Korea vs. America

BoA’s highly anticipated US single, Eat Up, has released two versions of the music video this past week. Also her American site is up and running you might want to check that out. http://www.boaamerica.com/
There’s also a link to audition for SM USA. Which is too amazing for words.

All I can say is they made a huge mistake with the American version.
The Asian one just flows better. It’s one consistent storyline in the video. And this version really shows off the dance moves. BoA also demands attention in it and shows that she’s is “the best of Asia.” And the chandelier falling causing a fire is defiantly an awesome effect. This version would have worked 100 times better in America. The cockiness in this video would work. Every American artist has that, I’m the greatest person on the planet feel.

The American one isn’t all bad. It just really fails to compete with the Asian version. I’m not a big fan of everything in the American version being cg, it just makes it look weird. And in a good chunk of the video she looks like a vampire wearing orange lipstick. And dare I say it she might not be “flirtatious” enough. The come get me poses are nothing compared to the sex appeal that artist like the Pussycat Dolls have. They also had a little 10 second scene of BoA almost kissing some random American guy. Which could also be some indirect way of trying to make her more racialy accepted.

Now I’m all for BoA making it in the US, but I’m being realistic. It’s very hard for a new artist to be welcomed with open arms, not to mention a foreign artist. And I honestly don’t think this particular song is good enough to make any huge impression on American charts. Sorry BoA fans it will take a miracle for this particular song to launch her career overseas. Hopefully her next single will be more generic.

So here are her new videos. You make the choice of which one is really better.

Asian version

American version

BoA aims for the states

I’m kind of slow on my BoA news, so bare with me for that. Since I’m not really a huge BoA fan.

Popular Kpop and Jpop singer BoA tries her luck in entering the American market with the single entitled Eat You Up. With a release date for some time in October. She also has the slogan Best of Asia bring on America. She will also have a song with popular rapper Flo Rida.

I am super exciting for this. I really want her to make it big here, so maybe other artists will realize the US is defiantly a possibility. Because I honestly think Koda Kumi, Namie Amuro, or Maki Goto would be huge over her. And BoA has the sort of hip pop feel that is popular right now.

So let me have a mini debate with myself about the cons.

1. A big con is that she does have a noticeable accent singing. A lot of people in the US tend to make fun of anyone with an accent. An artist like Shakira who has an accent when singing is fine because there is a large population of Spanish speaking people in the US. And what about the recently popular German band Tokio Hotel? Since they only have an accent when talking and not singing that’s fine. Plus they already had a fanbase here.

2. In the US we don’t have that many Asian celebrities or people in the media. There are really only a handful of Asian stars such as: Margaret Cho, George Takei, Jackie Chan, Mike Shinoda, Masi Oka, etc. Asians in the United States haven’t really been that successful or had that much espouser. Granted there are Asians who have made a career in the US but not nearly as many as their should be.

3. Another con is many other artists have tried to break into the US market and failed. Utada Hikaru who was born in New York, speaks fluent English, and had a song featured on a movie soundtrack isn’t popular here. Puffy Ami Yumi had their on cartoon show and failed to break into the market. Even Dir en grey hasn’t been able to increase their fanbase enough and they had headlining tours here. Popular Korean artist rain is trying to break into the US, but I’m not sure how that’s going.

4. BoA can’t speak english. It would be kind of hard for her to be on TRL, or an tv show for that matter. I think some potential fans may be turned off by constant translators.

BoA has some things to overcome or maybe I’m just being paranoid and she’ll made an easy transition into the US. It certainly seems like Tokio Hotel did just that. So good luck to her. She has the looks and the talent to make it here.

Here’s the preview enjoy. 😀