BoA

권보아

Kwon Bo-ah( Korean :권보아,born November 5, 1986), known professionally asBoA,is a South Korean singer, dancer, composer and actress active in South Korea and Japan. She is referred to as the Queen of Korean Pop.Born and raised in Gyeonggi-do , South Korea, she was discovered by SM Entertainment talent agents when she accompanied her older brother to a talent search.In 2000, after two years of training, she releasedID; Peace B, her debut Korean album. Two years later, she released her debut Japanese album,Listen to My Heart, becoming the first Korean pop star to break through in Japan following the fall of barriers that had restricted the import and export of entertainment between the countries since the end of World War II .On October 14, 2008, BoA debuted in the United States with the single " Eat You Up " and released her debut English-language album,BoAon March 17, 2009.BoA's multilingual skills (she speaks Japanese and English along with native Korean and has recorded songs in Mandarin Chinese )have contributed to her commercial success throughout East Asia. She is the only foreign artist to have three albums selling more than one million copies in Japan and is one of only two artists to have six consecutive number-one studio albums on the Oricon charts since her debut, the other being Ayumi Hamasaki .

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 BoA's Career

2000–2002: Debut and Japanese expansionedit

She has said that her early influence as a singer was Seo Taiji .

and in early 2001, BoA released her first mini-album ,Don't Start Now; it sold around 90,000 units. After its release, she took a hiatus from the Korean music industry to focus on the Japanese market at which time she worked to solidify her skills in Japanese.

From 2001 to 2007, BoA hostedBeat it BoA's World, a radio program on the Japan FM Network .

A single, " Every Heart: Minna no Kimochi ", was released on the same day as the album. After the release ofListen to My Heart, BoA released her second Korean studio album,No. 1, a month later. The album sold around 544,000 units and became the fourth-best-selling record of the year in South Korea.Jumping into the World(a Japanese re-release of the mini-albumDon't Start Now) and the Japanese single " Don't Start Now " were released a month later on the same day.

BoA released two more singles " Kiseki / No.1 " and " Jewel Song / Beside You: Boku o Yobu Koe ", both which also peaked at the number-three position. At the end of the year, BoA released her second Korean mini-albumMiracle.

2003–2005: Commercial successedit

In support of the album, BoA launchedBoA 1st Live Tour Valenti, her first Japanese concert tour.Later that year, she released two Korean albums,Atlantis Princessand the mini-albumShine We Are!. The former was the fifth-best-selling South Korean record of the year with around 345,000 units sold; the latter sold around 58,000 units.

Live Concert Tour 2004: Love & Honesty.In contrast with1st Live Tour, which "emphasized exotic Asian design", theLove & Honestytour had an "outer-space, sci-fi" theme; among the props were a three-story-high space ship and the robot Asimo .The tour, which started in Saitama and ended in Yokohama , spanned nine performances and attracted approximately 105,000 attendants.Her first compilation album ,Best of Soul(2005), however, sold over a million copies, making BoA the first non-Japanese Asian singer to have two million-selling albums in Japan.

The album sold less than the previous album; it was the fourteenth-best-selling record of the year in South Korea with 113,000 units sold.

2006–2008: Continued success in Japanedit

BoA at a DoubleUDot (W.) sign event in September 2006

" Do the Motion ", the first single from the album, reached the top spot, making her the fourth non-Japanese Asian to have a number-one single on the Oricon charts." Merry Christmas from BoA " (2005), the album's last single, was the singer's first digital single.

On September 21, 2006, she released her first digital single in Korea, a Korean version of " Key of Heart ". In support ofOutgrow, BoA launched a special Zepp tour,B0A The Live, on September 29, 2006. The tour, which lasted until October 29, started from Nagoya and contained twelve shows, two in each of the following cities: Nagoya, Fukuoka , Osaka , Tokyo, Sendai , and Sapporo .She staged her first Christmas concert on December 7, 2006.

Ninety-Nine Nights. "Key of Heart", from the single " Key of Heart / Dotch " (2006), was the ending theme for the Japanese release of the movieOver the Hedge. She also released an English version of "Key of Heart", which was only available on the first press edition of the single. Later in 2007, Anycall (a Samsung brand) signed BoA, Xiah (of TVXQ ), Tablo (of Epik High ), and jazz pianist Jin Bora onto " Anyband ", a band created specifically to promote Anycall. The band released only one single, " AnyBand ".

But due to a tight schedule, BoA was pulled back from this project. Korean jewelry brand Ramee also released, "Ramee by BoA", a line of jewelry designed by the singer herself.

2008–2010: Bring on America! and return to Japanese marketedit

BoA in 2009

She also performed the song "Look Who's Talking" at the event.

BoA released a triple- A-side single in Japan on February 18, 2009, " Eien/Universe/Believe in Love ". On the same day, the Ravex single "Believe in Love" was released, featuring vocals by BoA.

Her second Japanese compilation album,Best & USAwas released on March 18 tying together a compilation of recent hits in Japan with her English-language debut.

She debuted her next single "Energetic", performing it for the first time in public. She also performed "Eat You Up" and "I Did It for Love."

, a repackaged version of her debut English album. The album contained two new tracks and the radio edit version of "Energetic".

was released on February 10, 2010, but only charted at No. 4, selling 37,606 copies in its first week. With little promotion from her label, it ended her run of six consecutive No. 1 albums, suggesting that it would be impossible for her to sustain her career in three territories simultaneously.

2010–2012:Hurricane Venus, Hollywood film,Only One,and first Korean solo concertedit

.Hurricane Venuswas released on August 5, 2010 and debuted at No.1, where it stayed for 2 weeks. "Game" charted at No.6. A repackaged version of the album with two new songs under the name of "Copy & Paste" was released in September, 2010. The album won a Bonsang Award from the Golden Disk Awards in 2010, making it the first time in her career to receive the award. On December 6, 2010, Avex released a digital single, " I See Me ", for a commercial that promoted Audio Technica headphones in Japan.In October BoA represented South Korea and performed at the 7th Asia Song Festival , organized byKorea Foundation for International Culture Exchange, at the Seoul Olympic Stadium .

BoA in 2012

BoA made her Hollywood movie debut in the dance filmMake Your Move 3D(formerly namedCobu 3D), directed by Duane Adler and produced by Robert Colt. BoA plays a character called Aya, while Derek Hough (known from the U.S. television showDancing with the Stars) will play the male lead of Donny. Aya and Donny fall in love, even though their families are enemies on the dance scene. Filming began in Spring in New York City and Toronto, Canada.

She held her 10th anniversary concert on December 10–11 at Tokyo International Forum.

as a representative of S.M. Entertainment, alongside Yang Hyun-suk from YG Entertainment and Park Jin-young from JYP Entertainment . BoA received praise for her ability as a judge with her insightful comments and discerning eyes.On March 17, 2012, BoA released a single titled "One Dream" as the theme song for the program.

Upon its release, "Only One" achieved an all-kill on several music charts.Following the conclusion of promotions for "Only One", BoA began promoting her follow up track, "The Shadow," was released August 18, 2012.

On October 16, 2012, BoA released the digital single " Lookin' " featuring The Quiett for Hyundai's 'Premium Younique Lifestyle' campaign.

2013–2014: First Korean tour, Japanese releases and actingedit

BoA as Benetton S / S Global Campaign ambassador in March 2013

On May 30, BoA held her first solo concert in Taiwan as part of the tour.

The single featured "Baby, You...", the Japanese version of her Korean song "Geuleon Neo (Disturbance)", and an English version of "Tail of Hope".

She received praise for her acting performance.

The same month, BoA released her 34th Japanese single "Message/Call My Name", a medium ballad track.

The song was used as the fifteenth opening song for the anime,Fairy Tail.

Following the conclusion of her Japanese tour, BoA released her 38th Japanese single "Fly" on December 3, 2014.

alongside Lee Jung-jae and Shin Ha-kyun .

2015:Kiss My LipsandNOWNESSedit

The rest of the album was unveiled on May 12 along with an official music video of the eponymous title track.Billboardcalled the singer a promising songwriter despite moments of musical blandness.Kiss My Lipswas included in IZMs's Top 10 Best Albums of the Year and won the Best Album Award at the 25th Seoul Music Awards .

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2016–present: Music project,Produce 101 Season 2, actingedit

, starring Sawajiri Erika and Watanabe Mayu.

BoA worked with BeatBurger for anotherSM Stationsingle titled "Music Is Wonderful", where she participated in the composing and writing of the track.

. This marked BoA’s return to the small screen after an absence of three years.

, which aired from April 7 to June 16.

In July, she released a Japanese single titled "Right Here, Right Everywhere" for the soundtrack of dramaYaneura no Koibito.

starring BoA and actor Lee Hak-joo was released. The film marks her first leading role, where she played a terminally ill patient.

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 BoA's Image and artistry

On the cover ofKoreAm, May 2009

as a result, much of BoA's music is either dance-pop or R&B. Because she also sings ballads , she is often compared to Japanese singers Namie Amuro and Ayumi Hamasaki . Her debut album,ID; Peace B, contained urban pop , "slickly produced" ballads, and "upbeat dance tunes". As her career went on, she began experimenting with different styles:Valenticontained mostly ballads;Love and Honestywas an experiment with "harder" R&B and rock music.

My Name. In aTalk Asiainterview, Anjali Rao noted that some felt thatMy Namemarked the beginning of BoA's decline in popularity and asked if the public would always see the singer as "Little Baby BoA"; BoA replied, "So while I apologize to those people who still want the baby BoA, in fact, what can I do? I just keep growing up! I can't stop that from happening."

She also worked with Akon , singing the song " Beautiful ", which was featured on the Japanese release of his third album,Freedom.Other artists she has collaborated with are Soul'd Out , Dabo, Verbal (of M-Flo), Rah-D, Seamo , TVXQ , Yutaka Furakawa (of the band Doping Panda), and Crystal Kay (for her single After Love: First Boyfriend/Girlfriend ).American rock band Weezer covered " Meri Kuri " on the Japanese version of their albumWeezer.

"Key of Heart" was the theme song for the Japanese release ofOver the Hedge;"Your Color" was the theme song of the video gameNinety-Nine Nights;"Mamoritai: White Wishes" was the theme song of the video gameTales of Graces ,."Tail of Hope" was used as the theme for the Japanese drama "Hakui no Namida," and "Masayume Chasing" was used as the 15th opening theme song for the anime "Fairy Tail." Her widespread popularity has also made her a "cultural ambassador"; she has represented South Korea in inter-Asian musical events and has appeared in an Oxford University Press -published English-language textbook.

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 BoA's Discography

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 BoA's Tours

Japan Tours
  1. 2003: First Live Tour 2003 - Valenti
  2. 2004: Live Tour 2004 - Love & Honesty
  3. 2005: Arena Tour 2005 - Best of Soul
  4. 2006: The Live "Ura BoA... Kikase Kei (The Other Side of BoA... Listen)"
  5. 2007: Arena Tour 2007 - Made in Twenty (20)
  6. * 2007: The Live 2007 "X'mas"
  7. * 2008: Live Tour 2008 - The Face
  8. * 2009: The Live 2009 "X'mas"
  9. # 2010: Live Tour 2010 - Identity
  10. # 2010: The Live 2010 "X'mas"
  11. 2011: The Live 2011 "X'mas" - The 10th Anniversary Edition
  12. 2014: Live Tour 2014 "Who's back?"
  13. 2018: THE LIVE 2018 〜Unchained〜
Asia Tours
  1. 2013: Special Live 2013 - Here I am
  2. 2015: Special Live 2015 - Nowness
Participating Concerts & Special Shows
  1. 2002: SM China
  2. 2003: SMTOWN Smile Concert 2003
  3. 2007: 2007 SMTOWN Summer Concert
  4. 2008: SMTown Live '08
  5. 2009: BEST & USA Release Party: Thank Your For Your Support!
  6. 2010–11: SMTown Live '10 World Tour
  7. 2012–13: SMTown Live World Tour III
  8. 2014-2015: SM Town Live World Tour IV
  9. 2016: SM Town Live World Tour V
  10. 2017: SM Town Live World Tour VI

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 BoA's Awards

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 BoA's Filmography

Film

TitleYearRoleNotes
Over the Hedge 2006 Heather the Possum (voice) Korean and Japanese-dubbedversions
I AM. 2012 Herself
Make Your Move 3D2014 Aya Hollywood film; Lead role
Venus Talk Song Beom-sik Korean film; Guest appearance
Big Match Soo-kyung Korean film; Supporting role
SMTOWN THE STAGE 2015 Herself
Autumn Post Office 2017 Soo-ryun Korean film; Lead role

Television drama

TitleYearNetworkRoleNotes
Athena: Goddess of War 2010 SBS Herself Guest appearance; episode 7–8
Waiting For Love 2013 KBS Joo Yoo-ae Special drama; Main role
Listen to Love 2016 JTBC Kwon Bo-young Main role

Television shows

TitleYearNetworkRoleNotes
K-pop Star Season 1 2011–2012 SBS HerselfJudge for SM Entertainment
K-pop Star Season 2 2012–2013 SBS Herself
Produce 101 Season 2 2017 MNET MC National Producer Representative
Keyword #BoA 2018 xtvN Herself
Food Diary 2018 tvN Herself Cast Member

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 BoA's See also

  • BoA Concert Tours
  • Contemporary culture of South Korea
  • Korean Wave
  • J-pop

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 BoA's Footnotes

  1. ^615,000,and those ofLove and Honesty296,000.
  2. ^BoA has contributed to the writing and composition of 49 songs to date since the start of her career, and self-produced her seventh Japanese studio albumIDENTITY

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