Music | March 18, 2021 6:00 am

Musicians Like Ariana Grande and Post Malone Are Releasing Hour-Long “Sleep Remixes” of Their Songs

Universal Music Group is teaming up with the Calm app to help you fall asleep

Ariana Grande attends the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles.
Ariana Grande attends the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles.
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If you’re like me, you’ll try just about anything to help you fall asleep at night — white noise machines, mindfulness playlists, you name it. Soon, however, we’ll have a new option to help lull us into a state of unconsciousness: new hour-long “sleep remixes” of popular songs.

As Rolling Stone reports, the songs are the product of a partnership between the Calm wellness app and Universal Music Group. To celebrate World Sleep Day, the first seven songs will be released via Calm on Friday, March 19. The initial seven tracks feature 60-minute reimaginations of Ariana Grande’s “Breathin’,” Jhene Aiko’s “While We’re Young,” Kacey Musgraves’s “Golden Hour,” Katy Perry’s “Double Rainbow,” Luis Fonsi’s “Sola,” Post Malone’s “Circles,” and Shawn Mendes’s “Wonder.”

But what exactly does a 60-minute version of a three-minute pop song entail? Calm co-founder Michael Acton Smith told the publication that they won’t simply be slowed-down versions or played over and over on a loop.

“It ebbs and flows, and gets gradually more soporific, so you drift off to sleep without even realizing it,” he explained. “If they’re boring, you’re [less likely] to play them in the first place. And we want your attention. We want you stop thinking about your to-do lists and that silly comment you made at work.”

If that sounds intriguing (but also like something that’ll help you snooze), the first seven sleep remixes will debut on the Calm app on Friday and live there exclusively for three months, after which Universal is allowed to distribute them to standard streaming platforms if, as Rolling Stone puts it, “the move feels right.”

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