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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: The Essential Sade

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

14. The Moon And The Sky (Feat. Jay-Z) (Remix)

15. By Your Side (Neptunes Remix)

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Track List: Pearls (Single)

1. Pearls (Timo Jahns Remix)

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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 (Radio Single)

1. Soldier Of Love

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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: 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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❤️️❤️️❤️️���
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Got to see her in her last concert about 5 years ago, amazing...
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sade is beautiful .
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Sade Voice is so Beautiful LEGEND!!
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Lesson now nice
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Love is song, One of my top 50 songs on my list!!
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Listening to the music on your station is like having a slice of heaven! Great artists, great songs. what a shame we are missing Marvin as well as the ones we lost in 2016. RIP
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One of the smoothest female voices Ever Band is Awsome.The King.smooth YEAH.....
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MERAVIGLIA !!!!!!!!!!
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Beautiful love her always...
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A soft, soulful voice. Calming but gets the point across
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I simply just love Sada, true talent.
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Always nostalgic
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Her voice is as smooth as BETTER & GETS you in a VERY GOOD LOVING MOOD! YOU GO GIRL! Wish we could see her on tv more
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I would like to hear some phylis hyman music
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Sade sade sade such a timless voice and beauty ....
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Great Hammond Organ fills in this song.
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Even her name evokes smooth jazz.
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Christy Elling. Do you remember!
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She's magical! Invokes so many emotions in me, No Ordinary Love my wedding song in 1993. Still brings tears to my eyes.
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Sade, I absolutely love your music, your music is timeless. Thank you for all the beautiful music.
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Love her
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You gonna need a Bulletproof Soul... what a masterpiece!
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Sade - Love ❤️ is Stronger than Pride. Paradise. Bad girl.......
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surflong
they always say her name is pronounced shar day but in one of her songs she says shaw day dont you come home too late. Drives me nuts. Oh, and yeah, she and her band are as good as it ever will get and have got me through the best and the worst of times.
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What a gift. Glad she shared it with us.
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Rip Stanley Jay. this station I dedicate to you. I'll love you forever dad! Thank you Sade for giving your music to me and my dad, making unforgettabl e memories I'll cherish forever ������
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I've Always loved sade's music....
My station is called "Smooth Jazz...Relax "
If you love smooth jazz like I do you will love my station��
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There is no one like her...her music is hauntingly beautiful.
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Oh ole boy- I use to run threw her tapes back in the day. I was with this bad ----- and we loved Sade music. Straight ----ing and it was great hours of pure pleasure. Women are the greatest ever. Thanks.
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Her artistry, music is so relatable. The love, heartbreak, courage, strength she sings about for us is so real. Love you Sade. Forever timeless but please, grace us with some new joints. Peace and Love to all.
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Sade...total class.. setting the bar so high for others to reach. Her music has always moved me. And so much, that in 2000, I named my only after her. My all time favorite still is' Paradise,' with the strong second Couldn't love you more.
Who ever has not listened to her music has no idea what they are missing
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Amazing Artist... phenominal love all her songs love ya Girl... The Extraordinar y SADE....
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Soul healing music ! Lobe ot, ansolitely peaceful. I couldn't love you more .
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Healing powerful and graceful
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Sade is the best...Hands down...love her...
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SADE is AMAZING! Powerful
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LOVE IS FOUND.
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A true Goddess that did it and is doing it her way a living legend that speaks her truth an artist that broght me to my knees when she sang a song that touched my soul then had me singing and grovin to the beat feelin it for all these years felt like an eternity timeless is her music thank you
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classic
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♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
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Seen her in 2001, Lovers Rock concert San Diego. Amazing!!
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Touring in the bed
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Healing,myst e r y and intriguing that special lover�������
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Powerful, her music has produced many children
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When is she touring again��
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Miss you Sade
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