outh Korean girl group Red Velvet (레드벨벳) brings carnival, mysterious yet fun concept back to the table through the release of their ninth mini album, with its title being a nod to their 2019 The ReVe Festival trilogy.
“The ReVe Festival 2022 – Feel My Rhythm” which is an extended play (EP) serves a sequel of the group’s 2019 trilogy “The ReVe Festival.”
On March 2 at midnight KST (March 1, 8:30 pm IST), Red Velvet dropped the first teaser for their upcoming release. According to the announcement, the girl group will be returning with ‘The ReVe Festival 2022 – Feel My Rhythm’ on March 21 at 6 pm KST (2:30 pm IST). Just like the name of the upcoming release references their ‘The ReVe Festival’ trilogy from 2019, Red Velvet’s intriguing teaser takes on the same strain.
Almost three months after the group’s last project, August 2021’s Queendom has seen its daylight, in early November of the same year fans started speculating that the quintet is preparing for another Korean comeback, thanks to a message from Drew Scott on his Twitter account as also member Yeri’s posts on a Lysn service, Bubble.
All of the speculations went on to become true after SM Entertainment confirmed on February 18, 2022 that Red Velvet are set to release a new album in following month and on March 2 they announced its eventual release.
Red Velvet is known for their unique dual concept which new among K-pop girl groups. These two concepts are dubbed their ‘Red’ and ‘Velvet’ sides The ‘Red’ half is their brighter and bubblier side incorporating dance-pop and bubblegum pop genres. While their ‘Velvet’ image is their softer, more mature and elegant concept influenced by R&B ballad styles.
Inspired by artists like En Vogue, Destiny’s Child, and Gwen Stefani, the five-member, all-female vocal group who make dance-oriented contemporary R&B and rap-infused pop.
After the release of their first mini-album, Ice Cream Cake, they began their rise as one of K-pop’s more popular international acts, topping charts in both Korea and the U.S. with efforts such as their official debut full-length, 2015’s The Red, 2017’s Rookie and Red Summer EPs, and 2019’s two-part ReVe Festival sets. The group returned in 2021 with their sixth EP, Queendom.
Formed by music management giant S.M. Entertainment in Seoul in 2014, Red Velvet feature the talents of former S.M. Rookies Seulgi (Kang Seul-gi), Irene (Bae Joo-hyun), and Wendy (Son Seung-wan), as well as Joy (Park Soo-young) and Yeri (Kim Ye-rim).
In March 2015, Red Velvet issued their first EP, Ice Cream Cake, which included the single “Automatic” and debuted at number two on Billboard’s World Albums chart.
Red Velvet’s debut full-length, The Red, arrived in September 2015. The album topped both the Billboard World Albums and the Korean Albums charts atop the success of the single “Dumb Dumb.”
An R&B-influenced follow-up, The Velvet, arrived in 2016, with EP number three, Russian Roulette, released just months later. Another chart-topper, Rookie: The 4th Mini Album, was issued in January 2017. Several months later, Red Velvet delivered their sophomore album, the aptly titled Perfect Velvet: The 2nd Album. Buoyed by the single “Peek-a-Boo,” the set topped the Billboard World Albums chart. The Summer Magic EP arrived in 2018, and included the single “Power Up,” as well as an English version of “Bad Boy.”
In 2019 the group issued the mini-album The ReVe Festival: Day 1, which was followed a month later with ReVe Festival: Day 2. Both sets topped the Korean charts and rose into the Top Ten on the U.S. World chart. Sidelined from promotional touring in 2020, Red Velvet kept busy with contributions to Trolls World Tour (“Russian Roulette”) and an anniversary project for pop predecessor BoA (a cover of “Milky Way”). In 2021, they returned with their sixth EP, Queendom.
The Red, Rookie and The Red Summer topped the Billboard World Albums, and with the release of their second studio album Perfect Velvet, they became the K-pop girl group with the most number-one albums on the chart and tied for most number-one albums among all K-pop acts. In 2018, Red Velvet made a successful Japanese debut with their first Japanese EP, #Cookie Jar which debuted at #2 on the Oricon’s daily chart.
The group has received several awards including the Golden Disc New Artist Award and the Mnet Asian Music Award for Best Female Group in 2017.
After their hit track, “Psycho” which hit #1 on World Digital Song Sales and #2 on Billboard K-Pop 100. The group went on a hiatus for almost 2 years due to Wendy’s stage accident. Once Wendy recovered in January 2021, not only did she make her solo debut, but the group had also made their first official group project with “Queendom,” four months after Wendy’s and Joy’s solo debut.
They also appeared in Dreamworks’ Trolls: World Tour, which was released in April 2020.