BoA

BoA
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BoA in April 2018
Born
Kwon Bo-ah

(1986-11-05) November 5, 1986 (age 35)[1]
Guri, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • dancer
  • actress
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2000–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitesmtown.com
www.avexnet.or.jp/boa
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationGwon Boa
McCune–ReischauerKwŏn Poa

Kwon Bo-ah (Korean권보아; born November 5, 1986), known professionally as BoA,[2] is a South Korean singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer and actress. One of the most successful and influential Korean entertainers, she has been dubbed the "Queen of K-pop."[3][4][5]

Born and raised in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, BoA was discovered by SM Entertainment talent agents when she accompanied her older brother, a music video director,[6] to a talent search in 1998. She was trained for two years[2] and made her debut 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 on the reality competition show K-pop Star (2011–2013), as an actress on the television drama Listen to Love (2016), as a host for 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[7] has helped her find commercial success beyond South Korea, in China, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore. With the release of her debut Japanese studio album, Listen to My Heart (2002), BoA became the first South 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.[2] She is the only foreign artist with three albums that have sold more than 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.

  1. ^ Mark Russell (April 29, 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 110. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
  2. ^ a b c Robert Michael Poole (March 20, 2009). "No constrictions on BoA's ambitions". The Japan Times. Archived from the original on December 29, 2021. Retrieved December 29, 2021.
  3. ^ BoA – "Game", MTV, September 3, 2010, retrieved April 18, 2011, The queen of K-Pop made her highly, highly anticipated comeback to Korea for the first time in five years with her 9th studio album, Hurricane Venus
  4. ^ The Korean Wave: A New Pop Culture Phenomenon. Korean Culture and Information Service South Korea. November 25, 2011. ISBN 9788973751648.
  5. ^ Cho, Chung-un (July 27, 2012). "K-pop queen BoA returns to music". The Korea Herald. Archived from the original on December 29, 2021. Retrieved December 29, 2021.
  6. ^ Kang, Kyung-yoon (September 5, 2021). "'보아 오빠' 권순욱 감독, 투병 중 결국 세상 떠나" [Director Kwon Soon-wook of 'Boa's Oppa' dies after battling a disease] (in Korean). SBS Entertainment News. Archived from the original on December 29, 2021. Retrieved September 5, 2021 – via Naver.
  7. ^ Lee, Dan (May 30, 2003). "BoA". Japan Today. G Plus Media. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 14, 2005. Retrieved November 20, 2008.

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