Ypulse Essentials: A&F Has A Situation With The Situation, Magazines Entice Young Readers, Converse Supports Indie Music

The Situation In A&FThe Situation is known for taking his shirt off (but now Abercrombie & Fitch wants to pay him to do so. The student-targeted brand has offered “a substantial payment” to Mike Sorrentino and his cast mates to not wear its clothing. While the brand is kinda joking, it’s also kinda serious, claiming that the “Jersey Shore” stars are damaging to the brand’s aspirational appeal…and we all know what happened to Ed Hardy after a few too many appearances on the show. In other fashion-meets-TV news, “The Carrie Diaries” may be coming to The CW, led by the same producers of “Gossip Girl.” All we have to say is…yessss!!!) (WSJ, reg required) (Deadline Hollywood)

- Magazine editors are attempting to attract a younger demographic (by turning over their most valuable real estate: their magazine covers. Seventeen, Rolling Stone, and others are entrusting fans to select the bands and beauties that grace their covers through social media participation, and it’s working to get young readers, well, reading. Digital apps are also part of the deal, giving young readers on-the-go access. Speaking of apps, Starbucks and Apple are teaming up to offer customers a free app with purchase. Now that’s easy to swallow!) (WWD) (PSFK)

- What do Katy Perry and Michael Jackson have in common? (They’re the only two artists to ever have five singles from one album top the Hot 100 charts. In other music news, if you’ve read ‘The Hunger Games’ you know that Katniss has a lovely singing voice that birds will stop and listen to. And the same is apparently true of Jennifer Lawrence, who will appear on the film’s soundtrack singing a song from a pivotal moment in the book. Converse, known for some awesome musical collaborations, releases its latest featuring Matt & Kim, Soulja Boy, and Andrew W.K. The catchy track was recorded…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “My dream car has always been a Chevy Silverado. After I have paid off all of my debt including student loans I will save to pay cash for the truck I want. I have a 3 1/2 year plan to pay off my debt and if I then take the money I am paying towards my debts and keep saving I should be able to buy my truck 1 year after that.” –Female, 22, OR

The mall doesn’t hold the same place in American culture it did twenty years ago, but it may still play a role in teen shopping tastes. A Teen Vogue survey reports that teen girls still like shopping in malls, with 65% of 16-26-year-old females saying they will do the majority of their holiday shopping in store. The top reasons they preferred mall shopping to online were seeing products in person, hanging out with friends, and bonding with their moms. (Awww.) 61% say they create their own wishlists by walking through the mall as well. (Chain Store Age)

Start hoarding bourbon. In 2015, the smooth spirit will be more expensive, thanks in large part to its popularity with Millennial consumers. Domestic bourbon sales have increased 36% in five years, and some distilleries are rationing their bottles for the first time since Prohibition. How’s that for the power of the craft cocktail trend? Bacon, that perennially trendy meat, will also continue rise in price. (Deal News)

McDonald’s sales continue to fall, and their problems attracting young consumers have been well documented this year. The number of 19-21-year-olds visiting the chain every month has dropped by 13% since 2011. “Desperate to change its image,” the brand’s latest turnaround plan (is this plan E?) includes self-service kiosks, a trimmed down menu, and a search for a “big idea” that will appeal to young consumers’ interest in social good. (Business Insider)

What did Millennials read online this year? A lot of BuzzFeed. Digiday’s look at 2014 in Millennial media consumption found that 39 million 18-34-year-olds visited BuzzFeed at least once, but traditional publications online are also attracting these younger readers. Over 20 million visited The New York Times, and almost 8 million visited The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, some “self-proclaimed” Millennial sites like Ozy and Vocativ reportedly “actually attract an older crowd.” (Digiday)

A generation delaying getting married and having children is creating interesting cultural shifts, and some hilariously awkward family moments. When one twenty-something found herself as the only single sibling and was deemed too old to be on her parent’s holiday card, she began to make her own tongue-in-cheek cards “celebrating” her solo, childless status. These hilarious missives, featuring booze and uncomfortable scenes, have gone viral, and she has become a holiday hero of the unmarried. (Mashable)

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