BoA (album)

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BoA
Studio album by BoA
Released United States March 17, 2009
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre Pop, R&B, dance-pop, electropop
Length 38:47 (Standard)
49:00 (Deluxe)
Label SM Entertainment USA/Arsenal
Producer Soo-Man Lee (Executive producer), Bloodshy & Avant, Sean Garrett, Henrik Jonback, Brian Kennedy, Clubba Langg, Adrian Newman, The Phantom Boys, Chief Wakil
BoA chronology
The Face
(2008)
BoA
(2009)
Best & USA
(2009)
Singles from BoA
  1. "Eat You Up"
    Released: October 21, 2008
  2. "I Did It for Love"
    Released: June 2, 2009
BoA: Deluxe
Singles from BoA: Deluxe
  1. "Energetic"
    Released: July 21, 2009

BoA is the first eponymous English studio album by Korean pop singer BoA and her twelfth studio album overall. The album was released on March 17, 2009, in the United States. BoA was released in Japan boxed with her second greatest hits album, Best & USA, as a 2-in-1 CD.[1] BoA debuted on the Billboard 200 at #127 and topped the Billboard's Top Heatseekers (Pacific). On August 31, BoA: Deluxe was released digitally via iTunes and includes the single version of "Energetic" and two bonus songs, "Crazy About" and "Control". On September 22, 2009, the album was released worldwide.[2]

Background[edit]

In January 2008, it was reported that BoA was planning to enter the US market.[3] However, Lee Soo Man, the head of BoA's label SM Entertainment, denied this, saying there was still more work to do in Asia.[4] On August 29, 2008, SM Entertainment announced it had started a subsidiary label in the U.S., SM Entertainment USA. News reports started to surface once again about BoA breaking into the U.S. market.[5][6] On September 2, 2008, BoA's label officially announced that she would be entering the US market under their subsidiary label.[7] On September 10, a press conference was held at the Seoul Imperial Palace Hotel to further clarify her plans.[7] With the album, BoA hoped to become a "world-renowned entertainer" in the vein of Janet Jackson.[8]

Production[edit]

For the album, BoA worked with well-known music producers such as Bloodshy & Avant, Brian Kennedy and Sean Garrett.[9] The recording of the album took place in Thailand, Australia, Atlanta and Los Angeles.[10] On Space Shower Music Update during her interview, BoA said that the album consisted of upbeat songs and the use of a vocoder.[11] The album was originally titled Look Who's Talking.[12]

Promotion[edit]

In order to promote the album, BoA performed at the YouTube Live Tokyo event in November.[13] A taping was held on December 3, 2008, at the MTV studio in Times Square of a live performance titled MTV World Presents: BoA Live in New York. She performed "Eat You Up", "Look Who's Talking" and the title song of her fifth Korean studio album, Girls on Top. MTV World Presents: BoA Live in New York is due[when?] to be released in China, Australia, Korea and Japan.[13] BoA also performed at the 2008 Jingle Ball, as an opening act.[14] She also promoted in South Korea at the 2008 SBS Gayo Daejun.[15] BoA herself told EW.com that she has a "repackaged album [to be] released in September", with the new songs "Control" produced by Brian Kennedy and "Crazy About", produced by Sean Garrett.[2]

Track list[edit]

BoA[edit]

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 "The Pen" Garrett, The Phantom Boys 3:01
2. "Energetic"   Sean Garrett, Yirayah Garcia Sean "The Pen" Garrett, Clubba Langg 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 3:13
6. "Obsessed"   Tré Jience, Bryan Seals Kennedy, Troy Verges, Hillary Lee Lindsey Brian Kennedy, Chief Wakil 3:46
7. "Touched"   Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Magnus Wallbert, Toby Gad, Arama Brown Bloodshy & Avant 3:06
8. "Scream 1"   Charlie Mason, Kay J, Apollo Andel, The Provider Adrian Newman 3:16
9. "Girls on Top 2"   Young-Hu Kim, Lola Fair (Xperimental Music) Young Jin Yoo 3:37
10. "Dress Off"   Adrian Newman Adrian Newman 3:41
11. "Hypnotic Dancefloor"   Paolo Galgani, Lisa Rachelle Greene Henrik Jonback 3:43
Total length:
38:47
Bonus Tracks (iTunes Edition)
No. Title Producer Length
12. "Eat You Up (DJ Escape & Johnny Vicious Radio Edit)"   Henrik Jonback 3:38

BoA: Deluxe bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Energetic" (Radio Edit) Sean Garrett, Yirayah Garcia Sean "The Pen" Garrett, Clubba Langg 3:25
2. "Control"   Brian Kennedy, Dwanna Orange, Julian Lowe, Isaiah Freeman, Jience Brian Kennedy[17] 3:00
3. "Crazy About"   Sean Garrett Sean Garrett, Davenport & Spencer[18] 3:35

Note: * The bonus tracks are on the CD track 1, 2 and 3. Further is everything the same, except "Energetic" is track 14.

Singles[edit]

  • "Eat You Up": During her press conference, SM Entertainment announced "Eat You Up" was chosen to be the lead single from the album.[19] The track was produced by Henrik Jonback (who worked with artists such as Britney Spears and Madonna). "Eat You Up" was released online on October 21, 2008. The single charted on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart peaking at the number 8 spot.[20]
  • "Look Who's Talking": A promotional single from the album. The single was first performed at MTV World Presents: BoA Live in New York on December 3, 2008.[13] BoA also performed the single at the 2008 Jingle Ball, which was held at the Anaheim Honda Center.[21]
  • "I Did It for Love": Will be the second single from the album. A 1:30 snippet of the song was released online on February 17, 2009, on various websites.[9] The track was written and produced by Sean Garrett, who is featured on the single. The single charted on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart peaking at the number 18 spot.
  • "Energetic": On May 30, before their performance at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan, BoA and Sean Garrett confirmed in an interview[22] that "Energetic" would be the new single. It is another track written and produced by Sean Garrett, therefore continuing their partnership. According to Kenny Wormald, one of BoA's backup dancers, the music video for Energetic was shot between June 3 and June 5, 2009.[23] The music video was released online on July 21, 2009 through EW.com. The single charted on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, so far peaking at the number 17 spot.[2]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Sales Figures Certification
(thresholds)
U.S. Billboard 200 127[24] 8,000[25] N/A
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 3[24]
U.S. Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums 5[24]
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums 16[24]
Korean Hanteo Pop 1[26] 15,000 Platinum
Japan Oricon Charts c/o Best & USA 132,570
See Best & USA
Gold

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States March 17, 2009 CD, digital download SM Entertainment USA/Arsenal/Fontana
Japan March 18, 2009 CD, digital download Avex Trax
South Korea CD SM Entertainment
Canada March 17, 2009 Digital download SM Entertainment USA
April 7, 2009 CD
Taiwan April 3, 2009 CD Avex Asia
Worldwide August 31, 2009 Digital download SM Entertainment USA/Arsenal
Worldwide September 22, 2009 CD SM Entertainment USA/Arsenal
Philippines November 18, 2009 CD Universal Records[27]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Deluxe Version

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Japanese)"First! BoA’s best album and American debut album combined". Livedoor. Retrieved 2008-01-28. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "BoA, 'Energetic': Korean pop superstar debuts exclusive video, talks Britney, Weezer, and more". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  3. ^ (Korean)"Asia's Star BoA, U.S. Operation In the Works... Top Secret Album". JoongAng Ilbo. 2008-01-31. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  4. ^ (Korean)"Lee Soo Man, BoA and TVXQ not ready for America? "We Have a lot to Do In Japan and Asia"". Newsen. 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  5. ^ (Korean)"BoA, a Step Closer To USA?". Yahoo! Korea. 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  6. ^ (Korean)"BoA, to Enter the U.S. Market Next Year". Newsen. 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  7. ^ a b "BoA Plans Debut in US". The Korea Times. Han Sang Hee. 2008-09-11. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  8. ^ "Rap-Up.com - Korean Pop Star BoA Prepares U.S. Takeover". 23-09-08. Retrieved 07-02-14. 
  9. ^ a b "#1 Pop Star From Asia Gears Up to Launch New Single Recorded With Top Hit-Maker Sean Garrett". Marketwire. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  10. ^ "Natalie - [Power Push] BoA Special Content". natalie.mu. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  11. ^ (Japanese) BoA's interview. Space Shower Music Update. Space Shower. 2009-02-17
  12. ^ (Korean)"BoA's US debut plans". Yahoo! Korea. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  13. ^ a b c "BoA to Make US Debut Through MTV". The Korea Times. Han Sang Hee. 2008-11-30. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  14. ^ "BoA to Perform in 'Jingle Ball' Concert in U.S". Korean Broadcasting System. 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  15. ^ (Korean) "BoA Famous Movie Star And a New Year's Greetings'". Star News. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  16. ^ "Let Me Hear You "Scream"!". MySpace. Charlie Mason. 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  17. ^ "Promotion Plans for BoA Deluxe". blog.ningin.com. Fontana Distribution. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  18. ^ "Davenport & Spencer's Myspace". myspace.com. Devonport & Spencer, Myspace. 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  19. ^ "Singer BoA to Knock on US Music Market". The Korea Times. Hankook Ilbo. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  20. ^ "Hot Dance Club Play rank". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-12-06. [dead link]
  21. ^ "BoA to Perform in 'Jingle Ball' Concert in U.S". Korean Broadcasting System. 2008-12-03. Retrieved 10 December 2008. 
  22. ^ "DJ Kaori interviews BoA & Sean Garrett". MTV. 2009-05-30. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  23. ^ Kenny Wormald's Twitter
  24. ^ a b c d "Artist Chart History - BoA". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  25. ^ "Asian pop star BoA takes on the U.S". Reuters. 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  26. ^ (Korean) "Korean Hanteo Pop Yearly chart". Hanteo. Retrieved 2009-05-31. [dead link]
  27. ^ SUPER JUNIOR-M & BoA ALBUMS RELEASE DATE CONFIRMED ! Universal Records Philippines @ facebook.2009-11-14.

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