Who Does Sade Listen To?

Sade is looked up to as an icon by many of her younger peers, but they may be surprised to hear that she listens to their music too.

The 51-year-old singer shared her musical preferences on Monday’s “Tom Joyner Morning Show.” “Obviously I listen to all the young girls out there,” she said. “I’ve got a family who brings music into the house as well.”

Some of her favorites include today’s biggest pop stars. “I love Alicia Keys and I like some of the tracks off Rihanna’s new album [Rated R].”

In addition to R&B, Sade is also a hip-hop fan. “I like songs with sort of more heavy rap. I like Raekwon’s album [Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II], you know from the Wu-Tang Clan,” she revealed. “I listen to just about anything that speaks to me and anything that’s sort of got a bit of soul and a bit of real feeling in it.”

Sade’s first studio album in a decade Soldier of Love makes its way into stores on Tuesday, February 9.