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Sade Biography


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Birth Place: London, England
Years Active: 1983–present
Genres: R&B, Sophisti-pop, Soul, Jazz, Soft Rock, Funk, Quiet Storm


Sade is an English band that formed in 1982. The band's music features elements of R&B, soul, jazz, funk and soft rock. The band is named after their British Nigerian lead vocalist, Sade Adu. Sade formed when members of a Latin soul band Pride — Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman, and Paul Spencer Denman — together with Paul Anthony Cook formed a break-away group and began to write their own material. In 1983, Andrew Hale joined the band, though Cook left in 1984.

In February 1984, Sade released their first U.K. single “Your Love Is King” which became the group's highest-charting hit to date, peaking at #6 on the U.K. Singles chart. Their debut album “Diamond Life” was released in July 1984 in the U.K., where it peaked at #2 and was later certified 4x platinum by the BPI. In December 1984, the band released their first U.S. single “Hang on to Your Love,” with the “Diamond Life” album following in February 1985. It peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. A third single, “Smooth Operator,” was also released from the album and as Sade's first Top Ten hit in the U.S., peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. Although “Your Love Is King” remains Sade's biggest hit in the U.K. to date, “Smooth Operator” was the band's breakthrough hit on the U.S. charts, and their most successful single internationally.

In November 1985, Sade released their second album “Promise” in the U.K. and in the U.S. in December. The album peaked at #1 in the U.K. and was certified double platinum by the BPI. In 1986, Sade won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. In 1987, the band was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for “Promise.”

In May 1988, Sade released their third album, “Stronger Than Pride” in the U.K. and in the U.S. in June. The album peaked at #3 on the U.K. Albums chart and has been certified platinum by the BPI. It also reached #7 on the Billboard 200. It was preceded by the single “Paradise” which made the U.K. Top 30 and Top 20 in the U.S.

Sade released their fourth album, “Love Deluxe” in November 1992. The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 and was certified 4× platinum while peaking at #6 on the U.K. Albums chart before being certified gold by the BPI.

In 1993, the band recorded a cover of the Percy Mayfield song “Please Send Me Someone to Love“ for the Academy Award winning film “Philadelphia.” The 1994 Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group was awarded to Sade for “No Ordinary Love,” featured in the 1993 film “Indecent Proposal,” and the lead single from “Love Deluxe.”

In November 1994, the group released their first compilation album, “The Best of Sade.” The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200 and was certified 4× platinum. Shortly after the release, the band went on hiatus.

In November 2000, Sade released their fifth studio album, “Lovers Rock.” Their first album in eight years peaked at #18 in the U.K. marking their only studio album not to make the Top 10, though was certified gold by the BPI. It fared better in the U.S., peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200 and was certified 3× platinum. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2002.

Sade's sixth studio album “Soldier of Love” was released worldwide February 2010, their first album of new material in almost ten years. The album topped the Billboard 200 chart during its debut week and was certified platinum. The album is the band's first #1 album since the 1986 release, “Promise,” which was #1 on the Billboard 200 chart for two consecutive weeks.