Boa is a South Korean singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer and actress. One of the most successful and influential Korean artists, she has been dubbed the “Queen of K-pop”. Born and raised in Gyeonggi Do, South Korea, BoA was discovered by talent agents from SM Entertainment when she accompanied her older brother, a music video director, on a talent search in 1998. She trained during two years and debuted in August 2000. BoA has released twenty studio albums, including ten in Korean, nine in Japanese, and one in English.
On television, she appeared as a judge in the K-pop reality show Star (2011-2013), as an actress in the television drama Listen to Love (2016), as a host from the second season of Produce 101 (2017), and as a coach for the third season of The Voice of Korea (2020). BoA’s ability to sing in Japanese, English and Mandarin helped her find commercial success beyond South Korea, in China, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore. With the release of her first Japanese studio album, Listen to My Heart (2002), BoA became the first South Korean pop star to break into Japan following the fall of barriers that had restricted the import and export of entertainment. between countries since the end of World War II.
She is the only foreign artist with three albums that have sold over one million copies in Japan and one of only three female artists with six consecutive number-one studio albums on the Oricon charts since her debut, the others being Japanese singers Ayumi Hamasaki and Hikaru Utada.
She has created some absolutely legendary tracks and here is a curated list of them:-
1. Only one
For the choreography of her title track, “Only One,” she enlisted the help of Nappytabs who also contributed choreography to her upcoming dance film Make Your Move 3D. The title track “Only One” was released digitally on July 22, 2012. It entered the K-pop Billboard Hot 100 at number 12 and peaked at number 2 in its fourth week. It stayed in the top 3 for four weeks. It remained at the top of the Gaon charts for weeks and sold around 2 million singles by October. The physical album was released on July 25, 2012, and sold over 28,000 copies in its first six days of release. As of August 2012, the album has sold over 34,000 copies in total. The album also got over 934,059 digital downloads according to Gaon Chart. The album is her best-selling Korean album to date with the combination of digital and physical sales. The song was the most resembling song of 2012 with the lovely pop coupled with BoA’s silky vocals and the best choreography as expected by the Queen of K-Pop.
2. No. 1
It is a dance song that incorporates stylistic elements of europop. The BoA-published version was written by Kim Young Ah, while the track’s arrangement was handled by Ahn Ik Soo. The original was created by a Norwegian producer. It was positively received in South Korea and Japan. In Mnet’s semi-annual Gayo Best 27 ranking of the top 100 popular songs, ‘No. 1’ ranked number three, behind Shinhwa’s “Perfect Man” and Lee Seung-hwan’s “Wrong”. The song has been dubbed not only a milestone in [BoA’s] career as a transnational idol star, but also proved the viability of SM Entertainment’s export strategy. It was the first time the company had achieved chart success in Korea and Japan with a European-licensed song.
The track shows Boa’s idea of a real woman and shows how women can do more than just compete. The singer embraces her femininity and inspires other women to do the same by urging them to be comfortable in their own skin and set their own standards. The music video further emphasizes this point, featuring a diverse cast of women of different ages, sizes, and racial groups. The title track’s backing choreography went viral after the record was released for the “upside down walk” that was used in the intro. Woman also received a nomination for Best Pop Album at the 16th Korean Music Awards in 2019.
It’s alternative R&B written and arranged by longtime collaborator Yoo Young Jin. Along with musical production by Aston Rudi and Jay-Keyz, the song also features a sample of “Like I Do” by Swedish singer AWA, who was given songwriting credits. The song received critical acclaim upon release, with several publications listing Better in their Top Albums of 2020 rankings. one on Billboard’s The 10 Best K-Pop Albums of 2020. He describes the album as one of Boa strongest records to date, and it’s filled to the brim with songs that showcase her as someone assured in her artistry – her excellence is evident.
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