Soul vocalist Sade will on Feb. 5 release her first Epic live album, “Lovers Live,” which will be followed Feb. 19 by an accompanying VHS/DVD documenting last year’s tour in support of the set “Lovers Rock.” Both releases were recorded at tour stops in Anaheim and Inglewood, Calif., with the VHS/DVD directed by Sophie Muller, who previously worked with Sade on the videos for “King of Sorrow” and “By Your Side.” The CD and home video are due Feb. 18 internationally.
The 13-track live album features such favorites as “Smooth Operator,” “No Ordinary Love,” and “The Sweetest Taboo” alongside newer cuts such as “By Your Side,” “Sweetest Gift,” and “Slave Song.” The home video has nine additional songs, with the DVD bolstered by a photo gallery, fan messages to Sade, the aforementioned “King of Sorrow” video, and backstage footage.
“Lovers Rock” debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and has been certified triple platinum for U.S. sales of 3 million copies by the Recording Industry Association of America. The set is up for best pop vocal album at the 44th annual Grammy Awards, while “By Your Side” is nominated for best female pop vocal performance. Sade is also up for best British female at the 2002 Brit Awards.
— Jonathan Cohen, N.Y