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: “A wedding trend I’ve noticed recently is guests not dressing formally to the reception/wedding, more come as you are attitude.”—Female, 24, MI

This week, Mattel introduced an American Boy doll, their first male offering in the company’s 31-year history. New doll Logan Everett is part of a pair of singer-songwriters from Nashville who come with music-inspired accessories. The company reports that customers have been asking for a male doll for some time, and Mattel’s continuing strategy to diversify their offerings helped increase sales by 4% last year. (KidscreenNYTimes

Kids in Australia are spending more time online than watching TV. Research firm Roy Morgan reports that in 2016 six-13-year-olds spent an average of 12 hours a week online compared to 10.5 hours spent in front of the TV, the first time internet surpassed TV since the survey began in 2008. Online time has also almost doubled in the last eight years. The firm says, "The idea that TV is boring no matter what is on is just because TV is so static and it might have ads on it." (ABC

The current state of the White House has ignited Gen Z’s interest in politics—according to AwesomenessTV’s CEO, Brian Robbins. He reports that his own children’s newfound fascination with politics sparked by the recent election has inspired him to bring more political content to AwesomenessTV. Because “[a]n audience that really wasn't that interested is now really interested," the company will move away from “fluffy, horrible” entertainment news into political news, which could be in the form of documentaries, or scripted shows. (Business Insider)

Millennials are reporting higher rates of depression than any other generation, creating challenges at work. To avoid the stigma surrounding mental issues, young employees are increasingly resorting to using personal days to recuperate from anxiety, depression, and other afflictions. According to one expert, “this generation is not necessarily more depressed than workers of past generations, but more equipped to recognize it”—however, they fear judgement from their employers. (MarketWatch)  

Is Snap Inc. really a camera company? They say they are, and in their IPO filing the brand wrote, “In the way that the flashing cursor became the starting point for most products on desktop computers, we believe that the camera screen will be the starting point for most products on smartphones.” WeChat’s ability to read QR codes, Pinterest’s new visual search, and Facebook Messengers’ new visual capabilities all point to expanding capabilities of a camera—and the fact that “users’ experience of the world is increasingly mediated through cameras.” (The New Yorker)  

Quote of the Day: “I have a diamond wedding ring but any stone would be beautiful and appreciated.”—Female, 24, MN

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