Best & USA

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Best & USA
Greatest hits album by BoA
Released 18 March 2009 (Japan edition)
15 April 2009 (Korea edition)
Recorded 2005-2009
Genre J-pop, pop, dance-pop
Language Japanese , English
Label Avex Trax
Producer Masaaki Asada, ats-, Simon Brenting, Bloodshy & Avant, Sean Garrett, Kazuhiro Hara, h-wonder, Daisuke "D.I" Imai, Jonas Jeberg, Henrik Jonback, Brian Kennedy, Yōko Kuzutani, Yoko Kuzuya, Greg Lawson, Yoji Noi, Ravex, Damon Sharpe,
BoA chronology
BoA
(2009)
Best & USA
(2009)
Identity
(2010)
Singles from Best & USA
  1. "Vivid: Kissing You, Sparkling, Joyful Smile"
    Released: June 4, 2008
  2. "Eien/Universe/Believe in Love"
    Released: February 18, 2009
2CD cover
2CD+2DVD cover

Best & USA is a 2009 album by South Korean pop singer BoA. A Japanese issue coinciding with the release of the singer's American debut album, BoA, it contains the American album (USA) as well as a compilation of Japanese singles (Best). It was released on 18 March 2009.[1][2]

Best & USA was better received in Japan than BoA had been in the U.S., reaching #2 on the Oricon weekly album charts. It sold over 100,000 copies and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.[3] The Japanese songs were also released separately as Best II on 15 April 2009.[4]

History[edit]

In 2008, after successfully breaking into the Japanese market, BoA and her label S.M. Entertainment set out to record new material to crack the lucrative U.S. pop market. The label founded a new American branch, S.M. Entertainment USA, and BoA recorded a new album of English material to be promoted in the United States, ultimately titled BoA and released on March 17, 2009.[1][2][5]

Coinciding with the American release, BoA also released Best & USA in Japan, including both the new album and a compilation of her Japanese singles.[1] The album was released in several formats mixing the Japanese singles with the new material.[6] BoA promoted Best & USA with appearances in Japan amid her promotions in the United States.[7]

Reception[edit]

Best & USA performed better in Japan than did BoA in the United States. It sold over 100,000 copies, earning Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan.[3]

Adam Greenberg of AllMusic gave the album three stars on the strength of the Japanese compilation, which he found greatly superior to the American recording. In contrast to the "basic and straightforward" American songs, he found that the Japanese singles showcased BoA's strengths as a singer and gave the album value as a compilation of her material.[1]

Track list[edit]

CD: Best&USA (CD Only)
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Universe featuring Crystal Kay & Verbal from M-Flo" (from Eien/Universe/Believe in Love) Kumo, Verbal Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Henrik Jonback, So Shy, Magnus Wallbert, Balewa Mohammad, 4:15
2. "Do the Motion" (from Outgrow) Natsumi Watanabe Yōko Kuzutani 4:14
3. "Eien" (from Eien/Universe/Believe in Love) Narumi Yamamoto Daisuke "D.I" Imai 4:30
4. "Nanairo no Ashita: Brand New Beat" (from Made in Twenty (20)) BoA, Mizue Yoji Noi 4:33
5. "Winter Love" (from Made in Twenty (20)) Natsumi Watanabe ats- 5:44
6. "Meri Kuri: Best & USA Version"   Chinka Yasushi Kazuhiro Hara  
7. "Sweet Impact" (from The Face) Ryoji Sonoda Hara 5:02
8. "Dakishimeru" (from Outgrow) Natsumi Watanabe Hara 3:48
9. "Love Letter" (from The Face) BoA, Natsumi Watanabe Yoko Kuzuya 5:05
10. "Make a Secret" (from Outgrow) Narumi Yamamoto Masaaki Asada 4:48
11. "Everlasting" (from Outgrow) BoA, Natsumi Watanabe Hara 5:25
12. "Lose Your Mind featuring Yutaka Furukawa from Doping Panda" (from The Face) Jonas Jeberg, Simon Brenting, Damon Sharpe, Greg Lawson, Shoko Fujibayashi Jeberg, Brenting, Sharpe, Lawson 3:21
13. "Believe in Love feat. BoA (Acoustic Version)" (from Eien/Universe/Believe in Love) Emi K. Lynn Ravex 4:28
14. "Valenti: Best & USA version"   Chinka Yasushi Hara  
15. "I Did It for Love featuring Sean Garrett"   Sean Garrett, Melvin K. Watson Jr., Matthew I. Irby Sean Garrett 3:01
16. "Eat You Up"   Mikkel Johan Sigvardt, Thomas Troelsen Henrik Jonback 3:11
Best&USA (2CD and 2CD+2DVD version only)
Tracks 1-9, same as above
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
10. "Sparkling" (from Vivid: Kissing You, Sparkling, Joyful Smile) Mizue Hara 3:55
11. "Key of Heart" (from Made in Twenty (20)) Kenn Kato h-wonder 5:02
12. "Make a Secret" (from Outgrow) Narumi Yamamoto Masaaki Asada 4:48
13. "Everlasting" (from Outgrow) BoA, Natsumi Watanabe Hara 5:25
14. "Lose Your Mind featuring Yutaka Furukawa from Doping Panda" (from The Face) Jonas Jeberg, Simon Brenting, Damon Sharpe, Greg Lawson, Shoko Fujibayashi Jeberg, Brenting, Sharpe, Lawson 3:21
15. "Believe in Love feat. BoA (Acoustic Version)" (from Eien/Universe/Believe in Love) Emi K. Lynn Ravex 4:28
16. "Valenti: Best & USA version"   Chinka Yasushi Hara  
'BoA' Best&USA (2CD and 2CD+2DVD version only)
No. Title Writer(s) Producer Length
1. "I Did It for Love featuring Sean Garrett"   Sean Garrett, Melvin K. Watson Jr., Matthew I. Irby Sean Garrett 3:01
2. "Energetic"   Sean Garrett, Yirayah Garcia Sean Garrett 3:41
3. "Did Ya"   Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Henrik Jonback, Negin Djafari Bloodshy & Avant 2:59
4. "Look Who's Talking"   Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Henrik Jonback, Michelle Lynn Bell, Britney Spears Henrik Jonback 3:08
5. "Eat You Up"   Mikkel Johan Sigvardt, Thomas Troelsen Henrik Jonback 3:11
6. "Obsessed"   Troy Verges, Brian Glenn Kennedy, Hillary Lee Lindsey Brian Kennedy 3:46
7. "Touched"   Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Magnus Wallbert, Toby Gad, Arama Brown Bloodshy & Avant 3:06
8. "Scream"   Charlie Mason, Kay J, The Provider Adrian Newman 3:16
9. "Girls On Top"   Young-Hu Kim, Lola Fair (Xperimental Music) (English lyrics) Young Jin Yoo 3:37
10. "Dress Off"   Adrian Newman Adrian Newman 3:41
11. "Hypnotic Dance Floor"   Paolo Galgani, Lisa Rachelle Greene Henrik Jonback 3:43
Total length:
38:47
DVD 1 (Best & USA 2CD+2DVD)
No. Title Length
1. "Do the Motion"    
2. "Make a Secret"    
3. "Dakishimeru"    
4. "Everlasting"    
5. "Nanairo no Ashita: Brand New Beat"    
6. "Key of Heart"    
7. "Winter Love"    
8. "Sweet Impact"    
9. "Love Letter"    
10. "Lose Your Mind" (featuring Yutaka Furukawa from Doping Panda)  
11. "Be with You."    
12. "Kissing You"    
13. "Sparkling"    
14. "Eien"    
15. "Eien (Dance Version)"    
DVD 2 (Best & USA 2CD+2DVD)
No. Title Length
1. "Eat You Up"    
2. "Best & USA Document Film"    

Charts[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position Sales Total Chart Run
March 19, 2009 Oricon Daily Albums Chart 1 29,433
Oricon Weekly Albums Chart 2 81,627 14 weeks
Oricon Monthly Albums Chart 12
Oricon Yearly Albums Chart 58 132,570

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Greenberg, Adam. Best & USA at AllMusic. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Sullivan, Patrick. BoA at AllMusic. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  3. ^ a b ゴールドディスク認定作品一覧 2009年3月. www.riaj.or.jp (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. 2009. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ Yes Asia: Hottracks "한국에서는 4월 15일 일본BEST음원과 영상으로만 구성된 2번째 일본베스트"
  5. ^ Garcia, Kathy Rose A. (September 2, 2008). "BoA Plans Debut in US". The Korea Times. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ "BoA's Best & USA Compilation Album". www.allkpop.com. January 31, 2009. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ Poole, Robert Michael (March 20, 2009). "No constrictions on BoA’s ambitions". The Japan Times. Retrieved July 11, 2014.