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: “It's free to walk to work and I get some exercise in.”—Female, 26, NY

Niche beauty brands have blurred gender lines at their core—can large cosmetics companies play catch up without seeming “disingenuous”? Milk Makeup and Fluide have built their brands on being inclusive, but larger brands sometimes strike consumers as hopping on the band wagon when they try to do the same—especially since they created so many of the gender norms they’re now rallying against. The best way for them to get in on the trend? Start by making their hiring process more inclusive both “behind the lens” and in front of it. (Fast Company)

Starbucks thinks the “health and wellness” trend is to blame for declining Frappuccino sales. Despite marketing efforts like the Unicorn Frappuccino, syrupy drink sales are down 3% from last year. However, rivals like McDonald’s and Dunkin' Donuts could be stealing sugary beverage sales from the coffee giant, meaning young consumers’ penchant for healthification isn't necessarily the culprit. In fact, McDonalds recently debuted two new frozen drinks that earning praising on Twitter. (NYPFox News)

Apple is getting into kids’ content, teaming up with Sesame Workshop for a slate of original shows. Live-action, animated, and puppet-based series will be included in the programming, but Sesame Street itself is not part of the deal. There are no details yet on where Apple will release the shows, meaning they could either shop them to another platform or debut them on their own streaming platform. Considering that Apple has several original program deals in the works, they could be looking to bulk up their own bid in the streaming wars. (Kidscreen)

Twitter and Tumblr posts are getting a new lease on life—as screenshots on Instagram. While young users of Twitter and Tumblr have declined, Ypulse’s Social Media Trackerfound that over half of 13-35-year-olds use Instagram daily. Instagram is the preferred place to post memes, despite many accounts creating their content elsewhere. Why do they switch platforms to post? Instagram’s Discover tab allows faster browsing than Twitter, while Instagram images are displayed in full rather than being cut off, like they are on Twitter. (The Verge)

Eggo sales are down in between seasons of Stranger Things. Yes, the sci-fi series has that much influence on the frozen waffle’s revenue. One Eggo executive explains that they “quickly leveraged the [resulting] consumer engagement” from the show, and it paid off: sales jumped 14% in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 9.4% for the first four months of 2018. However, fewer people are binging the Gen Z & Millennial favorite these days, so Kellogg’s frozen pancakes, waffles, and French toast sales have slowed to just 1.3% year-over-year. (CNN)

Quote of the Day: “I fell in love with trance music.”—Male, 23, NY

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