Red Velvet Biography
Since their debut, Red Velvet has experienced notable 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 peaked atop the Gaon Album Chart. Additionally, The Red and Rookie also topped the Billboard World Albums Chart. They have received several awards for music, choreography, or popularity, including the Golden Disc New Artist Award and the Melon Music Award for Best Female Dance in 2015.
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 tvN's Empty the Convenience Store.
Seulgi was the first member to be cast as an S.M. Entertainment trainee through an audition in 2007, while Irene was cast in 2009, and Yeri in 2011. In 2012, Wendy and Joy were cast through the S.M. Global Auditions in Canada and Seoul respectively. Irene, Seulgi and Wendy were rumored to debut as a group in July, which was then confirmed by S.M. Entertainment. With the addition of member Joy, the four-member group would debut as Red Velvet, S.M. Entertainment's first girl group in five years since f(x).
Red Velvet's second mini album The Velvet was intended to be released on March 16, 2016, but ten minutes before its scheduled release, S.M. Entertainment announced that the music video and album's release would be delayed "to guarantee a high quality of work".The album and its title track "One of These Nights" (Korean title: 7월 7일) was released on 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 group's bright and bold "red" persona.
Red Velvet released their third extended play Russian Roulette on September 7. The album contains seven tracks, with the lead single titled "Russian Roulette". On September 13, 2016, Red Velvet took their first music show win for Russian Roulette on The Show.
On February 1, 2017, Red Velvet released their fourth mini album, Rookie. The EP contains six tracks including the title track "Rookie" and a solo by Wendy entitled "Last Love" (마지막 사랑). The album topped the Weekly Gaon Album Chart as well as the Billboard World Albums Chart. The group took their first music show win for "Rookie" on The Show on February 7, followed by wins on Show Champion, M Countdown, Music Bank, and Inkigayo.
On March 31, 2017, the group released the first single for SM Station 2, titled "Would U".
On July 9, Red Velvet released their summer special EP The Red Summer, with the title track "Red Flavor" (빨간 맛). This marked their first summer release.