Ypulse Essentials: Disney's 'PrankStars' Premieres Tonight, Taylor Swift To Launch a Fragrance, Rihanna Is The Most Popular Woman on Facebook

PrankStarsDisney Channel is connecting fans with their favorite stars in the new reality show ‘PrankStars’ (which kicks off tonight and promises to be hilarious! Check out the clips from the first episode where Selena Gomez and Debby Ryan play jokes on some super fans. If fans want another way to meet Selena, there’s the “Make Your Jam” video contest, where they can create their own video using pictures and songs from her new album, “When the Sun Goes Down.” The winner will receive tickets to see Selena and The Scene live and meet her backstage! In other Disney news, cartoon characters Phineas and Ferb will be getting some extra air time in the upcoming season-long two minute segments “Take Two With Phineas and Ferb.” During each episode, the pair will appear on an animated talk show set and interview live-action guests such as David Beckham, Ben Stiller, and Jason Segal) (TV Guide) (JSYK) (The Hollywood Reporter)

- Speaking of TV news, the Primetime Emmy Children’s nominations are in (and Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network take the lead with “iCarly,” “Victorious,” “Adventure Time,” and “Robot Chicken” among the contenders) (Kidscreen)

- Taylor Swift joins the long list of celebrities to launch their own fragrance (and — surprise surprise — she thinks her dreamy scent called “Wonderstruck” can help you fall in love. We hope her perfume does as well as Justin Bieber’s “Someday.” Just three weeks after its release, his perfume has already brought in $3 million for Macy’s, making it the biggest celebrity fragrance launch in Macy’s history. We can’t say we’re surprised…it’s Bieber we’re talking about here) (US Magazine) (NY Daily News)

- Move over Lady Gaga (Rihanna is now the most popular woman on Facebook with approximately 40,564,950 fans compared…

 
 

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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)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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