98 Degrees

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Ten years ago the word 98 degrees only meant one thing, a temperature reading. But in 1997, the word became synonymous with chart topping hits and certified platinum albums. With 5 albums under their belt, 3 of which became Platinum, and eight singles all topping the US and UK charts, 98 Degrees has certainly changed the world --- and the music scene, worldwide.


98 Degrees From left to right: Jeff Timmons, Justin Jeffre, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey,
98 Degrees From left to right: Jeff Timmons, Justin Jeffre, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey,

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About

In 1995, a struggling singer named Jeff Timmons' called in the help of his friend Nick Lachey, another singer, to form a singing group. Lachey agreed and recruited his former classmate at the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Artists, Justin Jeffre. A few months later, Lachey's younger brother Drew joined the group and the R&B foursome 98 Degrees was born.


Success did not come easy for 98 Degrees. They started out in talent shows and was even reported to have gate crashed the backstage of a Boyz II Men concert where they scored a chance to perform in a local radio show. The performance became the break that they were looking for as it led 98 Degrees to meet artist Montell Jordans manager, Paris D'Jon, who later on helped them land a recording deal with Motown Records. In 1997, 98 Degrees released their self-titled debut album with the carrier single Invisible Man which both reached Gold. In 1998, 98 Degrees' second album 98 Degrees and Rising made the group a household name all over the world. The album reached four times Platinum and has two hit singles. This was soon followed by their third album in 1999, This Christmas and their fourth album Revelation in 2000. By 2002, 98 Degrees have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with when their fifth album The 98 Degrees Collection sold a record breaking 10 million copies and carried 12 hit singles.


After their successful fifth album, 98 Degrees surprised everyone by announcing that they are going on an extended hiatus and not breaking up as was circulating in the tabloids. In the years that followed, two of 98 Degrees' members have released their solo albums: Jeff Timmons with Whisper That Way and Nick Lachey with Solo and What's Left of Me.


98 Degrees may not be creating a buzz as a group lately but they are still making the headlines individually. Nick Lachey married and subsequently divorced the pop sensation Jessica Simpson, Drew Lachey won the reality TV show Dancing With the Stars, Justin Jeffre ran for mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio while Jeff Timmons is scheduled to participate in the new VH1 reality TV series, Man Band.


Awards & Certifications

Year Award Category Album Result
1999 Grammy Awards Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals (for Thank God I Found You) The Collection Nominated
Year Certification Album
1997 Gold 98 Degrees
1998 4x Platinum 98 Degrees and Rising
1999 Platinum This Christmas
2000 2x Platinum Revelation

Chart Toppers

Year Single US Hot 100 US AC 12 8 66 98 Degrees
1998 Because of You 3 ~ 15 39 36 98 Degrees and Rising
1999 True To Your Heart ~ ~ ~ ~ 51 98 Degrees and Rising
1999 I Do (Cherish You) 13 4 7 5 ~ 98 Degrees And Rising
1999 The Hardest Thing 5 4 6 10 29 98 Degrees And Rising
1999 This Gift 40 13 ~ ~ ~ This Christmas
2000 Thank God I Found You w/ Mariah Carey & Joe 1 ~ 28 9 10 The Collection
2000 Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche) 2 ~ 8 19 61 Revelation
2000 My Everything 34 13 12 23 ~ Revelation

Tours & Concerts

No tours to date

Discography

Albums

Singles

Date Title Label Album
1997 Invisible Man Motown 98 Degrees
1998 Was It Something I Didn't Say Motown 98 Degrees
1998 Because of You Motown 98 Degrees and Rising
1999 I Do (Cherish You) Motown 98 Degrees and Rising
1999 The Hardest Thing Motown 98 Degrees and Rising
1999 This Gift Uptown/Universal This Chirstmas
2000 Thank God I Found You w/ Mariah Carey & Joe Universal/Polygram The 98 Degrees Collection
2000 Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche) Universal/Polygram The 98 Degrees Collection
2000 My Everything Uptown/Universal Revelation
2001 The Way You Want Me To Uptown/Universal Revelation
2002 Why (Are We Still Friends) Universal/Polygram The 98 Degrees Collection


Compilations & Live Releases

Other artists

Similar artists

Influences

Contemporaries

Trivia

  • 98 Degrees performed the song "True To Your Heart" with the legend Stevie Wonder. The song was included in the Disney movie Mulan’s soundtrack and in the group’s second album 98 Degrees and Rising.
  • Drew Lachey, worked in Brooklyn before as an Emergency Medical Technician.
  • All four members of 98 Degrees are from Ohio.
  • More often than not, 98 Degrees is stacked in the R&B section of a record bars rather than in the boy bands section because they are not considered to be one by many. The reason for this is that rather than being formed by a record label, 98 Degrees formed themselves and was only discovered by a record producer.

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