Things haven't been going well in America for Jeong Ji Hun, also known as Rain, a 25-year-old K-Pop superstar from Seoul. He was supposed to have done a huge concert at Staples Center over the weekend but at the last minute the show got canceled, to the horror of weeping fans who had already started showing up. Some traveled from as far away as Japan and Canada to see him, the L.A. Times' Chris Lee reported this week. Lee breaks down the back-and-forth between Rain, sometimes called the "Justin Timberlake of Asia," and his U.S. promoters:
The cancellation comes as the capper on what the Korea Times called "perhaps the most ambitious and expensive world concert tour by any Korean artist" and on the heels of postponed Rain concerts last month in Honolulu, New York, Atlanta and San Francisco because, Kim said, tour organizers hadn't anticipated the difficulties of transporting the singer's 28 18-wheel trucks worth of stage rigging and 96-person entourage from Asia.
A lot was riding on the show: the possibility of a K-Pop crossover and raising the profile of the L.A. Korean American market (77% of tickets had been sold). Cathy Rose A. Garcia, a staffer at The Korea Times, filed this report on a Rain concert at the Tokyo Dome in May, a first for a Korean artist. On Sunday morning, Rain met with fans at an L.A. hotel to apologize. ShenYue!, a Korean pop culture blog, has more coverage here.
* Photo of Rain performing in Tokyo by AP via The Korea Times.