Rain (entertainer)

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In this Korean name, the family name is Jung.
Rain at the 2011 Time 100 gala
Background information
Birth name Jung Ji-Hoon
Also known as Bi (비), Rain, Bi Rain
Born June 25, 1982 (1982-06-25) (age 35)
Seoul, South Korea
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres Pop, K-pop, R&B, hip hop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, composer, record producer, actor, choreographer, dancer, designer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present
Labels JYP Entertainment (2002–07), J. Tune Entertainment(2007–present)
William Morris Endeavor (2009–present)JYP Entertainment (2011-present)
Website rain-jihoon.com
Birth name
Revised Romanization Jeong Ji-hun
Stage name
Revised Romanization Bi
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Jung Ji-Hoon (born June 25, 1982), better known by his stage name Rain, is a South Korean singer, recording artist, dancer, actor, model and designer.

In Rain's music career, he produced seven albums (six Korean, one Japanese), 19 singles and many concert tours around the world. His acting career began in 2003. This was 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). He was the first Korean to win an MTV award.[1]

In 2007, Rain left the management of JYP Entertainment and started his own company, J. Tune Entertainment. However, he still keeps contact with Park Jin-young.

Early life[change | change source]

Rain spent most of his childhood living with his parents and younger sister near Yonsei University. Rain was a quiet and shy child. He discovered his passion for dance when he performed in a talent show for High School. Rain decided to follow his passion and attended High School of Arts.

Rain lost his mother when she died with diabetes in 2000. In the same year, Rain was picked up to train for JYP Entertainment, led by Park Jin-Young. However, in a CNN interview and also in a Discovery Channel documentary called Discovering Hip Korea,[2] he said he was repeatedly rejected because of his looks. During the early years of training, Rain was a backup dancer.[3]

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