With a full-fledged comeback highlighted by a new album and upcoming arena tour, reunited boy band 98 Degrees stopped by the Billboard studio earlier this month to perform their new single, "Microphone," and discuss the long road that led to their first extended collaboration in over a decade.
"Every day was an opportunity to get back together," says Drew Lachey, who formed the vocal group with his brother Nick Lachey as well as Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre. "It literally was just a matter of four different grown men going in four different directions, living their lives. But we always had the intention of getting back together and making music again."
After reuniting last summer to perform at the Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pa., 98 Degrees -- best known for hits like "Because of You," "The Hardest Thing" and "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)" -- decided to head into the studio and work on its first full-length since 2000's "Revelation." The result was "2.0," a new album featuring "Microphone" and other likable pop tracks, released earlier this month.
"The essence of us as a group, it's the same," says Nick Lachey. "We still love to sing together. We still get in the studio and do what we do best, and that's perform."
On Tuesday (May 28), 98 Degrees kicks off The Package tour alongside New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men in Uncasville, Conn. Watch the group's video interview with Billboard to find out what fans can expect on the arena trek, and check back with Pop Shop early next week to watch another 98 Degrees performance from their Billboard studio session!