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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

Bring BK childhood memories. ...lovvvvvee e e e e sade....
shekinahokec h u k w u
I guess I'm the only person that thinks this song sucks. And why so long
sade if u ever read this youre the reason i have love thank you lady, your love is king!
punkin30331
Love her Voice & the band
Love, love, love Sade!!!!!
I saw the Lover's Live tour in 2002, it was one of the best concerts I have ever seen. Not only was Sade in top form but her band was incredible. I love this lady
walksinwater 7
Ordinary Love is Sade's best record filled with longing and seducing pleading. Where's her honor in the Rock Hall of Fame?
This song is Soooooo.. Beautiful... . . . DAMN !!!!!!
Nice song
I love you sade
A true specimen of pure beauty! If a mountain needs to be moved (besides God's hand) it would be sade.... o yea my fiance 2. Lol
Smooth and easy.
GODDES ON THAT SOULFUL SONG
chillywillyl g f
This is the epitome of a real female voice. Most of todays female pop artist SUCK!
Too bad there aren't many if any classy singers around like Sade who are also sexy as all get out. The epitome of elegance.
howardrw4
Stunning lady with the most elegant voice. Sing to me!!
such soothing music great for the mind n soul
Sade: so beautiful & talented.
Sade is awesome lady her music is the best
Fantastic Artist!!!!
She's da BEST!!!
Elegant.
Sade's music is the sexiest music. She has lyrics that are soo sooo soothing to the mind, body and soul. Simply awesome !!
In the 1991 I was sitting on a hammock in Guatemala at a friends house listening to her best of album. I can still see that clear blue sky every time I hear love is stronger than pride. Volunteering was challenging but with her inspirationa l music it was easier. Thank you Sade.
I agree with u Christopher j88 she's the best !!!! ❤️
Love her. Hands down fav singer of all time next to Prince.
the best is to massage your lover to Sade
I used to dance to her music and it took me places I've never been. She is awesome
sade candles and a bottle of red wine -- classic breakup pill
artist685
Amazing voice!
catinhat.cd
Looking nice to say too you beauiful Oh I'm. Hang on
Haha catinhat, you said hard on.
she is still my favorite
I love her and her music it take me to places that . I love so much and help me get through the day. Love Lady,,,,
catinhat.cd
This is a strange extraordinar y love hard on both us.
catinhat.cd
Lawd lady,I'm. just lay here and think
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Jezebel that me
she should come to the house of blues in myrtle beach sc. I want to see her live
YES!! The consumate smooth, soul songstress, Ms. Sade!
catinhat.cd
Jezebel..... p l e a s e C'mon NOW of thing Smh that cut
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Heal knee heal
catinhat.cd
From beginning there been something there you know i was always fun of you ,things just turn around and you began more than a friend.

I saw her in concert in San Diego, one of the best concerts of my life! I can never get tired of listening to her. She rocks!
catinhat.cd
Always have me too cling too,I Love u be the one you hang on too.
cjmcmlln0
CHERRY PIE!!
kevin-burns9
Sade rocks thru your inner soul like no other singer she is so beautiful awesome lady !smooth operator rock onside you got it Girl!!!pkb45
I miss you...
lawpete49
My Daughter named my Granddaughte r after her. Enough said!!!
My s**t
Love Sade And All Her Music!!!!
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