|Full Name||Jung Ji-hoon|
|Birthday||June 25, 1982|
|Net Worth||$55 million|
|Social Media||Instagram, Facebook, Twitter|
Rain is a critically acclaimed South-Korean pop star & actor, blending R&B, hip-hop and electronica. With his smooth dance moves, soulful voice, and charismatic stage presence, Rain has become one of the most beloved K-pop stars worldwide.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Rain was born Jung Ji-hoon in 1982 in Seoul, South Korea. As a child, he loved performing, dancing and singing at family events. In 1998 at age 16, Rain was picked up by JYP Entertainment founder Park Jin-young after an audition. For the next few years, Rain trained rigorously in singing, dancing, and acting under JYP Entertainment before making his debut in 2002.
Rise to Fame in Korea
Rain‘s second album "Rain 2" (2003) made him one of Korea‘s top stars, selling over 1 million copies. He promoted the album through his first concert tour in Korea, cementing his status. Over the next few years, Rain released chart-topping albums like "It‘s Raining" (2004) and embarked on hugely popular Asian tours. His trademark dances, vocals, and looks made him Korea‘s biggest heartthrob.
By the mid-2000s, Rain was ready to go overseas. In 2006, he held first concerts in Japan and the U.S. and made history as the first K-pop artist to perform at the American Music Awards. Rain‘s success abroad led TIME magazine to name him one of the "100 Most Influential People Who Shape Our World" in 2006 and 2007. He also starred in his first Hollywood film "Speed Racer" (2008).
Mandatory Military Service
At the peak of popularity, Rain enlisted for mandatory military service from 2008-2010. However, this did not dampen his fame – Rain received military honors and continued to release music and tour while on breaks. After discharge in 2010, Rain made a successful comeback, embarking on a worldwide tour and releasing the album "Back to the Basic.”
Later Musical Releases
In recent years, Rain has continued to balance music and acting. His albums like "Rain Effect" (2014) and "My Life" (2017) produced hits like "30Sexy" and "The Best Present.” In 2018, he collaborated with BTS on the single "The Best Present.” Rain also returned to acting, starring in the drama "My Lovely Girl” (2014) and films. In 2019, he embarked on his first world tour in 10 years.
Legacy as a K-Pop Pioneer
Now in his late 30s, Rain remains one of the most beloved K-pop stars worldwide for reasons like:
- His smooth, expressive dancing blending b-boying, popping, and locking.
- His soulful vocals blending R&B, pop, and hip-hop seamlessly.
- His charm on camera and ability to pull off any acting role.
- His involvement in producing and songwriting his own music.
- His professionalism and work ethic evident through endless promotions.
Above all, Rain paved the way for K-pop‘s popularity beyond Korea. With 6 world tours under his belt, Rain established the Hallyu wave and built bridges between Korean and international music. He remains a testament to the hard work, determination, and talent needed to become a global K-pop sensation.