Rain to Sing Theme for Beijing Olympics

    January 16, 2008 08:47

    Korean pop idol Rain has been tapped to sing the theme song of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

    Rain, who is a star across much of Asia, will be the first Korean to sing an Olympic theme song since quartet Koreana sang "Hand in Hand" for the Seoul Olympics in 1988. He was apparently asked to sing the song last year and gladly accepted.

    Korean pop star Rain is seen during an appearance in Bangkok, Thailand on May 26, 2007. /Reuters

    Working under a tight schedule as he promotes his new movie "Speed Racer," he is now discussing details of the song with the Chinese Olympic organization

    The selection of a Korean star over Chinese singers is surprising, but Rain has an exceptional relationship with China. Since making his international debut there in 2004 he has worked as a spokesperson for companies like Pepsi, Pantec and Puma, enjoying popularity as great as that of any Chinese star.

    Performing at the Olympics is expected to further boost Rain's international stature, as should his Hollywood debut in "Speed Racer," which is directed by the Wachowski brothers.

    Rain also has plans to appear in another Hollywood movie this year. In sports he has been appointed as a PR ambassador for the 2011 Daegu World Athletics Championships.

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