Sade (Group w/ singer of same performance name)
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.
Sade (/ʃɑːˈdeɪ/ shah-DAY) are an English soul and R&B band formed in London in 1982. However, three of their members were originally from Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Sade is the lead singer of the eponymous band. Their music also features elements of jazz and soft rock.
Sade's debut 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 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 the band won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Their 2000 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 50 million units worldwide to date. The band were ranked at No. 50 on VH1's list of the "100 greatest artists of all time."