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Red Velvet

Red Velvet (레드벨벳) is a South Korean girl group formed by SM Entertainment. The group debuted on August 1, 2014, with their digital single "Happiness" with just four members: IRENE, SEULGI, WENDY and JOY. In March 2015, fifth member YERI was added to the group.

History[]

Pre-debut[]

Seulgi was the first member to be cast as an S.M. Entertainment trainee through an audition in 2007, while Irene was cast in 2009, and Yeri in 2011. In 2012, Wendy and Joy were cast through the S.M. Global Auditions in Canada and Seoul respectively.

Irene, Seulgi and Wendy were introduced initially to the public through the agency's pre-debut team SM Rookies in 2013 and 2014, and they were rumored to debut as a group in July, which was then confirmed by S.M. Entertainment. With the addition of member Joy, the four-member group would debut as Red Velvet, S.M. Entertainment's first girl group in five years since f(x). Finally, Yeri, who was casted from SM Global Audition in US in 2011, later debuted in the group in 2015.

Concept[]

Red Velvet is known for their unique dual concept which has never been seen before among South Korean girl groups. These two concepts are dubbed their 'Red' and 'Velvet' sides which influences both their image and the music they release. The 'Red' half is their brighter and bubblier side while their 'Velvet' image is their softer, more mature and elegant concept.

Since the 'Red' side is more youthful, the music is predominantly pop and they are usually dressed in colorful, girlish clothing like in "Ice Cream Cake" and "Dumb Dumb". On the other hand, their sophisticated 'Velvet' side heavily features the R&B and ballad genres while they are dressed more maturely, most notably, when the girls wore suits for "Be Natural". Both sides aren't limited to these genres, however. The group has been compared to their SM Entertainment seniors, Girls' Generation and f(x), with Red Velvet being a combination of them both while having its own identity.[1]

Success[]

Since their debut, Red Velvet has experienced notable success and recognition. Their first EP, Ice Cream Cake which was released in March 2015, topped the Gaon Album Chart on the 12th week of 2015 and in September 2015, the group's first full-length album, The Red, also topped the Gaon Album Chart and the Billboard World Albums Chart. Red Velvet has received a total of thirteen music awards, including two awards for choreography; Best Dance – Female and Best Dance Performance – Female Group, as well as three new artist awards.

Red Velvet has been lauded for breaking stereotypes among popular girl groups in South Korea whose concepts tend to fall under two categories which are 'cute or pure' and 'sexy', often to fulfill a certain fantasy especially in a country where girl groups' fanbases are typically mostly male.[2] Thanks to the group's diverse musical inspirations and styles, Red Velvet is claimed to have pushed the boundaries of 'idol music'.

Members[]

Irene (The ReVe Festival Day 2) 1.png
 Irene 
Seulgi (The ReVe Festival Day 2) 6.png
 Seulgi 
Wendy (The ReVe Festival Day 2) 4.png
 Wendy 
Joy (The ReVe Festival Day 2) 3.png
 Joy 
Yeri (The ReVe Festival Day 2) 2.png
 Yeri 
  • IRENE (아이린) - Leader, Main Rapper, Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Visual, Center
  • SEULGI (슬기) - Lead Vocalist, Main Dancer
  • WENDY (웬디) - Main Vocalist
  • JOY (조이) - Lead Rapper, Vocalist
  • YERI (예리) - Vocalist, Rapper, Maknae

Discography[]

Korean Discography[]

Albums[]

Mini Albums[]

Digital Singles[]

Repackaged Albums[]

OSTs[]

  • 2015: "Yossim" (여시주의) [Telemonster OST]

Featurings[]

  • 2016: "What I want from you" (너에게 원한건) [Two Yoo Project Sugar Man]
  • 2019: Close To Me (Red Velvet Remix)

Japanese Discography[]

Mini Albums[]

Digital Singles

  • [2019.01.06] Sappy
  • [2019.02.20] Sayonara
  • [2019.04.24] Power Up (Japanese Ver.)

Concerts & Tours[]

Tours[]

  • [2017.08.18–2018.06.08] Red Room
  • [2018.08.04–2019.02.21] REDMARE
  • [2019.11.23-2020.02.24] La Rouge

Filmography[]

Film[]

Drama[]

  • 2016: Descendants of the Sun (태양의 후예) - cameo

TV Show[]

External Links[]

References[]

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