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Singles Swap: EW picks new music you'll love

Welcome back to the online edition of Entertainment Weekly‘s Singles Swap. Read on below as we recommend songs similar to the ones you already love:

Lady Gaga: “Born This Way”
Blond art-pop babe leads be-yourself brigade, borrows swagger from Madonna.


Diamond Rings: “I’m Just Me”
Blonde art-pop boy also touts self-esteem, borrows synthesizers from Depeche Mode.


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Sade live -- and stunning as ever -- at New Jersey's Izod Center: An EW concert review

I’ve never seen so many people fill a venue so big to see so little. But then again, Sade’s little is a lot.

Last Friday (June 24) the band, led by veteran British Nigerian songstress Sade Adu, stopped at New Jersey’s Izod Center. She surfaced from beneath the stage just after 9pm, in a sheer black shirt, matching pants and heels, and bathed in purple lighting, to sing her last album’s title track, “Soldier of Love.”

To pack a venue as large as the Izod, one might think that there would be more to Sade than what the audience got that evening. There was no glut of costume changes nor were there any elaborate dance sequences like you’d expect at, say, a Beyoncé concert.  In fact, Sade never even broke a sweat (I was eight rows from the stage, close enough to have seen a bead on her brow or forehead—had there been one).

The beauty of her show was in its simplicity. At 52, Adu is gorgeous and elegant. Her gentle sways and slow struts during “Kiss of Life” were sexier than anything I’ve seen from performers half her age. Her moves were smoother and effortless, not contrived and fixed. READ FULL STORY

Sade's 'Babyfather' video: Watch it here!

Sada-new-clipWe offered you an exclusive 40 second preview yesterday, but now you can watch the entire candy-colored video for Sade’s “Babyfather,” right here, right now. It’s sort of the laid-back, child-centric, domestic chore version of Santana and Rob Thomas’s “Smooth” video, kind of, maybe? All I know is I don’t look like that while I bake. Check it out, after the jump! READ FULL STORY

Sade hangs on to the albums chart's No. 1 spot, followed closely by Lady Antebellum

soldier-of-love-topMemo to all artists planning their next releases: Think twice before dropping your album any time near when Sade has a new one on shelves. The British soul act is ruling the new Billboard 200 albums chart for a third week straight after selling another 127,000 copies of Soldier of Love, according to Nielsen SoundScan. For now, at least, Sade is proving unstoppable.

Lady Antebellum are also doing pretty well for themselves on the charts. Just like last week and the week before, the country trio is close behind Sade at No. 2 with 118,000 copies sold of Need You Now. It remains to be seen whether they can surge back and recapture No. 1, where they resided for two weeks in February, but that prospect is looking less likely by the minute.

The first new entry on this week’s chart is Johnny Cash, whose latest posthumous album, the critical favorite American VI: Ain’t No Grave, checks in at No. 3 with 54,000 sold. With powerhouses like Sade and Lady A still going strong but not much of anything else out there, that’s enough for a solid bronze finish.

Down at No. 10 we find Alkaline Trio, whose This Addiction moved a modest but respectable 26,000. No other new entries made it into the top 20 this week.

What do you think of these results? Did you buy any of these albums last week? How long do you think Sade and Lady Antebellum’s No. 1/No. 2 stalemate can last?

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Sade fends off Lady Antebellum to rule the albums chart again

soldier-of-love-topLast week didn’t see many big-selling new releases arrive in stores, so the battle to win the latest Billboard 200 album sales chart came down to two familiar contenders: Sade, who debuted the previous week with a spectacular 502,000 copies sold, and Lady Antebellum, who have continued to post strong sales since bowing with 481,000 in January.

It was a close match, but in the end Sade took the No. 1 spot again, selling 190,000 copies of their Soldier of Love, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Lady Antebellum was behind with 144,000 units moved of their Need You Now, enough for No. 2 — which puts them over the million-sold mark in a mere month’s time. Both Sade and Lady Antebellum have now shown they can go on drawing six-figure numbers for more than one sales frame. Keep an eye on the charts in the weeks to come to see which act ultimately has more staying power.

Otherwise, as noted, this was a fairly static week on the charts. The Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D. made a small but notable leap from No. 8 to No. 3 after they released a buzzy music video, helping them sell 65,000.

Did you buy any of these albums last week? Surprised by how low or high anyone placed? Sound off in the comments.

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Sade comes roaring back to top the albums chart

Looks like Sade (the band)’s commercial appeal is every bit as timeless as Sade (the lead singer)’s voice: Soldier of Love, the soul act’s first album since 2000, sold a whopping 502,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s more than enough to secure Sade the top spot on the new Billboard 200 albums chart — indeed, it’s the strongest debut anyone has managed since Susan Boyle notched 701,000 last fall. Lady Antebellum, for instance, bowed with a bit less (481,000) last month; this week their Need You Now sold 208,000, falling for the first time to No. 2.

R&B crooner Jaheim scored a No. 3 debut with a very nice 112,000 copies sold of his Another Round. Speaking of rounds, something tells me the next few are on Jaheim! (Sorry, that was a very lame joke.)

Country’s Josh Turner might not know who Rick Astley is, but that shocking fact didn’t stop 85,000 people from buying his Haywire, enough for a No. 5 finish. Turner’s hit single “Why Don’t We Just Dance” no doubt helped boost those sales.

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