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Play Records
Play Records
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FounderMelleny Melody
Country of originCanada
Official website

Play Records is an independently owned Canadian record label operating in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The company include Play Deep Studios, a recording studio in the UK, Play Digital, for digital music and Play Records Publishing, a publishing company which provides licensing materials for commercial, film and television productions, including licensing deals for compilations.


Play Records was founded by singer and former Care Bears voice actress Melleny Melody in 1996 and DJ Spydabrown.

In 2005, the company signed on electronic musician deadmau5. The company head Melleefresh discovered the artist when the two collaborated on some releases under the Play Records duo Freshmau5.[1]

In 2008, two of the tracks in the company's catalog, "After Hours" by Melleefresh and deadmau5 and "R My Dreams (All U Ever Want)" by deadmau5 and Billy Newton-Davis were nominated for a Juno Award under the category of Dance Recording of the Year, with the latter winning the award that year.[2] That same year, Play Records parted ways with deadmau5 and the company gained ownership of the catalog of tracks deadmau5 produced during his time with Play Records as part of the agreement.[3]

In October 2015, Play Records was sued by deadmau5 in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit over a breach of contract for the tracks he had previously transferred ownership to.[4][5][6]

The company reached agreement with deadmau5 in May 2016 which allowed Play Records to retain the rights to the tracks but prohibits the label from producing any new remixes derived from the original tracks.[7][8][9] The first of these tracks to be re-released by Play Records was "Desynchonized", which appeared on Spotify on June 20, 2016.[10]


  1. ^ "Melleefresh is looking for talented artists to collaborate with". Tilllate Magazine. 16 Jun 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Krewen, Nick. "Playing Deep:The Ballad of Melleny Melody". FYIMusicNews. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Hudson, Alex (26 Oct 2015). "Deadmau5 Sues Play Records over Allegedly Unauthorized Remixes". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ Gardner, Eriq (26 Oct 2015). "Deadmau5 Sues Over Remixes and Mashups". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ Andrews, Adelaide (28 Oct 2015). "Deadmau5 Sues Former Label for Millions Over Unauthorized Remixes". Thump Vice. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ Gardner, Eriq (26 Oct 2015). "Deadmau5 Sues Over Remixes, Mashups". Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ Vlessing, Etan (3 May 2016). "Deadmau5 Settles Label Dispute Over Remixing and Mashups". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ Vlessing, Etan (3 May 2016). "Deadmau5 Settles Label Dispute Over Remixing and Mashups". Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ Slingerland, Calum (3 May 2016). "Deadmau5 Reaches Settlement with Play Records over Unauthorized Remixes". Exclaim. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ Meadow, Matthew (13 July 2016). "Following Lawsuit Settlement, The First Of Deadmau5? Old Tracks Appears On Spotify". Your EDM. Retrieved 2016.

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