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98 Degrees, the popular boy band, will finally reunite after 10 years of an "extended hiatus," according to reports.
98 Degrees' plans to stage a reunion tour, though previously unknown, were belied by the fact that their website was recently updated. 98degrees.com had not been tinkered with since 2004, two years after the band's last compilation album, The Collection, was released.
The four members of 98 Degrees, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons, and Justin Jeffre will go on a 15-city comeback tour, a insider told RumorFix. The source relayed that the band's website update- complete with live Twitter feeds, Facebook additions, and a new redesigned logo- was definitely because of an imminent reunion tour.
Fan pressure has steadily grown for the band to get back together following their announcement of a hiatus in 2002. Earlier this year, Jeff Timmons confirmed that there had been talks of picking up where 98 Degrees left off.
"We've been talking of 98 Degrees getting back together for a reunion show," he told ABS-CBN News while in Manila, Philippines for a concert. "Nothing's out of the question but nothing's solidified. We'll see."
Timmons was in Manila because he says the Philippines city was one of the major places that helped push the band to worldwide stardom. 98 Degrees has sold 10 million albums since their 1997 single, "Invisible Man."
"It's been too long," he continued. "This is probably the first place 98 Degrees broke out. Not a lot of people know that."
The group's 1998 breakthrough came from their album "98 Degrees and Rising," which went quadruple platinum- quite a feat for its time. They built on their success, releasing single "Thank God I Found You," which sold over 700,000 copies, and album Revelation, which went double platinum.
Perhaps the four members- most nearing 40 now- can relive their glory days in the new tour.