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Rain: Wiki, Career, Awards, 5 Fun Facts & More

 Biography of Rain 

South Korean singer, actor, and producer, Jung Ji-hoon is known among people by his interesting stage name Rain. He came to the industry as a member of the boy group ‘Fanclub’ in 2002, but his fame was achieved mostly by his solo performances.

Early Life and Education

Rain was born on June 25, 1985. His career began when he debuted with the boy group ‘Fanclub’ in 2002. His career graph was heightened as he debuted in the solo album ‘Bad Guy’ in 2005. Very quickly he became one of the most successful Korean artists in the industry. This has gained him the name ‘king of pop’ as well.

Rain has not only developed a successful career in music, but he also has a well-developed career in acting as well. His acting career began with a small role in the drama ‘Sang Doo! Let’s Go to School’. Since then he has performed in many popular dramas such as ‘Full House’, ‘A Love To Kill’, ‘Ninja Assassin’ and ‘The Prince’.He completed his schooling at Gwangmyeong High School in Seoul, South Korea. He did not pay much attention to his education after that, as he concentrated more on his career.

Career

Musical career

When Rain was sixteen, he debuted as a member of the boy group ‘Fanclub’. Even though he debuted as a member of this group, Rain gained fame through his solo debut. Rain’s debut album was ‘Bad Guy’ and it was released in 2002. This album was a commercial success and it established Rain as a rising star in the Korean music industry.

Rain released his third album ‘How to avoid the Sun’ in 2003. This was a chart-topper in Korea and it was after this album that rain became one of the most popular solo artists in the country. The third album of Rain was titled ‘It’s Raining’ which came out in 2004. It was with this album that Rain marked a transition to a more dance-focused sound. This album was a critical and commercial success.

In the album ‘Rain’s Coming’, he collaborated with American hip-hop artist Omarion and Korean-American singer Christina Lee. In 2008, Rain had the opportunity to perform at the Closing Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. This heightened his fame to an international level. One of his albums ‘Rainism’ was a big success in Korea and other parts of Asia as well.

In 2016, he began his ‘The Squall Tour’, which had stops in Japan, China, and other parts of Asia. This tour was a big success and it increased Rain’s popularity to a global level. These are the major albums that widened the popularity of Rain as a K-pop performer.

Acting Career

Rain made his career in acting with a supporting role in the Korean drama ‘Sang Doo! Let’s Go to School’ in 2003. His first lead role drama was ‘Full House’ in 2004. This established Rain’s position as one of the biggest stars in the industry. Rain’s acting career was not just limited to Korea. He made his Hollywood debut in the film, ‘Speed Racer’, directed by the Wachowski siblings. His other Hollywood movies include ‘Ninja Assassin’ and ‘Speed Racer’, also which helped to increase his global profile. Both these films increased his international fame and established him as a global actor also.

In 2017, he made his comeback in the Korean industry with the album ‘My Life’. This was a hit in the industry.

Kdrama Live Rain
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Achievements

Besides many awards that Rain received, Rain has also achieved a notable number of accomplishments throughout his career.

  • He was appointed as the goodwill ambassador for the Korean Tourism Industry in 2005. He was also appointed as the cultural ambassador for South Korea.
  • He has been featured in numerous fashion magazines and has worked as a model for various brands.
  • He has launched his own fashion label, Six to Five, and has invested in several startups in South Korea.
  • Rain has donated to organizations like UNICEF and World Vision. He also founded his own charity, the ‘Rainy Day Foundation’

Controversies

As a renowned star, Rain has been involved in a few controversies over the years.
  • Plagiarism Controversy
In 2007, Rain was accused of plagiarizing a song by the Japanese group Da Pump. The song, ‘I’m Coming’, was found to have similarities to Da Pump’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, but he denied the accusations.
  • Tax Evasion Controversy
In 2019, Rain was found guilty of tax evasion by the Korean government. He was asked to pay an amount of $1.5 million in back taxes and fined an additional $4.5 million. He was criticized for this allegation of him.
  • Performance Cancellation Controversy
In 2020, Rain canceled a concert at the last minute due to concerns about COVID-19. His fans were disappointed about the same and some of them accused Rain of being unprofessional and disrespectful.
These are some controversies in which Rain’s name has been previously involved..

Military Life

Rain has served the mandatory military service from October, 2011 to July, 2013. He was chosen as the assistant instructor during the Korean Military Service. He was also appointed as a promotional ambassador by the Military Manpower Administration.

Personal Life

Rain has not been involved in any controversies regarding his personal life. In January 2013, he confirmed that he was dating actress Kim Tae-hee. In 2014 he was baptized and converted to the same religion as of Kim Tae-hee and he received the name, Michael. Both of them got married on January 19, 2017, after five years of dating. Their first daughter was born on October 25, 2017, and in October 2019 they welcomed their second child.

Kdrama Live Rain
Credit: Pinterest

Net Worth and Lifestyle

Rain is assumed to have a net worth of around $20 million USD. These are only estimations based on various sources and this information can not be considered as absolute truth.He gives a lot of importance to his health and fitness. He has mentioned in his previous interviews that he spends many hours doing workouts and exercises. He is also very conscious about his fashion sense and has launched his own fashion label ‘Six to Five’. He has also been featured in numerous fashion magazines and has worked as a model for various brands.

Kdrama Live Rain
Credit: Pinterest

 Awards

  1. Mnet Asian Music Awards 2020
    2020 Visionary (2020)
  2. MTV Asia Music Gala 2016
    Best Overseas Artist (2016)
  3. China Music Awards 2015
    Most Influential Korean Artist (2015)
  4. China Urban Fashion Festival 2015
    Asian Honor Award (2015)
  5. QQ Music Awards 2014
    Most Influential Overseas Artist (2014)
  6. Bazaar Men Style People of the Year Awards 2013
    Top Asian Entertainer (2013)
  7. Seoul Art & Culture Award 2011
    World Star Award (2011)
  8. Mnet Asian Music Awards 2010
    Best Solo Dance Performance (2010)
  9. Green Planet Movie Awards 2010
    Outstanding Asian in Hollywood (2010)
  10. Green Planet Movie Awards 2010
    Asian Cultural Ambassador of the Year (2010)
  11. Green Planet Movie Awards 2010
    Best International Entertainer (2010)
  12. Hito Music Awards 2009
    Best Asian Pop Song (2009)
  13. CICI Korea Image Awards 2008
    Korea Image Stepping Stone Award (2008)
  14. Gold Disc Awards 2008
    Main Prize (Bonsang 2008)
  15. Style Icon Awards 2008
    Style Icon of the year (2008)
  16. Mnet Asian Music Awards 2006
    Best Male Artist (2006)
  17. Virgin Radio Hitz 40 Award 2005
    Best Asian Artist (2005)
  18. Andre Kim Best Star Awards 2004
    Star Award (2004)
  19. Mnet Asian Music Awards 2004
    Most Popular Music Video (Daesang 2004)
  20. Seoul Music Awards 2004
    Main Prize (Bonsang 2004)
  21. SBS Gayo Daejeon 2004
    Main Prize (Bonsang 2004)
    Most Popular Award (2004)
  22. KBS Drama Awards 2004
    Excellent Award Actor (2004)
    Best Couple Award with Song Hye-kyo (2004)
    Netizen Award, Actor (2004)
    Popularity Award, Actor (2004)
  23. KBS Music Awards 2004
    Grand Prize (2004)
  24. MBC Gayo Daejejeon 2004
    Top 10 Singer (Bonsang 2004)
  25. SBS Gayo Daejeon 2003
    Main Prize (Bonsang 2003)
    Netizen Popularity Award (2003)
  26. Seoul Music Awards 2003
    Main Prize (Bonsang 2003)
  27. MBC Gayo Daejejeon 2003
    Top 10 Singer (Bonsang 2003)
  28. KMTV Music Awards 2003
    Male Artist of the Year (2003)
  29. Korea Entertainment Art Awards 2003
    New Generation Singer (2003)
  30. KBS Drama Awards 2003
    Best New Actor (2003)
    Netizen Award, Actor (2003)
    Popularity Award, Actor (2003)
    Best Couple Award with Gong Hyo-jin (2003)
  31. Golden Disc Awards 2002
    Best New Artist (2002)
  32. KBS Music Awards 2002
    Popularity Award – Youth Category (2002)
  33. KMTV Music Awards 2002
    Best New Artist (2002)
  34. MBC Gayo Daejejeon 2002
    Top 10 Singer (Bonsang 2002)
  35. Mnet Asian Music Awards 2002
    Best New Male Artist (2002)
  36. SBS Gayo Daejeon 2002
    Rookie Award (2002)
  37. Seoul Music Awards 2002
    Best New Artist (2002)

Interesting Facts about Rain

  1. He wanted to become a basketball player initially.
  2. Besides having built a successful acting career, Rain has also achieved a successful acting career.
  3. In 2008, he became the first Korean artist to perform at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.
  4. He performed the theme song of the 2008 Olympics.
  5. He gets his stage name from ‘sadness’- as it is said that, he gives an impression of sadness when he dances.

FAQs

  1. What is the relationship status of Jung Ji-Hoon?
    He is married.
  2. How old is Jung Ji-Hoon?
    He is 40 years old.
  3. What is the zodiac sign of Jung Ji-Hoon?
    His zodiac sign is Cancer.
  4. What is the Instagram ID of Jung Ji-Hoon?
    @rain_oppa is the instagram ID of Jung Ji-Hoon.
  5. How Tall Is Jung Ji-Hoon?
    He is 6 ft 1 inch (185 cm) tall.

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