SEOUL, March 26 (Yonhap) — Red Velvet will sing two of its latest hits, “Red Flavor” and “Bad Boy,” during two rare performances by a South Korean troupe in Pyongyang next week, sources well informed of the shows said Monday.
They said the girl group submitted a list of five or more songs to a group of South Korean officials working to organize the concerts, and “Red Flavor” and “Bad Boy” were picked among them.
The band’s playlist has drawn keen attention since, as the only idol group included in the South Korean art troupe, they can showcase the current status of globally hot K-pop in the isolated communist country.
“Ice Cream Cake” (2015), “Russian Roulette” (2016) and “Peek-A-Boo” (2017) were also considered, but “Red Flavor” and “Bad Boy” were chosen because they are the most recent songs.
Released in July, “Red Flavor” became a sensation in the music market with its interesting lyrics describing a hot summer and exhilarating feelings of love using the color red.
“Bad Boy” swept the iTunes charts of 16 countries around the world upon its release in January. The song is about a femme fatale drawn to a man who appears to be a “bad boy type.”
Including the quintet, the South Korean art troupe will stage two performances during its visit to Pyongyang from Saturday to Tuesday. It will hold an individual concert on Sunday, and a joint concert with North Korean artists on Tuesday.
Red Velvet will be the fifth Korean idol group to ever perform in North Korea after Sechskies, Fin.K.L, Shinhwa and Baby Vox. The former two groups took part in a friendly music concert between the two Koreas in 1999, and the latter two performed during a concert to mark the opening of the Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium in Pyongyang in 2003.