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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“I observe holidays and religion-based traditions but am more connected to it as a culture than as a religion.”—Female, 27, MA

Chinese youth have a “selfie obsession” that’s changing beauty standards and creating a new tier of celebrity. The Influencer Effect is full blown in China, where young consumers are beautifying their selfies via filter apps like Meitu and plastic surgery—all in the quest to look more like wang hong, their internet celebrities. One influencer, HoneyCC, argues that “Selfies are part of Chinese culture now, and so is Meitu-editing selfies.” But some say the trend is pushing the population to become more homogenous by favoring certain features, and headlines have lashed back against the whitening of skin prevalent in social apps. (The New Yorker)

Eighty-one percent of Bustle, Romper, and Elite Daily’s Millennial readers say social media is the best way for advertisers to reach them. Bustle’s latest questionnaire also found that 40% of their 18-34-year-old readers prefer Instagram for brand communications, followed by trusted websites, email, and online articles. Some other fun insights: Over half believe that a company should give back, instead of just turning a profit, and 49% think “companies should do more to protect the environment.” (Adweek)

Drug use is down among teens—except when it comes to marijuana and vaping. From the 1990s to 2017, the percentage of teens who said they’d been drunk dropped from 46% and 58%, and those reporting they’ve smoked cigarettes from 26% and 17%. However, marijuana use increased for the first time in seven years in 2017, while vaping is up as well, with at least 19% of high school seniors, 16% of sophomores, and 8% of eighth-graders saying they’ve vaped in the past year. (LATimes)

Two modern dating shows are coming to Facebook Watch. The first “unscripted dating show” from SoulPancake, Love & Longitude, is shot on iPhones and shows two potential love interests’ relationship blossoming across FaceTime, social media, and other digital interactions. The second dating show from Machinima, Co-Op Connection, plays into the esports craze. One bachelor gets to pick his partner based on their personality—and their skills at the videogame, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. (tubefiltertubefilter)

Some cities are past their “peak Millennial” populations, as the generation increasingly finds new digs in the suburbs. Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles all reached their highest Millennial population in 2015, and New York and Washington D.C. are showing slowing Millennial growth, according to U.S. Census data. Meanwhile Chicago’s suburbs and others have seen an uptick in their young adult populations—another Millennial myth debunked. Which urban centers are still attracting the demo as they age up? “Tech hubs” like Seattle and San Francisco. (Time)

“Crochet and knitting are very relaxing, therapeutic, and have tangible results."—Female, 31, AL

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