Adele may have taken home a boatload of Grammys and sold more albums than any other artist last year but she’s still being beaten in ticket sales by a veteran soul act: Sade. According to the Daily Mail, Sade remains a bigger draw in the US:
The sleepy part of Gloucestershire where Eighties singer Sade has maintained a reclusive existence since 2005 is not exactly known for its celebrities. But that is just the way the reticent singer likes it.
Preferring days spent weeding, planting and lugging a wheelbarrow around her immaculate garden, few notice her as she browses for bulbs and seeds in her local garden centre, without a scrap of make-up and dressed in scruffy baggy cords, a fleece and a headscarf.
Yet, although to some Sade’s brand of cool jazz might seem as Eighties as brick-sized mobile phones and frizzy perms, she has quietly established herself as our most recognisable and money-spinning musical export — bagging a new breed of adoring and powerful acolytes such as rappers Kanye West and Jay-Z who appeared on her latest album, The Ultimate Collection
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