Rainbow (South Korean band)

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Rainbow
레인보우(RAINBOW) 삼성나눔워킹페스티벌 공개방송 용인종합운동장.jpg
Rainbow in September 2015
From left to right: Seungah, Jisook, Yoonhye, Jaekyung, Woori, Hyunyoung and Noeul
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Years active 2009 (2009)–2016 (2016)
Labels
Associated acts
  • Rainbow Pixie
  • Rainbow Blaxx
Website dspmedia.co.kr/rainbow
Past members

Rainbow was a South Korean girl group formed in 2009 by DSP Media. The group consisted of seven members: Woori, Seungah, Jaekyung, Noeul, Yoonhye, Jisook and Hyunyoung. They released their debut mini album Gossip Girl on November 12, 2009. On October 27, 2016 the group was officially confirmed to disband after all members decided to not renew their contracts.

History[edit]

2009–10: Formation and Gossip Girl[edit]

Rainbow performing at the Korea KPOP World Festival.

During late October and early November 2009, DSP Media released daily teasers in the form of pictures of Rainbow, and then a music video for "Gossip Girl" on November 6, 2009.[1][2] On November 12, the five-song EP Gossip Girl was released.[3] On August 12, 2010, Rainbow released the single "A". A second single, "Mach", was released on October 20.

In April 2011, Rainbow released their second EP, So Girls. One song from the EP, "To Me", was released as a single. On September 7, 2011, Rainbow topped Recochoku's weekly download rankings for the Japanese release of their "A" music video. On September 14, 2011, Rainbow released their debut single in the Japanese market, "A", and reached No. 3 on Oricon's daily single chart, selling 10,141 copies.[4] The single release included a Japanese remake of their debut single "Gossip Girl", as well as an exclusive DVD. Rainbow made their Japanese TV debut on the show Sukkiri, performing "A". On December 7, 2011, the group released their second Japanese single, a Japanese version of the song "Mach" (Japanese: マッハ), and reached No. 9 on Oricon's weekly chart.[citation needed]

2012–13: Rainbow Pixie, Over the Rainbow and Rainbow Syndrome[edit]

Rainbow in 2012 Asia Model Festival Awards

On January 3, 2012, DSP Media announced that a section of the group will be formed as a trio. On the same day, a teaser image was revealed on DSP Media's website, revealing "Rainbow Pixie" as the trio's name. On January 4, 2012, another image revealed the members of the group as SeungAh, Jisook and Hyunyoung. The group released their debut song, "Hoi Hoi", on January 12, 2012,[5] and held their first performance on Show! Music Core.[6][unreliable source]

Rainbow released a Japanese single on March 14, 2012, entitled "Gonna Gonna Go!" (Japanese: ガナガナGO!).[7] Their Japanese debut album, Over the Rainbow, was released on March 28.

The group released the first part of their first studio album, Rainbow Syndrome, on February 13, 2013.[8]

2014–16: Rainbow Blaxx, Innocent, Prism and disbandment[edit]

Rainbow with APRIL in September 2016.

A second subunit, named Rainbow Blaxx, was formed in January 2014 consisting of Jaekyung, Woori, Seungah and Hyunyoung.[9] Their special album, RB Blaxx, was released on January 20, 2014.[10] The music video for the title track, "Cha Cha", was directed by Digipedi and was the fourth-most viewed K-pop music video globally in January 2014.[11][12] The music video, as well as the song's choreography, drew controversy for being "too sexual".[13][14]

Rainbow's third mini album, Innocent and the music video for its title track, "Black Swan" were released on February 23, 2015.[15][16] Their fourth mini-album Prism and the music video for its title track "Whoo" was released on February 15, 2016. They also held their commemorative showcase at the Yes24 Muv Hall in Seoul's Mapo-gu, which was broadcast through the Naver V App on the same day as the album release.[17][18] Rainbow held their first comeback stage with "Whoo" through SBS MTV's The Show on February 16.[19]

In the summer 2016, Rainbow collabored with Makestar and various photographer to release their first photobook titled "Up Close" and sponsored by the groups fans around the world, funding started on August 2.[20]

On October 27, 2016, it was confirmed that the members of the group choose not to resign with DSP Media and that Rainbow would be disbanded as their contracts were set to end, on November 12.[21] Prior to disbandment, the members went on a farewell trip to Southeast Asia.[22]

Members[edit]

  • Woori (우리, born Go Woo-ri (고우리) on February 22, 1988) was a rapper and vocalist in the group.[23] She was the eldest in Rainbow. She studied at Korea National Sport University. Woori was a fixed member cast of the KBS' TV shows Invincible Youth 2 and Let's Go! Dream Team, both in season two, and on the TV sitcom I Need a Fairy, also of KBS.[24] She was a member of Rainbow Blaxx. Her color in Rainbow was orange.[23]
  • Seungah (승아, born Oh Se-mi (오세미) on September 13, 1988 ) was a vocalist in the group.[23] She made her audition at DSP Media on the same day as Kara's Goo Hara and Kang Jiyoung. Seungah is studying at Sangmyung University, but is currently on a leave of absence because of the group's activities. She appeared in SS501's music video for "A Song Calling For You". In 2012, she was part of the season 1 of tvN's show The Romantic and Idol, pairing with JJ Project's member JB. She was also a member of the group's sub-unit Rainbow Pixie and Rainbow Blaxx. Her color in Rainbow was indigo.[23]
  • Jaekyung (재경, born Kim Jae-kyung (김재경) on December 24, 1988) was the group's leader, and was a vocalist and dancer.[23] She studied at Dongduk Women's University, where she majored in Fashion Design. She has appeared in two music videos by SS501: "Love Like This" and "A Song Calling For You", and in A'ST1's "Dynamite". She made her acting debut on jTBC's drama Monster.[25] She was also a member of the sub-unit Rainbow Blaxx. Her color in Rainbow was red.[23]
  • Noeul (노을, born No Eul (노을) on May 10, 1989) was a rapper and vocalist in the group.[23] She studied at Sungdong Women's Business High School. Alongside Seungah, Noeul appeared in SS501's music video for "A Song Calling For You". She is a childhood friend of Girls' Generation's Kim Tae-yeon, and she was part of the recurring cameo cast of MBC's TV drama Time Slip Dr. Jin.[26] Her color in Rainbow was blue.[23]
  • Yoonhye (윤혜; born Jung Yoonhye (정윤혜) on April 14, 1990) was a vocalist and rapper in the group.[23] She is currently studying at Dongduk Women's University, majoring in broadcast entertainment. Both of her parents are classical musicians. Her cousin Roy Kim, is the winner of Mnet's music contest Superstar K4. She has worked independently as a drama actress in The Firstborn[27] and Great First Wives.[28] Her color in Rainbow was violet.[23]
  • Jisook (지숙; born Kim Jisook (김지숙) on July 18, 1990) was a main vocalist in the group.[23] She studied at Hanyang Women's University, majoring in music. She is known for resembling Girls' Generation's Kim Tae-yeon.[29] Before Rainbow, Jisook was in a pre-debut rock band. Her mother died of chronic disease on July 4, 2011, during promotions for "Sweet Dream".[30] Jisook was also a member of the group's sub-unit Rainbow Pixie. Her color in Rainbow was green.[23]
  • Hyunyoung (현영; born Cho Hyunyoung (조현영) on August 11, 1991) was a main vocalist in the group.[23] She studied at Shingwang Female High School. Along with Woori, she was previously a S.M. Entertainment trainee. In 2012, she was diagnosed with a vocal cord polyp and underwent surgery for its removal.[31] She was also a member of the group's sub-unit Rainbow Pixie and Rainbow BLAXX alongside JaeKyung, WooRi and SeungAh. Her color in Rainbow was yellow.[23]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions Sales
JPN
[32]
KOR
[33]
Korean language
Rainbow Syndrome
Part 1
164 2
  • KOR: 14,179+[34]
  • JPN: 1,850+
Part 2: Sunshine
  • Released: June 4, 2013
  • Label: DSP Media, LOEN Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
234 6
Japanese language
Over the Rainbow
  • Released: March 28, 2012
  • Re-released: December 12, 2012
  • Label: Universal Sigma
  • Formats: CD, digital download
10
  • JPN: 31,559+
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions Sales
KOR
[33]
Korean language
Gossip Girl
  • Released: November 12, 2009
  • Label: DSP Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • KOR: 15,000+
So Girls
  • Released: April 7, 2011
  • Re-released: June 22, 2011 (repackage)
  • Label: DSP Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3
RB Blaxx
  • Released: January 20, 2014
  • Label: DSP Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
3
  • KOR: 6,436+[37]
  • JPN: 554+
Innocent
  • Released: February 23, 2015
  • Label: DSP Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5
  • KOR: 4,176+[38]
  • JPN: 369+
Prism
  • Released: February 15, 2016
  • Label: DSP Media
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8
  • KOR: 3,809+[39]
  • JPN: 422+
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR
Gaon

[40]
KOR
Hot

[41]
JPN
Oricon

[32]
JPN
Hot

[42]
US
World

[43]
Korean
"Gossip Girl" 2009 62 Gossip Girl
"Not Your Girl" 2010 84
"A" 9
  • KOR (DL): 1,617,074+[44]
So Girls
"Mach" 19
"To Me" 2011 5
  • KOR (DL): 1,484,948+[45]
"Sweet Dream" 8
  • KOR (DL): 1,266,120+[45]
"Tell Me Tell Me" 2013 14 13
  • KOR (DL): 754,331+[46]
Rainbow Syndrome
"Sunshine" 13 8
  • KOR (DL): 401,939+[47]
"Black Swan" 2015 43 16
  • KOR (DL): 47,132[48]
Innocent
"Whoo" 2016 40
  • KOR (DL): 66,968[49]
Prism
Japanese
"A" 2011 3 4
  • JPN: 45,000+
Over the Rainbow
"Mach" 9 15
  • JPN: 22,000+
"Gonna Gonna Go!" 2012 7 23
  • JPN: 17,000+
Subgroup singles
"Hoi Hoi" (Rainbow Pixie) 2012 35 35
  • KOR (DL): 664,610+[50]
non-album single
"Cha Cha" (Rainbow Blaxx) 2014 20 26
  • KOR (DL): 342,833+[51]
RB Blaxx
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
KOR
[40]
"Sad But Romantic (슬퍼도 로맨틱)" 2012 62 The Sparkling OST Part.1
"Kiss" 115 Gossip Girl
"So Cool" 2011 104 So Girls
"I Said You're The One (너뿐이라고)" 111
"I'm With You (그대와 난)" 61 City Hunter OST
"A Story You Never Knew But I Know" 2013 143* Rainbow Syndrome
"Golden Touch" 200*
"*" denotes releases on domestic chart only.

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Title TV series/Film
2011 "Sad But Romantic" MBC Sparkling
"I Love Zoobles" SBS Zoobles!
"The Adventures of Zoobles"
"I'm With You" SBS City Hunter
2012 "Candy Girls" TV Tokyo Zoobles!
"Sweet" TV Tokyo Rainbow Rose
Year Title Artist(s) TV series/Film
2011 "Galpangjilpang" Hyunyoung, Gyuri MBC Hooray for Love
2012 "We Shall Love" Jisook, Min Hoon Ki tvN I Love Italy

Awards[edit]

Year Awards
2010
2011
  • 12th Korean Video Daejun's Award: Most Photogenic of the Year[53]
2012

References[edit]

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  47. ^ Total sales for "Sunshine":
  48. ^ Total sales for "Black Swan":
  49. ^ Total sales for "Whoo":
  50. ^ Total sales for "Hoi Hoi":
  51. ^ Total sales for "Cha Cha":
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