Two cracking comeback tracks, a new member, netizen rumours and a soon-to-be announced fanbase name: it’s all happening for rookie girls Red Velvet this month.

The Red Velvet girls are: Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, Joy and Yeri (maknae). Three of the members were from S.M Entertainment’s pre-debut team, S.M. Rookies. They first debuted as a foursome in August last year and only welcomed new member Yeri this month.

Yeri’s introduction has sparked some rumours that Red Velvet could be a rotational group, with more members to be added in the future. It’s certainly true that Yeri can be spotted in the debut Happiness MV along with other trainees who are not members of the group. S.M. sure likes to keep us guessing!

The group name Red Velvet contains two concepts: ‘Red’ stands for strong and sensual, and ‘Velvet’ a softer, feminine image. The comeback tracks released last week, Automatic and Ice Cream Cake, are perfect illustrations of this dual personality. The girls are able to pull off both sweet and sexy concepts easily, with some nifty dance moves to boot. Their visual style includes distinctive matching hairstyles, which have become blonde for this comeback.

Their Ice Cream Cake MV scored over 1 million views on YouTube within its first 24 hours of release, which indicates how strong support is for the girls already. It’s been hinted that Red Velvet will get an official fandom name soon too, ahead of their label sunbaes f(x) who still don’t have one six years after debut. That’s ruffled more than a few Netizen feathers, and yet more are also snapping at the girls’ heels for some uncanny visual similarities between the Ice Cream Cake MV and B1A4’s Solo Day MV. Since debut they’ve faced other controversial issues with their logo and MVs… still, the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about, right girls?

Recommended MVs:

Ice Cream Cake


Happiness – the debut song

Be Natural – live on MBC Show Champion

Bonus: A super cute random dance play on Weekly Idol


About Author

British writer and editor living in Japan. Currently studying Japanese, Korean, K-pop dance, and the fine form of 이성종's legs.