Amid army controversy K-pop star Rain releases new album.
- South Korean pop idol Rain on Thursday released his first album in four years in a long-awaited comeback following 21 months of mandatory military service.
The new release is the sixth album for the 31-year-old K-pop singer, whose real name is Jung Ji-Hoon, and is titled “Rain Effect”. Rain composed the songs and wrote the lyrics for the songs on the album.
Two music videos were also released from the album, titled “30Sexy” and “La Song”.
The video for “30Sexy” is something of a change for Rain. He is wearing high-waisted suits and high-heeled shoes, performing to a melody featuring a synthesiser and a hip hop drumbeat.
“In the past, I used to present scenes of clothes being torn off and my torso exposed. I decided to come up with something different this time,” said Rain.
In the “La Song” video, Rain is shown with newly permed hair performing to a Latin melody mixed with hip hop, electronic music, and rock, said reports.
Rain explained, “I made this song which football fans can sing along to cheer their favourite teams during the (Brazil) World Cup”.
The K-pop star Rain has a huge following not only in his home South Korean country, but in much of Asia and beyond.
In the past he also starred in several soap operas in South Korea and some Hollywood action pictures, including “Ninja Assassin” and “Speed Racer”.
His comeback from military service will also reportedly include a new action movie called “The Prince” in which K-pop star Rain will star along with Bruce Willis, Jason Patric, and John Cusack.
During his military service, Rain was accused of flouting regulations, a sensitive topic in his country due to its ongoing tense relations with North Korea.
K-pop star Rain was confined to his barracks for one week in January of 2013 after sneaking out to see his girlfriend, who is a popular actress, according to reports.
He was also questioned by the military, the police, and prosecutors over his alleged breaches of service regulations and unusually long periods of leave. Published: Jan 2, 2014 @ 10:33