10 Bands You Thought Were One Person

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-By Frank Donovan

Listen up–’cause we’re about to save you a lot of embarrassment. There are some bands out there with names that mislead us into thinking they’re solo acts. But they’re NOT. When groups are named for the lead singer and/or said lead singer is the only prominent member among rarely seen bandmates (think Sade), things get confusing.

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Sade’s Diamond Life Turns 30: Hear The Band Reveal The True Story Behind Its Origin

30 years ago this week the English group Sade released their worldwide smash hit debut album Diamond Life. Coming out at the height of the slick, glitzy, video-driven R&B era – as typified by Michael Jackson and Prince – the album’s chill grooves and lush melodies seduced listeners and announced the arrival of a new, uniquely British style of soul music. Read more…

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Smooth Operator: Sade Guitarist Stuart Matthewman Debuts New Band Twin Danger

What’s your second musical act when your first record is one of the most successful debut albums of all time? Very few musicians get to ask themselves this question but such is the quandary of Grammy winning songwriter and musician Stuart Matthewman of famed UK pop soul world beat wonders Sade. His new musical venture Twin Danger has just been signed to Decca Records/Universal Music Classics and is performing tonight at New York’s Marquee, in a special showcase hosted by neo-soul heartthrob Maxwell. Read more…


We Love P!nk For Admitting She’s The Drama Queen In Her Marriage

P!nk may dwell in the territory better known as rebellion, but when it comes to her daughter Willow, she gushes so hard there’s not one trace of hardness. To promote The Truth About Love, which is projected to hit the Billboard charts at No.1, P!nk stopped by The View to talk motherhood and marriage. Seeing her baby girl’s image on the flat screen behind her caused P!nk to squirm, “Oh my god she’s so pretty.” Little Willow is already following in her mom’s footsteps with the one eyebrow raised look. “She’s got my attitude and his looks,” said P!nk. “She’s going to take over the world.” And when Willow rolls her eyes for the first time Carey Hart will put P!nk over his knee since she’s obviously to blame. Read more…

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Why Sade Is Earning More Than Adele In The US

On Monday we reported Billboard’s top music earners of 2011, and there were more than a few surprises. One in particular was Adele coming in at number 10 — which The Guardian has also pinpointed as a notable occurrence, given that 80s-90s star Sade came in at number 6, making her England’s biggest music export to the US. And all this despite Adele’s staggering US chart success and multiple Grammy wins. The Guardian says, “What’s really surprising is that the No 1 British act in America isn’t Elton John or Paul McCartney or any of those obvious British behemoths abroad (although Irish band U2 did come in higher and Coldplay haven’t released anything recently). Nor is it a young stealth interloper such as Mumford & Sons. It is, in fact, Sade, who many of you will have forgotten decades ago.”

Sade made a comeback in 2010, including new album, greatest hits album and a tour, and for one reason or another — The Guardian cites Sade’s culturally ambiguous looks and the “sophistication” her music embodies — the soulful singer found a huge following in the US, which incidentally also dwarfed her comeback in the UK. The Guardian points to Billboard’s ominous opinion of Sade’s comeback, “It’s been 10 years since Sade released an album, but be forewarned – the giant has awoken.” Indeed, last year Sade made $16.4 million from combined album and ticket sales, while Adele’s sales, especially in the tour sector, were hampered by her throat surgery and late-year commitment cancellations.

The Guardian opines on Sade’s success, and throws her up as the antithesis of Adele; “The music industry still talks in hallowed tones about “cracking America”, something Adele has done with huge impact, but when Sade did it, she wasn’t so obviously British. She didn’t court the chatshow circuit with a gobby accent in the way that Adele does, so her speaking voice went largely unheard.” The publication quotes journalist Paul Simper who agrees, “Her Englishness was never a selling point. CBS just wanted to sign her and build her up to be somebody like Whitney, get her a professional studio band, but she resolutely stuck to her guns and stayed with the band from London she’d always had. And she still has – she’s always done it on her terms. Being successful in America didn’t involve any compromise or sounding any more American; her sound was always the same throughout.” Ineed, Sade has been a surprising alternative to Adele — and an unexpected candidate to usurp her throne as America’s favorite Brit.

Why Sade Is Biggest In The Us Than Adele [The Guardian]

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Sade’s Ultimate Collection to Feature Collaboration With Jay-Z


Just over a year after the release of Sade‘s most recent album Soldier of Love, Epic has compiled the 2-CD Ultimate Collection, coming May 3. The first disc largely replicates 1994’s quadruple-platinum The Best of Sade, but the second disc, in addition to five tracks and a b-side from Lovers Rock and three tracks from Soldier of Love, includes four new recordings: Thin Lizzy cover “Still In Love With You,” two new original tracks (“Love Is Found” and “I Would Never Have Guessed”) and a new remix of “The Moon and the Sky” featuring Jay-Z, the latter of which you can hear below:

Sade is no stranger to hip-hop collaborations; in 2001 alone she sang the hook on Krayzie Bone‘s single “Hard Time Hustlin’,” while her band’s own single “By Your Side” was remixed by The Neptunes. And “Moon and the Sky” is a hot track even before the stripped-down, added-low-end remix. But Jay-Z’s verse is fascinating. Outside of the framework of best-rapper braggadocio, he gets back to his storytelling roots and can really shine. Or maybe he just does a really really great Andre 3000 impression. Either way, it’s a great verse.