❚ BRITISH FANS GET TO SEE the soul singer and former Blitz Kid Sade Adu live on her first UK tour in 18 years at three dates in 2011: Manchester’s MEN Arena on May 27, then Birmingham’s LG Arena May 29 and London’s O2 Arena May 31. Tickets go on sale officially from Oct 18, though today you can find £134 Upper Tier seats at MEN on sale with £24 booking fee through Stereoboard.
The 70-date global tour starts in Europe at Nice on April 29, reaching Dublin on May 25, and continues through North America from June 16. Since its February launch the group’s sixth studio album Soldier of Love has sold 3m copies, while the British website for “the band Sade” claims Sade is the highest selling “British female artist” of all time (not quite the same thing), with sales of 57m albums worldwide — so as a solo singer Kylie might dispute this with her 40m albums and 60m singles. Earlier this year Kylie just pipped Sade in the Sunday Times Rich List, with an estimated fortune of £35m, against her rival’s £30m.