How much is Sade Adu worth?

Net Worth:$75 Million
Profession:Professional Singer
Date of Birth:January 16, 1959
Country:Nigeria-born English
1.7 m

Who Is Sade Adu

Sade Adu or simply Sade is an English singer and songwriter who is best known as the lead singer the band, Sade.

English singer, songwriter, and actress Sade Adu has a net worth of $75 million dollars, as of 2020. She is considered one of the most successful British female artists of all time, and as having a major influence on contemporary music in the 21st century.

The members of Sade were originally in a British band called Pride when they broke away from the main group in 1982 for a side project they named Sade, after lead singer Sade Adu. After playing a number of shows in their native United Kingdom as well as the U.S. and elsewhere, the band started receiving attention from the media and record labels. In 1983, the band left Pride behind for good and signed with U.S.-based Portrait Records. Their debut album, Diamond Life, was released in the U.K. in July 1984 and in the U.S. in February 1985.

Early Career

Throughout the early part of the band’s career, their singles and albums were not released at the same time in U.S. as they were in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe. This resulted in Sade having different hits at different times in different parts of the world. In the U.S., the group was most successful from the mid-1980s through the early 1990s, with hits that included the songs “Smooth Operator” from the Diamond Life album, and “Sweetest Taboo” from their 1985 sophomore album, Promise. Each of the group’s first five studio albums sold at least three million copies in America.

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Hiatuses and Returns

Eight years passed between the band’s fourth and fifth studio albums while the members focused on their personal lives and other musical projects. And after the release the fifth album, Lovers Rock, in 2000, the group went on another lengthy hiatus, this time almost 10 years. They emerged in December 2009 with the song “Soldier of Love,” followed by an album of the same name in February 2010. Soldier of Love became the group’s first album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart and also received a Grammy for Best R&B; Performance.


Sade Adu’s first name is actually Helen; Sade is her stage name.
Sade was married to Spanish film director Carlos Pliego from 1989 to 1995. She also has a daughter, Ila Adu, who was born in 1996.
The three musicians in the group, but not Sade Adu herself, have a side band called Sweetback that plays jazz/funk music. Sweetback’s albums have featured various vocalists, including Maxwell, Amel Larrieux and El DeBarge.

Critic: ‘Soldier of Love’

If the biggest R&B; comeback of 2009 was the return of Maxwell, then 2010’s big story is undoubtedly the return of vocalist Sade Adu and her bandmates, guitarist-saxophonist Stuart Matthewman, bassist Paul Denman and keyboardist Andrew Hale. Soldier of Love, released in the U.S. on Feb. 9, 2010, is the group’s first studio album in 10 years, and definitely the group’s best effort in almost two decades. Despite the lengthy hiatus, Sade’s voice sounds as delicately strong as ever and the musicianship is equally delicate, and has the same kind of mature, peaceful dignity that’s always been their trademark.

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Darker Themes

Soldier of Love is Sade’s sixth album, and on the surface it seems highly reminiscent of the material from their late 1980s-early 1990s heyday: there’s songs about the many forms of love throughout the album, and plenty of beautiful melodies. But the difference here is that the lyrics and themes are a little darker here than in the past. One example is the opening track, “The Moon and the Sky,” about a relationship gone bad and the broken-hearted lover who’s been left behind, wondering about what could have been: “Why did you make me cry, why didn’t you come get me one last time?/You’ll always know the reason why/We could have had the moon and the sky,” Sade sings over a melancholy rhythm.

Another example of the album’s darker tone is the fifth song, “Long Hard Road.” Over a sparsely-arranged, mid-tempo melody, Sade sings “There’s a long, hard road ahead,” and has a distinct touch of weariness in her voice. Despite this, though, the lyric continues optimistically: “but a voice inside me says … it’s gonna be alright,” she sings. And although the song’s ultimate message is one of hope, there’s definite touches of sadness in the lyrics and vocals as well as within the music.

Love is Pain

The first single and title track, “Soldier of Love” is perhaps a perfect example of the album’s dual themes of love and pain (and how painful love can sometimes be). The song’s lyrics make it perfectly clear: “I’m at the borderline of my faith, I’m at the hinterland of my devotion/In the frontline of this battle of mine, But I’m still alive/I’m a soldier of love, Every day and night/I’m soldier of love, All the days of my life.” The lyrics make it seem as if she’s fighting for love in both the literal as well as metaphorical senses, and this approach carries even more weight since U.S. troops, British soldiers and other forces are currently fighting very real wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

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Although very melancholy at times, Soldier of Love is a fairly uplifting album that’s filled with gorgeous melodies, sophisticated lyrics and themes, and of course, some of the most beautiful singing you’ll ever hear. There’s an old saying that great art can come from pain and sorrow, and that’s definitely true here. But the album doesn’t indulging in self pity or spend too much time wallowing in sorrow. And as a whole, the album is a celebration of – and tribute to – the power of love.

Selected Discography

2011: The Ultimate Collection (compilation).
2010: Soldier of Love.
2000: Lovers Rock.
1992: Love Deluxe.
1988: Stronger Than Pride.
1985: Promise.
1984: Diamond Life.

Awards Won

2011: Best R&B; Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Grammy for “Soldier of Love.”
2002: Best Pop Vocal Album Grammy for Lovers Rock.
1994: Grammy for Best R&B; Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, for the song “No Ordinary Love.”
1986: Grammy for Best New Artist.
1985: Brit Award for Best British Album, for Diamond Life.

Current members: Sade Adu, vocals; Stuart Matthewman, guitar, saxophone; Paul Denman, bass guitar; Andrew Hale, keyboards.
Former members: Paul Cook, drums, from 1982 to 1984.

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