98 Degrees: First Studio Album in Over 10 Years to Be Released on May 7, 2013 (@98official)

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Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling boy band 98 Degrees, which features Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons, have announced plans to release their first studio album in over ten years. The new album, 2.0, will drop May 7th, 2013 via eOne Music. The release comes on the heels of the bands recent reunion which was announced last August on the Today Show, where the group gave their first television performance in over ten years in front of thousands of fans on the plaza.

We are really excited to bring our fans new music and get out on the road, said Nick Lachey. This is a long time coming.

The band is also gearing up for The Package Tour, their 47-city North American Summer tour with NKOTB and Boyz II Men which will kick off in 98 days on May 28that Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and wrap August 4that the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana. Very limited tickets for all shows are on sale now atTicketmaster.com.

Pegged as one of the original boy bands of the late 1990s and known for their authentic vocal harmonizing, Grammy-nominated 98 Degrees were never just an ordinary pop group. Unlike most boy bands of the time, the group formed independently before later being signed to Motown Records, who released the groups debut album 98 in 1997. In 1998, the band released their breakthrough album 98 AND RISING through Universal Records. The album went 4X platinum and yielded the hit singles Because of You, I Do and The Hardest Thing. The groups success continued to flourish through the late 90s and included their 3rdrelease THIS CHRISTMAS. In 2000, Mariah Carey released Thank God I Found You featuring 98 Degrees and Joe, which shot to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the group received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Later that year, the band released their fourth studio album REVELATION which produced the #2 Billboard Hot 100 hit Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche).” REVELATION peaked at #2 on Billboards Top 200 Chart and went on to become 2X platinum. By 2002, the band had sold a staggering 10 million albums and released THE COLLECTION, a compilation spanning the groups impressive five-year career to date, which helped solidify their place as one of musics most influential pop bands. For more information, please visitwww.98degrees.com.

The Package Tour Dates:

May 28 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

May 29 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

May 31 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

June 1 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum

June 2 Boston, MA TD Garden

June 3 Boston, MA TD Garden

June 4 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place

June 6 Montreal, QC Bell Centre

June 7 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

June 8 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills

June 9 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena

June 11 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center

June 13 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center

June 14 Washington DC Verizon Center

June 15 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center

June 16 Brooklyn, NY Barclays

June 18 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

June 19 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena

June 20 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena

June 21 Orlando, FL Amway Center

June 22 Fort Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center

June 24 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Arena

June 25 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena

June 27 Houston, TX Toyota Center

June 28 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center

June 29 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena

June 30 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center

July 2 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest

July 5 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center Arena

July 6 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center

July 7 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion

July 9 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome

July 10 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena

July 12 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion

July 13 Anaheim, CA Honda Center

July 14 Phoenix, AZJobing.comArena

July 18 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena

July 19 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena

July 20 Minneapolis, MN Target Center

July 21 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

July 25 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena

July 26 Atlantic City, NJ Taj Mahal

July 28 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre

August 1 Albany, NY Times Union Center

August 2 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center

August 3 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center

August 4 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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