📸 do u love me, poparazzi

this week in apps + platforms

You are cordially invited to this week’s brew of High Tea, your dispatch of 🔥 internet culture served piping hot. This week: Poparazzi and Bytedance make the CapCut, we stan a cute Dino on the DL and the webpage of all our dreams gets a Gen Z (inter)face lift.

Drink up 🐸 ☕️

p.s. if you’re not a paid subscriber, here’s what you missed from this week’s Bucks Fizz: our Thursday dispatch covering the best of TikTok’s unsigned and emerging talent.

🥂 Måneskin & Willow Kayne

what we’ve been sipping on:

📲  “Apps Are Here!”  Summer called and it’s telling you to shelfie the selfie. In a week of violent delights and aspirant sends, we were gifted with newcomer on the block, Poparazzi, and the viral TikTok 3D trend from editor CapCut. Now pausing here pals to give you the tea, because we love it when an app debuts, yes ~debuts~ at #1 in Photo & Video. We are ofc talking about Poparazzi, the app that pulled in a cool 200K U.S. downloads on its first day, already totalling an insane 1.3M downloads worldwide over the last four days (for context: Clubhouse gained an estimated 130K U.S. iOS downloads the entire last month according to AppTweak). Imagine not knowing another rank apart from #1? Bloody marvellous.

So what is Poparazzi, let’s start there. Well, as many of us are getting vaxxed, the time has finally come for hot girl summer. But we ain’t going back to our old ways pals...wHaT ArE tHoSe? Instead we’re ditching our Facetune (soz Ms Mongeau), for life’s finer things with Poparazzi: a feed full of your candids snaps taken by the people who love you the most – your pals. Rather than posting your selfie snaps on Insta, which we’ve all established feels cringy af, you entrust your pals to capture your ‘essence’ and govern the style of your social presence. 

A screengrab from the newly launched Poparazzi site

Ofc, a launch that propels the newcomer to #1 in these trying iOS 14.5 times had to have a bit of a helping hand. Remember Bella Poarch’s “Build a Bitch”? Ofc you do, its music video secured 122M views in two weeks and is *still* trending on YouTube. Well, the similarities in both debuts? One word: TikTok. Poparazzi founders drummed up hype via a slick TikTok campaign pre-launch which spiraled with the network effects post-launch.  Not to be outdone, ByteDance’s editing app CapCut also found itself riding on the coattails of its big sister app TikTok last week, with a 3D zoom trend which saw downloads quadruple and reach its 100K U.S. daily download milestone. 

Phrog Photoshoot by @lornethompson

With over 65M views on #3dzoom and 283K videos made to the official trending sound: Playaphonk’s “PHONKY TOWN”, CapCut is back in the prime Gen Z real estate that is the iOS home screen. With both apps ranking at #2 and #3 this week, Bytedance can’t be too mad about it either 😏.

👾 Like a Dino! As you know, we stan a cute free-to-play game (haiii Among Us), especially if it comes with the backstory of an indie dev just trying to fulfill their dreams of becoming an animator. This is exactly the story of @super_toki, who originally launched the first iteration of their rhythm game “Like a Giraffe” back in November 2020. Since then, players have been heavily invested in the characters, including unlocking the cutest skins (see the llama below) and the catchy, upbeat music riffs, allowing the game to achieve a total of 500K U.S. iOS downloads in 6 months.

This week however, @super_toki made a critical update citing copyright issues. Gone was the giraffe and in its place, a dino (and a dina for 10,000 points). Some gamers were obviously devastated to lose their characters, but the update wasn’t bad for all 🐸☕️. Enter: Like a Dino!

The game and music were quickly picked up via a TikTok trend (the holy grail for acquisition as we all know) to send #likeadino to 7.9M views. What does that look like in U.S. downloads? Oh, only close to 400K in 6 days, no biggie. 

A screenshot of iOS US downloads for “Like a Dino!” 

Now sitting at #1 in the US Games category, fyi the most competitive category on the store, @super_toki has a serious playerbase to engage now. But, considering this group are a woke bunch, they ofc, are there to 100% support their creator and their wellness. Players telling developers to “not forget to take a break” in the reviews, well, we simply love to see it. Keep your eyes peeled for this one. Once new skins are launched and new storylines are added, we think this game is going to continue to be a chart topper. 

🔧  0 drag, just drops. We’ve seen the proliferation of ‘link in bio’ mini webpages (cc: linktree), but with limited customisation ability, they often don’t pass the ✨vibe✨ check. Enter mmm.page, a website drag and drop builder that is the very definition of chaotic good. 

Websites shouldn't all look the same. We prefer campy, kitschy, messy, imperfect. –mmm.page site 

We’re so impressed by the ease of this builder especially as it relates to The Gen Z aesthetic, which friend of High Tea Lucy Mort described so perfectly as: The death of "premium mediocre" and the birth of "intentional ugly”. Forget the age old stigma around Comic Sans, nobody is laughing now. Instead “ugly” nostalgic typographies are encouraged against the backdrop of a chaotic collection of memes, gifs and even YouTube videos (because, why not – anything goes!). There is no media inventory and you’re not at the mercy of a template, it’s just you and your creative expression.  Here are some of our favorites we’ve seen this week: 

Okay, you made it. Now you can go back to your long weekend (honestly, we hope you’re reading this on Tuesday, you deserve a break),


Alice & Faye

💜 good 4 u, olivia rodrigo

the biggest popstar of the next decade has arrived

You are cordially invited to this week’s brew of High Tea, your dispatch of 🔥  internet culture served piping hot. This week: Olivia Rodrigo is back with the biggest debut of the year, scooping 1 billion streams in 48 hours. We look back on the record-breaking year she’s had so far.

Drink up! 🐸 ☕

p.s. if you’re not a paid subscriber, here’s what you missed from this week’s Bucks Fizz: our Thursday dispatch covering the best of TikTok’s unsigned and emerging talent.

🥂 The Backyardigans, Mothica & Payday

Back in January we went all in on “drivers license”, the debut single from then 17-year-old Olivia Rodrigo, which became the fastest song to surpass 100 million streams in Spotify history. ICYMI: it took her 8 days. More than a song, “drivers license” marked a moment of collective cultural significance that left Gen Z in a chokehold, and the rest of the internet scrambling to quantify why they were teary eyed at the lyricism of a high schooler. Oh, and don’t forget the trial by TikTok to pinpoint “that blonde girl”, because what’s a bop without the secret joy of a little schadenfreude?

Now, 48 hours after the release of Olivia’s debut studio album “SOUR”, it’s only fitting that we dust off our teenage angst and summon a lil deja vu for another deep dive on this decade’s answer to Taylor Swift 🚫🧢. Since the album has already surpassed 1 billion streams on Spotify (yep, since FRIDAY), it’d be literally illegal to ignore the mountains this gal is moving, seemingly overnight.

Source: PopBase via Twitter

Time flies when you’re spilling tea, but let’s catch up on just *some* of Olivia’s notable moments since the release of her debut single:

March 17 👉 “drivers license” spends 65th day at #1 on the global Spotify daily chart

April 1 👉 “drivers license” becomes 2021’s first song to surpass 1B global streams

April 12 👉 first artist to debut both of her first two singles in the top 10 on Hot 100

May 20 👉 Olivia becomes 2021’s first artist to spend 50 days at #1 (US Spotify chart)

May 23 👉 “good 4 u” spends a 7th day at #1 on the US Spotify daily chart

May 23 👉 “SOUR” spends a second day with the entirety of the album charting at the top of Spotify’s US Top 50

So, how did Olivia claim the biggest debut of the year? It’s simple, the power of:

  1. TikTok

  2. meme$

  3. the humble co-sign

enough (TikTok) for you

Going on TikTok for 16 hours a day is our favorite crime, which might explain why our for you page should probably be an Olivia Rodrigo stan support group at this point. Despite Olivia not posting on TikTok since mid April, her name has been used to hashtag videos that have amassed 2.9 billion views, with 4.5 million TikToks made to audios from her first 3 singles. Why be Very Online™ when you can get TikTok to do the talking for you?

via TikTok

ICYMI: “drivers license” sent TikTok into meltdown and subsequent commentary around the song became one of the biggest trends of the year. Since then, “deja vu” has enjoyed not one but THREE trends on the platform (s/o Tasha Kim), including TikTok’s inverted filter – which will either tell you you’re perfectly symmetrical or ruin your day (if you know, you KNOW). Just for the record: having more than one trend per song is ~incredibly~ rare, let alone a tripartite of thematic concepts simultaneously living under TikTok’s roof. But of course, it’s just another day, another dollar for Olivia Rodrigo.

Next up was the turn of “good 4 u”, which is closing in on half a million videos in just 9 days. If you’ve even so much as opened TikTok over the past week, you just can’t escape “like a damn sociopath” – and look, we ain’t even mad about it. As we’ve waxed lyrical many a time, the audio is the message on TikTok – especially when it comes to the collaborative remix culture made possible by the platform’s extensive audio library and duet/stitch functionality. The latest trend popping off is a match made in heaven if we do say so ourselves, with Olivia’s pop punk bop remixed with Paramore’s “Misery Business” (2007). It just…works (and the millennials love it too). 👇

FYI, “good 4 u” remains #1 on the global Spotify chart, with a UK #1 almost certainly inevitable - her second of the year. If we had to put $ on the next Rodrigo hit to catch fire on TikTok, we’re all in on “brutal”, which currently soundtracks a very humble 18K vids.

memes are good 4 u

With inflated Gen Z and Millennial discourse threatening intergenerational warfare, the commentary around Olivia’s debut has not disappointed. It’s also a timely reminder that “SOUR” isn’t just a brilliant “teenage” album because Olivia happens to have been born in 2003 (yes, we’re scared too), it’s just a great album. Period. Besides, with lyrics that reference being “messy”, “insecure” and “anxious”, we don’t think anyone will have a hard time relating to her teenage penmanship. Anyway, here are some of our fave memes that have only served to keep the treadmill of Rodrigo content flowing smoothly on the TL.

1 step forward, 3 steps back

Lads…it’s 2021, after being inside for over a year thanks to the global panini, we just don’t have time for jealousy tbh. Gone are the days when women were pitted against each other for headlines far more clickbait than catfight. Therefore, we’re happier (than ever) to announce that today’s US Spotify top 10 is occupied by women, of which Olivia leads the charge. Yep, a win for the girlies.

And let’s not forget the Taylor Swift connect, the co-sign you’re all waiting for. After Olivia’s “drivers license” charted next to Taylor back in January, Taylor threw an “I say that’s my baby and I’m really proud” into the public domain. To say we all lost our heads would be an understatement. And with it, the Swifties and Olivia stans were united. But it gets better! From fangirl to collaborator, Taylor actually gets writing credit on “SOUR, as “1 step forward, 3 steps back” interpolates Swift’s 2017 hit “New Year’s Day”. We. love. to. see. it.

Anyway, if you’re not paying attention to Olivia Rodrigo in 2021, get ready to miss the biggest artist of the next decade, traitor. We’re calling a Grammy sweep for Olivia in 2022, à la Billie in 2020. Did someone say deja vu? 👀

Okay, you made it. Hope ur ok. Now you can get back to thinking about how this deep dive was just enough for you. 😇


Alice & Faye

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