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How an 18-track album is taking over the world; MOBY MAKES MUSIC EVERYBODY WANTS.

IT IS full of music we all know - but few of us ever sat down and listened to the compact disc.

A classic sleeper hit, Moby's Play was in the shops for 11 months ... and then the public twigged.

Every track on the disc had been used for movies, TV advertisements, background music for TV shows, or radio jingles - the kind of catchy numbers you hear a hundred times but never give much thought to.

Suddenly Moby was a hit and Moby's Play sold over three million copies worldwide, spent five-weeks at number one and has been in the album charts for over a year.

But he real money for Moby is not in the number of copies he sold.

It's the fact that all 18 tracks have been licensed for use in films, television programmes and commercials around the world - bringing the enigmatic musician who created it over pounds 10 million in royalties.

It is the first time that ALL the songs on one album have ever been bought up in this way.

As a result, Moby's catchy dance music can now be heard on everything from Radio 5 Live to the Renault Kangoo ad to Leonardo DiCaprio's The Beach.

In fact, some 470 companies have taken out licenses on Moby's music - and each time it is played, Moby is paid.

AND because he plays most of the instruments himself he doesn't even have to pay other musicians.

Yet this growing wealth means little to the 34-year-old American star who insists he hardly spends anything.

Moby, who will perform at Slane Castle on August 26, might be a highly successful techno-punk with a worldwide following - but he lives like a monk.

He is single, a vegan, hates cigarette smoke with a passion and for a long time abstained completely from drink.

Even now he prefers going home to a good book to partying with the likes of Madonna. He is rumoured to own just two pairs of trousers.

"I have a lot of money in the bank, but I don't spend it," he says. "The reason I make records is because I love making records. If it's lucrative, that's great."

Born Richard Melville Hall, it was inevitable he would acquire the nickname Moby. His great-great-grand uncle was Herman Melville, author of the classic whaling novel, Moby Dick.

He was raised in the posh suburb of Darien, Connecticut by his mother, a piano player in a rock band. His father, a chemistry professor at Columbia University, died in a car crash when Moby was two.

As a youngster, he felt alienated from his classmates - mostly the sons and daughters of the well-to-do - and found solace in his music.

He has had one significant relationship, with a karate black belt called Laurel - an Amazonian figure who works with disabled children - but they split in 1995.

Since then he's seldom been linked to any women, except for a brief flirtation with Star Wars actress Natalie Portman, who is 15 years his junior.

He is famous in the industry for his outrageous habits. Recently he told of how he and his friends competed by rubbing their privates against famous people at parties.

"There is nothing sexual in it," Moby declared. "It's just really funny." He later insisted he had been joking. However, he is deadly serious about his music.

His melodies might be the perfect accompaniment for everything from washing machines to vans, but he believes whole-heartedly in what he does.

"I worked very hard on Play," he says. "There are a lot of musicians who get kind of lazy and complacent. They spend a month or two making an album and expect everyone to bow down and worship.

"My record took 12 or 14 months, a long, arduous process.

"A lot of care, a lot of time, a lot of craft went into it."

Where to hear the hit list..

1. Honey (3 min 28secs)

Brookside (Channel 4)

Hollyoaks (Channel 4)

2. Find My Baby (2mins 59secs)

Any Given Sunday (Oliver Stone movie)

Nissan Almera advert (UK)

3. Porcelain (4mins 1 sec)

The Beach (Leonardo DiCaprio film)

Volkswagen Polo advert (Europe and rest of world)

Bosch washing machines advert (Europe and rest of world)

France Telecom advert (Europe and rest of world)

Brookside and Hollyoaks (Channel 4)

Playing By Heart (Sean Connery movie)

4. Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? (4mins 24secs)

Brookside and Hollyoaks (Channel 4)

5. South Side (3mins 49 secs)

Brookside and Hollyoaks (Channel 4)

6. Rushing (3 mins)

Learn Direct advert (UK)

7. Bodyrock (3mins 36secs)

Match Of The Day

Jo Whiley Show (Channel 4)

Four Music Season (Channel 4)

Rolling Rock advert (UK)

8. Natural Blues (4mins 13 secs)

XFM radio station, cinema advert

Maison Du Cafe advert (France)

9. Machete (3mins 37secs)

Season Ticket (US movie production company)

10. 7 (1min 2 secs)

Licensed by US TV company for future projects.

11. Run On (3mins 45secs)

Renault Kangoo ad (UK)

Maxwell coffee ad (Europe and rest of world)

Renault Scenic ad (Europe and rest of world)

Victoria's Secrets (Channel 4)

12. Down Slow (1 min 34 secs)

Licensed by US film producers for upcoming releases

13. If Things Were Perfect (4mins 18 secs)

Licensed for future American ad campaigns

14. Everloving (3 mins 25 secs)

Any Given Sunday

Thorntons advert (UK)

15. Inside (4 mins 48 secs)

Popular (US network TV show now on Sky One)

16. Guitar Flute & String (2 mins 9 secs)

American TV advertising campaign

17. The Sky Is Broken (4mins 18 secs)

Galaxy advert (UK)

18. My Weakness (3 mins 37 secs) Any Given Sunday
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 18, 2000
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