RaNia (band)

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RaNia


T-ae, Riko, Saem, Xia, and Di

(RANIA - STYLE Concept Photo)
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, pop, electronic, hip hop, R&B, dance
Years active2011-present
LabelsDR Music, Yedang Company, Irving Entertainment
WebsiteOfficial Yedang Company website
Members
Saem
Riko
Jooyi
Di
T-ae
Xia
Past members
Yijo
Joy
Sarah
 
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RaNia


T-ae, Riko, Saem, Xia, and Di

(RANIA - STYLE Concept Photo)
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, pop, electronic, hip hop, R&B, dance
Years active2011-present
LabelsDR Music, Yedang Company, Irving Entertainment
WebsiteOfficial Yedang Company website
Members
Saem
Riko
Jooyi
Di
T-ae
Xia
Past members
Yijo
Joy
Sarah
Korean name
Hangul라니아
Revised RomanizationRania
McCune–ReischauerRania

Rania (Hangul: 라니아, stylized as RaNia or RANIA) is a six-member (but they currently perform with 5 members) South Korean girl group, who debuted in South Korea and was produced by Teddy Riley and DR Music.[1] Despite being a Korean group, ex-member Joy is Thai,[2] while Riko was raised in Japan. They released their debut track "Dr. Feel Good" in 2011.[3] All members speak fluent English, Korean, Thai, and Japanese. Before debuting, RaNia received three years worth of vocal training.

As of May 2011, Teddy Riley has officially ended his professional relationship with RaNia after taking to his Twitter to reveal that he had a fall out with RaNia's Korean record label, DR Music.[4] Darkchild has expressed interest in working with RaNia in the future. On November 16, 2011, RaNia released their second mini album "Time To Rock Da Show",[5] promoting the track "Pop Pop Pop". On June 12, 2012, RaNia's agency released a statement referring to member Joy's absence from the groups promotions of "Pop Pop Pop", clarifying that Joy's withdrawal from the group is not an official one.[6]

Contents

Career

Predebut

Rania was originally set to debut in mid 2010 as a six member group,[7] however member T-ae was chosen to star alongside former 2PM member/leader, Jay Park in Hype Nation. Later, Riko (Rania's leader at the time) and Saem were chosen to star in Hype Nation too, causing DR Music to push back the group's debut. In this time, two additional members were chosen but one of them (Sarah Wang) withdrew from the group before debuting. With her withdrawal, the group decided to debut as a seven member group and later look for her replacement.

In an interview with Donga News, Jooyi stated that she had turned down the offer of joining the now popular group 2NE1 as a 5th member.[8]

Debut with Dr. Feel Good, controversies and Masquerade

Originally, it was announced that the group would debut in both Korea and America at the same time. It was also announced that they would be working with producer Teddy Riley. Two songs were composed for Rania “DR Feel Good” and “Masquerade", which he revealed were originally given to Lady Gaga. Speaking about how the deal came out, their company revealed that Rania was contracted with Teddy Riley’s new agency in order to promote in America, in which he was discussing the music distribution rights with Sony Music and Universal Music. Along with this, Rania was going to work with Lady Gaga‘s choreographer, Richard Jackson.[9]

In March 2011, it was announced that Rania would finally debut in April 2011, with a showcase being held on April 6.[10] At this time, Rania was revealed to be debuting as a 8 member group, consisting of Riko, Saem, Xia, Jooyi, Di, Joy, Tae and Yijo. However, upon their debut single's release, Yijo was not included.[11]

It was never formally announced as to why Yijo never appeared with the group for their promotions, however Yijo herself revealed that due to visa issues, she was unable to join them for their debut, and after a few months, left the group.

The group debuted on April 6 on the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) music program, Music Bank, with the song "Dr. Feel Good". However, their music video and live performances for "Dr. Feel Good" caused controversy in Korea as some viewers felt that their image and concept were too provocative.[12] RaNia were forced to change their provocative choreography and make minor changes to the outfits.[13][14] In a later interview, the members of RaNia expressed their regrets on stirring up such a controversy because of their outfits, but still believed that they were not as sexually suggestive as viewers thought.

After the conclusion of their debut single "Dr. Feel Good", the group returned in June with their second single "Masquerade" on Music Bank.[15] An English Version of the song originally appeared on their debut single, however the Korean Version was not. They promoted the Korean Version in Korea, including appearing on music shows.

Despite their debut single included English Versions of both "DR Feel Good" and "Masquerade", the group never advanced into America at this time.

Just after promotions for Masquerade finished, Teddy Riley made ambiguous tweets concerning his future with RaNia, and soon made a formal announcement that he had left RaNia after falling out with the Korean record label, DR Music, the main record label of RaNia.

Because of Riley's leave, RaNia's overseas debut in the U.S. was put into question. However, DR Music states RaNia's activities in the U.S. are still active. It was later announced that RaNia would work with renowned producers Brave Brothers for their single "Pop Pop Pop".

Time to Rock Da Show and line-up changes

It was announced that the group would be coming back in Korea in the last few months of 2011 with popular producer "Brave Brothers"[16]

The group released their second mini-album, "Time to Rock Da Show" on November 16, 2011.[17] The title track, "Pop Pop Pop", was promoted on all major music shows, the first being on M! Countdown.[18] On 20 November 2011, RaNia revealed the music video for their new song "Pop Pop Pop" after several video teasers were released.[19]

On 12 July 2012, RaNia's agency released a statement addressing the absence of group member Joy who had been missing from promotions of "Pop Pop Pop" since November last year, the agency revealed that Joy's parent's house had been affected in the flood which occurred in Thailand at the time and that some family members had been injured. The agency then went on to state that once her family had gotten back on their feet, Joy would then discuss her return to the team with the agency and that her sudden withdrawal from the group was not an official one.[20]

Dream Music Concert and STYLE

On May, 30th, the group perform a new song named "Killer" at the Dream Music Concert. Their comeback was announced to the basic for the 2012's April month, but there was nothing. It was then announced for 2012 Summer, but there was nothing too.

The group confirmed that they would be making a comeback on September 2 with their first broadcast on Inkigayo. However, due to music video scheduling conflicts and finalization of the choreography, their debut was pushed back 2 weeks until September 16, with the scheduled performance on Inkigayo also pushed back.[21] On August 24, it was also revealed by Sports Seoul that the group would also be participating as among the Korean representatives for the 14th Korea-China Music Festival to be held at the Yeosu Expo Digital Gallery.[22] On September 19, DR Music Entertainment revealed the photo teaser for upcoming comeback, and on September 20, at 12:00 KST, RaNia revealed their first teaser for their comeback song "STYLE", followed by the second. At midnight on the same day, "STYLE"'s MV was revealed. Jooyi was not a part of this comeback due to extended training for an unknown project, but she is still a member of RaNia. She tweeted her support along with other such artists as Aoora from AA and FT Island's Jaejin.

Members

Stage nameBirth nameNationality
RomanizedHangulRomanizedHangul
SaemHwang Se Mi황세미 South Korea
Riko리코Kim Joo Yeon김주연 Japan
DiKim Da Rae김다래 South Korea
T-ae티애Lee Tae Eun이태은 South Korea
Xia시아Jang Jin Young장진영 South Korea

Members in pause

Stage nameBirth nameNationality
RomanizedHangulRomanizedHangul
Jooyi주이Yoo Joo Yi유주이 South Korea

Former members

Stage nameBirth nameKorean nameNationality
RomanizedHangulRomanizedThai/ChineseRomanizedHangul
Joy조이Jutamas Wichaiจุฑามาศ วิชัยKim Ji Hye김지혜 Thailand
Yijo이조Chang Yi Jiao常一娇Chang Lee Jo창이조 China
Sarah사라Wang Hui Zi王卉子Hwang Hee Ji황희지 China

Timeline

MembersPredebut201120122013
MarchDecemberSeptemberOctober
Saem
Riko
Di
T-ae
Xia
Jooyi
Joy
Yijo
Sarah

Appearances

T-ae, Xia and Joy participated in the variety show "Oh! My School" on KBS while T-ae and Joy appeared on Let's Go! Dream Team's Summer Girl Special. On September 17, 2011, Rania performed Dr. Feel Good, Masquerade and a cover of Stand Up for Love (originally by Destiny's Child) in "Suara Kami!" held in Malaysia in conjunction of Malaysia's Day celebration.[23]

Discography

Digital single album

Album #Album informationTrack listing
1st"Teddy Riley, The First Expansion in Asia"
  1. "Dr. Feel Good (English Ver.)
  2. "Dr. Feel Good (Korean Ver.)""
  3. "Masquerade (English Ver.)"
  4. "Dr. Feel Good (Inst.)"
  5. "Masquerade (Inst.)"
2nd"Time To Rock Da Show"
  • Released: November 17, 2011
  • Length: 10:63
  • Language: Korean
  1. "Time to Rock Da Show"
  2. "Pop Pop Pop"
  3. "Goodbye"
  4. "Pop Pop Pop (Inst.)"
3rd"STYLE"
  • Released: September 20, 2012
  • Length: 3:26
  • Language: Korean
  1. "STYLE"

Promotional singles

Chart position

YearSingleGaon ChartMusic Bank K-Chart[24]K-POP Hot 100 (Billboard.com)Album
2011"Dr. Feel Good"7529-Teddy Riley, The First Expansion In Asia
"Masquerade"87--
"Pop Pop Pop"2444-Time to Rock Da Show
2012"STYLE"401447 [25]STYLE

References

  1. ^ "New group Rania dreams to conquer Korea and America", Allkpop, 6 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Rania’s successful overseas trip in Thailand". Allkpop.com. 2011-07-20. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/07/ranias-successful-overseas-trip-in-thailand. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  3. ^ "라니아 :: 네이버 통합검색", Naver. Retrieved 13 October 2011. (Korean)
  4. ^ "So Teddy and Rania are kaput. Now what?", Seoul Beats, 26 May 2011.
  5. ^ "RaNia :: Time To Rock Da Show", Naver. 16 November 2011. (Korean)
  6. ^ "RaNia's agency explains Joys absence", 12 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Rookie girl group Rania to debut in August". Allkpop.com. 2010-07-25. http://www.allkpop.com/2010/07/rookie-girl-group-rania-to-debut-in-august. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  8. ^ "Rania's Jooyi rejected a casting offer from YG Entertainment", Allkpop, 24 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Upcoming girl group Rania to debut in both America and Korea". Allkpop.com. 2010-09-26. http://www.allkpop.com/2010/09/upcoming-girl-group-rania-to-debut-in-both-america-and-korea. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  10. ^ "Rookie group ‘Rania’ to hold debut showcase on April 6th". Allkpop.com. 2011-03-30. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/03/rookie-group-rania-to-have-debut-showcase-on-april-6th. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  11. ^ "[Update: MV] Rania releases debut single, "Dr. Feel Good"". Allkpop.com. 2011-04-05. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/04/rania-releases-debut-single-dr-feel-good. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  12. ^ "DR Music responds to concerns about Rania’s provocative choreography & stage outfits", Allkpop, 8 April 2011.
  13. ^ "Rania to make changes to their choreography and outfits", Allkpop, 12 April 2011.
  14. ^ "Rania revamps choreography and outfits, adds a 25-second high note part", Allkpop, 15 April 2011.
  15. ^ "Rania to return with ‘Masquerade’ for follow-up promotions", Allkpop, 4 June 2011.
  16. ^ "Rania to make a comeback with Brave Brothers this year". Allkpop.com. 2011-10-23. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/10/rania-to-make-a-comeback-with-brave-brothers-this-year. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  17. ^ "RaNia releases second mini-album, "Time To Rock Da Show"". Allkpop.com. 2011-11-16. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/11/rania-releases-second-mini-album-time-to-rock-da-show. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  18. ^ "RaNia makes a comeback with "Pop Pop Pop" on ‘M! Countdown’". Allkpop.com. 2011-11-17. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/11/rania-makes-a-comeback-with-pop-pop-pop-on-m-countdown. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  19. ^ "RaNia reveals "Pop Pop Pop" music video". Allkpop.com. 2011-11-20. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/11/rania-reveals-pop-pop-pop-mv. 
  20. ^ "Agency explains member Joys absence". Allkpop.com. 2012-06-11. http://www.allkpop.com/2012/06/ranias-agency-responds-to-inquiries-about-joys-absence. 
  21. ^ ["http://www.allkpop.com/2012/09/rania-comeback-delayed-two-weeks-until-september-16th"], Allkpop, 3 September 2012.
  22. ^ [1], Naver, 24 August 2012.
  23. ^ "RaNia Performs at Suara Kami 2011 Concert in Malaysia", 26 September 2011.
  24. ^ "Music Bank K-Chart"
  25. ^ "KOREA K-POP HOT 100"

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