Rain at the 2011 Time 100 gala
|Birth name||Jung Ji-Hoon|
|Also known as||Bi (비), Rain, Bi Rain|
June 25, 1982 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Genres||Pop, K-pop, R&B, hip hop|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, record producer, music executive, actor, choreographer, dancer, designer|
|Labels||FanClub (İdol Group Member) (1998-2000)
JYP Entertainment (2002–07) (2011-present)
J. Tune Entertainment (2007–present)
William Morris Endeavor (2009–present)
|Revised Romanization||Jeong Ji-hun|
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. Rain acted in another Korean film, R2B: Return to Base, that was released in August 2012.
Early life 
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.
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 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.
2002–03: Debut 
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."
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 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.
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 sold out all the tickets 30 seconds after going on sale.
2006-07: 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 Seoul Olympic 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." 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.
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. 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 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.
2010: Return to Korea 
On April 6, 2010, Rain released a special mini-album titled Back to Basic including 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 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: 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.
Rain will be discharged from the Korean military service 10 July 2013.
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").
Voice type 
Rain's vocal range can be classified in the baritone 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.
Legal issues and canceled concerts 
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.
On his World 2007 tour, his scheduled concerts in Shanghai, Toronto, San Francisco, and Hawaii were canceled, 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.
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. 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 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 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.
Humanitarian work 
From 2005 to 2007, Rain donated money to have 50 drinking water wells built 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 2006-2007 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.
Korean discography 
Japanese discography 
- 2005: Rainy Day Tour
- 2006/07: Rain's Coming World Tour
- 2009/10: The Legend of Rainism Tour
- 2011: The Best Show Tour
- 2012/13: Army Concert Series (Consoltary Train) (33 Concert)
|2006||I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK||Park Il-sun||43rd Baeksang Arts Awards
2007 Grand Bell Awards
59th Berlin Film Festival
|2008||Speed Racer||Taejo Togokahn|
|2009||Ninja Assassin||Raizo||2010 MTV 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||2003 KBS Drama Awards
|2004||Full House||Lee Young-jae||2004 KBS Drama 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
|2010||The Fugitive: Plan B||Ji-woo|
Awards and Nominations 
- Rain (2010-06-08). "Rain ‘Wants to Brag’ About His MTV Award". In http://www.kpoplive.com/author/rose1363/. KPOPLIVE!. Retrieved 17 June 2010. "I am the first Korean to win so I really want to brag about this one."
- Hahn, Lorraine (2005-12-14). "Rain Talkasia Transcript". CNN's Talk Asia. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
- "Pop star Rain (Bi), reaching out beyond Asia". KBS Global. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
- "Rain’s album records sales of over one million copies in Asia". KBS Global. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
- "Rain Season Breaks Records Across Asia". The Chosun Ilbo. 2005-10-13. Archived from the original on 2007-02-04. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
- 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.
- The 43rd Baeksang Awards Winners Are…, Asianpopcorn. Retrieved on March 24, 2008
- "Tickets for Rain’s Hong Kong Concert Sold Out". KBS Global. Retrieved 2007-03-16.
- Herzkovits, Jon; Jang Sera (2006-11-16). "South Korean pop star Rain debuts as robot lover". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2007-07-11. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
- "Rain becomes First Korean Star to Perform at Tokyo Dome". Japan Today. 2007-05-28. Retrieved 2007-06-08.
- Walsh, Bryan (2006-05-08). "The People Who Shape Our World". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
- "The TIME 100". Time Magazine. 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
- "The TIME 100". Time Magazine. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2007-06-08.
- "Rain's Sold-Out New York Gig Could Take K-Pop Global". The Chosun Ilbo. 2006-02-03. Archived from the original on 2007-02-04. Retrieved 2007-02-18.
- "All about the Beautiful people". Daily Telegraph (Daily Telegraph). 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2007-04-29.
- "SKorean pop star Rain listed in People's 100 Most Beautiful". Yahoo Canada (Yahoo Canada). 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2007-04-29.
- Your Time 100. April 19, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2007.
- "Rain Dance-Off". Colbert Report. 2008-05-05. Archived from the original on 2008-05-10. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
- "비 '레이니즘', 청소년 유해매체물 판정" (in Korea).
- "'레이니즘' 클린버전에 '매직 스틱' 빠지나" (in Korea).
- "청보위 '동방신기, 맞대응해도 승소 어렵다'" (in Korea).
- 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". www.hellokpop.com. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2010-06-11.[dead link]
- "Event Calendar: October 2009" Korea Herald. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-10
- Time. 2011-04-15 http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/04/15/korean-pop-star-rain-wins-time-100-poll-again/
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- "7th Asia Song Festival" KOFICE. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-12
- "Rain Might Join Army Next Year". Newsen (in Korea). Retrieved 2010-09-27.
- "Top K-pop star Rain to join Army" Yonhap News. 23 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-12
- "Teardrops Fall as Rain Enlists in Army" The Chosun Ilbo. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-13
- Oh, MiJung "Rain Appointed Honorary Ambassador of Military" CJ E&M enewsWorld. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-11
- "Sexiness can be a double-edged sword". www.hellokpop.com. 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
- "[Exclusive] "Rain’s Coming" Lead Dancer Menina Fortunato Speaks—And Cloud USA Listens". cloudusa.wordpress.com. 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
- "Rain on Michael Jackson: "He was my idol"". CNN International. 2009-09-07. Archived from the original on 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
- "Rain's Official Site". Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
- "Mnet Concert: Usher in Seoul with Rain". Mnet. 2004-04-19. Archived from the original on 2006-07-20. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
- "Rain Talkasia Transcript". CNN. December 14, 2005. Archived from the original on December 14, 2005. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
- "[Thai Ad] Dutch Mill (Rain and Ploy)". January 4, 2007. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
- "Rain and Christina Aguilera Pepsi Commercial". November 21, 2008. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
- "Rain - BMW Meets Truth (I Stll Believe) MV". April 2006. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
- "Super Junior, Rain, Big Bang, & 2PM Appear in Thai Textbooks". Mnet. 2012-05-30. Retrieved 2012-09-21.
- "Pop Singer Rain Cancels L.A. Concert". Archived from the original on 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2007-07-21.
- "Local promoters sue Rain over canceled concert". Honolulu Advertiser. 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2007-06-21.
- Song, Jaymes (2009-03-19). "Jury rules against South Korean star for $8M". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-03-20.[dead link]
- "Rain Cleared In U.S. Concert Dispute". starpulse.com. January 28, 2010. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
- "Rain’s Six to Five Show/Concert". k-popped.com. December 23, 2008. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
- "Rain’s online clothing mall gets store clearance". allkpop.com. August 16, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
- Idol group MBLAQ to debut at Rain's concert access date: 2012-09-22
- J. Tune Entertainment merges with JYP Entertainment access date: 2011-01-03
- Joongang Daily JYP Entertainment becomes J. Tune’s biggest shareholder 30 december 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-22
- "Rain's IMDB bio". imdb.com. January 2008. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
- "Rain's Charitable Causes". January 25, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
- "Rain Gets Time Off from Fugitive: Plan B to Deliver a Charity Performance". October 20, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Rain|
- Rain – Official Korean website (Korean)
- Rain – Official Japanese website (Japanese)
- Rain - Official English website (English)
- Rain (entertainer) on Twitter
- Rainy Entertainment's channel on YouTube
- 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