Multi-talented entertainer Rain has become the first Korean celebrity to score a win at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Monday.
J. Tune announced in a press release that the singer and actor was named “Biggest Badass Star” at the awards ceremony, held Sunday (U.S. time) in Los Angeles.
Rain picked up MTV’s signature popcorn trophy for his star turn in last year’s martial arts pic “Ninja Assassin,” beating out high-profile nominees such as Angelina Jolie, Channing Tatum, Chris Pine and Sam Worthington.
The star, who had previously said that he was happy just to even be attending the event, delivered the following message through the agency after his big win.
“I think everything I endured while shooting ‘Ninja Assassin’ is coming to fruition. I would like to thank the fans who have given me enormous support from the bottom of my heart,” the actor was quoted as saying.
Born Jung Ji-hoon, Rain has released six studio albums to date and performed at numerous concert tours throughout Asia and in the U.S. including a sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden.
He has been busy building his career in Hollywood over the past few years, making his debut through the Wachowski Brothers’ pic “Speed Racer” in 2008 and following it up with a lead role in “Assassin.”
Last March, he scored a triple win at the Green Planet Movie Awards, picking up trophies for “10 Outstanding Asians in Hollywood,” “Asian Cultural Ambassador of the Year” and “Best International Entertainer (Asia).”
Rain will be returning to Korea tomorrow evening.
Amazing~!!! He’s now a world class actor.
Korean actress Lee Na-young has been cast in upcoming KBS TV series tentatively titled “The Fugitive,” making her first small screen comeback in six years.
According to various industry sources, the actress is set to play the female lead opposite Rain, who is also returning to the small screen for the first time since starring in the 2005 SBS drama “A Love To Kill.”
Lee’s agency remained cautious about the news, however, saying they are “in negotiations” but has not yet finalized the deal.
“Fugitive” will be directed by noted television producer Kwak Jung-hwan and written by Chun Sung-il, the duo behind the recent hit TV series “The Slave Hunters.”
Lee, 31, first rose to stardom with TV series “Ruler of Your Own World” (MBC, 2002) and was last seen on the small screen in “Ireland” (MBC, 2004).
She has also starred in several notable films such as “Please Teach Me English” (2003) and “Maundy Thursday” (2006) and “Someone Special,” for which she won best actress at the 25th Blue Dragon Film Awards.
oh i love her~ She’s such a versatile actress. You wouldn’t think that she’s been in the business for quite a long time. And for her age (31), she established a name for herself. Bravo~!!!
Korean pop sensation Rain and Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan have come together to create a music video promoting the most recent works of both stars, according to the Rain’s agency J.Tune Entertainment on Wednesday.
A press release from J.Tune stated that the music video, aimed at promoting Rain’s current single “Hip Song” and Chan’s upcoming action flick “The Karate Kid,” will be produced by famed actor Will Smith and feature the Korean singer’s song and scenes from the Hollywood-Chinese remake of the 1984 hit “The Karate Kid.”
“The project was planned based on the friendship between Jackie Chan and Rain,” a representative with J.Tune explained.
The martial artist and singer had first met when Rain visited China to participate in the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They had maintained a friendship ever since, the two visiting each other at events and concerts.
“The Karate Kid,” starring actor Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, is about Dre Parker who is faced with a new environment and culture after moving to China. He is faced with a bully at his new school and learns kung fu from Mr. Han.
The music video will be revealed on May 24 while “The Karate Kid” is set to open in theaters on June 10.
Rain, who made his debut into the music industry in 2002, is known as one of the most popular entertainers in the Asian region.
He has also ventured into acting starring in hits series “Sang Doo! Let’s Go To School” and “Full House.” He then expanded his acting career into Hollywood, appearing in action film “Speed Racer” and martial arts picture “Ninja Assassin” last year.
He is currently promoting his title track “Love Song” and “Hip Song” from his special album “BACK TO THE BASIC.”
Prosecutors have launched an investigation into accusations of embezzlement made against K-pop sensation Rain, according to officials on Wednesday.
The Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office confirmed the investigation department has started looking into a lawsuit filed last week by a fabric manufacturing company which has charged Rain and other officials of his agency with embezzlement and dereliction.
Yesterday, seven shareholders of Rain’s entertainment firm J.Tune Entertainment, including the singer and actor himself, was belatedly known to have been sued by the fabric firm.
The fabric company claimed that it suffered financial losses from J.Tune Creative, a fashion affiliate of J.Tune Entertainment set up in 2008, which Rain is also the main model of.
The plaintiff said it invested two billion won in the fashion firm but Rain and other shareholders of J.Tune Creative embezzled their money by falsely registering the company’s stock assets worth 2.5 billion won and claiming Rain’s modeling fees worth 2 billion.
J.Tune has refrained from releasing an official response, saying they are in the process of determining the facts behind the case.
Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, is considered one of the most successful Korean stars in the entertainment business.
He has lead a popular singing career throughout Asia and has expanded his acting career into Hollywood, appearing in action film “Speed Racer” and martial arts picture “Ninja Assassin” last year.
Korean pop sensation Rain has made his way to the top of cable music channel Mnet’s singles chart with his latest single “Love Song.”
The title track from the singer’s latest album “BACK TO THE BASIC” bounced up three slots from its previous position to rank the hottest single during the week of April 5 to 11.
Rain’s songs “Hip Song” and “One,” also from the new release, placed among the top 20 on the chart.
“Magic” by four-member girl group Brown Eyed Girls bowed into the chart in second place, while new tune “Swing” by pop princess Lee Hyori swung its way from the bottom of the list to No. 3.
Meanwhile, Rain’s record knocked out two-week winner T-ara to claim the title as the best-selling album last week and new special album “Festa on Ice 2010” featuring songs by Brown Eyed Girls entered the chart at No. 2.
The original soundtrack to MBC TV series “Personal Taste” starring Lee Min-ho and Son Ye-jin made an extraordinary 87-spot jump to third place.
*all i can say is “Woah~” “Okay” “I see”. But really, the song is good. Nice to the ears cause it’s on the mellow side.
K-pop sensation Rain said he was once “swamped” with date requests by female celebrities.
The 27-year-old singer made the remark on KBS talk show “Win Win” aired on Monday, responding to whether he had been asked out on a date by female celebrities before.
“It was after I finished promoting my second album containing song ‘How to Avoid the Sun.’… I was completely swamped with them,” Rain explained, recollecting on his experience from early 2004.
He added, however, that he was not aware they were date requests at the time. “They would ask if I would have dinner with them, I would just think ‘Why with me?’ so that’s really all we would do.”
Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, is considered one of the most successful Korean stars in the entertainment business, leading a popular singing career throughout Asia and expanding his acting career into Hollywood.
Since early last week, he has been promoting his latest special album “BACK TO THE BASIC,” which has been topping various local singles and album charts.
Asian superstar Rain has taken command of online and offline music charts with his latest single “Love Song,” according to his agency J.Tune Entertainment on Monday.
J.Tune stated that “Love Song,” the title track from Rain’s special album “BACK TO THE BASIC,” climbed to the No. 1 spot on numerous online weekly charts including Melon, Dosirak, Mnet, Bugs and others.
The record itself, released early last week, has ranked atop the weekly, daily and real-time charts of Hanteo, a website which computes local music album sales.
Rain made his stage comeback on several music programs during the week including Mnet’s “Mnet Countdown,” SBS’ “Inkigayo” and MBC’s “Music Central.”
The singer, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, made his debut in 2002 with a self-titled album which gained him the title as one of the most popular entertainers in the local music industry.
He continued his path into the small screen starring in the hit series “Full House” and “Sang Doo! Let’s Go To School!” and later made a name for himself in Hollywood appearing in the action film “Speed Racer” and martial arts picture “Ninja Assassin.”
Video of Rain’s perf of “Love Song”:
Asian pop sensation Rain has made a splashing comeback to the K-pop music scene with his new single “Love Song”, debuting atop Gaon’s singles chart last week.
For the week of March 28 to April 3, the singer took his first crown on the Korean music chart by defeating last week’s winner Girls’ Generation.
Rain’s ballad track has been rapidly climbing several online charts since its release on March 30. All the tracks from his special album “BACK TO THE BASIC”, which came out on April 7, have placed within the top ten on various real-time music charts on the day of its release.
Girl band After School came in second with “Bang!”, climbing two spots from the previous week, and Brown Eyed Soul rounded out the top three with their hit tune “I’ll Move.”
Meanwhile, G-Dragon triumphed on the albums chart with his special concert album titled “Shine a Light”, a live recording of his solo concert held last December in Seoul.
Boy band Beast followed behind at No. 2 with their record “Shock of the New Era” while Girls’ Generation’s “Run Devil Run” slid down to third place from the top spot.
The Gaon music chart, considered the Korean equivalent of the U.S. Billboard chart, was launched last month. Its data has been accumulated from online and offline sales statistics from the country’s major web-based providers and record distribution companies.
Actress Han Ye-seul has shot a music video with Asian pop sensation Rain for the singer’s upcoming special album due out April 1.
Rain’s agency J. Tune Entertainment said Wednesday that the two shot the video from Sunday till today in Seoul’s Gangnam and Songdo districts.
A day earlier, the artist had released a 30 second-long teaser clip, composed of photographs of himself, for his latest record “BACK TO BASIC.”
Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, made his debut in 2002 under talent agency JYP Entertainment. He has released numerous albums and singles as well as venturing into acting.
He made his Hollywood debut in the Wachowski Brothers’ action flick “Speed Racer” in 2008 and also starred in the 2009 martial arts film “Ninja Assassin.”
Han, who debuted as a supermodel in 2001, became popular after starring in MBC sitcom “Non-stop 4.” She has since appeared in several dramas and movies including “Fantasy Couple” and “Will It Snow for Christmas.”
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The cover to Asian pop sensation Rain’s special album due out April 1 has been unveiled.
The record, titled “BACK TO THE BASIC,” showed a close up shot of the singer and actor in medium-lengthed curly hair photographed in black and white.
Rain had announced last week that he will be returning to the K-pop scene for the first time in over a year with the album he will promote for two months.
Several online websites, including record chain Hot Tracks, shopping mall Interpark and bookstore Aladdin, started receiving advanced orders for Rain’s new album today.
“We got a flood of inquiries from fans from both Korea and overseas about the album so we decided to receive advanced orders although we hadn’t planned on doing so originally,” an official at Rain’s agency J.Tune Entertainment was quoted as saying in a press release on Monday.
Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, has been one of Asia’s hottest entertainers since his debut in 2002. He gained fame throughout the region through several albums and drama appearances.
He made his Hollywood debut in the Wachowski Brothers’ action flick “Speed Racer” in 2008, which led to his star turn in the martial arts movie “Ninja Assassin” last year.
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