She isn't floppign neither there nor in Korea. She's simply not in the top tier of artists with commercial peak powers anymore. Even though it's her 15th, 16th year she is however selling numbers most artists would be jealous of, touring live and doing what she wants. It's a very typical phase for a 'legend' artist who's not the newest craze anymore but still has both a core fanbase and a solid mainstream presence. And remember 'Who Are You' outsold any song by f(x) digitally this year, even though f(x) is the 'hot poop' among many youth right now.
Since Identity i think she's going through a "do i really wanna keep doing this?" crisis D:
This makes NO sense at all. Did you read any interviews with her the last year? Watch her comeback show? She's more enthusiastic about the music itself and the products she's releasing than ever, because, as she says, she's found out the kind of music she wants to make, her voice, what impressions she wants to leave on the music scene.
If you don't like the music that's fine, it's subjective, but it's clear that she's discovered her own artistic character, and in my opinion knows her strengths perfectly when composing, the casual cool rnb, it's what she wanted to make on Identity when she started to really take the reigns more herself and what she perfected on Only One, while showing off her dance mastery at the same time. It was everything that's great about BoA and as she said, she's happy with the music she creates and doesn't really care if her commercial peak is past her. If anything she's enjoying herself more now as an artist than ever before. That's why she's found the inspiration for concerts in Korea, etc. Certainly here in Korea (where I live) she's a more visible presence in the mainstream than in several years.
Hello. I went to the show. Tears, so happy :VVVVVVVVVVVVV
I think that's the complete setlist. Sorry if I'm forgetting something because I'm exhausted and high on life after that amazing show. My first with BoA, of course, like a lot of Koreans there tonighht.
New song: I get so caught up in the moment I can't almost recollect how it g oes. It sounded real nice, slow rnb. The important thing to notice here is it was performed completely live with a live backing so I don't know how the actual single is produced yet.
Freakin exploded in happiness when she performed Implode!!! One of her best ballads and I think it's great to see how she realizes that and has brought it to the stage for this concert.
Yes the two Japanese songs were in Japanese. Meri Kuri Korean version of course.
And Waiting ㅜㅜ
Worth noting: THe show was filmed professionally and SM are reaaaal stupid if they don't put this historic event out live.
Five English songs shows how much she enjoys those. 'Look Who's Talking' was a highlight, with a very entertaining new routine (filmed cleverly with some cameras in the roof so you could see the pattern she was making with dancers).
In the middle of No 1 everyone in the audience held up a thing saying 'Here We Are' (to play on the name of the concert) and she saw it and afterwards said 'Ah, SM know how to do this stuff huh' but someone in the fans said 'it's not SM, it's the fans' and she said 'oh, of course SM wouldn't do it. I'm nothing without the fans' lol
Vocals are so powerful and steady no matter how much she moves or how long the show goes on :S And the ballad section was beautiful. Everything was done with a live band.
hinachan, I don't agree with the basis of your argument. I'd say Only One is exactly the kind of song that brings out the fun in BoA. Previously I've always held 'Eien' as her best single - mid-tempo rnb that's perfect for a low-key styling and great dancing. The slight contrast between the smooth rnb and the tough moves is lovely, and it's what she's brought out in Only One. I didn't know how good the song would be when it was revealed she composed it, but it surprised me and is most likely ending up somewhere in the top 3 favorite singles. That has something to do with my tastes and like for rnb, sure, but it's also just an amazingly breezy, elegant, light song and the dance MV shows us how much it brings out the best in her, the dancing, singing, casually cool BoA. There's nothing Mariah Carey or Aguilera about the song at all, and neither about the rest of the album. I'm really happy BoA is more creatively involved and that she's found a songwriter voice greater than what I think any of us imagined. It opens up a whole new chapter in her career.