Rain in 2014
|Birth name||Jung Ji-Hoon (정지훈)|
|Also known as||Bi (비)|
June 25, 1982 |
Seosan, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, actor|
|Instruments||Vocals, Piano, Guitar|
|Labels||JYP Entertainment (2002–07)
J. Tune Entertainment (2007–13)
William Morris Endeavor (2009–2010)
Cube Entertainment (2013–present)
|Associated acts||FanClub (boy band) (1998-2000), MBLAQ|
|Website||Official Twitter Account|
|Revised Romanization||Jeong Ji-hun|
Rain's musical career includes seven albums (six Korean, one Japanese), 28 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 (Best Actor) 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. 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. In 2013, it was announced he will be discharged from the army on July 10, 2013 and Rain had signed a contract with Cube DC, a sub-label of Cube Entertainment whose CEO is the former President of JYP Entertainment. He was ranked at #46 on 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2013. The following year was ranked at #78 on 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2014.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 2.1 1998–2000: Debut in boy band Fanclub
- 2.2 2002–03: Debut as solo singer
- 2.3 2004–05: Rise in popularity
- 2.4 2006-07: Expansion outside Korea
- 2.5 2007–09: Rainism and American films
- 2.6 2010: Return to Korea
- 2.7 2011-2013: Military service
- 2.8 2013-present: Post-Military Activities
- 3 Artistry and Image
- 4 Legal issues
- 5 Other activities
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Discography
- 8 Concert Tours
- 9 Filmography
- 10 Awards and Nominations
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Rain lost his mother as she struggled with diabetes and died in December 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 did not make it because I did not have double eyelids." However, he finally got in as producer Park Jin-young saw his drive and persistence during an audition in which Rain danced for hours non-stop, unlike the usual ten minutes for an audition.[not in citation given] During the early years of training, Rain was a backup dancer.
1998–2000: Debut in boy band Fanclub
2002–03: Debut as solo singer
In 2002, Ji-Hoon debuted with the album Bad Guy where he was introduced to the media through his stage name, Rain. The title song "Bad Guy" 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, Rain 2, and released the title song "Ways to Avoid the Sun."
2004–05: 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 42,7% for every episode. It was broadcast in various other countries including the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Ghana, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Israel, Cambodia and the United States. His performance in the drama won him the Best Actor Award at the KBS Drama 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 306,000 seats in 8 cities 14 Concert in Asia. 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.
2006-07: Expansion outside Korea
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 Seoul Olympic Stadium in Seoul and was scheduled to continue through 2007 to the following countries: Indonesia, 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 55,000 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." 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.
2007–09: Rainism and American films
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. Rain was the 2nd highest earning celebrity in Korea for 2007. 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. In 2007, Rain left the management of JYP Entertainment to started his own company, J. Tune Entertainment, but still retains collaborative relationship with Park Jin-young.
On October 16, 2008, Rain released his fifth Korean album, Rainism. Rain released "Love Story", as the first single from the album with the MV starring Korean Actress Ha Ji-won, 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 "Rainism", the lyrics (translated from Korean) "Trembling inside your shaking body is my magic stick/Feeling the impassable limit of the body shake" were considered problematic due to their phallic and sexual references. 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.
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. With Ninja 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 because of his performance in Ninja Assassin.
In October 2009, in support of his 5th album Rainism, Rain kicked off his Asian tour The Legend of Rainism Tour with two shows at Olympic Gymnastics Arena, Seoul on October 9 and 10. 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.
2010: Return to Korea
From late September to early December 2010, Rain starred in TV drama The 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.
He is listed on TIME 100 for the second time. 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.
2011-2013: Military service
On September 23, Rain announced that he would enlist in the military on October 11. He reported for 21 months of compulsory military service at the 306th Army draft camp in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi-do province. 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.
While in the service, the last film he did before going into the service, R2B: Return to Base, was released in August 2012 to much fanfare. Rain even made a surprise appearances at special event for the film.
In January 2013, it was revealed that Rain was dating actress Kim Tae-hee while on military service. This revelation led to a military investigation and punishment. In May 2013, it was announced he will be discharged from the army on July 10, 2013, and had signed a contract with Cube Entertainment due to his relationship with the company's CEO.
2013-present: Post-Military Activities
On September 17, it was officially announced that Rain signed with Cube DC, a sub-label of Cube Entertainment. After signing with Cube DC, it was announced Rain would be going on his first tour since being discharged. The 2013 Zepp Tour: Story of Rain saw Rain perform 10 dates in four cities in Japan over a few dates in November.
His first official public appearance since leaving the military occurred during MCM's store opening in Singapore at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands followed by the BAZAAR Men Style People of The Year Award Ceremony in Beijing, China. 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.
As a precursor to his new album, Rain starred in a reality show Rain Effect which Cube Entertainment stated "You can meet Jung Ji Hoon as a human being." The show premieres on December 19. The new album, also titled Rain Effect, debuted on January 2, 2014 with music videos for double title tracks, "30 Sexy" and "La Song," released beforehand.
After two weeks of promotions for the album, Rain headed back to the United States to finish up filming The Prince in New Orleans as well as meeting producers in Hollywood to discuss two film projects. The film premiered in select theaters as well as video on demand.
Through the rest of the year, Rain will be star in two projects. The first being the Korean musical drama, My Lovely Girl. This marks his first television project since The Fugitive: Plan B in 2010. He will star along with other idols like Krystal of f(x) and Hoya and L of Infinite. It is set to premiere on September 17 after It's Okay, That's Love. The second is a Chinese romantic film, For Love or Money (2014 film), with Chinese actress Liu Yifei. The film, which is Rain's Chinese film debut, premiered in November 2014.
In December 2014 Rain started filming his first Chinese drama 'Diamond Lover' (克拉戀人), co-starring Chinese actress Tiffany Tang. Besides the Chinese cities of Shanghai and Nanjing, the drama is expected to film in cities in Belgium and Korea. Due to his top level star status in China, it is said that Rain will be receiving nearly US$5.4 million for his role in Diamond Lover.
Artistry and Image
Styles, lyrics and themes
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 of It'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").
Rain's vocal range can be classified in the tenor range. His voice can be described as smooth yet husky  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.
Rain is considered a 'world star' due to his popularity, not only in South Korea and Japan, but throughout Asia, Europe and North America with fans in countries like China, Singapore, Thailand, Canada and United States. Much of his popularity is attributed to his various acting roles (varying from television like Full House to indie films like I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK to blockbusters like Ninja Assassin). Before landing his role in 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's appeal to all demographics has made him one of Korea's highest paid celebrities by endorsers with an asking price of $1 – 1.5 million USD per endorsement. Over the years, he endorsed brands such as Hyundai, Lotte, KB Card, Pizza Hut, Thailand dairy company Dutch Mill, Chinese pastry Fu Mu Cakes, Pantech, LG Electronics, SK Telecom and Pepsi. 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.
With his booming popularity throughout the world, he has been deemed a "cultural ambassador" as he has represented South Korea in inter-Asian musical events and has appeared in a Thai published textbook.
On his World 2007 tour, his scheduled concerts in Shanghai, Toronto, San Francisco, and Hawaii were cancelled, followed by the last concert in Los Angeles. The last event at the Staples Center was canceled only two hours prior to opening: Rain's producer blamed the situation on financial problems of the local promoter, while the local promoter blamed Wellmade STAR M calling them too "incompetent to handle the situation."
On March 19, 2009, a federal jury in Honolulu found that Rain, his former management agency JYP Entertainment, and two other promotion companies were guilty of breaching a contract and defrauding Honolulu promoter Click Entertainment for $2 million (originally just over $1 million) after the Hawaii concert was canceled and the promoters were not refunded the $500,000 licensing fee. 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.
A separate lawsuit filed by promoters Wellmade STAR M was dismissed by a South Korean court on January 28, 2010. Judge Bae Kwang-Kuk ruled in favor of Rain and blamed the plaintiff for poor preparations surrounding the cancelled U.S. tour.
In April 2010, Rain and other J. Tune Creative shareholders were accused of embezzling money from the company by a fabric manufacturing company. The company claimed they suffered financial losses. Rain and the shareholders were acquitted of the charges in December of that year. He was re investigated in April 2011 after a discrepancy was found, but was later acquitted again in June 2013.
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 Sun-a, 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. The line was discontinued and the on-line mall closed by the end of 2010.
J. Tune Entertainment
In November 2007, Rain told the Korean media that he had 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 Entertainment's subsidiary J. Tune Camp, debuted MBLAQ, an all-boy group, in October 2009. Rain actively participates in MBLAQ's music, either composing, writing, producing or choreographing dance routines.
In December 2010, Park Jin-Young announced that J. Tune Entertainment would be merged with JYP Entertainment. It has become the largest shareholder in J. Tune Entertainment, and it is viewed as a strategic alliance between the two companies.
From 2005 to 2007, Rain donated money to have 50 drinking water wells and playgrounds built in Cambodia. He began taking up causes related to children by participating in the Love Photography Exhibition to help find adoptive parents for children in government care, donating a percent of his 2006 and 2007 World Tour concert proceeds to children orphaned by AIDS and participating in the Green Ribbon Hope Walking Campaign to raise funds for prevention and to help find missing children. Due to his work, he was appointed World Vision HIV/AIDS Ambassador. In recent years, Rain has been an advocate for environmental protection going as far as to volunteer in the Taean oil spill cleanup and donate 300 million won for clean water and clothing for the residents in 2008. In 2009, 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. Over the years, he has performed at as well as put together many events and concerts for various charitable causes.
On 2 January 2013, Rain stated his relationship with actress Kim Tae-hee, stating, "It is true that they are dating, but at the present time they are slowly beginning to get to know each other with good and positive feelings," and "It has been about a month since they began dating.".
Rain reportedly gets baptism into Catholic Church. On July 21, his agency, Cube DC, confirmed the 32-year-old superstar's baptism but denied it had anything to do with marriage plans. According to Korean news, the agency said, 'Rain has recently received Catholic baptism under his baptismal name "Michael".
- 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)
|2002||The King of Disco||SBS||Himself||Parody of the film King of Disco|
|Orange (오렌지)||SBS||Himself||Recurring role|
|2003||Run Ma Ma||KBS||Himself||Guest role|
|Sang Doo! Let's Go to School (상두야 학교가자!)||KBS||Cha Sang-doo|
|2004||Full House (풀하우스)||KBS||Lee Young-jae|
|Old Miss Diary||KBS2||Himself||Cameo|
|2005||Banjun Drama||SBS||Himself||4 episodes|
|A Love to Kill (이 죽일놈의 사랑)||KBS||Kang Bok-gu|
|2010||The Fugitive: Plan B||KBS2||Ji-woo|
|2014||My Lovely Girl (내겐 너무 사랑스러운 그녀)||SBS||Hyun Wook||First drama after the military discharge|
|2006||I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (싸이보그지만 괜찮아)||Park Il-sun||Film debut|
|2008||Speed Racer||Taejo Togokahn||First American film|
|2009||Ninja Assassin||Raizo||First lead role in a Hollywood film|
|2012||R2B: Return to Base (알투비: 리턴투베이스)||Captain Jung Tae-Yoon|
|2014||The Prince||Mark||First American film after the military discharge|
|2014||For Love or Money (露水红颜)||Shui Chung Shuin||First Chinese film|
|2002-2003||Soulmate||KBS||Himself||Host (with Kang Ho-dong )|
|2008-2010||Rainy Day Japan||Mnet Japan||Himself||Reality show|
|2013-2014||Rain Effect||Mnet||Himself||Reality show|
|2014||Running Man (런닝맨)||SBS||Himself (with Kim Woo-bin )||Guest (Episode 188-189 & 191)|
|2014||Running Man (런닝맨)||SBS||Himself (with the cast of My Lovable Girl)||Guest (Episode 214)|
Documentaries and Specials
|2008||Rain Comeback Special Showcase: I. Rain. Dance.=My Secret Dance Teacher||MBC||Himself||Comeback special for Rainism|
|Rain Comeback Special: Here Comes Rain||MBC||Himself||TV documentary|
|Shin Hae-Cheol's Special Edition||MBC||Himself||Special interview|
|2009||Legend of Rain||Mnet||Himself||TV documentary|
|S Diary||MBC||Himself||TV documentary|
|Hip Korea||Discovery Channel Korea||Himself||TV documentary|
|Rain's Camp||Olive TV||Himself||TV documentary|
|Rain CM Diary||Mnet Japan||Himself||TV documentary|
|Rain on Trip||Olive TV||Himself||TV documentary|
|2010||I Love Rain||Mnet Japan||Himself||TV documentary|
|2014||RAIN EFFECT||Mnet||Himself||Comeback special for Rain Effect|
Awards and Nominations
- Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 118. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
- "비, 16세 당시 팬클럽 활동 과거사진 공개 ‘말라깽이였네’Rain, released the picture when he was in 'Fan Club'" (in Korean). Isplus. 2011-11-12. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
- Rain (June 8, 2010). http://www.kpoplive.com/author/rose1363/, ed. "Rain ‘Wants to Brag’ About His MTV Award". KPOPLIVE!. Retrieved June 17, 2010.
I am the first Korean to win so I really want to brag about this one.
- "Can You Guess Which 8 Korean Celebrities Made the "100 Most Handsome Faces of 2013″ List?". Soompi. January 14, 2014.
- "100 Most Handsome Faces 2014…". TC Candler. December 27, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
- (2010-04-04). "[BRIEFLY] Discovery to air film on Seoul". Koreaherald.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
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- "Pop star Rain (Bi), reaching out beyond Asia". KBS Global. Retrieved February 18, 2007.
- "Fanclub" (in Korean). Naver Music. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
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- Jeanine Tan, Oldboy director cast Rain for his sex appeal but it's okay, Channel News Asia, March 8, 2007. Retrieved on March 24, 2008.
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- Fredrik Härén The Developing World -2010 Page 73 - "The South Korean wave has already washed over Asia: South Korean soap operas are extremely popular in China and Singapore; the singer Rain is a hit in Asia and the girls go crazy when he visits Bangkok."
- "Tickets for Rain’s Hong Kong Concert Sold Out". KBS Global. Retrieved March 16, 2007.
- Herzkovits, Jon; Jang Sera (November 16, 2006). "South Korean pop star Rain debuts as robot lover". Reuters. Archived from the original on July 11, 2007. Retrieved February 18, 2007.
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- Walsh, Bryan (May 8, 2006). "The People Who Shape Our World". Time Magazine. Retrieved February 18, 2007.
- "The TIME 100". Time Magazine. 2006. Retrieved February 18, 2007.
- "The TIME 100". Time Magazine. April 20, 2007. Retrieved June 8, 2007.
- "Rain's Sold-Out New York Gig Could Take K-Pop Global". The Chosun Ilbo. February 3, 2006. Archived from the original on February 4, 2007. Retrieved February 18, 2007.
- Esther Kim Lee -Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas - Page xv 2012 "For example, the singer Rain performed in Madison Square Garden to sold-out audiences, and South Korean television soap operas have inspired women in Southeast Asia to undergo cosmetic surgery to look “Korean.” "
- "All about the Beautiful people". Daily Telegraph (Daily Telegraph). April 26, 2007. Retrieved April 29, 2007.
- "SKorean pop star Rain listed in People's 100 Most Beautiful". Yahoo Canada (Yahoo Canada). April 30, 2007. Retrieved April 29, 2007.
- Your Time 100. April 19, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2007.
- "Rain Dance-Off". Colbert Report. May 5, 2008. Archived from the original on May 10, 2008. Retrieved May 9, 2008.
- Lee, Eun-jung (2008-11-24). "비 '레이니즘', 청소년 유해매체물 판정 Rain 'Rainism', decided as an objectionable song". Yonhap news (in Korean).
- "'레이니즘' 클린버전에 '매직 스틱' 빠지나 Is 'magic stick' deleted in 'rainism' clean version?". Asia today (in Korean). 2008-11-25.
- Paquet, Darcy (February 13, 2008). "Rain falls on 'Ninja Assassin'". Variety. Retrieved May 20, 2008.
- Sperling, Nicole (April 28, 2008). "Wachowski Brothers getting underway on 'Ninja Assassin'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 20, 2008.
- "Everybody Loves a Badass: Bi Wins at MTV Movie Awards". kmoviecentral.com. June 10, 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010.
- "Event Calendar: October 2009" Korea Herald. October 2, 2009. Retrieved April 10, 2012
- Megan, Friedman (April 15, 2011). "Korean Pop Star Rain Wins TIME 100 Poll — Again". TIME.
- "7th Asia Song Festival" KOFICE. October 23, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2011
- "Rain Might Join Army Next Year". Newsen (in Korean). Retrieved September 27, 2010.
- "Top K-pop star Rain to join Army" Yonhap News. September 23, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2011
- "Teardrops Fall as Rain Enlists in Army" The Chosun Ilbo. October 12, 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2011
- Oh, MiJung "Rain Appointed Honorary Ambassador of Military" CJ E&M enewsWorld. April 11, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2012
- "Rain makes a surprise appearance at special event for 'R2B : Return to Base'". Allkpop. August 22, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
- "Kim Tae-hee Admits to Dating Rain". The Chosun Ilbo. January 2, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- "Top actress Kim Tae-hee admits romantic relationship with Rain". Yonhap News. 2013-01-01. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- "South Korean singer Rain in military service row". BBC News. January 2, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- "Rain to Sign Exclusive Contract with Cube Entertainment". eNews World. May 28, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- "Rain officially signs with Cube DC". Daily Kpop News. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
- ""Story of Rain" Zepp Tour". Rain's official site. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
- "Rain-ing Supreme at MCM's Store Opening". MCM Blog. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
- "BAZAAR Men Style People of The Year Award Ceremony". Rain's official site. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
- "[Eng trans] Rain at 2013 MAMA and filming "The Prince", in Asia al día Magazine". Cloud USA. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
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- "Rain to Film ‘The Prince’ with Bruce Willis, John Cusack, and More". eNews World. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
- "Prepare to be hit by the "Rain Effect" on December 19". Cloud USA. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
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- Rain to Make Drama Comeback through ‘My Lovable Girl’ Mwave.interest.me (July 25, 2014). Retrieved on August 5, 2014.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rain.|
- Official website
- Rain Effect reality show official website (Korean)
- Rain at the Internet Movie Database
|Awards and achievements|
|KBS Music Awards - Best New Artist
|SBS Music Awards - Best New Artist
|4th Mnet Asian Music Awards - Best New Artist
|17th Golden Disk Awards - Best New Artist
|6th Mnet Asian Music Awards - Artist of the Year
|6th Mnet Asian Music Awards - Album of the Year
|6th Mnet Asian Music Awards - Song of the Year
|10th Mnet Asian Music Awards - Best Dance Music