Rania (band)

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Riko, T-ae, Jooyi, Di, Xia, Saem
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Years active 2011–present
  • Yedang Company
  • DR Music
  • Irving Entertainment
  • INGENIOmedia
  • Jooyi
  • Di
  • T-ae
  • Xia
  • Sharon
Past members
  • Sarah
  • YiJo
  • Joy
  • Riko
  • Saem
Korean name
Revised Romanization Rania
McCune–Reischauer Rania

Rania (Hangul: 라니아, stylized as RaNia or RANIA) is a five-member South Korean girl group. Rania debuted in South Korea and was initially produced by DR Music and American Teddy Riley.[1] Although the group is South Korean, ex-members Joy and Data are of Thai descent, with Data being half-Chinese and half-Thai;[2] ex-member Sarah is also Chinese; and Riko was raised in Japan.[citation needed]

Rania released their debut track "Dr. Feel Good" in 2011.[3] Since then, the group has released one mini-album and one full-length album. The group has lost several members and ended business relations with Teddy Riley.



Rania was originally set to debut in mid 2010 as a six member group,[4] however member T-ae was chosen to star alongside former 2PM ex-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, three additional members were chosen but two of them (Sarah Wang and Data Darancharas) withdrew from the group before debuting. With their withdrawals, the group decided to debut as a seven member group and later look for replacements. During their trainee days, the group was trained by Park Sori, of the girl group Baby Vox Re.V.

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,[5] and even a solo career offer.

2011: Debut with "Dr. Feel Good", "Masquerade" and "Pop Pop Pop"

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.[6]

In March 2011, it was announced that Rania would finally debut in April 2011, with a showcase being held on 6 April.[7] At this time, Rania was revealed to be debuting as an 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.[8] It was never formally announced as to why Yijo never debuted with the group or 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 6 April on the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) music program, Music Bank, with the song "Dr. Feel Good". However, their music video and live performances caused controversy in Korea as some viewers felt that their image and concept were too provocative.[9] Rania were forced to change their choreography and make minor changes to the outfits.[10][11] In a later interview, the members 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 "Dr. Feel Good" promotions, the group returned in June with their second single "Masquerade" on Music Bank.[12] 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 appearances on music shows.

Despite their debut single included English versions of both "Dr. Feel Good" and "Masquerade", the group did not make any advancements into America at that 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 Rania's record label, DR Music.[13] Because of Riley's leave, RaNia's overseas debut in the U.S. was put into question. However, DR Music stated Rania's activities in the U.S. were still active.

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 17 September 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.[14]

It was announced that the group would be coming back in Korea in the last few months of 2011 with popular producer Brave Brothers writing their new single.[15] The group released their second mini-album, Time to Rock Da Show on 16 November 2011.[16][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 "Pop Pop Pop" after several video teasers were released.[19]

2012: Joy's departure, Dream Music Concert and "STYLE"

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 parents' 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][21] Fans became suspicious after Joy made a string of tweets saying: "To everyone, I'm sorry I let you guys down so many times, but I've been thinking about it for months. I think I can't go back to stand on that place anymore [...] I can't go back anymore. Thanks for all of your love and all of your hope, thank you so much and I feel so sorry that I [am disappointing beloved fans]... From now... I think I can't be in the Entertainment [industry] or back to be a singer anymore since I was sick... But I haven't got any confidence to go back to do it. I'm sorry that I made you all have to wait for me... and I made you all feel confused. Thank you so much for gifts, kindness, love that you give me. Thank you."[22] She later announced on her Facebook and Twitter pages that she was now a former member of Rania, and would be working on her own projects.

On May, 30th, the group performed a new song named "Killer" at the Dream Music Concert. DRMusic released a statement that RanNia would be making a comeback in April 2012, but the month passed with no new material. DRMusic announced that the comeback had been postponed to sometime during the summer of 2012, but again, nothing occurred. The group confirmed that they would be making a comeback on September 2, 2012, with their first broadcast on Inkigayo. However, due to music video scheduling conflicts and finalization of the choreography, their debut was pushed back two weeks until September 16, with the scheduled performance on Inkigayo also pushed back.[23] On 24 August, it was also revealed by Sports Seoul that the group would be participating among the Korean representatives for the 14th Korea-China Music Festival to be held at the Yeosu Expo Digital Gallery.[24] 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 was still a member of RaNia. She tweeted her support along with other such artists as Aoora from AA and FT Island's Jaejin. It was later revealed that "STYLE" was produced with the help of YG Entertainment.[25]

2013: First album and supposed American debut

On January 9, 2013, DRMusic made an announcement that Rania would be making a Korean comeback in late January, and also that their American debut had been postponed to allow them more time to prepare.[26] On January 23, 2013, however, it was announced that Rania's comeback would be delayed until February. One month later, it was announced that their comeback had been delayed again, this time until early March. In the announcement, DR Music said "Sorry for all the late news regarding Rania's comeback. RaNiA's comeback album was facing just a little problem right now, with the choreography and music mixing, and costume design. But now, choreography is complete! Now, Rania is expected to comeback [sic] in the first or second week on March. We will let you know the exact date soon."[attribution needed]

Rania made their official comeback with their lead single "Just Go" on March 8, along with their first full-length album, also titled Just Go, which featured three new tracks: "Secret Party", "Just Go", and previously performed but never officially released "Killer", and previous singles such as "Dr. Feel Good", "Pop Pop Pop" and "STYLE". The album also included an English version of their new title track "Just Go".[27]

Rania was announced to debut in America in the summer of 2013. Empire Records was to be handling the girls' distribution while Fireworks was to handle their American management. Larry Rudolph and Adam Leber, two of Britney Spears' managers, decided to be Rania's managers throughout their U.S. promotions. DRMusic stated "Larry Rudolph asked this and that about [Rania]. After requesting various resources, he contacted us saying that he wants to bring us under his management. This is good news for us and we are aware that this kind of partnership cannot be obtained easily."[attribution needed] "Starting May 21st, Rania will begin filming for their MTV reality show Road to Fame in LA, San Diego, and other cities across the U.S. The show will feature the group's preparations for their U.S. debut and will air for three months... As we worked with notable artists in the American music industry, there has been good word of mouth spreading about us. Through the growing popularity of K-pop through YouTube and more, we were also able to cross paths with acquaintances we never expected to work with before." It was also revealed that the album would feature collaborations with both Snoop Dogg and 2 Chainz.[28]

On May 24, 2013, it was announced that Di had sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident. A representative of the company released a statement saying "Di got hit by a motorcyclist while getting off from a taxi near her [talent] agency headquarters in Seoul. She was transported to hospital right away, and revealed to have suffered minor injuries to her knees and head. The X-ray result showed that there are no bone fractures," the rep said. "However, she is still feeling a bit of dizziness, and she will have to stay in hospital for one or two more days."[29] In July 2013, it was revealed that Rania's American debut had been delayed yet again. Instead, they began to film a CF for Woongjin Waterpark Play°C. On July 5, they released a special single, "UP", for fans. Due to Di still suffering from the motorcycle incident, she was replaced by a body double (whose face was obscured by a lens flare to hide that she was not Di). On August 8, 2013, rapper Defconn released a single entitled "Cocktail", which featured T-ae.[30]

2014: Disbandment rumors, Riko's departure, Acceleration and Spanish advancement

Starting on February 24, various online forums speculated that Rania might be disbanding. The posts called attention to the denied access to the official home page, the deletion of members' SNS accounts, and more. Later the agency announced that the disbandment rumors were just nonsense and they closed the home page six months before because they'd replaced it with a fan cafe.[31]

Rania's agency revealed the group's plans as they commented, "Rania plans to make a comeback first half this year... As their time of preparation has been long, we are meticulously working to be fully ready with a better image to repay the fans who waited for us."[32] The group signed with Spanish label, INGENIOmedia, and confirmed they would comeback in July with "Acceleration" under the label. They will also have a second round of promotions in September, possibly with a Spanish-language song. The label also confirmed Riko left the group.[33]



Rania's current members
Stage name Birth name Date of Birth
Romanized Hangul Romanized Hangul
Saem Hwang Saem 황샘 (1987-05-04) May 4, 1987 (age 27)
Jooyi 주이 Yoo Joo-yi 유주이 (1989-08-20) August 20, 1989 (age 25)
Di Kim Da-rae 김다래 (1991-10-18) October 18, 1991 (age 22)
T-ae 티애 Lee Tae-eun 이태은 (1993-09-24) September 24, 1993 (age 20)
Xia 시아 Jang Jin-young 장진영 (1993-11-15) November 15, 1993 (age 20)


Rania's former members
Stage name Birth name Date of Birth
Romanized Hangul Romanized Hangul Hanja
Yijo 이조 Chang Yijiao 창이조 常一娇
Sarah 사라 Wang Huizi 王卉子 황희지
Joy 조이 Wichai Jutamas วิชัย จุฑามาศ 김지혜 (Kim Ji-hye)
Riko 리코 Kim Joo-yeon 김주연

Member timeline


Extended plays

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Tracklisting
Time to Rock da Show
Just Go
  • Released: March 8, 2013
  • Label: Yedang Company
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"Dr. Feel Good" 2011 99 Just Go
"가면무도회" (Masquerade) 192
"Pop Pop Pop" 66
"Style" 2012 40 47
"Just Go" 2013 26 34
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


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