Moby (electronic musician Richard Melville Hall)

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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
1993 Juliana's Tokyo Vol.5 2nd Anniversary Edition Various Artists 1
1996 Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks Various Artists 1
1996 Cloud 9 Various Artists 1
1999 Burning London: The Clash Tribute Various Artists 4
1999 Never Give In: A Tribute to Bad Brains Various Artists 2
1999 Strand House: Clubbing on the Beach Various Artists 1
2001 Urban Moods Various Artists 1
2004 Mary Had a Little Amp Various Artists 1
2005 Fired Up! 2 Various Artists 1
2007 For The Kids Three Various Artists 1
2008 Point de suture Mylène Farmer 4.5 9
2008 Key to the Universe Sesto Sento 3
2009 Idiosyncrasies Kris Menace 2
2009 Shakedown 2 Freemasons 3
2009 Global Underground 2010 Various Artists 1
2010 Midnight Diaries Various Artists 1
2010 Dinner Party Songs Various Artists 1
2012 Mixed Feelings Kraak & Smaak 1
2012 Alternative Energy, Volume 2 Various Artists 4 1
2014 Chilled House Ibiza 2014 Various Artists 1
2014 With a Little Help From My Fwends The Flaming Lips 3
2014 Making Patterns Rhyme: A Tribute to Duran Duran Various Artists 1
2015 Ministry of Sound: Chilled Various Artists 2
2015 Sugar Robin Schulz 3
2015 Electronica 1: The Time Machine Jean‐Michel Jarre 5
French Salon Various Artists 1
Seattle Nights Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Hardcore Ecstasy Various Artists 1
1991 Now That’s What I Call Music! 20 (UK) Various Artists 2 3
1991 Techno Trax, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1991 House Party II: The Ultimate Megamix Various Artists 1
1991 Instinct Dance Various Artists 1
1991 Dance Energy 3 Various Artists 1
1991 Future Dance Connection: A Year of Techno Various Artists 1
1991 Order to Dance III Various Artists 1
1991 Skateboard 3 Various Artists 5 2
1991 Turn Up the Bass Megamix 1991 Various Artists 1
1992 Volume Three Various Artists 1
1992 Abfahrer 92 Various Artists 1
1992 COMA: The Album Various Artists 1
1992 Dance Hall No. 1 Various Artists 1
1992 Feel the Rhythm 1 Various Artists 1
1992 Give Peace a Dance, Volume 3: Psychotic Reactions Various Artists 1
1992 Killer Techno Various Artists 1
1992 Lexicon of Techno House Various Artists 1
1992 Move on 2 - 2 in One Various Artists 1
1992 Rave Nation: House, Ambient and Techno Dance Various Artists 1
1992 Raveolution Various Artists 1
1992 Rock Furore Various Artists 1
1992 Techno Rave Party I Various Artists 1

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