Ypulse Essentials: Rebecca Black To Release New Hits, Comic-Con Schedule Revealed, 'Transformers' Still At The Top

Rebecca BlackIf you thought Rebecca Black was just a one-hit wonder (then think again! Sure she stumbled upon fame, but after getting more YouTube hits than Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga — impressive right? — it’s no surprise that Rebecca is continuing her music career. She’s releasing her next song, “My Moment” on July 18th and has an EP coming out in August. Sounds like fun, fun, fun! We’re also excited about Lady Gaga’s upcoming mermaid-inspired music video. Apparently she’s wanted to do this for a while to show off her mermaid alter ego Yuyi. Oh Gaga…) (TheHollywoodReporter) (PopDust)

- Prepare yourselves Comic-Con fans (for what might be the most amazing convention yet. The full schedule is finally here, so take a look! The event is packed with panels from graphic novel and comic creators to previews of the “Glee” 3D concert and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Musical!” Who’s excited?) (Entertainment Weekly)

- It’s official — ‘Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon’ is the highest-grossing film of the year so far (after holding the top spot at the box office during its first two weekends. The film raked in $47 million in sales this past weekend, bringing in a grand total of $261 million to date. But just wait until “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” comes out this weekend. Speaking of which, Warner Bros. has a new licensing program just in time for the final film’s release. There’s LEGO playsets featuring scenes from the stories, wands and artifacts from the Noble Collection, and much more. If you’re having HP nostalgia already, these items might be a good solution) (TV Guide) (Kidscreen)

- Disney Channel fans who’ve always dreamed of being in the spotlight (now have a chance thanks to the Shake It Up: Make Your Mark Ultimate Dance Off contest.…

 
 

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AwesomenessTV and fashion/beauty brands are coming together to make branded series for Gen Z. In the past, AwesomenessTV has worked with numerous brands to produce original content, including CoverGirl and Kohl’s. Now they’re planning a 24-part docu-series with Hollister called “This is Summer,” following teens’ high school journeys—while they’re clad in shoppable Hollister clothing of course. Our own Chief Content Officer explains that Ypulse has “found Gen Z to be fairly open to watching sponsored entertainment,” with 77% of 13-17-year-olds agreeing, "As long as the story is interesting, I don't mind that it is sponsored." (Glossy)

Fullscreen agrees that Gen Z is the generation that’s most receptive to branded content. Their survey found over half of Gen Z doesn’t mind even undisclosed branded content, and significantly more Gen Z teens than Millennials have engaged with social branded content (viewing photos, liking and sharing content and tagging friends) in the past six months. Influencer marketing wins out with the group, with over half of teens preferring influencer content to pre-roll, sponsored posts, banners, and traditional TV commercials. The sweet spot for advertisers may be branded video, especially when influencers are involved. (TubefilterAdweek)

Graduation spending is expected to reach a record $5.6 billion for the Class of 2017. Over half of the graduation gifts given will be cash, followed by greeting cards, gift cards, apparel, and electronic devices. Another trend for the year is more and more peers giving each other gifts, with a 6% lift year over year. Younger consumers will spend an average of $78.42 ,compared to 45-54-year-olds’ $119.84 and 65-and-over’s $112.34, and while greeting cards are also most popular, they’re also almost twice as likely to gift clothing. (ConsumerAffairs)

Instagram has the “most negative impact on young people’s mental wellbeing,” followed by Snapchat, according to a recent study. The image-centric platforms could “driv[e] feelings of inadequacy and anxiety,” and were rated the most poorly for their impacts on sleep, FOMO, and body image. Out of the top five most popular social media platforms, YouTube was the only one that earned a positive score. The silver lining? Some argue the evaluation is “blaming the medium for the message,” and social media/online communities are also Gen Z and Millennials’ top resource for learning about “mindfulness, meditation, and wellness,” according to Ypulse data. (The Guardian)

Lego is being called the “most powerful brand in the world,” beating out Google, Visa, and Nike. Brand Finance’s latest valuation report shows Lego’s brand value increased 68% over last year, looking at metrics like “familiarity, loyalty, promotion, marketing investment, staff satisfaction and corporate reputation.” At least some of the lift can be attributed to the successful movie franchise (The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie) and its strategic partnership with Star Wars.

(Business Insider)

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