Chocolate, vanilla, cheesecake, red velvet, these are a few of our favorite cake flavors, but what you might not know is that Red Velvet is also the name of one of the biggest girl groups in KPOP!
For those of you who may have been living under a rock, the SM girl group originally consisted of Wendy, Irene, Seulgi, and Joy, and debuted back in 2014. The final member line up was completed in 2015 with our sweet maknae Yeri joining to make Red Velvet whole.
Since the quintet’s formation, the superstars have toured around the world and touched the hearts of countless of reveluvs (Red Velvet’s affectionate name for their dedicated fans) with their otherworldly vocals, unparalleled flawless discography, addictive choreography, and one-of-a-kind concepts and music videos. It’s no surprise why they’ve captured the attention of people from all across the globe, but if you’re still not convinced, here are 5 reasons to stan Red Velvet.
1. Their Unique Concept
One of the main reasons that Red Velvet stand out from their fellow female KPOP groups is their special dual concept of Red vs Velvet. Their “Red” side consists of bright, colorful, fun, and vibrant pop songs while their “Velvet” side portrays a more mature and soulful R&B vibe to the group. Some examples of songs that would fall into the “Red” category would be ‘Dumb Dumb’, ‘Umpah Umpah’, ‘Ice Cream Cake’, and ‘Power Up’, while “Velvet” songs include ‘Be Natural’, ‘Automatic’, ‘One of These Nights’, and ‘Sunny Side Up’.
No matter what kind of mood you’re in, shuffling Red Velvet’s discography will easily lead you to your next favorite song. The group explores a diverse range of genres with their music and are always challenging themselves to showcase the full extent of their talent. With so many different sounds to choose from, you’ll always be left shocked yet pleasantly surprised with Red Velvet.
2. Their Experimental Music and Videos
If you ask a KPOP stan to describe Red Velvet’s typical discography sound or their music videos, one of the descriptions you might hear is “weird”. When it comes to their albums, Red Velvet aren’t afraid to explore and test their limits. Even though their title tracks may be a bit unusual and can be hit or miss with the general public, this just further proves that the girl group are in it for the art and not the chart(s). Although many would question making a ballad (such as ‘One of These Nights’) or an unconventional sounding song (like ‘Zimzalabim’) a single, these types of songs helped to establish the trademark sound that Red Velvet is known for.
When it comes to music videos, Red Velvet tend to delve into complex themes in order to bring their songs to life. For example, their music video for ‘Russian Roulette’ juxtaposes dark comedy and violence in the form of deadly pranks with bright colors and cute costumes as a metaphor for love being like Russian roulette. The contrast between the innocence of the members in the music video with their actions along with the light and upbeat song in the background leaves viewers caught off guard but intrigued and captivated.
Similarly, Red Velvet’s music video for ‘Peek-a-Boo’ is distinctive because it is reminiscent of a horror film and shows the members luring a pizza delivery boy to their house and subsequently hunting him. This “femme fatale” and chilling concept for the music video was a significant change from Red Velvet’s previous songs and visuals and grabbed the attention of people from all over the world. It is unexpected tracks like these that helped the group stand out in KPOP and explains why they have emerged as prominent figures in the industry.
3. Their Memorable Hits and Choreography
If you’re a local when it comes to Red Velvet, perhaps you have heard of their megahits like ‘Russian Roulette’, ‘Red Flavor’, ‘Power Up’, or ‘Ice Cream Cake’. Maybe you’ve scrolled through your Twitter timeline and seen fancams for ‘Psycho’ or ‘Bad Boy’? Red Velvet are known for creating catchy and infectious tunes that will get stuck in your head, so odds are you’ve had at least one of their songs on repeat.
Furthermore, they have some iconic choreography for their songs like ‘Really Bad Boy’, ‘Dumb Dumb’, ‘Peek-a-Boo’, ‘Zimzalabim’, and ‘Rookie’. Whether you want to find a song with a strong beat to hit the dance floor and groove to or an addictive hook that you can sing along to while driving in the car or bathing in the shower, Red Velvet has a hefty list of smash hits that can placate any music craving you have.
4. Their God Tier Vocals
Many KPOP fans agree that Red Velvet is one of the most gifted girl groups in the industry in terms of their vocals. Every single member is a phenomenal singer, even the rappers, and the group is able to beautifully harmonize together when singing acapella.
In addition, Red Velvet is famous for its main vocalist Wendy and lead vocalist Seulgi, who both possess the ability to nail high notes while maintaining stability even during intense dancing.
Many of Red Velvet’s members all have main vocalist potential, and they are not shy about showing off their vocal abilities in each of the group’s albums. So if having killer vocals is one of your must-haves on your stan list checklist, then we promise you’ll be nothing short of satisfied with what Red Velvet has to offer.
5. They are Multi-Talented
Red Velvet’s talent is not limited solely to singing, dancing, and rapping. Leader Irene has acted in a web drama called Game Development Girls and Joy helped write lyrics for her song ‘Young Love’ and had lead roles in the TV Series The Liar and His Lover and Tempted.
Meanwhile, Wendy can play several instruments including guitar, saxophone, piano, flute and speaks English and some French and Spanish. She also collaborated with John Legend on ‘Written in the Stars’ and is featured on the English version of Ricky Martin’s ‘Vente Pa Ca’’.
As for Seulgi, she had a lead role in SM Entertainment’s first hologram musical School Oz, while maknae Yeri, co-wrote lyrics and participated in the composition for the songs ‘Story’, ‘I Will Be Your Warmth’, ‘1000’, and ‘Dear Diary.’
Last but not least, Yeri also helped write lyrics alongside Wendy for the Red Velvet Remix of Ellie Goulding’s ‘Close To Me’.
The cherry on top is that all Red Velvet members had voice-acting roles for the K-Pop Gang trolls in the 2020 film Trolls World Tour.
For those of you searching for high caliber females with a foot in various industries outside of music, then Red Velvet is THE group for you.
Whether it comes to destroying an intricate choreography, penning heartfelt and touching lyrics, voicing adorable cartoon characters, acting, or singing, Yeri, Wendy, Irene, Joy, and Seulgi can do it all. They are truly a force to be reckoned with in the KPOP industry and there is no other group out there that is quite like them. So, if you fancy a group that’s unique, refreshing, and exceptionally accomplished at what they do, we highly encourage you to check out these ultra-talented ladies.
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