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When singer Sade and her band of the same name were establishing themselves, their record company, Epic, made a point of printing "Pronounced Shar-day" on the record labels of their releases. Soon enough, the music had no problem with the correct pronunciation. With the breakthrough Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten single "Smooth Operator" propelling the debut Sade album, Diamond Life, to the same spot on the Billboard 200 chart in 1985, the band fast came to epitomize soulful, adult-oriented, sophisti-pop. Though only five more studio albums would follow in the next 25 years, the band's following abated only slightly, and each release was treated like a long-awaited public return of a mysterious yet beloved diva. Born Helen Folasade Adu in Ibadan, Nigeria, about 50 miles from Lagos, Sade was the daughter of an African father and an English mother. After her mother returned to England, Adu grew up on the North End of London. Developing a good singing voice in her teens, Adu worked part-time jobs in and outside of the music business. She listened to Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and Billie Holiday, and studied fashion design at St. Martin's School of Art in London while also doing some modeling on the side. Around 1980, she started singing harmony with a Latin funk group called Arriva. One of the more popular numbers that the group performed was an Adu original co-written with bandmember Ray St. John, "Smooth Operator." The following year, she joined the eight-piece funk band Pride as a background singer. Pride's opening acts often featured members of the band in different combinations. Pride and their off-shoots performed often around London and stirred up record company interest. Initially, the labels wanted to sign only Sade -- technically a trio featuring Adu, Stuart Matthewman, and Paul Denman -- while the whole of Pride wanted a deal. The members of Pride not involved in the Sade trio eventually told Adu, Matthewman, and Denman to go ahead and sign a deal. Adding keyboardist Andrew Hale, Sade signed to the U.K. division of Epic Records. The band's debut album, Diamond Life (with overall production by Robin Millar), went Top Ten in the U.K. in late 1984. January 1985 saw the album released on CBS' Portrait label, and by spring, it had gone platinum on the strength of the Top Ten singles "Smooth Operator" and "Hang On to Your Love." The second album, Promise (1985), featured "Never as Good as the First Time" and "The Sweetest Taboo," the latter of which stayed on the U.S. Hot 100 for six months. Sade was so popular that some radio stations reinstated the '70s practice of playing album tracks, adding "Is It a Crime" and "Tar Baby" to their playlists. In 1986, Sade won a Grammy for Best New Artist. Sade's third album was 1988's Stronger Than Pride, and featured their first number one single on the U.S. R&B chart, "Paradise," as well as "Nothing Can Come Between Us" and "Keep Looking." The fourth Sade album didn't appear for four years: 1992's Love Deluxe continued the unbroken streak of multi-platinum Sade albums, spinning off the hits "No Ordinary Love," "Feel No Pain," and "Pearls." Matthewman, Denman, and Hale went on to other projects, including the low-key Sweetback, which released a self-titled album in 1996. Matthewman also played a major role in the development of Maxwell's career, providing instrumentation and production work for the R&B singer's first two albums. Sade eventually reconvened to issue Lovers Rock in 2000. The lead single "By Your Side" was a moderate hit, peaking at number 18 on the adult contemporary chart; the following summer, Sade embarked on their first tour in more than a decade and sold out many dates across America. In early 2002, they celebrated the tour's success by releasing a live album and DVD, Lovers Live. They resurfaced in late 2009 with "Soldier of Love," the lead single for the album of the same title, released the following year. In the U.S., Soldier of Love debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 500,000 copies during its first week. Another live set, Bring Me Home, followed in 2012. ~ Ed Hogan
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Stations Featuring

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    Smooth Jazz
    14 songs

    Jazz Mix

    Jazz Mix
    6 songs

    Classic Soul

    Classic Soul
    3 songs

    Grown Folks Music

    Grown Folks Music
    7 songs

    Sailing Away

    3 songs

    Love Songs

    3 songs

    Classic Love Songs

    1 song

    Electronic Chill

    2 songs

    Latin Oldies

    1 song

    Awesome '80s

    1 song

    R&B Smooth Jams

    2 songs

    R&B and Soul Mix

    2 songs

    Gay Anthems

    2 songs

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Smooth Operator
  3.   The Sweetest Taboo
  4.   No Ordinary Love
  5.   By Your Side
  6.   Soldier of Love
  7.   Your Love Is King
  8.   Hang on to Your Love
  9.   The Moon and the Sky
  10.   Lovers Rock
  11.   Is It a Crime
  12.   Paradise
  13.   Kiss of Life
  14.   Never as Good as the First Time
  15.   Babyfather
  16.   Love Is Stronger Than Pride
  17.   Still in Love with You
  18.   When Am I Going to Make a Living
  19.   Nothing Can Come Between Us
  20.   Cherish the Day
  21.   Keep Looking
  22.   Bullet Proof Soul
  23.   Feel No Pain
  24.   I Never Thought I'd See the Day
  25.   Maureen
  26.   Jezebel
  27.   King of Sorrow
  28.   Flow
  29.   Pearls
  30.   I Will Be Your Friend
  31.   Cherish the Day
  32.   Like a Tattoo
  33.   Siempre Hay Esperanza
  34.   Why Can't We Live Together
  35.   Love Is Found
  36.   I Couldn't Love You More
  37.   Frankie's First Affair
  38.   Long Hard Road
  39.   All About Our Love
  40.   Haunt Me
  41.   Please Send Me Someone to Love
  42.   Fear
  43.   Skin
  44.   In Another Time
  45.   Be That Easy
  46.   It's Only Love That Gets You Through
  47.   Give It Up
  48.   Cherry Pie
  49.   Bring Me Home
  50.   Slave Song
  51.   Tar Baby
  52.   Punch Drunk
  53.   War of the Hearts
  54.   Sally
  55.   You're Not the Man
  56.   I Would Never Have Guessed
  57.   Immigrant
  58.   Somebody Already Broke My Heart
  59.   Mermaid
  60.   Turn My Back on You
  61.   Like A Taboo
  62.   Mr. Wrong
  63.   Clean Heart
  64.   The Sweetest Gift
  65.   Nichos Sencillos Colectivos
  66.   Hain
  67.   Morning Bird
  68.   Every Word
  69.   The Safest Place
  70.   Lola
  71.   Mississippi
  72.   Nichos Colectivos
  73.   Kutup Yıldızı
  74.   Y Nos Comeran
  75.   Gözü Sende
  76.   Sanma ki
  77.   Quiero Ir a Vivir al Corte Ingles

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