Weekly US music releases: the return of Sade, Massive Attack and Gil Scott-Heron

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Three respected artists return with much-anticipated studio albums on February 9: Sade after a 10-year hiatus, Gil Scott-Heron after 15 years and Massive Attack after seven years.

Sade, Soldier of Love
The soul-jazz singer returns with her first album since 2000's Lover's Rock. Her multi-platinum albums have won three Grammy Awards and topped the charts with sultry hits like "Smooth Operator" and "No Ordinary Love" in the 1980s. "Soldier of Love" is the first single from this new collection on Epic/Sony Records. http://www.sade.com

Gil Scott-Heron, I'm New Here
Proto-rapper and one of the most distinctive voices of the last few decades, Gil Scott-Heron's poetic lyrics and rhythmic jazz, delivered seminal songs in the 1970s with "Johannesburg," "The Bottle," and the iconic "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." The 60-year-old's long-awaited comeback on XL Recordings features the track, "Where Did the Night Go."

Massive Attack, Heligoland
Celebrated trip-hop pioneers' release their fifth studio album, and first since 2003's 100th Window on Virgin Records. Featuring the first single "Paradise Circus," the recording includes guest vocals by Blur's Damon Albarn and Elbow's Guy Garvey, and guitar work by Portishead's Adrian Utley. Cover artwork is created by the duo's Robert Del Naja (a/k/a 3D). UK tours dates begin in Brighton on February 9. http://massiveattack.com