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Snacks Daily Podcast

Digestible financial news. Get smarter fast with an entertaining breakdown of our top 3 business stories in 15 minutes. Pairs perfectly with your commute, workout, or morning oatmeal ritual. Hosted by Jack Kramer and Nick Martell.

Google kills its VR headset, Schwab’s secret profit puppy, and Emerson Electric’s burn book
At Google’s product day in New York, the focus should’ve been on what it took away (a VR headset) not what it unveiled (more Pixel products). Charles Schwab enjoyed record 3rd quarter profits, and that’s driven by customers who aren’t doing anything with their money. And Emerson Electric was founded by a Civil War vet, but now it’s getting trolled by a hedge fund for owning 8 private jets....


The $399 iPhone, SmileDirectClub’s California problem, and Goldman’s WeWork worry
SmileDirectClub has become the worst performing IPO of 2019, but fell another 13% Monday after a new California law was signed by California’s governor. The 3rd quarter earnings season kicks off this week with big banks, but we’re looking at Goldman’s venture investments like WeWork and Uber. And an analyst’s deep dive into Apple’s Asian supply chain reveals it could be coming out with a cheaper model because, you know, services....


American Airlines’ rough 5 years, Bed Bath & Beyond’s innovative new CEO, and Lithium Ion Batteries’ big week
Bed Bath & Beyond stock is down over 80% in the last 5 years, but it just snagged a new CEO who revolutionized shopping at Target. Compared to Delta, it’s been hard out there for American Airlines, so we’re looking at what uniquely caused its problems. And our Invention of the Day is lithium ion batteries because the creation that enabled the tech device you’re reading this on just won a Nobel prize....


Zola launches “Honeymoons,” Target adds Disney stores-within-stores, and HP drops 10% because printers are like fax machines
Target is pulling a Best Buy — it’s adding Disney stores within its own stores (and it kind of looks like the future of malls). HP dropped 10% because printers are the new fax machines, but a shrinking business could become a growing one. And wedding registry icon Zola is engaged to become a unicorn — the $650M startup launches an end-to-end Honeymoon booking service....

Corona’s hard seltzer, Uber’s new Work app, and Square processes CBD payments
Liquor legend Constellation brands fell 6% even though it’s launching 4 flavors of a new spiked seltzer to save its beer sales. Uber unveiled a new app that’s purely focused on the gig economy — connecting workers with needs, not just drivers and delivery. And payment processor Square jumped into supporting CBD sellers because cannabis has a banking bottleneck....

Microsoft’s new “Phonebook”, Chipotle’s anti-breakfast carne asada strategy, and the World Trade Organization’s major decision
Don’t call it a phone — Microsoft just cooked up a 2-part foldable phone that creates a whole new product category (its mojo is back). The World Trade Organization (WTO) just decided on a 15-year trade dispute between Boeing and Airbus that reveals how trade conflicts should go down. And Chipotle’s new-ish CEO makes a bold move during the breakfast wars — focus on dinner and everything the previous CEO wouldn’t do....


AT&T may cut NFL Sunday Ticket, Endeavor cancels its IPO, and Rent The Runway’s worst week ever
Talent agency Endeavor was supposed to IPO last Friday, but it called off everything Thursday night. Rent The Runway is not taking new customers to its clothing rental until Oct 15th because of a mistake that reveals what kind of a company it really is: Logistics. And NFL Sunday Ticket is the loyalty leader that got people using DirecTV — but now AT&Tis considering ending the expensive deal....


Interview with Peloton’s Co-Founder
Straight from the fitness tech pioneer’s IPO, we sit down with Peloton co-founder and COO Tom Cortese to talk about how they pitched investors, what drives customer loyalty, and if the stock ticker symbol should’ve been “SWET” or “SPIN” instead of "PTON"....


Bloomingdale’s launches rental clothes, Fitbit is on the market for sale, and Thomas Cook just shut down mid-flight
Literally while some people were in the air, British travel agency Thomas Cook shut down, so we look at the millions affected by a big corporate bankruptcy. Fitbit’s fought hard  to survive since Apple unveiled the Watch, but it’s now offering to sell itself. And Bloomingdale’s launched “My List,” a 10-item per month clothing rental for $149/month as “clothing as a service.”...


Amazon’s epic carbon neutrality pledge, Alphabet’s drone deliver goes live ASAP, and Stripe hits $35B
Bezos kicked things up a notch by announcing a carbon neutrality pledge for Amazon that shockingly even beats the Paris Climate Accords. Alphabet’s drone division, Wing, just partnered up with Walgreens, FedEx, and a local gift store to make drone delivery happen next month in Virginia. And Stripe just passed Airbnb with a $35B valuation that earns it our “Unicorn of the Day.”...

LinkedIn verifies skills, GM’s $100M/day strike, and Shopify’s CBD moves
LinkedIn just revealed a new “skills” feature that we consider its most strategic move since Microsoft acquired it. General Motors is experiencing its biggest strike in a decade and that’ll cost it up to $100M a day. And Shopify just became Earth’s #2 biggest ecommerce platform, but we’re looking into its cannabis-supporting moves into CBD....


Netflix splurges on Seinfeld, Amazon’s secretive “A9” algorithm, and Oil’s surge
Oil prices just surged after an attack in Saudi Arabia, so we break down why it’s not as big a deal as Wall Street made it seem. Netflix is treating itself to $500M of Seinfeld reruns from Sony because sitcoms earn your loyalty. The WSJ reported that Amazon’s secretive A9 search office made a change to its algorithm with huge implications for your online shopping life....

Netflix splurges on Seinfeld, Amazon’s secretive “A9” algorithm, and Oil’s surge
Oil prices just surged after an attack in Saudi Arabia, so we break down why it’s not as big a deal as Wall Street made it seem. Netflix is treating itself to $500M of Seinfeld reruns from Sony because sitcoms earn your loyalty. The WSJ reported that Amazon’s secretive A9 search office made a change to its algorithm with huge implications for your online shopping life....


SmileDirectClub’s great pre-IPO (but bad IPO), Under Armour goes anti-athleisure, and General Electric is selling itself to survive
SmileDirectClub (uncreative ticker symbol, FYI) falls 28% on its IPO day, but we look at whether it was really a bad IPO when you look at the valuation. Under Armour is going anti-athleisure with its new strategy, but it’s actually copying Lululemon. And General Electric is selling $38B of itself to survive, which highlights its greatest disadvantage: Pensions....


Apple’s iPhone 11 day, Ford’s “junk” credit rating, and Next Door is the anti-Facebook
Everyone’s looking at the new iPhone 11 unveiled at Apple’s big product unveil (spoiler alert: new colors), but we’re focused on its strategic moves with Apple TV+. Ford’s bonds just hit junk status, so we’re looking at the decade that led to this. And Next Door is our “Unicorn of the Day” for its latest fundraise and focus on accountability....

Uber Freight’s $200M annual allowance, Starbucks’ 1st pick-up only store, and AT&T’s 23-page love/hate letter
Uber is already deeply unprofitable, but whipped up $200M to invest annually in its fastest-growing business: Uber Freight. Starbucks will launch its 1st pick-up only store in New York this fall, but it’s the early sign of American companies copying Chinese ones. And AT&T was smacked with a 23-page letter by a new major hedge fund investor, and it’s calling for huge change....


Match drops 5% on Facebook Dating, WeWork’s valuation may get halved, and Slack’s “10M” problem
Tinder-owner Match fell 5% on word Facebook’s new dating feature goes live, like, right now — even though Match already knew the competition was coming. Slack released its first earnings report since going public, revealing its next 10M users are harder than the 1st 10M. And WeWork may slice its valuation from $47B to about $25B before it IPOs because critics think its IPO paperwork is a “masterpiece of obfuscation.”...


Peloton’s IPO, Fitbit launches a health subscription, and Amazon Ring partners with police
Peloton’s IPO — we literally printed off the IPO filing documents, got on a Peloton, and discovered that Peloton wants to be a religion. Fitbit’s taking on Apple by launching its own subscription service. And Amazon had already acquired the doorbell company Ring, but now it’s got an interesting partnership with  police departments nationwide....


Costco’s absurd China debut, Smucker’s peanut butter problems, and the cigarette re-merger
Costco just opened up its first physical store in China and the reaction was huge (the store had to close early). Smucker’s dropped 8% on word its peanut butter is facing price cut problems (and other nut-butters). And Altria and Philip Morris used to own the tobacco industry together, but now they may re-merge because nearly every trend is anti-cigarette....

Hasbro’s $4B cartoon deal, Fried Chicken’s market-moving moment, and Dish’s 5G future
First Popeye’s and Chick-fil-a went at it over a new fried chicken sandwich, then KFC added a Beyond Meat faux-meat burger. Hasbro is dropping $4B for British cartoon Peppa Pig (and it’s also getting some rap artists). And Dish is about to be the 4th biggest telecom company after the Sprint-T-Mobile merger, so we jumped into it Snacks style....



Facebook’s new news relationship, sperm startups raise millions, and Roku’s 21% jump makes it streaming king
Our last Snacks episode until Tuesday 8/20 (we're off for a week for Jack's wedding). Facebook’s had a rocky relationship with the news industry, but it’s trying a major new partnership to fix what it broke. Roku is the new king of streaming after its Rudy moment. And sperm startup Dadi just raised $5M as money pours into fertility — now healthtech is the next wave of Brandicorns....

Lyft’s 5-star earnings, Sam Adams is not a beer company, and opioid stocks get a penalty price tag
Lyft jumped after its huge loss wasn’t as bad as expected — but we found two other stories with a bigger takeaway about the tech industry. Boston Beer Company is famous for its Sam Adams label, but a recent report highlights why it’s not a beer stock anymore. And prescription drug distributors are getting sued by states, and we learned a key price tag of the opioid epidemic....


Shake Shack’s 18% surge, Disney’s record year, and IAC — the VC-like public company (indirectly) powering Tinder
FYI, take the Snacks survey so we can get to know our Snackers better (fun fact: you could win a $100 Amazon gift card): www.listenerq.com/snacks — Shake Shack popped 18% not just because of a new strategic move, but because its leadership was open to changing its mind. Disney’s earnings hit record revenues, but spent $3B more money than it made because of acquisitions. And IAC owns a piece of everybody in the human-connecting-human apps industry, including Tinder and Angie’s List....



LIVE interview from Livongo’s IPO, Apple’s “referee” problem, and the $26B T-Mobile/Sprint deal’s big step
We were live from the floor of Nasdaq’s opening bell ceremony at Livongo IPO’s — so we sat down to interview the president of the digital health service company. We also covered a WSJ report that Apple may be giving unfair preference to its apps in the App Store (so we run our first “snax-periment”). And the T-Mobile/Sprint deal to create a new telecom giant got a major approval from the DOJ worth diving into....

Amazon’s record profit streak ends, Hershey’s “peanut butter” strategy, and the secret car meeting in California
Snackers, we love you. And we would love to learn more about you — fill out this 2-minute survey to share more about yourself and thoughts on the pod (plus, you could win a $100 Amazon gift card): http://listenerq.com/snacks/ In today's episode, for the past 4 quarters, Amazon set record profits. But not this time — we noticed it has 42 highlights in its report, so we picked highlights of those highlights. Hershey stock rose 2%, but its new strategy is simply repackaging Reese’s. And major car companies go...


Uber’s Prime-ish membership, Apple’s chip acquisition, and GoPuff is our “Unicorn of the Day”
Uber is launching a pilot in SF and Chicago for a membership program that combines all its services for one price. Apple is reportedly buying Intel’s smartphone chip-making business, and that dropped Qualcomm’s stock. And GoPuff is our “Unicorn of the Day” because it’s about to get a major investment from SoftBank as it brings convenience stores to college students nationwide....


Netflix's 1st decline, Amazon’s Prime Day records, and Unicorn of the Day: Turo
The 2-day Amazon Prime Day just ended, so we jump into the “flywheel effect” that powers it. Netflix shares plummeted 12% and it’s blaming its lack of story-telling the last 3 months. And Turo is our unicorn of the day after an investment by Tinder-owner IAC boosted the car-sharing platform beyond a $1B valuation....


Apple battles Spotify for podcasts, Domino’s “Volemort-y” 9% drop, and Goldman’s pivot to main street
A report revealed that Apple wants to jump deeper into podcasts by signing exclusive deals with podcast creators sent Spotify shares down. Domino’s fell 9% after its earnings revealed it may be facing pressure from ”3rd party delivery aggregators.” And Big Bank Week continued with earnings from JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, and Goldman Sachs — and we noticed how expensive Goldman’s pivot from Wall Street to Main Street is getting....

Chobani’s Greek yogurt strategy, Marriott’s “resort fee” call-out, and Blackstone’s digital “ad-quisition”
Chobani whipped up a new line of nut butter Greek yogurts — The Greek yogurt industry is struggling, but Chobani is using Coca-Cola’s spinoff strategy. Marriott has been charging “resort fees” for years, but now the DC Attorney General has a problem with it. And publicly-traded private equity firm Blackstone just made an acquisition of the mobile ad optimizing startup that’s taking on Google and Facebook’s ad game....

Budweiser cancels biggest IPO of 2019, France passes a US tech tax, and Bird’s profitability drama
Earth’s biggest brew-glomerate, Budweiser-owner AB InBev, was planning the biggest IPO of the year by spinning off its Asia unit — that was suddenly canceled before the weekend. France unveiled a “tech tax,” but it really looks like a tariff on Silicon Valley. And scooter icon Bird is our “dramatic unicorn of the day” for a debate raging on its profitability problems....


Facebook’s crypto vs. the Fed, Lululemon’s 20K-sq-foot mega-store, and why healthcare stocks jumped big
Fed Chairman Jerry Powell was visiting Congress — So he shared his thoughts on Facebook’s planned cryptocurrency (that may have caused Bitcoin to drop). Lululemon whipped up a 20,000-square-foot mega-store/club/studio, a sweatlife store format it wants to take nationwide. And healthcare stocks jumped this week on multiple headlines, so we jump into the factors that drive the unique industry....

Zoom’s major crisis, prison stocks lose their banks, and Snapchat’s 2nd class of startups
Conference call icon Zoom made your webcam vulnerable to snooping, and the flaw got discovered in a dramatic way. SunTrust bank decided to stop funding private prison companies, so we decided to look into private prison company stocks. And Snapchat’s venture capital arm, Yellow, announced its 2nd class of early-stage startups, which we explored  to notice the trends of tomorrow....


Snapchat’s 2 biceps of tech, WeWork’s pre-IPO debt-a-palooza, and the big minimum wage report
So far in 2019, Snap’s stock is up 160% — we’re looking at the 2 biceps of tech powering that silent comeback. WeWork wants to IPO, but first, it’s taking on some debt. A lot of it. And it’s the same strategy as a college athlete going pro. And the Congressional Budget Office’s minimum wage report reveals some key insights on the nation’s paycheck policy if everyone made $15/hour....

Cannabis co-CEO fired by beer board, Walmart’s Jet.com drama, and Lee Iacocca changed cars forever
Canopy Growth is the world’s largest cannabis company and it suddenly fired its co-CEO — but it looks like Corona owner Constellation Brands was all over this one. A Recode report revealed major drama within Walmart as its ecommerce arm led by Marc Lore clashes with classic brick-and-mortar Walmartians. And our “Icon of the Week” Lee Iacocca changed the auto industry forever, so we’re looking at his legacy as he passed away....


Budweiser acquires Babe / White Girl Rosé, The RealReal surges 45% on its IPO, and Velodyne is the startup making self-driving possible
With beer sales falling, Budweiser’s parent company AB InBev acquires the maker of Babe canned rosé and White Girl Rosé as its summer makeover. The RealReal is leading the re-commerce industry by pulling an Airbnb on thrift stores — and it just surged 45% on its IPO. And Velodyne is our “Pre-IPO of the Day,” using an anti-Tesla technology to make self-driving happen for a bunch of key carmakers (and tech giants)....


“Viagra for Women” gets FDA approval, McDonald’s fresh beef investment pays off, and Caesers gets acquired to create the biggest US casino operator
McDonald’s Quarter Pounder was launched with fresh beef a year ago — and that just propelled McD’s to its first gain in burger market share in 5 years. Caesars merged with Eldorado to create the biggest casino in the US, but activist investor Carl Icahn is the real story. And what’s being called the “Viagra for women” just snagged FDA approval, so we look into why the pharmaceutical company’s stock fell....


Slack is now public, Netflix’s strategic reveal, and Apple’s trade war letter
Slack shares jumped 49% on their first day of trading, so we jumped into the company that thinks it’ll replace work email within 7 years. Netflix’s Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston movie set a personal record, but it’s the number Netflix shared that entertained us. And Apple’s letter to a US trade rep about moving its factories is a key development in the trade war....


Facebook’s new cryptocurrency, Lululemon’s new #sweatlife selfcare shampoo, and Best Buy’s new FitnessTech strategy
Facebook unveiled details of its new cryptocurrency, Libra (aka “ZuckBucks”), so we jump into the key details you need to know. Lululemon’s going hard into its #sweatlife lifestyle push by launching its new shampoo, deodorant, and more, while athleisure keeps winning retail. And Best Buy introduced a new FitnessTech strategy as it aims to become the Apple Store for Baby Boomers....

Airbnb launches (crazy) “Adventures,” Chewy.com’s 60% IPO surge, and Verizon’s new “never forget” dongle strategy
Chewy.com’s IPO is based on the concept of “pet humanization,” but it’s showing how to beat Amazon. Airbnb’s insane new “Adventures” feature lets you book wild trips you probably didn’t realize were possible (because it’s facing competition in every direction). And Verizon launches a piece of hardware to help you not lose anything, but it’s all part of a “switching costs” strategy....


Quibi’s the #1 disruptor in video, Fiverr surges 90% on IPO day, and HSBC’s Saudi Arabia risk/reward
Startup Quibi is launching as a fully mobile streaming app with $1B in funding, and we just got more details on what it’s working on (hint: the return of “Punk’d”). Gig economy website Fiverr surged 90% on its IPO, and it literally trademarked the term “gig.” And a WSJ article reveals how HSBC has become the international bank of choice for Saudi Arabia with big risk, and big reward....


Revolve’s Instagram/fashion IPO, JetBlack concierge takes on Amazon Prime, and Germany’s Aldi fires up the US grocery wars
The pioneer of social media influencer marketing, Revolve shares surged to become the 2nd best public offering stock performance of 2019 so far. JetBlack is the text-based online concierge club that just revealed key numbers as it takes on Amazon Prime (it’s a Walmart company). And Germany’s chain Aldi opens up shop outside of Walmart’s headquarters as it adds a new front to the epic US grocery wars....



JPMorgan’s “anti-dad” case sets a record, fresh Mexico tariffs will hurt your Chipotle, and non-hotel companies jump into hotels
In a record settlement of $5M for a parental leave case, JPMorgan’s giving new moms and dads a more equal policy (although the US is still way behind). The fresh US tariffs on Mexico announced Thursday will hit cars, avocados, and Coronas. And a bunch of brands you know aren’t in the hotel business, but they’re opening hotels -- So we look at West Elm, Shinola, and LVMH....

Abercrombie’s worst day in 20 years, iRobot’s new launch, and SoFi’s stadium move
iRobot just unveiled two high-tech robot floor cleaners, but its expansion to non-cleaning things is TBD. Abercrombie & Fitch just axed 3 high-profile flagship stores -- But its stock’s worst day in 2 decades gave us a key insight on retail. And SoFi is raising $500M to expand beyond student loans (and maybe even name a stadium after itself)....


Zynga is our “Accidental Billionaire of the Day,” Huawei’s 4 spy stories, and tobacco’s terrible day (because of regular unleaded)
Farmville-creator Zynga just sold its San Francisco headquarters building for $600M — And it may be better at real estate than video games. We’re jumping into the spy-worthy “corporate theft” stories of how China’s Huawei stole secret intellectual property from US tech. And cigarette companies suffered their worst day in 5 months, but not because of ecigs and Millennials....

Facebook’s “GlobalCoin” launching 2020, Kontoor is the new jeans IPO, and SpaceX’s 60-satellite week
Zuck’s launching a Bitcoin-ish cryptocurrency called GlobalCoin in 2020 so that paying for anything is as easy as messaging. Kontoor is the newly IPO’d company created after Vans-owner VF Brands spun-off its denim icons Wrangler and Lee’s — And it fell on Day #1 of trading. And Snackers asked us to cover Elon Musk’s SpaceX’s big week, so we did. And we loved it....

Facebook’s 2.2B fake accounts, Disney’s theme park record, and the “IPO of the Day” is a talent agency
You’ve heard about Disney+ streaming and Marvel Movies for months — But there’s a big story around its theme parks and its new Star Wars land. Facebook’s 3rd transparency report revealed it’s destroyed 2.2B fake accounts in the last three months. And our “IPO of the Day” is Endeavor, the 121-year-old talent agency behind most of the stars you’re watching....



LaCroix sparkling water drops, Amex acquires Resy, and Americans stop having as many babies
To get into your weekend calendar, Amex acquired restaurant reservation app Resy to make perks way more Millenniall-y. LaCroix is owned by National Beverage Corp, whose shares fell 7% this week as analysts say it can’t handle new competition. And a major study shows Americans are having a record low number of babies, so we jump into the businesses that affects....



Google’s $399 smartphone, Crocs’ comeback, and GM’s robotaxi Cruise snags $1B
Google’s I/O event day enjoyed protests, AI tech to screen fake calls, and a $399 Pixel phone. General Motors acquired self-driving car startup Cruise when it was worth $1B — Now it’s worth $19B, and wants robotaxis on streets this year. And Crocs shares have nearly doubled in the past year, so we look at why....


Warren Buffett’s epic annual event, Planet Fitness’ innovative real estate strategy, and almond milk vs. Dean Foods dairy
The annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting showcased 88-year-old legendary investor Warren Buffett, so we broke down his 6 hours of one-liner business takeaways. Planet Fitness shares are up 75% in the last year, so we’re focused on its innovative real estate strategy that feeds off the retail-pocalypse. And Dean Foods is America’s biggest dairy company, but the stock is down 62% in 2019 because of alt-milk....


Facebook’s new “FB5” redesign (and dating feature), Apple’s past-dependent business model, and Merck’s profits quadruple
Apple’s earnings report was critical for what it didn’t say, just as much as what it did — And it reveals that Apple’s transformation. Facebook’s F8 event revealed new features (dating and crushes), but the big focus was its app redesign. And Merck’s profits quadrupled because a measles vaccine and a new cancer drug have become its profit puppies....


Walmart’s secret “store of the future” unveiled, Starbucks’ loyalty-powered record high, and 3M’s worst day since ‘87
Starbucks announced the return of the S’mores Frappuccino, but we’re focused on what its new loyalty program change means to your daily routine. Walmart has been cooking up a “store of the future” out of its Long Island-based lab, so we checked it out. And post-it note creator 3M’s worst day in 32 years highlights what’s wrong with the Dow Jones Industrial Average....

Lululemon’s 5-year plan surprise, Ford invests in the Tesla of pickup trucks, and Domino’s jumps 5% on a “delivery dilemma”
Ford needs help with electric cars (and help if its electric trucks fail), so it dropped a $500M investment in electric pickup startup Rivian. Domino’s sales slowed because of aggressive DoorDash/UberEats promo codes, but shares jumped 5% because the new CEO knows delivery is its DNA. And Lululemon revealed its 5-year plan, and it’s about much more than just yoga pants -- it’s a deodorant, shoes, and menswear lifestyle brand....





“Avengers” powers AMC movie theater stock, Chuck E. Cheese’s plans to go public again, and GE falls because of “the GE whisperer”
Don’t call it a comeback (but it is a comeback). Your childhood Chuck E. Cheese’s has been revamped by private equity and wants to go public again. AMC jumped 9% on word the latest “Avengers” could have the biggest movie opening ever — And this summer is packed with blockbusters. And General Electric shares fell after “the GE whisperer” turned on the conglomerate....




Bed Bath & Beyond’s “intervention,” Cronos cannabis’s humble-brag, and the new meme-messing internet law in Europe
Bed Bath & Beyond surged 22% for its best day in a decade, but because investors are having an intervention with management. Cronos’ quarterly sales surged 248%, but there was so much more to the Canadian cannabis company’s earnings report. And the EU just passed the biggest internet regulation yet that may make you have to come up with your own original humor....


MarketSnacks acquired, Pinterest’s IPO deets, Papa John signs Shaq, and Tiffany’s falls 5%
This is big. MarketSnacks has been acquired by Robinhood, and is now Snacks Daily -- Same digestible financial news, better everything else. Today, we jumped into Pinterest’s IPO filing material to discover they’re all about Millennial moms. Papa John just subbed in Shaq to be its “Pizza Wars” savior. And Tiffany’s falls even as it adds Lady Gaga to its fresh new line....