Rain in 2011
June 25, 1982
|Residence||Seoul, South Korea|
|Years active||1998–2000; 2002–present|
Kim Tae-hee (m. 2017)
|Also known as||Bi|
|Revised Romanization||Jeong Ji-hun|
Rain's musical career includes seven albums (six Korean, one Japanese), 28 singles and numerous concert tours around the world. He achieved breakthrough success with his third Korean album, It's Raining (2004), which spawned the number one single of the same name. The album sold a million copies in Asia, and established Rain as an international star.
Rain made his acting debut in the 2003 drama Sang Doo! Let's Go To School. His lead role in the pan-Asia hit drama Full House (2004) established his status as a Hallyu star. In 2008, Rain made his Hollywood debut in the film Speed Racer and starred in Ninja Assassin (2009), the latter of which made him the first Korean to win an MTV award.
In 2015, Rain set up his own company, R.A.I.N. Company.
Rain was born as Jung Ji-hoon on June 25, 1982, in Seoul, South Korea. His mother died in December 2000 as she struggled with diabetes. In the same year, Rain was recruited as a trainee for JYP Entertainment, led by recording artist and producer Park Jin-young. In a CNN interview and also in a Discovery Channel documentary called Discovering Hip Korea, he recalled being repeatedly rejected because of his looks: "In fact, I was told after one audition that my singing and dancing was great but I did not make it because I did not have double eyelids." He was eventually recruited into JYP Entertainment, as Park Jin-young saw his drive and persistence. During his early years of training, Rain was a backup dancer.
1998–2000: Debut in boy band FanclubEdit
2002–06: Debut as solo singer and Pan-Asia successEdit
In 2002, Jung debuted as a solo singer with his first solo album titled Bad Guy where he was introduced to the media through his stage name, Rain. Two singles were released from the album - the eponymous title track "Bad Guy" and "Handshake". Following the success of his debut, Rain released his second album, Rain 2 with the lead single "Ways to Avoid the Sun". From 2003-2004, he became a host for KBS's Music Bank.
Rain then released his third album, It's Raining, which topped music charts in Korea as well as throughout Asia. To promote the release, Rain then embarked on his first tour, Rainy Day 2005 Tour, which spanned a total of 14 concerts in 8 countries. The album went on to sell over a million copies in Asia, cementing Rain's position as one of the region's top musical acts.
2006–07: Expansion outside KoreaEdit
Rain released his first Japanese album, Eternal Rain on September 13, 2006. He held his first Japanese solo concert, Rainy Day Japan. This was followed up by the release of his fourth album, Rain's World, which also sold over a million copies in Asia and further established him as one of the top musical acts in Southeast Asia. The success of the album lead to a repackage album, which was released 2 months later.
The Rain's Coming World Tour began on December 15, 2006 at Seoul Olympic Stadium in Seoul and was scheduled to continue through 2007 to various parts of Asia, Australia, United States, and Canada.
In April 2006, Rain was mentioned by Time magazine which listed him as one of the "100 Most Influential People Who Shape Our World". In 2007, Rain topped Time Magazine's online user poll, defeating Stephen Colbert by 100,000 votes; Colbert jokingly retaliated by producing a parody of Rain's music video for "Ways to Avoid the Sun" called "He's Singin' In Korean", and challenged Rain to a dance-off or a "cuddle-off", or a "spoon-off". On May 5, 2008, Rain appeared in a surprise guest segment at the end of The Colbert Report, and proceeded to engage Colbert in a dance-off on a Dance Dance Revolution machine. He also made it into People's 2007 list of the "Most Beautiful People" in the world. In a press release, Rain stated that he was honored to be on the list, and also noted that it will be a great boost to his efforts to raise his public awareness in the United States.
Rain's concerts in the United States were also well received. His two-day concert, Rainy Day New York, held at the Madison Square Garden, were sold out within a matter of days. The concert was marketed and promoted by the Asian concert production company Rainstone Live. Rain also performed two concert dates in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 23–24, 2006; held at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
2008–12: Olympics, Rainism, Back to the Basic and continued popularityEdit
In January 2008, Rain was tapped to sing the theme song of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, "Hand in Hand". He also performed at the Beijing Olympic closing ceremony in August, singing the closing theme song “Beijing, Beijing, I Love Beijing”.
On October 16, 2008, Rain released his fifth Korean album, Rainism, which spawned the number one hit single "Love Story". The music video for "Love Story" featured Korean actress Ha Ji-won. A second single, titled "Rainisim", was subsequently released. Rain held a comeback showcase for the album, and appeared in a two-day special program where exclusive footage and interviews of the singer was shown. On November 24, 2008, the Commission of Youth Protection deemed the album inappropriate for people under 19 years old because the lyrics in the song "Rainism" were considered problematic due to their phallic and sexual references. Rain re-released a "clean version" of "Rainism" shortly after, but instead of changing the original album's contents, a sticker was placed on the album that prohibited its sale to those under 19 years old.
In October 2009, in support of his fifth album Rainism, Rain kicked off his Asian tour, The Legend of Rainism Tour with two shows at Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul on October 9 and 10. It continued with concerts in various parts of Asia and concluded at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 24–25, 2009.
On April 6, 2010, Rain released a special mini-album titled Back to the Basic, including the singles "Love Song" starring Han Ye-seul in the music video as well as "Hip Song". Once again, Rain topped Time Magazine's TIME 100 poll. In October, Rain represented Korea and performed at the 7th Asia Song Festival, organised by Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange, at the Seoul Olympic Stadium.
The following year, Rain made his third appearance in the TIME 100 poll. Time describes his win as "The South Korean pop star turned actor Rain, 28, took the top spot in the TIME 100 reader poll for the third year, trouncing competitors from Barack Obama to Lady Gaga. That's pretty impressive online power for a guy whose main claim to Western fame is a role in the 2009 film Ninja Assassin."
Along with the Time honor, Rain went on a farewell tour, The Best Show Tour, before his 21-month compulsory military service. The tour spanned Southeast Asia including his first tour dates throughout South Korea. His last concert, Rain: Last of The Best was deemed as the best event in Gangnam District for 2011.
2013–14: CUBE Entertainment and Rain EffectEdit
On September 17, it was officially announced that Rain signed with Cube DC, a sub-label of Cube Entertainment After signing with Cube DC, it was announced Rain would be going on his first tour since his discharge. The 2013 Zepp Tour: Story of Rain saw Rain perform 10 dates in four cities in Japan over a few dates in November. In October, Rain held his first fan meeting since his discharge in Seoul.
As a precursor to his new album, Rain starred in a reality show Rain Effect, which premiered on December 19. The new album, titled Rain Effect, was released on January 2, 2014 with music videos for double title tracks, "30 Sexy" and "La Song". A few months later, Rain released a repckaged version of the album, featuring the ballad single "I Love You".
2015–present: R.A.I.N. Company, The Squall tour and My LifeEdit
On September 7, 2015, Rain announced through his Facebook page that he and the CEO had come to a mutual decision to not renew his contract with Cube Entertainment. On October 11, he announced through his official website that he had created his own one-man agency with the aid of his longtime manager and other entertainment figures.
On December 12, 2016, R.A.I.N. Company announced that Rain would release a new album in 2017 with a series of promotional activities to accompany his musical comeback. He released the single "The Best Present", produced by Psy on January 14, 2017.
On November 7, it was announced that Rain would come back with a new mini-album in December with a comeback special titled 2017 Rain is Back airing December 3 on KBS. The comeback special was followed by a series of variety and music show promotional activities. Rain's album, My Life was released on December 1.
2003–06: Acting debut and Hallyu fameEdit
In 2004, Rain's popularity continued to climb when starred alongside Song Hye-kyo in the hit romantic comedy series Full House, which drew solid viewership ratings nationwide throughout its run with a peak viewer rating of 42.7 percent. The series was broadcast in various parts of Asia as well as the United States, garnering much popularity and establishing Rain as a Hallyu star. His performance in the drama won him the Best Actor award at the KBS Drama Awards. Rain next starred in action romance drama A Love to Kill opposite Shin Min-ah.
In 2006, Rain made his big-screen debut in romantic comedy film I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK, directed by Park Chan-wook. The film won the Alfred Bauer Award at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival, and was selected as the opening film for the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Rain was nominated for and won the Best New Actor award at the 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards.
2008–13: Hollywood venturesEdit
In 2008, he starred in his first American film, the Wachowskis-directed Speed Racer, where he played Racer Taejo Togokahn. He then made his starring role debut in Ninja Assassin (2009), as the main character Raizo. Ninja Assassin was directed by James McTeigue, and produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowskis. The project was inspired by the ninja scenes featured from Speed Racer, in which Rain had impressed the Wachowskis with his portrayal as a fighter. For his first Hollywood lead role in Ninja Assassin, Rain trained alongside stuntmen for six hours a day, over six months. He won the Biggest Badass award at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards for his performance.
In 2010, Rain returned to the small screen after five years with KBS action drama The Fugitive: Plan B, in which he plays a young, rich and cunning Korean private investigator. This was followed by a leading role in the aviation film R2B: Return to Base, which was released in August 2012.
In 2013, it was announced that Rain would appear alongside Bruce Willis, Jason Patric, and John Cusack in the film The Prince. Filming took place in the United States, including in New Orleans. The film premiered in select theaters in 2014, and was also released as video on demand.
2014–16: Success in ChinaEdit
Rain made his small-screen comeback after four years in SBS's musical drama My Lovely Girl (2014), opposite Krystal of f(x). He also starred in a Chinese romance film, For Love or Money alongside Liu Yifei. The film, which is Rain's Chinese film debut, premiered in November 2014.
In December 2014, Rain started filming for his first Chinese drama Diamond Lover, co-starring Tiffany Tang. The drama premiered in July 2015 and achieved huge success, earning high ratings throughout its 24-episode run and reaching 3.3 billion views online.
2017–present: Comeback to KoreaEdit
In March 2017, Rain was cast in the movie Uhm Bok-dong based on a true story that took place during the Japanese colonial rule. He will star as the real-life cyclist hero Uhm Bok-dong alongside Kang So-ra.
Artistry and imageEdit
Styles, lyrics and themesEdit
Since his debut, Rain has primarily been influenced by R&B and pop, with "Bad Guy" and "How to Avoid the Sun" being categorized as the former, while "Cassiopeia" and "Lack of Space" are closer to the latter. By the release of It's Raining, Rain, along with Park Jin-young, began incorporating hip hop into his sound beginning with the title track.
Early in his career, most of Rain's material was handled by JYP for many years along with other songwriters and sometimes, Rain. After departing JYP Entertainment, Rain began writing more of his material with other songwriters on J. Tune Entertainment. Thematically, many of Rain's songs deal with the subjects of love and heartbreak in the case of "I Do" and "Love Story". On some occasions, it can be personal ("Can't Get Used to It", "My Way"), hedonistic ("Rainism", "Touch Ya"), or celebratory ("Hip Song", "Free Way").
Rain's vocal range can be classified in the tenor range. His voice can be described as smooth yet husky in songs such as "Love Story", "Love Song", "Nan" and "I Do". Having been influenced by American R&B, he uses both vibrato and falsetto in many of his songs as well as incorporating rapping into songs like "What's Love". Rain maintains strong stance against lipsyncing during his live performances.
Rain is considered a 'world star' due to his popularity, not only in South Korea and Japan, but throughout Asia, Europe and North America with fans in countries like China, Singapore, Thailand, Canada and United States. Much of his popularity is attributed to his various acting roles (varying from television like Full House to indie films like I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK to blockbusters like Ninja Assassin). Before landing his role in Speed Racer, he had expressed the desire to expand beyond the Asian market when he stated in an interview, "The reason I am active in Japan, Hong Kong, China and around Asia is that I want to succeed here and then go even more international...I would really like to see, is a top Asian artist emerge strongly from the Asian market, and then go on to succeed in the U.S. market."
Rain's appeal to all demographics has made him one of Korea's highest paid celebrities by endorsers with an asking price of $1 – 1.5 million USD per endorsement. Over the years, he endorsed brands such as Hyundai, Lotte, KB Card, Pizza Hut, Thailand dairy company Dutch Mill, Chinese pastry Fu Mu Cakes, Pantech, LG Electronics, SK Telecom and Pepsi. Rain has even done songs to tie-in with endorsement deals. "Still Believe" was used as both an ad and a music video for BMW Korea's "Meet the Truth" campaign with appearances by Rain as well as JYP. "Memory in My Hand" and "Any Dream" were used in campaigns for Pantech and Samsung, respectively, in China.
With his booming popularity throughout the world, he has been deemed a "cultural ambassador" as he has represented South Korea in inter-Asian musical events and has appeared in a Thai published textbook.
Six to FiveEdit
Six to Five was Rain's first clothing line, since it also was his dream to become a fashion designer. It was launched on December 23, 2008 and was followed by a "fashion show–launch party–mini-concert" to introduce "Six to Five". He designed and modeled for the clothing. The label "Six To Five" is described by Rain as the idea of having an extra sense (i.e. from five senses to six), and is also said to represent his birth date, 6/25. The line was discontinued and the online mall closed by the end of 2010.
J. Tune EntertainmentEdit
In November 2007, Rain told the Korean media that he had left JYP Entertainment and started his own entertainment company, J. Tune Entertainment (formerly known as Rainy Entertainment). He was scheduled to be CEO of the company, but told the media that he still kept in touch with his mentor and long-time trainer Park Jin Young. J. Tune Entertainment's subsidiary, J. Tune Camp debuted MBLAQ, an all-boy group, in October 2009. Rain actively participates in MBLAQ's music, either composing, writing, producing or choreographing dance routines.
In December 2010, Park Jin-Young announced that J. Tune Entertainment would be merged with JYP Entertainment. It has become the largest shareholder in J. Tune Entertainment, and it is viewed as a strategic alliance between the two companies.
On September 7, 2015, Rain announced through his Facebook page that he had decided to not renew his contract with Cube Entertainment. After much speculation due to his departure from Cube, Rain's official website announced he had created his own one-man agency. In setting up the agency on a U.S.-based system, his Chinese activities will be managed by H Entertainment and Jason Jang while his American agency will still be WME. His music activities will be handled by longtime manager Kim Yong Bae while his acting venture will handled by Park Jong Sun.
From 2005 to 2007, Rain donated money to have 50 drinking water wells and playgrounds built in Cambodia. He began taking up causes related to children by participating in the Love Photography Exhibition to help find adoptive parents for children in government care, donating a percent of his 2006 and 2007 World Tour concert proceeds to children orphaned by AIDS and participating in the Green Ribbon Hope Walking Campaign to raise funds for prevention and to help find missing children. Due to his work, he was appointed World Vision HIV/AIDS Ambassador. In recent years, Rain has been an advocate for environmental protection going as far as to volunteer in the Taean oil spill cleanup and donate 300 million won for clean water and clothing for the residents in 2008. In 2009, Rain was involved with MTV EXIT, a campaign against human trafficking in Asia. Over the years, he has performed at concerts for various charitable causes.
On his World 2007 tour, his scheduled concerts in Shanghai, Toronto, San Francisco, and Hawaii were canceled, followed by the last concert in Los Angeles. The last event at the Staples Center was canceled only two hours prior to opening: Rain's producer blamed the situation on financial problems of the local promoter, while the local promoter blamed Wellmade STAR M calling them too "incompetent to handle the situation".
On March 19, 2009, a federal jury in Honolulu found that Rain, his former management agency JYP Entertainment, and two other promotion companies were guilty of breaching a contract and defrauding Honolulu promoter Click Entertainment for $2 million (originally just over $1 million) after the Hawaii concert was canceled and the promoters were not refunded the $500,000 licensing fee. Rain and JYP were ordered to pay $2.4 million each in punitive damages, $1 million for damages related to the fraud, and $2.3 million for breach of contract.
A separate lawsuit filed by promoters Wellmade STAR M was dismissed by a South Korean court on January 28, 2010. Judge Bae Kwang-Kuk ruled in favor of Rain and blamed the plaintiff for poor preparations surrounding the canceled U.S. tour.
In April 2010, Rain and other J. Tune Creative shareholders were accused of embezzling money from the company by a fabric manufacturing company. The company claimed they suffered financial losses. Rain and the shareholders were acquitted of the charges in December of that year. He was re investigated in September 2011 after a discrepancy was found, but was later acquitted again in June 2013.
Rain fulfilled his mandatory military service from October 2011 until July 2013. He was named the top marksman of the 5th Infantry Division boot camp, and was chosen as the assistant instructor. He was appointed promotional ambassador by the Military Manpower Administration, and appeared in a documentary about the defense industry entitled "Defense Report 2012".
In January 2013, Rain confirmed that he was dating actress Kim Tae-hee, which then caused an investigation into whether his dating had broken military rules during his mandatory military service.
Korean studio albumsEdit
Japanese studio albumsEdit
- 2006: Eternal Rain
- 2005: Rainy Day Tour
- 2006/07: Rain's Coming World Tour
- 2009/10: The Legend of Rainism Tour
- 2010: Rain Loves Japan Zepp Tour
- 2011: The Best Show Tour
- 2012/13: Army Concert Series (Consoltary Train)
- 2013: Story of Rain: 2013 Rain Zepp Tour
- 2014: Rain Effect China Concert Series (7 Concert)
- 2015/16 The Squall World Tour
|2006||I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK||Park Il-sun|
|2008||Speed Racer||Taejo Togokahn|
|2012||R2B: Return to Base||Jung Tae-yoon|
|For Love or Money||Xu Chengxun|
|2018||Uhm Bok-dong||Uhm Bok-dong|
|2003||Sang Doo! Let's Go to School||KBS2||Cha Sang-doo|
|2004||Full House||Lee Young-jae|
|Old Miss Diary||Himself||Cameo|
|2005||Banjun Drama||SBS||4 episodes|
|A Love to Kill||KBS2||Kang Bok-gu|
|2010||The Fugitive: Plan B||Ji-woo|
|2014||My Lovely Girl||SBS||Hyun Wook|
|2015||Diamond Lover||JZTV||Xiao Liang||Chinese drama|
|2016||Come Back Mister||SBS||Lee Hae-joon/Kim Young-soo|
|TBA||Endless August||TBA||Shen Bayue||Chinese drama|
|2002–2003||Soulmate||with Kang Ho-dong|
|2017||The Unit||Host & Mentor|
Documentaries and specialsEdit
|2008||MBC||Rain Comeback Special Showcase: I. Rain. Dance.=My Secret Dance Teacher||Comeback special for Rainism|
|Rain Comeback Special: Here Comes Rain||TV documentary|
|Shin Hae-Cheol's Special Edition||Special interview|
|2008-2010||Mnet Japan||Rainy Day Japan||Reality show|
|2009||Mnet||Legend of Rain||TV documentary|
|Discovery Channel Korea||Hip Korea|
|Olive TV||Rain's Camp|
|Mnet Japan||Rain CM Diary|
|Olive TV||Rain on Trip|
|2010||Mnet Japan||I Love Rain||TV documentary|
|2014||Mnet||Rain Effect||Comeback special for Rain Effect|
|2017||KBS||2017 Rain is Back||Comeback special for My Life|
Awards and nominationsEdit
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- "Top Star Rain Joins WMA". KBS World. February 12, 2008.
- "비, 16세 당시 팬클럽 활동 과거사진 공개 '말라깽이였네'Rain, released the picture when he was in 'Fan Club'". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). November 12, 2011.
- 리포터, 김이선. "[연예투데이] 가수 비, 1인 기획사 '레인컴퍼니' 설립". iMBC (in Korean). Retrieved April 11, 2018.
- (April 4, 2010). "[BRIEFLY] Discovery to air film on Seoul". The Korea Herald.
- "Pop star Rain (Bi), reaching out beyond Asia". Hancinema. KBS Global. October 26, 2005.
- "Fanclub" (in Korean). Naver Music. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
- 비 (in Korean). Arirang. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
- "Rain Gets Ready to Pour It On". The Korea Times. June 14, 2005.
- "Rain Season Breaks Records Across Asia". The Chosun Ilbo. October 13, 2005.
- "Rain's album records sales of over one million copies in Asia". KBS Global. Archived from the original on January 26, 2007. Retrieved February 18, 2007.
- "Rain Vows to Take the World by Storm". The Chosun Ilbo. October 4, 2006.
- "Rain to Launch World Tour in December". KBS World. September 13, 2006.
- "Rain to Tour Asia". KBS World. May 11, 2016.
- "Singer Rain Descends on Australia for World Tour". The Chosun Ilbo. April 12, 2007.
- "Rain's World Tour to Gross W106 Bln". KBS World. October 12, 2006.
- Garcia, C.R.A. (May 27, 2007). "Rain Becomes First K-Pop Star to Perform at Tokyo Dome". The Korea Times. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
- Walsh, Bryan (May 8, 2006). "The People Who Shape Our World". Time Magazine. Retrieved February 18, 2007.
- "The TIME 100". Time Magazine. 2006. Retrieved February 18, 2007.
- "Your Time 100". Time Magazine. April 19, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2007.
- "U.S. Comedian Rains Mockery on Rain". Chosun. May 14, 2007.
- "Rain Dance-Off". Colbert Report. May 5, 2008. Archived from the original on May 10, 2008. Retrieved May 9, 2008.
- "The TIME 100". Time Magazine. April 20, 2007. Retrieved June 8, 2007.
- "All about the Beautiful people". Daily Telegraph. Daily Telegraph. April 26, 2007. Retrieved April 29, 2007.
- "SKorean pop star Rain listed in People's 100 Most Beautiful". Yahoo Canada. Yahoo Canada. April 30, 2007. Archived from the original on May 2, 2007. Retrieved April 29, 2007.
- "Rain's Sold-Out New York Gig Could Take K-Pop Global". The Chosun Ilbo. February 3, 2006. Archived from the original on February 4, 2007. Retrieved February 18, 2007.
- "A strong forecast for Korean pop's Rain". The New York Times. January 27, 2006.
- Esther Kim Lee -Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas – Page xv 2012 "For example, the singer Rain performed in Madison Square Garden to sold-out audiences, and South Korean television soap operas have inspired women in Southeast Asia to undergo cosmetic surgery to look "Korean." "
- "Rain Storms Coming to Las Vegas This Christmas". The Chosun Ilbo. October 26, 2007.
- "Rain to Sing Theme for Beijing Olympics". The Chosun Ilbo. January 16, 2008.
- "Rain Drinks In Olympics Emotion". The Chosun Ilbo. August 26, 2008.
- "It Will Be Raining Again in Korea". The Korea Times. October 7, 2008.
- "Rain Finally Unveiled in Asia". The Korea Times. October 12, 2008.
- "Ban on Rains Song Sizzles Show Biz". The Korea Times. November 25, 2008.
- "'레이니즘' 클린버전에 '매직 스틱' 빠지나" [Is 'magic stick' deleted in 'rainism' clean version?]. Asia today (in Korean). November 25, 2008.
- "Event Calendar: October 2009" The Korea Herald. October 2, 2009. Retrieved April 10, 2012
- "Rain Starts Asian Tour in Japan; in Seoul in Oct". The Korea Times. August 30, 2009.
- "Rain takes his act to Indonesia". Korea JoongAng Daily. December 3, 2009.
- "Rain Returns With Back to the Basic". The Korea Times. April 6, 2010.
- "Han Ye-seul stars in new Rain music video". 10Asia. March 24, 2010.
- Megan, Friedman (April 15, 2011). "Korean Pop Star Rain Wins TIME 100 Poll – Again". Time Magazine.
- "7th Asia Song Festival" Archived June 12, 2011, at the Wayback Machine KOFICE. October 23, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2011
- "The 2011 TIME 100, Rain". Time Magazine.
- "Top K-pop star Rain to join Army" Yonhap News Agency. September 23, 2011.
- "Rain wraps his final concert tour". Korea JoongAng Daily. September 26, 2011.
- "Singer Rain's performance was deemed the best event in Gangnam District for 2011". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 2, 2012.
- "Rain to Tell Japanese Fans "Story of Rain" Next Month". 10Asia. October 8, 2013.
- "Rain meets with 3,000 fans". Korea JoongAng Daily. October 14, 2013.
- "Rain's reality TV show to debut Dec. 19". Korea JoongAng Daily. December 12, 2013.
- "Rain Makes Grand Return With Sixth Album 'Rain Effect'". Billboard. January 7, 2004.
- "Rain repackages new album". Korea JoongAng Daily. February 5, 2014.
- "Rain to leave Cube Entertainment". Kpop Herald. September 7, 2015.
- "Rain launches entertainment company". The Korea Times. October 11, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
- "Rain to Return to Concert Stage After 4-Year Break". The Chosun Ilbo. November 6, 2015.
- "Rain to launch world tour this week". Yonhap News Agency. November 3, 2015.
- Min, Susan (December 12, 2016). "Rain to Make a Comeback in January". MWave. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
- "Rain Drops His Psy-Produced Single 'The Best Present,' An Ode to Fiancee Kim Tae Hee". Billboard. January 17, 2017.
- "Why did Rain decide to appear on audition show?". Kpop Herald. October 29, 2017.
- "Rain to release new album in December". Kpop Herald. October 26, 2017.
- "Rain to air comeback special broadcast". Kpop Herald. November 13, 2017.
- "[공식] 비 측 "'뭉뜬' 게스트 출연, 11월 6일 대만 출국"" (in Korean). Retrieved November 29, 2017.
- "Rain says still looking for challenges in 'Act 2' of life". Kpop Herald. December 3, 2017.
- "10 Hallyu Stars". The Korea Times. August 14, 2007.
- "From Singer to Combat Sports Fighter, an Actor Is Born". The DongA Ilbo. October 27, 2005.
- "Rain to Star in Park Chan-wook's Much-Awaited 'Cyborg'". The Chosun Ilbo. January 4, 2006.
- Jeanine Tan, Oldboy director cast Rain for his sex appeal but it's okay, Channel News Asia, March 8, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2008.
- The 43rd Baeksang Awards Winners Are…, Asianpopcorn. Retrieved on March 24, 2008
- "Rain Lands Part in Hollywood Movie". The Chosun Ilbo. May 17, 2007.
- Paquet, Darcy (February 13, 2008). "Rain falls on 'Ninja Assassin'". Variety. Retrieved May 20, 2008.
- "Rain Returns as a Killer in New Hollywood Movie". The Chosun Ilbo. November 14, 2009.
- Sperling, Nicole (April 28, 2008). "Wachowski Brothers getting underway on 'Ninja Assassin'". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on May 3, 2008. Retrieved May 20, 2008.
- "Rain Fueled by Fury for Ninja Assassin". The Korea Times. November 9, 2009.
- "Rain gets 'Biggest Badass Star' award". The Korea Herald. June 7, 2010.
- "Comeback kids amp up TV thriller". The Korea Herald. September 27, 2010.
- "Rain says done lifetime's worth of running for "Fugitive"". 10Asia. September 27, 2010.
- "Rain's "R2B: Return to Base" ready to glide next month". 10Asia. July 17, 2012.
- "South Korean Star Rain Joins Bruce Willis, John Cusack in 'The Prince'". The Hollywood Reporter. November 26, 2013.
- "Rain to Head to Hollywood Next Week to Meet with Movie Producers". Mwave. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
- "Rain and Krystal make romance in drama". The Korea Herald. August 28, 2014.
- "'My Lovely Girl' blends K-pop eye-candy and romance". Kpop Herald. September 15, 2014.
- "S. Korean singer Rain to debut in Chinese film industry". Yonhap News Agency. March 4, 2014.
- "Rain and LIU Yifei Melodrama Opens in Chinese Theatres". Korean Film Biz Zone. November 20, 2014.
- "'Rain' to Star in Chinese Soap". The Chosun Ilbo. November 11, 2014.
- "Rain's Chinese drama gains popularity". The Korea Times. August 13, 2015.
- "Rain's 'Diamond Lover' hits 3.3 billion views". Kpop Herald. August 13, 2015.
- "Lee Min-jung, Rain to star in new TV series". The Korea Herald. December 28, 2015.
- "Rain returns to small screen". The Korea Times. December 23, 2015.
- "비, 빅토리아와 中 드라마 '팔월미앙' 주연 확정" [Rain And f(x)’s Victoria To Headline New Chinese Drama]. Naver (in Korean). My Daily. May 6, 2016.
- Jie Ye-eun (April 18, 2017). "Rain, Kang So-ra to star in 'Uhm Bok-dong'". The Korea Herald.
- "Rain Sets Big Screen Comeback with KANG So-ra in Period Sports Drama". Korean Film Biz Zone. April 6, 2017.
- "Rain, Lee Dong-gun cast for cop series 'Sketch'". Yonhap News Agency. March 6, 2018.
- "Lee Dong-gun, Rain to star as investigators in 'Sketch'". Kpop Herald. March 6, 2018.
- "Korean Superstar Who Smiles and Says, 'I'm Lonely'". The New York Times. February 4, 2006.
- "Rain Talkasia Transcript". CNN. December 14, 2005. Archived from the original on December 14, 2005. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
- "Super Junior, Rain, Big Bang, & 2PM Appear in Thai Textbooks". Mnet. May 30, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
- "Workaholic Rain Branches Out into Fashion". The Chosun Ilbo. January 1, 2009.
- "Stars Delve Into Fashion, Beauty". The Korea Times. November 18, 2008.
- "Rain Launches Six to Five Fashion Line". Hancinema. December 29, 2008.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rain.|
- Official website
- Rain Effect reality show official website (in Korean)
- Rain discography at MusicTea
- Rain on IMDb
- Rain at the Korean Movie Database
- Rain at HanCinema
|Awards and achievements|
| KBS Song Festival – Best New Artist
| SBS Music Awards – Best New Artist
| 4th Mnet Asian Music Awards – Best New Artist
| 17th Golden Disk Awards – Best New Artist
| 6th Mnet Asian Music Awards – Artist of the Year
| 6th Mnet Asian Music Awards – Album of the Year
| 6th Mnet Asian Music Awards – Song of the Year
| 10th Mnet Asian Music Awards – Best Dance Music