In May 2011, it was revealed that Eric Saade would release his upcoming album Saade in two parts. As the reason for that Saade said: "I didn't wanna waste too many songs on one album, so I decided to do two parts of my Album Saade. We have been working day and night with the sounds, to be correct and find the right synths etc. I just felt that I'm in a great songwriting mood, so I had to release two parts because of all these songs." To do this step, he was inspired by Robyn who released her album Body Talk in three parts.
From 16 June until 27 June 2011, the Britishwebsitescandipop.co.uk released previews of the songs.
Saade Vol. 1 received critical acclaim from critics. billcsistunedon.wordpress.com wrote that the album was "dropping before year's end and giving [Sweden] the year's most lighthearted, feel good, crunchy electropop, which hopefully will find its way around the world in 2012."eqmusicblog.com wrote that the album "is quite easily one of this year's best pop collections".popjustice.com wrote that "it's one of the year's best pop albums".myfizzypop.blogspot.com wrote that the album "featured some of the finest, most addictive pop [they]'ve heard in years".
The album won a Scandipop Award 2011 in the category Best Male Album.
On 28 June 2011, popjustice.com has named the song "Killed by a Cop" as the Song of the Day. On 24 August 2011, the same website has named the song "Me & My Radio" as the Song of the Day. In December 2011, billcsistunedon.wordpress.com has listed the song "Stupid with You" on number 62 and the song "Made of Pop" on number ten of their list Bill's Top 75 Songs of 2011. In December 2011, myfizzypop.blogspot.com has listed the album (together with Saade Vol. 2 and Elouise's EP's) on number one of their list Best of 2011 - My top ten (ish) albums.
As of August 2011, Saade Vol. 1 has been shipped over 40.000 copies and received Platinum in Sweden. As of November 2011, the album has been sold over 55.000 copies there.
The first single of the album "Still Loving It" was first released on 14 January 2011 in Sweden.
The second single of the album "Popular" was first released on 28 February 2011 in Sweden. It topped the Swedish Singles Chart, has been sold over 40.000 times and received Double Platinum in Sweden. In the 2011 Melodifestivalen competition, the song appeared as the tenth and last song in the finals and won with a grand total of 193 points; 81 from the international jury, and 112 from the viewers. The song also appeared in the Eurovision Song Contest and claimed first place in the semi-finals with 155 points, and third in the finals with 185.
The third single of the album "Hearts in the Air" was first released in 3 June 2011 in Sweden and Norway. The song reached #2 in Sweden.