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teen doing when they're not sharing pics on Snapchat? There's a chance they
might be spending a whole lot of time on a celebrity app. Don't worry, getting
eyeshadow tips from Kylie or getting Drake to photobomb your selfie is a
totally harmless—and sometimes creative—way to spend a few hundred hours on
their cell phones.
Here's a roundup of some of the most popular apps your kids
may be into. I even downloaded a few of them and tested them out. You know, for research.
Kylie's app—like the rest of the Kardashian sisters' apps recently released—requires a $2.99
monthly fee, but that hasn't stopped it from becoming the most downloaded app
in the iTunes store, at one point even more popular than Facebook and Instagram.
Teens can't get enough of the 18-year-old's makeup tutorials, fashion advice
and exclusive photos and videos. Kylie was recently named one of Time Magazine's 30 Most Influential Teens of
2015, but if you had her app you'd know that already.
2. Drake Shake
If loving an app too much is wrong, I don't want to be right. Sorry teens, but mom likes this one waaaay too much. Then again, how could anyone resist an app that lets you put Drizzy into any of your photos by just shaking your phone? THAT'S DRAKE HANGING WITH MY CAT. This is what the smartphone was created for, children.
3. Taylor Swift
which was launched a little over a year ago to coincide with the release of her ridiculously successful album 1989, is the best way for the rabid T-Swizzle fan to keep
up with concert dates, new releases, photos and chat with other Swifties.
Even more popular than Taylor's official app was Tay Text, a keyboard extension
that lets you write texts using lyrics from Taylor's songs. Unfortunately, the
app is no longer available due to copyright issues. Guess there was some bad
added legions to his teen hipster following when he launched this app in 2014.
The free app imitates the look and sound of an old-fashioned typewriter, and
even makes that satisfying whirring sound when the carriage returns, even
though kids these days have no idea what a carriage return even is. No matter,
the app is a hit with teens and 20-somethings, with some even shelling out
the additional $2.99 for additional font styles. It's perfect for writing down all of
those angst-y song lyrics and melancholy journal entries.
5. Kim Kardashian's
Kim's Hollywood app and was a top-seller in the iTunes
store until little sis Kylie came along (by the end of 2014 it had raked in
over $200 million in revenue). This app takes users on a fantasy trip through
Hollywood's A-lister world, with users playing games to make it to the top of
the celebrity social scene. It's not to be confused with the recently-released Kim
Kardashian West Official App. Download them both, so you can keep up with the Kardashians anytime, anywhere,
This is an
interactive story that allows the user to create their own character who competes for the chance to go on tour with Demi. That's my alter ego who managed to audition for the "Cool For The Summer" singer
after pretending to be a stagehand and then went up against the unstoppable and volcanic Pluto. (Yes, I played the game all the way through the third level, in
the interest of bringing you accurate journalism.) The download is free, but like most apps there are in-app purchases offered—in this case they are in the form of "gems" and "passes" that can be bought to expedite your rise to fame—just like in the real music biz!