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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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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