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[-[[caption-width-right:260:Don't let this sweet, innocent visage fool you. Homegirl can serve it like no other!]]-]

-> ''This is who I am so I just wanna be true to myself\\
(That's just the way I like it, don't wanna be somebody else)\\
If you could understand, why it's never enough\\
(I'm gonna make it happen, who says there can't be girls on top?)''
-->--'''[=BoA=]''', "Girls On Top"

[=BoA=] is an immensely successful Korean pop star who has been branded "The Korean Britney" by her fans and the media alike. She is most well known for her catchy music as well as her crazy dance skills and her ability to sing live decently while doing said dancing. She has sold upwards of 25 million albums in Asia alone and is only rivaled by Hikaru Utada and Ayumi Hamasaki in terms of overall album sales.

Born Kwon Boa on November 20, 1986, she was raised in the Gyeonggi-do province of South Korea and initially had no interest in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. That all changed when she was scouted by Korean entertainment company SME at a talent search that she accompanied her brother to. SME saw what they were looking for in the then 11-year-old [=BoA=]; a young star who would allow Korea to break into the fickle and often closed-off entertainment industries in both Japan and in the United States. After two years of training she released her debut effort, titled ''ID; Peace B''. The album was a success and paved the way for her to pursue a career in the Japanese music industry. Two years after her Korean debut she released her debut Japanese album, ''Listen To My Heart''. The album was a success and [=BoA=] quickly became one of the premiere pop idols of Japan, being the first non-Japanese Asian singer to have two million-selling albums in Japan (''Valenti'' and her best-of album ''Best Of Soul''). She also went on to become one of only two artists in Japan to top the Oricon weekly album charts six consecutive times (the other artist being AyumiHamasaki).

In 2009 SME decided that it was finally time to break into the U.S. market; they chose [=BoA=] as the flagship artist for their new American label. [=BoA=] collaborated with high-profile producers such as Bloodshy & Avant, BritneySpears and Sean Garrett during the recording process. She released her English-speaking debut in 2009 to less-than-stellar reviews and even worse sales; the album stalled on the Billboard charts and was unable to sell even 10,000 copies. The three singles from the album became minor hits on Billboard's Club Airplay charts but it soon became apparent that [=BoA=]'s stateside debut was a bust. "Look Who's Talking" was written by Britney and featured in the album.

[=BoA=] returned to Japan to release her seventh Japanese studio album ''Identity'' in 2010; the album didn't fare much better on the charts than her English album did though. However, she experienced a slight resurgence in her career when it was announced that she would release her first album of Korean music in five years later that fall. ''Hurricane Venus'' went on to spawn a number one hit with the title track and would go on to be the highest-selling album from a solo artist that year.

Although her first attempt at success in the American music market didn't go that well, it seems like [=BoA=] may be getting another shot at fame, thanks in large part to the growing presence of K-Pop in the U.S. She is currently slated to appear in a dance-themed movie titled ''Make Your Move 3D'' in 2014 and a new English-speaking album is rumored to be in the works if all goes well.


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* Korean Discography:
** ''ID; Peace B'' (2000)
** ''Jumping Into The World/Don't Start Now'' (Mini-Album) (2001)
** ''NO.1'' (2002)
** ''Miracle'' (Mini-Album) (2002)
** ''Atlantis Princess'' (2003)
** ''SHINE WE ARE'' (2003)
** ''My Name'' (2004)
** ''Girls On Top'' (2005)
** ''Hurricane Venus'' (2010)
** ''Only One'' (2012)

* Japanese Discography:
** ''LISTEN TO MY HEART'' (2002)
** ''VALENTI'' (2003)
** ''LOVE & HONESTY'' (2004)
** ''OUTGROW'' (2006)
** ''MADE IN TWENTY (20)'' (2007)
** ''THE FACE'' (2008)
** ''IDENTITY'' (2010)

* English Discography:
** ''[=BoA=]'' (2009)

* Compilation Albums:
** ''K-POP SELECTION'' (2004)
** ''BEST OF SOUL'' (2005)
** ''BEST&USA'' (2009)

* Remix Albums:
** ''Peace B.REMIXES'' (2002)
** ''Next World'' (2003)
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!!This singer provides examples of:
* AlbumTitleDrop: Almost all of her studio albums except for her self-titled album.
* AutoTune: A lot of her latest music utilizes it frequently, especially her English album and ''Hurricane Venus''.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: '''Kwon [=BoA=]''', anyone?[[note]]And in case you were wondering: Yes, that ''is'' her real name.[[/note]]
* BareYourMidriff: She's got a pretty nice tummy although she doesn't show it off quite as much as she did in the beginning of her career.
* BeYourself: The entire message behind the English version of "Girls On Top."
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: She's been all three at one point or another.
* BreakUpSong: "Look Who's Talking".
* ChildProdigy: She quickly gained notoriety for her slick dancing skills. It didn't hurt that she could carry a tune decently while pulling off most of that mad choreography.
* DarkerAndEdgier: It could be said that ''My Name'' was the album that marked her transition into a more mature sound and direction in Korea, while in Japan it would probably be ''Outgrow''. Then of course there's her English album, which is basically about sex and dancing.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Quite a few of her songs qualify.
* DisneyAcidSequence: The music video for "Hurricane Venus."
* DoubleEntendre: Whether it's intended or not, "Girls On Top" definitely applies.
* {{Europop}}: She's worked with Bloodshy & Avant and Henrik Jonback. It doesn't get much more Europop than that.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: The "Hurricane Venus" video.
* {{Fanservice}}: Her skin-tight leather getup in the "I Did It For Love" video.
* FormerChildStar: It's how she was discovered; however, unlike most child stars she hasn't really had a break in her career since she began.
* FunWithAcronyms: [=BoA=] is also a backronym for "Beat of Angel."
** She had issues with this when she began to promote her English debut...she quickly found out that [=BoA=] also stood for Bank of America...she was rather annoyed.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Girls On Top" and all of the implications it brings with it.
* GenreRoulette: She's dabbled in R&B, Hip-Hop, Bubblegum pop, Dance-pop, Electropop and Adult Contemporary... sometimes all on the same album.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Check out the cover of her ''Best & USA'' album.
* GodivaHair: The ''Best & USA'' cover and the video for "Eat You Up."
* GoodBadGirl: She comes off so mild-mannered and polite in interviews, but her music is an entirely different story. Couple that with her dancing and she definitely fits this trope.
* GratuitousDiscoSequence: You can definitely hear its influence in some of her J-Pop albums.
* GratuitousEnglish: [=BoA=], like so many other Asian pop stars, is very guilty of this trope, whether it be her Korean music or her Japanese music. It even crosses over into her English debut as there are a couply of oddly-worded parts throughout.
* GriefSong: "Implode."
* HotterAndSexier: The videos for "I Did It For Love" and "Game."
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: At 5'2" [=BoA=] is pretty petite, so a lot of the time she's dwarfed by her male dancers.
* IntercourseWithYou: Almost all of the songs from the English album.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: A lot of the styles she's worn for her latest albums and videos are really awesome.
* ImprobableAge: By the age of 24 she's sold 20 million albums in Asia ''alone''. She's conquered Korea and Japan and it's highly likely that she's going to make a splash in the U.S. once moviegoers get a load of her in COBU 3D. She's pretty amazing.
* InDaClub: Quite a bit of her music but especially her English debut. The music video for "Energetic" even features a dance-off in a club.
* JapanesePopMusic: One of a few foreign acts to actually become very successful in the Japanese music industry; she has had three million-seller albums, several multi-platinum awards, several gold awards, and numerous hit singles on the Oricon charts.
* LetsDuet: With Koda Kumi for "The Meaning Of Peace," "The Love Bug" with M-Flo, and "I Did It For Love" with Sean Garrett may be considered a duet. Also with 三浦大知 (Daichi Miura) on "Possibility",
* LighterAndSofter: Pretty much all of her ballads, with special shout-outs to "Mamoritai~White Wishes" and "Implode."
* LoudnessWar: More so on her later releases, like ''Hurricane Venus'' and her English-speaking album.
* MoodWhiplash: From ''Hurricane Venus''. The pumping electropop track "Let Me" seques into the GINORMOUS TearJerker "Implode." A little unsettling when you're jamming one minute and then bawling your eyes out the next.
* MotorMouth: "Let Me" is sung in pretty rapid-fire style.
* NewSoundAlbum: She's done this a few times, but it's most notable on her English-speaking debut. She went from fluffy, innocuous J-Pop to harder-edged electropop beats.
* NiceHat: She's rocking a pretty crazy chapeau on the cover of her ''Hurricane Venus'' album.
* NostalgiaFilter: When she released ''Hurricane Venus'' several of her older fans lamented that they missed the R&B/Hip-Hop days of her early Korean music.
* ObsessionSong: "Eat You Up" and of course, "Obsessed." Duh.
* TheOneThatGotAway: "Implode." Oh ''GOD'', "Implode."
* ThePatriarch: [=BoA=] mentions her father in "Our Love: To My Parents" from her ''Made In Twenty'' album.
* PimpedOutDress: The [[FluffyFashionFeathers feathery dress]] from the "Hurricane Venus" video definitely applies.
* RecordProducer: She's worked with Henrik Jonback quite a bit in the last few years.
* TheRival: Depends on the territory you're in. If it's Korea then fans like to pit her against Lee Hyori, another popular K-Pop singer. In her heyday in Japan she was compared to the likes of J-Pop royalty such as UtadaHikaru and AyumiHamasaki so much that she was considered one of the "Big Three" in Japan along with the other two aforementioned ladies.
* RockStarSong: "Look Who's Talking", written by Britney Spears.
* SceneryPorn: The videos for "Hurricane Venus" and "I Did It For Love" definitely apply. They're just purdy.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Spent the better part of half a decade trying to invoke this trope and seems to have done so successfully.
* SingerSongwriter: Not normally, but "Only One" was the first song she wrote and produced.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Officially [=BoA=]'s name is stylized so that the "A" is capitalized due to the fact that 1) her Korean name is Kwon Bo A, Bo+A is [=BoA=] and 2) it's a backronym.
* SpiritualSuccessor: She is often called "The Korean Britney" due to her catchy songs and killer dancing. She also sung a Britney Bside, "Look Who's Talking".
** Her backup dancers (both American and Asian) have called her "The Korean Janet Jackson" because of her dancing as well.
* StageName: She goes by [=BoA=] when on stage.
* TheStoic: She pretty much keeps to herself and doesn't have much to say good or bad about her contemporaries.
* SurrealMusicVideo: "Hurricane Venus."
* TeenIdol: During the first half of her career she was trope personified, but the latter half has shown a lot of growth both musically and image-wise.
* UncannyValleyMakeup: Checkout the black and white checkerboard eye shadow she used for her ''Hurricane Venus'' album cover!
* WomanScorned: "Did Ya."
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