Feel No Pain

3. I Couldn't Love You More

4. Like A Tattoo

5. Kiss Of Life

6. Cherish The Day

7. Pearls

8. Bullet Proof Soul

9. Mermaid

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Track List: Stronger Than Pride

1. Love Is Stronger Than Pride

2. Paradise

3. Nothing Can Come Between Us

4. Haunt Me

5. Turn My Back On You

6. Keep Looking

7. Clean Heart

8. Give It Up

9. I Never Thought I'd See The Day

10. Siempre Hay Esperanza

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Track List: Promise

1. Is It A Crime

2. The Sweetest Taboo

3. War Of The Hearts

4. You're Not The Man

5. Jezebel

6. Mr. Wrong

7. Punch Drunk

8. Never As Good As The First Time

9. Fear

10. Tar Baby

11. Maureen

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Track List: Diamond Life

1. Smooth Operator

2. Your Love Is King

3. Hang On To Your Love

4. Frankie's First Affair

5. When Am I Going To Make A Living

6. Cherry Pie

7. Sally

8. I Will Be Your Friend

9. Why Can't We Live Together

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Track List: Pearls (Single)

1. Pearls (Timo Jahns Remix)

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Track List: Soldier Of Love (Radio Single)

1. Soldier Of Love

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

11. Still In Love With You

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

1. The Moon And The Sky

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Thank you for a lifetime of amazing music. Your voice gives me goosebumps to this day.
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Truly sensational
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Shh it's never as good as the first time good words..
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alexandraabe l l a 1 7
❤❤❤❤❤
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lynnydaniel
More beautiful than I remember
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Awesome, just awesome person and vocals.
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Beautiful, classy, and great music. Would love to see them live. The Sweetest Taboo is my favorite from them.
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Cant help but vybe to EVERTHING Sade sings.... A TRUE talent and artist. : ) Much loveeeee....
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Sade is so passionate about her music. I love you
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Falling in the FLOW...�����
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frankxrios
Music elegance.... . S A D E
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Cherry Pie...Good Song.
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Love is LOVE....No Denying ♡
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Your are one fantastic artist. You make me happy in my darkest moments. Thank you.
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Her music is timeless
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I just go with Sade's flow, she knows how to drive with , or without a license
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She's still amazing artist
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SADE IS A TRULY A BLESSED ARTIST YET ELEGANT WOMAN & VERY SOULFUL SONGSTRESS!, WE LOVE YOU ETERNAL SADE AND THANK YOU MAMAS!!!, ������������
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This track made me stop whatever I was doing and give it a deserving hearing audience.
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genieneturne r
Truly a timeless artist, whose music will NEVER expire! I have been a fan since I was old enough to listen to Diamond Life, Promise, & Love Deluxe! I am an 80s baby, and grew up listening to her smooth sound! I love her and Anita Baker!!
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Love me some Sade!!! One of best singers out there!!! She doesn't get enough credit!! She's classy, elegant, sexy, sophisticate d she's everything a woman should be and more!! Where have you gone Sade?!!!? She has a presence about herself without saying a word... Sade, Sade, SADE!!!!
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Sade
Sade
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I would do anything to see her . Im 38 n my 11 year old daughter loves her as well .
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Saw her in concert and love her sade.I still play her music in my house and my car and i am 43
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Sade...one of the sleekest jazz sounds ever. So seductive and surely a depiction of her own character. The group has style and finest.
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The Sweetest Taboo: THIS is sexy classy music. I love Sade.
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She is so very bad, love her music.. She is a smooth Operator...
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Now Playing: Smooth Operator by Sade on Full Frequency Radio #softRock
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brulcstudio
Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow Will be the best day of your life. Now that you've started reading this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters across the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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Lol IYON
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sheffield57
Name of song was wherever I Laay My Hat. Paul Young. Listen to lyrics pls
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Love this song
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Smooth operator is one of many fav of her music
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Sade is my generation of people! I love her husky sexy voice,!! "king of sorrow" is slightly similar to Joni Mitchell's" Sire of Sorrow"- except Joni's song is way more intense!!- where as Sade's song
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Sade is simply "the best"! I listen to her music and instantly relax and unwind m.
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I was young but was in luv with her voice it was soothin and fail in luv with her picture like a pin poster
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❤❤❤❤❤
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It doesn't get any better!
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What a great story about Sade... from the back scene's of London... you are so beautiful... would love to see you in Concert one day... God Bless and keep up the Great work...
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My inspiration!
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Oh the memories this song brings
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Love Sade always ....Sweetest Taboo:)
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She never gets old
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Excellent!
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ILOVESADE!!! ! She never goes out of style!!! Classic.
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I love everything about this artist, I've followed her since 1984, she her numerous time in concert. When ever I'm in my feelings I put on her music and she sooth my soul.

There's Only One
#Diehardfan
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AHHHHHHHHHHH H H H H H H H H . . . h e r e we go ;)
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LIKE !!!!!!!!!!!! !
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I Love You Sade all that you encompass <3
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