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Helen Folasade Adu (Yoruba: Fọláṣadé Adú [fɔ̄láʃādé ādú]; born 16 January 1959), known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade ( shah-DAY), is a Nigerian-born British singer, songwriter, and actress, known as the lead singer of her eponymous band. One of the most successful British female artists in history, she is often recognised as an influence on contemporary music. Her influence on music was recognised in the UK with an award of the OBE in 2002, and a CBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours.Born in Ibadan, Nigeria, and brought up partly in Essex, England, from the age of four, Sade studied at Saint Martin's School of Art in London and gained modest recognition as a fashion designer and part-time model, prior to joining the band Pride in the early 1980s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sade has received more than 338,572 page views. Her biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Sade is the 309th most popular singer (down from 234th in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Nigeria and the most popular Nigerian Singer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 340k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 66.96

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 51

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.34

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.75

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, Sade ranks 309 out of 3,541Before her are Edita Gruberová, Andy Williams, David Byron, Boy George, Ornella Vanoni, and Eric Adams. After her are Mahalia Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Mylène Farmer, Perry Como, Ariana Grande, and Rita Pavone.

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Among people born in 1959, Sade ranks 43Before her are Kelly Lynch, Christian Wulff, Vincent D'Onofrio, Morten Harket, Richie Sambora, and Ving Rhames. After her are Per Gessle, Sam Raimi, Victoria Abril, Ramón Díaz, Rigoberta Menchú, and Michael P. Anderson.

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In Nigeria

Among people born in Nigeria, Sade ranks 8 out of 200Before her are Dr. Alban (1957), Hugo Weaving (1960), Muhammadu Buhari (1942), Chinua Achebe (1930), Fela Kuti (1938), and Tony Allen (1940). After her are Hakeem Olajuwon (1963), Usman dan Fodio (1754), Olusegun Obasanjo (1937), Olaudah Equiano (1745), Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941), and Jay-Jay Okocha (1973).

Among SINGERS In Nigeria

Among singers born in Nigeria, Sade ranks 1