Rania( Hangul :라니아, stylized asRaNiaorRANIA) is a six-member (currently performing with five members) South Korean girl group , who debuted in South Korea and was produced by Teddy Riley and DR Music.Despite being a Korean group, ex-members Joy and Data are Thai (Data is half Chinese and half Thai),ex-member Sarah is Chinese, and Riko was raised in Japan. They released their debut track "Dr. Feel Good" in 2011.All members speak fluent Korean, while Jooyi is fluent in English, Riko is fluent in Japanese, and Xia can speak some Mandarin. Before debuting, RaNia received three years worth of vocal training.As of May 2011, Teddy Riley has officially ended his professional relationship with RaNia after taking to his Twitter to reveal that he had a fall out with RaNia's Korean record label, DR Music.Darkchild has expressed interest in working with RaNia in the future. On 16 November 2011, RaNia released their second mini album "Time To Rock Da Show",promoting the track "Pop Pop Pop". On 12 June 2012, RaNia's agency released a statement referring to member Joy's absence from the groups promotions of "Pop Pop Pop", clarifying that Joy's withdrawal from the group is not an official one.In August 2012, Joy announced on both her Facebook and Twitter pages that she was now a "former" member of RaNia, and released a video in which she said she would be embarking on a solo career. This came after she made a string of tweets in which she expressed her loss of interest in being in RaNia, and apologized to fans.

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  • by happyLife  -  May 30, 2018 08:46 AM

    Rania is gearing up for their comeback!

    Rania Announces Yumin’s Departure And June ComebackRania is gearing up for their comeback!On May 30, the group’s agency DR Music revealed that they are preparing for a June comeback. The statement shares that the new album will include three new songs and five remakes of previous songs. …

  • by withdonut  -  May 14, 2016 03:43 PM

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    Defconn, whom many have come to love as part of the MC combo on 'Weekly Idol', is back with a new song and its accompanying MV!The rapper has returned to his musical roots as he releases a new single, and it includes the featuring of a special idol guest. The idol guest is none other thanRaNia'…

  • by asian  -  May 14, 2016 10:22 AM

    Did RaNia's Alexandra Reid lie about her age?

    It's an understatement to say thatRaNia's new member,Alexandra Reidhas been in the spotlight ever since she was announced to have joined the K-pop girl group.And once you're in the spotlight, netizens will of course, dig up your past. RaNia's company,DR Music, had previously reported that Alex is 21…

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 Rania's Career


however member T-ae was chosen to star alongside former 2PM 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.

Debut withDr. Feel Good, controversies andMasquerade

It was never formally announced as to why Yijo never appeared with the group for 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.

In a later interview, the members of RaNia 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.

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 appearing on music shows.

Despite their debut single included English Versions of both "DR Feel Good" and "Masquerade", the group never advanced into America at this time.

Just after promotions forMasqueradefinished, 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 Korean record label, DR Music, the main record label of RaNia.

Because of Riley's leave, RaNia's overseas debut in the U.S. was put into question. However, DR Music states RaNia's activities in the U.S. are still active. It was later announced that RaNia would work with renowned producers Brave Brothers for their single "Pop Pop Pop".

Time to Rock Da Showand line-up changes

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.

Dream Music Concert, STYLE, and Plans for official American Debut

On May, 30th, the group performed a new song named "Killer" at the Dream Music Concert. DRMusic released a statement that RaNia 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.

2013 Comeback and American Debut Postponed

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 in the first or second week on March. We will let you know the exact date soon."

RaNia is also set to make their American debut in the summer of 2013. Empire Records will be handling the girls’ distribution while Fireworks handles their American management. They’ll be introducing themselves to the American audience through a TV documentary series with MTV.[citation needed]DRMusic said, “We’ve been preparing for American promotions for a while. We’re going to have a unique promotion through a TV documentary, and naturally introduce RaNia’s music. In the second half of the year, we’re going to focus solely on U.S. promotions.”

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 Rania's Current members

Stage nameBirth namePosition
SaemHwang Se Mi황세미(1987-05-04)May 4, 1987(age 25)Leader, Sub-Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Rapper
Riko리코Kim Joo Yeon김주연(1989-03-10)March 10, 1989(age 24)2nd Main Vocalist, Dancer, Sub-Rapper
Jooyi/Jui주이Yoo Joo Yi유주이(1990-08-20)August 20, 1990(age 22)1st Main Vocalist, Dancer, Rapper
DiKim Da Rae김다래(1991-10-18)October 18, 1991(age 21)Vocalist, Main Rapper, Lead Dancer
T-ae티애Lee Seul Mi이설미(1993-09-24)September 24, 1993(age 19)Vocailst, Lead Rapper, Main Dancer, Visual
Xia시아Jang Jin Young장진영(1993-11-15)November 15, 1993(age 19)Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Maknae

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 Rania's Former Members

Stage nameBirth nameKorean name
Yijo이조Chang Yi Jiao常一娇Chang Lee Jo창이조(1987-06-16)June 16, 1987(age 25)
Sarah사라Wang Hui Zi王卉子Hwang Hee Ji황희지(1987-05-31)May 31, 1987(age 25)
Joy조이Jutamas Wichaiจุฑามาศ วิชัยKim Ji Hye김지혜(1990-07-27)July 27, 1990(age 22)




  • Sarah is a business owner, singer, actress and model in China.

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 Rania's Appearances

(originally by Destiny's Child ) in "Suara Kami!" held in Malaysia in conjunction of Malaysia's Day celebration.

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 Rania's Discography


Album #Album informationTrack listing
1st "Goodbye's The New Hello"
  1. "Just Go"
  2. "Secret Party"
  3. "Killer"
  4. "STYLE"
  5. "Dr. Feel Good"
  6. "Masquerade"
  7. "POP POP POP"
  8. "Goodbye"
  9. "Just Go (English ver.)"
  10. "Dr. Feel Good (English ver.)"
  11. "Masquerade (English ver.)"


Album #Album informationTrack listing
1st "Teddy Riley, The First Expansion in Asia"
  1. "Dr. Feel Good (English Ver.)"
  2. "Dr. Feel Good (Korean Ver.)"
  3. "Masquerade (English Ver.)"
  4. "Dr. Feel Good (Inst.)"
  5. "Masquerade (Inst.)"
Re-release "가면무도회 (Masquerade)"
  1. "가면무도회 (Masquerade - Korean Ver.)"
2nd "Time To Rock Da Show"
  • Released: 17 November 2011
  • Length: 10:63
  • Language:Korean
  1. "Time to Rock Da Show"
  2. "Pop Pop Pop"
  3. "Goodbye"
  4. "Pop Pop Pop (Inst.)"
3rd "STYLE"
  • Released: 20 September 2012
  • Length: 3:26
  • Language:Korean
  1. "STYLE"

Promotional singles

YearSingleGaon ChartK-POP Hot 100 (Billboard.com)Album
2011 "Dr. Feel Good"9929-Teddy Riley, The First Expansion In Asia
"Pop Pop Pop"9544-Time to Rock Da Show
2012 "STYLE"4014STYLE
2013 "Just Go"1134Goodbye's The New Hello

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 Rania's References

  1. "New group Rania dreams to conquer Korea and America", Allkpop, 6 April 2011.
  2. "Rania’s successful overseas trip in Thailand". Allkpop.com. 20 July 2011. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/07/ranias-successful-overseas-trip-in-thailand. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  3. "라니아 :: 네이버 통합검색", Naver. Retrieved 13 October 2011. (Korean)
  4. "So Teddy and Rania are kaput. Now what?", Seoul Beats, 26 May 2011.
  5. "RaNia :: Time To Rock Da Show", Naver. 16 November 2011. (Korean)
  6. "RaNia's agency explains Joys absence", 12 June 2012.
  7. https://www.facebook.com/jutamas.wichai.31
  8. https://twitter.com/therealjoyfully
  9. http://www.koreaboo.com/index.html/_/general/ranias-joy-leaving-the-group-r14174
  10. "Rookie girl group Rania to debut in August". Allkpop.com. 25 July 2010. http://www.allkpop.com/2010/07/rookie-girl-group-rania-to-debut-in-august. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  11. "Rania's Jooyi rejected a casting offer from YG Entertainment", Allkpop, 24 April 2011.
  12. "Upcoming girl group Rania to debut in both America and Korea". Allkpop.com. 26 September 2010. http://www.allkpop.com/2010/09/upcoming-girl-group-rania-to-debut-in-both-america-and-korea. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  13. "Rookie group ‘Rania’ to hold debut showcase on April 6th". Allkpop.com. 30 March 2011. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/03/rookie-group-rania-to-have-debut-showcase-on-april-6th. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  14. "[Update: MV] Rania releases debut single, "Dr. Feel Good"". Allkpop.com. 5 April 2011. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/04/rania-releases-debut-single-dr-feel-good. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  15. "DR Music responds to concerns about Rania’s provocative choreography & stage outfits", Allkpop, 8 April 2011.
  16. "Rania to make changes to their choreography and outfits", Allkpop, 12 April 2011.
  17. "Rania revamps choreography and outfits, adds a 25-second high note part", Allkpop, 15 April 2011.
  18. "Rania to return with ‘Masquerade’ for follow-up promotions", Allkpop, 4 June 2011.
  19. "Rania to make a comeback with Brave Brothers this year". Allkpop.com. 23 October 2011. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/10/rania-to-make-a-comeback-with-brave-brothers-this-year. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  20. "RaNia releases second mini-album, "Time To Rock Da Show"". Allkpop.com. 16 November 2011. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/11/rania-releases-second-mini-album-time-to-rock-da-show. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  21. "RaNia makes a comeback with "Pop Pop Pop" on ‘M! Countdown’". Allkpop.com. 17 November 2011. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/11/rania-makes-a-comeback-with-pop-pop-pop-on-m-countdown. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  22. "RaNia reveals "Pop Pop Pop" music video". Allkpop.com. 20 November 2011. http://www.allkpop.com/2011/11/rania-reveals-pop-pop-pop-mv.
  23. "Agency explains member Joys absence". Allkpop.com. 11 June 2012. http://www.allkpop.com/2012/06/ranias-agency-responds-to-inquiries-about-joys-absence.
  24. http://www.koreaboo.com/index.html/_/general/ranias-joy-leaving-the-group-r14174
  25. ["http://www.allkpop.com/2012/09/rania-comeback-delayed-two-weeks-until-september-16th"], Allkpop, 3 September 2012.
  26. [1], Naver, 24 August 2012.
  27. http://www.allkpop.com/2012/09/yang-hyun-suk-revealed-to-be-the-producer-behind-ranias-comeback
  28. http://www.allkpop.com/2012/10/rania-confirms-american-advancement/
  29. http://www.koreaboo.com/index.html/_/comeback/rania-to-make-a-comeback-in-late-january-r19514
  30. http://cafe.daum.net/1248.
  31. http://cafe.daum.net/1248.
  32. http://cafe.daum.net/1248.
  33. "RaNia Performs at Suara Kami 2011 Concert in Malaysia", 26 September 2011.
  34. "Music Bank K-Chart"
  35. "KOREA K-POP HOT 100"
  36. Gaon Chart Top 100, March 9

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