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Perhaps you didn’t know that One Direction has an album out and a few good singles that have barely received any radio play. For this reason, 1D fans are banding together to release the fan favorite “No Control” as a single–with or without the band’s management’s support.
The project was started by four women–all over the age of 30, because ya know 1D fans come in all ages–to promote that the band has, as one of the leaders Sheena explained recently, “changed and moved on from the ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ days, but the general public hasn’t been aware of it due to the angle being presented to them.”
Apparently through-the–mail fan clubs are back in again. Last week I wrote about the DigiTour’s incredibly awesome new zine DigiMag, and this week Wizard World announced their own through-the-mail fan club. Wizard World’s ComicConBox is a new premium subscription based service which sends fans exclusive collectibles, toys, technology, games, licensed artwork, comics, apparel, Wizard World Comic Con tickets, VIP discounts and more.
I feel completely inadequate as a social media celebrity blogger because the Digitour has their own fan club zine and I HAD NO IDEA IT EXISTS. But it’s true! And this month Hayes Grier is the cover boy.
DigiMag essentially reads like Teen Vogue with headlines like “Our Fave 5 Outspoken YouTubers” only instead of covering some It Girl that no one cares about, Digi writers are covering exclusively online celebrities. This is a very brilliant idea that I’m surprised no one else has thought of. Ironically for how 21st century the content is, the delivery method is 100% old school. In order to receive the magazine you have to sign up for the fan club and every month DigiMag will send you a magazine and free gifts.
Teen idols are built on the same foundation as greek gods. These boys or gods are created by mystery, beauty and an untouchable mix of hyper-sexuality and ingenuity. The past two weeks have seen 21st century teenagers experience a common theme in legendary myths: tragedy. Or, perhaps more simply, this is the first time many teen girls realized a pretty boy can be a complete asshole.
In case you haven’t heard, Zayn Malik left One Direction midway through their worldwide tour “On The Road Again” at the beginning of this month. He claimed, in a carefully worded press statement, that his reason for leaving is to be a “normal 22 year old boy”, yet it’s become clear the real reason is so he can jump start his solo career. The fans, as you might have expected, have not taken this very well.
Whenever someone tells me social media is useless or connecting with strangers over the internet is “weird”, I like to show them examples of the extremely positive ways social media has increased our self-worth. Today’s #Blackout day on Tumblr is probably the strongest example of recent memory.
A few weeks ago it was proposed by a Tumblr user to devote an entire day to celebrate black people in all shapes, form and beauty. The goal was to fill up every Tumblr user’s dashboard with selfies from POC and validate how gorgeous each and every one of them are. On the surface perhaps this sounds a bit shallow…. Until you read some of the stories that are attached with the selfies. For many people with disabilities, skin conditions or painful insecurity the onslaught of notes and compliments was overwhelming in the best way possible.
I’ve decided to let the pictures and words speak for themselves by posting a few of my favorite stories and selfies. I have so much love and respect for everyone who participated today. You all have inspired me and have also made me fall in love with all of you.
Feel free to comment with more!
In today’s WTF news: Colleen Bailey, who is the absurd character of Miranda Sings, guest hosted the View on January 22nd and everything seemed to go off without a hitch. Last week was a huge week for YouTubers beginning with three of them (including Glozelle) interviewing Barak Obama, and ending with Colleen’s stint on The View. Colleen was notably asked to guest host due to her 3 million subscribers on YouTube and the probable young audience she would bring in out of curiosity.
Continuing a streak of direct to digital release movies, Cameron Dallas has begun shooting The Outfield with Nash Grier. Little to nothing is known about the film other than it is being released by Fullscreen Films, you can sign up for the mailing list here and I’m tempted into thinking Cameron and Nash will become the Mary-Kate and Ashley of this generation. Does anyone remember the twins endless amount of direct to DVD films that seemed to get more ridiculous with every new plot, but seemingly all served as star vehicles for the stars? No?? Just me?
Anyway, based on the social media for this film (and if I’m a betting boy), I would say the film will be about this: Nash and Cameron portray two baseball players who delve into hijinks in their high school. Slapstick comedy ensues. Someone makes out with a girl. A championship is won. The film will make millions off the name alone. Who cares about reviews! According to TubeFilter, the film will launch Fullscreen’s feature films division and could serve as testing ground for future films starring YouTubers. The company already has a documentary on O2L in the can titled ForeverO2L which will be released this year. TubeFilter also has a slightly more mature take on the plot of the film: “The Outfield goes into production this week and will tell the story of a group of varsity high school baseball players who must learn to make difficult, growing-up choice both on and off the field.” Well, that’s all good and well but I doubt it will be that deep.