Born November 5, 1986
Origin Guri, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Genres Pop, dance, electropop, electronica, R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter, composer, dancer, model, Actress, voice actress, Record producer
Years active 1999–present
Labels SM Entertainment (South Korea)
Avex Trax (Japan)
SM Entertainment USA
United Asia Management
Associated acts SM Town, Verbal, M-Flo, Anyband
Boa Kwon commonly stylized and known by her stage name BoA which is a backronym for Beat of Angel, is a Korean singer, active in South Korea, Japan, and the United States and sometimes referred to as the "Queen of Korean Pop Music".
Born and raised in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, BoA was discovered by SM Entertainment talent agents when she accompanied her older brother to a talent search. In 2000, after two years of training, she released ID; Peace B, her debut Korean album. Two years later, she released her debut Japanese album, Listen to My Heart, becoming the first Korean pop star to break through in Japan following the fall of barriers that had restricted the import and export of entertainment between the countries since the end of World War II.
On October 14, 2008, BoA debuted in the United States with the single "Eat You Up" and released her debut English-language album, BoA on March 17, 2009.
As the singer feels she does not "have any talent for writing [songs]", the writing and composition of her songs are handled mostly by her staff; for this reason, she has drawn some criticism.
BoA's multilingual skills (she speaks Japanese and English along with native Korean and has recorded songs in Mandarin Chinese) have contributed to her commercial success throughout East Asia. She is the only non-Japanese Asian to have three albums selling more than one million copies in Japan and is one of only two artists to have six consecutive number-one studio albums on the Oricon charts since her debut.
Year Network Title Role Notes
2010 SBS Athena: Goddess of War Herself Cameo, ep 7–8
2011–2012 K-pop Star Season 1 Herself Judge for SM Entertainment
2012 Running Man Herself Guest Star, ep 88–89
KBS Win Win Herself Guest Star, ep 116–117
Road For Hope Herself Guest Star
2012–2013 SBS K-pop Star Season 2 Herself Judge for SM Entertainment
2013 Thank You Herself Guest Star, ep 21–22
KBS Waiting for Love Joo Yeon-ae Drama special (main role)
MBC Infinite Challenge Herself Paired up with Gil Seong-joon for Song Festival 2013
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Over the Hedge Heather the Possum Voice role in Korean and Japanese version
2012 I AM. Herself Documentary
2013 Make Your Move 3D Aya Hollywood film