Ypulse Essentials: The 'Phineas & Ferb' Movie Reaches Record Ratings, Teen Choice Awards Winners, Enjoy A Bieber Sundae

Disney debuted the TV movie ‘Phineas and Ferb: Across The 2nd Dimension’ on Friday (and the flick — based on the TV series of the same title — drew in an impressive 7.6 million viewers! It’s the top cable movie of the year so far and the fourth animated cable telecast of all time for tweens, which isn’t surprising considering all the promotions that led up to the film’s premiere; Disney recently released a Phineas and Ferb video game and had a cross-country tour to build buzz. In other movie news, “Catching Fire” — the sequel to “The Hunger Games” — just got a release date of November 2013! and we can hardly wait!) (Zap2it) (The Hollywood Reporter)

- ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Twilight,’ Taylor Swift, and Selena Gomez were among the top winners (at the Teen Choice Awards last night. Many of the other usual suspects took home surfboards in this celebration of teen pop culture, including our favorite Web star Rebecca Black! She’s really having “her moment” since she also performed at Katy Perry’s concert this weekend) (MSN) (Entertainment Weekly)

- How would you like to eat a Bieber Sundae? (For the launch of Justin’s “Someday” perfume in London, Harrods created a special dessert inspired by his fragrance. The $32 dish includes wild berry and vanilla ice cream, fresh pear, lavender sprinkles, and edible glitter. This is slightly ridiculous — okay, totally ridiculous! — but at least it’s for a good cause; all the proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish foundation and some serious Beliebers would definitely order this! In other Bieber news, students can learn about Justin and Taylor Swift in the classroom thanks to “Fame” comic books and the accompanying lesson plans. Bluewater Productions and The Graphic Classroom teamed up to create educational material that is bound to engage students) (NY Daily News)…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “Bojack Horseman was my favorite show last year because it was funny and real. Maybe too real, just beautiful.”–Male, 23, AZ

Binge drinking in college is common, and suggested reasons for the behaviors range from boredom to helicopter parenting—but it’s also possible they’re drinking to extremes to escape extreme stress. Today’s college students can have an “intense preoccupation with success” thanks to the competition it takes to get into schools, fear of the tough job market, and looming loan debt. In this context, “blacking out has become so normal that even if you don’t personally do it, you understand why others do. It’s a mutually recognized method of stress relief. To treat it as anything else would be judgmental." (NYTimes)

Once again, Millennials’ food preferences are “killing” a major product. Young consumers’ preoccupation with health have caused a yogurt problem for General Mills, where sales in the category have nosedived 15%. The downturn is likely due to the new perspective that sugar, not fat, is the real diet evil, a shift that has caused low-fat and low-cal foods to “fall out of vogue.”(As we predicted.) In more positive, related, news for the brand, organic and natural products have seen “immense growth.” (MediaPostMSN)

More teens are on YouTube than on the biggest social networks, according to research from the National Cyber Security Alliance and Microsoft. Their poll of 13-17-year-old internet users found that 91% say they use YouTube, compared to 66% who use Snapchat, 65% who use Instagram, and 61% who use Facebook. Their heavy use of the site is one of the reasons that YouTube creators have more influence over their purchase intent than traditional TV and movie celebs. Interestingly, the second most-used platform was actually Gmail, with 75% of teens reporting they use the email app. (eMarketer)

Millennials have been called out as a threat to the diamond industry, causing Twitter to offer their own blunt explanationsfor why the generation isn’t buying the “sparkly status symbols.” But hold up: De Beer’s annual report has declared, “Millennials spent nearly $26 billion on diamond jewelry [in 2015]…acquiring more than any other generation.” So why is everyone saying they aren’t buying diamonds when they reportedly purchased 45% of retail sales in four major markets? It might be another case of a narrative about the generation being more click-worthy than the reality. (Forbes)

This month, the Generation Beauty event brought together Instagram beauty influencers, beauty brands, and their loyal teen fans for a weekend of meet-and-greets and product samples. Young consumers are undoubtedly looking to their favorite digital personalities for product recommendations, and say it’s best “when they give their honest opinion,” trusting those posts more than those where copy is read directly off a package—“a dead giveaway that it’s sponsored.” Collaborations between brands and social influencers are reportedly especially popular with fans. (Racked)

Quote of the Day: “Jane the Virgin was my favorite show to watch last year because it was dramatic, yet relatable and hilarious. I also love the fact that it features many women actors and actors of color.” –Female, 17, Guam

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