Orange Caramel

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Orange Caramel
2013 Orange Caramel(1).jpg
From left to right: Lizzy, Nana, Raina
Background information
Also known as After School Global Unit
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 오렌지 캬라멜
Revised Romanization Orenji Kyaramel
McCune–Reischauer Orenji K'yaramel

Orange Caramel (Hangul: 오렌지 캬라멜; Katakana: オレンジカラメル), is the first unit group formed from the South Korean pop group After School. This unit was formed with the third generation members: Nana, Raina and Lizzy. Orange Caramel’s concept is the Candy Culture (which involves a cute and colorful style).[1]


2010: "Magic Girl", "A-ing"[edit]

Orange Caramel debuted on June 16, 2010, with the single "Magic Girl". Their debut mini-album, The First Mini Album, was released on June 21, 2010. The album was a commercial success, peaking at No. 2 on the Gaon Chart with the lead single "Magic Girl" peaking at No. 18. The mini-album was also released in Taiwan, where a Mandarin version of "The Day You Went Away", a cover from Cyndi Wang, originally by M2M, was also included. Both versions of the album included Raina's R&B solo, "Love Does Not Wait" (사랑을 미룰 순 없나요).

On November 18, 2010, The Second Mini Album was released with the lead track, "A-ing". The music video for "A-ing" had a "fairy tale witches" concept.[2] The album peaked at No. 10 on the Gaon Chart and the lead single, "A-ing", peaked at No. 5. The second single released from the album, a solo by Raina titled "Not Yet..." (Korean: 아직...), peaked at No. 42. The album also includes the song "One Love" and a Korean version of "The Day You Went Away" (이곳에 서서).

2011: "Bangkok City", "Shanghai Romance"[edit]

On March 30, 2011, "Bangkok City" was released as part of the group's "One Asia" project. The single peaked at No. 3 on the Gaon Chart, thus making it the group's most successful single to date. Orange Caramel continued the "One Asia" project with the release of "Shanghai Romance" on October 13, 2011, which peaked at No. 8. The song's lyrics were written by Kim Heechul of Super Junior.[3] The single had two B-sides: "Close Your Eyes" (눈을 감아), a solo by Nana, and the Mandarin version of "The Day You Went Away". A Japanese version of "Shanghai Romance" was later released as a bonus track on After School's debut Japanese album, Playgirlz.

2012–2013: Japanese debut, Lipstick, Orange Caramel[edit]

Orange Caramel debuted in Japan on September 5, 2012 with a cover of 1970s pop group Candies song "My Sweet Devil".[4] They returned to Korea and released their first full-length album, Lipstick, the following week on September 12.[5]

On October 23, 2012, Orange Caramel released 'DJ Remix'.[6]The EP consisted in two remixes of 'Lipstick', one by Vodge Diper and one by DJ Hanmin. Vodge Diper's remix was subsequently used in their live TV performances.[7]

The group's first Japanese studio album, Orange Caramel, was released on March 13, 2013. It included their previous Japanese singles and Japanese versions of their Korean singles, as well as some new songs.

On May 9, 2013, Orange Caramel released a collaboration with indie band 10cm. The single is a remake of 10cm's "Hug Me" (안아줘요) and is part of LOEN Entertainment's "Re;code" project.[8]

2014: "Catallena","Abing Abing", "My Copycat"[edit]

Orange Caramel's third single, "Catallena", was released on March 12, 2014. In the music video, the group appear as mermaids before turning into different types of sushi. The song has a "Bollywood-inspired disco beat" and samples a Punjabi wedding folk song.[9][10] The single peaked at No. 5 on Gaon's album chart and No. 6 on the digital chart, as well as No. 4 on Billboard's K-Pop Hot 100. At the end of 2014, it was number 12 on Billboard's list of the 20 best K-pop songs of the year.[11]

"Abing Abing" was released on May 20, 2014.[12] The song was used to promote Baskin Robbins' new line of ice cream bingsoo, or patbingsu, a Korean shaved ice dessert.[13]

On August 18, Orange Caramel released their fourth single, "My Copycat" (나처럼 해봐요; Nacheoreom Haebwayo, lit. "Do it Like Me"). The theme of the music video is based on Where's Waldo? and prompts viewers to find the Orange Caramel members in different scenes as well as spot the differences between similar side-by-side shots.[14] It was directed by video production team duo Digipedi who had previously worked with the group on "Catallena" and "Lipstick". The single peaked at No. 8 on Gaon's album chart and No. 19 on the digital chart.[15] A music video the B-side track "The Gangnam Avenue" (강남거리) was released on September 3.[16] Later that month, the group released their first soundtrack single, "Tonight", for the television series It's Okay, That's Love.[17]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Seoul Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2012 Bonsang Award Orange Caramel Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
2013 Bonsang Award "Lipstick" Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated

MelOn Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 Best Song[18] "Catallena" Nominated

SBS MTV Best of the Best[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2012 Best Comic Video "Lipstick" Won
Best Rival (vs Secret) Orange Caramel Nominated

Korean Visual Arts Festival[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2010 Photogenic Award Orange Caramel Won

Billboard's Girl Group Week[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 Most Underrated Girl Group Orange Caramel Won

MTN Broadcast Advertising Award Ceremony[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 The Women CM Star Award Orange Caramel Won


  1. ^ "'The First Mini Album press release". YesAsia. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ho, Stewart (September 6, 2012). "Orange Caramel Busts Out the Big Bows for ‘Lipstick’ Comeback". enewsWorld. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Shanghai Romance". MelOn. LOEN Entertainment. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ Ho, Stewart (August 6, 2012). "Orange Caramel Reveals Debut Japanese Single Album Jackets". CJ E&M enewsWorld. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ Seong Jin-hui (September 12, 2012). 오렌지캬라멜, 첫 정규앨범 '립스틱' 전격 공개!. The Star (in Korean) (Chosun Media). Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
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  8. ^ Lee Sun-min (May 11, 2013). "10cm sticks with Orange Caramel". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (March 12, 2014). "Orange Caramel Become Mermaids & Sushi in Adorably Bizarre 'Catallena' Video: Watch". Billboard K-Town. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ Yoon Jin Park; Sunghee Park (31 March 2014). "Orange Caramel, How Did You Captivate the Audiences?". BNT News (Yahoo!). Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  11. ^ Benjamin, Jeff; Oak, Jessica (December 11, 2014). "The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014". Billboard. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  12. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (May 20, 2014). "Orange Caramel Members Express Their Love for Ice Cream Shaved Ice in ‘Abing Abing’ MV". CJ E&M enewsWorld. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ Choi Hyun-Jung (May 21, 2014). "Orange Caramel surprise fans by dropping new digital single 'Abing Abing'". StarN News (Yahoo!). Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  14. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (August 19, 2014). "Play 'Where's Waldo?' With Orange Caramel in 'My Copycat' Video". Billboard K-Town. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ "2014년 35주차 Album Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  16. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (September 3, 2014). "Orange Caramel Transforms into Modern-Day Cinderellas in ‘Gangnam Avenue’ MV Feat Cho Sae Ho". enewsWorld (Mwave). Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  17. ^ Lee Eun-jeong (September 7, 2014). "오렌지캬라멜, '괜찮아, 사랑이야' OST 참여". Yonhap News (in Korean). Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  18. ^ "2014 MelOn Music Awards". MelOn. LOEN Entertainment. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 

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