Sade (Group w/ singer of same performance name)

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Formed out of the ashes of jazz group Pride, this band had critical and commercial success with the album Diamond Life and several singles. From 1984, the record deal was solely in the name of Helen Folasade Adu, the charismatic singer, but her backing band remained intact for several releases.

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Sade (/ʃɑːˈd/ shah-DAY) are an English band formed in London in 1982. However, three of their members were originally from Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Sade Adu is the lead singer of the eponymous band. Their music features elements of soul, R&B, jazz, soft rock, and funk.

Sade's debut studio album Diamond Life, was released in 1984, reaching No. 2 in the UK Album Chart, selling over 1.2 million copies in the UK, and won the Brit Award for Best British Album in 1985. The album was also a hit internationally, reaching No. 1 in several countries and the Top Ten in the US where it has sold in excess of 4 million copies. In late 1985, Sade released their second studio album Promise, which peaked at No. 1 in both the UK and the US. It was certified double platinum in the UK, and quadruple platinum in the US. In 1986 Sade won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Their 2000 fifth studio album, Lovers Rock, won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. Sade's sixth studio album Soldier of Love, was released on 8 February 2010, and peaked at No. 4 in the UK, and No. 1 in the US. In 2011, the band won their fourth Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Sade's US certified sales so far stand at 23.5 million units according to Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and have sold more than 75 million records worldwide to date. The band were ranked at No. 50 on VH1's list of the "100 greatest artists of all time."

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Year Title RatingReleases
1984 Diamond Life 3.5 11
1985 Promise 4 11
1988 Stronger Than Pride 3 7
1992 Love Deluxe 3.65 7
1999 Lovers Rock 4.65 9
2008 Grand Collection 5 1
2010 Soldier of Love 4 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1994 The Best of Sade 4.75 8
1999 Best for Love 1
2011 The Ultimate Collection 5 3
Best Of 1
Greatest Hits 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Live & Alive 1
2012 Bring Me Home | Live 2011 4.5 3
Live in Paris 1994 1
The Lady Sings (Love Deluxe World Tour 1993) 1

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
The Best of Remixes 1
Unreleased Dance Mixes 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1983 Your Love is King 1
1984 Smooth Operator 1
1988 Paradise 1
1988 Paradise (remix) / Super Bien Total 2
1992 No Ordinary Love 1
1992 Feel No Pain 1
1992 Kiss of Life 1
2000 By Your Side 3
2001 King of Sorrow 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Downtempo Mixes 3 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Cherish The Day 1
2001 Live 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2002 Lovers Live 4


Year Title RatingReleases
1993 The Remix Deluxe 1

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