Today is the 57th birthday of British singer, songwriter and producer Sade Adu.
I’ve been a fan of Sade’s since the 1980’s when Diamond Life was released. The band Sade have released six studio albums/cds including Diamond Life, Promise, Stronger Than Pride, Lovers Rock, Love Deluxe and Soldier of Love.
Sade has so many great songs that it’s difficult to say which one is my favorite. But one of my favorites was never released as a single. Maureen is from her Promise album/cd. Love this song.
Will Sade ever release a new cd? Who knows. Just glad I own all of her music. Check out Soldier of Love from her last cd Soldier of Love which was released in 2010. Yes six years since her last cd.
The New York Times has a really nice article about Sade. Just in time for the release of her new cd Soldier Of Love. The cd will be released tomorrow. I pre-ordered through Amazon.com and it’s already on it’s way. But with Mother Nature acting up around here who knows when UPS will deliver it to me, lol.
A Reluctant Return to the Spotlight
By JON PARELES
WHEN a man from a radio station asked Sade what she had been doing in the 10 years between albums, she told him, “I’ve been in a cave, and I just rolled the boulder out of it.”
She chuckled as she recounted the exchange, with her feet tucked up on the couch at her Georgian house in the north London neighborhood of Islington.
A January rain pelted the trees outside the window of the second-story drawing room, atop a graciously curving staircase. Sade, a slender figure in black pants and a black V-neck sweater, made things cozy, feeding kindling to a crackling fire in the hearth. An interview about her new album, “Soldier of Love” (Epic) — only her sixth studio album dating back to her 1984 debut, and due for release on Tuesday — stretched into a four-hour conversation.
“I’ve got absolutely no real perception, properly, of time,” said Sade, 51, who was born Helen Folasade Adu in Ibadan, Nigeria. Her father was a Nigerian university teacher of economics; her mother was an English nurse, and raised her in rural England after the couple divorced. Sade’s speaking voice is even lower than the husky alto in her songs, the elegantly subdued ballads that have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.
Sade’s hits, like “Smooth Operator,” “No Ordinary Love” and “The Sweetest Taboo,” were ubiquitous through the 1980s and 1990s, purring out of radios and lending ambience to countless lounges, restaurants and boutiques. Sade emerged in the music-video era (her debut album, “Diamond Life,” appeared a year after Madonna’s did), when many pop stars believe they need maximum media exposure to sustain a career. Instead Sade has hung back, letting the songs alone define her. It’s a decision that may, in the end, make her more cherished. Fans have not forgotten her; preorder made “Soldier of Love” No. 2 on the Amazon sales chart last week.
You can read the entire article here at the New York Times.
NEW YORK, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ — The wait is now over. Epic Records is pleased to announce the release of SOLDIER OF LOVE, the highly anticipated new body of work from SADE. SOLDIER OF LOVE — which will be released WORLDWIDE on February 8, 2010 — is Sade’s first official studio album since the multi-platinum release of Lovers Rock in 2000.
Known for their one of a kind timeless sound, Sade has enjoyed phenomenal success both internationally and stateside throughout the span of their twenty-five year career. Since the release of their debut album, Diamond Life in 1984, the band has seen all five of their studio albums land in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart selling a total of more than 50 million albums worldwide to date. They’ve been nominated for American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and have won three Grammy Awards — first in 1986 for Best New Artist, then in 1994 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group for “No Ordinary Love”, and again in 2002 for Best Pop Vocal Album with Lovers Rock.
SOLIDER OF LOVE was recorded in England and produced by the band and their longtime collaborator Mike Pela.
It’s been almost ten years since her last cd Lovers Rock. I guess I can wait another two months 🙂
It was announced that her latest cd would be released on November 24 and of course I was thrilled. The info came from the site Sade2009.com. I wanted to post about this today but did a google and found out that the site is not her official site and according to Billboard and Sade’s label Sony there is no set date but they hope to have a cd released by the end of the year.
Monica Herrera and David J. Prince, N.Y.
Sade Adu, the reclusive “quiet storm” soul signer who takes notoriously long breaks between releases, has regrouped with the band that bears her name and is recording her first album of new material since 2000’s “Lovers Rock,” Billboard.com sources confirm. The group is in the studio through June and Sony hopes to put the record out by the end of 2009 though, despite rumors, there is no set release date on the calendar.
“She is in the studio and the album will come when it is ready,” a source at Sony tells Billboard. “You don’t wait for years for one and then rush it.”
Sade’s longtime bandmate Stuart Matthewman, a.k.a. Cottonbelly, also confirms that new material is in progress, though he says the project is still in its “early days” and won’t be close to finished until “later in the year.”
The Billboard article also mentions the rumor that surfaced on sade2009.com and that Sony denies any connection to that site. Billboard contacted the site owner who was adamant about his information but the site owner later updated the information. According to Sony the release date for Sade’s new cd is unknown.
Damn, and I was so excited. I’ve been a huge fan of Sade since the mid 80’s after seeing her Smooth Operator video and buying her debut album Diamond Life. I own all of her music and I still have the Diamond Life video which contains videos to all her hits from her Diamond Life cd. I’m so ole skool 😉
Sade was on a roll with her first 3 albums during the 80’s. Diamond Life, Promise and Stronger Than Pride were released within a four year time span. After Stronger Than Pride, which was released in 1988, Love Deluxe wasn’t released until 1992. Sade fans had to wait 8 years for her fifth cd Lovers Rock to be released in 2000. Why does she do this to us, lol?
Anyway I’m still waiting for new music from you Ms. Adu!!
Check out the new official Sade website.
Maureen is one of my favorite Sade songs.