KATRINA KAIF – BEAUTY WITH BRAINS

Katrina Kaif is born on July 16, 1984 Katrina Kaif is one of eight siblings, all girls, from a mother who is a Caucasian of British Nationality, and a father who was formerly from Kashmir, India, but who has since acquired British citizenship. Katrina grew up in Hawaii, but was brought up in London, UK. She started modeling accidentally when she was in Hawaii at the tender age of 14, when she was approached for a jewelery campaign. Thereafter she continued modeling in London.

Continuing to model was the reason she got her break in a Bollywood movie “Boom” offered by none other than film-maker Kaizad Gustad. She was flooded with modeling assignments the minute she set her foot on Indian soil, especially with her innocent expressive face, hour-glass figure, and drop-dead gorgeous looks. Professionally she started off as a model with photographer Atul Kasbekar, and upon being accepted, she received offers from LG, Cola, Fevicol, Lakme, & Veet. Katrina has also been the stunning face of Estelle jewelery, Lakme, Pantene, Veet, Kodak cameras, L’Oreal, Samsung, LG etc. It was the Lakme commercial that got her noticed. She retained Matrix as her Manager to accept work on her behalf and at the price she deserved. Moving to different culture and country was not much of a culture shock for her, as she states that no matter where you come from, the bottom line is that everyone wants to be loved, respected, and cared for.

Unlike other artistes from foreign lands, Katrina did not experience any difficulties in getting a visa nor of getting it extended in India. Although linguistically challenged, Katrina puts on a bold face and states that other Bollywood artistes like Sridevi, who did not know Hindi, did get offers from Bollywood film-makers, and she is no different. She is taking Hindi and dancing lessons to fit in with the Bollywood culture. She likes to display a picture of her learning Kathak dancing where she used to dance 7 hours a day non-stop. Despite of her soft gorgeous looks, she is not easily intimidated, but admits that she is very emotional, almost an incurable romantic, wears comfortable non-revealing clothes when at home, hates to do her hair, and above all dislikes make-up. Admitting to being lonely in the beginning, but now has several nice friends who she can hang out with.

Although her first movie “Boom” was panned by the critics and shunned by the audiences, two other Telegu movies “Malliswari” and “Pidugu” did get her noticed. She grossed Rs.70 lakhs for Malliswari – making her top the list of the highest paid actresses during a South Indian movie debut. Not done with South Indian movies, she has been signed in a Tamil movie “Bheema” opposite National Award Winner Vikram. She has received decent reviews for her part in “Maine Pyar Kyon Kiya”, as well as a brief appearance in “Sarrkar”. Katrina has now made Bombay her base, and doesn’t mind singing and dancing around trees while she’s at it, and is determined to make it big in Bollywood.

FILMOGRAPHY

  • Raajneeti (2010) – Indu Pratap
  • De Dana Dan (2009) – Anjali Kakkad
  • Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009) – Jenny
  • Blue (2009) – Nikki
  • New York (2009) – Maya
  • Yuvvraaj (2008) – Anushka
  • Hello (2008) – Special appearance
  • Singh Is Kinng (2008) – Sonia
  • Race (2008) – Sophia
  • Welcome (2007) – Sanjana
  • Partner (2007) – Priya Jai Singh
  • Apne (2007) – Nandini N. Sarabhai
  • Namastey London (2007) – Jasmeet Singh
  • Hum Ko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006) – Jia A. Yashvardhan
  • Allari Pidugu (2005)
  • Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya? (2005) – Sonia
  • Sarkar (2005) – Pooja
  • Malliswari (2004) – Malliswari
  • Boom (2003) – Rina Kaif aka Popdi Chinchpokli

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CHERYL COLE – THE MOST ATTRACTIVE GIRL

Cole was born on 30th June 1983, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England and lived in an inner city district called Heaton. She is one of five children – one younger brother, Garry, and two half-brothers – Andrew and Joseph, and one half-sister Gillian. In addition to dancing, Cole won many modelling competitions, including Boots Group’s bonniest baby, Mothercare Happy Faces Portrait competition, Best Looking Girl of Newcastle, The Evening Chronicle ‘Little Miss & Mister’ and Most Attractive Girl at the MetroCentre. She also appeared in two British Gas adverts, an SCS advert, and an Eldon Square Christmas advert with younger brother Garry. Interested in dancing from an early age, Cole joined the Royal Ballet’s,summer school at the age of nine. She sang, modelled and appeared in recitals on some television shows.
After reaching number 7 in FHM’s 100 sexiest women 2008 poll, , Cole was voted “Sexiest Woman In the World” in the 2009 poll. In February 2009, Cole appeared on the cover of British Vogue. Cole auditioned for Popstars The Rivals in 2002, singing S Club 7’s “Have You Ever”. She was the first person to be chosen for Girls Aloudwhich has gone on to be one of the most successful British pop groups of the decade.

After taking streetdancing classes during the filming of Passions of Girls Aloudseries, Cole was picked to appear in the music video for william’s single “Heartbreaker”. She was later asked to sing additional vocals on the track. The song was released in the UK on 5 May 2008, but had already entered the top ten on download sales, peaking at number 4 in the UK Singles Chart. On June 10, 2008, it was announced Cole would replace Sharon Osbourneas a judge for the fifth series of The X Factor.Cole climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in an event arranged by Gary Barlow. Also participating in the event were fellow Girls Aloudmember Kimberley Walsh, Gary Barlow, Ben Shepard, Alesha Dixon Denise Van Outen, Fearne Cotton Chris Moyles and Ronan Keating. On 27th April 2009, MTV reported that rumours suggesting Cole had been working on solo material had been confirmed and that a solo album would be released in the interim period prior to the scheduled release of the next Girls Aloud album in Autumn 2010.In July 2006, Tweedy married footballer Ashley Cole in Barnet, North West London. They had been together since September 2004. In January 2008, the couple almost separated after allegations were made that Cole had an affair with a waitress, however he denied the allegations, and has stayed with Cheryl. She now vows never to let the press get so involved with her personal life as she feels if she had done this in the first place then none of the allegations would have happened.

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PARIS HILTON – THE PRINCESS

Paris Whitney Hilton was born in February 17, 1981, to Rick and Kathy Hilton, making her the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton hotels and source of the family fortune – estimated at $300 million. Paris Hilton’s grandfather, Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, Jr., also brought some notoriety to the family, as he was the first of Elizabeth Taylor’s many ex-husbands.

Paris Hilton’s younger sister, Nicky (born in 1983), shares the throne as co-heiress of the Hilton empire. Paris Hilton grew up in Manhattan’s ritzy Waldorf-Astoria, the family’s New York home, as well as other Hilton digs in Beverly Hills and the Hamptons, Paris .Even after graduating from high school, college didn’t appeal to her. So, around the year 2000, Paris Hilton decided to branch out and become famous.

Paris Hilton began to make a name for herself as a model, soon appearing in shows for designers such as Marc Bouwer and Catherine Malandrino, and she later completed an ad campaign for Iceberg, an Italian label. In addition, Paris Hilton has posed for spreads in national magazines such as GQ, Vanity Fair and FHM, and has also been profiled, along with her sister, in People magazine.

Paris Hilton, along with her younger sister Nicky, also became notorious as socialites, gracing party after party and getting bad press for their antics. For example, Paris Hilton has grabbed headlines by shoving ahead of others in a washroom line, then, when upbraided for her rudeness, quipped that she only wanted to look at herself in the mirror.Paris Hilton has also danced on top of bar banquettes, gone topless for attention, and paraded around in designer T-shirts with slogans like, “Got Blow?” Yet Paris maintains that the bad press “sucks” and that “people are mean.”

On top of her burgeoning acting career, Paris Hilton has designed a high-end collection of purses for Tokyo label Samantha Thavasa, along with her sister Nicky. Paris Hilton has also given back; she has done charity work for Toys for Tots. Unfortunately, her attempts to start a modeling company and a makeup line seem to have fizzled.

Paris Hilton has also grabbed headlines thanks to a makeout session with notorious lesbian, Ingrid Casares, and a sex tape starring Paris and ex Rick Solomon that was released on the Net, and of course, spread like wildfire.

FILMOGRAPHY

  • The Money (2010)
  • Teenage Paparazzi (2009)
  • Untitled Todd Solondz Project (2009)
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
  • The Hottie & the Nottie (2008)
  • Paris, Not France (2008)
  • An American Carol (2008)
  • Born Into Mafia (2007)
  • America the Beautiful (2007)
  • Pledge This! (2006)
  • House of Wax (2005)
  • The Hillz (2004)
  • Raising Helen (2004)
  • The Cat in the Hat (2003)
  • Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003)
  • L.A. Knights (2003)
  • Wonderland (2003)
  • QIK2JDG (2002)
  • Nine Lives (2002)
  • Zoolander (2001)
  • Wishman (1993)

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KE$HA – THE TIC TOK GIRL

Kesha Rose Sebert (born March 1, 1987), known by the stylized stage name/mononym Ke$ha, is an American singer–songwriter. Although she began her music career in 2006, her breakthrough only came in early 2009 after appearing on Flo Rida’s number one single, “Right Round.” Sebert’s debut single, “TiK ToK,” was later released in October, preceding the release of her debut album, Animal, in 2010.

Sebert was born in San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles to a single parent. Her mother, Pebe Sebert, also a singer-songwriter, was struggling to get by and support Kesha and her older brother at the time, she would often look after then infant Kesha onstage while performing. Pebe moved the family to Nashville, Tennessee in 1991 after securing a publishing deal, and Kesha spent the rest of her early years attending a music school in the neighboring countryside. Pebe often brought Kesha along to recording studios and encouraged her to sing, Kesha was exposed to the music of many country music artists while learning to write songs. The Sebert family was featured in an episode of The Simple Life, as the host family, which led to an incident later where Sebert vomited in Paris Hilton’s closet. At the age of seventeen she dropped out of Brentwood High School in Nashville to return to Los Angeles and pursue a music career.

She decided that she wanted Prince to produce her music, so she found and snuck into his Beverly Hills home. Once she was discovered, she was promptly thrown out, but not before she dropped off her demo, which was wrapped in a purple bow, with Prince himself. Sebert survived on low income and few gigs while pursuing her career at first, moonlighting as a waitress to make ends meet while furthering her music career in studios with different producers. It was then that she met Dr. Luke who had come across her demos and was so impressed that he contacted her with Max Martin and began a working relationship with her immediately.

Between 2006 and 2009, Sebert’s music appeared in a variety of media, her song “Former Overexposed Blonde” appeared in Degrassi: The Next Generation, while “Backstabber” and “Chain Reaction” were used in The Hills. During this time, she also co-wrote The Veronicas’ single, “This Love”, sang background vocals for Britney Spears’ song “Lace and Leather” and appeared in the video for Katy Perry’s single, “I Kissed a Girl” Her appearance in the video arose due to her being friends with Perry, they met frequently as aspiring pop singers in Los Angeles and shared many musical collaborators. Sebert currently lives in a shared mansion in Laurel Canyon.

She gained exposure in the mainstream media after being featured on Flo Rida’s single, “Right Round”. The collaboration came about when Flo Rida decided that the song needed a female voice, Sebert was then roped in for the part after being suggested by Dr. Luke, who was producing the song. Flo Rida liked the end result so much that he invited her to guest on another song, “Touch Me”, for his album. She turned down an offer to appear in the video for “Right Round”, because she wanted to strike out on her own. Soon after, it was announced that she had signed with RCA Records through Dr. Luke and was working on her debut album, which has now been completed and is due to be released in early 2010. Her first single, “TiK ToK”, was officially serviced to US radio on October 5, 2009. It features an uncredited cameo appearance by Diddy who is the inspiration for the song. In an interview with MTV Sweden for MTV Push, Sebert revealed that her debut album would be called Animal.

On March 27, 2009, she appeared onstage alongside 3OH!3 at one of their concerts at Avalon Hollywood to perform their duet, “My First Kiss”. She also performed at that year’s Lollapalooza as part of the BMI Stage. Sebert’s musical credits in 2009 include work for Teen Cribs, she had previously done background cues for My Super Sweet 16 as well, co-writing the title song for Miley Cyrus’ The Time of Our Lives EP and featured appearances on Pitbull and Taio Cruz’s albums. She also revealed in an interview with DigitalSpy that she had written a song for Rihanna. Sebert has also been a supporting act of Calvin Harris on tour in the UK and has performed with Mickey Avalon on multiple tour dates.

ALBUMS

  • ANIMAL – 2010

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LADY GAGA – THE CRAZIEST DRESSING SINGER

Lady Gaga is a theatrical dance-pop performer whose debut single, the international chart-topping hit “Just Dance,” established her as an up-and-coming superstar upon its release in 2008. Born Stefani Germanotta on March 28, 1986, the New York native attended Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private all-girl Catholic school in Manhattan, before proceeding to study music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts at age 17. Influenced by flamboyant glam rockers such as David Bowie and Freddie Mercury (she would later draw her stage name from the Queen song “Radio Ga-Ga”) as well as ’80s dance-poppers such as Madonna and Michael Jackson, she began playing the piano at a young age and started writing original material as a teenager. In 2007, she began to make a name for herself on the downtown Manhattan club scene with a performance art show billed as Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue (co-featuring Lady Starlight; born Colleen Martin, a DJ and makeup professional), and music industry insiders began to take note. While Lady Gaga was initially signed to Def Jam in 2007, nothing came of that association, and ultimately it was pop-rap superstar Akon who took her under his wing, signing her to his vanity label Kon Live in association with Interscope Records.

In addition to working for Interscope as an in-house songwriter, Lady Gaga began preparing the launch of her solo career. Her debut single, “Just Dance,” was released to radio in April 2008, and her full-length album debut, The Fame, followed in August. Featuring fellow Akon affiliate Colby O’Donis, “Just Dance” slowly gathered momentum throughout 2008’s latter half. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in August, at which time it had already become a massive club hit, but it didn’t reach number one until January 2009. Internationally, the song proved similarly popular, reaching the Top Ten throughout much of Western Europe and beyond. In the wake of Lady Gaga’s international breakthrough success with “Just Dance,” the follow-up single “Poker Face” was an even larger hit, topping singles charts across the board with its combination of pop melodicism and club-worthy production. Two additional tracks — “LoveGame” and “Paparrazi” — also cracked the Top Ten, and The Fame was still enjoying a spot on the Billboard Top 40 when its follow-up, The Fame Monster, appeared in November 2009.

Although originally planned as a bonus disc (to be packaged alongside The Fame in a deluxe edition of Lady Gaga’s debut), The Fame Monster was quickly expanded to eight tracks, thus warranting its own release. Meanwhile, the leadoff single “Bad Romance” became Gaga’s fifth consecutive Top Ten single.

ALBUMS

  • The Fame (2008)
  • The Fame Monster (2009)

AWARDS

ASCAP AWARD

  • “Just Dance” – Ascap Pop Music Award – Most Performed Songs
  • “Paparazzi” – Ascap Pop Music Award – Most Performed Songs

BET Awards 2010

  • Video Phone with Beyonce, Video of the Year

Billboard Award

  • 2009 – Billboard Rising Star
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Best Hot 100 Artist
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Best Hot Digital Songs Artist
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Best Hot Pop Songs Artist
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Top Dance/Electronic Artist
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Canadian Hot 100 Artist
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for European Hot 100 songs
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for Best Electronic/Dance album
  • Billboard Year End Chart Awards for European Top 100 albums
  • Latin Billboard Music Awards for Crossover Artist of the Year, Solo

BMI Awards

  • “Poker Face” – BMI Pop Awards Award-Winning Songs
  • “Just Dance” – BMI Pop Awards Award-Winning Songs
  • “Love Game” – BMI Pop Awards Award-Winning Songs

Brit Awards

  • The Fame – Best international Album
  • International Female Solo Artist
  • International Breakthrough Act

Echo Awards

  • Best International Female Artist – 2010
  • Best International Newcomer – 2010
  • “Poker Face” – Best International/National Hit of the Year – 2010

ESKA Music Awards

  • ESKA Award for Best New Artist – 2009

GLAAD Media Awards

  • Outstanding Music Artist – 2010

Grammy Awards

  • Best Dance Recording – Pokerface – 2010
  • Best Electronic/Dance Album – The Fame – 2010

Japan Gold Disc Award

  • Best New Artist International
  • The three Best New Artist

Meteor Music Awards

  • Best International Female – 2010

MP3 MUSIC Awards

  • Love Game – The RCD Award – Radio / Charts / Downloads – 2010

MTV Music Awards

  • Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica: Mejor Artista Nuevo Internacional
  • Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica: Canción del Año
  • MTV Europe Music Awards for Best New Act
  • Best Dance Video – PokerFace – MTV Japan
  • MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist – Pokerface
  • MTV Video Music Award for Best Special Effects – Paparazzi
  • MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction – Paparazzi

Much Music Awards

  • MuchMusic Video Award for Best International Artist Video – Pokerface

NME Awards

  • NME Award for Best Dressed
  • NME Award for Worst Dressed

NRJ Music Awards

  • International Revelation of the Year

People’s Choice Awards

  • Favorite Pop Artist
  • Favorite Breakout Artist

Premios Oye Awards

  • The Fame – Premios Oye for English – Album of the Year
  • The Fame – Premios Oye for English – Best New Artist
  • Poker Face – Premios Oye for English – Record of the Year

Q Awards

  • “Just Dance” – Q Awards for Best Video, 2009

Swiss Music Awards

  • “Poker Face” – Swiss Music Award for International Best Song, 2009

Teen Choice Awards

  • “Just Dance” – Teen Choice Award for Choice Music: Hook Up, 2009

The Record of the Year

  • Poker Face – The Record Of The Year, 2009

TMF Awards

  • TMF Award for Best Female Artist International
  • TMF Award for Best Pop International
  • TMF Award for Best New Artist International

UK Music Video Awards

  • “Paparazzi” – UK Music Video Awards for Best International Video, 2009

Virgin Media Music Awards

  • “The Fame” – Virgin Media Music Awards for Best Album
  • Virgin Media Music Awards for Shameless Publicity Seeker

World Music Awards

  • “Poker Face” – World Music Awards for Best Song of the Year
  • “The Fame” – World Music Awards for Best Album of the Year
  • World Music Awards for Best Pop/Rock Artist
  • World Music Awards for Best New Artist
  • World Music Awards for Best Selling Artist of America

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JUSTIN BIEBER – THE YOUNG CANADIAN POP STAR

Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian pop/R&B singer. He began his professional career on YouTube, where he was discovered by his future manager, Scooter Braun. Braun flew Bieber to Atlanta, Georgia, to consult with Usher and soon signed a record deal with Island.The first part of his two-part debut album My World was released on November 17, 2009. Four successful pre-album singles have been released: “One Time”, “One Less Lonely Girl”, “Love Me”, and “Favorite Girl”, which were Top 15 hits on the Canadian Hot 100 and Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. This accomplishment made Bieber the only solo artist in Billboard history to have four singles from a debut album chart in the Top 40 of the Hot 100 before the album’s release. The album received positive reviews from critics, and debuted at #6 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 137,000 copies in its first week, which was the second best opening release for a new artist in 2009. It also debuted at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart. As of the fifth week, the album has sold over 522,000 copies in the United States, and has been certified Platinum in Canada. Part II of My World is currently set for a March 2010 release.The craziest gift from a fan that he received was a rubber golf club. Bought a Macbook Pro with his own money and it was one of his biggest purchases. He likes the show “Smallville”. He started out by posting youtube videos in 2007. His debut album was “My World”. His mom, Pattie Mallette, travels with him all the time. He likes to play video games. He has a signature hair style. He met Celine Dion at a New York Knicks basketball game. She approached him and said my son loves your songs. He plays guitar at many of his concerts. He has performed with Rihanna at the Super Bowl Weekend concert in Miami. He likes to play hockey and basketball. He recorded a few songs with fellow singer Sean Kingston. He has one day a week where he just relaxes. He recorded “We Are The World” for Haiti. He got the opening verse which was previously sung by Lionel Richie. His dad still lives in Canada. He wrote the song “Down To Earth” about his parents’ divorce. The executive producer of his first record, My World was LA Reid. He has a twitter which he updates daily.He is good friends with Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez.
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RAIN – THE KOREAN ENTERTAINER

Rain born as Jung Ji-Hoon on June 25, 1982, is a South Korean pop singer, dancer, model, actor, businessman, and designer. Rain’s musical career includes seven albums (six Korean, one Japanese), 19 singles and numerous concert tours around the world. His acting career began in 2003, when he won the KBS Best New Actor award for his role in the drama Sang Doo! Let’s Go To School. In 2004, Rain won the KBS Excellence in Acting award for his role in the drama Full House. After starring in A Love To Kill, he acted in his first Korean film, I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK (2006), which won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. Rain has acted in the American films Speed Racer (2008) and Ninja Assassin (2009), the latter of which made him the first Korean to win an MTV award. In 2007, Rain left the management of JYP Entertainment and started his own company, J. Tune Entertainment.

EARLY LIFE

Rain spent most of his childhood living with his parents and younger brother, Jeong Hanna, near Yeon Se University. Despite being an introverted and shy child, he discovered he had a passion for dance when he performed in a talent show for Sungmoon Junior High School. Rain initially had a difficult time balancing dance and academics and received low grades during the beginning of junior high because of his frequent dance practices. He decided to follow his passion and attended Anyang High School of Arts in Anyang, Gyeonggi, where he received his first formal instruction in acting and was able to continue dancing as well. Rain again found he could not focus on both dance and his studies in acting; he was truant on several occasions.Rain lost his mother as she struggled with diabetes and died in 2000. Within that same year, Rain was recruited as a trainee for JYP Entertainment, led by recording artist and producer Park Jin-Young. In a CNN interview and also in a Discovery Channel documentary called Discovering Hip Korea, however, he recalled being repeatedly rejected because of his looks: “In fact, I was told after one audition that my singing and dancing was great but I didn’t make it because I didn’t have double eyelids.” During the early years of training, Rain was a backup dancer.In 2002, Jung debuted with the album Bad Guy where he was introduced to the media through his stage name, Rain. The album’s title was “Bad Guy” and was followed by “Handshake”. After his first album, in 2003, he made his television debut in the KBS drama, Sang Doo! Let’s Go To School. Following the success of his debut as a singer and actor, Rain released his second album, How to Avoid The Sun, and released the title song “Ways to Avoid the Sun.”RISE IN POPULARITY

In 2004, he starred in the popular drama called “Full House” with one of Korea’s most popular actresses, Song Hye Kyo. The drama had viewer ratings of over 30 percent for every episode. It was broadcasted in various other countries including the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Israel and the United States. His performance in the drama won him the Best Actor Award at the KBS Acting Awards.

His third album, It’s Raining (2004), sold over 1 million copies in Asia. According to a report by Rain’s previous agency JYP Entertainment to the Korea Culture & Content Agency, It’s Raining topped the charts in all of the following countries as of December 29, 2005: Japan (100,000 copies), China (500,000 copies), Taiwan (70,000 copies), Thailand (150,000 copies), Indonesia (50,000 copies), and South Korea (154,000 copies), for a combined total of 1,074,000 units sold.

Rain then went on his Rainy Day 2005 Tour, starting in Seoul and followed by Tokyo and Hong Kong. The tickets sold out quickly.[6] the Rainy Day global tour in 2005 sold out over 150,000 seats in 8 cities in Korea, China and Japan. His first solo concert in Japan, entitled Rainy Day Japan held at the Tokyo International Forum had all the tickets sold out 30 seconds after going on sale.

EXPANSION OUTSIDE KOREA

Rain’s fourth album, Rain’s World, was released in Korea on October 14, 2006. He acted in his first film, I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK, directed by Park Chan-wook. The film won the Alfred Bauer Award at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival, and was selected as the opening film for the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Also, Rain was nominated for and won Best New Actor at the 43rd Baeksang Awards.

ASIA

The “Rain’s Coming” tour began on December 15, 2006 at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul and was scheduled to continue through 2007 to the following countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, United States, and Canada. His tour incorporated the talents of producers and stage designers (such as Jamie King and Roy Bennett) who have been involved with the concert tours of other artists such as U2, Michael Jackson, Ricky Martin, Madonna, Britney Spears, and The Rolling Stones. Ticket sales were expected to be over US$100 million.

Rain released his first Japanese album, Eternal Rain on September 13, 2006. His concert at the Tokyo Dome on May 25, 2007 attracted nearly 40,000 people. Rain was the first Korean artist to perform at the Tokyo Dome, the largest auditorium in Japan.

UNITED STATES

In April 2006, Rain was mentioned in the Time magazine website article that named the “100 Most Influential People Who Shape Our World.” Rain stated that he was honored to be on the list, and also noted that it will be a great boost to his efforts to raise his public awareness in the United States. In 2007, Rain topped Time Magazine’s online user poll although he was not in the magazine’s actual list. He also made it into People’s 2007 list of the “Most Beautiful People” in the world.

His two-day concert in the United States, Rainy Day New York was marketed and promoted by the Asian concert production company Rainstone Live. Tickets were sold out within a matter of days and the concerts were held at Madison Square Garden. Rain performed two concert dates in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 23–24, 2006; the tickets to these concerts sold out within the first week of sales. These concerts were held at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

RAINISM & 2 AMERICAN FILMS

Rain at a signing event for Ninja Assassin in New York. In 2007, Rain was included on People’s Most Beautiful People in its “First-Time Beauties 2007” section. In a press release, Rain stated that he was honored to be on the list, and also noted that it will be a great boost to his efforts to raise his public awareness in the United States. Also in 2007, Rain topped Time’s open online poll: he defeated Stephen Colbert by 100,000 votes; Colbert jokingly retaliated by producing a parody of Rain’s music video for “Ways to Avoid the Sun” called “He’s Singin’ In Korean”. Stephen Colbert then challenged Rain to a dance-off “or a cuddle-off, or a spoon-off”. On May 5, 2008, Rain appeared in a surprise guest segment at the end of The Colbert Report, and proceeded to engage Colbert in a dance-off on a Dance Dance Revolution machine.

On October 16, 2008, Rain released his fifth Korean album, Rainism. Rain released “Love Story”, as the first single from the album, shortly followed by the single, “Rainism”. On November 24, 2008, The Commission of Youth Protection judged Rain’s album, Rainism, inappropriate for people under 19 years old because of the song “Rainism”.

In 2008, he acted in his first American film, the Wachowski Brothers-directed Speed Racer, where he played Racer Taejo Togokahn. He made his starring role debut in Ninja Assassin (2009), as the main character Raizo. Ninja Assassin was directed by James McTeigue, and produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowski brothers. The project was inspired by the ninja scenes featured from Speed Racer, in which Rain had impressed the Wachowskis with his portrayal as a fighter. He won the Biggest Badass Award at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards because of his performance in Ninja Assassin.

Rain concluded The Legend of Rainism Tour at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 24–25, 2009. He performed most of the songs on his recent album, Rainism. The Legend of Rainism Tour had concerts in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hongkong, Indonesia and Las Vegas.

RETURN TO KOREA

On April 6, 2010, Rain released a special mini-album titled Back to Basic including the singles “Love Song” and “Hip Song”. On April 30, 2010, The Korea Times published an article stating Rain will act in a new drama called Fugitive. He will be the male lead while Lee Na Young will be the female lead. The drama will start to be filming in June of 2010, and it is set to air in either late September or early October of 2010. Daniel Henney has also joined the cast of Fugitive, taking the role of an antagonist, complicating the relationship between the lead characters. It has been reported on gossip sites that two Japanese actors will also take part in Fugitive. Uehara Takako and Naoto Takanaka are the latest lineup to take part in this drama. Uehara Takako is reported to take the role of Rain’s character’s love interest, and thus competing against Lee Na Young’s character.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

SIX TO FIVE

“Six to Five” was Rain’s first clothing line, since it also was his dream to become a fashion designer. It was launched on December 23, 2008 and was followed by a “fashion show–launch party–mini-concert” to introduce “Six to Five”. Many stars came to support him, such as Lee Hyori, Kim Suna, Chae-Rim and Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun. He designs and models the clothing. The label “Six To Five” is described by Rain as the idea of having an extra sense (i.e. from five senses to six). This label name also is said to represent his birth date, 6/25.

J. TUNE ENTERTAINMENT

In November 2007, Rain told the Korean media that he has left JYP Entertainment and started his own entertainment company, J. Tune Entertainment (formerly known as Rainy Entertainment). He was scheduled to be CEO of the company, but told the media that he still kept in touch with his mentor and long-time trainer Park Jin Young. J. Tune debuted MBLAQ, an all-boy group, in October, 2009. Rain actively participates in MBLAQ’s music, either composing, writing, producing or choreographing dance routines.HUMANITARIAN WORK

Rain was involved with MTV EXIT, a campaign against human trafficking in Asia. He presented Traffic: An MTV EXIT Special, a documentary which gives insight into the realities of trafficking, addresses the part everyone can play in the issue, and gives information on how people can protect themselves as well as what people can do to help end exploitation and trafficking.

DISCOGRAPHY

Korean studio albums

  • 2002: Bad Guy
  • 2003: How to Avoid The Sun
  • 2004: It’s Raining
  • 2006: Rain’s World
  • 2008: Rainism
  • 2010: Back To The Basic

Japanese studio albums

  • 2006: Eternal Rain

FILMOGRAPHY

Drama

  • 2002: Orange as himself
  • 2003: Sang Doo! Let’s Go To School as Cha Sang-doo
  • 2004: Full House as Lee Young Jae
  • 2005: Banjun Drama
  • 2005: A Love To Kill as Kang Bok Gu
  • 2010: Fugitive as Ji Woo

Movie

  • 2006: I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK as Park Il Sun
  • 2008: Speed Racer as Taejo Togokahn
  • 2009: Ninja Assassin as Raizo

YEAR & AWARDS

2010

  • MTV Movie Awards: Biggest Badass Star
  • Korea Achievement Award given by the Korean Culture & Content Agency
  • Green Growth Life Ambassador of South Korea (Lee Da Hae)
    Green Planet Movie Awards: Best International Entertainer (Asia)
  • Asian Cultural Ambassador of The Year – One of The Top 10 Most Outstanding Asians in Hollywood

2009

  • Goodwill Ambassador by the Korean Ministry of Agriculture
  • Global Publicity Ambassador: City of Seoul
  • KBS Hit Chart – Top Albums (Top 1) Rainism Recollection
  • HITO Music Awards Tokyo: Best Asian Pop Song “Rainism”
  • Asian Television Awards: Hip Korea Discovery Channel (Best Music Program, Best Infotainment Program, Best Cross-Platform Content)

2008

  • Bonsang Golden Disk Award
  • Style Icon of the Year
  • SBS Mutizen Award (Top Song: Rainism)
  • Korea Image Stepping Stone Award 2008 given by the Korea Image Communication Institute

2007

  • MTV Asia’s ‘Artist of the Month’ (January)
  • 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards: Best New Actor for (I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK)
  • The 59th Berlin Film Festival: Alfred Bauer Prize (I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK)
  • Berlin Red Carpet Festival: Best Dressed Artist in the Red Carpet
  • 4th Netizen Entertainment Awards: Best Male Singer Award
    Hallyu Grand Award
  • 44th DaeJong Film Awards: Overseas Popularity Award
  • Best Asian Male Artist in Macau, China
  • People’s Most Beautiful People list “First-Time Beauties 2007”
  • Korean Entertainment Business Association: Star (Music) Award
  • 2007 Mobile Entertainment Awards: Best Male Singer
  • 1st Korean Film Awards: Best Actor Award

2006

  • Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People Who Shape the World Award
  • Mnet Male Artist Award
  • Asia TV Awards: Best Movie Style (A Love To Kill)
  • MKMF Mnet Awards: Best Male Artist Award
  • SBS Gayo Daejun 2006: Bonsang
  • RTHK International Pop Poll Award: Top New Actor & Most Sold Asian Albums
  • IFPI Hong Kong Music Sale Awards: Korea and Japan Music Award
  • HITO Pop Music Awards: HITO Asian Music Awards

2005

  • MTV Asia Awards: Favorite Artist Korea
  • MTV Korea B Awards: Best Single Award
  • MTV China Awards: CCTV Mandarin Music Honors Award
  • MTV Video Music Awards Japan: Best buzz Asia from Korea
  • Channel [V] Best Single Award
  • Channel [V] Music Video Awards: Popular Asian Artist
  • Andre Kim Awards: Best Star – KBS Drama (A Love To Kill)
  • KBS Netizen Award
  • Korea Cultural Content Grand Prize – Music Section
  • Virgin Radio Hits 40 Awards: Best Asian Artist Award
  • Hong Kong Universal Records: Golden Record Award
  • LA City Hall – Cultural Exchange between Korea and US Awards

2004

  • KBS Artist of the Year
  • KBS Best Actor Award
  • KBS Excellence Award (Full House)
  • KBS Drama Awards: Popularity Award
  • MBC Top 10 Artist Award
  • SBS Male Performer of the Year Award
  • SBS Music Awards: Bonsang & Netizen’s Best Popularity Award
  • SBS Seoul Gayo Award: Bonsang
  • The Korean Music Awards 2004 – Best Artist of the Year Award
  • Popularity Award of TV Part (The Baek Sang Arts Grand Award)
  • KBS Best Couple Award (Song Hye Kyo)
  • Mnet Music Video Festival: Artist of the Year Award
  • Mnet Music Video Festival: Song of The Year Award (It’s Raining)
  • Golden Disc Award: Bonsang
  • Andre Kim Star Awards: Actor Section
  • The 40th Baek Sang Arts Grand Awards: Popularity Award

2002

  • MBC Top 10 Artist Award
  • KBS Music Award: New Artist, Most popular Singer Award by producers
  • SBS Music Award: New Artist
  • SBS Seoul Gayo Award: New Artist
  • Mnet Music Video Festival: New Artist
  • KMTV Korea Music Award: New Artist
  • Golden Disc Award: New Artist

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