98 Degrees: And Rising to the Top

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"Entertainment Weekly" has called this R&B-flavored fab foursome "the most elegant of the boy bands". Their first single reached #12 on the Billboard charts and Motown Records is giving them the high profile treatment. This biography also features eight pages of color photos.
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Overview

"Entertainment Weekly" has called this R&B-flavored fab foursome "the most elegant of the boy bands". Their first single reached #12 on the Billboard charts and Motown Records is giving them the high profile treatment. This biography also features eight pages of color photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671036768
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 127
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Krulik
Nancy Krulik

Nancy Krulik lives in New York, New York. John & Wendy live in Brooklyn, New York.

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First Chapter

Chapter One

From the moment Nick Lachey stepped onto the stage at Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts in August of 1998, he knew something was different. The last time Nick, his brother Drew, and his pal Justin Jeffre had been on that stage they had been students at the school, performing in musicals and dreaming of world-wide stardom.

But that was five years before. Now their schoolboy dreams were on the verge of coming true. Nick, Drew, Justin, and their friend Jeff Timmons were part of a singing group called 98 Degrees. In the past year, the guys had accomplished a lot. They'd scored a recording deal with Motown Records, one of the most respected labels in the industry. They'd already had a hit single ("Invisible Man") which reached number twelve on the Billboard charts and went gold. They'd caused a sensation in Europe and Asia, and were just about to release their second CD.

They were also living in New York City, far from their Ohio roots. So why come all the way home to rehearse?

"It makes sense to come back and rehearse for the new show and the new album here," Nick told a reporter from his hometown paper, the Cincinnati Enquirer. "In New York, you pay all kinds of big money for a rehearsal hall. Besides, Ohio's where we're from. It definitely feels good."

Coming home had a calming effect on Jeff, Justin, Nick, and Drew. And that was something they desperately needed. The past year had brought a lot of excitement into the lives of these four Ohio hunks. When the guys were in Canada, the crowds of screaming girls were so intense that their concerts made the evening news. And during their late 1997 to early 1998 tour ofAng through rehearsals in their old high school auditorium in Cincinnati, the Motown hit-making masters were already hard at work in New York, pumping out press releases trumpeting the success of 98 Degrees' newest song, "True to Your Heart." (The guys had recently recorded the song with Motown legend Stevie Wonder as part of the soundtrack for the Disney movie Mulan.) Motown was also planning a huge push for the guys' next single, "Because Of You," which would be taken from their upcoming second CD, 98 Degrees and Rising. There were also plans in the works for major tours of Asia, the U.S., and Canada, which would put the guys on the road in November, and keep them moving throughout the spring of 1999.

But back in August of '98 there was no way Nick and his pals could have known what surprises the last few months of the year would hold for them.

But we sure know now. In the fall of 1998, 98 Degrees released a breakthrough sophomore album that yielded a top five platinum single, and sent their careers into the stratosphere. By the time the clock struck twelve on New Year's Eve, Nick, Drew, Justin, and Jeff were bonafide superstars with more fans than they ever could have imagined.

1998 was definitely the year America discovered what the rest of the world already knew -- that 98 Degrees was quite possibly the most exciting group on the pop music scene. But if Jeff, Justin, Nick, and Drew have anything to say about things, 1999 is going be the group's most exciting year yet. The temperature in the music business is rising to a sweltering 98 Degrees.

This is their story.

Copyright © 1999 by Nancy Krulik

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    I Love 98 Degrees

    I THOUGHT THIS BOOK WAS WONDERFUL AND CAPTURED THE TRUE PERSONALITIES OF THE MEMBERS OF 98 DEGREES. I LOVED IT BECAUSE IT TOLD ABOUT HOW 98 DEGREES GOT STARTED AND SHOWS THAT THEY'RE NOT SOME AVERAGE BOY BAND THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER BY SOME MANAGER. THEY PUT THEMSELVES TOGETHER AND WORKED HARD TO ACHEIEVE WHAT THEY HAVE TODAY. IT GIVES GREAT BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT THE GUYS AND I LOVED READING IT. I ALSO LIKED IT BECAUSE IT INCLUDED A FEW PICTURES OF THEM. I LOVE THE BOOK AND I RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE WHO LOVES 98 DEGREES.

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