Orange Caramel

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Orange Caramel
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Orange Caramel in 2015
From left to right: Nana, Raina, Lizzy
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active 2010 (2010)–2014 (hiatus)
Labels
Associated acts After School
Members

Orange Caramel (Hangul오렌지 캬라멜) is the first subgroup of South Korean girl group After School. The unit was formed with the third generation members: Nana, Raina, and Lizzy. Orange Caramel’s concept is Candy Culture (which involves a cute and colorful style).[1]

History[edit]

2010: Debut with The First Mini Album and The Second Mini Album[edit]

Orange Caramel in 2010

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 title 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..." (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 and Shanghai Romance[edit]

On March 30, "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, which peaked at No. 8. The song's lyrics were written by Kim Hee-chul 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.

2012–13: Japanese debut and Lipstick[edit]

Orange Caramel in 2013

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 studio album, Lipstick on September 12.[5] On October 23, 2012, Orange Caramel released the single "Lipstick DJ Remix".[6] It consisted of two remixes of "Lipstick" by DJs Vodge Diper and 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] In July 2013, Orange Caramel released the book Youth Travel (청춘 여행), which contains short essays and photos of the group visiting Seoul and Jeonju.[9][10]

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

Orange Caramel's third single, "Catallena" was released on March 12. 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.[11][12] 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. "Abing Abing" was released on May 20.[13] The song was used to promote Baskin Robbins' new line of ice cream bingsoo, or patbingsu, a Korean shaved ice dessert.[14] At the end of 2014, it was number 12 on Billboard's list of the 20 best K-pop songs of the year.[15]

On August 18, Orange Caramel's fourth single, "My Copycat" (나처럼 해봐요; Nacheoreom Haebwayo, lit. "Do it Like Me") was released. 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.[16] 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.[17] A music video the B-side track "The Gangnam Avenue" (강남거리) was released on September 3.[18] Later that month, the group released their first soundtrack single, "Tonight" for the television series It's Okay, That's Love.[19]

Discography[edit]

Orange Caramel discography
Studio albums 2
Music videos 13
EPs 2
Singles 9
Soundtrack albums 1

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[20]
JPN
[21]
Korean
Lipstick 3 92
  • KOR: 15,324+[22]
  • JPN: 2,187+
Japanese
Orange Caramel
  • Released: March 13, 2013
  • Label: Avex Trax
  • Format: CD, digital download
21
  • JPN: 7,732+
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[20]
The First Mini Album
  • Released: June 17, 2010
  • Label: Pledis Entertainment, KT Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
2
  • KOR: 3,257+
The Second Mini Album
  • Release: November 18, 2010
  • Label: Pledis Entertainment, LOEN Entertainment
  • Format: CD, digital download
10
  • KOR: 4,986+
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR Gaon Digital
[23]
KOR Gaon Album
[20]
KOR Billboard
[24]
JPN Oricon
[21]
JPN Billboard
[25]
Korean
"Magic Girl" (마법소녀) 2010 18
  • KOR: 1,488,907 (DL)[26]
The First Mini Album
"A-ing" 5
  • KOR: 958,319 (DL)
The Second Mini Album
"Bangkok City" 2011 3 3
  • KOR: 7,966+ (CD)
  • KOR: 1,789,391 (DL)
Bangkok City
"Shanghai Romance" 8 6 7
  • KOR: 8,084+ (CD)
  • KOR: 1,688,047 (DL)
Shanghai Romance
"Funny Hunny" 8 10
  • KOR: 980,911 (DL)
Cho Young Soo's All Star 2011
"Lipstick" 2012 5 2
  • KOR: 1,797,110 (DL)
Lipstick
"Lipstick DJ Remix" Non-album single
"Dashing Through the Snow in High Heels"
(흰눈 사이로 하이힐 타고)
(featuring NU'EST)
25 16
  • KOR: 212,196 (DL)
"Hug Song" (안아줘요)
(with 10cm)
2013 14 12
  • KOR: 267,340 (DL)
Re;code Episode IV
"Catallena" 2014 6 5 4
  • KOR: 7,907+ (CD)
  • KOR: 1,011,000 (DL)[27]
Catallena
"Abing Abing" 18 19
  • KOR: 197,141 (DL)
Non-album single
"My Copycat" (나처럼 해봐요) 19 8
  • KOR: 6,212+ (CD)
  • KOR: 243,813 (DL)[28]
My Copycat
"Tonight" 88[A]
  • KOR: 21,945 (DL)
It's Okay, That's Love OST Part 8
Japanese
"Yasashii Akuma" 2012 10 23
  • JPN: 13,739+ (CD)
Orange Caramel
"Lipstick / Lamu no Love Song" 12 96
  • JPN: 12,235+ (CD)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR Gaon
[23]
KOR Billboard
[24]
"Love Does Not Wait"
(사랑을 미룰 순 없나요)
2010 192 The First Mini Album
"Not Yet..." (아직...) 74 The Second Mini Album
"Close Your Eyes" (눈을 감아) 2011 145 Lipstick
"Milkshake" 2012 198
"So Sorry" 2014 106 52 Catallena
"Cry" (미친 듯이 울었어) 118 54
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"How Are You" (어떤가요) 2011 Happy Pledis 2012: Love Letter
"Jagiya" (자기야) 2014 Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend (Family Special)
"Ulleungdo Twist"
(울릉도 트위스트)
(with Jo Se-ho)
Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend (Summer Special Vol. 1)
"Na Eotteokhae" (나 어떡해) Immortal Songs: Singing the Legend (Summer Special Vol. 2)

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released with directors
Title Year Director(s) Ref.
Korean
"Magic Girl" 2010 Unknown
"A~ing♡"
"Bangkok City" 2011 Lee Il-Hwan [29]
"Shanghai Romance" Song Won-young [30]
"Funny Hunny" Unknown
"Funny Hunny" (Studio ver.) Unknown
"Lipstick" 2012 Digipedi [31]
"Catallena" 2014 [32]
"Abing Abing" Go Won-seok [33]
"My Copycat" Digipedi [34]
"The Gangnam Avenue" Unknown
Japanese
"My Sweet Devil" 2012 Wataru Saito [35]
"Lipstick" Digipedi [36]
"Lamu no Love Song" Wataru Saito [35]
"Cookies, Cream & Mint" 2013 [37]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Tonight" peaked at number 88 on the domestic Gaon Digital Chart.

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[38] "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[39] Orange Caramel Won

Billboard's Girl Group Week[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 Most Underrated Girl Group[40][41] Orange Caramel Nominated
2015 Won

MTN Broadcast Advertising Award Ceremony[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 The Women CM Star Award[42] Orange Caramel Won

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "Untitled". Music Bank (in Korean). October 26, 2012. KBS2. 
  8. ^ Lee Sun-min (May 11, 2013). "10cm sticks with Orange Caramel". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ Bae Ji-sook (June 25, 2013). "Orange Caramel, Lee Hong-ki to release books". The Korea Herald. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
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  22. ^ Cumulative sales for Lipstick:
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