Korean entertainer Rain [Asia Economic Daily]
Asian superstar Rain will be meeting his fans at an autograph signing session in Seoul tomorrow, according to his agency on Tuesday.
J. Tune Entertainment announced in a press release that the singer will show up at three major record stores -- Music Korea in Myung-dong district, I-Park Shinara in Yongsan and Kyobo Hottracks in Gangnam area -- on Wednesday and sign autographs for fans.
The agency explained that it was Rain's idea to hold the event as he wanted to come in closer contact with his fans and also help ignite album sales for the local music market. Offline record sales in Korea has taken a huge hit ever since digital downloading emerged over ten years ago.
The multi-talented entertainer, who recently made a splashing comeback with his latest album "Back To The Basic", has been sweeping numerous music charts with his ballad single "Love Song".
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.
The singer carried his popularity and talents over to acting, appearing in several hit TV series such as "Sang Doo! Let's go to school" (KBS, 2003) and "Full House" (KBS, 2004) and making his big screen debut in Park Chan-wook's surrealist comedy pic "I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK".
In 2008, Rain made his Hollywood debut through a supporting role in the Wachowski Brothers' pic "Speed Racer". The Korean star reportedly made such a great impression on the famous sibling duo that they offered him the lead role in last year's martial arts flick "Ninja Assassin".
While the movie bombed at the U.S. and local box office, his top billing in the film brought the Korean star international recognition and stardom worldwide.
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