Richard Melville Hall, better known by his stage name Moby, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, animal rights activist, and author. He has sold an estimated 20 million records worldwide. AllMusic considers him to be "one of the most important dance music figures of the early 1990s, helping bring the music to a mainstream audience both in the United Kingdom and in America".
After taking up the guitar and piano at age nine, Moby played in several underground punk rock bands through the 1980s before turning to electronic dance music. In 1989, he moved to New York City and became a prolific figure as a DJ, producer, and remixer. His 1991 single "Go" was his mainstream breakthrough, reaching No. 10 in the United Kingdom. Between 1992 and 1997 he scored eight top-10 hits on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart including "Move", "Feeling So Real", and "James Bond Theme". Through the decade he also produced music under various pseudonyms, released the critically-acclaimed Everything Is Wrong, and composed music for films. His punk-oriented album Animal Rights alienated much of his fan base.
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