Sade’s Soldier of Love tops US charts
The R&B band debuted their latest album Soldier of Love at number one on the US pop album chart on Wednesday last week, knocking Lady Antebellum from the pole position. Selling over 502,000 copies of the album in its first week, Sade have hit the best sales for a group since AC/DC’s album Black Ice was released in 2008.
According to Nielson SoundScan, the band hit their record sales week ending February 14, the end of the week they dropped the album. The band’s last album to reach number one was Promise in 1986 where it spent two weeks in the top position. Soldier of Love comes ten years after their previous album Lovers Rock which debuted at No.3 on the Billboard 200 in November 2000.
Unlike many other lead vocalist/ writers, Sade Adu only releases an album or writes music when she feels she has something to say. “I’m not interested in releasing music just for the sake of selling something. Sade is not a brand,” says the singer. Taking ten years between albums, the songwriter has lots to sing about.
Despite all the great reviews and obvious sales statistics, Sade, the vocalist, doesn’t believe she’s got the “X factor”. In a recent interview with, she insisted that if she auditioned for popular Brit television show X Factor, she wouldn’t get Simon Cowell’s stamp of approval. The star though believes, though, that there is more than one way to launch a singing career besides the American Idol judge’s opinion.
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