Infobox musical artist
Name = BoA

Img_capt = BoA Kwon
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Kwon Boa (권보아)
Alias =
Born = birth date and age|1986|11|5
Origin = Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Genre =
Occupation = Singer-songwriter, composer, dancer, model, voice actress
Years_active = 2000–present
Label = SM Entertainment
Avex Trax
Associated_acts = SM Town
URL = (Official Korean website) (Official Japanese website) (Official American website)
Current_members =
Past_members =
Notable_instruments =
Infobox Korean name
hangul = 권보아
hanja =
rr = Gwon Boa
mr = Kwŏn Poa

Boa Kwon (born November 5, 1986), commonly known by her stage name BoA, is a Korean singer, active in both South Korea and Japan. Born and raised in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, BoA 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 released "ID; Peace B", her debut Korean album, under SM Entertainment. Two years later, she released her debut Japanese album, "Listen to My Heart", under the Avex label.

BoA's multilingual skills (she speaks Japanese and conversational English along with her native Korean and has recorded songs in Mandarin Chinese) [cite video| people=Wholey, Dennis (Interviewer) | title=Interview with BoA | medium=TV-series | publisher=PBS | location=South Korea | year2=2006] [cite web | url= | title=Hideki Saijo | publisher=CSUMB] have contributed to her commercial success in South Korea and Japan and her popularity throughout Asia. She is one of only two non-Japanese Asians who have had million-selling albums in Japan and is one of only two artists to have six consecutive number-one albums on the Oricon charts. [ja icon cite web | url= | title=BoA、オリジナル1stから5作連続首位! | date=January 23, 2007 | accessdate=2008-09-30 | publisher=Oricon]


2000–2002: Debut

At the age of thirteen, after two years of training, BoA released her debut album "ID; Peace B" in South Korea on August 25, 2000. The album was successful, entering the Top 10 of the South Korean charts. Meanwhile, her Korean record label, SM Entertainment, made arrangements with Japanese label Avex Trax to launch her music career in Japan.

In early 2001, BoA released her first mini-album "Jumping into the World". After its release, she took a hiatus from the Korean music industry to focus on the Japanese market. During this time she struggled to solidify her skills in Japanese.

BoA began her Japanese music career singing at the Avex-owned club Velfarre.cite web | url=|title=BoA's profile|publisher=SM Entertainment|accessmonthday=October 9|accessyear=2008] In 2001, she released her debut Japanese single, a Japanese version of the song, "ID; Peace B" (originally from the eponymous album). The single reached the number-twenty position on the Oricon chart and was followed by "Amazing Kiss", "Kimochi wa Tsutawaru", and "Listen to My Heart"; the last became the singer's first single to enter the Oricon chart's Top Five. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, BoA recorded the charity single "The Meaning of Peace" with Kumi Koda as part of Avex's Song+Nation project to raise funds for the families of the attack victims. [ja icon cite web | url= | title=Song+Nation|publisher= Avex Trax|accessmonthday=January 24 | accessyear=2008] Her Japanese debut album, "Listen To My Heart", was released on March 13, 2002. The album was a breakthrough in BoA's career: it debuted at the top spot on the Oricon and became an RIAJ-certified million-seller as well as the first album by a Korean artist to top the charts. [ja icon cite web | url= | title=年度別ミリオンセラー一覧 2002年 | publisher=RIAJ | accessdate=2008-09-29] A single, "Every Heart -Minna no Kimochi-", was released on the same day as the album. Later in 2002, BoA released two Korean studio albums, "No.1" and the mini-album "Miracle".

2002–2005: Commercial success and image change

BoA's second Japanese studio album, "Valenti" (2003), became her best-selling album, with over 1,249,000 copies sold.cite web | url= | title=BoA、ベスト盤が100万枚を突破! | accessdate=2008-09-30 | publisher=Oricon | date=May 24, 2005] "Don't Start Now", the first single from the album, contained a Japanese edition of the promotional track of her Korean mini-album, "Don't Start Now". "Valenti", the second single from the album, became a Top Five single for the artist, peaking at the number-two position on the Oricon. [ja icon cite web | url=| title=BoA、クリスマスの思い出とは…。 | date=December 1, 2004 | accessdate=2008-09-30 | publisher=Oricon] In support of the album, BoA launched "BoA 1st Live Tour Valenti", her first Japanese concert tour. [cite web | url= | title=Singer BoA, Asian Star|publisher=CCTV |accessmonthday=October 9 | accessyear=2008|date=August 22, 2005] Later on that year, she released two Korean albums, "Atlantis Princess" and "Shine We Are!". Her third Japanese studio album, "Love and Honesty" (2004) was a musical "change in direction" for the singer, as it contained a rock single ("Rock With You") and contained "harder" R&B. Though the album failed to match "Valenti" in sales, it topped the Oricon chart for two weeks and became RIAJ-certified triple-platinum. [cite web | work=RIAJ | title=BoA's Love & Honesty certification | url=| accessdate=2008-08-15] 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. In support of the album, BoA held a tour, "Live Concert Tour 2004: Love & Honesty". The tour, which started in Saitama and ended in Yokohama, spanned nine performances and attracted approximately 105,000 attendants. [cite web | url=|title=Middle-Aged Men and Women Also Cheer For Boa |date=April 19, 2004|publisher=Donga|accessmonthday=October 8 |accessyear=2008]

BoA reinvented her image on her fourth Korean album, "My Name" (2004); she left the "cute" and "youthful" style that had characterized previous years and presented herself as "sexy" and "sultry". Her fifth Korean album, "Girls on Top", continued her image change. The album portrayed the singer as more "mature and self-confident"; the "bohemian" look of the cover photograph represented "freedom and depth", while music videos and album photographs that portrayed BoA in traditional Korean dress brought the "idea of Korean womanhood" into her music. [cite web | url=| title=BoA Reinvents Herself as Heir to Korean Tradition | accessdate=2008-09-15 | publisher=Digital Chosun Ilbo] [cite web | url=| title=New Album Shows Off More Mature BoA | accessdate=2008-09-15 | publisher=Digital Chosun Ilbo]

2006–2008: Decline in sales and continued image change

In 2006, BoA was mostly inactive in South Korea as she focused her attention on Japan; however, on September 21, 2006, she released her first digital single in Korea, a Korean version of "Key of Heart". Her fourth Japanese studio album "Outgrow" was released on February 15, 2006. The limited CD+DVD edition of the album contained music videos of the album's singles and a secret password to unlock a special version of the official website. The album reached the number-one spot on the Oricon chart for its first week of release, making it her fourth consecutive Japanese album to do so. It had low debut sales, however; with 220,000 copies sold, it became her lowest-selling first-week debut for a studio album at that point. "Do the Motion," the first single from the album, reached the top spot on the Oricon, making her the fifth non-Japanese singer to have #1 single, the first in over twenty-one years. "Merry Christmas from BoA", the last single from the album, was the singer's first digital single. In support of "Outgrow", 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. [ja icon cite web |url= | title=News at BoA's Official Website | date=August 22, 2008|accessdate=2008-09-15|publisher=Avex Trax (Archived version)] She staged her first Christmas concert on December 7 2006. [cite web | url= | title=BoA's New Single Shoots to Top of Japanese Charts|accessdate=2008-09-15|publisher=Digital Chosunilbo]

BoA's fifth Japanese studio album, "Made in Twenty (20)" (2007), continued her transition from a "teenage girl" image to a more mature image. The album, which contained R&B and dance songs as well as ballads, debuted at the top of the weekly Oricon charts, making the album her sixth in a row to do so. [cite web | url= | title=It's Lonely at the Top: BoA Turns 20|date=January 27, 2008|publisher=Digital Chosunilbo|accessdate=2008-09-16] On March 31, 2007, she launched a nationwide tour of Japan in support of the album. The tour, which sold about 70,000 tickets, was, according to BoA, "the biggest concert" she had ever given. [cite web | url= | title=BoA's Teenage Discipline Pays Off at 20 | publisher=Digital Chosunilbo|accessdate=2008-09-16] Two tracks from the singles of "Made in Twenty (20)" were used as theme songs; "Your Color", from the single "Nanairo no Ashita~brand new beat~ / Your Color" (2006), was used as the ending theme song for the Japanese release of the Xbox 360 game "Ninety-Nine Nights". "Key of Heart", from the single "Key of Heart / Dotch", was the ending theme of "Over the Hedge" in Japan. She also released an English version of "Key of Heart," which was only available on the first press edition of the single. The album's last single, "Winter Love" (2006) became another number-one single for the artist.

Later in 2007, Anycall (a Samsung brand) signed BoA, Xiah Junsu (of DBSK), 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".

With her sixth Japanese album, "The Face" (2008), BoA took more creative control over her music. She began writing her own lyrics and co-composed one of the songs ("Girl in the Mirror").ja icon cite web | url= | title=BoA『アルバム制作秘話からPV撮影でのハプニングまで語りつくします!』|date=February 27, 2008|publisher=Oricon|accessdate=2008-09-17] Influenced by a The Jackson 5 album, BoA used mostly electro-pop in the album. Additionally, BoA included "happy spring" songs ("Sweet Impact" and its B-side, "Bad Drive" (2007), the album's first single), a guitar-driven "groovy dance" song ("Lose Your Mind" (2007)), and ballads. [ja icon cite web | url=| title=BoA『新曲は、恋がしたくなる胸キュンソング!!』 | date=October 1, 2007 | accessdate=2008-09-17|publisher=Oricon] [ja icon cite web | url=| title=BoA『カッコイイ!ダンスパフォーマンスのビデオクリップは必見!!』 | date=April 25, 2007 | accessdate=2008-09-17|publisher=Oricon] [ja icon cite web | url=| title=BoA『私って踊りが好きなんだなぁって、改めて思った!』 | date=December 12, 2007 | accessdate=2008-09-17|publisher=Oricon] Lyrically, BoA focused mainly on love, though "be with you." (2008) was about a person's relationship with his dog. The album debuted at the top of the weekly Oricon charts, making BoA one of only two artists in Japan to top the Oricon weekly charts six consecutive times (the other being Ayumi Hamasaki, who has eight consecutive number-one albums). Following "The Face", BoA released her twenty-sixth single, "Vivid", on June 4, 2008.

2008: U.S. debut

On September 2, 2008, BoA's Korean record label, SM Entertainment announced that she will make her American debut under SM's new subsidiary label SM Entertainment USA. A press conference was held on September 10, 2008 at the Seoul Imperial Palace Hotel, to clarify the details of her American debut, with the slogan "Best of Asia, Bring on America".citeweb|url=|title=BoA American debut plans|publisher=YONHAP NEWS|accessdate=2008-09-02|language=Korean] [citeweb|url=|title=BoA Plans Debut in US||accessdate=2008-09-02|language=English] SM announced that her debut single, "Eat You Up", would be released on October 14, 2008 on the internet via iTunes and many other online stores. However the single has been pushed back to October 21, 2008. [ko iconcite web | url= | title=Eat You Up delayed | accessdate=2008-10-07 | publisher=Yahoo Korea] The single will be released in stores on November 11, 2008; a remix of the song features rapper Flo Rida. [cite web | url= | title=BoA's official English-language website | accessdate=2008-09-15 | publisher=SM America]

Image and artistry

BoA lists hip-hop as her main musical influence, though she also enjoys R&B. Her favorite musicians are Nelly, Britney Spears, Brian McKnight, Janet Jackson, P!nk, and Jay-Z;ja icon cite web | url= | title=BoA's profile | publisher=Avex Marketing Inc. | accessdate=2008-08-30] as a result, much of BoA's music is either dance pop or R&B. As she also sings ballads, she is often compared to Ayumi Hamasaki and Hikaru Utada. 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: "Valenti" contained mostly ballads; "Love and Honesty" was an experiment with "harder" R&B and rock music.cite web | url= | title=BoA Biography | first=David | last=Hickey | accessdate=2008-08-13 | publisher=MTV]

BoA has collaborated with "high-profile" artists. Among the Japanese artists she has performed with are the hip-hop group m-flo (for the single "The Love Bug"), Kumi Koda, and house DJ Mondo Grosso. She has performed with Western artists: the song "Flying Without Wings" from her album "Next World" was a collaboration with Irish band Westlife covering the original song; the Bratz single "Show Me What You Got" was performed with Howie D of the American band Backstreet Boys. Other artists she has collaborated with are the Soul'd Out, Dabo, Verbal (of m-flo), RAH-D, and Yutaka Furakawa (of the band Doping Panda). American rock band Weezer covered "Meri Kuri" on the album "Weezer (The Red Album)". [ja icon cite web | url= | title=Weezer Covers BoA's "Meri Kuri" in Japanese | date=June 3, 2008 | accessdate=2008-08-13 | publisher=Barks (Japan)]

BoA is a "top artist" in South Korea and Japan; her popularity in the latter is attributed to her linguistic skills (she speaks and records in Japanese, Korean, and English) and a Japanese interest in Korean pop culture started in the early 2000s when the two countries began promoting cultural exchanges. [cite web | url= | title=Korean love story heats up Japan | publisher=Japan Times | date=April 7, 2004 | author=Setsuko Kamiya | accessdate=2008-08-13] [cite web | url= | title=Language, music point way to stronger relations | date=April 19, 2002 | accessdate=2008-08-13 | author=Hiroshi Matsubara | publisher=Japan Times] [cite web | url= | title=K-pop, ya don't stop | date=April 11, 2001 | accessdate=2008-08-13 | author=Mauymi Saito | publisher=Japan Times] BoA's popularity extends throughout Asia; she has fans in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. She has expressed plans to enter a global market; she stated in an interview, “I will [...] get recognition in the U.S. and Europe to become a world-renowned Diva." [cite web | url= | title=BoA Has Conquered Japan: Next Stop, the World | publisher=Digital Chosunilbo | date=May 24, 2005 | accessdate=2008-09-13] cite video| people=Rao, Anjali (Interviewer) | medium=TV interview | publisher=CNN | location=Japan | title=Talk Asia | year2=2006] In June 2006, the music video of her Korean song "My Name" became the first music video ever shown on MTV K, an MTV music channel directed at Korean Americans.cite web | url= | title=The first video on MTV K: BoA "My Name" | publisher=MTV K | date=June 26, 2006 | accessdate=2008-09-29]

Because of her wide appeal, BoA has appeared in advertisements for many brands. Among the brands she has promoted are Olympus, [cite web | url= | title=Olympus Jilts Jeon Ji-hyun for BoA | accessdate=2008-08-13 | publisher=Digital Chosunilbo | date=August 23, 2006] Nike, [cite web | url= | title=BoA Sole Non-Sports Star in Nike Commercial | accessdate=2008-08-13 | publisher=Digital Chosunilbo | date=July 31, 2006] L'Oreal, [cite web | url= | title=BoA Becomes W700 Million 'World Model' | accessdate=2008-08-13 | publisher=Digital Chosunilbo | date=August 2, 2004] Japanese cosmetic company Kosé, [cite web | url= | title=BOA to be New Face of Japanese Cosmetic | accessdate=2008-08-13 | publisher=Digital Chosunilbo | date=June 22, 2004] Sketchers, [cite web | url= | title=Step Aside for BoA, Britney | accessdate=2008-08-13 | publisher=Digital Chosunilbo | date=May 9, 2003] and GM Daewoo. [cite web | url= | title=BoA Signs Commercial Deal with GM Daewoo | accessdate=2008-08-13 | publisher=Digital Chosunilbo | date=July 2, 2004] Three of her songs have been used as themes. "Every Heart" was used as the theme for the anime "InuYasha"; ["Best of Inuyasha" [CD] . Avex Trax (2003). AVCA-14723] "Key of Heart" was the theme song for the Japanese release of "Over the Hedge"; ["Key of Heart / Dotch" [CD+DVD] . Avex Trax (2006). AVCD-31015] and "Your Color" was the theme song of the video game "Ninety-Nine Nights". [ja icon cite web | url= | title=4/5発売の注目シングルは、BoAの話題のCMソング! | date=April 2, 2006 | accessdate=2008-09-30 | publisher=Oricon] [cite web | url= | title=Ninety-Nine Nights Gets BoA | first=Anoop | last=Gantayat | publisher=IGN | accessdate=2008-08-14 | date=February 9, 2006] Her widespread popularity has also made her a "cultural ambassador"; she has represented South Korea in inter-Asian musical events [cite web | url= | title=Asian Stars to Shine in Seoul. | date=November 26, 2004 | publisher=Yonhap | accessmonthday=August 5 | accessyear=2008 (Registration needed to view article)] [cite web | url= | title=Cultural Ambassador BoA to Perform | date=May 19, 2003 | publisher=Digital Chosunilbo | accessmonthday=August 5 | accessyear=2008] and has appeared in an Oxford University Press English-language textbook. [cite web | url= | title=BoA Makes It Into Textbooks | date=January 10, 2006 | publisher=Digital Chosunilbo | accessmonthday=August 5 | accessyear=2008]

Other activities

From 2001 to 2007, BoA hosted "Beat it BoA's World", a radio program on the Japan FM Network. [ja icon cite web | url= | title=Beat it BoA's World | accessdate=2008-08-13 | publisher=Japan FM Network] In September 2004, BoA instigated controversy in Japan when she donated ₩KRW50 million to a memorial project for Korean independence activist and nationalist An Jung-geun. [ja icon cite web | url=|title=BoAら安重根義士記念事業会に5000万ウォン寄付|date=September 9, 2004|accessmonthday=October 9 | accessyear=2008|publisher=Chosun Ilbo] [ja icon cite web | url=|title=BoAの『多黙 安重根』PR 日本で敏感な反応|date=September 10, 2004|accessmonthday=October 9 | accessyear=2008|publisher=Chosun Ilbo] BoA voiced Heather the opossum in the Korean and Japanese version of "Over the Hedge". [cite video
people = BoA (voice)
title = Over the Hedge
medium = DVD
publisher = Kadokawa Entertainment
year2 = 2006
] In 2008, Korean jewelry brand Ramee released Ramee by BoA, a line of jewelry designed by the singer herself. [ja icon cite web | url= | title=「社長BoA」…ジュエリーブランド韓国初発表 | accessdate=2008-08-13 |] [ko icon cite web | url= | title=Ramee by BoA | publisher=Ramee | accessdate=2008-08-13] On June 9, 2008, BoA and nine other artists from around the world recorded an English cover of Wei Wei's "Dedication of Love". Produced by Roald Hoffmann and Brian Alan, the single was used to raise funds for victims of the Sichuan Earthquake. [zh icon cite web | url= | title=韦唯携世界群星同唱爱的奉献 所得收入捐灾区 | | accessdate=2008-09-29 | date=June 4, 2008] [zh iconcite web | url= | title=韦唯与世界歌坛九大巨星同唱《爱的奉献》英文版 | | accessdate=2008-08-29 | date=June 3, 2008]


Korean studio albums

* 2000: "ID; Peace B"
* 2001: "Jumping into the World" (mini-album)
* 2002: "No.1"
* 2002: "Miracle" (mini-album)
* 2003: "Atlantis Princess"
* 2003: "Shine We Are!" (mini-album)
* 2004: "My Name"
* 2005: "Girls on Top"

English studio albums

* 2009: "Look Who's Talking"

Japanese studio albums

* 2002: "Listen to My Heart"
* 2003: "Valenti"
* 2004: "Love and Honesty"
* 2006: "Outgrow"
* 2007: "Made in Twenty (20)"
* 2008: "The Face"

Japanese compilation albums

* 2004: "K-pop Selection"
* 2005: "Best of Soul"

Japanese remix albums

* 2002: "Peace B. Remixes"
* 2003: "Next World"



=See also=
*Contemporary culture of South Korea
*Avex Trax
*SM Entertainment

External links

* [ BoA Korean official website]
* [ BoA Japanese official website]
* [ BoA Taiwan official website]
* [ BoA's blog on Oricon]
* [ BoA American official website]

NAME=Kwon, Boa
DATE OF BIRTH=November 5, 1986
PLACE OF BIRTH=Guri, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

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