98 Degrees Announce New Album ’2.0′

Following the example set by their buddies New Kids on the Block, and delivering on their promise from last summer, 98 Degrees are releasing a reunion/comeback album ahead of the much-hyped Package Tour (we still can’t get over that name). And like NKOTB with 10, the guys went with a numerical title: it’s called 2.0 and it’s the foursome’s first studio album since 2000′s Revelation. The record is set to drop May 7, a few weeks before the May 31 start of the Package Tour with New Kids and Boyz II Men.

“We are really excited to bring our fans new music and get out on the road,” lead 98-er Nick Lachey said. “This is a long time coming.” Ya know, people get all bent out of shape regarding our culture’s obsession with instant nostalgia, but if it has the ability to produce more stuff that will be played for stressful slow dances at prom, what’s the big deal?

Your move, Boyz II Men.

[via MTV]

  • Pn

    I just found out today about the upcoming 98 degrees album on May 7th! Can’t wait to hear it! At least Nick Lachey will have to shelve his solo album of power ballads for another year (he’s so good at that) to do the 98 degrees album. And it comes out a month after New Kids on the Block’s new album. I hope Boyz II Men finishes up their new album before the package tour so that all three groups open their sets with new songs. I hope it’s a tad better than Revelation–that album was slammed so hard by music critics and got on worst albums of 2000 lists that it wasn’t fair to the group. But this announcement of the new album caught me off guard–they were very tight lipped for a month after they were on The View. Maybe they don’t want to mention the A-list producers that are involved on the album to surprise us. But I want to hear it and I hope that Drew gets to sing lead on some songs and even jeff timmons–hey Drew, don’t let big brother Nick hog the spotlight and
    sing lead on everything.