Formed 1984.

Group w/ singer of same performance name



Sade ( shah-DAY) are an English soul band formed in London in 1983, although three of their members were originally from Kingston Upon Hull, East Yorkshire. The band was named after their lead singer Sade. Their music features elements of soul, R&B, 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 2002 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.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Ultimate Collection

    The Ultimate Collection 2011

    Reviewed by Lloyd Bradley
    The uniquely British band is rightly celebrated on this fine collection.
  2. Review of Soldier of Love

    Soldier of Love 2010

    Reviewed by Paul Lester
    Sixth album of down-tempo RnB from hermetic soulstress.
  3. Review of Stronger Than Pride

    Stronger Than Pride 1988

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    A confident, post-fame release, full of infectious, hushed musical sophistication.
  4. Review of Diamond Life

    Diamond Life 1984

    Reviewed by Paul Lester
    The debut album that made Helen Folasade Adu a star.
  5. Review of Diamond Life

    Diamond Life 1984

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    The record that graced a million coffee tables still fascinates.
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