Red Velvet Irene attracted attention as the girl group made a comeback with "Queendom."
Red Velvet Irene's Controversy before Hiatus
This is Red Velvet's first comeback since Irene's controversy last October. It began when a stylist and editor expressed to social media that she had been verbally abused by a certain idol group member.
The post includes the hashtags, "Monster" and "Psycho." Because of the hashtags, a lot of netizens speculated that the idol group member was Irene. Then a few days after the controversy sparked, Irene admitted that the idol in the editor's post was really her and she apologized before going on a hiatus.
Since then, Irene made minimum appearances in public as many netizens appealed that she withdraw from Red Velvet. Even so, Irene made her official appearances while promoting her first film "Double Patty" and began preparing for her comeback with Red Velvet.
Red Velvet returns with 'Queendom'
Red Velvet has made a comeback as a complete group after releasing their sixth mini-album on August 16. A lot of fans are reacting to the girl group's new track and mini-album in a positive way. But there are still some netizens who are not happy to see Irene with the girl group.
Their comeback is also a celebration for their 7th anniversary. Red Velvet has broken their two-year hiatus and they will start their activities with a new mini-album "Queendom." The album is unique in various ways.
The mini-album's title song "Queendom" is a pop dance with a new atmosphere and a good message. The choreography also has a rhythmic and bright energy. The album is also expected to get a positive reaction for it could meet the new side of Red Velvet, the "concept queen."
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Red Velvet's Year of Hiatus
It is worth noting that this is the group's full-length comeback after a hiatus from group activities because of injuries and controversies. They started their hiatus by the end of 2019. Wendy went through a lengthy period of treatment and rehabilitation because of her fall injury from SBS' "Gayo Daejeon." Then came Irene's controversy about verbal abuse.
Although they have a lot of ups and downs, Red Velvet filled their long hiatus with many individual activities. Wendy recovered from her injury and showed her vocal capabilities that were different from the team color with her first solo album. Joy got attention by remaking famous songs, and even got a box office hit. Yeri took the lead role in the web drama "Blue Birthday" and is becoming known as an actress.
The Girl Group's comeback along with their 7th anniversary
Red Velvet debuted in 2014 and is now celebrating their 7th anniversary. The girl group represents the 3rd generation female idol group and is praised for making a big mark in the K-pop industry with their outstanding capabilities and unique concept. However, the seven years of debut in an idol group is also called the "Seven Years of Evil." Because the contract with the company is normally seven years. It is also a time when the members will decide if they will renew their contract with the company or change their career after.
Now that their 7th year has come and their contract expires soon, who knows what will the girls decide? Will they continue being a member of Red Velvet or will they go their separate ways?
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Written by Annie Barmaine.