There will probably be an awful lot of celebrating in South Korea today. Not only did their national soccer team qualify for the next round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup (they'll take on Uruguay this Saturday, June 26), but today is also the birthday of one of their most incredible international exports. Rain, the multi-talented singer, model, actor and business mogul from Seoul, turns 28 years old today.
Born Jung Ji-Hoon, Rain began his career as a back-up dancer who eventually worked his way into the spotlight with his debut album Bad Guy in 2002. Around the same time, he scored an acting job on the popular television drama "Sang Doo! Let's Go to School." More albums followed (six in Korean, one in Japanese), but it was his acting work that helped him make the transition into international stardom.
In 2008, he appeared as a villain in the summer blockbuster "Speed Racer," and by 2009 he scored big with a starring role in the international martial arts hit "Ninja Assassin." Rain has also been quite a friend to MTV. Not only did his work in "Ninja Assassin" earn him the prize for Biggest Badass Star at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, but he was also a key player in the MTV EXIT campaign, which worked towards ending human trafficking in Asia.
Rain is currently enjoying his latest international hit "Hip Song," which is from his just-released new album Back to the Basic. (He is also leading his team to victories in the MTV World Cup of Rock!) But his signature voice and incredible talent as a dancer has best been on display in the video for "How to Avoid the Sun."