In March 2015, Yeri (예리) was added to the group. Three of the original 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, auditioned through the SM Global Audition in Seoul in 2012. As part of S.M.
Rookies, several clips of Irene, Seulgi and Wendy were released on S.M. Entertainment's official YouTube account. The three members were rumored to debut as a group in July 2014, which was then later 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 after f(x). Red Velvet's debut single "행복 (Happiness)", was digitally released on August 4, 2014, through various South Korean online music stores. The music video was released on August 1, and later become the second most viewed K-pop video worldwide in August 2014; on the same day, the group made their official debut stage on the music program Music Bank. Red Velvet released their second digital single "Be Natural" on October 13, 2014. It is a remake of a song by veteran girl group, S.E.S., and it features on the track TAEYONG (태용), former member of S.M.
Rookies' Male Unit, SR14B, and current member of NCT U and NCT 127. The group started their promotional activities for this release on October 9, making their first appearance on the music program, M! Countdown. The music video for the song was released on the same day. On March 11, 2015, S.M. Entertainment announced that the group's first mini-album would be titled "Ice Cream Cake".
On the same day, they released a video announcing the addition of a new member to the group's lineup - Yeri. Yeri was formerly part of S.M. Rookies with Irene, Seulgi and Wendy. On March 14, "Automatic", the group's first music video featuring Yeri, was released.
The following day, they released their first mini album, Ice Cream Cake, along with the music video for "Ice Cream Cake". It was also announced by S.M. Entertainment that both "Automatic" and "Ice Cream Cake" would be promoted as double lead singles off the album. In early September 2015, S.M.
Entertainment announced that the group would be making a comeback, and on September 9, 2015, Red Velvet released their first full length album, "The Red". The album features ten tracks, including the title track, "Dumb Dumb". The album focuses on their "red" image, which is supposed to be the group's bright and bold side. On December 18, 2015, the group took part in S.M.
Entertainment's special winter project, Winter Garden, alongside label-mates f(x) and BoA, releasing a digital single titled "세가지 소원 (Wish Tree)". While promoting The Red, it was hinted at by the members and S.M. Entertainment that there would be a follow up album, but nothing was confirmed at that time. In March 2016, it was announced that the group would make a comeback with the group's second mini album. "The Velvet" was released on March 17, 2016 and is a direct follow up to their first album, The Red.
While The Red focuses on the "red" half of the group's image, The Velvet focuses, instead, on the group's smooth and soft "velvet" image. The title track, "7월 7일 (One Of These Nights)", is described as an R&B ballad. On September 7, 2016, Red Velvet released their third mini album, "Russian Roulette". The mini album features seven tracks, including the title track of the same name, "러시안 룰렛 (Russian Roulette)". In January of 2017, it was announced that the group would release new music in February.
The group's fourth mini album, "Rookie", was released on February 1, 2017. The mini album contains six tracks, including the title track of the same name, "Rookie" and "마지막 사랑 (Last Love)", a solo track by group member, Wendy. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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