Last week, SM Entertainment started to tease the K-pop community the Red Velvet, one of their popular K-pop girl groups known for their smash hit song “Dumb Dumb,” was making their return soon. They initiated the hype with a teaser photo featuring one of their members, Wendy.
Wendy sports the brunette look for her Red Velvet promotions for “Russian Roulette.” [Image via SM Entertainment]Throughout the week, SM Entertainment and Red Velvet would continue building hype for their comeback, an extended play (EP) given the moniker as their third mini-album, Russian Roulette. This includes teaser photos of the other four members of Red Velvet, Irene, Seulgi, Joy, and Yeri. Said teaser photos were presented as collages on their official Instagram account.
Yeri, the youngest member (maknae) of Red Velvet, is a redhead in her promotions for “Russian Roulette.” [Image via SM Entertainment] Seulgi has dirty blonde hair for her Red Velvet promotions for “Russian Roulette.” [Image via SM Entertainment] Joy has sun-kissed blonde hair for her Red Velvet promotions for “Russian Roulette.” [Image via SM Entertainment] Irene, the eldest member and leader of Red Velvet, has strawberry blonde or light pink hair for her promotions for “Russian Roulette. “[Image via SM Entertainment]After all the individual member promotions were released, SM Entertainment and Red Velvet released their final teasers for K-pop fans for the “Russian Roulette” music video. Now after a week of teasers, K-pop fans are finally treated to the title song of Red Velvet’s comeback, “Russian Roulette” in which they show everyone they play risky love.
The music video for “Russian Roulette” was released at midnight (KST) on September 7, as reported by Soompi. They did stick to their theme of “Russian Roulette” per se as they incorporate risk, highly noted with the original Itchy and Scratchy cartoon cuts from The Simpsons. However, the risk Red Velvet sings about isn’t about playing with one’s life which is usually done when people play a traditional game of Russian Roulette. Instead, the “Russian Roulette” risk is centered on love as in if the boy sticks around the girls, eventually that one in a million statistic will strike them in which they fall in love. However, the song also seems to sing the “signs” one is about to get shot in “Russian Roulette.”
The music video for “Russian Roulette” sticks to the Red Velvet flavor utilizing colorful visuals and entertaining video shots and plot settings. Ergo, it is just as artistic as the music videos for “Dumb Dumb” and “One Of These Nights,” but takes a slower pace than the former but quicker than the latter.
Officially Kmusic even went as far as to say that Red Velvet’s “Russian Roulette” has an 80s vibe, the same vibe that Wonder Girls used in their major comeback last year, “I Feel You.”
Twice, a nine-member K-pop group, is considered JYP Entertainment’s girl group in the current generation of popular girl groups by the “Big Three.” [Image via JYP Entertainment] Black Pink, the new K-pop group consisting of four members, is YG Entertainment’s girl group in the current generation of popular girl groups by the “Big Three.” [Image via YG Entertainment]Now that Red Velvet has made their comeback, the three-way dance between the “Big Three” of SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment can begin through Red Velvet, Black Pink, and Twice respectively. To be frank, though, Red Velvet has been around since 2014 so they have more experience and a lot more done under their name. Twice made their debut back in 2015 and only have two songs officially done, “Like Oh-AHH” and “Cheer Up.” The same goes with Black Pink for they only have “Boombayah” and “Whistle.” As time goes by, the playing field might be far more favorable for Twice and Black Pink.
Anyways, Red Velvet will release Russian Roulette today, September 7. The mini-album features seven new songs which includes “Russian Roulette.” Other songs include “Lucky Girl,” “Bad Dracula,” “Sunny Afternoon,” “Fool,” “Some Love,” and “My Dear.
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