BoA – Milestone – Single Review

Milestone is BoA’s 31st Japanese single, it’s a long awaited single for her fans around the globe since she hasn’t been releasing any new tracks, due her shooting of upcoming Hollywood dance movie called COBU 3D which is produced by the man behind Step Up, Duane Adler. Milestone was released on 7 Dec 11. it was a success radio hit, but it’s not selling very well physically. It also peaked at no.7  in Japan Hot 100 chart.

The single itself only contains 1 new song, the other 2 tracks featured had been released before (I SEE ME & メリクリ ~BEST & USA Version~). The first track, Milestone is a soothing ballad track that features simple piano melody. This song itself almost sounds like its own version of piano acoustic that no drums or any beat enhancer were used. Her vocal wasn’t as powerful as her ballad standard back in 2007 and before, you know, puberty. Eventhough it’s not a powerhouse ballad track which was BoA’s forté back in her teenage days, Milestone successfully delivers an emotional messages of lonelinesses and struggles she had been through the years, even I have no idea what she was saying until I read the lyrics translation. This is a great example of a saying that says Don’t let languages be your barrier (or something like that) she able to emote through language barrier which is awesome.

Every time the season changes
The world gets ahead of the feeling
My ‘Milestone’ will never be shaken
Because I keep a record every time…

Personally, Milestone is not my favorite ballad of BoA but it gave me a goosebumps at the first listen. It’s a great ballad.

In the other hand I SEE ME provides more jazzy and mature instrumentals and a wider vocal range. I SEE ME is an OK song, it’s pretty good for the few first listens. And the rendition of her phenomenal ballad, メリクリ is added as well. It was kind of pointless of adding the BEST & USA version that had already released in her album back in 2009, It’s a very good track though. It’s more likely the deeper version of メリクリ sung in feminine nasal voice. But her nasal voice works just fine in this single, no complain of her nasality in her single here.

I can provide the download link, just ask @DaddyFredy and I’ll upload it for you. Remember to purchase it by yourself. I do!

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BoA 10th Anniversary Year in Japan 2011~2012

It’s been 10 years since the first time BoA debuted in Japan when she was just 13 years old. She was very passionate to take over Japan music industry which is second largest music industry in the world after The United States. She started up pretty good and climbed to the top in no time. 6 consecutive no.1 albums, millions of records were sold, numerous tours were held, no doubt she’s the record setter for foreigner musicians. But, staying on top was harder than reaching it. Her 7th album was surprisingly didn’t make it to the top spot, it was placed at number 4. It’s been said that it was the cost of lack of promotions.

BoA had been a chameleon singer, she did spicy dance tunes, edgy rock songs, heart slicing ballads and many more. BoA was crowned as a “Queen of Winter Ballad”, as her ballads never failed to pamper your ears and tragically slice your heart and melt it into the song. From her best known メリクリ to her popularity revival, まもりたい ~White Wishes~, none had failed.

It’s been 10 years… The evolution had taken place, the history was made and a milestone was reached. Congratulation BoA, and thank you for being such an inspirational performer that showed a truly professionalism in each and everything you have done.

BoA’s Official website: http://www.avexnet.or.jp/boa/index.html

10th Year Discography

31st Single (1st DVD Single)
「Milestone」
2011 Dec 7

Tracklist:
[CD]
 01 Milestone
 02 I SEE ME
 03 メリクリ ~BEST&USA Version~
 04 Milestone (INST)
 05 I SEE ME (INST)
 06 メリクリ ~BEST&USA Version~(INST)
[DVD]
 01 Milestone MV
 02 making of
 03 BoA 10th film ~From the past to the future~

NOTE: Click  to preview the song.


Limited Collection Album
「BoA SUMMER SELECTION 2011」
2011 Aug 31

Limited digital release, via iTunes Japan.
Tracklist:
01 QUINCY
02 Rock With You
03 LISTEN TO MY HEART
04 I SEE ME
05 WOO WEEKEND
06 VALENTI
07 ID; Peace B
08 Amazing Kiss
09 Shine We Are!

Countdown Gallery

To download the whole gallery, click this link. (2MB)

Live Performances

SUMMER SONIC 2011

Setlist:

 01 BUMP BUMP!
 02 QUINCY (short ver.)
 03 Rock With You
 04 Medley (LISTEN TO MY HEART ~ Possibility ~ I SEE ME)
 05 WOO WEEKEND (short ver.)
 06 VALENTI ~Best & USA version~

a-nation 10th Anniversary for Life Charge Go! 2011

Setlist:

 01 BUMP BUMP!
 02 QUINCY short ver.
 03 Medley (ID; Peace B ~ Amaazing Kiss ~ Shine We Are!)
 04 WOO WEEKEND short ver.
 05 VALENTI ~Best & USA version~

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J-WAVE LIVE~AUTUMN

Setlist:

 01 Possibility duet with 三浦大知
 02 Milestone
 03 メリクリ
 04 I SEE ME
 05 Girlfriend/Crystal Kay feat. BoA

BoA – Hurricane Venus Music Video Premiere

A long awaited BoA’s comeback Music video finally comes up to the surface. It features great dance choreography which matches the song theme pretty much. Girly and energetic in the same time. And BoA is the only one who can work a ponytail out for a smashing comeback. The outfits are crazy, the settings are excellent and the camera is exspensive.

The best outfit:

The best setting:

The best scene:

Awesome!!

Anyway have you guys realized that there’s a one missing dance part looking back at Hurricane Venus Music Video Spot released a while ago?

THIS!!

Oh however, it’s one of her best Music video in a while :’)

BoA – Hurricane Venus

BoA has finally released her 6th Korean album titled Hurricane Venus on August 5. Well I know the title sounds a bit awkward. Well many says Hurricane Venus is reflecting a woman’s power. Venus reflects femininity as Hurricane is known as a disastrous and powerful side. I disliked the title at first, but who cares? I love it now. I love awkward stuffs.

Packaging of BoA's 6th Album 'Hurricane Venus'

Packaging of BoA's 6th Album 'Hurricane Venus' captured by koralex90 from BoA's House

Well as I can see, I see Hurricane Venus as BoA’s most criticized album up to date. Many dislike the cover used. Personally I love it so much it blew me at the first sight. Well for me it’s unique and new. The booklet contains many kinds of image. I see high-fashioned BoA, Girly BoA etc.

As for the music in the CD, the most essential part in the whole product. Hurricane Venus’ opening track is GAME, which music video was previously released as a thank-you present for her loyal Korean fans. As for me, the music video is one of her well-planned music video since LOSE YOUR MIND (putting aside her American MVs). Even though she doesn’t dance in this Music Video, some of her movement pulls the viewers to enjoy the song more. The song itself has a great personality which sounds new. She shows inviting vocal, and the vocal is partially auto-tuned which disappoints half of her fans. Thanks Super Junior who trends auto-tuned with their world hit, Sorry Sorry. I’m 100% okay with autotuned voice as long as its not chipmunk’s. GAME shows her mature side along with bitchy and naughty image which sound sexy and enjoyable.

  • Hurricane Venus:

Almost half of this album is a heavy dance tracks such as its title track, Hurricane Venus, LET ME and Dangerous. Hurricane Venus sounds so well-edited. The editing is done professionally. Dangerous sounds less originally since it sounds more common to Korean music industry. The most recent work I recognize is f(x)’s NU ABO. But musically Dangerous and Hurricane Venus are catchy and great track to sing and dance along to. Unlike Dangerous, LET ME sounds more westernized and less catchy, but it has a great characteristic.

  • Adrenaline:

My favorite track aka. the most energetic track in the whole album, Adrenaline. It sounds more American instead of Korean to me. The chorus sounds so energetic ( I can’t remember when is the last time she recorded shouting song like this, that it brought me to shiver when I listened to it at first.) that mixed well with its sexy verses and catchy Lalala I love it– hook.

Hurricane Venus also shows girly side of hers in this album, Piano dominated M.E.P (My Electric Piano) and 하루하루 (Ordinary Day). M.E.P sounds refreshing and fun-to-repeat kind of song. Mostly reminds me to Owl City’s work. Ordinary Day sounds nostalgic as I hear its resemblance to Gracious Days and no more make sick. Both tracks are enjoyable and fun to listen to.

  • 한별 (Implode):

There are 3 ballads in this album, 옆 사람 (Stand By), 한별 (Implode) and Don’t Know What To Say. Even though all of them are ballads but all of them reflect very different characteristic. I can’t decide which my favorite between Stand By and Implode is. They are simply beautiful. Stand By is stronger than Implode vocally. Both are sweet. Implode sounds mainly played along with acoustic music which much resembled to Snow Patrol’s work. But Implode is way too long, there are some unnecessary part that should have been removed, and please replace her brother’s voice with hers instead. That’d be way better. I’m not saying that her brother’s voice is crappy or what but to listen to a man voice in this sweet song is just awkward and weird. Well their duo sounds calming and lovely so just let it be. While Don’t Know What To Say sounds less poppish, it’s jazzier to me. Which is new, Well, Don’t Know What To Say is not the only one with jazzy feeling,

  • 로망스 (Romance):

The other is 로망스 (Romance). Unlike Don’t Know What To Say, Romance sounds more matured and sexually-romantic. The background music is clearly bringing scratchy classic feeling of 80-90s love songs. Epic!

After all, Hurricane Venus DOES blow the people’s mind away. The album is filling, professionally arranged and well-planned.

I’d like to thank SM Entertainment for giving this project to BoA, I’ve almost forgotten how epic BoA’s music are. Hurricane Venus is a great comeback, and a great beginning of her long awaiting Korean and American career.

Happy 10th Anniversary BoA

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I’m just being predictive and demanding

Hey Guys, lately I keep being less creative, so to avoid my creativity to run dry I have to be CREATIVE and PREDICTIVE and a bit DEMANDING. AS YOU GUYS KNOW, I’m BoA’s #1 fan (any problem with it?), BUT!!! her recent Japanese works were kind of disappoint me PRETTY MUCH. SO!! I’m going to be all creative, predictive and lil bit DEMANDING Ha ha ha ha.

As you know, BoA’s Popularity in Japan is decreasing GREATLY, so is my blog’s. SO ME and BoA are the same bcoz she knows, I’m her #1 fan! whatever…

Anyway, what do I call creativity? I made her future discography (of course her Japanese one bcoz Japanese song titles are unique!) to commemorate her 30th single release (WOO WEEKEND). And remember these are complete fanmade, if these come true you can’t blame avex for stealing my creativity (Well, I know they won’t) lol.

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