BoA, the first generation of Korean Wave, alias Hallyu, returned on Oct. 24th with her ninth album, Woman, and a powerful title track of the same name.
By Anna Kim
The veteran K-pop diva BoA brought out her ninth full-length album titled, Woman, one week before Halloween. Her comeback showcase took place on Oct. 24th at 8 p.m. at the SMTOWN theatre inside the COEX Artium in a live global broadcast.
This groovy dance-pop 10 track album, Woman layers BoA’s soaring and raspy vocals over rhythmic bass line and bright synths. Her lyrics exhibit female empowerment with girl-crush vibes, giving the song a charismatic powerful performance. This album is the first time in a long time since her EP, “One Shot, Two Shot,” a collection of various genres including hip-hop.
The song, “Woman,” was dropped through a dramatic music video featuring BoA as a leader of women while she performs her characteristically powerful choreography backed by a team of dancers. Online users are in awe over BoA’s ‘upside down walk’ choreography in the music video, showing off a leopard-patterned dress and an elegant purple look. She also gave her fans a sneak peek with a slew of mind-blowing promo pictures at her new album, Woman. The lyrics of the single were also written by BoA, who also had a hand in composing and/or writing lyrics for five other tracks on Woman.
The 31-year-old K-pop queen BoA continues to march forward and encourages herself to do her best as much as she can.
“This year marks the 18th anniversary of my debut. I came up with the idea that I need to sing more great music to fans when I was delving into how I would be able to enjoy my music career more over the next 20 years,” said BoA in a press showcase of her new album. “I think I also need to perform more.”
BoA got ahead in the K-pop scene in the 2000s in both the K-pop and J-pop markets. Having a facility for languages, BoA often recorded multiple versions of her songs in Korean, Japanese, and English. Thus, her fan base has been established in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Korea.
A teen pop phenomenon who made her debut at the age of 14 in 1999, BoA was compared to Britney Spears and took rank with J-pop’s biggest stars like Ayumi Hamasaki and Hikaru Utada. Her easy-on-the-ears dance-pop, American-style R&B, and regular offering of ballads made her outstanding in the K-pop scene. One of the most impactful pop stars in South Korea, she made her Billboard 200 debut with her self-titled English album BoA in 2009. Her fans have been mesmerized by her endless transformation. Hail to the forever K-pop diva BoA!
BoA returns with her ninth album, Woman.
BoA's lyrics exhibit female empowerment with girl-crush vibes, giving the song a charismatic powerful performance.
BoA got ahead in the K-pop scene in the 2000s in both the K-pop and J-pop markets.