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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“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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