Her elusiveness is infamous.
Ever since “Your Love is King” first hit the air in 1984, Sade Adu has cultivated an air of mystery.
Between her graceful physical presence and identifiably smoky voice, the British-Nigerian singer-songwriter is a musical icon despite the rarity of her appearances.
Last year, she released “Soldier of Love,” only her sixth studio effort in more than 25 years.
Her absence clearly made her fans’ love for her stronger, as the CD defied current industry trends by selling more than 500,000 copies its first week.
It also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart – a first for Sade in the U.S.
On May 3, Sade and her self-named band begin a tour in Europe that will then snake through America from June to September. It’s their first major road outing in a decade, and, much as with “Solider of Love,” fans have demonstrated that they’ve missed her tremendously.
Already, arena stops in Chicago, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Oakland and Atlanta have sold out,