Seoul to Tokyo and from Beijing to Taipei, the 24-year-old Korean singer/actor Rain (Ji-Hoon Jung) is Asia’s most popular stage performer and hottest star. Now he has set his sight on America - Rain will make his U.S. solo debut at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, on February 2, 2006 at 8:30 p.m.
The “Rainy Day in New York” concert, presented by DreamVille Entertainment, in association with ImaginAsian TV (www.iatv.tv) and Rainstone Live(www.rainstonelive.com), continues Rain’s global “Rainy Day” tour, which has already sold over 150,000 tickets across Asia.
Dubbed “the first Asian artist who could be proudly introduced to the U.S. market” by Universal Music Asia President Harry Hui, and with three hit albums under his belt, Rain is also at the forefront of the recent cultural phenomenon known as the “Korean Wave” (“hallyu”) - the rising global popularity of Korean pop culture.
After reaching the top of Korean charts with his debut album in 2002, Rain’s popularity spread throughout Asia in 2004, thanks to his role in the top-rated Korean drama series, “Full House.” When he began performing solo concerts in 2005, he soon clinched the Best Buzz Asia Award at the MTV Music Video Awards in Japan, the Best Korean Singer Award from
Mandarin Music Honors in Taiwan, and the Favorite Artist Korea Award
from MTV Asia.
Rain has even caught the attention of master director Park Chan-Wook,
the winner of the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, for movie
Oldboy. Park has chosen Rain to star in his next film - I'm a Cyborg,
But That's Ok - the shooting of which will begin in the Spring of 2006.
Key person behind Rain’s success is Korea’s super-producer, Jin-Young
Park. Currently LA-based, he is set to put Korean pop (K-pop) and its
artists on the world map, beyond Asia. Since coming to the U.S., Park has
already worked with Will Smith (“I Wish I Made That”), Mase (“The Love
You Need”), and Tyrese, blending the emotions of Korean pop with
RAIN – “Rainy Day in New York”
February 2, 2006 at 8:30pm
Venue: Theater at Madison Square Garden
Seventh Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets
Tickets: prices ranging from $60.00 to $150.00 and available through
Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) or 212-307-7171.
Jin-Young Park: http://www.jype.com/club/jyp/eng/artist/jyp/jyp01.html
JYP Entertainment: http://www.jype.com/club/jyp/eng/index.jsp