[MHN Roh Pooleun] One of the biggest male solo K-pop star from the 2000s, Rain(Jung Ji Hoon), is re-surging as his 2017 single 'GANG' is going viral online for strange reason.
He was lauded by the media as the country's one and only 'world star', coming up with hits such as the album 'It's Raining', which sold over 1 million copies in Asia, and 'Ways to Avoid the Sun'. He even starred in two Hollywood films.
But he lost popularity, following his sixth studio album, "Rain Effect," in 2014. Performance of the 2017 single "Gang" was denounced for its overly bombastic production, cringe-inducing choreography and mannerisms, and self-absorbed lyrics.
But in mid-May 2020, Rain was back in the spotlight. A parody dance video by a high-schooler in late 2019 started an online movement called "1 Gang a day".
Many parody videos have been produced and uploaded, while the view count for the original "Gang" video is soon expected to surpass the 10-million mark. Leaving snarky and witty critique in the comment section has become a sport in and of itself.
"This song is in essence a vaccination for K-pop. Nearly every other song becomes enjoyable and listeners become more tolerant after listening to this one," one viewer commented.
Another commenter wrote, "The title itself is too corny. Whoever uses the word 'gang' nowadays. It's like returning to 2006."
2000's world star 'Rain' basks in strange new heyday as parody videos of his 2017 song 'GANG' goes viral