Boa Kwon (Korean: 권보아, Kwon Boa, born November 5, 1986), commonly stylized and known by her stage name BoA, which is a backronym for Beat of Angel, is a Korean singer, active in South Korea, Japan, and the United States. 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. On October 14, 2008, under SM Entertainment USA, a subdivision of SM Entertainment, BoA debuted in the United States with the single "Eat You Up" and released her debut English-language album, BoA on March 17, 2009.
Influenced by hip hop and R&B singers as Nelly and Janet Jackson, many of BoA's songs fall into those genres. As the singer feels she does not "have any talent for writing [songs]", the writing and composition of her songs are handled mostly by her staff; for this reason, she has drawn some criticism. (Though only a few of her songs are self-written, BoA began composing on her own with her Japanese debut album Listen to My Heart, in which she co-wrote and composed the song "Nothing's Gonna Change".)
BoA's multilingual skills (she speaks Japanese and conversational English along with her native Korean and has recorded songs in Mandarin Chinese) have contributed to her commercial success in South Korea and Japan and her popularity throughout East Asia. She is the only non-Japanese Asian to have two million-selling albums in Japan and is one of only two artists to have six consecutive number-one studio albums on the Oricon charts since her debut.
"Jewel Song / Beside You: Boku o Yobu Koe
" is BoA
's eighth Japanese single. It was on the 2003 top singles sales according to the Oricon
with sales of 151,000. It is also her fourth highest selling single. Beside You -Boku wo Yobu Koe- was used as opening theme song for the anime Monkey Typhoon
"Listen to My Heart
" is BoA
's fourth single. It is her breakthrough single into Japan, reaching number five on the Oricon
charts. It is also her second highest selling single.
" is BoA
's 21st Japanese single. It was released on November 1, 2006. It hit #2 on the Oricon Charts with sales of 42,481, making it the highest charting BoA single since "Do the Motion
", which was released in March 2005.
Valenti was released in 2003 and is BoA's highest selling Japanese album (excluding overseas sales) and sold over 1.2 million copies.
"ID; Peace B"
's Japanese debut single. ID; Peace B was originally sung in Korean
for her Korean
debut album with the same name
's second single in Japan. It was released July 25, 2001, and went to number 23 on the Oricon