Here’s what Billboard.com reported on the chart topping singer:
Nearly 10 years after the group’s last studio effort, Sade is back with “Soldier of Love,” blasting in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 502,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. “Solder of Love” gives Sade its first No. 1 debut and its best sales week since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. On top of that, it’s the best sales week for an album by a group since AC/DC’s “Black Ice” bulldozed into the chart at No. 1 on the chart dated Nov. 8, 2008, with 784,000.
“Soldier” is Sade’s second No. 1 album. Its first, “Promise,” spent two weeks at the top of the chart in 1986. The new album is also the first studio effort from the band — led by vocalist Sade Adu — since “Lovers Rock” was released in November of 2000. That set debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 370,000 sold in its first week. Since its release, “Lovers Rock” has sold 3.9 million in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
All told, Sade has notched eight top 10 albums in a row on the Billboard 200 — its entire output of albums, which stretches back to its “Diamond Life” debut in 1985. That total includes its six studio sets, one greatest hits (“The Best Of”) and one live recording (“Lovers Live”). With that feat of eight top 10s, Sade is the first group since Led Zeppelin to see its first eight charting albums all reach the top 10. Led Zeppelin actually did it with its first 10 albums — from 1969 with its self-titled No. 10-peaking set, up until 1983 when “Coda” topped out at No. 6.
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