Oh Hye-rin (born May 7, 1989),[1] better known by her stage name Raina, is a South Korean singer-songwriter. She is the former main vocalist of South Korean girl group After School and also the former leader of After School sub-unit Orange Caramel. Raina debuted with the group in November 2009 following the release of the group's third single, "Because of You".[2] She debuted as a solo singer in September 2014 with the single "You End, And Me".

Raina
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Raina in 2014
Background information
Born (1989-05-07) May 7, 1989 (age 30)
Ulsan, South Korea
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2009–present
LabelsPledis
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial website
Korean name
Hangul
오혜린
Revised RomanizationO Hye-rin
McCune–ReischauerO Hye-rin
Stage name
Hangul
레이나
Revised RomanizationReina
McCune–ReischauerReina

CareerEdit

PredebutEdit

Raina tried to audition with JYP Entertainment to become a rapper before joining Pledis Entertainment.[3] 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.[4]

2009-2014: Debut with After School and Orange CaramelEdit

Raina officially debuted with After School 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".[5] 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".

2014–present: Solo careerEdit

On June 12, 2014, Raina and rapper San E released an R&B duet called A Midsummer Night's Sweetness.[6] 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.[7]

In October 2014, Raina became the first After School member to make a solo debut with the release her solo single titled Reset, which was released on October 8.[8] The single consists of title track You End, and Me and b-side track Repertoire.[9]

Raina released her second digital single titled I Don't Know on November 24, 2015.

On June 16, 2016, Raina and rapper San E released their second duet, called Sugar and Me.

On June 5, 2017, Raina released her third OST titled When Rain Falls for MBC's drama "Lookout"; fellow After School member E-young participated in lyric-writing, composition and arrangement for the track. Raina released her first single album, Loop on July 31. The single album contains three tracks, with title track Loop featuring NU'EST's Aron.

In August 2018, Raina released the single It's Okay as part of a project single with producer Bumzu. Subsequently, on 5 September 2018, Raina's soundtrack single entitled Home was released as the fifth OST for SBS' drama "Your Honor".

DiscographyEdit

Single albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[10]
Reset
Track listing
  1. You End, And Me (장난인거 알아) (feat. Kanto)
  2. Repertoire (레파토리)
N/A
Loop
  • Released: July 31, 2017
  • Label: Pledis Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. Loop (밥 영화 카페) feat. Aron of NU'EST
  2. Your Day (맡겨줘)
  3. Treat You Better (같이 있고 싶어)
41 N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

SinglesEdit

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Sales (DL) Album
KOR
[11]
"A Midsummer Night's Sweetness"
(with San E)
2014 1 Non-album single
"You End, And Me" (장난인거 알아)
(feat. Kanto)
25
  • KOR: 142,407+
Reset
"Don't Know" (모르겠다) 2015 69
  • KOR: 28,237+
Non-album single
"Sugar and Me" (달고나)
(with San E)
2016 5
  • KOR: 454,350+
"Loop" (밥 영화 카페)
(feat. Aron of NU'EST)
2017 55 Loop
"It's Okay" (작아지는 중) 2018 N/A Non-album single
Soundtrack appearances
"Glowing" (자체발광)
(feat. Man Seong)
2012 97 N/A Glowing She OST Part 2
"Faraway"
"Stay Weird Stay Different" (이상하자)
(with Hanhae, feat. Verbal Jint)
2015 Stay Weird Stay Different OST
"When Rain Falls" (주르륵) 2017 The Guardians OST Part 3
"Home" 2018 Your Honor OST Part 5
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Other songsEdit

 
Raina at an After School fan meeting in June 2013
Title Year Album
"Allday Allnight" (볼래)
(with Jakops, ₩uNo, Day Day)
2015 XXX Digital Single
"Forgotten Season" (잊혀진 계절) King of Mask Singer Volume 34
"You in My Imagination" (상상 속의 너)
(with Lizzy)
2016 Two Yoo Project Sugar Man Part 13
"By My Side" Melody to Masterpiece Track 1
"Jingle Jingle Jingle Bells" (징글징글징글벨)
(feat. Z.NU)
Sing For You
"Once" (한 때)
(Bumzu feat. Raina)
2017 Non-album single

Awards and nominationsEdit

Mnet Asian Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 San E & Raina – "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" Song of the Year[15] Nominated
Best Collaboration[15] Nominated

Melon Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014
[16]
San E & Raina – "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" Song of the Year Nominated
Hot Trend Award Nominated
Rap/Hip Hop Won

Golden Disc AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 San E & Raina – "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" Digital Bonsang Nominated

Seoul Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 San E & Raina – "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" Hip Hop/Rap Award Won

Gaon Chart K-Pop AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 San E & Raina – "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness" Artist of the Year – July Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Profile After School" (in Japanese). Avex Japan. Archived from the original on August 3, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Introducing After School's new member, Raina". Allkpop.com. 2009-11-18. Archived from the original on 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  3. ^ Arirang Radio interview April 2nd, 2014 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIVw9z5IIls
  4. ^ http://www.mydaily.co.kr/new_yk/html/read.php?newsid=201202251648471135
  5. ^ "[Video] Orange Caramel debuts with "Magic Girl" on today Music Bank". Dkpopnews.net. 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "2014 Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on February 3, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  8. ^ Park Gyu-oh (September 29, 2014). "After School's Raina to go solo". K-Pop Herald. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  9. ^ 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. Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  10. ^ "Gaon Album Chart". Gaon Music Chart.
  11. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Music Chart.
  12. ^ "2014 Download Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on February 14, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  13. ^ "2015 Download Chart".
  14. ^ Total downloads for "Loop":
  15. ^ a b "MAMA vote 2014". Mwave. Archived from the original on 27 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  16. ^ "2014 MelOn Music Awards". MelOn. LOEN Entertainment. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014.

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