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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 love you songs I know I am young but I had all the young girls in my time thank you Miss Sade
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Shar Day is a simple pronunciatio n for Americans. That is not proper pronunciatio n .
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In the bio it says that her name is pronounced Shar Day. THAT MY PANDORA PEOPLE is INCORRECT pronunciatio n . OBE, Yoruba, British Nigerian, she is also Haitian. The proper pronunciatio n of her name goes like this: Sade (/ʃɑːˈdeɪ/ shah-DAY), --- Ja.'dei....O R Shah=DAY.. Can you say that with me please? Ja dei or Shah day. OK. PEACE, MY PANDORA PALS.
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jdkaek
Great music!!
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PEACE, LOVE AND HAVE FUN THIS MEMORIAL DAY b :-)
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SADE!!
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A quiet storm
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TOOOO SEXY!!!!!
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I love this girl I hear her all the time when it rains it really relaxing
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Somebody Already Broke My Heart: Good song. Yes, somebody did already break my heart. It's not important. I'm here and I'm safe and that's important. I love Sade. I sing Sade myself. Another one of my Divas
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What a beautiful artist she is! She brings so much class and grace in every song. I want more!!!
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Want see sunrise with you,wake up smell your essences,sur r o u n d me with every breathing moment of your present in the room.
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I love Sade
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janecichy
So beautiful is her voice.
Love to do as kereoke
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Diamond light of you essence guide me too u babe.....Goi n g out now. Too sleepy my love a kiss good night beautiful ������������
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What happened to her
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By Your Side...love this song...i dedicate it to my husband
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Sade is the poster girl for smooth sexy sassy soulful music I love her i have been listening to her music since her first album
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I swear she's the best in her class
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A Lady like no other. A voice like velvet. She will always be in my heart.
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Mmmmmmhhhhhm m m yeah
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I luv ur musiq. I can relate to every song u sing. Wish u would come to Baltimore.
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This woman is Top Chart Talent too,I'm one day gonna see her in concert, Sade, go girl
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Love this song
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One of my favorite artist always a must see on tour with her amazing band a show that is not to be missed...... . . .
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Love this. Love Sade "Hang on to your love" another favorite
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She can always set the mood with delight. Thank you Sade for being a part of a marvelous history, my history.
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walksinwater 7
Sade's "Hang On to Your Love" is an early recording that sort of got overlooked. It has stood the test of time. Her best then and now.
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Real music.. Not this Justin Bieber BS
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Best love songs ever
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No one like her.
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I gave u all my l♡VE
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moran.alma49
She has sexy music, and she moves like a silk scarf
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i imagine myself being the bass player, and getting laid after the concert
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I love her voice
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I love the music video for No Ordinary Love.
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genieneturne r
One of the most influential voices of all-time!!
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conejoloco45
I love that way she sings
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This my girl
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vpsiega
I fell in love with her music as a kid then again as a teenager, then in early adulthood and later when I became a mother and her last album was there for me when I went through a narrative crisis. I can't believe she's been part of many stages in my life. She doesn't age her music is classic. Her songs bring comfort and hope to me. I hope she knows how profound her music is to so many
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don't let them stay home and listen to the blues
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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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matratus
Sade.......
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Love love love
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