Ypulse Essentials: Rebecca Black To Release New Hits, Comic-Con Schedule Revealed, 'Transformers' Still At The Top

Rebecca BlackIf you thought Rebecca Black was just a one-hit wonder (then think again! Sure she stumbled upon fame, but after getting more YouTube hits than Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga — impressive right? — it’s no surprise that Rebecca is continuing her music career. She’s releasing her next song, “My Moment” on July 18th and has an EP coming out in August. Sounds like fun, fun, fun! We’re also excited about Lady Gaga’s upcoming mermaid-inspired music video. Apparently she’s wanted to do this for a while to show off her mermaid alter ego Yuyi. Oh Gaga…) (TheHollywoodReporter) (PopDust)

- Prepare yourselves Comic-Con fans (for what might be the most amazing convention yet. The full schedule is finally here, so take a look! The event is packed with panels from graphic novel and comic creators to previews of the “Glee” 3D concert and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Musical!” Who’s excited?) (Entertainment Weekly)

- It’s official — ‘Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon’ is the highest-grossing film of the year so far (after holding the top spot at the box office during its first two weekends. The film raked in $47 million in sales this past weekend, bringing in a grand total of $261 million to date. But just wait until “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” comes out this weekend. Speaking of which, Warner Bros. has a new licensing program just in time for the final film’s release. There’s LEGO playsets featuring scenes from the stories, wands and artifacts from the Noble Collection, and much more. If you’re having HP nostalgia already, these items might be a good solution) (TV Guide) (Kidscreen)

- Disney Channel fans who’ve always dreamed of being in the spotlight (now have a chance thanks to the Shake It Up: Make Your Mark Ultimate Dance Off contest. Disney is looking for a new spotlight dancer for their hit show, “Shake It Up” and they’re letting America help choose! Kids can upload 45-second dance videos and the top six will compete in a dance off on Disney this fall. In other Disney news, band members from Disney’s Original Movie “Lemonade Mouth” will appear on an upcoming episode of “So Random!”) (Disney) (JustJaredJr)

- Back to school shopping season is here (which means its time to find the sales! Many stores including Toys “R” Us, Walmart, Staples, and Target already have deals on everything from backpacks and lunchboxes to paper and pens. Retailers know they have to start the sales early to attract consumers and beat the competition) (USA Today)

- As blogging has become increasingly popular in the past few years (WordPress has reached its 50 million mark. More than 287 million people view over 2.5 billion WordPress pages a month! Although all this digital writing might lead you to believe that no one cares about pens anymore, that’s not the case. Sharpie is doing quite well with its video ads and Facebook presence which encourage fans to “Uncap What’s Inside”) (Mashable) (AdAge, reg. required)

- Teens tend to like a brand or product (if they see that their friends or family like it on social media. According to ROI Research, 60% of U.S. social network users were at least somewhat likely to take action when a friend posted information about a product, company, or brand on a social media site. And as teens access social media while shopping, their purchasing habits are affected by their friends and family since they trust those people’s opinions) (eMarketer)

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