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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Mattel’s new toy franchise Enchantimals is inspired by Instagram and Snapchat filters. The new line of 14 dolls are all half-animal—think the bunny and deer filters—and each “shares a ritual trait with her animal friend.” Their origin and the YouTube series starring the girls are no doubt a part of Mattel’s “five-pillar strategic plan” to be a more digital brand. Appealing to Millennial parents and their kids has been a tough sell for Mattel, but they’re making moves like changing up Barbie’s body type and asking kids to pick the next big toy on TV to keep up with the next generation. (Kidscreen)

Harry Potter fans, raise your butterbeers up, because this franchise and its fandom will never die. Two more books from the Harry Potter universe are hitting shelves this fall—though they aren’t actually written by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter: A History of Magic and Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic are instead both written by the British Library, to coincide with an exhibition dedicated to celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the first book. The two new works will include “exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive,” to delight serious fans of the series. (USA Today, New York Times)

Restaurants are being designed with Instagrammability in mind. From unicorn foods to neon signs and tile floors with hidden messages, restaurateurs aren’t just tolerating Instagrammers, they’re intentionally acting as “Instagram bait” to earn some free press. And it doesn’t end at Instagrammable design touches. Many restaurants stress having perfect lighting, and one even provides “Instagram packs” at customer request, consisting of “a portable LED light, multi-device charger, clip-on wide-angle lens, tripod, and a selfie stick.” (The Verge, Grub Street)

Some student loan debt is getting “wiped away” in court because of missing paperwork. Students defaulting on their private loans are getting taken to court by aggressive creditors, but as it turns out, many don’t have the required documents to make them pay up. National Collegiate is at the center of many of these trials—one lawyer in Iowa represented 30 cases brought on by them, and 27 were dismissed because of “critical omissions or flaws” in the paperwork. Some Millennials prioritizing paying back debt might just catch a lucky break. (New York Times)

Millennials want older generations to know why they stand by political correctness. While some may despair the overly PC state of the world, many young consumers see political correctness as protection from prejudice, and a show of respect. What some may view as an over-sensitivity epidemic, many Millennials see as “being morally minded.” Ypulse’s PC Police trend tackled this topic, and found half of 13-33-year-olds would describe political correctness as treating others with respect, and 66% agree that political correctness is one way to make culture kinder and more inclusive. (Business Insider)

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