Moby (electronic musician Richard Melville Hall)

~ Person

Legal name: Richard Melville Hall

Also performs as: Barracuda (Richard Melville Hall a.k.a. Moby), Brainstorm (Richard Melville Hall a.k.a. Moby), Lopez (Richard Melville Hall a.k.a. Moby), U.H.F. (Richard Melville Hall a.k.a. Moby), Voodoo Child (Richard Melville Hall a.k.a. Moby)


Richard Melville Hall (born September 11, 1965), better known by his stage name Moby, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, DJ and photographer. He is well known for his electronic music, vegan lifestyle, and support of animal rights. Moby has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. AllMusic considers him "one of the most important dance music figures of the early 1990s, helping bring the music to a mainstream audience both in the UK and in America".

Moby gained attention in the early 1990s with his electronic dance music work, which experimented in the techno and breakbeat hardcore genres. With his fifth studio album, the electronica and house music-influenced Play, he gained international success. Originally released in mid-1999, the album sold 6,000 copies in its first week, and it re-entered the charts in early 2000 and became an unexpected hit, producing eight singles and selling over 10 million copies worldwide. Moby followed the album in 2002 with 18, which was also successful, selling over 5 million copies worldwide and receiving mostly positive reviews, though some criticized it for being too similar to Play.

His next major release, 2005's mostly upbeat Hotel was a stylistic departure, incorporating more alternative rock elements than previous albums, and received mixed reviews. It sold around 2 million copies worldwide. After 2008's dance-influenced Last Night (2008), he returned to the downtempo electronica of Play and 18 with 2009's mostly-ambient Wait for Me, finding higher critical acclaim and moderate sales, as well as 2011's Destroyed. Moby's latest album, Innocents, was released on October 1, 2013.

Moby has also co-written, produced, and remixed music for Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Daft Punk, Mylène Farmer, Brian Eno, Pet Shop Boys, Britney Spears, New Order, Public Enemy, Guns N' Roses, Metallica, Soundgarden, and others.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Moby Moby 3.25 8
1993 Ambient Moby 2 6
1995 Everything Is Wrong Moby 3.25 12
1996 Animal Rights Moby 3.6 7
1999 Play Moby 4.2 26
2002 18 Moby 3.3 8
2005 Hotel Moby 3.5 12
2008 Last Night Moby 3 7
2009 Wait for Me Moby 3.5 10
2011 Destroyed Moby 4.25 11
2013 Innocents Moby 3 7
2015 Hotel Ambient Moby 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Early Underground Moby 4
1996 Mixmag Live! Volume 2: Sven Väth & Moby Sven Väth & Moby 2
1996 Rare: The Collected B-Sides: 1989-1993 Moby 3 1
1997 I Like to Score Moby 7
2000 Mobysongs (1993-1998) Moby 1
2000 Play: The B Sides Moby 3.65 3
2003 18 B-Sides Moby 2 3
2006 Go: The Very Best of Moby Moby 12
2007 Go: The Very Best of Moby Remixed Moby 2
2008 Greatest Hits Moby 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Live 19th May 2005 Carling Academy, Brixton, London Moby 1
2005 Moby.Live 25th May 2005: Offenbach Stadthalle, Germany Moby 1
2006 Live: Hotel Tour 2005 Moby 1
2010 iTunes Live From Montreal Moby 1
2011 iTunes Festival: London 2011 Moby 1
2014 Almost Home: Live at the Fonda, LA Moby 2

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Next Is the E Moby 2
1996 Everything Is Wrong: Mixed & Remixed Moby 2
2000 Nine Toez Mix Moby 1
2001 Moby's Megamix Moby 1
2006 Remixed Moby 1
2008 Last Night Remixed Moby 4 2
2010 Wait for Me. Remixes! Moby 1
2012 Destroyed. Remixed Moby 4


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Go Moby 9
1992 Drop a Beat Moby 1
1993 Move Moby 2
1994 Hymn Moby 12
1994 Feeling So Real Moby 4 10
1995 Everytime You Touch Me Moby 8
1995 Into the Blue Moby 7
1995 Disk Moby 2
1995 Bring Back My Happiness Moby 4
1996 That's When I Reach for My Revolver Moby 7
1996 Come on Baby Moby 3
1997 James Bond Theme (Moby's re-version) Moby 7
1998 Honey Moby 4 5
1999 Run On Moby 5

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