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K-Pop Playlist: Rain's Return To The Stage Is A Cause For Celebration

By Adrienne Stanley | November 23, 2013 06:56 PM EST

When Rain (Jung Ji Hoon) took the stage at the 2013 MAMA, he established that he is still one of the leading stars of K-Pop. Having completed his military service, which was marred by some controversy, Rain is ready to make a strong comeback. He is one of the leading figures of the Hallyu Wave, having released five full Korean studio albums, starred in two American films, and acted in the popular Korean drama, Full House. His crossover from music into drama and film set the precedent for K-Pop idols training. With a career that began in 2002, Rain has a legendary musical catalog.

Rain's 2013 MAMA comeback stage.

Rain made his debut in 2002 with the JYP Entertainment album, n001. In support of his debut album, Rain released the singles Bad Guy and Handshake.


Bad Guy


Handshake

In 2003, Rain released his second album which was aptly titled, Rain 2. Rain 2 yielded the singles You Already Knew and How To Avoid The Sun, which was the opening song for Rain's 2013 MAMA comeback stage.

How To Avoid The Sun

It's Raining which was released in 2004, continued Rain's career with JYP Entertainment. J.Y. Park produced It's Raining which became known for its title track and the endearingly sweet ballad, I Do.

t's Raining

I Do

The album Rain's World was released in 2006 and was an album heavy on collaborations. On the album, Rain collaborated with luminaries in Korean hip-hop such as Epik High's Tablo, Tiger JK, and Dynamic Duo. With Rain's World, Rain was able to solidify the identity of a Korean pop idol whose influences were primarily from the R&B genre. Although, many differences remain, Rain has a vocal style which is incredibly similar to J.Y. Park.

I'm Coming

In 2007, Rain departed from JYP Entertainment, to begin his own label, J. Tune Entertainment. Rainism was the fifth studio album from Rain and his first since he left from JYP Entertainment. The album yielded both the title track and Love Story as breakout singles.

Rainism

Love Story

The final release by Rain, prior to his military service, was the 2010 EP Back to the Basic. This was the first EP from the artist which yielded the catchy single Hip Song and Love Song.

Hip Song

At MAMA 2013, it was announced that Rain would be making his much anticipated comeback on January 6th, 2014 with the a teaser photo containing the date and the title Rain Falls Again. Rain is currently signed with Cube DC, which is a subsidiary of Cube Entertainment. From the audience reaction, it is clear that Rain will explode back onto the scene with this release.

Photo Credit:Cube Entertainment

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