Prior to their debut, Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, and Yeri were part of SM Rookies, SM Entertainment's pre-debut team of trainees under SR14G (SMROOKIES 2014 Girls). The members appeared in several music videos and posted their own content with SM Rookies. Seulgi was the first to be recruited through SM Saturday Open Audition in 2007 and made a cameo appearance in Henry's "Fantastic." Irene became a trainee of SM Entertainment in 2009 and made a cameo appearance in Henry's "1-4-3 (I Love You)." Wendy was recruited in 2012 during the SM Global Audition in Canada and released an OST for the drama… Read more »
Prior to their debut, Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, and Yeri were part of SM Rookies, SM Entertainment's pre-debut team of trainees under SR14G (SMROOKIES 2014 Girls). The members appeared in several music videos and posted their own content with SM Rookies. Seulgi was the first to be recruited through SM Saturday Open Audition in 2007 and made a cameo appearance in Henry's "Fantastic." Irene became a trainee of SM Entertainment in 2009 and made a cameo appearance in Henry's "1-4-3 (I Love You)." Wendy was recruited in 2012 during the SM Global Audition in Canada and released an OST for the drama Mimi. Joy was recruited in 2012 through the SM Global Audition in Seoul. Finally, Yeri was cast during the SM Global Audition in the US in 2011.
On July 21, it was rumored that Irene, Seulgi, and Wendy would debut as a group, replacing SM Rookies, which was confirmed by SM Entertainment, with Joy also joining the group. Red Velvet's debut was the company's first girl group in five years, according to f(x). After several teasers, the music video for "Happiness" was released on August 1, 2014, with member Yeri making a cameo appearance, but due to the controversial imagery related to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the events of September 11, the music video was removed. On the same day, they made their official debut on Music Bank. On August 4, the music video was replaced without the images in question and the digital single was released.
On March 10, 2015, it was announced that Red Velvet would make their comeback as a five-member group, with SM posting an introduction video on their official YouTube channel to welcome the group's newest member, Yeri. On the same day, they announced that their first mini-album will be called "Ice Cream Cake," with the title song of the same name. The song was a huge success, topping several charts and earning their first win in a music show on Music Bank on March 27, which was followed by others.
On September 3, several red blocks were posted on Instagram throughout the day. Later it turned out that they were a huge grid of the track list of their upcoming album "The Red", with which they announced their comeback. The next day it was revealed that the title track of the album will be "Dumb Dumb" and a teaser for the music video was released. After several teasers, the album was released on September 9. The album landed at number one on the Billboard World Albums Chart and the Gaon Albums Chart.
On August 19, 2016, it was announced that Red Velvet would be making a comeback sometime in September. On the same day, more teasers were released showing the words "Russian Roulette". From September 1 to September 5, individual teaser photos were released in the following order: Joy, Irene, Seulgi, Yeri, and Wendy. After several teasers, it was revealed that the title song will have the same name as the album.
On June 23, 2017, it was announced that Red Velvet would release a mini-album in July for a summer comeback, reflecting the group's summer concept since the "Happiness" era. Later that same day, another set of teasers were posted, revealing the title of the album and the full track list, which included the title track "Red Flavor. About 2 hours after the release of "The Red Summer" on July 9, the song "Red Flavor" reached the top of 7 Korean digital music charts and the other tracks also reached high rankings in the charts.
On July 23, a source from SM Entertainment revealed that Red Velvet would return with the album "Summer Magic." The group had finished filming the music video for their new song. The album contains a total of seven songs. The group performed the songs from the album at their second concert REDMARE on August 4 and 5. Their first summer mini album was released on August 6 with the title song "Power Up." After the release, the song "Power Up" quickly rose to the top of the charts.
On January 4, 2019, SM posted a music video teaser for their new Japanese single "Sappy" on their YouTube channel without warning. The official music video was released two days later, on January 6.
On June 19, Red Velvet released their sixth mini-album "The ReVe Festival" Day 1, along with the title track "Zimzalabim." It is the first part of "The ReVe Festival" trilogy. The mini-album debuted at the top of South Korea's Gaon Album Chart. The mini album sold 185,821 copies in its first month.
Two months after the release of The ReVe Festival: Day 1, 'The ReVe Festival' Day 2, their seventh mini-album, was released with the title track "Umpah Umpah" on August 20. The final release of the trilogy, 'The ReVe Festival' Finale, was released on December 23 with the title track "Psycho." To promote The ReVe Festival trilogy, the group launched their third concert, La Rouge, which started on November 23 and 24 in Seoul
According to the reports, SM Entertainment confirmed that members Seulgi and Irene were preparing to debut in the group's first sub-unit, with the debut date set for June 15, 2020. However, it was postponed, citing the need for additional production of the album to achieve a higher quality of music. On June 21, it was announced that Red Velvet - Irene & Seulgi would debut on July 6 with their first mini-album Monster.
On March 10, 2021, SM Entertainment announced that Wendy would make her solo debut "Water" in April.
On May 12, Star News reported that Joy would release her first solo album later that month. SM confirmed that she was working on a remake album and that a detailed schedule would be announced soon. The digital single "Je T'aime" was pre-released on May 26 and the solo special album "Hello" was released on May 31 with the title track of the same name.
On June 9, Herald POP reported that Red Velvet was preparing for an August comeback. It would be their first comeback in almost a year and a half after the release of "The ReVe Festival" finale. On August 16, Red Velvet released their eighth mini-album, "Queendom."
On February 18, 2022, Xports News reported in an exclusive that Red Velvet would make a comeback in March. Less than an hour later, SM Entertainment itself confirmed that Red Velvet was preparing the album "ReVe Festival 2022 - Feel My Rhythm" to be released in March.
On November 7, it was announced that Red Velvet would release their 10th mini-album "The ReVe Festival 2022 - Birthday" on November 28. This album again beat their own records in terms of sales. Red Velvet have been successful in the industry for a long time because of their hard work compared to some other groups, making them one of the most successful girl groups in Kpop history.
Member - Birthday - Birth Name:
Irene - 29.03.1991 - Bae Ju Hyun
Wendy - 21.02.1994 - Wendy Son
Seulgi - 10.02.1994 - Kang Seul Gi
Joy - 03.09.1996 - Park Soo Young
Yeri - 05.03.1999 - Kim Ye Rim