Moby Finds Gold Here And Abroad

All that critical praise is starting to pay some sales dividends for Moby.

The techno whiz saw sales of his lauded 1999 album "Play" reach the gold plateau in both the U.S. and U.K. on Friday. The album has now moved more than 500,000 copies in the States and more than 150,000 copies in the United Kingdom to earn gold certification.

Spokespeople for Moby say that the album has now surpassed sales of one million worldwide and that the various singles released from the album have also sold, in total, more than one million copies.

While Moby found some success with "Honey," the first single from "Play," the album found a slow build on the chart after its release in June of last year. The single "Bodyrock" and prominent slots on numerous 1999 critical top ten lists helped the album to gather steam.

The future looks bright as well, as Moby has a shot at a Brit Award, two shots at Grammy Awards, and a new video ("Natural Blues," featuring Christina Ricci and

Fairuza Balk) currently in rotation on MTV and VH1. Moby will try to turn his Grammy nods into statuettes on February 23, and will see if he can cash in his Brit Awards nomination on March 3 (see "Moby Stays On Critical Roll With Brit, Grammy Noms").