Rain (entertainer)

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In this Korean name, the family name is Jung.
Rain
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Rain in 2014
Native name 정지훈
Born Jung Ji-hoon
June 25, 1982 (1982-06-25) (age 35)[1]
Seosan, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea
Residence Seoul, South Korea
Occupation
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Kim Tae-hee (m. 2017)
Musical career
Also known as Bi
Genres
Instruments
Labels JYP Entertainment (2002–2007)
J. Tune Entertainment (2007–2011)
William Morris Endeavor (2009–present)
Cube Entertainment (2013–2015)
R.A.I.N. Company (2015-present)
Associated acts
Website raincompany.co.kr(Korean)
www.rain-jungjihoon.jp(Japanese)
Rain (entertainer)
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Jeong Ji-hun
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Chihun
Stage name
Hangul
Revised Romanization Bi
McCune–Reischauer Pi

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.[3]

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,[4] he said he was repeatedly rejected because of his looks. During the early years of training, Rain was a backup dancer.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 118. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  2. "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. 
  3. Rain (2010-06-08). http://www.kpoplive.com/author/rose1363/, ed. "Rain 'Wants to Brag' About His MTV Award". KPOPLIVE!. Retrieved 17 June 2010. I am the first Korean to win so I really want to brag about this one. 
  4. "www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20081223000075". 
  5. "Pop star Rain (Bi), reaching out beyond Asia". KBS Global. Retrieved 2007-02-18.