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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Function of Beauty is customizing hair care, blending up shampoo and conditioner for each customer based off a five-question quiz. Beauty companies big and small have hopped on the Customization Nation trend, and Function of Beauty takes that to the next level with their hyper-personalized hair care set. They're customizing everything from the fragrance to the chemical components, and even going so far as to print the purchaser’s name on each product. The founder explains, "Every single person is unique and different...why negate that instead of catering to it?" (Paper)

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