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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Quote of the Day: “My favorite app is Amazon, because it's so convenient. I can order things on Prime with just a few clicks.”—Female, 27, PA 

For the first time, YouTube has been named as kids’ favorite brand. Market research looking at brand awareness, love, and popularity, and found that the content-sharing platform is the top ranked brand among 6-12-year-olds. Beating out Oreo, M&M’s, and Hershey’s—and media brands like Disney and Nickelodeon—YouTube made its way to the top from seventh place last year because “user-generated content is relatable and aspirational.” Parents weren’t far behind in their approval: YouTube came in 13th on their ranked brand list and 94% say they love or like the brand. (MediaPost)

Specialty backpacks and old-school sandals are trending for back-to-school shopping. Google’s analysis of searches and YouTube traffic reveals that although Herschel’s backpack dominated last year, “the top five [backpacks] for 2016 cover a wider range of styles and functionality.” The most searched backpack this year is from Victoria Secret’s Pink brand, and the second most searched is from Sprayground, which is known for their bold designs and celebrity collaborations. For most popular shoes, Birkenstocks takes the lead for the third year in a row, with search traffic rising 46% from last year. (Adweek

Coffee retailers are capitalizing on Millennials’ cold brew obsession. Cold brew—coffee made through a more complex “extraction method to get more nuanced bean flavors that lack the typical acidity and bitterness of a regular cup of Joe”— has trended thanks to young consumers’ love for iced coffee and authenticity. Sales have increased by 115% from 2014-2015, resulting in $7.9 million in revenue, and brands have taken notice. Dunkin Donuts’s play for “Starbucks-loving Millennials” includes adding cold brew coffee to locations nationwide. (BarkleyCNBC

About a third of 18-34-year-olds are still living at home, but it’s more likely to be happening in certain states. According to 2014 census data, New Jersey has the highest population of Millennials living with their parents at 43.9%. Connecticut and New York followed with 38.8% and 37.4% respectively, signifying the the trend is mostly happening within states that have more expensive rental markets. The lowest rates are where “land is plentiful and people are scarce:” North Dakota had 15.7% of young adults living at home and Wyoming had 18.7%. (Curbed NY)

A popular Snapchat series is making its way to the TV screen. Comedy Central’s Swag-A-Saurus With James Davis became the network’s most watched series on their standalone Snapchat Discover channel.  The digital hit features Davis explaining slang terms like ‘Bye, Felicia’ and ‘Looking Friday,’ and by January 2017 it will become its own TV show bringing together “urban and mainstream comedy.” Davis promises the show will be “lit,” and says he’s “excited to work with a network that embraces [his] point-of-view and purpose-driven comedy.” (Tubefilter

Quote of the Day: “My favorite app is Facebook Messenger because it doesn't tempt me to spend money and it helps me keep in touch with friends.”—Female, 20, IN

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