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In 2002, Jung debuted as a solo singer with his first solo album titled Bad Guy where he was introduced to the media through his stage name, Rain.Two singles were released from the album - the eponymous title track "Bad Guy" and "Handshake".He first achieved breakthrough success with his third Korean album, It's Raining (2004), which spawned the number one single of the same name. His mother died in December 2000 as she struggled with diabetes.The album sold a million copies in Asia, and established Rain as an international star. In the same year, Rain was recruited as a trainee for JYP Entertainment, led by recording artist and producer Park Jin-young.Rain released his first Japanese album, Eternal Rain on September 13, 2006.He held his first Japanese solo concert, Rainy Day Japan.
Since his debut, Rain has primarily been influenced by R&B and pop with "Bad Guy" and "How to Avoid the Sun" being categorized as the former while "Cassiopeia" and "Lack of Space" are closer to the latter.
Rain's concerts in the United States were also well received.
His two-day concert, Rainy Day New York, held at the Madison Square Garden, were sold out within a matter of days.
Rain made his acting debut in the 2003 drama Sang Doo! His lead role in the pan-Asia hit drama Full House (2004) established his status as a Hallyu star. In a CNN interview and also in a Discovery Channel documentary called Discovering Hip Korea, he recalled being repeatedly rejected because of his looks: "In fact, I was told after one audition that my singing and dancing was great but I did not make it because I did not have double eyelids." He was eventually recruited into JYP Entertainment, as Park Jin-young saw his drive and persistence.
In 2008, Rain made his Hollywood debut in the film Speed Racer and starred in Ninja Assassin (2009), the latter of which made him the first Korean to win an MTV award. During his early years of training, Rain was a backup dancer.
The concert was marketed and promoted by the Asian concert production company Rainstone Live.