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Top K-pop star Rain to join Army

All Headlines 15:47 September 23, 2011

SEOUL, Sept. 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korean pop singer Rain said Friday he will enlist in the military early next month.

"I will go to the Army on Oct. 11," Rain said in a posting on his official Web site.

The singer said he will get basic training for his 22-month-long mandatory military service at a unit in Uijeongbu, 23 kilometers north of Seoul. "The date of my entry to the Army was fixed although I have no idea where I will be placed later," he said.

Rain, 29, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, is one of the most popular male celebrities in Korea and is widely known across Asia. The singer, who also debuted as an actor through a local TV series, gained fame in the United States after appearing on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" in 2008 and starred in the Hollywood movie "Ninja Assassin" released the following year.

Before joining the army, Rain is scheduled to hold a concert at a gym in southeastern Seoul on Saturday and Sunday as part of his national concert tour titled "The Best Show." On Oct. 9, he plans to give a free street concert in southern Seoul for his fans.

sshim@yna.co.kr
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