Ayumi HamasakiAs you can see, other artists think very highly of BoA and I don't blame them. She is a great entertainer. All the more reason to love her.
Ayumi thinks of BoA as a really cute hoobae.
"Even when she was little, she was the best in music. Since her debut, she would study Japanese. I know this because I knew her then. When we're talking on the phone, she would be polite."
"Since her debut, she would travel between Japan and Korea. I always thought 'that BoA is an amazing kid.' That little kid traveled by plane alone and trained sometimes until she got sick because she was so tired. Now, her Japanese is perfect and she's #1 on the charts. And some more stuff."
-Jiyoon (He's G-Dragon from the boy-group called "Big Bang")
When Jiyoon and BoA were both around 13 or 14, he had a small crush on BoA...cuuuutttee!! 8-)
"I've joined several people's fan cafes. I did it sometimes because I was curious, and other times because I was a fan. In the past I've joined Boa's and Ivy's fan cafes. I joined Ivy's fan cafe because I was a fan from the first performance of hers I saw and I wanted to see her pictures. But because I couldn't pay the dues I had to withdraw. It is the same with BoA"
"BoA was very beautiful and charming. When I first met her, I was surprised that she was fluent in three languages. If I have the opportunity, I would like to co-star in a movie with her."
-Mark Feehily of Westlife (Westlife sang the song "Flying Without Wings" with BoA)
"Oh! BoA! I remember her as a very charismatic and brilliant singer. After our collaboration, I heard that she became Asia's finest singer. Back then, we collaborated very enjoyably."
-Kian Egan of Westlife[/b]
"Although we met her for a short while in London, she was a friend of many talents: singing, dancing, and speaking English. If we met again, wouldn't she, presenting herself in a slim figure, count the wrinkles on our face?"
-TAKU of M-Flo
"I was amazed at your concentration. No matter how tired you were, you felt it in your body a duty to make each performance enjoyable because you understood extremely well that that moment was the moment of success or failure and because you loved that rush of feeling. I think that that is your gift."
-Verbal of M-Flo
"I was very happy that you participated in our album. You let us collaborate in an extremely nice place. Because you are a person who is respected by others, please continue to inspire dreams and bring happiness to people."
"BoA has a sharp sense and a strong personality. She's actually an ordinary girl when you meet her on a non-business matter. However, the moment she begins working, her concentration is very impressive. When I see that kind of concentration, I realize she's a true professional."
"When I see her singing live and dancing at the same time at such a young age, I realize she's extremely talented. Honestly, I get a thrill from watching her."
-Sung Hyun Ah
"A little while ago, when I was on the same show program with BoA, I became very surprised when I saw her perform right in front of me. I was surprised because of the immense energy that came out of such a small physique."
-Jang Geun Suk
"As a brother, I watched over Joanne and Haneul because they were younger than me. Contrarily, I received a lot of help from BoA as we worked together. Although she was only one year older than me, she was very professional and mature."
"I watched her since I was little. Although we practiced together since BoA was thirteen... I think I was jealous. BoA stood out from the rest because she was a bit abnormal in doing well under stress (BoA says, "Me?") and always tried so hard to be the best when someone was only a little bit beter than her. I was sometimes spiteful... BoA, I love seeing you do your best... Although you are the best right now, I hope that you'll become even more more more greater."
-Shim Jae Won of Black Beat
"I saw BoA for the very first time when a Japanese dancer named Kazu came to teach an extremely difficult choreogrpahy, which required technique and a sense of rhythm. I wondered how that small child was going to learn this. Although I doubted her in the beginning, right after practice ended, I thought, "Where the heck from a small physique come such power, in addition to the brilliant sense of rhythm, the ability to register dance moves, and her inner four-beat rhythm?" She was hiding all these talents. Also, BoA had a solo dance in the song ID:Peace B. That part was painfully hard. I taught her by showing each step like one-two-three-four... and she soaked all of it. As I thought, "Hmm... Look at that... She dances pretty well..." she went right in front of the mirror and practiced day and night until the right feeling came. I was moved by that effort. I was also surprised..."
-Lee Minwoo of Shinhwa
"I'm going to keep BoA as my adopted child. Even in my cellphone, she is registed as my daughter. She is a friend who has had a hard past... and I'm glad everything is working out for her. I think that BoA's goals and her greediness in trying to accomplish many things were what got her up to where she is right now."
-Brian of Fly to the Sky
"Before debut or now, not only that she works hard, but the fact that she works until the end to achieve what she wants... because of that... I also become strengthened."
-Park Mi Kyung
"It is extremely impressive how such charisma and eye spark can come from the stage."
"I had an extreme case of stage fright. During my first album activities, I didn't have any confidence and couldn't even stand on the stage. It was then when a young girl named BoA told me, "A song that is sung without confidence can never be felt by the audience." After that, I began to find confidence little by little. Normally, when you see a singer, you think, "If I try hard enough, I can become like them..." But I feel like no matter how hard I try, I can never catch up to BoA. She is a friend of impressive talent. It must be hard to express such charisma and dance at a young age, but she is very exceptional. The fact that such great talent can come from one person is to be respected."
-Yoo Hee Yul
"I don't say this because she’s succeeded in Japan or because of anything else, but because she really does sing well. The many composers and producers I know who have collaborated with her all praise her after working with her. No matter what type of song it is, if Boa sings it the song becomes alive and lights up."
"BoA sings well, and because she has a pure image unlike other Japanese singers I wanted to collaborate with her. I met her for the first time when we worked together. She was a type who was both very intelligent and passionate. The request for a remix came from her side first, but I too wanted to make one more and more as I listened to her English songs. Her voice has a quality that makes it different from anyone else’s."
-boasesang (for the original Korean quotes)
-Soompi (for the translations)
-BoAjjang (for posting the topic)
Finally, an update from the official BoA fanclub "Jumping BoA". It seems they'll be shipping out the fanclub merchandise very soon. It's about time, since most of the members applied in April and May last year. I don't know what the goods are exactly, but I'm sure they'll be intersting.
As you all might know, I've entered BBC #41. You can view my entry here. It's my most complicated MOC to date, so be sure to leave a reply.
So it seems the Arrow Rock Festival won't be happening for me and my mother, since we both need a new bike. And I think I have one in my sights.... Just need to wait for my money to roll in at the end of the month.
(Codename: The Driver)
And the second part of this week and/or the entirety of next week will mark the arrival of the first of my last 2 orders for a while.
It'll the arrival of the album Secret and the DVD B0A the LIVE. Me ish excited.
Well, I guess that concludes today's entry.
Take care of yourself and each other.
~Baby, will you dance, take a chance?~