Five Things to Know in Music/TV/Movies Now


1. Frozen is still very hot.
In case you missed it, Disney’s Frozen is more than a movie, it has already become a major Disney franchise and is currently having a big cultural moment. As of today, Frozen has earned over $669 million in the box office globally, making it the second highest grossing Disney Animated film of all time, after The Lion King. Meanwhile, the soundtrack has reached No.1 on the Billboard 200, and the ballad “Let It Go”—the pop version of which is sung by Demi Lovato—is reportedly resonating with tweens in a big way. It has already been announced that the film will be turned into a Disney Broadway musical, news that Billboard calls, ”yet another sign that Disney is no longer in the shadow of animation rival Pixar,” so be prepared for Frozen to stay in the spotlight and continue to be a part of the tween, young Millennial, and Plural world for some time. 

2. Girls is on YouTube
HBO is bucking their long-standing trend of keeping their content to themselves and posting the first episodes of Girls season 3 on YouTube for all to see, just 12 hours after their original broadcast. Telling Mashable that, “For us, this is an increasingly challenging demographic to reach with traditional means,” the network is experimenting with social media to reach out to younger viewers. The show has also been given a Snapchat account, which sends out images that act as inside jokes to fans, behind the scenes info, and sneak peaks of episodes. Those fleeting snaps are also being turned into GIFs to be shared on other networks whose missives have longer staying power. 

3. Music fests could be deflating.
In the last decade the music festival industry has exploded, as small festivals have condensed into fewer mega-fests like Coachella, and festivals have become not just major business,…

 
 

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“It[‘s] only about the music for me, nothing else dictates what I listen to, I either like it or I don't.”—Male, 28, WA

A new app is getting teens’ attention as it rises through the ranks of the new social apps to know, even surpassing Houseparty’s popularity—but the catch is it’s “piggyback[ing]” on Snapchat. Polly allows users to create anonymous surveys that they can send on Snapchat (there's that anonymity allure again), meaning many users may not have actually downloaded the Polly app, so they “could slip away if friends stop posting questions.” For now though, the app amassed 20 million users and 100 million answers last month, proving it’s one to keep an eye on. (TechCrunch)

Designers are taking to social media to “shame” the retailers ripping off their work. When Zoila Darton spotted a Forever 21 shirt eerily similar to the one she helped create to benefit Planned Parenthood, she posted a tweet to let the brand know their copycat didn’t go unnoticed—and quickly gained attention from fashion editors and others. This isn’t the first time pieces have been copied by Forever 21, but designers have a hard time taking legal recourse against the powerful company. Instead, social media posts are often their best bet. (NYTimes)

BeautyCon is continuing to take “Sephora and Coachella and smash it into one thing” to appeal to young consumers. At the latest L.A. event, 20,000 beauty fans came to meet their influencer idols and try out the latest makeup trends, surrounded by empowering slogans and messages—true to the brand’s idea that “beauty can be something beyond a concealer culture.” Of course, brands were there “to win over the new generation”—ChapStick Duo offered cotton candy while Rimmel London’s “slayground” gave attendees a chance to set down their makeup and enjoy a jungle gym and swing set.
(The New Yorker)

It turns out saving money might not be cord cutters’ top reason for switching to streaming. Instead, a recent Magid Associates survey found that “the attractions” of SVOD programming (aka their content) is their top reason for making the move, followed by the overall decline of TV-viewing among 18-24-year-olds. Cable companies are trying to reel The Post-TV Gen back in by offering lower-cost cable bundles (so-called “skinny bundles”), but stepping up their shows might be a better first step to reversing the “accelerating” trend of cutting the cord. (TheStreet)

Pokémon is reaching out to a new generation of trainers with its first app for preschool-aged kids. Pokémon Playhouse follows in the wake of the massively successful augmented reality app, Pokémon Go (which was so popular that we put together an entire infographic on it) but won’t be AR-based. Instead, Playhouse will tap into the collectibles trend by featuring favorite characters like Pikachu for kids to collect by completing activities. There will also be puzzles and more in the app’s “interactive park.” (Kidscreen)

“I'm literally listening to music any time it is socially acceptable.”—Female, 28, MN

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