Bad Bunny is coming to Orlando, but the wax version is already here – Orlando Sentinel


If one thing is clear, it’s that the mere mention of Bad Bunny’s name stirs passionate passions in 1: the fans; 2: people who, although they don’t celebrate the lyrics, understand the importance of the artist and 3: those who hate him.

The latter have a big problem because Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio — Bad Bunny’s real name — has transcended markets, genres, and even cultures and languages. What began as “La Nueva Religión” (The New Religion) not only referring to its followers, Bad Bunny was at the forefront of a global phenomenon, becoming a role model for Millennials and Gen Z. who reject traditional norms of fashionable expression, gender roles, equality and representation.

He began his new tour in Puerto Rico on Thursday, the second in a year, now with a fourth album “Un verano sin ti” (A summer without you) on his shoulders.

The multi-award-winning artist will add a new stage to his career with his first stadium tour – Bad Bunny: World’s Hottest Tour, – crossing the United States and Latin America. The 29-date stadium tour kicks off Friday, August 5 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando and marks the first time a Latin artist has headlined a show at the stadium.

But in the meantime, or if you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to see it, you can now visit it at Madame Tussauds in Orlando.

The Grammy Award-winning Latin singer-songwriter and producer is now part of the largest wax museum in the world, joining other Latin artists such as Pitbull, Ricky Martin, Selena Gómez, Sofía Vegara, Jennifer López, Neymar and Maluma, which will be on display sometime next month, said Jade Sparks, marketing manager at Madame Tussauds Orlando.

According to Sparks, the fact that the Puerto Rican singer got double digits at once is a big deal.

One character is in Times Square, while the other makes Madame Tussauds Orlando her permanent home.

“Bad Bunny is one of the biggest stars in the world. His incredible vocal talent and skill as an entertainer has led to a huge fanbase around the world. The numbers in Orlando and New York will allow his loyal fans to connect with him in a way that is only possible at Madame Tussauds,” said the attraction’s head of marketing, Matthew Clarkson, at the reveal event in April.

Orlando’s character wears an outfit from his WWE Royal Rumble performance and is featured in his “Booker T” music video. The trench coat, vest, pants, and pants were also donated by Bad Bunny.

But one of the most exciting things is that when you arrive, you’ll enter “the ultimate fiesta with exclusive sound clips of ‘El Conejo Malo.’ Bad Bunny’s welcome message and will immerse fans in colorful neon lights while listening to some of his reggaeton hits.

Sparks explained that the museum worked closely with Bad Bunny and studio artists in London to perfect his two custom wax figures.

“He’s the hottest icon right now,” Sparks pointed out. “He’s exploding and we have him here in Orlando. And it’s super exciting because this process has taken over a year. We’ve been working very closely with him. As you can see, he’s in an outfit that , if you’re familiar, and saw him perform with WWE and his music video Booker T. That’s his outfit. And here we have it on his figure, which guests can come and see interacting, doing the iconic pose with him and see him here at Madame Tussauds Orlando.

The artistry behind making these characters is “unlike anything else,” Sparks said. “We spend a few hours depending on the celebrity schedule, but usually around three to four hours with the celebrity. And we take hundreds of actions. So we do it just like the celebrity. These are their exact measurements since, you know, their hair texture, skin color, height, arm length, anything you can think of. We get these measurements so you can see the most realistic version of them.

The rigorous process, which includes the presence of stylists and professionals who regularly perform touch-ups and touch-ups on current characters, ensures that when you stand next to the character, “you feel like you’re next to this nobody. And there’s no other museum that does that except Madame Tussauds. So that’s sort of the first step in the process. And then our team in the UK makes that number and it takes six months to 12 months for those numbers to come to life. And it’s something other than sculpture, molding, painting. It looks very realistic. And that’s because of the oil paints. That’s what they use on the numbers. It’s not makeup, it’s oil paints that give it that realistic look. And then after that, we come to the fun part of the launch.

For Sparks, the best part of working with celebrities and launching their wax figures is seeing their faces because “it’s the first time they’ve seen themselves in wax.” And that’s always the coolest thing because it’s that shock moment. It was really cool when we pulled down the Kabuki curtain and he could see those characters. He was almost freaked out for a second, but he was so impressed and so grateful to have this moment.

Together with Colombian artist Maluma, they had a similar experience during the unveiling ceremony. It will join Bad Bunny and have an area with Medellín as a backdrop. The life-size replica of the “Pretty Boy” marked the first South American launch in the wax museum’s history.

“The figurine is a true replica of me and I am honored that they are bringing a piece of me to my fans before my concert. Throughout my career, I have worked hard to share with the world that Medellin, Colombia , is art, culture, music and so much more. I’m thrilled to continue to represent my roots on a global scale. I’m grateful to both museums for working together and making this a historic moment where a wax figure is shown in Colombia and South America for the first time,” Maluma said in April.

Latin numerals make up about 10% of the number of numerals in Orlando. “We’re looking to grow that and continue to branch out,” Sparks assured during a visit to El Sentinel Orlando to see Bad Bunny’s new interactive feature and a preview of Maluma.

Bad Bunny – once again – made history after his concert was broadcast live from the Telemundo television channel in Puerto Rico and at 13 strategic points on the island. Thanks to social networks, the diaspora was able to see the broadcasts that were made on platforms such as Facebook Live.

When he announced his gig in his native Puerto Rico, it caused a stir when thousands of people started lining up days before the box office opened. After his three sold-out concerts, Bad Bunny will arrive in Orlando, which was supposed to begin his stadium tours, but he assured that he could not start in the United States without singing for his people – in Puerto Rico. After all, he made it clear that YHLQMDLG (Yo hago lo que me da la gana, which roughly translates to “I do what I want”), just like the title of his second solo studio album and third overall.

During his concert in Puerto Rico, Bad Bunny described the opportunity to learn about other cultures as wonderful, but assured that his career allowed him to value his Puerto Rican identity and his homeland much more.

As reported by the artist’s production team, attendance at the first function was 18,749 at the Puerto Rican Coliseum.

Recently, Bad Bunny topped the music charts with the best-selling album of the past two months and was the most listened to on Spotify and YouTube, the two biggest music services in the world. He has sold more than 1.4 million copies of his album “Un Verano Sin Ti” since its debut on May 6, generating at least 150 million weekly plays on Spotify.

Bad Bunny also ranked No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Artists chart for the third year in a row and was also named one of the top 10 most popular global superstars. According Bloomberg“No one comes close to stardom for Bad Bunny right now.”

But beyond its lyrics, which many criticize for their foul language, Bad Bunny represents a rallying cry against injustice and some of Puerto Rico’s most pressing issues.

His song “El Apagón”, for example, refers to Puerto Rico’s ongoing electricity problems and its crisis-ridden power grid, which has not recovered from the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017.

During his concert in Puerto Rico, he confessed that although he does concerts all over the world, Isla del Encanto is the only one where he still has power plants in case LUMA, the company that privatized the operation of its electrical power transmission and distribution system, leaves them without electricity.

“What I’m going to tell you now is no joke: the only place I show up and have to put about 15 industrial power plants is here…because I can’t trust the system Electric Puerto Rico,” the singer said.

“The country belongs to us and we control it. We are the ones who have to take control. I believe in this generation. I want to live here forever with you,” Bad Bunny said.


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