Red Velvet (레드벨벳) is a South Korean girl group formed and under the company SM Entertainment. Red Velvet’s music reflects their name musically, their mainly pop “red” side dabbles in electronic, funk, and hip hop on occasion, while their “velvet” side focuses on ’90s-influenced R&B with ballad and jazz elements. The group had originally debuted as a four-member girl group with Irene, Seulgi, Wendy and Joy on August 1, 2014. However, Yeri joined the group in March 2015, marked by their first big release, Ice Cream Cake, making it a five-piece band. Red Velvet is widely known and praised for its ‘hook’ song.
Two studio albums, one reissue album, one compilation, and nine extended plays are included in the group’s Korean-language discography, with eleven of them reaching the top of South Korea’s Gaon Album Chart. The group ventured into the Japanese music scene with the extended plays #Cookie Jar (2018) and Sappy (2019). Forbes Korea Power Celebrity has called them one of the most influential South Korean celebrities,11 in 2018 and 5 in 2019. Time and Billboard have also called them one of the most influential K-pop groups in the world, and they are the fifth most-streamed K-pop artist on Spotify as of February 2020.
The members’ style is affected by Red Velvet’s dual concept. They typically wear bright, traditionally girlish clothing in their “red” concept, such as pastel sweaters and skirts in “Ice Cream Cake” and red doll outfits in “Dumb Dumb.” For their “velvet” side, they dress more maturely, such as in “Be Natural,” where they wear suits.
An Introduction to the Members and What They Have been up to
The five-piece South Korean girl group debuted originally as a four-member girl group back in 2014. The members of the groups are Irene, Joy, Wendy, Selugi and Yeri joining the group in 2015. Red Velvet has been praised for defying stereotypes among South Korean girl groups, which seem to fall into one of two categories: “cute and pure” or “sexy.” In 2018, the director of the Korea Foundation for International Cultural Exchange cited Red Velvet as a major contributor and one of the country’s most talented idol groups who have “largely supported K-pop” around the world when speaking about the Korean Wave.
I’m sure all of us are now very curious about the members, who have had made such a huge impact during the Korean Wave along with Kpop groups like BTS and Blackpink to name a few. Let us get to know about the members and what they have been up to.
Irene (Bae Joo-Hyun) is a South Korean singer, rapper, and actress. She is the leader of the Red Velvet girl group in South Korea, as well as a member of the Red Velvet – Irene & Seulgi sub-unit. Irene was one of the second batches of trainees to be introduced as a part of SM Entertainment’s pre-debut training squad, SM Rookies, on December 9, 2013. Irene made her official debut as a member of Red Velvet on August 1, 2014, becoming the group’s leader.
Irene made her acting debut in July 2016 as the female lead in the web drama Women at a Game Company. Irene was cast as a detective in Hello! Our Language, a sitcom aimed at teaching proper Korean to audiences, in the same month. SM Entertainment also revealed in July 2019 that Irene would be collaborating with Raiden, a South Korean DJ and rapper, on the track “The Only,” which was released on August 2.
You can watch the music video of the song below:
On April 20, 2020, SM announced that Irene would form Red Velvet’s first sub-unit with Seulgi. The extended play Monster from Red Velvet – Irene & Seulgi debuted on July 6. Episode 2: IRENE, a short solo performance MV of her, was also posted.
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Irene was set to star in the upcoming film Double Patty, which was set to be released later that year but was later postponed to February 2021, according to SM on July 16, 2020. Lee Hyun-Ji, an aspiring anchor, will be her character. Irene also released her own OST for the film, titled “A White Night.”
Seulgi (Kang Seul-gi) is a South Korean singer and dancer. She is a member of Red Velvet and its sub-unit Red Velvet – Irene & Seulgi, a South Korean girl group. In 2007, Kang started her training at SM Entertainment. She was one of the first three trainees to be unveiled to the public on December 2, 2013, via SM Entertainment’s pre-debut project, SM Rookies. Seulgi was confirmed as part of the cast for Law of the Jungle in Mexico in February 2018. In April, Seulgi and Sunmi were announced as cast members of JTBC’s new variety show Secret Unnie.
Seulgi published “Always” a ballad song about everlasting love, for the tvN drama The Crowned Clown on February 12, 2019. Seulgi performed the song “Uncover” for the first time on her solo stage in November 2019 during their La Rouge concert in Seoul.
You can watch the official Music video of ‘Uncover’ down below:
Seulgi was featured in the music video for TVXQ Yunho’s “Eeny Meeny” on January 25, 2021. The promotional MV for Seulgi and rapper Bewhy’s Volkswagen “Born Confident” campaign was officially released online on February 1. Wendy revealed on March 30 that Seulgi would feature in one of her solo album debut songs, “Best Friend,” which will be released on April 5, 2021.
Seulgi will host a web music programme called “The Wise Music Encyclopedia,” which will air every Friday on Urigayo’s (우리가요) YouTube channel, it was announced on April 2.
Wendy (Shon Seung-wan) is a South Korean singer. She is a member of Red Velvet, a South Korean girl group. On March 14, 2014, she was unveiled as a member of S.M. Entertainment’s pre-debut party SM Rookies after less than two years of training. Wendy was a member of SM Rookies when she released the song “Because I Love You” for the Mnet drama Mimi’s soundtrack, and she also starred in the music video.
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Wendy was announced as the lead voice actress in the DreamWorks animated film Trolls: World Tour, which will be released in Korea in March 2020. In April, the movie came out. Wendy and Zico collaborated on the OST “My Day Is Full Of You” for The King: Eternal Monarch in May 2020. Wendy’s solo OST “Two Words” was released in November 2020, following Red Velvet’s “Future” for the drama Start-Up.
Wendy made her official return as a co-host of Mysterious Record Shop in January 2021. Wendy’s debut as a solo artist was revealed in March 2021, with an album set to be released in April. This was later confirmed as her first EP, Like Water, which will be released on April 5th and contains a total of 5 tracks.
Joy (Park Soo-young) is a South Korean singer and actress. She’s a member of the South Korean girl group Red Velvet, and she’s starred in the dramas The Liar and His Lover (2017) and Tempted (2017). (2018). Joy was the only member of the squad who wasn’t introduced as a member of SM Rookies, SM Entertainment’s pre-debut training team.
Joy was named the main host of Asia’s most famous beauty show, OnStyle’s Get It Beauty, in January 2019, alongside former Pajama Friends co-host Jang Yoon-Ju. Joy joined Cha Eun-woo, Lee Sang-Yoon, and Seo Jang-hoon on the athletic variety show Handsome Tigers as the only female member in December 2019. Joy received the Best Female Variety Idol Award at the 2020 Brand Customer Loyalty Awards after receiving positive feedback in variety shows.
Joy’s solo OST “Introduce Me A Good Person” was released in March 2020 for the soundtrack of tvN’s Hospital Playlist. The song reached number one on multiple charts, including Billboard Korea’s K-Pop Hot 100 Chart at number five, Gaon’s Digital Chart at number six, and Gaon’s Digital Index Points at 487 million.t was nominated for the Song of the Year Daesang (Grand Prize) and Best OST Award at the Mnet Asian Music Awards, and for Best OST at the 30th Seoul Music Awards.
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Yeri(Kim Ye-rim ) is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a member of Red Velvet, a South Korean girl group. On March 10, 2015, during the promotion of their first EP Ice Cream Cake, Yeri was introduced as a new member of Red Velvet. On March 14, 2019, the music video for Yeri’s first self-composed solo project “Dear Diary” was released as a part of SM Station Season 3.
You can catch the video of the song below:
The first episode of Yeri’s reality-variety show Yeri’s Room premiered on the YouTube channel Dum Dum Studio on June 8, 2020. Every Monday and Wednesday, new episodes of the show are released, with special clips released every Friday. Yeri was revealed as a participant in tVN’s one-act drama project “Drama Stage 2021” in February 2021. She will star alongside actors Lim Chaemoo, Ahn Wooyeon, and Ji Minhyuk in the episode Mint Condition.
So these are all the things members have been up to recently.