The Red is the debut studio album by South Korean girl group Red Velvet. It was released on September 9, 2015 by S.M. Entertainment and distributed by KT Music. The album concept focuses solely on the group’s “Red” image stemming from the group’s name and concept, where “Red” shows their vivid and bold image, where their brighter and bubblier songs fall under while the “Velvet” half is their more mature and sophisticated side. A follow-up to the album called The Velvet was released in the first half of 2016, composed of mostly R&B tracks and ballads.
The album was a commercial success, with the group topping the Billboard World Albums Chart for the first time, and also debuted at number one on the Gaon Album Chart in South Korea. It also peaked at number twenty-four on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and was included in their 10 Best K-Pop Albums of 2015.