After a decade out of the spotlight, Sade's eighth album, Soldier Of Love exploded onto the charts in February and instantly made music history. The album ranked in the top 10 among Billboard's 200 making them the first group since Led Zeppelin to hold this accomplishment. The attention grabbing first single "Soldier of Love" made radio history debuting at # 11 on the Urban Hot AC chart, making it the highest debut of the decade and the third highest all-time on the Urban Hot AC chart. "Soldier of Love" also debuted at # 5 on the Smooth Jazz airplay chart while also becoming the first ever vocal to hit # 1 on the Smooth Jazz Top 20 Countdown. Now on the heels of an epic year for Sade, the band's platinum selling Soldier Of Love, marks another milestone today by garnering two Grammy nominations for Best Pop Vocal by a Group for "Babyfather" and Best R&B Vocal by a Group for "Soldier of Love". Holding down the top spot on the charts for three weeks upon its release, the critically acclaimed album takes its rightful place among the vast collection of iconic Sade albums.
Entertainment Weekly featured Soldier Of Love in their "Must List" and gave the album an "A", Rolling Stone wrote, "it's unimpeachably excellent," and The Boston Globe calls it, "a rich and rewarding album." But the accolades don't stop there. Associated Press raved, "like a long-ago lover not quite forgotten, Sade has returned to steal our hearts with more beautiful, uncategorizable music," Billboard was quoted as saying, "it's been 10 years since Sade released an album, but be forewarned – the giant has awoken," while People Magazine reminds us that "Sade remains the voice of comfort to the wounded heart."
Sade recently announced their highly anticipated return to the world's stage. The North American leg, produced by Live Nation, begins on June 16th, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland at the 1st Mariner's Arena. Tickets are on sale at LiveNation.com.
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.