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Biography of BoA

BoA was born on 5 November 1986 and was raised in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. She is a South Korean singer, songwriter, dancer, producer, and actress. She is one of the most prominent and well-known Korean entertainers, and is most popularly addressed as the “Queen of K-pop”. She received two years of training and made her stage debut in August 2000.

She was discovered by SM Entertainment talent agents in 1998 while accompanying her older brother, a music video director, on a talent search. Twenty studio albums by her have been released, including ten in Korean, nine in Japanese, and one in English. She made several appearances on television, including, as a judge for the reality competition K-pop Star (2011–2013), a cast member for the drama ‘Listen to Love’ (2016), a host for ‘Produce 101’s’ second season (2017), and a coach for ‘The Voice of Korea’s’ third season (2020).

She was able to achieve success outside of her home country in places like China, Japan, Taiwan, and even Singapore. Her ability to sing in Japanese, English, and Mandarin made her popular. She is one of the only three female artists to have six consecutive number-one studio albums on the Oricon charts since her debut. She is the only foreign artist with three albums that have sold more than one million copies in Japan.

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Career

Debut and Commercial Success in South Korea and Japan

BoA went with her older brother to an SM Entertainment talent search when she was just eleven years old. Although her brother was the one who auditioned, SM talent scouts noticed her and gave her a contract the same evening. Her parents initially opposed the idea of her leaving school to work in the entertainment industry, but they eventually agreed. According to her, Seo Taiji was a major influence on her early singing career.

BoA underwent two years of vocal, dance, English, and Japanese training before releasing her debut album ‘ID; Peace B’ in South Korea on August 25, 2000, at the age of thirteen. It reached the Top 10 of the South Korean charts and racked up sales of about 156,000 albums. Her Korean record company, SM Entertainment, made plans with the Japanese label Avex Trax to start her musical career. In early 2001, she released ‘Don’t Start Now’, her debut mini-album, which sold about 90,000 copies. She took a break from the Korean music industry to concentrate on the Japanese market, during which she also worked to improve her Japanese.

BoA’s singing career in Japan started at the Velfarre nightclub, which is owned by Avex. On March 13, 2002, her first Japanese album, ‘Listen to My Heart’, was released. The album marked a turning point in her career as it was the first album by a Korean artist to debut at the top of the Oricon and was certified as a million-seller by RIAJ. After the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001, she collaborated with Kumi Koda to record the charity single ‘The Meaning of Peace’ as part of Avex’s Song Nation initiative to support charitable causes.

BoA hosted Beat it BoA’s World, a radio show on the Japan FM Network, from 2001 to 2007. With sales of more than 1,249,000, BoA’s second Japanese studio album VALENTI was released in January 2003. BoA began her first Japanese concert tour, BoA 1st Live Tour ‘VALENTI’, to promote the album ‘Atlantis Princess’. BoA’s third studio album in Korean was released later that year on May 30. On December 4, 2003, a mini-album called ‘Shine We Are!’ was also released.

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‘Love & Honesty’, her third Japanese studio album, was released in January 2004 and marked a “change in direction” for the artist’s music. It featured the rock-dance song ‘Rock with You’ and ‘Harder’ R&B, topped the Oricon chart for two weeks, and earned triple-platinum certification from the RIAJ.

The Love & Honesty tour had an “outer-space, sci-fi” theme; the props were a three-story-tall spaceship and the robot Asimo, in contrast to the 1st Live Tour, which “emphasised exotic Asian design”. BoA became the first non-Japanese Asian singer to have two million-selling albums in Japan with the release of her first compilation album, ‘Best of Soul’, in February 2005, which sold over a million copies.

‘Outgrow’, her fourth studio album released in Japan in February 2006, became her fourth straight original Japanese album to debut at the top of the Oricon chart in its first week of release. It achieved her lowest first-week debut for a studio album at that time with 220,000 copies sold. She became the fourth non-Japanese Asian to have a number-one single on the Oricon charts when ‘Do the Motion’, the album’s lead single, topped the charts. The final single from the album, ‘Merry Christmas from BoA’, which was released in 2005, was the singer’s debut digital single.

BoA’s fifth Japanese studio album, ‘Made in Twenty’, released in January 2007, was preceded by three singles: the No. 2 hit ‘Winter Love’, the Top 3 ‘Nanairo no Ashita (Brand New Beat)/Your Color’, and the Top 10 ‘Key of Heart’. It was her sixth consecutive album to debut at the top of the weekly Oricon charts. The album included R&B, dance, and ballad songs. BoA took charge of the creative process for her sixth Japanese album, ‘The Face’, having previously written the song ‘No More Make Me Sick’ for the Made in Twenty album on February 2008.

American Expansion and Return to Asia

The news that BoA would make her American debut with a new subsidiary label called SM Entertainment USA was announced on September 2, 2008. BoA’s first American single, ‘Eat You Up’, which was produced by Thomas Troelsen and released on October 21, 2008, was a tribute to Janet Jackson and her goal to become a “world-renowned entertainer”. The Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart ranked it at No. 9. BoA performed ‘Eat You Up’ and other songs at YouTube’s Tokyo Live concert, as well as on December 3 and 6, 2008, in New York City and at the Jingle Ball at the Anaheim Honda Center.

BoA’s self-titled English album was released in the United States. It included songs by the producers Bloodshy and Avant as well as a duet with Sean Garrett. She released ‘Best & USA’, her second Japanese compilation album, which combined her English-language debut with a collection of recent Japanese hits. She also gave a public debut performance of the song ‘Energetic’, as well as ‘Eat You Up’ and ‘I Did It for Love’. ‘BoA Deluxe’, a repackaged version of her first English album, was released by SM Entertainment USA.

For her fourth and fifth Korean albums, ‘My Name’ in June 2004 and ‘Girls on Top’ in June 2005, BoA completely revamped her look. The eleventh best-selling South Korean album in 2004 was ‘My Name’, which sold 191,000 copies. In 2005, ‘Girls on Top’, which sold 113,000 copies, was ranked fourteenth. BoA caused controversy in Japan in September 2004 when she gave 50 million dollars to a memorial project for Korean independence activist and nationalist An Jung-geun.

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BoA returned to East Asia to release her seventh Japanese album, ‘Identity’, in February 2010 as her career in the United States struggled to gain traction. The album, which was supported by the singles ‘Bump Bump!’ with M-Verbal Flo’s and ‘Mamoritai: White Wishes’ in December 2009, only reached No. 4 on the charts after selling 37,606 copies in its first week. ‘Hurricane Venus’, her first Korean album in five years, debuted on August 5, 2010, and 55,776 copies were sold, ranking it as the 22nd best-selling album in South Korea for the year.

BoA made her Hollywood film debut in the dance movie ‘Make Your Move 3D’ as the character Aya. The movie was released in 2013, even though production ended in 2011. BoA released ‘Milestone’ to commemorate her Japanese debut’s 10th anniversary. It debuted at No. 4 on the Oricon Weekly Music-DVD charts. After the concert, BoA returned to her home country and joined the K-pop Star audition program’s judging panel as a representative of S.M. Entertainment.

She joined the panel by Yang Hyun-suk from YG Entertainment and Park Jin-young from JYP Entertainment. BoA was praised for her skill as a judge for her perceptive observations. BoA wrote and composed the title track for her seventh Korean album, ‘Only One’, which was released in July 2012. When it was first released, ‘Only One’ topped many music charts. She released ‘The Shadow’, her second book, on August 18, 2012.

Music Production and Television Roles

BoA launched her first Korean tour with the ‘BoA Special Live 2013: Here I Am tour’ at the Olympic Hall. To commemorate the event, she released the song ‘Disturbance’, which she wrote and composed. Following a string of cameo appearances, she played the lead role in the two-episode drama ‘Special Expect to Date’ on KBS in September 2013. She co-starred with Choi Daniel and Im Si-wan.

She also took part in the twice-yearly Infinity Challenge song festival. Alongside labelmate Kangta, she was appointed as the ‘de facto creative director’ in SM Entertainment in March 2014. She set out on her first Japanese tour in four years, the ‘BoA Live Tour 2014 Who’s Back?’ tour, to promote the album. After the tour was over, BoA appeared in the Korean film ‘Big Match’ with Lee Jung-jae and Shin Ha-kyun.On December 3, 2014, a Japanese single called ‘Fly’ was also released.

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In May 2015, she released her first entirely self-written and self-produced album, ‘Kiss My Lips’, with the help of American producers ‘The Underdogs and Stereotypes’. Prior to the album’s debut, the single ‘Who Are You’ and its accompanying music video, in which Sehun from EXO played the male lead, were released.

To celebrate her 15th anniversary, she gave a performance at the ‘BoA Special Live 2015: Nowness’. She was the first female idol to hold a solo concert at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in South Korea. ‘BoA Special Live 2015: Nowness’ in Japan was the event that came after it on December 11, 2015, at the Tokyo International Forum Hall-A. She released a digital single titled “Christmas Paradise” as a part of SM Entertainment’s unique winter project, Winter Garden.

Musical Projects, Television Production, and Acting Debut

For SM Entertainment’s SM Station project, she teamed up with the Korean rapper Beenzino. ‘No Matter What’, the duo’s debut single, reached the top of five domestic charts. BoA collaborated with BeatBurger on the composition and writing of the track for the SM Station single ‘Music Is Wonderful’. The English-language theme song for the Fuji TV special drama ‘Ooku’, starring Sawajiri Erika and Watanabe Mayu, ‘Make Me Complete’ by BoA was released on January 12th, 2016 in English. BoA made her third trip back to television in October and November 2016 when she starred in JTBC’s romantic melodrama ‘Listen to Love’.

She also released the dance song ‘Camo’, which was a departure from her earlier work and was produced by The Underdogs. It had a strong emphasis on bass and synthesiser sounds. The following year, BoA joined the team of producers for the second season of Mnet’s boy band survival reality series ‘Produce 101’. Later, BoA released ‘Spring Rain’, an R&B track produced by Kenzie, for SM Station. For the soundtrack of the drama ‘Yaneura no Koibito’, she released the Japanese single ‘Right Here, Right Everywhere’.

BoA visited Japan again in 2018 and returned with her ninth Japanese album ‘Watashi Konomama de Iinokana’.  She set out on the ‘BoA The Live 2018: Unchained’ Tour to coincide with the EP’s release. A copy of Unchained was distributed to concert-goers. ‘Nega Dola’, the lead single from BoA’s first extended play, was released. The lead single, ‘One Shot, Two Shot’, and the accompanying music video were released. The EP reached its highest point at position six on the South Korean Gaon Album Chart and seven on the Billboard World Albums Chart.

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Alongside Dynamic Duo, Sung Si-kyung, and Kim Jong-kook, BoA served as one of the judges for the third season of ‘The Voice of Korea’ in May 2020. She released her tenth Korean album, ‘Better’, on December 1st, 2020. BoA was to participate as a judge for the Mnet Dance programme ‘Street Woman Fighter’, according to SpoTV News. BoA celebrated her 20th anniversary by releasing the Japanese single ‘My Dear’ on November 5, 2021. On December 27, 2021, BoA’s membership in the supergroup ‘Got the Beat’ was made public. On January 3, 2022, the group made its debut. On May 30, 2022, BoA released the Japanese compilation album ‘The Greatest’ in honour of her 20th anniversary.

Artistry

Urban pop, ‘slickly produced’ ballads, and ‘upbeat dance tunes’ could all be found on her debut album, ‘ID; Peace B’. As her career progressed, she started experimenting with various genres: ‘VALENTI’ mostly featured ballads, while ‘Love and Honesty’ featured harder R&B and rock music. ‘The Face’ was electropop-influenced. BoA cites hip-hop as her primary musical inspiration, though she also appreciates R&B. BoA’s music is primarily dance-pop or R&B because Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, and Ne-Yo are some of her favourite musicians.

BoA has been called a “manufactured pop star” because her staff composes and writes the majority of the songs she records. Her first entirely self-written, self-produced album was ‘Kiss My Lips’, and she later assumed creative control with ‘The Face’. BoA has worked with well-known musicians. She has shared the stage with a number of Japanese artists, including the hip-hop group M-Flo, the pop singer Kumi Koda, and the house DJ Mondo Grosso.

She shared the stage with musicians from the West: the Bratz single ‘Show Me What You Got’ was performed with Howie D of the American band Backstreet Boys, and the song ‘Flying Without Wings’ from her album ‘Next World’ was a collaboration with the Irish band Westlife, who covered the original song. She collaborated with Akon on the song ‘Beautiful’, which was included in his third album, ‘Freedom’ when it was released in Japan.

Endorsements

BoA has appeared in numerous brand advertisements due to her widespread appeal. ‘Olympus’, ‘Lotte’, ‘Nike’, ‘L’Oréal’, the Japanese cosmetics company ‘KOSÉ’, ‘Skechers’, ‘Audio-Technica’, ‘GM Daewoo’, and ‘L’Occitane’ are a few of the brands she has promoted. The opening theme for the anime ‘Monkey Typhoon’ was ‘Beside You: Boku o Yobu Koe’, the closing theme song for the anime ‘InuYasha’ was ‘Every Heart: Minna no Kimochi’, the theme song for the Japanese version of Over the Hedge was ‘Key of Heart’, the theme song for the video game ‘Ninety-Nine Nights’ was ‘Your Color’, and the theme song for the video game ‘Tales of Graces’ was ‘Mamoritai: White Wishes’.

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BoA recorded ‘I See Me’ in December 2010 to support the Japanese promotion of Audio Technica headphones. The song ‘Woo Weekend’ served as the ending theme for the NTV Kei programme ‘Tokui to Goto to Uruwashi no SHELLEY ga Konya Kurabete Mimashita’, while ‘Lookbook’ was used to promote Disney on Ice’s 25th anniversary in Japan. BoA was named the official promotional ambassador for the first-ever international art exhibition held on the tourist island of Jeju in August 2017.

Impact

Her popularity is due to her fluency in three languages—she speaks and records in Korean, Japanese, and English—and to the fact that Japanese interest in Korean pop culture began to grow in the early 2000s when the two nations started promoting cultural exchanges. BoA, known as the “Queen of K-pop,” is regarded as one of the greatest performers in East Asia this century.

BoA has supporters in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. She had stated her intention to break into the international market, and in June 2006, the music video for her Korean song ‘My Name’ became the first music video ever broadcast on MTV K. Many artists have cited BoA as an inspiration and a role model, including Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Seohyun, Key from Shinee, Sehun from Exo, Irene from Red Velvet, Chungha from I.O.I., Tsuki from Billie, and Karina and Winter from Aespa.

Net Worth and Personal Life

The success of today’s most well-known K-pop groups was made possible by senior artists like BoA. She began her career at the young age of 13, and since then, she has consistently shone in her career.

One of the most popular and well-known Korean artists in history is BoA. She has worked in the K-pop industry for 21 years. Her earnings from her work as a singer and actress added up to 25 million USD. She is one of the richest K-pop stars at present.

Actor Joo Won and she were rumoured to be dating in January 2017, and the relationship was later confirmed. However, the two celebrities have been dating since late 2016. She and Joo Won broke up after almost a year of dating. Huayi Brothers, the acting agency of Joo Won, confirmed.

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Interesting Facts about BoA

  1. 11 albums were released by her between 2002 and 2009.
  2. “Pama” is the name of her pet dog.
  3. She enjoys eating In-n-Out burgers.
  4. She is referred to as the “Hallyu Wave’s” leader.
  5. She loves cats, and she had a cat named Sara.
  6. She loves “Winnie the Pooh”.

FAQ’S

  1. At what age did BoA debut?
    BoA started her debut at the age of 13.
  2. How old is BoA as of 2023?
    BoA is 37 years old.
  3. Does BoA have a boyfriend?
    BoA and Joo Won started dating in 2016, and in January 2017 they made their relationship public.
  4. When is BoA’s birthday?
    November 5, 1986
  5. What is BoA’s Instagram ID?
    BoA’s Instagram ID is ‘boakwon‘ with 4 million followers.

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