Jung Ji-Hoon(born June 25, 1982), better known by his stage nameRain, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, model 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 dramaSang Doo! Let's Go To School. In 2004, Rain won the KBS Excellence in Acting award for his role in the dramaFull House. After starring inA 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 filmsSpeed Racer(2008) andNinja Assassin(2009), the latter of which made him the first Korean to win an MTV award.Rain acted in another Korean film,R2B: Return to Base, that was released in August 2012.In 2007, Rain left the management of JYP Entertainment and started his own company, J. Tune Entertainment but still retains collaborative relationship with Park Jin-young .
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Rain spent most of his childhood living with his parents and younger sister, Jung Hanna, near Yonsei University . Despite being an introverted and shy child, he discovered he had a passion for dance when he performed in a talent show for 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 High School of Arts in 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.
[not in citation given]During the early years of training, Rain was a backup dancer.
In 2002, Jung debuted with the albumBad Guywhere 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 ."
with one of Korea's most popular actresses, Song Hye Kyo . The drama had viewer ratings of over 42,7% for every episode.It was broadcasted in various other countries including the Philippines , Malaysia , Indonesia , Singapore , Vietnam , Thailand , Hong Kong , China , Japan , Turkey , Morocco , Sri Lanka , Taiwan , Israel , Cambodia and the United States . His performance in the drama won him the Best Actor Award at the KBS Acting Awards.
According to a report by Rain's previous agency JYP Entertainment to the Korea Culture & Content Agency,It's Rainingtopped 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.
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 sold out all the tickets 30 seconds after going on sale.
Rain's fourth album,Rain's World, was released in Korea on October 14, 2006.
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.
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.
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.
He also made it intoPeople's2007 list of the "Most Beautiful People" in the world.
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 .
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 ofThe Colbert Report, and proceeded to engage Colbert in a dance-off on a Dance Dance Revolution machine.
Rain has re-released a "clean version" of "Rainism" shortly after,but instead of changing the original album's contents, he has labeled a sticker that deemed "Rainism" inappropriate for those under 19 years old.
(2009), as the main character Raizo.Ninja Assassinwas directed by James McTeigue , and produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowski brothers .The project was inspired by the ninja scenes featured fromSpeed 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 inNinja Assassin.
, Rain kicked off his Asian tourThe Legend of Rainism Tourwith two shows at Olympic Gymnastics Arena , Seoul on 9 and 10 October.It continued with concerts in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia and concluded at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 24–25, 2009.
On April 6, 2010, Rain released a special mini-album titledBack to Basicincluding the singles "Love Song", with the MV starring Korean actress Han Ye-seul and "Hip Song".
From late September to early December 2010, Rain starred in TV dramaThe Fugitive: Plan B( Korean :도망자). It was aired on KBS2 and costarred Lee Na-young , and the supporting cast included Lee Jung-jin , Daniel Henney , Yoon Jin-seo and Japanese actors Takako Uehara and Takanaka Naoto.
Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange, at the Seoul Olympic Stadium .
on September 27, 2010, Rain stated that he decided to hold off on his military service until 2011 to study for his masters degree.
13th In March 2012, he was transferred to the Defense Media Agency of the Ministry of National Defense in Yongsan-dong , Yongsan-gu , Seoul. In April he was appointed Honorary Ambassador of Military.
Rain will be discharged from the Korean military service 10 July 2013.
Since his debut, Rain has primarily been influenced by R&B and pop with "Bad Guy" and "How to Avoid the Sun" being categorized as the former while "Cassiopeia" and "Lack of Space" are closer to the later. By the release ofIt's Raining, Rain, along with Park Jin-young , began incorporating hip hop into his sound beginning with the title track.
Early in his career, most of Rain's material was handled by JYP for many years along with other songwriters and sometimes, Rain. After departing JYP Entertainment , Rain began writing more of his material with other songwriters on J. Tune Entertainment . Thematically, many of Rain's songs deal with the subjects of love and heartbreak in the case of "I Do" and "Love Story." On some occasions, it can be personal ("Can't Used to It", "My Way"), hedonistic ("Rainism", "Touch Ya"), or celebratory ("Hip Song", "Free Way").
in songs such as "Love Story", "Love Song", "Nan" and "I Do." Having been influenced by American R&B, he uses both vibrato and falsetto in many of his songs as well as incorporating rapping into songs like "What's Love." Rain maintains strong stance against lipsyncing during his live performances.
Usher and Justin Timberlake .
Speed Racer, he had expressed the desire to expand beyond the Asian market when he stated in an interview, "The reason I am active in Japan, Hong Kong, China and around Asia is that I want to succeed here and then go even more international...I would really like to see, is a top Asian artist emerge strongly from the Asian market, and then go on to succeed in the U.S. market."
Rain has even done songs to tie-in with endorsement deals. " Still Believe " was used as both an ad and a music video for BMW Korea's "Meet the Truth" campaign with appearances by Rain as well as JYP ."Memory in My Hand" and "Any Dream" were used in campaigns for Pantech and Samsung , respectively, in China.
In February 2007, Rain and his former management agency JYP Entertainment as well as a concert organizer, Wellmade STAR M Corporation, were sued over copyright infringement of the stage name "Rain," by the U.S. recording firm Rain Corporation. The company, which works with an American band also called "Rain," demanded that Rain drop the English name in the United States. In June 2007, the lawsuit ended because the Nevada District Court determined there was no evidence indicating that Rain Corporation would suffer any actual harm.
Rain and JYP were ordered to pay $2.4 million each in punitive damages, $1 million for damages related to the fraud, and $2.3 million for breach of contract.
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. The line was discontinued and the on-line mall closed by the end of 2010.
It has become the largest shareholder in J. Tune Entertainment, and it is viewed as a strategic alliance between the two companies.
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. Over the years, he has performed at as well as put together many events and concerts for various charitable causes.
|2006||I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK||Park Il-sun|| 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards|
|2008||Speed Racer||Taejo Togokahn|
|2009||Ninja Assassin||Raizo|| 2010MTV Movie Awards|
|2012||R2B: Return to Base||Captain Jung Tae-Yoon|
|2002||The King of Disco||Parody|
|2003||Run Ma Ma||Himself||Cameo role|
|Sang Doo! Let's Go to School'||Cha Sang-doo|| 2003KBSDrama Awards|
|2004||Full House||Lee Young-jae|| 2004KBSDrama Awards|
2004 Andre Kim Star Awards
40th Baeksang Arts Awards
|2005||Banjun Drama||Himself||Cameo role|
|A Love to Kill||Kang Bok-gu|| 2005 KBS Drama Awards|
2006 Asia TV Awards
2006 RTHK International Pop Poll Awards
|2008||Family Outing||Guest ep 21 & 22|
|2010||The Fugitive: Plan B||Ji-woo|
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