98 Degrees In Talks To Reunite: Report
The boy band revival just got a little hotter: 98 Degrees, the vocal quartet best known for songs like "Because of You," "I Do (Cherish You)" and "The Hardest Thing," are reportedly set to reunite for the first time in nearly a decade.
The potential reunion of the four-piece (Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre) and any consequential new music or tour dates remain unconfirmed; a rep for Nick Lachey was unavailable for comment at press time. However, the boy band's long-dormant official website was updated on Wednesday (Mar. 28), and singer Nick Lachey posted on Twitter on early Thursday, "is it me, or does [the 98 degrees website] look a little different that it did yesterday? just saying………"
Meanwhile, Timmons posted on Twitter that nothing has been confirmed about the reunion, but that the group may be trying to "lock it down." "Look, you never can believe rumors, but I'd be open to it for sure!" he wrote before re-tweeting several news outlets reporting on the reunion.
Starting with its 1997 self-titled debut, 98 Degrees has sold over 7 million albums in the U.S., including 3.6 million copies of its 1998 effort "98 Degrees and Rising," according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group notched three Top 10 singles on the Hot 100 as lead artists -- "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)" (No. 2), "Because of You" (No. 3) and "The Hardest Thing" (No. 5) -- and was a featured artist on Mariah Carey's chart-topper "Thank God I Found You."
Since the release of the group's 2002 greatest hits collection, Nick Lachey has released a pair of solo effort, "SoulO" and "What's Left Of Me," and has served as the host of NBC's a cappella competition "The Sing-Off," where he performed "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)" on last year's season finale. Drew Lachey was the winner of the second season of ABC's "The Sing-Off" in 2006, Jeffre unsuccessfully ran a mayoral campaign in Cincinnati in 2005, and Timmons began a stint as a Chippendales dancers in 2011.
98 Degrees' potential return arrives during a slow-growing upswing for boy bands: recent Billboard cover stars One Direction and The Wanted have each notched Billboard 200 and Hot 100 hits, with 1D's debut album, "Up All Night," becoming the first debut album by a U.K. act to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Last year, New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys teamed up for the NKOTBSB tour, which grossed over $40 million in 2011 to become the year's 17th-biggest trek, according to Billboard Boxscore.