98 Degrees (or 98°) was an American adult contemporary boy band consisting of four vocalists, brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons. The group was formed by Timmons in Los Angeles, California. Unlike most boy bands, they formed independently and were later picked up by a record label, as opposed to being assembled by a label or a producer.
The group was originally signed to the Motown label in the mid-1990s. Their debut self-titled album was released in 1997 reaching #88 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #145 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Their debut single, “Invisible Man” which peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, achieved gold-record status after its release.
After the first album, 98 Degrees left Motown for its parent company, Universal Records. “98 Degrees and Rising,” their second album, was released in 1998. It went 4x platinum and included such hits as “Because of You,” which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went platinum and “The Hardest Thing” which reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold. It also included a cover of Michael Jackson's “She's Out Of My Life.” A duet with labelmate Stevie Wonder, “True to Your Heart,” appeared on the “Mulan” film soundtrack.
In 1999 they released a holiday album, “This Christmas,” which spawned the Top 40 single “This Gift.” The group scored a Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit with the single “Thank God I Found You,” a collaboration with Mariah Carey and Joe. The single went gold, and went to the Top 10 on the U.K. Singles chart and the group also received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for the same song.
In the summer of 2000, 98 Degrees released the first single of their new album “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche).” The single went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold. In September 2000, the band's album” Revelation” was released and peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 going 2x Platinum. The band's next singles were “My Everything” and “The Way You Want Me To,” both reaching the Top 40.
In 2002, 98 Degrees released a compilation album called “The Collection,” with the new single “Why (Are We Still Friends).” The single reached the Top 40 and at that point the group had sold over 10 million records and released 12 singles. After its release the band went on an extended hiatus.