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If you turned on top-40 radio in the late ’90s, when the boy band craze reignited, chances are you heard one of these groups: the Backstreet Boys, ‘NSYNC or 98 Degrees. After a lengthy absence from the spotlight, the latter group — comprised of Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons — is officially reuniting (to ostensibly reclaim the fleeting glory of their heyday).
The boy band, whose hits include “Because of You,” “I Do” and “The Hardest Thing,” will mark their first TV appearance in a decade on the Today show’s “Summer Concert Series” Aug. 17. The next day, 98 Degrees will take the stage at the first annual Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Penn., performing on a roster including Kelly Clarkson, LL Cool J and The Fray.
The Grammy-nominated quartet is also in the studio working on new material.
“In the ten years since our last performance as 98 Degrees we’ve each achieved personal success and grown as individuals, while remaining a close-knit family,” said a statement on Tuesday. “With so much to celebrate, this reunion is going to be one big party, so whether you tune in to the Today Show or join us at the MixTape Festival, everyone’s invited.”
98 Degrees soared to radio success after their breakthrough album, 98 Degrees and Rising, went quadruple-platinum in 1998. They later released the follow-up Revelation, a Christmas album and a compilation album called The Collection before going on hiatus in 2002.
Nick Lachey went on to become a reality star with then-wife Jessica Simpson in MTV’s (doomed) Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica; he also put out two solo albums, 2003’s SoulO and 2006’s divorce album What’s Left of Me. His sibling, Drew, appeared on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars and Jeffre ran for mayor of Cincinnati in the past eight years.
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