BoA is the first US studio album by South 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]

Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 17, 2009
Length38:47 (Standard)
49:00 (Deluxe)
BoA chronology
The Face
Best & USA
Singles from BoA
  1. "Eat You Up"
    Released: October 21, 2008
  2. "Look Who's Talking"
    Released: December 3, 2008
  3. "I Did It for Love"
    Released: June 2, 2009
Alternative cover
Singles from BoA: Deluxe
  1. "Energetic"
    Released: July 21, 2009


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]


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]


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.[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 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]


  • "Eat You Up": During her press conference, SM Entertainment announced "Eat You Up" was chosen to be the lead single from the album.[16] 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.[17]
  • "Look Who's Talking": 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.[18]
  • "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[19] 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.[20] The music video was released online on July 21, 2009 through The single charted on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, so far peaking at the number 17 spot.[2]

Track listingEdit

1."I Did It for Love" (featuring Sean Garrett)Sean Garrett, Melvin K. Watson Jr., Matthew I. IrbySean "The Pen" Garrett, The Phantom Boys3:01
2."Energetic"Sean Garrett, Yirayah GarciaSean "The Pen" Garrett, Clubba Langg3:41
3."Did Ya"Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Henrik Jonback, Negin DjafariBloodshy & Avant2:59
4."Look Who's Talking"Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Henrik Jonback, Michelle Lynn Bell, Britney SpearsHenrik Jonback3:08
5."Eat You Up"Mikkel Johan Sigvardt, Thomas TroelsenHenrik Jonback3:13
6."Obsessed"Bryan Seals Kennedy, Troy Verges, Hillary Lee LindseyBrian Kennedy, Chief Wakil3:46
7."Touched"Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Magnus Wallbert, Toby Gad, Arama BrownBloodshy & Avant3:06
8."Scream1"Charlie Mason, Kay J, Apollo Andel, The ProviderAdrian Newman3:16
9."Girls on Top2"Young-Hu Kim, Lola Fair (Xperimental Music)Young Jin Yoo3:37
10."Dress Off"Adrian NewmanAdrian Newman3:41
11."Hypnotic Dancefloor"Paolo Galgani, Lisa Rachelle GreeneHenrik Jonback3:43
Total length:38:47
Bonus Tracks (iTunes Edition)
12."Eat You Up (DJ Escape & Johnny Vicious Radio Edit)"Mikkel Johan Sigvardt, Thomas TroelsenHenrik Jonback3:38


BoA: Deluxe bonus tracksEdit

1."Energetic" (Radio Edit)Sean Garrett, Yirayah GarciaSean "The Pen" Garrett, Clubba Langg3:25
2."Control"Brian Kennedy, Dwanna Orange, Julian Lowe, Isaiah Freeman, Lavender Don GibsonBrian Kennedy[22]3:00
3."Crazy About"Sean GarrettSean Garrett, Davenport & Spencer[23]3:35


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


Deluxe Version

Charts and certificationsEdit

Chart (2009) Peak
Sales Figures Certification
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

Release historyEdit

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]


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