South Korean pop diva BoA returned Wednesday (Oct. 24) with her ninth album, Woman, and a powerful title track of the same name.
A groovy dance-pop track, “Woman” layers BoA's soaring, raspy vocals over rhythmic bass line and bright synths. A steady beat resonates throughout the track, emulating the sound of a woman walking in heels.
During a showcase in Seoul, BoA spoke about the inspiration behind “Woman. “I know there are times when women feel less confident as they get older,” she said. “So I wanted to share a message of finding our own definition of beauty, and not the one society imposes on us, and becoming confident and great women. My friends and I talk about how we tend to focus on the negative aspects of ourselves when we have so many positive attributes. Because of this, I wanted to express my idea of a confident woman as being someone who focuses on her strengths and making herself a better person rather than dwelling on her weaknesses and trying to become like someone else.” She’s explored the topic of female empowerment on singles in the past, most notably on her 2005 single "Girls on Top" and an album of the same name.