HONG KONG – BoA, one of Asia’s biggest female singers, will release an English-language single in the U.S. on Oct 21, with an all-English album to follow on Nov. 11, which might prove that the “Korean Wave” is not finished.
Her management company SM Entertainment has set up a U.S. subsidiary to facilitate the launches. Universal’s Fontana will distribute.
The hip-hop- and R&B-influenced BoA, real name Boa Kwon, has had a massive career that extended from her native Korea to Japan and Chinese-speaking territories, in large measure to versatility and her linguistic skills. She has recorded in Korean, Japanese and English, has several million-selling albums under her belt and six that have topped the Oricon charts in Japan.
“The entire album is in English, for the mainstream U.S. market, not Korean-Americans or Asian-Americans. It is all new,” said Peter Rho, senior associate at Dreier Stein Kahan Browne Woods George, attorneys representing SM Entertainment.
Rho said they are exploring a U.S. and world tour.