Kwon Bo-ah, popularly known as BoA, was born on November 5, 1986, and is a Korean Pop star. She is often regarded as the Queen of K-pop for her enviable achievements, not only in the Korean entertainment industry but also in the Japanese music world. She is best known for her host of albums released in three separate languages, including ten in Korean, nine in Japanese, and an English album. Her ability to sing in several languages has helped to spread her name beyond the borders of Korea. One surprising fact about her is that she underwent years-long training to be proficient in those languages!
Born Kwon Bo-ah in the Gyeonggi Province of Guri, South Korea, BoA is perhaps one of the most popular female celebrities in Korea. However, she didn’t get her fame and achievements on a golden platter.
BoA’s career began in 1998 when she accompanied her elder brother on a talent search organized by the giant Korean entertainment company, S.M. Entertainment. The talent hunt agents discovered and offered to train her. And although her parents were against the idea of their child abandoning her studies to chase an uncertain dream, they later conceded to her elder brother’s persuasion. BoA was trained for two years until 2000 when she released her debut album, “ID; Peace B.” To further extend her reach outside Korea, BoA shifted her career to Japan and in 2000, released her first Japanese album, “Listen To My Heart.” Her Japanese release made her the first Korean pop star to become famous in Japan after the embargo on the exchange of entertainment was lifted between the two countries. In 2008, she crossed the ocean to make her American debut.
She revealed she is a huge fan of Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Whitney Houston, and Ne-Yo, which might explain why most of her songs are in the RnB genre. Additionally, she has also disclosed that her early influence as a singer was Seo Taiji, popularly called King of The Culture, who also dropped out of school to chase his musical dream. Besides her musical career, BoA has also hosted several shows and starred in several movies. In 2013, she had a major role in the Hollywood dance movie, “Make Your Move 3D.”
BoA releases her debut album, "ID; Peace B."
She releases her debut Japanese album, "Listen To My Heart."
Her second Japanese album becomes her best-selling album with over 1.2 million copies sold.
Her fourth Japanese album, "Outgrow," peaks at no. 1 on the Oricon chart in its first week of release.
BoA makes her American debut with the album, "Eat You Up."
She makes her Hollywood acting debut in "Make Your Move 3D," receiving mixed reactions.
Why We Love BoA
She is sympathetic
BoA has been involved in works meant to raise funds for victims of human and natural disasters. She has shown how concerned she is about humanity's well-being. We love her for the efforts she exhibits.
She is trainable
BoA's training with S.M. Entertainment has equipped her with all the skills she needs to be not only popular in Korea, but in many other nations, as is seen already. She is in league with the likes of the American RnB singer and rapper, Akon, with whom she has even collaborated in the past.
She is a risk-taker
Not all people would be bold enough to embark on an uncertain career, especially when it involves dumping one's education. BoA has shown us that it is good to take risks and give anything we feel strong about a shot.
5 Surprising Facts
She holds a Japanese record
BoA remains the only foreigner with three albums that have sold over a million copies in Japan.
She set an M.T.V. K record
BoA's music video for the song "My Name" is the first ever video to be shown on the Korean version of M.T.V., M.T.V. K.
She is concerned about healthy living
BoA is known for drinking a glass of water first thing every morning.
She loves piercings
BoA is a fan of body piercings and has several ear piercings.
Her best friend
Her best friend is Crystal Kay, the J-pop idol.
Is BoA popular in Japan?
Yes. She is even more popular in Japan than in her native Korea.
Is BoA a solo artist?
Yes, BoA is a solo artist from Korea and is often regarded as the Queen of K-pop.
Why is BoA so popular?
One chief reason for BoA’s huge popularity is her fluency in speaking several languages, most of which she even sings in. The Korean, Japanese, American, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Singaporean people all relate to and like her art because she speaks what they speak.
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