Ypulse Essentials: Bieber Bashes U.S., 'Glee' To Sing Original Songs, McSweeney's New Children's Imprint

Rolling Stone BieberWill Rolling Stone’s interview with Justin Bieber (tarnish the pristine image of the pop idol? In the article, due out Feb 18, he disses the U.S. and gives his opinions on politics, fame, abstinence, and abortion, among other topics. After a disappointing Grammys, his album sales are up, and his nail polish line has sold 1 million bottles) (MTV) (Time)

- The cast of ‘Glee’ (continues on its path to becoming a legitimate music group, with plans for an original song in an episode this season, and a whole episode devoted to original songs next season. PSFK notes that when Fox airs “Glee,” Twitter traffic goes up by a factor of 30) (Billboard)

- A new children’s imprint (McSweeney’s McMullens will release 10 children’s books this year, beginning in May) (GalleyCat)

- Calorie counts (don’t influence kids menu choices at fast food restaurants, according to a recent study) (ABC News)

- An ‘undiscovered’ band (will get their “picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone” as part of a contest organized by the magazine, AOLMusic, and Atlantic Records. For the first time ever, readers will choose the featured band. Mashable profiles My Major Company, a startup that hopes to launch the careers of unknown bands through fan funding. With so many industry outsiders gaining more attention, perhaps we’ll have many more “Never Heard Of It” Grammy awards shows in the future) (NY Times, reg required) (New York Magazine)

- Clearasil and MTV (join for a PSA to help teens “Make the Clear Choice” about drugs, alcohol, sex, self-esteem, and other issues. The spots will feature MTV correspondent Suchin Pak and will encourage viewers to visit MTV’s new site, MTV ACT, where they can get involved. Clearasil is also back to advertising with “Skins” after a one week hiatus) (PR Newswire) (Broadcasting & Cable)

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Quote of the Day: “There are better things to spend my money on [than luxury products], so unless we are talking about luxury experiences, I'm not spending money on them right now.”

—Female, 30, CA

As we predicted, there’s still hope for in-store shopping. According to a Forrester retail expert and analyst, U.S. retail revenue is expected to reach $3.4 trillion this year, and only 9% is expected to be online. Because consumers still value the ability to “touch and feel products,” retailers with “solid go-to-market strategies,” like Sephora with their digital solutions and Ulta with their unique shopping experience, stand to benefit the most. He reports that only those retailers “struggling to connect with consumers” are closing stores. (MediaPost

Will Instagram take Snapchat’s place as a marketing star of 2017? The platform, which boasts 150 million daily users, is now letting brands incorporate full screen ads to the Snapchat-inspired Stories feature, and companies like Capital One, ASOS, Nike, Buick, and Airbnb are already on board. According to the VP of Instagram Business, brands will be able to target specific audiences through the feature, and one-third of the app’s top stories have been from businesses. (Adweek

LGBT self-identification is rising in the U.S., with Millennials leading the way. According to a Gallup survey, 4.1% of U.S. adults, or about 10 million people, now identify as LGBT—an increase from 3.5% in 2012. Millennials account for almost 60% of that number, most likely because they are “first generation in the U.S. to grow up in an environment where social acceptance of the LGBT community markedly increased.” Our Genreless Generation trend, revealed that Millennials and teens are more comfortable with blending and bending categories, and celebrating new combinations than ever before. (NYMag)

The Binge Effect has inspired Disney to try out the Netflix model. For the premiere of Beyond on Millennial-focused network Freeform, all 10 episodes were released online with fewer ads than shown on TV—a first for the channel. The series, about a young man who discovers he has superpowers after awakening from a 12-year coma, drew in 14.2 million viewers in its first week, with almost half watching online. (Bloomberg

Millennials are skipping YouTube ads, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. An analysis by LaunchLeap revealed that 59% of Millennials are skipping YouTube’s TrueView ads—those that advertisers only pay for if they are watched to completion. On the other hand, 29% are watching ads to completion—better engagement than on Snapchat. And they’re paying attention: a Google and Ipsos study found that attention paid to YouTube ads is 84% higher than advertising on TV. (Business Insider

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