Rain (also known as Bi (비) in Korea or Pi (ピ) in Japan) is a singer, actor and model from South Korea.
He is known for his dancing skills and was a back dancer for Park Ji Yoon before his debut. He was also recently named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine. Also, he was found in People magazine's top 100 most beautiful people as well as voted the number one most influential person on TIME's internet poll. Many believed that the singer was voted by over-zealous fans that voted others down, but this could not be proven. On October 11th Rain enlisted for his two year of mandatory military service.
- Stage Name: Bi (Korean: 비), Pi (Japanese: ピ)
- Real Name: Jung Ji Hoon (정지훈)
- Nickname: Woody, Puppy [collie]
- Birthday: June 25, 1982
- Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea
- Height: 185cm
- Weight: 74kg
- Blood Type: O
- Family: Oldest with a younger sister
- Education: Kyung Hee University Post Modern Music
- Hobbies: Watching movies, listening music, collecting shoes/clothes.
- Skills: Acting, Dancing
- Favorite Actors: Charlie Chaplin, Han Suk Kyu
- Favorite Musicians: Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Usher
- Favorite Genre: R&B, Hip hop, Funk
- Favorite Color: White, black
- Favorite Sport: Swimming, basketball, Dancing
Rain became interested in R&B and Hip hop dancing when he was in 6th grade. When he was a teenager, he formed part of a boy band called " Fan Club". The group even released a single, "In Search of a Dream" (꿈을 찾아서), a cover of Chumbawamba's 1997 hit, Tubthumping. Short time after this the group disbanded.
In 2000 Rain was recruited as a trainee for JYP Entertainment. Before he could sign with JYP, Rain was rejected in multiple auditions and as he stated in a CNN interview: "I was told after one audition that my singing and dancing was great but I didn't make it because I didn't have double eyelids."
During his years as a trainee, he was under Park Jin Young's charge and worked as backup dancer for the singer Park Ji Yoon or Park Jin Young himself.
Two years later, in 2002, Rain debuted with the album N001. The album's lead single was "Bad Guy" and was followed by the song "Handshake". In this same year he made his debut as an actor in the drama Orange, but it wasn't until the next year when his real opportunity as an actor came. The drama Sang Doo, Let's Go To School lead him to be a recognized actor. Rain released his second album also in 2003, titled Rain2;.
In 2004, he starred in the drama Full House, with the popular Korean actress Song Hye Kyo, which was one of the most successful dramas with an average rating of 31.9% for every episode with peaks of 42.2%. As the drama was broadcasted in many other countries it made Rain a recognized actor across Asia. Thanks to this drama he won the award for the Best Actor at the KBS Drama Awards in December 2004.
Also in this year, he released his 3rd album IT'S RAINING. The album sold more than 1 million of copies in Asia and topped the charts of many Asian countries as Japan (100,000 copies), China (500,000 copies), Taiwan (70,000 copies), Thailands (150,000 copies), Indonesia (50,000 copies), and South Korea (154,000 copies).
In 2005, Rain started his first Asian concert tour, Rainy Day starting in Seul and including cities as Tokyo and Hong Kong. He sold over 150,000 seats in 8 cities in Korea, China and Japan. For his first solo concert in Japan, "Rainy Day Japan", all the tickets sold out 30 seconds after going on sale (around 5,000 seats).
In April 2006, Rain was mentioned in the Time magazine website as part of the "100 Most Influential People Who Shape Our World" list. Later in 2007, he will top Time Magazine's online user poll with 470,174 votes (over 100,000 more than runner-up Stephen Colbert) although he was not in the magazine's actual list. He also will be part in 2007 of People's magazine list of the "First-Time Beauties 2007".
In June 2006, he released his first Japanese album Eternal Rain after releasing in Japan a recopilatory album in 2005. Also in Korea, Rain's World, Rain's fourth album was released in October. The first single was "I'm Coming", followed by the second single "In My Bed", and finally "Inside of You".
Also in 2006, he made his debut as an actor in a film. The movie, I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK, was directed by one of the most recognized Korean directors, Park Chan Wook.
The film was a hit worldwide and received many awards as the Alfred Bauer Award at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival (Germany) 2007 or the Best New Actor Award at the 43rd Baeksang Awards in Korea. It was also selected as the opening film for the Hong Kong International Film Festival.
In December 13, Rain started his first world concert tour, RAIN's Comin, at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, and he visited Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, United States and Canada .
Rain sold out the tickets for his concerts in the United States. Those concerts were held in places like the Madison Square Garden in New York and The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
In 2008, he debuted in his first American film, Speed Racer directed by the Wachowski Brothers.
In October 16, Rain released his fifth Korean album, Rainism. "Love Story", was used as first single from the album followed by the song "Rainism". Rainism was Rain's first album to be released under his own agency company J. Tune Entertainment.
After J. Tune Entertainment was established, Rain founded a further company called J. Tune Creative. This company runs Rain's own clothing line with the brand name SIXTOFIVE. Rain himself designs and models the clothes.
In 2009, Rain made his first starring role in an American film with the movie Ninja Assassin. The film was directed by James McTeigue, known for being V for Vendetta's director, and produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowski brothers. The project was inspired by the ninja scenes from Speed Racer.
In October, 2009 Rain debuted as a producer with new boy band, MBLAQ, under his management company.
- Official Fanclub: Clouds
- Official Color: Silver
- [2002.04.28] N001
- [2003.10.16] Rain2;
- [2004.10.10] IT'S RAINING
- [2006.10.16] Rain's World
- [2006.12.28] Rain's World Special Edition (Album Repackage)
- [2008.10.16] Rainism
- [2014.01.06] Rain Effect
- [2014.02.07] Rain Effect [Special Edition] (Album Repackage)
- [2010.04.07] BACK TO THE BASIC
- [2006.05.03] Go forward
- [2006.09.07] BMW meets truth
- [2010.03.30] Back To The Basic
- [2011.08.16] Busanyeoja (부산여자)
- [2002.01.11] Park Ji Yoon - Man (#5 We Can Just Love feat. Rain)
- [2002.11.14] JYP Remixed (#6 Bad Guy (Asian Vibe Mix))
- [2003.07.04] One Two - One Two vol.1 (#12 Best Summer in my Life feat. Rain)
- [2006.03.08] Chun Sang Ji Hee - The Club (#1 The Club feat Rain)
- [2008.05.29] Kung Fu Panda OST
- [2010.07.05] G.NA - Aeini Saengimyeon Hago Sipeun Il (#1 Aeini Saengimyeon Hago Sipeun Il feat Rain)
- [2011.03.29] Kim Tae Woo - T-School (#2 Brothers & Me (With JYP & Rain))
- [2005.12.07] Early Works
- [2006.09.12] Eternal Rain
- [2010.06.23] BACK TO THE BASIC ~ JAPANESE EDITION
- [2007.03.28] Rain's Coming: Rain World Tour Premiere
- [2007.05.23] Rain's Video Clips 2002-2006
- [2007.10.26] ALL ABOUT RAIN ~World Star e no Kiseki Asia wo Koete (ワールドスターへの軌跡・アジアを越えて)
- [2008.06.25] Rain(Pi)'s 24 hours "THE DAY" (ピ)
- [2008.09.17] Rain's Coming: 06/07 Rain World Tour In Tokyo
- [2010.04.07] LEGEND OF RAINISM 2009 RAIN ASIA TOUR IN JAPAN
- [2006.04.19] AI - Believe (#3 Too Much feat. Rain)
- [2006.09.12] AI - What's goin on A.I. (#12 Too Much (Remix) feat. Rain)
- [2005.09.16] The Rain's Soundtrack
- [2005.12.30] Leehom Wang - Heroes of Earth (#5 The Perfect Interaction (feat. Rain & Lim Jeong Hee))
- [2006.04.01] Memory In My Hand
- [2007.02.26] Omarion - 21 (#15 Man Up feat. Rain)
-  I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (싸이보그지만 괜찮아)
-  Speed Racer
-  Ninja Assassin
-  Awaken the Dragon
-  Orange (오렌지)
-  Sang Doo, Let's Go To School (상두야,학교가자!)
-  Full House (풀하우스)
-  Banjun Drama - For Her Sake (반전드라마 - 그녀를 위하여)
-  Banjun Drama - Something to Tell You (반전드라마 - 하고 싶었던 말)
-  Banjun Drama - Romance Solver (반전드라마 - 사랑의 해결사)
-  A Love to Kill (이 죽일놈의 사랑)
All the CMs are for Korean brands unless otherwise indicated
-  SBS Gayo Daejun - Best New Artist
-  KBS Music Awards - Best New Artist, Most popular Singer Award by producers
-  SBS Gayo Daejun - Best New Artist
-  SBS Seoul Gayo Awards - Best New Artist
-  Golden Disc Award - Best New Artist
-  KMTV Korean Music Award - Best New Artist
-  M.net Music Video Festival - Best New Artist
- [2003.09.07] 10th Korea Entertainment and Arts Award - Best New Artist
- [2003.11.27] M.net Music Video Festival - Mobile Popularity
- [2003.12.10] KMTV Korean Music Award - Artist of the Year
- [2003.12.17] Broadcasting and Video Awards - Best Singer Star
- [2003.12.29] SBS Gayo Daejun - Bonsang, Netizen's Best Popularity
- [2003.12.30] KBS Music Awards - Artist of the Year
- [2003.12.31] MBC Top 10 Artist Awards - Bonsang
- [2003.12.31] KBS Drama Awards - Rookie Award
- [2004.03.26] 40th Baeksang Arts Awards - TV Popularity Award
- [2004.11.15] Andre Kim Star Awards - Best Actor
- [2004.11.29] 5th Korea Video Awards - Best Photogenic Singer
- [2004.12.02] Golden Disc Award - Bonsang
- [2004.12.02] 2004 M.NET Music Video Festival - Artist of the Year
- [2004.12.02] 2004 Korean Awards - Best Pop Music
- [2004.12.02] SBS Seoul Gayo Awards - Bonsang
- [2004.12.02] SBS Gayo Daejun - Bonsang, Netizen's Best Popularity
- [2004.12.02] The Korean Music Awards 2004 - Artist of the Year
- [2004.12.02] MBC Top 10 Artist Awards - Bonsang
- [2004.12.02] KBS Drama Awards - Best Actor, Popularity, Best Couple
- [2005.02.03] MTV ASIA Awards - Favorite Artist of Korea
- [2005.05.20] L.A. City Hall Cultural Exchange between Korea and USA Award
- [2005.05.28] Channel [V] Music Video Awards - Most Popular Asian Artist
- [2005.05.29] 2005 MTV Music Video Awards Japan - Best Buzz Asia
- [2005.07.04] Hong Kong Universal Records - Golden Record
- [2005.07.24] MTV China CCTV Mandarin Music Honors Awards - Favorite Artist of Korea
- [2006.01.21] Taiwan "2006 HITO Pop Music Awards" - HITO Asian Music Award (I Do)
- [2006.03.24] 2005 IFPI Hong Kong Music Sale Awards - Korea and Japan Music Award
- [2006.03.26] RTHK International Pop Poll Awards - Silver Prize at Top New Act, Most Sold Korean Albums
- [2006.05.08] Time Magazine - 100 Most Influential People Who Shape the World
- [2006.11.26] 2006 MKMF M.NET - Best Male Solo Artist
- [2006.12.23] World Tour Las Vegas Concert - Appreciation Plaque from California State
- [2006.12.29] 2006 SBS Gayo Daejun - Bonsang
- [2007.04.25] 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards - Best New Actor
- [2007.04.26] People Magazine - 100 Most Influential People Who Shape Our World
- [2007.05.18] Korean Entertainment Business Association "1st Korean Wave Awards" - Music Star Award
- [2007.06.08] 44th Daejong Film Awards - Overseas Popularity
- [2007.10.19] 1st Korea Film Awards - Best New Actor
- [2007.12.07] 1st CineAsia Awards - Best Asian Male Star
- [2007.12.31] 4th Netizen Entertainment Awards - Best Male Singer
- [2008.10.30] Style Icon of the Year
- [2008.11.02] SBS Inkigayo Mutizen Award (Rainism)
- [2008.12.10] Golden Disk Award - Bonsang
- [2010.06.06] MTV Movie Awards - Biggest Badass Star
- Official Website (KR/ENG)
- Japanese Official Website
- Official China Website
- Official Twitter
- Official Fanclub
- Tokuma Japan Communications Profile
- King Records Japan Profile
- Official China Blog
- J-Tune Official Website
- SIXTOFIVE Official Webshop
- Oricon Profile
- IMDB Profile