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Kiss My Lips is the eighth Korean-language studio album (seventeenth overall) by South Korean singer BoA. It was released digitally on May 12, 2015, and physically a day later by S.M. Entertainment, and distributed by KT Music. The album features twelve tracks in total, including a pre-release single "Who Are You" and the lead single which shares the same name as the title of the album. The self-produced record (for celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of BoA's debut) is her first Korean full-length release since Only One (2012).[1]

Kiss My Lips
BoA-KissMyLips.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 12, 2015
Recorded2014–15
Genre
Length45:19
LanguageKorean
Label
Producer
BoA chronology
Who's Back?
(2014)
Kiss My Lips
(2015)
Watashi Kono Mama de Ii no Kana
(2018)
Singles from Kiss My Lips
  1. "Who Are You"
    Released: May 6, 2015
  2. "Kiss My Lips"
    Released: May 12, 2015

Contents

SinglesEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Billboard     [2]
IZM     [3]

"Who Are You"Edit

The album's pre-release single "Who Are You", written by BoA herself, is an electronic dance-pop tune with sounds of guitar and bass. Featuring a rap by Gaeko from hip-hop twosome Dynamic Duo, the lyrics of the self-penned song expresses excitement of a man and woman until meeting each other on a blind date.[4][5]

The single was released on May 6, 2015, with its accompanying music video.[6] The singer's labelmate Sehun (a member from boy band Exo) and actress Kim Hyun-ji co-starred in the music video as blind date partners.[7] The music video shows varied places and props, and also sensory images mixing reality and fantasy through a lot of CG-based special effects.[8]

"Who Are You" reached number three on the Gaon Singles Chart, and has sold over 466,000 digital copies in South Korea.[9][10]

"Kiss My Lips"Edit

The self-composed title track "Kiss My Lips" is a minimal pop song incorporated with unique synthesizer riffs and sound. Emphasizing her deep voice, BoA's vocals redouble the single's dreamlike atmosphere. In the song's lyrics, the speaker provocatively urges her counterpart not to hesitate about coming up to her.[11][12]

The single was released on May 12, 2015, the same day as the album's release. Its corresponding music video was directed by the singer's elder brother Kwon Soon-wook, who also directed the video for the album's pre-release track.[13][14][15][A]

"Kiss My Lips" peaked at number eighteen on the Gaon Singles Chart. Since its release, the song has sold nearly 128,000 digital copies domestically.[17][18]

Release, Promotion and Critical receptionEdit

On May 8, the album's track listing was revealed online, and an image teaser video for the lead single came out via S.M. Entertainment's official YouTube channel the following day.[19][20] Commercials for the album aired from May 11 until 17.[21] On May 12, the whole album was released with an official music video for the title track.

Upon its release, Kiss My Lips debuted at number five on the Gaon Weekly Albums Chart.[22] The album also entered Billboard's World Albums Chart on the issue date of May 30, 2015, debuting at number six.[23]

BoA began promoting her comeback album on various music programs, starting on Music Bank (KBS) aired on May 15, 2015.[24] Along with the lead single, she performed "Fox" on Music Bank,[25] "Green Light" on Show! Music Core (MBC),[26][27] and "Smash" on Inkigayo (SBS).[28]

On KBS's You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook, BoA performed the album's two lead singles and "Double Jack",[29][30][31] along with her previous hits "My Name" and "No. 1".[32] She also covered "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson, who the singer stated was particularly her role model.[33]

Promotions for the album was wrapped up by BoA's performance on Inkigayo (SBS) aired on May 31, 2015.[34]

Year-end listsEdit

Publication Accolade Year Ref.
"IZM" The 10 Best Albums of 2015
2015

Track listingEdit

CD/Digital download[36]
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Kiss My Lips"BoA3:46
2."Who Are You" (featuring Gaeko of Dynamic Duo)
BoA3:44
3."Smash"BoA
2:34
4."Shattered"BoA
3:56
5."Fox"BoABoA3:59
6."Double Jack" (featuring Eddy Kim)BoA
  • BoA
  • ZigZag Note
3:48
7."Home"BoA3:38
8."Clockwork"BoABoA3:56
9."Love and Hate"BoA
  • BoA
  • Kim Tae-sung
  • Oberg
4:03
10."Green Light"BoABoA4:01
11."Hello"BoABoA4:22
12."Blah"BoABoA3:39
Total length:45:19
Notes
  • According to the album's booklet, the original title of track 1 was "Soft Lips".

Chart performanceEdit

Album chartsEdit

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Sales
South Korean Gaon Weekly Albums Chart[22] 5
South Korean Gaon Monthly Albums Chart[39] 8
South Korean Gaon Year-End Albums Chart 99
Japanese Oricon Weekly Albums Chart[40] 147
US Billboard World Albums Chart[23] 6

Single chartsEdit

Who Are You

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Sales
South Korean Gaon Weekly Singles Chart[9] 3
  • KOR: 466,047+ (digital downloads only)[10]
South Korean Gaon Monthly Singles Chart[41] 9
South Korean Gaon Year-End Singles Chart N/A

Kiss My Lips

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Sales
South Korean Gaon Weekly Singles Chart[17] 18
  • KOR: 128,000+ (digital downloads only)[18]
South Korean Gaon Monthly Singles Chart[41] 50
South Korean Gaon Year-End Singles Chart N/A

Other charted songsEdit

Title Peak chart position Sales
KOR
Gaon

[42]
"Double Jack" 43
  • KOR: 24,209+ (digital downloads only)[43]
"Fox" 66
  • KOR: 18,000+ (digital downloads only)[44]
"Green Light" 71
  • KOR: 18,000+ (digital downloads only)[45]
"Love and Hate" 80
  • KOR: 16,000+ (digital downloads only)[46]
"Smash" 82
  • KOR: 16,000+ (digital downloads only)[47]
"Blah" 83
  • KOR: 16,000+ (digital downloads only)[48]
"Home" 86
  • KOR: 15,000+ (digital downloads only)[49]
"Shattered" 87
  • KOR: 15,000+ (digital downloads only)[50]
"Hello" 92
  • KOR: 15,000+ (digital downloads only)[51]
"Clockwork" 97
  • KOR: 14,000+ (digital downloads only)[52]

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
South Korea May 12, 2015 Digital download S.M. Entertainment, KT Music
Worldwide[36] S.M. Entertainment
South Korea May 13, 2015 CD S.M. Entertainment, KT Music

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Kwon has previously directed some of the music videos for BoA's singles such as "Game", "Only One", and "Disturbance".[16]

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ Jung, Minjae (2015-05-18). "Star of Asia becomes unrivaled K-pop Muse". Seoul. Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  4. ^ Jeon, Won (May 1, 2015). "보아, 자작곡 '후아유' 선공개…개코 랩 피처링 ("BoA to Release Her Self-Penned Song "Who Are You"...Featuring Rap by Gaeko")" (in Korean). MyDaily. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
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  7. ^ Elizabeth, Hailie (May 7, 2015). "Rising Star Kim Hyunji Appears In BoA's 'Who Are You' Music Video Alongside EXO's Sehun". KpopStarz. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
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  10. ^ a b Sales references for "Who Are You":
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  14. ^ "보아 'kiss my lips' 뮤비, 섹시-도발적 자태 '시선 강탈' 몽환적 분위기 ("BoA's "Kiss My Lips" MV Showed Off Its Sexiness and Provocativeness")" (in Korean). Sports Chosun. May 12, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
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  18. ^ a b Sales references for "Kiss My Lips":
  19. ^ "보아, 정규 8집 트랙리스트 공개. 12곡 모두 작사, 작곡, 프로듀싱에 참여 ("BoA Reveals Full Track Listing for Her Eighth Studio Album. All Tracks Written and Produced by Her")" (in Korean). Sports Chosun. May 8, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
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  21. ^ Elizabeth, Hailie (May 12, 2015). "BoA To Launch Large Scale Comeback Promotions". KpopStarz. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
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  23. ^ a b "Billboard World Albums Chart - The Week of May 30, 2015". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  24. ^ Kim, Ah-reum (May 13, 2015). "보아, 컴백 첫 주 음악방송 통해 수록곡 4곡 공개…'Kiss My Lips'부터 'Smash'까지 ("BoA to Perform Four Tracks from Her New Album...From "Kiss My Lips" to "Smash"")" (in Korean). Newsway. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  25. ^ KBSKpop (May 15, 2015). "[HIT] 뮤직뱅크 - 보아, FOX + KISS MY LIPS '여왕의 귀환'.20150515" (YouTube).
  26. ^ Choi, Eun-jung (May 16, 2015). "보아, 여왕의 화려한 귀환.. 'Kiss My Lips' ("BoA, The Queen's Splendid Return")" (in Korean). Energy Economy Newspaper. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  27. ^ MBCkpop (May 16, 2015). "[Comeback Stage] BoA - Kiss My Lips, 보아 - 키스 마이 립스, Show Music core 20150516" (YouTube).
  28. ^ Kim, Hee-kyung (May 17, 2015). "'인기가요' 보아(BoA), 존재 자체만으로도 묵직한 무대… 'Smash-KISS MY LIPS' ("BoA on The Music Trend, A Grave Stage for Her Presence Itself")" (in Korean). TopStarNews. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  29. ^ KBSKpop (May 29, 2015). "[HIT] 유희열의 스케치북 - 보아 - Kiss My Lips.20150529" (YouTube).
  30. ^ Son, Hyo-jung (May 27, 2015). "[단독] 보아, '유희열의 스케치북' 3년만 출격…의리 빛났다 ("BoA to Appear on Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook for the First Time After Three Years")" (in Korean). TVREPORT. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  31. ^ KBSKpop (May 29, 2015). "[HIT] 유희열의 스케치북 - 보아 - Double Jack [Feat. 에디킴].20150529" (YouTube).
  32. ^ Jeong, Hee-seo (May 30, 2015). "'스케치북' 보아, 추억의 무대 선사…역시 K팝 '넘버원' ("BoA Presents Nostalgic Stage on Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook")" (in Korean). XPORTSNEWS. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  33. ^ Choi, Eun-jeong (May 31, 2015). "아시아의 별 보아, 마이클 잭슨으로 완벽 변신 ("BoA Perfectly Transformed into Michael Jackson")" (in Korean). Energy Economic News. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  34. ^ Son, Jae-eun (May 31, 2015). "[영상]'인기가요' 보아, 8집 막방…상큼 발랄 러블리걸 ("BoA to Perform Her Last Stage for the album "Kiss My Lips" on The Music Trend"")" (in Korean). SBS funE. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
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  37. ^ Sales references for Kiss My Lips:
  38. ^ Sales references for Kiss My Lips:
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  40. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" [Oricon Ranking Information Service 'You Big Tree']. Oricon. Retrieved May 29, 2015. (subscription only)
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  42. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on 8 July 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  43. ^ Sales references for "Double Jack":
  44. ^ Sales references for "Fox":
  45. ^ Sales references for "Green Light":
  46. ^ Sales references for "Love and Hate":
  47. ^ Sales references for "Smash":
  48. ^ Sales references for "Blah":
  49. ^ Sales references for "Home":
  50. ^ Sales references for "Shattered":
  51. ^ Sales references for "Hello":
  52. ^ Sales references for "Clorkwork":

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