[23 images][news][links][19 vids] 비 Yourself Open Thread for 10/1 — 11/30/2019. It’s Raining overload!

•October 14, 2019 • Leave a Comment

There has been an influx of new Clouds and new Rain fans, and Rain has mentioned working on new music. Don’t know if he is or not, but now is a great time to go all the way back and get folks up to speed on his albums, from 1998 to 2017!

My fourth installment of this series celebrates the time when 22-year-old Rain dropped his third album in October 2004, Vol. 3 It’s Raining, and became known as the real deal and not a manufactured idol. You see, even though his first two albums made him very popular, some people and the media still saw him as only Park JinYoung’s protégé, yet another product of JYPE. It’s Raining put a stop to that real quick and Rain was seen as a bona fide star, a unique talent in his own right. His road to ending up an icon well and truly took off.

Korean album images credit: jessloveblues ↓ ↓

Also that year, TV drama Full House (with Song HyeKyo) premiered in 11 Asian countries plus Australia and India, and made him a household name and the originator of the Korean Wave that rolled over Asia. The drama was so popular, its ratings were as high at 52% and it spawned a massive fan base. Everyone would stop what they were doing wherever they were and watch this show!

In Korea, there are singers who act, and actors who sing. Rain is one of a rare few who is considered an actor and a singer equally by the Korean people. AND he had his very first live concert (RAINY DAY) three months after album It’s Raining dropped.

The song “It’s Raining” is still celebrated by the industry, journalists, and music aficionados today. I expect it always will be. 🙂 — Stephe  ^@@^

Fan cam, 2019. “It’s Raining” at the Z_Pop Dream Live Concert in Seoul, this past February 2019. He’s still got it!! ^@@^ (Credit: mang2goon)

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[topic thread][SPOILERS] Round 5: What Clouds and drama fans are watching right now…

•October 12, 2019 • Leave a Comment

“Welcome 2 Life” [웰컴2라이프] GIFs credit: R.A.I.N. Company / MBC.

There are waaay too many good shows of all kinds on TV in many countries and online these days and we need a place to dish about ’em, am I right? What say you? Let’s discuss! ^@@^

WE GOT SPOILERS. Please back out of here & DON’T SCROLL unless you’re good with that.

The previous Cloud-watching post from 5/26/2018 – 10/11/2019 is HERE^@@^

[18 images][news][links][12 vids] 비 Yourself Open Thread for 8/1 — 9/30/2019. Rain2 overload!

•August 19, 2019 • 14 Comments

There has been a large influx of new Clouds and new Rain fans, and Rain has mentioned working on new music. So, now is a great time to go all the way back and get folks up to speed on his albums, from 1998 to 2017!

My third installment of this series celebrates the time when 21-year-old 비 began using his name in English for the first time — Rain — and dropped his second album in October 2003, Rain2 (a.k.a. How To Avoid The Sun). He had SO much going on in addition to new music — his first leading role in a TV drama, a best new actor award, a most popular TV actor award, tons of live performances, game shows, interviews, CFs, promos and shoots — and handled it all with charm and grace. ^@@^

DID YOU KNOW? If not for this album, Rain’s first martial arts role would not have been Ninja Assassin. It would have been Fighter of Wind. But, the scheduling conflicts were too great to overcome. You can read about it in my previous post HERE!

SCROLL DOWN ↓ this post to learn more and see my compilation of images, songs, MVs, track lists, TV spots, and TV appearances (credited as tagged). Please enjoy! ^@@^


» You can visit the previous Open Thread and re-visit Rain’s first album n001 HERE. By the way — have you 10th Cloud sisters left a message for Rain on his officially sanctioned fan club on Naver today?

ANNOUNCEMENT: We noticed many pictures on our homepages weren’t loading anymore… As it turns out, our web host has moved to a new platform and we need to do the same (follow them). Co-founder Terri is working hard behind the scenes to rebuild our site and move it to the new web location. Please don’t worry — our blog is not affected and our new site will be up and running smoothly soon. PLEASE PARDON OUR MESS OVER THERE! 🙂

REMINDER: Rain’s new MBC TV drama, Welcome 2 Life [웰컴2라이프] premiered on Korean TV on August 5, and can be viewed in North America with English subs and in crystal clarity on Kocowa and Viki (we’re watching on Kocowa!). Please see my previous post HERE for more details. Please support him and enjoy the show!

 

» Cloud USA disclaimer. READ it. We’re 10th Cloud term members now, but the same still applies.

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[24 images][12 GIFs][#welcome2life] The many faces of “Lee Jae Sang” by RAIN Company. ☔️💋

•August 19, 2019 • 3 Comments

Cloud cover by: Stephe, Managing Editor ^@@^

Image: RAIN Company @ Naver blogs / MBC.

Yesterday, R.A.I.N. Company took to their Naver blog and gave us all a gorgeous collection of their favorite Welcome 2 Life TV drama stills and GIFs that showcase Rain’s starring role as Lawyer/Prosecutor Lee Jae Sang to a “T”!

Rain isn’t called “The Man of 1000 Faces” for nothing, folks.

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[11 images][10 fan cams] Rain at the Z-Pop Dream Live 2019 concert in Seoul. (2/23)

•August 19, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Cloud cover by: Stephe, Managing Editor ^@@^

Image credit: 신도림 사장 / 154_iko as tagged. SCROLL down for more images!

Hi, Clouds, Rain fans, readers and friends! ❤ I went offline around this time (February) for 5 months, to take care of my Dad and my brother full time, so this is an event I missed.

Time to catch up! 🙂

This Dream concert took place at Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul on February 23. ^@@^

Fan cams. Hip Song, It’s Raining, Escaping the Sun, Love Song, and Rainism. Great job, fan cammer! ^@@^ (Cams credit: supershinstudio)

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[info][links][웰컴2라이프] Where to watch Rain’s upcoming TV drama “Welcome 2 Life.”

•July 22, 2019 • 3 Comments

Cloud cover by: Stephe, Managing Editor ^@@^

** Edited to add 7/24: In addition to Kocowa, looks like Welcome 2 Life will also be shown on Viki, for all you Viki-watchers! Halleluia, the more the merrier! ^_^ → Page link: https://www.viki.com/tv/36642c-welcome2life


ORIGINAL POST ↓↓

Original image credit: Kocowa TV / kocowa @ FB.

Rain, his cast mates, and the production crew have been filming his new K-drama Welcome 2 Life since May. The first episode premieres on MBC in roughly a week, on Monday, July 29 two weeks, on Monday, August 5 (I just read about a schedule change about 30 minutes ago).

You know what I’ve been constantly wondering over the summer, don’t you? With DramaFever viciously yanked away from us all last fall, how the hell are we supposed to watch it on this side of the Pacific, huh?

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[10 vids][웰컴2라이프] Rain check: Welcome 2 Life video salad.

•July 22, 2019 • 2 Comments

Cloud cover by: Stephe, Managing Editor ^@@^

Image source: tvkakao.com

You know what to do.

Add your favorite dressing, mix well, and dig in! ^_^

Clip, making of. Q&A with Rain. ^@@^ (Credit: MBC / Courtesy of HCYANG0115 @ YT.)

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