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Posted : 2008-10-22 16:44
Updated : 2008-10-22 16:44

BoA Slowly Climbs Up US Online Music Scene


BoA, Korean pop star who has achieved solid success, is hoping to repeat it in the U.S. music market. Her debut single "Eat You Up'' came in thrid in the iTunes Top Songs category. / Yonhap
By Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

Officially releasing her debut single online in the United States Tuesday, Korean pop princess BoA, 21, is slowly pushing her way to the top.

Her debut single ``Eat You Up'' came in third in the Top Songs category on music Web site iTunes. The song also ranked number 10 on Amazon's Hot New Release in MP3 Downloads and 21st on the Today Top MP3 Songs charts.

SM Entertainment, the singer's agency, announced that U.S. Internet users posted comments on various Web sites regarding the singer's debut, some saying that they thought the songs were fantastic, while others mentioning that the lyrics, beat and BoA's voice were all perfect.

``Eat You Up'' was released here Wednesday through popular music Web sites like Melon and cyworld and in Japan through mu-mo.net. The song will also be released in some 30 countries through more than 300 Web sites soon.

U.S. magazine Variety's Asian Web site also carried an article regarding the Korean singer's plans to enter the U.S. market, saying that it ``might prove that the `Korean Wave' is not finished.''

BoA will attempt to break into the U.S. live performance market next month through an American and world concert tour, according to SM Entertainment.

Her first all English album will be released in the United States early next year.
BoA is familiar with breaking into overseas music markets. After debuting in Korea, she soon left to break into the Japanese music market, winning broad popularity. He sixth album, titled ``The Face'' topped the Japanese Oricon chart's album of the week in March. With that feat, she marked the sixth time that her album was voted No. 1 on the weekly album chart.

sanghee@koreatimes.co.kr

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