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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“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

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