BPI and Music Ally event on music, wellbeing and technology
There are a lot of exciting things happening around music, wellbeing and fitness in 2020: from artists working with meditation services like Calm and Headspace, to the growth of Peloton and other fitness startups who make...
September 24, 2020
Diplo releases ambient music in Calm meditation app
Grammy-award-winning artist, producer, and DJ Diplo is about to release his first ambient album, MMXX, and has partnered with “mental fitness” app, Calm, to premier five of the tracks from his upcoming album –...
August 31, 2020
Julianna Barwick releases three tracks on meditation app Calm
Julianna Barwick is the latest artist to release music through meditation app Calm, following in the footsteps of Moby, Above & Beyond and Kygo. Barwick, who's signed to Ninja Tune, is releasing three extended versions...
August 7, 2020
Harry Styles reads a ‘sleep story’ for meditation app Calm
"Hello. I'm Harry Styles..." Those four words have set off some social-media excitement overnight, spoken by Styles himself in a promo video for meditation app Calm. He's going to be reading one of the 'sleep stories'...
July 7, 2020
Sandbox Issue 255: K-Pop. What the Global Music Industry can learn from South Korea
Lead: K-pop is eating the world whole and is changing what marketing – especially superfan-centric marketing – can do. We speak to those working in and around the K-pop world to learn how the genre markets itself, where...
June 24, 2020
Kygo creates an exclusive mix for Calm meditation app
Meditation and mindfulness app Calm has been moving deeper into music over the past 18 months – notably landing the launch exclusive for Moby’s ‘Long Ambients 2’ album last March; partnering with Above...
June 15, 2020
Calm and Headspace lead list of top meditation apps in the US
Meditation apps is a space that we’ve been following for a while now, as more of those apps license music and form partnerships with the music industry in other ways. Given the current global situation, it should come as...
April 2, 2020
Music Marketing’s Wellness and Fitness Drive
People are increasingly attuned to the need to look after their mental and their physical health – and music can and does play a big role here. The gym playlist is one thing, but acts crafting albums for meditation apps...
November 13, 2019
Meditation and sleep app Calm now has a head of music
It’s been a busy year for mindfulness startup Calm: it raised $88m of funding in February and another $27m in July – the latter at a $1bn valuation for the company – while also releasing albums by Moby and Above &...
October 17, 2019
Meditation app Calm looks to expand into wholly unexpected genres
This LA Times profile on Michael Acton Smith, co-founder of meditation app Calm, is interesting on his career path – covering Moshi Monsters and explaining how he, as a Brit, established himself in California and helped...
October 11, 2019
Sandbox Issue 234: The New Era Of Music Videos
Lead: In the 1970s, “pop promos” (as they were called) were the preserve of the mega-star act, but after the launch of MTV in 1981 they became standard practice across the industry. The arrival of YouTube in 2005 may...
August 8, 2019
Above & Beyond release album through meditation app Calm
Calm is becoming quite the place for artists to release their music. The meditation app got an exclusive on Moby’s new album ‘Long Ambients 2’ in March this year, then earlier this month Sigur Rós launched a ‘Liminal...
July 26, 2019