All About Red Velvet’s Debut EP ‘Ice Cream Cake’!

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Let’s Taste the Ice Cream Cake by Red Velvet!

In this article, Channel-Korea will give you a rundown of everything there is to know about one of Red Velvet’s songs, “Ice Cream Cake.” As we have seen before, at the start of Red Velvet’s debut with Happiness, Red Velvet consisted of four members, they were Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, and Joy. However, when they released “Ice Cream Cake,” SM Entertainment confirmed that Red Velvet will add one more member who will participate in the song “Ice Cream Cake.” Yeri is the fifth member to join Red Velvet.

“Ice Cream Cake” was released on March 17th, 2015. The extended play was released with six tracks while spawning two singles, “Automatic” and “Ice Cream Cake,” with the latter becoming the group’s breakthrough success. This is one of the songs that are very popular with K-Pop lovers around the world. Besides, the song, that is very interesting, the concept used by Red Velvet is really unique and the dance is also not too difficult.

Are you curious to find out more about “Ice Cream Cake” by Red Velvet? Check this out!

Debut EP, Ice Cream Cake

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As we mentioned earlier, the line-up of Red Velvet changed from a 4-member group to a 5-member group with the release of the song “Ice Cream Cake.” Yeri became the fifth member to join Red Velvet and participate in the making of “Ice Cream Cake.” The song was produced by the Trinity Music production team, which consists of Sebastian Lundberg, Fredrik Haggstam, and Johan Gustafson. The song is a dance-pop track with influences from bubblegum pop and drum and bass, which represents the group’s Red side, and it also features haunted.

The lyrics tell the excitement of a girl being attracted to her boyfriend, using “Ice Cream Cake” as a metaphor for the girl’s feelings. The song has received critical acclaim from music critics, calling it an addictive and unpredictable pop infection that speaks of the group’s potential. It also attained commercial success, becoming the group’s breakthrough and second top five hit piece of work, peaking at number four on the Gaon Digital Chart and number three on Billboard’s World Digital Songs Chart.

The Concept of “Ice Cream Cake”

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The concept of this incredible piece of work by Red Velvet is very unique. Actually, Red Velvet has a double concept, which is different from the concept of other girl groups that tend to be sexy, cute, or colorful. Red Velvet combines and makes it a double concept, Red for the cheerful and Velvet concept for a mysterious concept. It was filmed in Palmdale, California, using the California desert, a seemingly abandoned motel, and a diner as the background for most scenes.

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In the concept for the song “Ice Cream Cake,” all the members of Red Velvet have dyed their hair blonde. They also use pastel or coral colors for the “Ice Cream Cake” concept to appear softer. They wear furry jackets even though their background is the desert. Set in an abandoned motel, the music video features all five members dancing and singing to the song while showing the girls eating ice cream and drinking iced coffee in colorful outfits in the desert. In some scenes, the group can be seen driving along the road while being chased after by a big pink ball.

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As in the title, in some scenes, of course, Red Velvet members enjoy Ice Cream while driving a car. With a very unique concept and different from other girl groups, one of the MyB girl groups accused Red Velvet of imitating the concept and this became a hot topic of discussion among Red Velvet fans.

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Well, what do you think? The concept of Red Velvet for “Ice Cream Cake” is indeed very unique, right?

“Ice Cream Cake” Music Video

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In 2015, “Ice Cream Cake” wasn’t the only song Red Velvet released a music video for, but they also released a video for “Automatic.” The song was written by lyricists Jo Yoon-kyung and Kim Dong-hyun, while production and arrangement were handled by Hayley Aitken and Trinity Music. Red Velvet showcased their dual concept in one album for the first time with “Ice Cream Cake” and the song was promoted as the Red single opposite “Automatic,” which was promoted as its Velvet single.

As you can see, the difference between the two music videos is quite apparent. “Ice Cream Cake” describes a very cheerful concept, while “Automatic” describes a very mysterious concept. In contrast to the music video for “Automatic,” which has a more mature theme, the music video for “Ice Cream Cake” is brighter and livelier, with the girls dancing to a fast-paced choreography in colorful outfits.

Well, which concept do you like better?

Ice Cream Cake Album Info

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The mini-album was released in two versions, Ice Cream Cake and Automatic. While there are no changes in the track list, the original version of the song has an alternative cover, which is a different version of the original.

Ice Cream Cake Tracklist

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Here is the tracklist:

  1. Ice Cream Cake
  2. Automatic
  3. Somethin Kinda Crazy
  4. Stupid Cupid
  5. Take It Slow
  6. 사탕 (Candy)

Ice Cream Cake Music Show Performance

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The group started promoting their singles “Automatic” and “Ice Cream Cake” on music shows on March 19th, 2015. They first performed the songs on Mnet’s M! Countdown and then they performed them on KBS’ Music Bank on March 20th, 2015, and SBS’ Inkigayo on March 22nd, 2015. They returned to Music Bank a week later and won their first music show trophy since their official debut. The first half of 2015 on music shows and talk shows radio, before ending with a year-end performance at the fifth Gaon Chart Music Awards on February 17th, 2016, where they received the Hot Performance of the Year Award.

Well, success always awaits Red Velvet!

Fans’ Reception of Ice Cream Cake

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Red Velvet fans greatly appreciated the debut of Red Velvet with five members for the Ice Cream Cake era. Very unique concepts, interesting dances, and they all fit this concept very well. Not only Red Velvet fans, but other K-Pop lovers are also very appreciative of the release of Ice Cream Cake. The name Red Velvet became increasingly famous and is sought after its second debut with Yeri joining the group’s line-up.

Well, let’s hope that Red Velvet will give us a surprise with another song! Good Luck, Red Velvet!