Some of the replies here make me raise my eyebrows. Wow!! that is the only thing you can utter after watching this girl who has dedicated her whole childhood and youth making music for you pouring her heart out? BoA just does not tell us about any topic!!. She told us about her insecurities, the hardships she had to endure all these years all alone. She basically told people to stop putting so much pressure/ expectation on her shoulder because she is no superwoman, and this is what she gets? More complaints. I know that you want new music, you miss BoA. She ain't your child (you should reserve your ridiculously high expectations and channel them later to your child, he/she will be immensely grateful ) and BoA owns you NOTHING, so stop asking her to do this do that because "I want her to do better". It becomes irrelevant now as BoA stated herself she hates those kinds of remarks. I thought some people after being her fans for near one long decade should understand BoA's predicament. BoA's peak is over, she wants to lead a life that bears MEANING to her (not you, may I remind again). It is HER life, and she is now opt to do what she likes. The woman is in her late 20s already, and she has her own vision of what life from now on she'd like to lead. I thought you understood that BoA was in no position to release music just to please the mass; she participated in Kpop Star with hope of rejuvenating herself and seeking inspiration upon reflecting on the young contestants' efforts (contestants who remind her of who she was once in the past).
You might not think of it but an artist is no machine. Inspirational ideas just don't come that easily; you have to earn them through a process of self-cultivation. I find it amusing how Utada's fan can be so understanding and tolerant, yet some BoA's fans possess some kind of compulsive control tendency toward their idol. Utada's fans respect her and let her take her break with grace and patiently wait for her. BoA is active in the entertainment scene (though may not be totally music-related) yet her fans diss her left and right, I don't see that kind of mindset even in the younger fans liking idol groups who must be the most active ones doing reality and talk shows and rarely release any materials of quality. There is something in life people should know: Gratitude Just be grateful that BoA doesn't ditch you to marry off some guy. Even she does so, nobody has the right to complain.
One more thing, aside from all the self-promotion benefits BoA gets from doing reality shows, I feel happy because for the first time, in so many years, I get to know the woman behind the music I always adore. I always got one or two tidbits about BoA's personality from the scanty behind-the-scenes clips in the past, but not this up-close and genuine revelation. I see BoA in a whole new light as a human being not just as BoA the singer/ performer.
P/S I suggest some of you guys read BoA's recent interview articles. BoA has a good sense of who she is, and she doesn't seem to care much about sales/ rankings. Sometimes, it feels rather trivial concerning yourself too much with the superficial results that appear even more superfluous in the ever-changing and changeable showbiz.
Took the words right out of my mouth!! +1!!