Rain (entertainer)

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Jung Ji-hoon( Hangul : 정지훈; Hanja : 鄭智薰, born June 25, 1982), better known by his stage nameRain(Korean 비 IPA ['piː]), is a South Korean singer-songwriter, actor, and music producer.Rain's musical career includes seven albums (six Korean, one Japanese), 28 singles and numerous concert tours around the world. He first achieved breakthrough success with his third Korean album,It's Raining(2004), which spawned the number one single of the same name . The album sold a million copies in Asia, and established Rain as an international star.Rain made his acting debut in the 2003 dramaSang Doo! Let's Go To School. His lead role in the pan-Asia hit dramaFull House(2004) established his status as a Hallyu star. In 2008, Rain made his Hollywood debut in the filmSpeed Racerand starred inNinja Assassin(2009), the latter of which made him the first Korean to win an MTV award.In 2015, Rain set up his own company, R.A.I.N. Company.

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 Rain (entertainer)'s Early life

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 did not make it because I did not have double eyelids ." He was eventually recruited into JYP Entertainment, as Park Jin-young saw his drive and persistence.[not in citation given]During his early years of training, Rain was a backup dancer.

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 Rain (entertainer)'s Singing career

1998–2000: Debut in boy band Fanclubedit

2002–06: Debut as solo singer and Pan-Asia successedit

In 2002, Jung debuted as a solo singer with his first solo album titledBad Guywhere he was introduced to the media through his stage name, Rain. Two singles were released from the album - the eponymous title track "Bad Guy" and "Handshake". Following the success of his debut, Rain released his second album,Rain 2with the lead single " Ways to Avoid the Sun ". From 2003-2004, he became a host for KBS 'sMusic Bank.

, which spanned a total of 14 concerts in 8 countries.The album went on to sell over a million copies in Asia,cementing Rain's position as one of the region's top musical acts.

2006–07: Expansion outside Koreaedit

Rain during a performance.

Asiaedit

Rain in Bangkok 2007

Rain released his first Japanese album,Eternal Rainon September 13, 2006. He held his first Japanese solo concert,Rainy Day Japan. Tickets to the concert were sold out 30 seconds after going on sale at the Tokyo International Forum . This was followed up by the release of his fourth album,Rain's World, which also sold over a million copies in Asia and further established him as one of the top musical acts in Southeast Asia. The success of the album lead to a repackage album, which was released 2 months later.

His tour incorporated 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.

In 2007, Rain left JYP Entertainment to start his own company, J. Tune Entertainment , but still retains his collaborative relationship with Park Jin-young.

United Statesedit

He also made it intoPeople's2007 list of the "Most Beautiful People" in the world.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.

Rain also performed two concert dates in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 23–24, 2006; held at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace .

2008–12:Rainism, Back to the Basicand continued popularityedit

Rain at Sepang International Circuit F1 2011 post-party concert, Malaysia

, Rain kicked off his Asian tour,The Legend of Rainism Tourwith two shows at Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul on October 9 and 10.It continued with concerts in various parts of Asia and concluded at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada , on December 24–25, 2009.

Magazine's TIME 100 poll.In October, Rain represented Korea and performed at the 7th Asia Song Festival , organised by Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange, at the Seoul Olympic Stadium .

describes his win as "The South Korean pop star turned actor Rain, 28, took the top spot in the TIME 100 reader poll for the third year, trouncing competitors from Barack Obama to Lady Gaga. That's pretty impressive online power for a guy whose main claim to Western fame is a role in the 2009 film Ninja Assassin."

2013–2014: CUBE Entertainment andRain Effectedit

Rain performs at a K-pop concert at Kunsan Air Base in September 2012

After signing with Cube DC, it was announced Rain would be going on his first tour since his discharge. The2013 Zepp Tour: Story of Rainsaw Rain perform 10 dates in four cities in Japan over a few dates in November.

In October, Rain held his first fan meeting since his discharge in Seoul . While on tour, Rain delivered a special performance at the 2013 MAMA , where a trailer teasing an upcoming reality show and new album was revealed.

The new album, titledRain Effect, was released on January 2, 2014 with music videos for double title tracks, "30 Sexy" and "La Song".

2015–present: R.A.I.N. Company, The Squall Tour and Upcoming Albumedit

on October 11, 2015, he announced through his official website that he had created his own one-man agency with the aid of his longtime manager and other entertainment figures.

starts from China and South Korea , with the potential to expand into Japan, Europe and America.

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 Rain (entertainer)'s Acting career

2003–2006: Acting debut and Hallyu fameedit

Rain made his television debut in the KBS drama,Sang Doo! Let's Go To School(2003). The drama achieved good ratings and he won the Most Popular TV Actor award at the 2004 Baeksang Arts Awards .

Full House, which drew solid viewership ratings nationwide throughout its run with a peak viewer rating of 42.7 percent.The series was broadcast in various parts of Asia as well as the United States , garnering much popularity and establishing Rain as a Hallyu star. His performance in the drama won him the Best Actor award at the KBS Drama Awards . Rain next starred inA Love to Killopposite Shin Min-ah .

and was selected as the opening film for the Hong Kong International Film Festival . Rain was nominated for and won the Best New Actor award at the 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards.

2008–2013: Hollywood venturesedit

(2009), as the main character Raizo.Ninja Assassinwas directed by James McTeigue , and produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowskis .The project was inspired by the ninja scenes featured fromSpeed Racer, in which Rain had impressed the Wachowskis with his portrayal as a fighter.WithNinja Assassin, Rain became the first Korean-born actor to play a main character in a Hollywood movie. He won the Biggest Badass award at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards for his performance.

, in which he plays a young, rich and cunning Korean private investigator. At a press conference forThe Fugitive: Plan Bon September 27, 2010, Rain stated that he decided to hold off on his military service until 2011 to study for his master's degree.This was followed by a leading role in the aviation filmR2B: Return to Base, which was released in August 2012 to much fanfare. Rain made a surprise appearance at a special event for the film.

.Filming for the movie took place in the United States as well as New Orleans .The film premiered in select theaters in 2014, and was also released as video on demand.

2014–2016: Success in Chinaedit

My Lovely Girl(2014), opposite Krystal of f(x) .He also starred in a Chinese romantic filmFor Love or Moneywith Liu Yifei . The film, which is Rain's Chinese film debut, premiered in November 2014.

The drama premiered in July 2015 and achieved huge success, earning high ratings throughout its 24-episode run.

, which began airing in February 2016.On May 2016, Rain is cast alongside Victoria Song in the Chinese dramaEndless August.

2017-present: Comebackedit

He will star as the real-life cyclist hero Uhm Bok-dong alongside Kang So-ra .

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 Rain (entertainer)'s Artistry and image

Rain on the cover of KoreAm June 2007 issue

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Styles, lyrics and themesedit

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 latter. 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 Get Used to It", "My Way"), hedonistic ("Rainism", "Touch Ya"), or celebratory ("Hip Song", "Free Way").

Voice typeedit

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.

Influencesedit

Usher and Justin Timberlake .

Imageedit

Full Houseto indie films likeI'm a Cyborg, But That's OKto blockbusters likeNinja Assassin). Before landing his role inSpeed 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.

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 Rain (entertainer)'s Other activities

Six to Fiveedit

He designed and modeled for 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 online mall closed by the end of 2010.

J. Tune Entertainmentedit

It has become the largest shareholder in J. Tune Entertainment, and it is viewed as a strategic alliance between the two companies.

R.A.I.N. Companyedit

while his American agency will still be WME. His music activities will be handled by longtime manager Kim Yong Bae while his acting venture will handled by Park Jong Sun. In the near future, the agency will focus on finding talented rookies and recruiting stars.

Humanitarian workedit

Over the years, he has performed at concerts for various charitable causes.

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 Rain (entertainer)'s Legal issues

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.

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 Rain (entertainer)'s Personal life

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 Rain (entertainer)'s Discography

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 Rain (entertainer)'s Tours

  • 2005:Rainy Day Tour
  • 2006/07:Rain's Coming World Tour
  • 2009/10:The Legend of Rainism Tour
  • 2010:Rain Loves Japan Zepp Tour
  • 2011:The Best Show Tour
  • 2012/13:Army Concert Series (Consoltary Train)
  • 2013:Story of Rain: 2013 Rain Zepp Tour
  • 2014:Rain Effect China Concert Series (7 Concert)
  • 2015/16The Squall World Tour

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 Rain (entertainer)'s Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006 I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK Park Il-sun
2008 Speed Racer Taejo Togokahn
2009 Ninja Assassin Raizo
2012 R2B: Return to Base Jung Tae-yoon
2014 The Prince Mark
For Love or Money Xu Chengxun
2017 Uhm Bok-dong Uhm Bok-dong

Television

YearTitleNetworkRoleNotes
2002 The King of DiscoSBSHimself Parody of the filmKing of Disco
Orange Recurring role
2003 Run Ma MaKBS Guest role
Sang Doo! Let's Go to School Cha Sang-doo
2004 Full House Lee Young-jae
Old Miss Diary KBS2Himself Cameo
2005 Banjun Drama SBS 4 episodes
A Love to Kill KBS Kang Bok-gu
2010 The Fugitive: Plan B KBS2 Ji-woo
2014 My Lovely Girl SBS Hyun Wook
2015 Diamond Lover JZTV Xiao Liang
2016 Please Come Back, Mister SBS Lee Hae-joon/Kim Young-soo
2017 Endless August Qiao

Variety shows

YearTitleNetworkRoleNotes
2002-2004 Music BankKBSHost
2002-2003 Soulmate withKang Ho-dong
2017 The Unit Host & Mentor

Documentaries and specials

YearNetworkTitleRoleNotes
2005 CNN International TalkAsiaHimself Guest
2008MBC Rain Comeback Special Showcase: I. Rain. Dance.=My Secret Dance Teacher Comeback special forRainism
Rain Comeback Special: Here Comes Rain TV documentary
Shin Hae-Cheol's Special Edition Special interview
2008-2010 Rainy Day Japan Mnet Japan Reality show
2009 Mnet Legend of RainTV documentary
MBC S Diary
Discovery Channel Korea Hip Korea
Olive TV Rain's Camp
Mnet Japan Rain CM Diary
Olive TV Rain on Trip
CNN International TalkAsia Guest
2010 Mnet Japan I Love Rain TV documentary
2014 Mnet RAIN EFFECT Comeback special forRain Effect

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 Rain (entertainer)'s Awards and nominations

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 Rain (entertainer)'s References

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