Red Velvet’s Irene and Seul-gi Team Up For The First Subunit Of The Group

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Watch Out for Red Velvet’s First-Ever Subunit, Irene and Seul-gi!

Since their debut on August 1st, 2014, with the digital single “Happiness,” girl group Red Velvet has been making a buzz in the K-Pop industry. The group formed under SM Entertainment consisting of members Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, Joy, and Yeri is also constantly making popular music in the following years with the release of “Ice Cream Cake” (2015), “Russian Roulette” (2016), “Umpah Umpah” (2017), “Power Up” (2018), and “Psycho” (2019).

Now, fast forward to 2020, the group is finally ready to debut its first subunit ever. It consists of members Irene and Seulgi who had previously teamed up for a pre-debut performance titled “Be Natural” (2014). How do you think their debut has went? Find out all the details in the article below!

 

First Announcement

Ever since SM Entertainment made the announcement of Irene and Seulgi’s teaming up to debut as a subunit of the main band with the track “Monster,” ReVeluvs have been excited to hear more about this project.

The news was first delivered on April 21st, 2020, by SPOTV which said that Irene and Seulgi are currently in the final stages of preparation for their album. Previously, the two idols had teamed up together for the “Be Natural” performance video, when both were the members of SMROOKIES SR14G.

The official announcement was then uploaded by SM Entertainment on various platforms including Red Velvet’s official Twitter on May 26th, 2020. The teaser was not a photo of the two members, but their subunit logo.

The logo is white writing with the initials of Irene’s and Seulgi’s names in a circle, with a black background. When viewed the writing forms ampersand, or what we know as the sign standing for and.

IRENE & SEULGI is the first subunit of Red Velvet ever. Previously, these two members showcased their various charms and vocal skills through collaboration stages and original soundtracks. Irene herself has been known as a rapper and visual of the group, while Seulgi is believed to be one of the main vocalists with her sweet voice. So, it is no wonder that their debut is celebrated by fans.

Both on Twitter and Instagram, fans welcomed the announcement of this subunit with great enthusiasm. On Instagram, this subunit post is broken up into nine posts, and in each box, there are thousands of comments.

 

 

Controversy

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After SM Entertainment released the logo of the Irene and Seulgi’s subunit’s debut, Korean netizens spotted and discussed the similarity of Irene and Seulgi’s subunit’s logo to one of an existing brand, namely Joseph & Stacy.

They found that the symbol & and the letters I and S represent the initials of Irene’s and Seulgi’s names and later found the similarity of the logo to the logo of the brand Joseph & Stacey that combines the letters J and S to form the & symbol.

As can be seen in the Pann website, Korean netizens commented on the similarity of the two logos:

“If you protested earlier with the fandom name of CRAVITY, why do you deny the similarity of this logo? Everyone can say that the two logos look the same.”

“Look at the hypocritical attitudes of people who previously even protested the fandom name Luvity of boy group CRAVITY.”

“The brand must have also registered copyright. Companies should think about it carefully. If it’s a problem, the brand only needs to sue SM,” and various other comments.

Below are a few of the Joseph & Stacey brand logos:

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Debut Overview

Initially preparing for a release on June 15th, 2020, the schedule is now shifted to July. Their agency, SM Entertainment finally gave a replacement schedule for the release of the debut single. The postponement of the release schedule was related to the work on material for Irene and Seulgi. For the sake of pampering fans, they prepared singles and EPs containing a total of six songs.

SM Entertainment issued the announcement via their Twitter account:

This announcement changed from the supposed schedule stated by their agency, SM Ent, that the MV will be aired on the same date as the album release.

Forgive the inconvenience caused by the delay in releasing the MV, and thank you for your understanding and support.

The mini-album, which was released on July 6th, 2020, is titled Monster and contains songs of various genres. The title song, “Monster,” is described as a song with heavy bass and a strong dubstep sound, perfectly suited to the energetic movements in the choreography. Both the song and the MV feature an epic collaboration between Irene and Seulgi through the unique movements of their subunit. Seulgi has confirmed that their mini-album is called Monster and the teasers were first released on June 14th, 2020. 

On June 14th, 2020, at midnight KST, the first teaser was released by SM Entertainment. In the short clip titled “Irene’s Little Monster,” we can see that Irene and Seulgi are drawing a cute cartoon monster character together.

Then, the next day, on June 15th, 2020, a new clip was released portraying Seulgi drawing her own “little Monster.”

They then released a mood sampler and the first concept photos for their unit’s debut on June 29th, 2020.

Then, the details for their upcoming mini-album Monster were released.

Seulgi and Irene from Red Velvet were also both seen shooting the MV for their subunit’s debut appearance! Both were seen on May 20th, 2020, which caused fans to speculate about their concept.

Since the announcement of the subunit was first made a month ago, fans have been eagerly awaiting news of their debut while it kept getting postponed. These beautiful girls were wearing white shirts and matching black pants when they were seen shooting at Baegot Hanul Water Park.

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IRENE & SEULGI’s “Monster” MV was originally set to be released on Monday, July 6th, 2020, on the same day of the release of their mini-album. But unfortunately, the releases of the MV were postponed to Tuesday, July 7th, 2020, at noon (KST).

The subunit Irene and Seulgi released their debut work on July 7th, 2020. And pre-order sales were open from Monday, June 22nd, 2020.