Mêlée (band)

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OriginOrange County, California, United States
Years active2000-2012
LabelsWarner Bros., Hopeless, Subcity
Associated actsSuburban Legends, The Service
MembersRicky Sans
Chris Cron
Ryan Malloy
Derek Lee Rock
Past membersMike Nader
Israel Villanueva
Michael Amico

Mêlée is an American rock band from Orange County in California. Formed in 2000, the band consists of Ricky Sans, Chris Cron, Ryan Malloy and Derek Lee Rock. The group released their debut album Everyday Behavior under Los Angeles-based independent label Subcity Records in 2004.[1] In 2006, they were signed with major record label Warner Bros. Records, and subsequently, in 2007 made their major record label debut Devils & Angels.[2] In 2010, they released their follow up album on Warner titled The Masquerade, released in Japan and digitally in North America.[3]


Devils and Angels[edit]

The first single, "Built to Last" had international radio success. Peaking at No. 8 in Austria; No. 4 in Belgium; No. 75 in Czech Republic; No. 58 in Denmark; No. 6 in Finland; No. 2 in Germany; No. 29 in Ireland; No. 2 in Netherlands; No. 13 in Norway; No. 54 in Sweden; No. 7 in Switzerland; No. 16 in UK; No. 1 in Japan; No. 2 in Indonesia; No. 12 in Thailand.

"Imitation", the follow up single had international radio success as well. Peaking at No. 21 in Belgium; No. 43 in Switzerland; No. 10 in Singapore; No. 47 in Netherlands. "Can't Hold On", the third single charted at No. 97 in Netherlands.

"Biggest Mistake" is featured in the trailer for Disney animated movie, Tangled in 2010.[4] "Stand Up" is featured on the soundtrack for the film Sydney White starring Amanda Bynes 2007.[5] Melee appeared in Where Music Meets Film, a one-hour TV special of the three night live music event at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, that aired on Fuse in 2008.[6]

The Masquerade[edit]

The single "On The Movie Screen" reached No. 3 on The J-Wave Tokio Hot 100 radio chart.[7]

"The Ballad of You and I" was the iTunes Store free single download of the week on October 5, 2010.[8] "The Ballad of You and I" was featured in promotion ads for NBC The Biggest Loser December, 2010[9]


  • Chris Cron (vocals, keyboard, guitar)
  • Ricky Sans (guitar, vocals)
  • Ryan Malloy (bass, vocals)
  • Derek Lee Rock (drums)
Former members
  • Mike Nader (drums)
  • Israel Villanueva (drums, vocals)
  • Michael Amico (drums)
  • Lina Simpson (keyboard, vocals)

After breakup[edit]

Band member Chris Cron appeared in the auditions of season 11 of the American edition of The Voice singing "Never Tear Us Apart from INXS, but failed to turn the chair of any of the four judges Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton. After the performance, he talked about the success of Mêlée internationally, particularly in Japan and his circumstances after the break up of the band.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Title Chart Positions
2004 Everyday Behavior
2007 Devils & Angels 86 81 18[10] 26 96 61[11]
2010 The Masquerade 35[10]

Extended Plays (EPs)[edit]

2000 – An Existential Guide To Love
2001 – Transmission
2002 – Mêlée
2003 – Against the Tide


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album


"Francesca" 2001 Transmission
"The War" 2004 Everyday Behavior
"Can't Hold on" 2007 [A] Devils & Angels
"Built to Last" 45 30 [B] 40 7 36 57
"Frequently Baby (She's a Teenage Maniac)" 2008
"Imitation" [C] 24
"On the Movie Screen" 2010 The Masquerade
"The Ballad of You And I"
"Teo Toriatte"
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.


Music videos[edit]

Melee released several self-made videos for their single "Built to Last" prior to the recording of the official video, produced by the Malloys. All of the videos can be seen on their Youtube page.


  1. ^ "Can't Hold on" did not enter the Dutch Top 40, but peaked at number 13 on the Tipparade, which acts as an extension to the Ultratop 50.[16]
  2. ^ "Built to Last" did not enter the Ultratop 40, but peaked at number five on the Ultratip chart, which acts as an extension to the Ultratop 40.[14]
  3. ^ "Imitation" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 13 on the Ultratip chart, which acts as an extension to the Ultratop 50.[13]


  1. ^ "MELEE: Everyday Behavior: Music". Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  2. ^ "Melee: Devils & Angels: Music". Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  3. ^ "MELEE: THE MASQUERADE +2(ltd.low-price): Music". Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  4. ^ "Tangled (2010) : Trailer (Tangled: Trailer #2)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  5. ^ "Sydney White (2007) : Soundtracks". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  6. ^ "Where Music Meets Film (2008)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  7. ^ "Google Translate". Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  8. ^ "iTunes Single of the Week Confirmed for Melee - Yahoo Finance". Finance.yahoo.com. 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  9. ^ "Melee's "The Ballad of You and I" in NBC's The Biggest Loser Video by Melee on Myspace". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  10. ^ a b メイレイのCDアルバムランキング、メイレイのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE, oricon.co.jp
  11. ^ "The Official UK Albums Chart for the week ending 9 August 2008", ChartsPlus, Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd (363): 5–8
  12. ^ "Discographie Mêlée" (in German). Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Discografie Mêlée" (in Dutch). Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Discographie Mêlée" (in French). Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Discographie Mêlée" (in German). Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Top 40-artiest: Mêlée" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Discographie Mêlée" (in German). Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Melee full official chart history". Retrieved 23 February 2019.

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