I guess my finger isn't on the pulse of pop culture. I was shocked several weeks ago to see tickets go on sale for Sade -- not only because the tickets are for next August, which is unusually far in advance, but because the venue is the United Center. Surely Sade can't fill a place like the United Center, I thought (had I not seen her on TV earlier this year, my reaction might have been I thought she was dead). I can recall only two of her songs, both a quarter of a century old: "Smooth Operator" and "Sweetest Taboo." How could she be so popular after all these years?
Then today I saw that tickets are going on sale Monday for a second Sade show next August at the United Center. And I learned that Sade is apparently "the most successful solo female artist Britain has ever produced." Who knew?