Seoul singer has his Elvis moment

Seoul singer has his Elvis moment


norman lebrecht

October 12, 2011

Sombre news has reached me from South Korea that the nation’s biggest pop idol is being called up into the army.

His real name is Jung Ji-Hoon and he is best known as Rain. Someone dubbed him Asia’s Justin Timberlake. That may take some living down.

Why they’ve called him up now I can’t work out. He’s 29, too old to be doing square-bashing. Maybe the draft board sang to him Doncha’ Think It’s Time

In a farewell to his fans, Rain said: ‘Thank you for the ten years of love.’

Ah, sweet.