Thursday, April 26, 2007

When It Rains It Pours

Blessing comes for those who strive hard and for Rain all the hard work are finally being recognized. I already posted the news of his inclusion in the Time 100 list just like what happened last year. Here comes another news that he's a part of People Magazine's 50 most beautiful people for 2007.

And to add another crown to his continous success, we won the Best New Actor in a movie last night at the Baek Sang. Though I haven't seen the movie I heard from friends that he was really good in it. Congratulations Bi, I hope you have more recognition coming your way.

Fans wait at the red carpet to get a glimpse of him.

"Thank you very much,*trembling*,First and foremost i want to say thank's to all the people who helped me film this movie,(yeah,i'll just stand straight)-->the mic is too low. Thank's to Producer Hong?Mr.Jung and Brother park jinyoung,Mr.Jo,Bro.Cho?,and Bro. Junho. And i just want to add that I really wanted to make movies,It is my dream,I'm really honored that
Director Park made it come true,and To Miss Im soo jung,Thank's for the wonderful memories. Thank you very much"

Translation of Bi's acceptance speech by J. Lee of soompi

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

RAIN in People's "50 Most Beautiful People"

Other than being nominated in TIME100 Most Influential People, Rain also appears in the list of "The Most Beautiful 50 People" by People magazine.

The event is organised by People magazine every year, Brad Pitt, George Clooney etc were some of the winners last year. For Rain who is going to enter USA market after his world tour in June, obviously this is quite encouraging to him!

JYPE expressed, "It's something honourable and exciting... especially now we are preparing for it (entrance into USA music industry)." "Maybe it's a result of Rain's world tour. It is the first time that Asian singer has such a large scale tour concert."

*Note: Here's a link:,,20034523,00.html

Source: FNN
credits: Chi translation by lovebi_rain@Baidu RAIN bar
Eng translaion by jjbug@rain-malaysia
edited by dsl99a@rain-usa + bambiina of soompi

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Rain Atop Time 100 Online Vote

Singer Rain could well be named as one of the world's top 100 influential people by Time magazine for the second year.

The singer current sits atop the ongoing online survey to determine this year's Time 100 list.

Rain made it on the list for the first time last year and attended the award ceremony and the Time 100 party at New York Lincoln Center last May, which earned him global fame.

In the online poll underway on the Time Web site, Rain has garnered 22,310 votes as of Monday morning, Korean time, followed by rock band U2 frontman Bono and U.S. President George W. Bush. There are a total of 200 candidates.

The Web site introduces the Korean singer as having topped music charts in Japan, China, Taiwan and Indonesia, performed at Manhattan's Madison Square Garden and recorded a duet with B2K's Omarion.

Source: KBS Global

Friday, April 20, 2007

Rain to Perform at Madison Square Garden Again

Top Korean singer Rain will hold another concert at Madison Square Garden in New York, the venue of his debut performance in America. The New York concert is part of his June world tour, which includes stops in Atlanta, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Prior to his American tour, Rain will hold a concert at the Tokyo Dome in Japan on May 25th for over 35,000 Japanese fans. The Tokyo Dome is also the home field for Korean slugger Lee Seung-yeop, who currently plays for Japan's top professional baseball team, the Yomiuri Giants. It has also served as the venue for concerts by the global pop stars Beyonce and Madonna.

Rain's world tour organizer confirmed his North American tour schedule in June. Rain will first perform at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto, Canada on June 9. Then his next concert will be staged at the Philips Arena in Atlanta on June 15, New York's Madison Square Garden on June 23, at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on June 27,and the Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 30.

At the end of this month, Rain will hold a concert in China, followed by one at Japan's Tokyo Dome. Before Rain leaves for North America, he will wrap up the Asian tour with shows in Thailand from June 2 to 3.

Source: KBS Global

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Rain to Perform at Prestigious Tokyo Dome

In yet another confirmation of his stature as an international star, Rain is scheduled to be the first Korean singer to hold a concert at Japan's Tokyo Dome stadium. The pop sensation traveled to Japan on Wednesday, two days after returning from last week’s successful performance in Australia, and announced his plans to perform at the Tokyo Dome at an official press conference.

Star M Entertainment, which is promoting Rain's world tour, recently agreed to bring the "Rain's Coming" tour to the Tokyo Dome on May 25. The Dome has hosted the world's top talents, such as Mariah Carey, the Rolling Stones, and Beyonce. The Dome, which is also the home of the Yomiuri Giants and Korean slugger Lee Seung-yeop, is the ultimate dream of many Japanese performers, but only top-drawer local acts have ascended its stage, including Ayumi Hamasaki, Glay, and SMAP.

Star M Entertainment announced the news in Japan with Rain and said, "With Japan as the axis, Rain spread the wave to Southeast Asia. Now he's reconfirming his stature with the concert at the Tokyo Dome."

The performance at the Tokyo Dome means Rain is one step further from being just an Asian celebrity and one step closer to being a world star. The Dome can hold up to 42,000 people but it requires a minimum of 35,000 tickets to be sold. Only top-selling performers attempt to play there. Among Korean celebrities, Lee Byung-heon held a fan meeting at the Dome last June with 42,000 guests. The Japanese press at the time made a great fuss, calling it the biggest event in the history of the "Korean Wave."

Lingering rumors say that Star M Entertainment was worried about bringing Rain's tour to the Dome, which would mean just once performance there. Rain, however, decided to go ahead with the idea, believing himself to be "Asia's singer" and eager to be the first Korean singer to perform at the fabled stadium. It is said that the concert promoter's Japanese partner UAE strongly pushed for the concert at the massive stadium.


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

What A Sight

Enjoying the beach while in I wish I was there to see him up-close and personal.

posted by Bi at joyplace/ 2007.04.17 19:59 / Korean Time
credits: unazai of soompi

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Singer Rain Descends on Australia for World Tour

The Stamford Plaza Hotel in Sydney on Wednesday was bustling with about 100 reporters and photographers from all over Asia and Australia. They were there for a press conference with Rain who had arrived a few days ahead of his Saturday concert, his first show in Australia and part of his "Rain's Coming" world tour.

Journalists from the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC TV, Rueters TV and other local and international news outlets turned their attention to the Korean pop singer who is rapidly becoming a global star

Korean singer Rain looks at an Australia koala known as 'Jaffa' before a news conference in Sydney on Wednesday. Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, will perform in a concert in Sydney on Saturday night as part of his current world tour./REUTERS

Rain, in both one-on-one morning interviews and at the press conference, talked confidently about his feelings preparing for the show, the results of the tour so far and his future plans.

Rain arrived in Australia on Tuesday to find a crowd of 150 fans waiting for him at Sydney Airport. Despite a hiccup in the tour date -- the concert was postponed a week because of a venue change -- ticket sales have been going well. Even the Easter holidays didn't slow down the weekend bookings.

Rain will take to the stage on Saturday at Acer Arena, where other top international acts such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beyonce Knowles have performed.



K-pop star Rain, who is enjoying pan-Asian popularity, will officially debut in the US market with the release of a worldwide version of his 5th album, planned for the latter half of next year.

Rain told reporters that his 5th album, to be released next year, will target the global market.
The singer also said that a showcase of his new music will be held overseas with the release of
the new album.

Rain's 5th album will include several tracks in English and will be released simultaneously in the
world market. Rain recently released his 4th album, "Rain's World," on October 13th and is busy
promoting his new music.

Source: KBS World Radio
Credit: Fanrain/sexybi+alecs of cloudph

Seoul singer Rain has the girls falling for him

JAFFA the koala swept into a press conference in Sydney yesterday and hardly blinked as a barrage of eager photographers snapped, flashed and just occasionally drooled at what was in front of them.
Like the few fellow Australians around the room, Jaffa must have been wondering what all the fuss was about.

It was about Rain, a 24-year-old Korean pop star whose popularity across East Asia puts him on a par with Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Pink.

The singer from Seoul is making his Australian debut in Sydney on Saturday and scores of Asian reporters, photographers and television crews turned out to publicise the fact at Double Bay's Stamford Plaza Hotel.

They were joined by a few dozen dreamy-eyed young women keen to catch a glimpse of their idol.

"His personality is very good and of course he is good looking," said 26-year-old Kathleen Lin, one of the fans who had been waiting outside for several hours. "When he smiles, no one can resist it."

Jaffa resisted as best it could when joined on stage by the young star, who was nominated in the top 100 most influential people on the planet by Time magazine last year.

The cross-cultural photo op over, the singer explained through an interpreter why he had earned comparisons with American pop idol Timberlake.

"They compared me to him because they didn't know who else to compare me to," said Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon. "But, as a fan of his, I'm honoured to be compared to him."

Rain has sold millions of albums throughout East Asia since his music career took off in 2002. He is also a successful actor, having starred in TV drama series such as Full House and Sang Doo! Let's Go To School in Korea.

Now his pop credentials are taking him around the globe - in a Korean Air jet that has his face emblazoned on its side.

Rain hopes to broaden his appeal by recording an album in English later this year.

"He's different, which is why he doesn't have many Western fans," Ms Lin said. "But Asian girls like him very much."

Posted by: bri@soompi forums+pau of cloudph

Sunday, April 08, 2007

My Easter Greetings To You

To everyone to spend their time viewing my blog, my warmest easter greetings!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Rain Refreshes Harvard High-Flyers After Chosun Ilbo Visit

Some 60 students of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government stomp and whistle, while several shout in Korean, "I love you!" and "You are gorgeous!" They are responding to the image of their hero, the workaholic Korean superstar, on the screen. A shot of the singer’s six-pack prompts some female students to sigh, "Oh, my god." All of them laugh. Twenty minutes later Rain, in a beige jacket and jeans, appears on the podium and the room erupts in a blizzard of flashlights.

K-pop superstar Rain shows a Harvard school mug given to him by students from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government at the office of JYP Entertainment in Cheong-dam dong, Seoul on Tuesday.

"Nice to meet you all from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government," Rain says in English before answering questions from students for 20 minutes. Asked, "What's the difference between before and after becoming a star?" Rain answers, "When I was a trainee, I practiced dancing and singing over and over without eating, sleeping and washing for six days. At that time, I danced and sang songs to make a living, but now I sing songs for my fans." Rain plans to give concerts in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco in June. “I'd like to invite you all,” he adds. Before meeting the star, the students, who are on a visit to Seoul, took a look around the headquarter of the Chosun Ilbo. They toured the newspaper’s Ubiquitous Media Lab and watched a video about the daily. Chosun Ilbo president Bang Sang-hoon told them, "Now Korean newspapers face two challenges. new media including Internet media and friction with the government. But we’re trying to overcome challenges by producing premium content." Students also listened to a lecture about the Chosun Ilbo's cross-media project, which provides features at the same time through the newspaper, TV, the Internet and video. The visiting group met Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon in the afternoon and head for Japan on Wednesday.