Ypulse Essentials: Bieber Bashes U.S., 'Glee' To Sing Original Songs, McSweeney's New Children's Imprint

Rolling Stone BieberWill Rolling Stone’s interview with Justin Bieber (tarnish the pristine image of the pop idol? In the article, due out Feb 18, he disses the U.S. and gives his opinions on politics, fame, abstinence, and abortion, among other topics. After a disappointing Grammys, his album sales are up, and his nail polish line has sold 1 million bottles) (MTV) (Time)

- The cast of ‘Glee’ (continues on its path to becoming a legitimate music group, with plans for an original song in an episode this season, and a whole episode devoted to original songs next season. PSFK notes that when Fox airs “Glee,” Twitter traffic goes up by a factor of 30) (Billboard)

- A new children’s imprint (McSweeney’s McMullens will release 10 children’s books this year, beginning in May) (GalleyCat)

- Calorie counts (don’t influence kids menu choices at fast food restaurants, according to a recent study) (ABC News)

- An ‘undiscovered’ band (will get their “picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone” as part of a contest organized by the magazine, AOLMusic, and Atlantic Records. For the first time ever, readers will choose the featured band. Mashable profiles My Major Company, a startup that hopes to launch the careers of unknown bands through fan funding. With so many industry outsiders gaining more attention, perhaps we’ll have many more “Never Heard Of It” Grammy awards shows in the future) (NY Times, reg required) (New York Magazine)

- Clearasil and MTV (join for a PSA to help teens “Make the Clear Choice” about drugs, alcohol, sex, self-esteem, and other issues. The spots will feature MTV correspondent Suchin Pak and will encourage viewers to visit MTV’s new site, MTV ACT, where they can get involved. Clearasil is also back to advertising with “Skins” after a one week hiatus) (PR Newswire) (Broadcasting & Cable)

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Fourteen percent of Millennials 18-32-years-old are currently parents, and they’re becoming an influential majority as they simultaneously take over the workplace. Balancing work and childrearing will likely be a priority for the generation, and while young parents today want longer maternity and paternity leaves, this type of flexibility is not often offered. For those with older children, parents want the ability to make children’s mid-day events, even if they have to work later at night to make up for it. Tech companies are “leading the pack” in providing good parental leave policies, and if talent begins to leave due to inflexible policies, other industries could follow suit. (Fast Company)

Kids today are more stressed out than ever, but one school’s effort to lesson their load has parents up in arms. In an effort to combat students’ frustration, exhaustion, lack of family time, and loss of interest in learning, a public elementary school in New York City recently assigned students the tasks of reading books and spending time with their families instead of traditional homework. However, parents are threatening to take kids out of school in protest, and have even assigned their own homework to “fill the gap.” Parenting trends currently lean towards the intense, competitive, and overprotective, and we’ll be interested to see if the pendulum swings as more Millennials become parents of K-12 kids. (DNAinfo)

Instagram is a vital Snapshot Marketing platform, and they’re introducing even more features for brands who want to appeal to young, visually-driven consumers. The app will now host sponsored, carousel-style posts featuring multiple photos that can be flipped through until the user is given the option to click for additional content. The new format “allows for sequential storytelling,” and has the potential to draw more brands to advertise on the platform, which is already bigger than Twitter with 300 million monthly users globally. (Adweek)

Always’s original “Like A Girl” ad was included in Ypulse’s round up of our favorite marketing of 2014 for standing out in the category of grown up girl-powered marketing. Now the brand has released a follow-up in honor of International Women’s Day with a new spot that features girls all over the world scoring, experimenting, running, calculating, and climbing “like a girl.” After the original ad aired during the Super Bowl this year, Always reported that 79% of women and 59% of men 16-24-years-old said it had altered their perception of what “like a girl” means. The sequel continues the brand’s championing of young girls, and asks viewers to keep doing things #LikeAGirl. (Huffington Post)

Ozo, an adorable 3D-printed bear, is introducing children to the Rubik’s Cube. The retro toy stumps even adults, but it turns out the exercise helps develop important mental capabilities. Ozo Bear teaches kids problem solving with body parts that have to be rearranged to put him in the correct shape. The product is still in early development stages, but mass production predicted for Ozo’s future and 3D-printed playthings are an emerging toy trend to watch. (psfk)

Every other week we tap into our panel of 150,000+ young consumers in a survey of 1,000 13-32-year-olds for their take on current events, trending topics, changing attitudes, and new norms. The question library in the My Library tab on Ypulse.com allows Silver and Gold subscribers to see what we’ve asked and how we’ve asked it for every monthly survey we've done, giving them a better understanding of how we talk to Millennials and an accessible data bank of all of the Millennial statistics available to them. (Ypulse)

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