Raina (singer)

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Oh.
Raina
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Native name 오혜린
Born Oh Hye-rin
(1989-05-07) May 7, 1989 (age 27)
Ulsan, South Korea
Other names Raina
Occupation Singer-songwriter
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels Pledis Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 오혜린
Revised Romanization O Hye-rin
McCune–Reischauer O Hye-rin
Stage name
Hangul 레이나
Revised Romanization Reina
McCune–Reischauer Reina

Oh Hye-rin (born May 7, 1989), better known by her stage name Raina, is a South Korean singer-songwriter. She is the main vocalist of South Korean girl group After School and also the leader of After School sub-unit Orange Caramel. Raina debuted with the group in November 2009 following the release of the group's second single, "Because of You".[1] She debuted as a solo singer in September 2014 with the single "You End, And Me".

Career[edit]

Raina tried to audition with JYP Entertainment to become a rapper before joining Pledis Entertainment.[2] Before debut, Raina was a barista at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. She also previously auditioned for Mnet's Superstar K and was a student at the SM Academy. Raina is considered to be one of the best vocalists among idol girl groups in South Korea.[3]

Raina officially debuted with the group for the release of their second single, "Because of You", which attained No. 1 on the Gaon Digital Chart and won the "triple crown" on SBS Inkigayo. She debuted with After School sub-unit Orange Caramel on June 18, 2010, on KBS Music Bank with the song "Magic Girl".[4] She released her first solo single for the My Shining Girl OST in February 2012. Raina has written lyrics for Orange Caramel's "Still..." and "Standing in This Place". Raina also wrote the lyrics for After School's "Love Love Love" and "Timeless".

On June 12, 2014, Raina and rapper San E released an R&B duet called "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness".[5] The collaboration topped all major music charts in South Korea soon after it was released, and it was No. 4 on the year-end Gaon Digital Chart.[6]

On September 28, 2014, it was revealed that Raina would be making her solo debut with the release of her first digital single album, Reset, on October 8.[7] There are two songs on the album: "You End, and Me" and "Repertoire". The title track, "You End, and Me", features Kanto of hip hop group Troy.[8] On November 24, 2015, Raina released the self-composed single "I Don't Know".

On June 16, 2016, Raina and rapper San E released their second duet called "Sugar and Me". The collaboration was No. 159 on the 2016 end-year Gaon Digital Chart.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
[9]
"A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" (한여름밤의 꿀) (with San E) 2014 1 Non-album single
"You End, And Me" (장난인거 알아) (featuring Kanto) 25
  • KOR (DL): 142,407+
Reset
"Don't Know" (모르겠다) 2015 71
  • KOR (DL): 28,237+
Non-album single
"Sugar and Me" (달고나) (with San E) 2016 5
  • KOR (DL): 454,350+

Other songs[edit]

Raina at an After School fan meeting in June 2013
Year Title Album
2010 "Love Does Not Wait" (사랑을 미룰 순 없나요) The First Mini Album (Orange Caramel)
"Not Yet..." (아직…) The Second Mini Album (Orange Caramel)
2011 "Leaning Against Time" (시간에 기대어) Virgin
2012 "Timeless"
(with Jungah)
Flashback
"Superwoman"
(featuring Choi Seung-cheol)
Lipstick
2013 "Meteor and Piercing" (流星とピアス) Orange Caramel
"Crying While Putting Makeup On" (화장을 하다 울었어)
(with Jungah)
First Love
2014 "Repertoire" Reset
2015 "Allday Allnight" (볼래)
(with Jakop(야콥), ₩uNo(우노), DAYDAY(데이데이))
non-album single
"Forgotten Season" (잊혀진 계절) King of Masked Singer - 34th Generation
2016 "Jingle Jingle Jingle Bells" (징글징글징글벨)
(featuring Z.NU (지뉴))
Sing For You - Second Christmas Story
"By My Side" Melody to Masterpiece - Part 1
"You in My Imagination" (상상 속의 너)
(with Lizzy)
non-album single

Soundtrack singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2012 "Self-Luminous" (자체발광) My Shining Girl OST Part 2
"Even After A Day" (하루가 지나도)
(with Kan Jong Wook)
Tasty Life OST Part 1
2015 "Stay Weird Stay Different"
(with Hanhae of Phantom and Verbal Jint)
non-album single

Writing credits[edit]

Year Title Artist Album
2010 "Standing Here" Orange Caramel The Second Mini Album
"Not Yet..."
"Love Love Love" After School Happy Pledis 1st Album
2012 "Timeless" Flashback
2015 "I Don't Know" Raina non-album single

Filmography[edit]

Variety Shows[edit]

Year Title Network Episode Notes
2015 King of Masked Singer MBC Episode 33 & 34 Advanced to Second Round
You Hee Yeol's Sketchbook KBS2 Episode 286 Performance with San E
2016 Singing Battle - Victory KBS2 Episode 8 & 9 Two Individual Wins
Sing for You JTBC Performance with Z.NU
Melody to Masterpiece tvN Episode 1 (Pilot) Winning Team
Two Yoo Project - Sugar Man JTBC Episode 13 Winning Team with Lizzy
Hello Counselor KBS World Episode 281 Appearance with San E

Awards and nominations[edit]

Mnet Asian Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 Song of the Year[12] San E & Raina - "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" Nominated
Best Collaboration[12] Nominated

MelOn Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014
[13]
Song of the Year San E & Raina - "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" Nominated
Hot Trend Award Nominated
Rap/Hip Hop Won

Golden Disk Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2015 Digital Bonsang San E & Raina - "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" Nominated

Seoul Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 Hip Hop/Rap Award San E & Raina - "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" Won

Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 Artist of the Year - July San E & Raina - "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" Won

Bugs Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 Top 10 Song San E & Raina - "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Introducing After School's new member, Raina". Allkpop.com. 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  2. ^ Arirang Radio interview April 2nd, 2014 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIVw9z5IIls
  3. ^ http://www.mydaily.co.kr/new_yk/html/read.php?newsid=201202251648471135
  4. ^ "[Video] Orange Caramel debuts with "Magic Girl" on today Music Bank". Dkpopnews.net. 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  5. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (June 13, 2014). "San E & After School's Raina Serve Addictive Melodies in 'A Midsummer Night's Sweetness'". Billboard. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ "2014 Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on February 3, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ Park Gyu-oh (September 29, 2014). "After School's Raina to go solo". K-Pop Herald. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (October 8, 2014). "After School's Raina Says to Stop Fooling Around in 'You End, And Me' MV with Troy's Kanto". enewsWorld. Mwave. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  10. ^ "2014 Download Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on February 14, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ "2015 Download Chart". 
  12. ^ a b "MAMA vote 2014". Mwave. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "2014 MelOn Music Awards". MelOn. LOEN Entertainment. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 

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