MADONNA – THE SEXY ENTERTAINER

Madonna was born on 16 August 1958 in Michigan. Her full name was Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. Madonna married Guy Ritchie, having divorced Sean Penn. However, in October 2008 Madonna and Guy Ritchie announced that were getting divorced. She has a huge IQ and reportedly enjoys chess. Madonna won a dance scholarship to Michigan University, but dropped out and went to New York. Madonna struggled for a while in various dance troupes and bands, and was briefly a backing vocalist/dancer to French disco star Patrick Hernandez.

Madonna’s debut album, titled Madonna, was released in 1983, and although it sold 3 million copies it was with her next album, Like a Virgin that she made most impact. Her music continued to be a critical and commercial success and in the past 20 years, Madonna has sold more than 250m records. Some people argue that Madonna lulled in the early part of the 2000s but there was no disputing that 2005 was a good year for Madonna (barring a horse-riding accident). Her Live 8 performance was highly regarded as was her album, Confessions on a Dancefloor, produced by Stuart Price, which contained the Number 1 single ‘Hung Up’. Madonna has been a hugely successful singer, but she is a woman of many talents. Her photo-book, Sex was a great commercial success although panned by many critics.

Madonna has also appeared in a variety of films including Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), In Bed with Madonna (1991) and Evita (1996). Up until recently Madonna ran the record company Maverick, which (after a dispute) she sold to Warner Music. Madonna has recently written several children’s stories. Pundits have frequently referred to her successful branding and dubbed her a chameleon. Some compliment her for this, and others criticise her. Madonna has two children: Lourdes, fathered by personal trainer Carlos Leon, and Rocco with Guy Ritchie. Madonna can nowadays also be referred to as Esther.

As Madonna puts it: “I don’t go by the name of Esther, but yes, that is my Hebrew name. I chose it.” In an interview with ABC’s 20/20 Madonna said: “I was named after my mother. My mother died when she was very young. I wanted to attach myself to another name. So I read about all the women in the old testament and I love the story of Queen Esther.” Madonna came 8th in the Forbes list of the most powerful celebrities 2005. In February 2008, Filth and Wisdom, which was the first film directed by Madonna, was released. Meanwhile Madonna’s music continued to prove popular. In May 2008, Madonna had her tenth number one album in the UK with Hard Candy.AWARDS2009

Grammy Awards
Best Dance Recording “Give It 2 Me” (Lost to Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger)
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical “4 Minutes (Junkie XL Remix)” (Lost to MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix))

2008

Bravo Magazine Otto Awards (Hungary)
Best Video for “4 Minutes”

Grammy Awards
Best Long Form Music Video “The Confessions Tour”

World Music Awards
Best Selling American Artist

2007

Virgin.Net Awards
Best Solo Artist

The Sun Bizarre Readers Poll
Best Female
Best Live Act “The Confessions Tour”

Pollstar Concert Industry Awards
Most Creative Stage Production “The Confessions Tour”

The Ivor Novello Awards
International Hit Of The Year “Sorry”

International Dance Music Awards
Best Dance Music Video “Jump”
Best Dance Solo Artist

Grammy Awards
Best Electronic/Dance Album “Confessions on A Dance Floor”

Elle Magazine Awards
Style Icon Award

2006

World Music Awards
World’s Best Pop Artist

TRL Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award

NRJ Awards
Best International Female Artist

NME Awards
Sexiest Female

MVPA Awards
Best Make-Up “Hung Up” (Gina Brooke)

International Dance Music Awards
Best Pop Dance Track “Hung Up”
Best Dance Video “Hung Up”
Best Dance Artist Solo

Brit Awards
Best International Female

Billboard Touring Awards
Top Boxscore (for 8 London concerts – $22 million)
Top Manager Award (Guy Oseary and Angela Becker)

Amadeus Austrian Music Awards
Best international Hit Single (Hung Up)

2005

Meteor Ireland Music Awards
Best Live Performance – Visiting Act (“Re-Invention Tour”)

2004

UK Music Hall Of Fame
Founding Member

NRJ Music Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award

Dancestar Awards
Best Chart Act

Billboard Backstage Pass Awards
Top Tour “Re-Invention Tour”

Billboard Awards
Best Selling Dance Single “Me Against The Music” (with Britney Spears)

2003

Theatregoers’ Choice Theatre Awards
Theatre Event “Up For Grabs”

MVPA Awards
Soundtrack Video of the Year (“Die Another Day”)

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress “Swept Away”
Worst Supporting Actress (“Die Another Day”)
Worst Screen Couple “Swept Away”, with Adriano Giannini

Bulgarian MM Awards
Best International Video (Die Another Day)

American Music Awards
Michael Jackson Award

2002

International Dance Music Awards
Best Solo Dance Artist

DVD Awards
Best Music DVD “Drowned World Tour Live”

ASCAP Awards
Best Song “Don’t Tell Me”

AOL Viewers Choice Awards
Best TV Concert Of The Year “Drowned World Tour Live”

2001

NRJ Music Awards
Best International Album “Music”
Best International Female

MVPA Awards
Best Direction Of A Female Artist “Don’t Tell Me”

International Dance Music Awards
Best Dance Solo Artist
Best Pop Dance 12″ Record “Music”
Best Dance Video “Music”

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress “The Next Best Thing”

Grammy Awards
Best Video Of The Year “Music”
Best Recording Package “Music”

Edison Awards
Best International Female Artist

Danish Music Awards
Best International Album “Music”
Best International Hit “Music”

Capital FM Awards
Favorite International Solo Artist

Billboard Awards
Best Video Clip Of The Year “Music”

Brit Awards
Best International Female

2000

Rolling Stone Readers Picks
Best Albums (#1 “Music”)
Best Singles (#1 “Music”)

Rolling Stone Critics Picks
Best Albums (#3 “Music”)
Best Singles (#1 “Music”)

Premios Amigos Awards
Best International Female Singer

MVPA Awards
Panavision Award for Best Cinematography “Beautiful Stranger”

MTV Europe Music Awards
Best Female Artist
Best Dance

Grammy Awards
Best Song from a Motion Picture “Beautiful Stranger”

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress of the Century

ASCAP Awards
Most Performed Song From Motion Pictures “Beautiful Stranger”

1999Rolling Stone Critics Picks
Best Singles (#2 “Beautiful Stranger”)MVPA Awards
Pop Video Of The Year “Ray Of Light”
Best Special Effects in a Music Video “Frozen”

Music Week CAD Awards
Best Special Effects in a Video “Frozen”
Best Editing in a Video “Frozen”
Best Dance Video “Frozen”

MTV Video Music Awards
Best video From A Film “Beautiful Stranger”

Grammy Awards
Best Pop Album (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Dance Single (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Recording Package (“Ray Of Light”)

1998

Viva Comet Awards
Best International Artist

Rolling Stone Readers Picks
Best Singles (#2 “Ray Of Light”)

Rolling Stone Critics Picks
Best Singles (#3 “Ray Of Light”)

Much Music Awards
Best International Video (“Ray Of Light”)

VH-1 Fashion Awards
The Versace Award
Most Fashinable Artist
Most Stylish Music Artist

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Video Of The Year (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Female Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Direction In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Editing In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Choreography In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Special Effects In A Video (“Frozen”)

MTV Europe Music Awards
Best Female
Best Album (“Ray Of Light”)
Blockbuster Entertainment Award

1997

Golden Globe Awards
Best Original Song (“You Must Love Me”)
Best Performance By An Actress – Comedy/Musical (“Evita”)
Best Movie (“Evita”)

Billboard Awards
Artist Achievement Award

American Moviegoer’s Awards
Best Actress (“Evita”)
Best Direction (“Evita”)

Academy Awards
Best Original Song (“You Must Love Me”)

1996

MTV Latin Music Awards
Best Female Artist (“Veras”)
Best Video (“Veras”)

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Supporting Actress (“Four Rooms”)

Echo Awards
Best International Female Artist

ASCAP Awards
Best Song (“You’ll See”)

1995

VH-1 Fashion Awards
Most Fashionable Artist

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Female Video (“Take A Bow”)

1994

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress (“Body Of Evidence”)

1993

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Art Direction In A Video (“Rain”)
Best Cinematography In A Video (“Rain”)

ASCAP Awards
Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“This Used To Be My Playground”)

1992

Grammy Awards
Best Long-Form Video “Blond Ambition Tour Live”

1991

MTV Video Music Awards
Best bLong-Form Video (“The Immaculate Collection”)

Juno Awards
Best International Single (“Vogue”)

American Music Awards
Favorite Dance Single (“Vogue”)

Academy Awards
Best Original Song (“Sooner Or Later”)

1990

Rolling Stone Readers Picks
Best Singles (#1 “Vogue”)

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Direction In A Video
Best Editing In A Video (“Vogue”)
Best Cinematography In A Video (“Vogue”)

1989

Rolling Stone Readers Picks
Best Albums (#4 “Like A Prayer”)

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Direction In A Video
Best Art Direction In A Video
Best Editing In A Video
Best Cinematography In A Video

International Music Awards
Best International Female (“Like A Prayer”)

1988

ASCAP Awards
Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“Who’s That Girl”)

1987

MuchMusic Awards
Best Female Artist
Best Female Video (“La Isla Bonita”)

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Female Video (“Open Your Heart”)

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress (“Who’s That Girl”)

ASCAP Awards
Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“Live To Tell”)

American Music Awards
Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist

1986

People’s Choice Awards
Favorite Female Musical Performer

MTV Video Music Awards
Video Vanguard Award

Juno Awards
Best International Album (“True Blue”)

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress (“Shanghai Surprise”)

1985

American Music Awards
Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist

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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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BEYONCE KNOWLES – SEXY SINGER/ACTRESS

American singer and actress. Born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles on September 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas, she began singing with the original members of the popular R&B group Destiny’s Child — LaToya Luckett, Kelly Rowland and  LaTavia Roberson — as a pre-teen.

The girls went through various incarnations, singing a mix of gospel, rhythm and blues, and hip hop, before they officially became Destiny’s Child in 1995. Knowles’ father, Mathew, served as manager of the group. After performing in the Houston area, the group appeared on Star Search, the popular television talent competition.

Although they did not win the competition, a contract with Columbia Records soon followed. Their first release, Destiny’s Child (1997), was a tremendous success in Europe. Upon the album’s release, the group kicked off a tour of sold-out shows there. Their second effort, The Writing’s on the Wall (1999), brought them wider acclaim back home. The album generated three top-ten hits on the Billboard R&B singles chart.

In 2000, despite internal conflicts that resulted in the departure of Luckett and Roberson from the group, Destiny’s Child continued to promote their sophomore effort, playing as a supporting act for Christina Aguilera’s summer tour. In 2001, still calling themselves Destiny’s Child, the group released their third album, Survivor.

In 2004, after launching a successful solo career with Dangerously in Love, Knowles won five Grammy Awards, tying a record for most wins by a female artist. Her second solo effort, B’Day, was released in September 2006 to coincide with the singer’s twenty-fifth birthday. In its first week, B’Day sold more than 540,000 copies in the U.S.

Beyoncé Knowles has also made a start in acting, making her debut in MTV’s Hip Hopera: Carmen in 2001 and co-starring as Foxxy Cleopatra in Mike Myers’ James Bond parody Goldmember in 2002. Other films include 2004’s The Fighting Temptations and 2006’s The Pink Panther.

Her starring role as Deena Jones, a Diana Ross-like character in the big-screen adaptation of the 1981 Broadway hit musical Dreamgirls earned a Golden Globe nomination in 2006. Beyoncé’s song “Listen” was nominated for an  Academy Award.

Knowles’ was romantically linked to hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, since September 2002. They performed together in music videos for two of her hit singles, Crazy in Love and Deja Vu. The couple married in April 2008. Among the guests sighted at the wedding were Beyonce’s mother Tina Knowles, her father and manager  Mathew, her sister Solange, Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, and friend Gwyneth Paltrow.

ALBUMS

Studio albums

  • 2003: Dangerously in Love
  • 2006: B’Day
  • 2008: I Am… Sasha Fierce

Movie soundtracks

  • Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001)
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
  • The Fighting Temptations (2003)
  • The Pink Panther (2006)
  • Dreamgirls (2006)
  • Cadillac Records (2008)

Video releases

  • Live at Wembley (2004)
  • BET Presents Beyoncé (2006)
  • Beyoncé The Ultimate Performer (2006)
  • B’Day Anthology Video Album (2007)
  • The Beyoncé Experience Live (2007)
  • I Am… Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas (2009)
  • I Am… Live in London (2010)
  • Beyoncé: Destined For Stardom (2010)

Filmography

  • 2001 Carmen: A Hip Hopera
  • 2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • 2003 The Fighting Temptations
  • 2004 Fade to Black
  • 2006 The Pink Panther
  • 2006 Dreamgirls
  • 2007 My Night at the Grammys
  • 2008 Cadillac Records
  • 2009 Obsessed
  • 2009 Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!

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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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