Again, I’ve seen today’s artist in concert a number of times and, like last week’s Chrissie Hynde, she’s still going strong. I’ve previously featured Sade in Song Lyric Sunday. So I’m going to look at some of her recent work.
Sade‘s sixth studio album, Soldier of Love, was released worldwide in February 2010, her first album in ten years to contain new material. It was a success, debuting atop the Billboard 200 in the US. It Sade’s first album to debut at number-one and her second album to peak at number-one on the chart. Consequently, she became the act with the longest time between number-one albums, as Promise (1985) and Soldier of Love were separated by 24 years, 10 months and 2 weeks.
My chosen track is the first single and title track of the album which peaked at number 52, making it her highest-peaking single on the US charts since 1992’s No Ordinary Love. It won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 53rd Grammy Awards ceremony.
The accompanying music video made its premiere onto the internet via Amazon.com in January 2010. It was directed by British director Sophie Muller and choreographed by Fatima Robinson. The music video, rich in odd symbolism, left many viewers wondering what it meant. It is set in a desert landscape and featured soldiers dancing and marching along the song’s beats and featured Sade in a rodeo-esque style on a white stallion, with smouldering and fiery explosions in the background. Adu said the soldiers in the video represented her emotions in the battle ground of life