Richard Melville Hall (born September 11, 1965), known by his stage name Moby, is an American musician (mostly using guitar), DJ, and photographer. He is well known for his sample-based electronic music, vegan lifestyle, and support of animal rights. Moby gained attention in the early 1990s with his electronic dance music work, which dabbled in the techno and breakbeat hardcore (also known as 'rave') genres. With his fifth studio album, the electronica and house-influenced Play, he gained international success. Originally released in mid-1999 to an unflattering response, it re-entered the charts in early 2000 and slowly became an unexpected hit, producing eight singles and eventually 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.
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