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Billboard Listed Sade at #34 on Their “Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years” List.

November 19, 2010

Smooth jazz band Sade (led by Nigerian-British vocalist Helen Folasade Adu) was listed at #34 on Billboard’s Top 50 Hip-Hop/R&B Artist of the Past 25 Years list.

The smooth sounds of the group Sade (led by vocalist Sade Adu) have been haunting the Billboard charts since their debut in 1984 with the single “Hang On To Your Love.” Since then, the act has earned eight top 10 hits, including their most recent, “Soldier of Love.” It was the title track from their 2010 album — its first new studio effort in nearly 10 years. “Soldier” was the group’s first No. 1 R&B/Hip-Hop Album since “Promise” reigned for 11 frames in 1986. On the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally, Sade’s (so far) lone No. 1 came with “Paradise” in 1988. BILLBOARD

The 1988 hit song appeared on the group’s best-selling disc, Stronger Than Pride.

Sade: Paradise

Sade: Hang Onto Your Love

Arguably if this list was focus on the smooth jazz genre the group would  have ranked much higher. nonetheless making the list at #34 is quite impressive. On the music front, the group recently announced plans to launch their first European and US tour. Not doubt the group would perform songs from their latest album, Soldier of Love, to their 1984 debut, Diamond Life.

Sade – Soldier of Love

Sade 2011 North American tour dates:

Jun 16: Baltimore, Md., 1st Mariner Arena
Jun 19: Philadelphia, Pa., Wells Fargo Center
Jun 21: Uniondale, N.Y., Nassau Coliseum
Jun 24: East Rutherford, N.J., Izod Center
Jun 28: Toronto, Ont., Air Canada Centre
Jun 30: Montreal, Q.C., Bell Centre
Jul 06: Boston, Mass., TD Garden
Aug 05: Chicago, Ill., United Center
Aug 19: Los Angeles, Calif, Staples Center

Sade 2011 European Tour Dates:

Friday 27 May M.E.N. Arena, Manchester
Sunday 29 May LG Arena, Birmingham
Tuesday 31 May The O2 Arena, London

For those wondering who made the list and where they rank, head over to BILLBOARD.COM to  find out who made #1 !



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