Boa Kwan ( Kwon ) Picture Gallery
When (who manages one of Japan's
top entertainers, Yungsung Akanemi) saw BoA Kwon 보아, they took upon
themselves the responsibility of her dance and vocal training. As a
result, they introduced one of the top instructors to Kwon Boa (보아 )
. Sakuma, who had been recognized as Japan's best dancer, gave BoA Kwon
( 보아 ) dance lessons, and Japan's top hip hop dancer Kazeu personally
came to Korea to choreograph BoA's debut album. Sakuma even praised
BoA 보아 saying "When compared to the Japanese dancers who do nothing
but dance, her skills are right up at that level. And among the female
singers who do both singing and dancing, there is no one who has the
skills that BoA Kwan 보아 has. There has been no one this young who can
dance so well."
BoA broke records in both Korea and Japan with her smash hits, including "No. 1," "Valenti," and "Listen to My Heart". She has made strides in music and acting with chart-breaking albums released in both Japanese and Korean (BoA accounts for over 75% of musical exports from Korea), as well as being a cover model for huge companies such as Shiseido, Honda, KDDI: Au, Calpis, and recently the Japanese division of Gap. BoA has also become a cross-cultural icon, bridging historical tensions between the nations of Korea and Japan.
BoA was awarded "Most Influential Asian Artist" and "Favorite Artist Korea" Prizes at MTV Asia Awards held in Singapore on February, 2004. Her songs are now popular even in Taiwan, PRC and some Southeast Asian countries.
She has appeared on numerous magazine covers and some commercials, including KOSE, MISSHA, Lipton, Ting, Pantech & Curitel, Elite, Lotte, Maybelline, and Wired XYZ.
BoA also appeared in the Korean Music Festival held in the Sydney Opera House on June 21, 2004 and in the Volvo "Hallyu" Concert in Universal City, California (outside of Los Angeles) on June 11, 2005. Most recently, she performed at the 2005 APEC conference in Busan, South Korea.
Girls on TopIn 2005 BoA released her highly anticipated fifth album, Girls on Top. It topped the charts and so far has sold approximately 115,000 copies. Although the sales were disappointing to many, one should note that Korean album sales have dropped by over 50% from 2004 alone, so sales of over 100,000 copies are very respectable. The album also hit #1 in Taiwan, showcasing BoA's popularity outside of South Korea and Japan.
Capitalizing on the success of Best of Soul, BoA's 15th single Do the Motion hit #1 on the Oricon chart, making her only the fifth non-Japanese singer to have a single hit #1 and the first in over 21 years. In September BoA went on to release her 16th single, make a secret (#4), which would end up as a flop, selling barely 50,000 copies. Her 17th single, 抱きしめる (Dakishimeru), was released on November 23, 2005 and although it is still charting, appears to be following the same disappointing sales path as make a secret. Her 18th single (and probably last before her next full studio album), Everlasting, will be January 18, 2006 and will most likely be a ballad. Due to the release date of her 18th single, her next full studio Japanese album will most likely be released in either February or March of 2006
BoA celebrated the five year anniversary of her Korean debut with fans on August 25, 2005 and to advertise for the special event, a new limited edition "MOTO" repackaging for the Girls on Top album was released. Also, it is rumoured that BoA's sixth Korean album may be pushed back from the expected release of summer 2006 as far as early 2007 due to BoA's entrance into the Chinese market next year.
BoA is planning on entering the Chinese market sometime in 2006 (most likely in the summer after her fourth Japanese live tour). She has released several overseas versions of her albums in Taiwan and China already so she is reasonably well known in both countries (e.g Girls on Top hit #1 in Taiwan in September 2005).
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