Teen Mag Roundup
- December 2nd, 2013
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Today we’re reading Teen Vogue, NYLON, and Seventeen so you don’t have to, giving you an inside look into the teenage world to find out what's on their radar… and why.
Cover Girl: Selena Gomez is no longer the naïve kid that she once played on Disney Channel: she turned 21 this summer, starred in the provocative film Spring Breakers, and went on tour for her first solo album Stars Dance. Her “newfound maturity” is a culmination of these experiences, all of which push her to evaluate who she wants to be in this “decade of confusion.” A blip on her tour route, being denied entry to Russia due to musicians speaking out for gay rights, led her to identify with her gay fan base, and she has recently stood up for what she defines as feminism in the pop star realm.
Rising Star: Jhene Aiko is a part of R&B’s revival, collaborating with big names like J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, and Wiz Khalifa to become a star herself. As a singer-songwriter, Aiko brings realness to her lyrics and calls on her mentors Big Sean and Drake when writer’s block hits. Despite what some may think, her reputation doesn’t rest on her famous friends: she was signed at age 12 and decided to press pause on her musical ambition until she finished her education.
Sign of the Times: What started with Paris Hilton and Lauren Conrad has become a pop culture phenomenon: “regular girls” ascending to fame for talents unknown. In the age of the social media celebrity, becoming a star has never been in closer reach, and 31% of teens think it’s “likely they’ll be famous someday.” Though we agree with the connection between social media likes and social life validation, internal Ypulse research has shown that most Millennials are not necessarily in search of fame, since 80% would rather be completely anonymous on social media, with few friends or followers, than be criticized online and in public as celebrities today are.
Musician to Watch: Grimes, aka Claire Boucher, claims that she was “a total weirdo as a kid,” yet her quirky mix of haunting high notes and out-there fashions are what sets her apart in the pop music sphere. Interestingly, Grimes doesn’t own a cell phone, choosing rather to focus completely on her “real life” instead of “wast[ing] short-term memory” on emails and texts. While we see the future in her, she sees it in the next generation, applauding her fanbase for their growing political activeness and calling them as “the best part of this job.”
Cover Guy: Teens with older siblings can surely relate to Casey Affleck, who oftentimes plays in the shadows of superstar big brother and soon-to-be Batman Ben Affleck. They’ve collaborated on countless projects, from classic Good Will Hunting to Casey’s first leading role and Ben’s directorial debut in Gone Baby Gone, but now Casey is stepping out on his own as a PTSD-raddled soldier returning home in Out of the Furnace. On his role: “He’s the fuckup you root for.”
Teen Heartthrob: Sam Claflin has joined The Hunger Games franchise as Katniss’ swoon-worthy adversary-turned-ally Finnick Odair in Catching Fire. YA fans have gone wild for him—he has already had to shut down a fake Instagram account made in his name.
Rising Star: Bishop Nehru has toured Europe with Wu-Tang, dropped two mixtapes, and scored a noteworthy hip-hop collaboration—all at the age of 16. Proving to be a magic number for both him and pop darling Lorde, year 16 is just the beginning. Nehru comes across much more mature than his high school peers, citing jazz as a major influence and feeling pride for his high grades in English.
On the Sound Waves: The young trio Goldroom, consisting of Boston-born DJ Josh Legg, Malibu-bred drummer Nick Sandler, and Australian songstress Mereki Beach, is capturing the surge in EDM music and making the most of their stage time with a “rewarding live experience” and “spontaneity [in] everything we play.” The group members’ eclectic backgrounds are represented in their new EP Embrace, which works well for Millennials who appreciate originality and hybrid music.
Cover Guys: One Direction is still at the top of teen and tween girls’ love lists, and the group’s willingness to get personal on social media is what brings them down to earth for fans. In their Seventeen interview, Niall reveals that the band uses Twitter as their main line of connection, even making “decisions based on what they say.” Giving fans a voice is a powerful tool, and one that resonates deeply with teenagers who often feel misrepresented.
Stats to Note: Our most recent Lifeline Report covered the craze of next level fandoms, and teens are still on board as 61% say they are into fan names, like “Lovatics” for fans of Demi Lovato and “Mahomies” for the Austin Mahone obsessed. One Millennial notes that subscribing to a fan name is a “cool way to show celebs you’re a true fan.”
Download This: The Kanvess app lets Instagram users print their photos for just 25¢ each, turning smartphone photographs into frame-worthy wall-art, scrapbooking gold, or even personalized presents, all on the cheap. This app is one of many that brings mobile content to life, and is a sign of the times for the increase in seamless tools.
Entrepreneurial Pursuit: Crowdfunding is the most accessible way for young adults to gain capital, and the most popular sites are those that make it easy for Millennials to fund their ventures. We’ve explored the formulas for success on Kickstarter and life after funding, but Seventeen explores the lesser-known avenues available to teens, like GoFundMe, popular for raising team funds, PiggyBackr for charity efforts, and RocketHub, which offers a success school to help teens turn DIY projects into veritable businesses.