Artists to Check Out this Week

Posted by Nadine Segal • April 14, 2014 at 06:37 AM

When we ask our users what they love most about Torch Music, we often here that they love how easy it is to find all of their favorite music in one place. Torch Music has everything from the older classics to newer up and coming artists. If you are looking to broaden your musical horizons this week we have a few suggestions to get you started.

Sam Smith 

Sam Smith

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You may have heard of Sam Smith when he was featured on the Disclosure song “Latch” or on Naughty Boy’s “La La La”. His debut album In the Lonely Hour is set to drop this May and singles from the album “Money on My Mind” and “Stay With Me” are making a name for the artist. We expect to be hearing a lot more from this British singer.

Check out Sam Smith on Torch Music.

The 1975

The 1975

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The 1975 first made it onto the radio in the UK with the song “The City” off their first EP,  Facedown. The band went on to release 3 more EP’s before releasing their self-titled studio album, in September of 2013. Their latest single is entitled “Settle Down”. Listen to it now on Torch Music.

Check out The 1975 on Torch Music

Lo-Fang

 

Lo-Fang

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Lo-Fang or Matthew Hemerlein is a talented musician who can list teenage pop sensation Lorde as one of his biggest fans, and he opened for her on her latest tour. He grew up in Maryland but has found inspiration for his music traveling the world. His debut album Blue Film came out in February.

Check out Lo-Fang on Torch Music

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.

Let Your Facebook Reflect Your Mood

Posted by Nadine Segal • April 09, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Facelift allows Torch users to personalize their Facebook by designing it to fit their taste. Facelift users can choose from the many beautiful themes offered or select each element themselves.

If your Facebook friends are also browsing with Torch they will be able to see your Facelift design on your Profile Page. You can use your Facelift design to show off your sense of style to your Facebook friends.

Since Facelift Themes are so easy to change, you can change them with your mood and show off how you are feeling.

For instance, if you are in love and want everyone to know it you can set your Facelift theme to the “Pink Hearts” theme. You can find it in the “Love” category.

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If you are in a relaxed mood and want to share your chilled vibes try the “Yoga” theme from the “Relax” category.

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If you are in more of funky mood you may want to go for the “Popart” theme in the “Fun” category.

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If you are feeling a bit of magic in the air and want to share your whimsical mood the “Fairytale” theme from “Art”.

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If you are in a rockin’ kind of mood and want to share it with your friends, try the “Rock” theme, you can find it under “Fun”.

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Only your friends using Torch Browser will be able to see your personalized Facelift. Share Torch with your friends so everyone can see your design.

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.

Torch Music Chart for March 2014

Posted by Nadine Segal • April 03, 2014 at 01:58 PM
Katy Perry

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March was an exciting month for Torch Music, we just announced that users can now watch videos in Full Screen and in HD on Torch Music and we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. Torch users enjoyed lots of great free music in the month of March as well. If you want to know just what they were listening to in March, we have the answers with the Torch Music Chart.

As always, you can click on the titles of any of the songs to play them in Torch Music.

#20 Just a Cloud Away – Pharrell Williams -  This is the first time that “Just a Cloud Away” has made it onto the Torch Chart.

#19 Other Side – Jason Derulo - “Other Side” is down from last month when it was at #10. Don’t worry Jason Derulo fans, we have good news for you in the top 10.

#18 Just Give Me a Reason – P!nk – P!nk disappeared last month off the chart, but her loyal fans have brought her back.

#17 Pompeii – Bastille – Welcome to the Torch Music Chart , Bastille.

#16 Boyfriend – Justin Bieber – Justin Bieber popped up on the chart out of nowhere with “Boyfriend”, looks like some Torch Music users were experiencing some Bieber fever.

#15 Wake Me Up – Avicii – Avicii is holding steady at number 15 with “Wake Me Up”.

#14 Let it Go – Demi Lovato – Demi’s hit “Heartbreaker” lost its place on the chart this month but “Let it Go” joined the chart in its place.

#13 Drunk in Love – Beyonce -  Beyonce is back on the Torch Music Chart this month, we missed the Queen Bey.

#12 Unconditionally – Katy Perry – Torch Music users really just can’t get enough of Miss Katy Perry. This is the first time we have seen her song “Unconditionally” on the chart but she has two other songs later on in the chart.

#11 Story of My Life – One Direction – “Story of My Life” is up two spots from last month, but didn’t quite make it into the Top 10. Don’t worry too much 1D fans this isn’t their only entry this month.

#10 Counting Stars – One Republic – “Counting Stars” is down two places from last month.

#9 We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus – The first of 3 Miley songs in the Top 10, “We Can’t Stop” is up two places from last month.

#8 Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball” was missing from the chart last month but came swinging back, well like a wrecking ball, straight into the top 10.

#7 Rolling in the Deep – Adele – This Adele song is up from number 12 last month.

#6 Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo – Jason Derulo can rejoice, “Talk Dirty” is up 3 spots from last month.

#5 Adore You – Miley Cyrus – While “Adore You” dropped 1 spot since last month it is a small price to pay to have an extra Miley song on the chart this month.

#4 Best Song Ever – One Direction -  “Best Song Ever” is up 3 spots from number 7 last month.

#3 Dark Horse – Katy Perry – Up two spots from last month “Dark Horse” is racing up the chart.

#2 Happy – Pharrell Williams - Pharrell is holding strong at number 2 again.

#1 Roar – Katy Perry – Once again Katy is holding onto the top spot with “Roar” will anyone be able to beat her out in April?

 

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.

April Fools’ Pranks From Around the Internet

Posted by Nadine Segal • April 01, 2014 at 02:41 PM

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I’m sure if when the internet was first invented, April Fools’ Day was a driving force, but it has certainly evolved into an online holiday. April Fools’ is a day where you trust nothing you read on the internet as nearly every website puts out an over the top product or feature that is sure to have you ROFL.

This year was no exception with all of our favorite websites showing us their lighter side.

Here are some of our favorite April Fools’ Pranks so far.

Google Map’s Pokémon Challenge

Google announced a new position in the company, while many would do near anything to score a job with Google, would you hunt down Pokemon?

Samsung’s Fly-Fy

Ever wish pigeons were equipped with teeny-tiny wireless routers to improve your signal?  Well apparently someone at Samsung thought about it.

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Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.

Lady Gaga’s Birthday Present is G.U.Y.

Posted by Brooke Ashley • March 27, 2014 at 02:55 PM
Lady Gaga

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Days before her 28th birthday, Lady Gaga gifted herself an early present with a music film of her next single off ArtPop, “G.U.Y”.

After having endless chart topping hits, Lady Gaga’s latest studio album Art Pop hasn’t been as much of a record breaking “monster” as some had hoped. Her latest single could change things around with a star studded music video and all of the classic “Lady Gaga” components that make her music videos one-of-a-kind.

As a master “artist”, Lady Gaga’s newest film is full of her latest creations with an eleven minute music video including her trademark  eclectic dance moves,  a Michael Jackson replica, and even guest appearances from the stars of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” series.

Take a look for yourselves and let us know what you think of Lady Gaga’s newest music film.

You can watch all of Lady Gaga’s music videos for free on Torch Music.

The Latest Selfie Trends

Posted by Nadine Segal • March 26, 2014 at 02:59 PM

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Selfies are everywhere these days. At the Oscars, Ellen’s famous selfie broke the Twitter recorded for most retweeted pic when she posted a star studded selfie with the help of Bradley Cooper’s extra long arm.

There are a few trends in the world of selfies that have grabbed my attention. These trends fall into three categories, the good, the bad and the absolutely terrifying.

To start with the good, the makeup free selfie for a great cause.

The #nomakeupselfie trend is everywhere lately and it has increased awareness and raised over £8 Million for Cancer Research UK, and it did all that while encouraging women to love themselves as is. The organization didn’t initiate the trend but they are definitely grateful.

Next, the bad, the sellotape selfie.

Another trend lately has been the #sellotapeselfie. This trend involves wrapping your face in sellotape and taking a pic. It sounds painful and pointless but there are a lot of folks jumping on the bandwagon.

Last but not least, the absolutely terrifying, taking selfies from extreme heights.

This trend looks terrifying. I don’t know what safety measures are taken in these pictures and obviously it is not advised to try and replicate these shots. The picture below is from Kirill Oreshkin, a Russian daredevil.

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Find and share all your favorite content online with Torch Browser.

 

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.

How the Internet Can Keep You Happy

Posted by Nadine Segal • March 20, 2014 at 03:20 PM

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Today is the International Day of Happiness.

The internet has undoubtedly changed the way we live our lives. While we often use it to save time, we certainly spend a lot time on it, but do we use it to pursue happiness. Can you find happiness online?

You definitely can. Here are a few ways:

Staying in Touch with Friends and Family Abroad

Keeping up to date with loved ones from afar has never been easier. Thanks to the many tools available, from video messaging to social networking and picture sharing sites, you are never more than a click away.

Online Dating

While online dating isn’t for everyone, more and more people are finding love online. The internet now allows people who may have never had the opportunity to cross paths, to get together and sometimes find love.

Adorable Animal Videos

Sometimes all you need to put a smile on your face is a video of a panda sneezing or a kitten being tickled. Check out this adorable video of a hedgehog and a kitten. I dare you not to smile.

Finding the Latest and Greatest Music – No Matter Your Taste

Think of all the amazing artists discovered because of the internet. The internet allows anyone to explore music of any kind from anywhere instantaneously.

Finding Inspiration for a Happier Life

Sometimes all you need when you’re feeling less than happy is a little inspiration. You can find inspiration for almost anything online.

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You can’t find everything you need to be happy online, but when you browse with Torch you are sure to get done faster and get back to the things that matter most.

 

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.

Top 10 Reasons Why We Can’t Get Enough of Adam Levine

Posted by Brooke Ashley • March 18, 2014 at 02:31 PM

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In honor of sexy front man, Adam Levine’s 35th birthday, we thought we’d let you in on the top reasons why we can’t get enough of this rock star!

1. He keeps his rock star bod in tip-top shape with yoga. Before he busts out the moves-like Jagger- he tries positions like cobra, monkey, and tree when practicing. Which is impressive considering his height, he comes in at 6 feet. Levine says practicing allows him to “make better decisions that come from a clear place”.

2. He’s a simple guy. Levine is known by his bandmates as the Zen master because he is not materialistic. His one vice is his passion for clothing- like the simple t-shirts  he is known for wearing on stage and on The Voice.

3. His dance moves. Maybe it’s all that yoga or years of jumping around on stage, but Mr. Levine has got them down. See exhibit A in “Moves like Jagger” with his co-judge Christina Aguilera.

 4. He’s not afraid to share his “flaws”. Levine’s fear of flying keeps the band on a bus going from city to city when they go on tour.

5. He has a thing for beautiful women. While it may be a cliche, this rock star has dated some of the biggest super models in the world. All we can say is, we get it.

6. He shows the haters who’s boss. Levine was told that his voice sounded like a girl, but with millions of records sold, we don’t think he’s complaining.

7. He’s great friends with his coworkers. Aside from his bandmates, you can catch the cutest bromance between Levine and country singer Blake Shelton on The Voice .

8. The way he makes you feel, well, loved.

9. You can wake up to him every morning instead of  that annoying alarm clock. Just don’t blame us when you can’t get this song out of your head.

10. He’s not letting his age stop him. As People’s sexiest man alive, Levine has big plans to make more music with Maroon 5 and keep us laughing on The Voice.

You can join us in celebrating Adam Levine’s birthday by visiting the Maroon 5 artist page on Torch Music!

How to Tweet the Right Way

Posted by Brooke Ashley • March 13, 2014 at 03:24 PM

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Out there in the big, blue tweetosphere lives a world of many tweets. Some are sent to Justin Bieber professing their love, while others are sadly sitting in purgatory as they were never read by the tweet recipient, or even their own twitter followers. Many wonder how to construct the perfect tweet for everyone to see, so here are our three simple steps to creating the tweets of your dreams!

1. #Hashtag-Before Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon made a million hit video about it, Twitter accidentally renamed the pound sign into the now infamous “hashtag”. Typically in your 140 character tweet, you shouldn’t use more than three hashtags. If you’re at a major event, watching a TV show live, or seeing your favorite artist in concert, using a trending hashtag will make you seem even more in the know. For example, “Can’t wait to watch the next episode of #ScandalABC to see what #OlivaPope is going to do next! #BESTSHOWEVER” is only 109 characters long and has three hashtags so your followers don’t feel overwhelmed. This also allows others who are following the trending hashtag to see what you are tweeting, even if they don’t follow you. (This can also lead to more followers!)

2. Tweet for All-If you want to share your love of your favorite artist’s new song,  be sure ALL of your followers can see it.  If you include the twitter handle in the middle of a tweet, all of your followers will be able to see the tweet. What many don’t realize, is if their handle is the first word in the tweet, you must put another word, or even a period, before the rest so even people who are not following that twitter account can see. For example: “.@Beyonce had one of the best hit singles of all time! I’ve already listened to #DrunkinLove 128 times! ” will be read by all of your followers, instead of the ones just following Beyoncé.

3. SHARE the love! If you see a tweet from one of the people you are following and want to share it with your followers, simply click the Retweet button. Think of this as an endorsement message, that you agree with what this person says, and you couldn’t say it any better yourself. If you want to add your two cents in, click “Quote” to include your thoughts and the original tweet.

Torch Browser makes it easy to share the things you love on Twitter using our Drag & Drop feature. Now that you know a few simple tips about tweeting, what will your first tweet be?

Songs for Relationships You Just Can’t Get Over

Posted by Nadine Segal • March 12, 2014 at 02:51 PM
Justin and Selena

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Breaking up is hard to do. We all know that, but some people just can’t seem to move on from a former flame. Some find it so difficult that they need to check themselves into a rehab facility to try to move on and even that doesn’t work. Some relationships are just hard to quit.

Celebrities aren’t the only ones who have trouble letting go, here are some songs to remind you that if you are in an “on again off again” relationship, you aren’t alone.

If you like one of the songs below just click on the title and it it will open in Torch Music. Save it on a playlist and listen to it again and again.

Without You – David Guetta ft. Usher

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Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.