|Stage Name||Birth Name||Position||Birthday||Age||Height||Star Sign||C Y||BT|
|Yina 이나||Hwang Saem||Sub-vocal||31||171 cm or 5'7½"||Taurus||Hare||AB|
|Alex 알렉스||Alexandra Reid||Rapper||26||Pisces||Monkey|
|Jieun 지은||Kang Jieun||Leader||25||172 cm or 5'7½"||Libra||Rooster||A|
|Yumin 유민||Kim Yumin||Sub-vocal||24||172 cm or 5'7½"||Taurus||Dog||A|
|Zi.U 지유||Kim Seulji||Vocal, Dancer||23||167 cm or 5'5½"||Pisces||Pig||A|
|Ttabo 따보||Fù Yīngnán||Rapper||23||164 cm or 5'4½"||Gemini||Pig||AB|
|Hyeme 혜미||Kim Hyemi||Vocal, Maknae||22||170 cm or 5'7"||Capricorn||Pig||B|
BP Rania is a girl group formed by DR Music in 2011, created by the American Teddy Riley. They debuted as RaNia 라니아 with their debut mini-album Teddy Riley, The First Expansion in Asia with the lead track "Dr. Feel Good" released in April 2011. The group's current line-up is composed of Yina, Jieun, Yumin, Zi.U, Ttabo, and Hyeme.
The name BP Rania is a shortened form of "black pearl regeneration idol of Asia."
Rania was originally set to debut in mid 2010 as the third generation of Baby V.O.X. However, their record company, DR Music, decided to rebrand them as a new group named Rania with 8 members: Saem (later known as Yina), Lucy (later known as Jooyi), Riko, Joy, Di, T-ae, Xia, and Sarah Wang.
T-ae, Riko, and Yina were chosen to star alongside former 2PM member Jay Park in his movie Hype Nation, causing DR Music to push back the group's debut. At the beginning of 2011, Sarah Wang made her decision to leave the group and was replaced by Chinese trainee Yijo. Before the addition of Yijo, Thai Korean trainee Data (Song Daeun) and Canadian Korean trainee Minhee (Moon Minhee) were set to take Sarah's place. However, Minhee left due to parental disapproval due to her age (at the time she was 15), and Data left due to homesickness (her family resided in Thailand).
Rania made their debut in April 2011 as an eight-member group, consisting of Saem, Jooyi, Riko, Joy, Di, T-ae, Xia, and Yijo. However, upon their debut mini-album's release, Yijo was not included and she left Rania. They performed on April 6 on KBS's "Music Bank," with the track "Dr. Feel Good," composed by producer Teddy Riley. The song was originally given to Lady Gaga. Rania's music video and live performances caused controversy in Korea as some viewers felt that their image and concept were too provocative, and Rania was forced to change their choreography and make minor changes to the outfits. After the conclusion of "Dr. Feel Good" promotions, the group returned in June with their 1st digital single "Masquerade" (also composed by Riley). Despite having planned an American debut, the group made no advancements.
Shortly afterwards, Riley announced that he would have nothing more to do with the group after falling out with their record label, releasing a statement saying, "I wish them the best. It's not the girls I dislike, I love Rania, they would be better with me at SM Entertaiment. Their manager does shady business, used me for my music. I love Rania, I just don't like their company business. That's why they are not getting bigger. They don't do business upfront. They used my name every where then back door me on the group. It's ok if they will regret it. If they leave that company, I will sign them up quickly. Please know the facts before attacking me. Attack their company. Such great talent will be wasted if they don't get better support."
The group released their 2nd mini-album, Time to Rock Da Show, on November 16, 2011. The music video for its lead track, "Pop Pop Pop," written by Brave Brothers, was revealed four days later.
Joy suddenly went on hiatus at this time, which DR Music claimed was because her parents' house had been affected in the flood which occurred in Thailand at the time of the release. She officially left Rania in June 2012. In a series of now-deleted tweets, she wrote, "To everyone, I’m sorry I let you guys down so many times, but I’ve been thinking about it for months. I think I can’t go back to stand on that place anymore. [...] I can’t go back anymore. Thanks for all of your love and all of your hope, thank you so much and I feel so sorry that I [am disappointing beloved fans]…From now…I think I can’t be in the Entertainment [industry] or back to be a singer anymore since I was sick…But I haven’t got any confidence to go back to do it. I’m sorry that I made you all have to wait for me…and I made you all feel confused. Thank you so much for gifts, kindness, love that you give me. Thank you."
On May 30, 2012, Rania performed a new song named "Killer" at the Dream Concert. They made a comeback on September 16 with 2nd digital single "Style," with a music video released on September 20. Jooyi did not participate in this comeback, although DR Music claimed she was still a member of the group at the time.
Rania released the title track "Just Go" on March 8, 2013, along with their first studio album.
Rania was set to debut in America in the summer of 2013. Empire Records was to handle distribution while Fireworks was to handle Rania's American management. Larry Rudolph and Adam Leber, two of Britney Spears' managers, decided to be Rania's managers throughout their U.S. promotions. Starting May 21, Rania began filming for their MTV reality show "Road to Fame" in Los Angeles and other cities across the U.S. The show would feature the group's preparations for their U.S. debut and would air for three months. The album would feature collaborations with both Snoop Dogg and 2 Chainz. However, Rania's American debut was delayed again in June. Instead, they began to film a CF for Woongjin Waterpark Play°C and released a special digital single, "Up," for fans on July 5.
In May 2014, the group signed with Spanish label INGENIOmedia and confirmed they would have a comeback in July with "Acceleration," with a second round of promotions in September. The Spanish label said that they were looking for a sixth member to replace Riko, who'd been absent from the group since "Just Go." Following an incident where a staffer at INGENIOmedia leaked Rania's comeback track to a fan, the company severed ties with the group, stating they were "taking too long." INGENIOMedia later released a statement saying that they were not looking for a member to replace Riko, apologizing for any confusion, and said that any news on member changes would have to come from DR Music.
In late 2014, Saem stopped attending public events and deactivated her official social media accounts. This led to intense fan speculation that she had left the group, but DR Music did not release an official statement regarding her situation.
On the same day that Saem's departure from the group was discovered, DR Music announced the departure of Riko, the inactive member of the group. DR Music said that, "after the completion of the promotions of the single STYLE Riko told us with that she would take her university entrance exams to study a career, she asked for a 3 year break to complete her university studies and once she graduated from college, she could return to the group as a member of RaNia, but the problem came back this year when she reproached subjects in the university, she made us aware of this situation and asked for a year more absence that we found impossible since although she promotes or not with the group we as a company should continue paying a normal salary, And That is unfair for us and the other members of the group, because she can not postpone her absence anymore she decided to leave the group and the agency." DR Music later added a new member, Sharon Park.
In January 2015, Jooyi stopped attending live performances with Rania. DR Music claimed that she was simply on hiatus.
In April 2015, Sharon Park left the group to focus on her modeling career.
In July 2015, Rania began appearing with trainees Seulji and Hyeme. In October 2015, the group announced their comeback as a six-member group on November 6 with their 3rd mini-album Demonstrate. On November 3, Seulji and Hyeme were officially revealed as new members. It was confirmed that Demonstrate would feature American rapper Alexandra Reid. On November 4, DR. Music confirmed that Alexandra Reid was officially a new member of the group and that Yina and Jooyi had officially left the group. Alex was the first ever African-American woman to be an official member of a South Korean girl group.
DR Music sent out a letter to fans that supported their Makestar project, informing them that Rania's comeback had been pushed back to August 2016, and that they were working on a Hyeme & Alex sub-unit. On July 13, 2016, however, Makestar announced that due to repeated failed attempts to contact DR Music about the project's progress and "the continued irresponsible behavior and stance taken by the RANIA project creator, and our unwillingness to ignore the inconvenience this is causing to the project participants," the project would be terminated and all money returned to the fans.
On May 26, it was confirmed that the last three original members of Rania (Di, T-ae and Xia) had withdrawn from the group and parted ways from DR Music after 5 years. They then signed with their new label ENTER HAMA, to re-debut as ELA8TE.
On June 26, Rania performed in a Chinese event with 3 DR Music trainees: Jihyun, Jieun (a former member of LPG), and Crystal. On August 15 2016, Alex announced that she was the group's new leader.
On October 25, Rania performed with 2 DR Music trainees at the 2016 Seoul ICARUS Drone International Film Festival. Two days later, DR Music stated that they would chose new Rania members from 7 DR Music trainees.
On December 23, DR. Music revealed a teaser image for Black Pearl, hinting at a seven-member comeback. On December 24, Hyeme and new member Jieun's teaser image were revealed. On December 25, Zi.U (formerly known as Seulji) and new member Yumin's teaser image were revealed. On December 26, DR Music revealed teaser images for Alex and new Chinese member Ttabo. It was reported that former member Saem had rejoined the group after 2 years following her departure in late 2014; her new stage name was Yina. On December 27, DR Music revealed the teaser image for Saem, confirming that she had re-joined the group. On December 28, Rania released a teaser music video for upcoming comeback track "Start a Fire" as BP Rania. DR Music confirmed that Rania had changed their name to BP (Black Pearl) Rania. "Start a Fire" was released on December 30 along with a mini-album of the same name. DR Music said "Through Spanish company ‘ingeniomedia,’ the song will be available in more than 60 countries around the world."
2016–present (BP RaNia)
• Hwang Semi 황세미, known as Yina, born on May 4, 1987. She originally debuted as a member of Rania in 2011 under the stage name Saem and left the group in late 2014. In 2016, she re-joined the group with the new stage name Yina.
• Kang Jieun 강지은, born on October 17, 1993. She is former member of LPG. She made her first performance with the group in June 2016 and was officially introduced as a new member on December 24, 2016.
• Kim Seulji 김슬지, known as Zi.U, born on February 12, 1995. She made her first performance with the group in July 2015 and was officially introduced as a new member on November 3, 2015. In 2016, Seulji confirmed that she would use the stage name Zi.U.
• Kim Yumin 김유민, born on February 24, 1995. She was introduced as a new member on December 25, 2016.
• Fu Ying Nan (付英男), known as Ttabo, born on June 8, 1995. She's Chinese and was introduced as a new member on December 26, 2016.
• Kim Hyemi 김혜미, known as Hyeme, born on December 22, 1995. She made her first performance with the group in July 2015 and was officially introduced as a new member on November 3, 2015.
• Sarah Wang
• Alexandra Reid 알렉산드라 리드, known as Alex, born on March 5, 1989. She was introduced as a new member of the group on November 4, 2015, and became the first ever African-American woman to debut in Kpop. Prior to joining the group, she was a soloist under the American record label Def Jam.
The age gap between the eldest member, Yina, and the maknae, Hyeme, is 8 years, 7 months, and 18 days.
Yumin and Yina share the star sign Taurus.
Alex and Zi.U were both born under the star sign Pisces.
Zi.U, Ttabo, and Hyeme were born in the Year of the Pig.
Jieun, Yumin, and Zi.U all share the blood type A.
The height difference between the tallest members, Jieun and Yumin (172 cm or 5'7½"), and the shortest member, Ttabo (164 cm or 5'4½"), is 8 cm.
Yumin and Hyeme are both from Gyeonggi-do.
Yina and Ttabo's blood type is AB.