The Velvet is the second mini album by South Korean girl group Red Velvet to be released on March 17, 2016. The album features 8 tracks, of which includes 4 versions of its title track "7월7일 (One Of These Nights)".
The album is the spiritual successor of their first studio album The Red, which was released in September 2015. Following the group's concept, while The Red focused on their vivid and bright "red" image, The Velvet will focus on their smooth and soft "velvet" image.
Teaser images and videos were released from both their Instagram account and the SMTOWN Youtube channel.
While promoting their last album at a press conference on September 8, 2015, the members and the company hinted at a follow-up album to The Red, although an S.M. Entertainment representative clarified that nothing had been scheduled yet. In October 2015, member Wendy confirmed on an interview that an album was "coming after The Red".
Ten minutes before its intended release on March 16, S.M. Entertainment announced that the music video and album's release would be delayed to March 17 "to guarantee a high quality of work". The band apologized to their fans on the March 16 broadcast of 'Good Morning FM', where they shared about their new album and its title track.
Red Velvet held a special broadcast through the Naver application V on March 15, showing their new hairstyles for the first time as they talked about their preparations for their 'comeback'. After the announcement of their album's delay, the group appeared on the March 16 broadcast of 'Good Morning FM' to talk about the album and the title track, "7월7일 (One Of These Nights)". Hours before the album's release, the group also held another special broadcast on the V app. Red Velvet started their promotions on music shows on March 17, through M! Countdown where they performed both the title track and "Cool Hot Sweet Love".
|1.||"7월7일 (One Of These Nights)"||4:21|
|2.||"Cool Hot Sweet Love"||3:53|
|3.||"Light Me Up"||3:32|
|4.||"처음인가요 (First Time)"||4:02|
|5.||"장미꽃 향기는 바람에 날리고 (Rose Scent Breeze) (Seulgi, Wendy, Joy)"||4:52|
|6.||"7월7일 (One Of These Nights) (De-Capo version)"||4:11|
|7.||"7월7일 (One Of These Nights) (Joe Millionaire version)"||4:07|
|8.||"7월7일 (One Of These Nights) (Piano version)"||4:05|
|Chart (2016)|| Peak|
|South Korean Albums (Gaon)||1|
|US Billboard World Albums||8|
|Song||Peak chart position|
|"7월7일 (One Of These Nights)"||10|
|"Cool Hot Sweet Love"||48|
|"장미꽃 향기는 바람에 날리고 (Rose Scent Breeze)"||61|
|"처음인가요 (First Time)"||70|
|"Light Me Up"||79|
Awards and nominationsEdit
Music program awardsEdit
|"7월7일 (One Of These Nights)"||The Show (SBS MTV)||March 22, 2016|
|Show Champion (MBC Music)||March 23, 2016|
|M Countdown (Mnet)||March 24, 2016|
|Music Bank (KBS)||March 25, 2016|
|Inkigayo (SBS)||March 27, 2016|
To view Red Velvet's The Velvet Gallery, click here.