2014 – heute (4 Jahre)
Seoul, Korea, Republik
Red Velvet (Hangul: 레드벨벳) is a South Korean girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2014. The group consists of members Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, Joy and Yeri.
Three of the four 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. Wendy auditioned through the 'SM Global Audition' in Canada in 2012. Joy, the member who wasn't part of the S.M. Rookies, also auditioned through the 'SM Global Audition' in Seoul in 2012.
In July 2014, there were rumors of S.M Entertainment forming a new girl group that will debut in the next month that consisted of three girls from the S.M. Rookies, Irene, Seulgi, Wendy and another S.M trainee who turned out to be Joy.S.M Entertainment made an official announcement that the 4-member girl group, Red Velvet, will be making their official debut on August 1, 2014.
2014: Debut and Happiness
Red Velvet released a music video teaser of their debut song, "Happiness" on July 27, 2014.
The music video for "Happiness" was released on August 1, 2014, and on the same day, the group made their official debut stage on the music program Music Bank.
"Happiness", penned by Yoo Young-jin and composed by Will Simms and Chad Hugo, was released on August 4, 2014 through South Korea's music portals. Meanwhile, its music video also reached 1,000,000 views in just 11 hours.
Shortly after the release of the music video for "Happiness", Japanese media reported that images referencing the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks were seen in the video. SM Entertainment responded to the reports, explaining, "After questioning the director, we found that he simply used a collage source for the images, and there was no intention behind it."
The representative added, "As SM wasn't able to catch it before, we will remove the material that caused the misunderstanding as soon as possible. We will make sure not to let this kind of thing happen in the future."
On August 3rd SM Entertainment deleted the original "Happiness" music video, and uploaded a re-edited version without the offending material.
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Red Velvet released their second digital single "Be Natural" and its music video on October 13, 2014. The song, which includes a rap verse by NCT member Taeyong, is a remake of the 2000 song of the same name by S.E.S., SM Entertainment's first girl group. The music video for the song was directed by Kwon Soon-wook and Shim Jae-won, choreographed by Kyle Hanagami, and features original choreography seen in a pre-debut teaser of Irene and Seulgi, which they performed as part of SM Rookies. The group started their promotions on October 9, making their first appearance on the music program, M Countdown. The song peaked at number 33 on the Gaon Digital Chart and at number 6 on Billboard's World Digital Songs chart.
On March 11, 2015, SM Rookies member Yeri was officially announced as part of the group.
Since their debut, Red Velvet has experienced success and recognition. Their first EP, Ice Cream Cake, topped the Gaon Album Chart in early 2015.
Similarly, the group's first full-length album The Red (2015) and the extended plays The Velvet, Russian Roulette, both released in 2016, and Rookie (2017) all reached #1 on the Gaon Album Chart.
Additionally, The Red, Rookie and The Red Summer (2017) also topped the Billboard World Albums, and with the release of their second studio album Perfect Velvet (2017), they became the K-pop girl group with the most number-one albums on the chart and tied for most number-one albums among all K-pop acts.
They have received several awards for music, choreography, or popularity, including the Golden Disc New Artist Award and the Mnet Asian Music Award for Best Female Group in 2017.
The members of Red Velvet have also made television appearances: Irene as a host of Music Bank, Yeri as a host of Show! Music Core, Joy on the fourth season of variety show We Got Married and as a lead character in the drama The Liar and His Lover, Seulgi on the reality/drama show Idol Drama Operation Team, and Wendy as a short-time host of KBS World's K-Rush.
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