2022 was another good year for the Bad Rabbit.
Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio had 12 months of unprecedented achievements in the artistic industry.
Un Verano sin Ti, his fourth studio album, earned him the title of the most listened to worldwide on Spotify for the third consecutive year. It also earned him five Latin Grammy Awards and a historic nomination for best album of the year at the Grammys, being the first album sung in Spanish to achieve it.
The production was the spearhead for the performance of three concerts in July at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, which sought to surpass the feat achieved at the end of 2021, when he presented two performances at the Hiram Bithorn stadium with a simultaneous broadcast at the Choliseo.
With the concept inspired by the album, he transformed the Coliseo into “the biggest summer party in Puerto Rico”, and surpassed the previous record belonging to the rock band Metallica, of 18,749 people.
The initial show was broadcast in 13 different points on the Island, from his native Vega Baja, La Placita in Santurce, to the T-Mobile District. In an unprecedented event, it was broadcast live on Telemundo.
While his World’s Hottest Tour was the most lucrative of the year according to Pollstar, with a total gross of $373.5 million, from the sale of 1.8 million tickets in 65 shows. In this way, the Puerto Rican surpassed the ‘tours’ of Elton John, Lady Gaga and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others.
The closure occurred in December, at the Azteca de México stadium, in two functions in which 85,000 attended each night and thousands were left out.
Martínez Ocasio also made his big screen debut this year in Bullet Train, alongside Oscar winners Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock. The action comedy film grossed over $240 million at the box office.
The Puerto Rican will be in charge of giving life to Marvel’s first Latino hero, El Muerto, whose film is scheduled to premiere on January 12, 2024.
In 2023, she anticipates taking a break to prioritize her physical and emotional health.
Music, acting and courts, marked a large part of 2022 for Ricky Martin.
The singer put Play, a record production in extended play format (EP), for the public’s consideration, with which he continued Pausa, from 2020. For the eighteenth time in his career, he reached the number one position on the Latin charts Airplay and Latin Pop Airplay from Billboard, with A veces bien y occasional mal, in collaboration with the Mexican group Reik. In fact, it was the only ballad in the Top 30 of the specialized magazine.
In his histrionic facet, he returned to acting with the filming of the series Mr. American Pie for Apple TV+, along with Kristen Wiig, Alison Janney and Laura Dern.
Apart from his artistic achievements, the public and judicial dispute with his nephew Dennis Y. Sánchez Martin, captured the attention of the media. On July 1, an ex parte protection order was granted against the artist, in response to a complaint under Law 54 of Domestic Violence made by the son of his sister Vanessa. On July 21, the case was archived, after the petitioner’s voluntary dismissal.
“I have worked on stage for almost four decades, in the public eye, and I have never, ever had to deal with something so painful… I was a victim of lies,” the former Menudo said then.
On September 7, Enrique Martin Morales, the artist’s first name, filed a civil lawsuit against Sánchez Martin, for extortion, malicious persecution, abuse of law, as well as damages, for which he demands a payment of no less than $30 million. .
On September 8, Martin Morales was granted an ex parte stalking protection order against his nephew, which was extended for one year by Judge Glenn Velázquez Morales, of the San Juan Court of First Instance, on November 10.
In October, Sánchez Martin, 21, requested a new protection order under the Law for Victims of Sexual Assault Violence, which was denied by Judge Maranyeli Colón Requejo, of the San Juan Court of First Instance, after hearing the testimonies from both sides.
Sánchez Martin presented on December 9, through his legal representation, a motion to dismiss the civil lawsuit against him.
While, in the Court of the Central District of Los Angeles, the lawsuit of Martin’s former manager, Rebecca Drucker, who accuses him of breach of contract and requests a payment of $3 million, remains alive.
The Puerto Rican’s career was led by Drucker from 2014 to 2018 and then rehired from 2020 to 2022.
The Big Boss announced his retirement from the stage in March, after more than three decades of experience.
His farewell was part of the La última vuelta tour and the Legendaddy album.
In Puerto Rico, the voice of Gasolina y Despacito was to be presented on January 6, 7 and 8, 2023 at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium. However, in November the postponement of the shows was reported.
Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez -his given name- has sold close to 30 million albums and has been awarded four Latin Grammys and the Billboard Hall of Fame award, as well as 30 other awards at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Luis Fonsi achieved a musical participation in the 94th edition of the Oscar with We Don’t Talk About Bruno, success of the animated film by Disney Enchantment, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was nominated.
The Puerto Rican released his tenth studio album, Gravity Law, in March; and in May he presented his Noche Perfecta concert at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico.
In November, he made his debut as an entertainer at the Latin Grammy ceremony, along with Thalía, Laura Pausini and Anitta.
It should be noted that, through its foundation, it intensified efforts in the well-being of music education in Puerto Rico.
Wisin and Yandel
The so-called duo of history set a record at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico with 14 performances of The Last Mission, a show based on their farewell album, after more than two decades of collaboration.
The singers have presented 39 concerts at the Choliseo since 2006 and the economic impact of this last day was estimated at $14 million.
Ariana DeBose, born to a Puerto Rican father, made history as the first openly gay Afro-Latin actress to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story. In addition, she became, together with Rita Moreno – who won the statuette in 1962 in the same category and with the same role as Anita – the first couple of women to achieve this feat.
2022 was a fruitful year for Didi Romero.
The actress starred in the English-language film Mixtape and is one of the main figures in the musical Six, which continues to tour the United States.
The Puerto Rican also stars in Gina Yei, the first Puerto Rican series for Disney+, which will premiere on January 11.
Producer Rafael Antonio “Raphy” Pina Nieves was sentenced on May 24 by federal judge Francisco Besosa to 41 months in prison, three years of probation, and a $150,000 fine for illegal possession of weapons.
Daddy Yankee’s manager and partner of the singer Natti Natasha, keeps several arguments alive in court, including the request for a new trial.
In the midst of his confinement, he responded to the singer Don Omar about his allegations of alleged boycott, in relation to The Kingdom tour, in 2015.
“You will no longer be Don Omar, you will be Don Nadie,” Pina Nieves said in a video that she had recorded prior to her confinement.
Angel Manuel Soto
Puerto Rican filmmaker Ángel Manuel Soto filmed part of the scenes in Blue Beetle, the first DC Comics film centered on a Latino superhero, on the island.
He will also be in charge of the new Transformers film.
Maripily Rivera returned to establish residence in Puerto Rico after 16 years living in Miami. With her return to the Island, she delved into acting with the comedy Maripily y la de ella dos maridos de ella, along with Tony Pascual, Fausto Mata and Aquiles Corrrea.
The 45-year-old businesswoman launched this year the Fit Girl and Fit Boy perfumes and the Maripily by Roman Color eyeshadow palette. On a sentimental level, she broke off her engagement with José Javier Carrasquillo, whom she planned to marry in June 2023.
The model also had an offer to inhabit the third edition of La Casa de los Famosos (Telemundo), but declined to “save” the relationship.
Raymond Arrieta completed the 14th edition of Da Vida in August, a six-day, nearly 60-mile route that took him from Humacao to Carolina, in favor of cancer patients and the Oncological Hospital.
The philanthropist will say goodbye to traditional walks in 2023, with the 15th edition from Ponce to San Juan and the goal of having exceeded $20 million in collections for the cause.
stephanie del valle
Superior Judge Raúl A. Candelario López, of the Superior Chamber of the Court of First Instance of San Juan, declared a third motion for dismissal requested by Stephanie del Valle Díaz, Miss World 2006, in relation to the lawsuit against her. , presented by Puerto Rico With a Purpose (PRwaP), L3C.
In February of this year, PRwaP sued the non-profit corporation Reignite, chaired by Del Valle, for breach of contractual obligations, collection of money and damages amounting to no less than $2,725,000.00, this framed in the celebration of Miss World in Puerto Rico.
Del Valle’s counterclaim against PRwaP continues its course, in which he claims more than $30 million for moral damages and mental anguish, among others.
They transcended the physical plane
Among the figures of the artistic environment who died this year are the director Dean Zayas, the playwright Myrna Casas, the entertainer Sandra Zaiter and the singer Lalo Rodríguez.
In February, the actor and theater actor expired at the age of 83. Titi Sandra died in September at the age of 78, while Casas, also an actress, died in November at the age of 88.
For his part, El Canario de Carolina, was found lifeless on December 13, at the age of 64, in the Residencial Sabana Abajo, in his hometown.