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Boa is a name of, at least, five artists:
1. BoA is a South Korean singer
2. Boa was a 70s rock band
3. Boa is a Croatian band
4. Boa is a Chilean band
5. Boa is a Czech rock band

1) A mononym of South Korean singer Kwon Boa / 권보아 [Ko] (b. 5 Nov 1986, in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea) - a backronym of ‘Beat of Angel’ (active in South Korea, Japan & USA). She was discovered by SM Entertainment talent agents, when she accompanied her older brother to a talent search. In 1998, she signed to SM Entertainment & after two years of training, débuted with “ID; Peace B” (’00). Two years later, she released her Japanese début album, “Listen To My Heart” (Avex Trax). Her USA début was, the single, “Eat You Up” (14 Oct ‘08, SM Entertainment USA), followed by an English-language début album, “BoA” (17 Mar ‘09).

Influenced by & singers - such as Nelly & Janet Jackson - many of Boa’s songs fall into those genres. As the singer feels she does not “have any talent for writing ”, the writing and composition of her songs are handled mostly by her staff; for this reason, she has drawn some criticism. (Though only a few of her songs are self-written, BoA began composing on her own with her Japanese début album LISTEN TO MY HEART, in which she co-wrote and composed the song “Nothing’s gonna change”.)

Boa’s multilingual skills (she speaks Japanese and conversational English along with her native Korean and has recorded songs in Mandarin Chinese) have contributed to her commercial success in South Korea and Japan and her popularity throughout East Asia.

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