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Keyser Söze and Nu Metal
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Sofia Richie Grainge is working on a clothing line; designer Martine Rose launched her own sports TV channel; meet Giulia Dragoni, the teen soccer star known as ‘little Messi’; and LSU gymnast-turned-TikTok phenomenon Livvy Dunne — the most-followed college athlete in the country — gets profiled by Elle.
GEN Z HELPS SPOTIFY’S TOTAL ACTIVE USERS TO SOAR TO 551 MILLION, fastco
Paid subscriptions were up 17% year-over-year to 220 million — a rise of 10 million over the last quarter — while monthly active users soared 27% year-over-year to 551 million. Spotify credited “strong growth amongst Gen Z listeners” as one of the main reasons for this growth. Having two extremely popular podcasts among Gen Z — Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain and Call Her Daddy — certainly can’t hurt.
TIKTOK WANTS TO SELL MADE-IN-CHINA GOODS TO AMERICANS, wsj
Stepping up its rivalry with popular shopping platforms Shein and Temu, TikTok aims to quadruple the gross merchandise value, or the total transaction amount of goods on the platform, to $20 billion this year globally from less than $5 billion last year. Contrary to what this recent Vogue headline may suggest, I do not think the end of fast fashion is near.
ANTHONY FANTANO IS COURTING LAWSUITS OVER… HIS TIKTOK PIZZA MEME, rollingstone
A creator threatened to sue Activision around right of publicity claims for false endorsement after they used one of his viral sounds — even though the audio clip in question is available for public use on the app and has been used in over 54,000 videos on TikTok. Now Activision is suing Fantano.
“In an apparent effort to even further profit from the Slices Video, Fantano has embarked on a scheme whereby he selectively threatens to sue certain users of the Slices Audio unless they pay him extortionate amounts of money for their alleged use,” the lawsuit reads. “Notwithstanding that thousands of TikTok videos containing the Slices Audio have been available on TikTok for years without complaint, Fantano suddenly decided that Activision’s video infringed his publicity rights and constituted a false endorsement.”
ARE YOU READY? THE NU METAL RENAISSANCE IS UPON US., nyt
Once popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it has now found a second life among young listeners, “thanks to TikTok, the Y2K revival, and, of course, enduring teenage angst.” Renee Dyer, 19, fell in love with nu metal fashion before the music. “It makes me feel as though I’m living in that era,” said Ms. Dyer, a retail associate who lives in Toronto. Among her favorite pieces are JNCO jeans and Tripp NYC pants. (“The bigger the jeans, the better!” she said.)
THE GATSBY OF SILICON ALLEY: MEET THE 27-YEAR-OLD GOOGLE EMPLOYEE WHO'S THROWING TECH'S HOTTEST PARTIES, insider
One party attendee called Andrew Yeung — Google product lead by day, tech meetup host by night — a modern-day Great Gatsby. Another said he was the Keyser Söze of tech (“though, of course, Yeung, being born in 1995, didn't get that reference”).
STRIKING NEW DATA ABOUT YOUNG VOTERS SHOULD ALARM TRUMP AND THE GOP, wapo
According to a new Harvard youth poll, young voters have shifted in a “markedly progressive” direction on multiple issues that are deeply important to them: Climate change, gun violence, economic inequality, and LGBTQ+ rights. Sizable majorities now reject the idea that same-sex relationships are morally wrong (53%), support stricter gun laws (63%), and want government to provide basic necessities (62%).
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