Red Velvet (Hangul: 레드벨벳) is a South Korean girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2014. The group consists of Irene, Seulgi, Wendy and Joy. They have released two digital singles, “Happiness” and “Be Natural”.
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 S.M. Rookies, also auditioned through the ‘SM Global Audition’ in Seoul in 2012.
2014: Debut, “Happiness”, and “Be Natural”
Red Velvet’s debut single, “Happiness”, was digitally released on August 4, 2014, through various South Korean online music charts. The song made its way up to the number one spot on Genie’s real-time chart, as well as top 10 of various other ones. Internationally, it debuted at No. 3 in Singapore and Taiwan, No.4 in Malaysia, No.5 in Thailand and No.9 in Hong Kong. Its music video was released on August 1, reaching 1 million views within 11 hours, and becoming the second most viewed K-pop video worldwide in August 2014. The group made their official debut stage on the music program Music Bank.
Red Velvet released their 2nd digital single “Be Natural”, a remake of a S.E.S’s song, on October 13. The group started their promotional activities for this new release on October 9, making their first appearance on the music program, M! Countdown. The music video for the song was released during the same day.
|Stage name||Birth name||Date of Birth|
|Irene||아이린||Bae Joo-hyun||배주현||裴柱現||March 29, 1991|
|Seulgi||슬기||Kang Seul-gi||강슬기||姜슬기||February 10, 1994|
|Wendy||웬디||Wendy Son||웬디 손||February 21, 1994|
|Joy||조이||Park Soo-young||박수영||朴秀英||September 3, 1996|
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