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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

Need help putting on your uniform cause take it off will make you late.before you put top own let me massage your chest with my mouth,only too keep the taste of you on my lips while you away from me.
ldspoon
This is life…she is life...
It's a crime not to like Sade Hell Yeah!!!
Sade is the most beautiful girl that can sing so sexy
Clean bass line
Finsh it causes i can't end this pandora thing.
kevin-burns9
God bless!! MS SADE Love isking so romantic composed please keep singing Sade luv u!!!pkb45
I don't no how many comments I have made on Sade love her n that's just facts period!
Slow music is not my thing but I love Sade and her singing there's something about her voice it takes me to a better place to be
Beautiful voice.
greentealee1 2 3 4
Sade hands down is a timeless artist.
Harm you like hurting myself ....this love too strong. ..i couldn't bear a day watching you in pain.
lashondaw25
love is stronger then pride damit i hope i find it.......... . . cause pride winning lol
lashondaw25
I breath this song
Like to get nasty when I listen to her
Thanks adu ur music cheered my heart up in1985 ur great &Beautiful.
Sade one of the best female artists ever... Her music is smooth and sexual..
Sade's music takes me to another world. Her music is timeless. Unlike most artists today, Sade makes REAL MUSIC.
cole21z
Nice
I'll always transported to a wonderful place each time I listen to Sade. Such beautiful silky voice ever....
Sade is the best .her voice is breath taking and very classy performances . Love her band they all go together. Thank you for sharing your beautiful talent with us.
her voice is so soothing, relaxing
I love this lady and my friend looks just like her but I like her music
lhs7680
A beautiful angelic and peaceful voice that can give comfort.
didnt know the whole band was called Sade. dope sauce
cheryl_spann
I love everything Sade has done.
I just love her music
I have always love Sade. The best chill music ever
Love this song!!!! Couldn't love you more!! So beautiful takes me on a mind trip to beautiful places..
billcase2
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billcase2
I love it!
No other artist compares to Sade.
Simply the BEST.
When I laid eyes on you....aye yi yi yi yiiiii - Kiss of Life. OMG I love their music.
He led me to you!
Love song bring back Momories !
Where are the lyrics?
I love Sade songs make fell good on days like this
Love her music..... It is sooooo relaxing and it always sets the mood.... Thanx sade
you can feel the heat and passion from her voice and the strum of the bass
This world is far from perfect! However, when listening to this great artist do her thing, it both breaks my heart and builds it back up in the very same breadth. Much love to Sade.
Listening to this music it takes me back for the first time I feeling in love with someone
Is It A Crime ... favorite, hands down.
My favorite SADE song is Pearls. Listening to it one day can make me sad, but another day it can make me so joyful and happy.
In Memory of Greg Cole my sole mate.
dragonlady60 8 8
Safes voice is amazing and it gets rid of Mý stress Ty
dragonlady60 8 8
Love this lady.......s m o o t h operator.... .
From her toes to her nose.perfect i o n . i want you in my life.....hug s . . . d
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