Sade Picks Up Two American Music Awards Nominations
Michael Buble earned a nomination for Favorite Artist, Adult Contemporary music. He will be up against Train and Lady Antebellum.
Eminem and Lady Antebellum lead the way with five nominations each, while Justin Bieber followed with four and B.o.B, Katy Perry, Ke$ha and Usher each took three.
Nominees are determined by radio airplay and retail sales, while members of the public determine the winners through online voting. The awards ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 21 and broadcast on ABC. A red carpet pre-show co-hosted by pop music and Broadway veteran Lance Bass can be viewed on abc.com and ustream.tv.Online voting is at amavote.com or ama.abc.com - Story by Brian Soergel
Sade Returns to North American Stage for First Time in a Decade
Sade will perform more than 50 concerts in top arenas across North America. It marks her first tour since 2001, when more than 1 million fans saw her on stage.
It was in February of this year that Sade released “Soldier of Love,” the first since “Lovers Rock” in November 2000. It debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with 501,655 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was also #1 in 10 additional countries. The CD, which has now achieved Platinum status, features the hit singles “Soldier of Love,” “Babyfather” and “The Moon and the Sky.”
“Soldier of Love” was recorded in England and produced by Sade and her band called Sweetback – featuring Stuart Matthewman, Paul Denman and Andrew Hale and their long-time collaborator Mike Pela.
06/16 Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena (on sale 10/16)
A Disappointing Return for Sade
Not to be taken lightly, Sade, the lady and band, has only released 6 albums of original music but stand as one of the most successful musical outlets of the last 25 years. Staying power is rare but Sade certainly has it and her voice, even on this album, is the stuff of angels. Still haunting, peaceful and distinctive, it's a quality that's truly rare in music and it's as captivating as the sirens song.
The album kicks off with “The Moon and the Sky” which, without comparisons to the past, sounds like a garden-variety album track from a generic Smooth Jazz vocalist but it’s still drop-dead boring and gloomy at that. More
Sade Goes Platinum After Only One Month in Stores
The singer just released ‘Baby Father’ as the second single from the CD. She says it’s the track that’s getting tons of reaction from fans.''If you're only making an album every 10 years, it better be good,'' Sade says. On her tunes being about ‘dark nights of the soul’ the singer says, ''If it's like a lighthouse to guide someone past the rocks, that's a great thing.” – by John Beaudin
Sade Is Queen Again
“I only make records when I feel I have something to say,” says the singer, “I’m not interested in releasing music just for the sake of selling something. Sade is not a brand.” Interestingly, even though the singer has been accused of “sounding the same from album to album” she says, "I never want to repeat myself. And that becomes a more interesting challenge for us the longer we carry on together”.
Sade also says she’s uneasy with fame. She told The Star newspaper, “I’m uneasy with fame so I do my best to avoid places that will bring me more attention.”
“I’ve made sacrifices. I’m not anti-fashion but I’ve always had a bit of a punk attitude. That’s important, I think. I do my own thing.” – by John Beaudin
Sade Set to Return After Nine Year Break
The reclusive singer is expected to be in the studio most of this month with long time bandmate Stuart Matthewman, a.k.a. Cottonbelly.
Billboard Magazine quotes a Sony records source as saying, "She is in the studio and the album will come when it is ready, You don't wait for years for one and then rush it."
The album is in its early stages.
If the project is good Sade will be introduced to a whole new crop of music fans, which were probably too young to remember who she was but staying out of the public eye for so long can also breed indifference among fans. Luckily for Sade her last “Lovers Rock” sold 3.9 million copies in the U.S. alone, the one before that 1992’s “Love Deluxe” sold 3.4 and her first project “Diamond Life” sold an amazing 17 million. – By John Beaudin
To Return to The Studio in 2005