Red Velvet (Hangul: 레드벨벳; Romanization: Re-deu Belbet) is a South-Korean girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment which debuted on August 1 2014. The group consists of Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, Joy and Yeri. Red Velvet has received a total of six main 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 members are active as television personalities, most notably Irene and Yeri as hosts for Music Bank and Music Core, respectively, and Joy for her participation in her simulated marriage to BtoB’s Yook Sungjae on the variety show We Got Married. Joy also recently made her acting debut as the lead actor for her drama "The Liar and His Lover" with actor Lee Hyunwoo in March 2017.
Four of the five members of Red Velvet were previously part of S.M. Entertainment's pre-debut team, S.M. Rookies. Seulgi, the first member who joined the agency, was brought in through an audition in 2007. Irene, the next member to join the company, was cast in 2009. 2 years later, newest member Yeri was casted through the SM Global Auditions. Wendy auditioned through the SM Global Audition in Canada in 2012. Joy, the member who wasn't part of S.M. Rookies, auditioned through the SM Global Audition in Seoul in 2012.
Red Velvet's debut single, "Happiness", was digitally released on August 4, 2014, through various South Korean online music charts. The song made its way up to the number one spot on Genie's real-time chart, as well as top 10 of various other ones. Internationally, it debuted at No. 3 in Singapore and Taiwan, No.4 in Malaysia, No.5 in Thailand and No.9 in Hong Kong. Its music video was released on August 1, reaching 1 million views within 11 hours, and becoming the second most viewed K-pop video worldwide in August 2014. The group made their official debut stage on the music program Music Bank.
Red Velvet released their 2nd digital single "Be Natural", a remake of a S.E.S's song, on October 13. The group started their promotional activities for this new release on October 9, making their first appearance on the music program, M! Countdown. The music video for the song was released during the same day.
2015: Ice Cream Cake, new member Yeri and The RedEdit
On March 11, 2015, S.M. Entertainment announced that the group's first album will be called Ice Cream Cake and was released on March 15. On the same day, they released a video announcing the addition of a new member, Yeri, to the group's lineup. Yeri was formerly part of S.M. Rookies with Irene, Seulgi and Wendy. "Automatic," the group's first music video featuring Yeri, was released on March 14.
On March 13, S.M. Entertainment announced that the group will be promoting their album through the program, Ice Cream TV, which will be streamed through Naver Music and will be hosted by SHINee's Minho. The members will talk about the album, share their thoughts about their upcoming 'comeback', and perform their songs live in the show. On March 15, it was announced that both "Automatic" and "Ice Cream Cake" will be promoted as double lead singles off the album. The music video for "Ice Cream Cake" was released on March 15. Ice Cream Cake topped Gaon's Weekly Album Sales Chart in its first week. It also debuted at #2 on Billboard's World Albums Chart and "Ice Cream Cake" peaked at #3 on Billboard's World Digital Songs Chart. On March 27, they won their first music show trophy on Music Bank, as well as multiple trophies from Show! Music Core and Inkigayo. They are the first girl group debuting in 2014 to garner music show awards and sweep local digital charts in South Korea. For the first half of 2015, the album would go on to become the best selling album by a girl group in South Korea on the Hanteo Chart.
In August 2015, Red Velvet held their first United States performance during the annual KCON convention and music festival in Los Angeles, California. They performed their song "Ice Cream Cake" and a cover of "STICKWITU" by the Pussycat Dolls.
On September 3, 2015, Red Velvet announced their first full-length album The Red through their official Instagram account. It was released on September 9 with a total of ten tracks, including the single "Dumb Dumb". On 8 September, 10:00P.M. KST, the agency released the music video for "Dumb Dumb". The music video reached over 1 million views within 12 hours and the group has won multiple trophies on The Show, Show Champion and M Countdown. The Red debuted at #1 on Billboard's World Albums Chart and South Korea's Gaon Album Chart.
On December 6, SM Entertainment revealed that the group, alongside label mates f(x) and BoA, will take part in the agency's special winter project, entitled "Winter Garden", by releasing a digital single, "Wish Tree" on December 18th. Red Velvet was the tenth most reblogged kpop group for 2015 according to Tumblr's Year in Review series, previously at the seventeenth spot in 2014.
S.M. Entertainment revealed on March 2, 2016 that Red Velvet had recently finished filming the music video for a new song, aiming for a March comeback. The group was set to release their 2nd mini album, The Velvet, at midnight (KST) on March 16, 2016, along with the lead single "7월7일 (One Of These Nights)", teasing fans through the use of the official Red Velvet Instagram account, much like the promotions of their previous full length album. The official S.M YouTube channel released the music video teaser of lead single "7월7일 (One Of These Nights)" on March 14. However, just minutes before the scheduled release date of the album on digital charts and as a physical copy, along with the music video, S.M.Entertainment released an official statement that the album and music video would be delayed and released the following day, March 17. The album showcases the smooth R&B-influenced "velvet" side of the group's concept and is a direct follow-up album to The Red, which highlighted the band's bright and bold "red" persona.
A September comeback was confirmed by S.M. Entertainment in August. The first teaser was released on Red Velvet's Instagram account on September 1st. The agency confirmed that the girls will be releasing their 3rd mini album titled "Russian Roulette" and the music video is due to be released on September 7th at midnight KST. On the V Live app, Red Velvet did a comeback countdown for one hour before the music video's release. The mini album features seven tracks, including the title track "Russian Roulette".
2017: Rookie, Fandom Name, The Red Summer and Perfect Velvet Edit
On January 20, 2017 SM Entertainment announced that Red Velvet will have a comeback in February. On January 24, the group's comeback was confirmed with the release of their fourth mini album Rookie, on February 1. The EP contains new six tracks, with the title track "Rookie" and a solo song of Wendy entitled "Last Love" (마지막 사랑). The album topped the Weekly Gaon Album Chart and also become their next album to topped the Billboard World Albums Chart. Red Velvet took home their first music show win for "Rookie" on The Show on February 7, followed by wins on the Show Champion, M Countdown, Music Bank, and SBS's Inkigayo. The wins amounted to a total of 9 trophies. The album, along with their song, remained on the chart for more than 6-7 weeks after their promotion had ended. On March 31, 2017, the group released the first single for SM Station 2, titled "Would U". However, member Joy was not included due to her drama filming. Joy also officially finished filming her drama in the first week of May 2017, returning her to her group activities. She also released more than half of the OSTs for the drama.
And finally after almost 3 years of waiting, Red Velvet released their official fandom name through their official instagram account! Welcome to the fandom, ReVeluvs!
Reve in Reveluv stands for dream in French. The story behind the name is that the fans, us, make Red Velvet's dreams come true, so in return, Red Velvet gave us their love!
On June 23, 2017, S.M. Entertainment announced that Red Velvet would be releasing a mini album in July for a summer comeback (a first for the group) and had recently finished filming the music video. At around midnight on June 30, the first set of teaser images were released through the company's official website, the group's official Instagram, and the group's promotional Twitter account, which was created the same month. Later that day, they posted another set of teasers which revealed the album title and the full track list which includes the title track, "Red Flavor". Two of the songs were written by Swedish producer Cazzi Opeia. The album was officially released digitally on July 9 and physically on July 10.
The single "Red Flavor" had an unconventional release and was performed live by the group at an SMTOWN concert in Seoul on July 8 before the song's digital release along with its music video a day later. Hours after its release on July 9, the group had their first music show performance on Inkigayo where they also performed "You Better Know"
On October 30, 2017, there was news that Red Velvet were preparing their third comeback of the year, just four months after their big hit Red Flavor. At midnight KST November 8th, a teaser video for "Peak-A-Boo" was uploaded on the SMTown YouTube channel. It was announced that Red Velvet would be releasing their second full album "Perfect Velvet" on November 17th. The album will feature the title track "Peak-A-Boo" along with 8 other tracks. Perfect Velvet surpassed 100,000 stock pre-orders.
Red Velvet held a Peek-A-Boo showcase, which was hosted by their label mate Taeyeon (SNSD), on the 16th November. This is where they performed their new track live for the first time, before the official release. At midnight KST on November 17th, the official music video for Peek-A-Boo was released along with the album. The group had their comeback stage on KBS Music Bank the same day. They performed their title track Peek-A-Boo and B-side Look.