Thursday, January 4, 2018

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Drew Lachey Talks New 98 Degrees Music & How the Group is 'Appreciating Each Other More'


After a successful run of Christmas shows this year, 98 Degrees may just stay in the holiday lane moving forward.
The quartet played 31 dates in support of its latest album, Let It Snow, aand the group's Drew Lachey tells Billboard, "maybe we'll make the holiday show an annual thing. The response has been fantastic and we love it, so, maybe a 98 Degrees Christmas show every year. Maybe it can become a holiday tradition for people." The album, meanwhile, was a way for Lachey and company to celebrate the 20th anniversary of 98 Degrees' first album.   

"We were thinking 'How are we going to celebrate this year?' and the idea came up of doing a Christmas record," Lachey says. He calls the 1999 Christmas project one the group is very proud of, which lent itself to another 20 years later. "We figured we'd revisit the idea of a holiday record and figure out what we could do to make songs that people have heard a million times new and unique and signature to us, and we came with a project that, again, we're very proud of."   
Let It Snow does feature the new song "Season Of Love," which tiptoes closer to topical than 98 Degrees typically gets. "We were sitting down to write a song," Lachey recalls, "and with the state of the world and country and everything being so divided, we came up with the idea of taking this generous, joyful time of year, where everybody is thinking about their neighbor, donating, being charitable, volunteering and all these great things -- why don’t we take this moment and this feeling in this month and stretch it all year 'round and embrace not just the Christmas season, but a whole season of love?"   
He continues, "Nobody is happy right now with the direction things are going. I think if more people would try to make a conscious effort to have an open mind, an open heart and think more about other people, the world would be a better place. No song is going to change the world, but it might be able to remind people they can affect positive change in the world. If we can do that, it's something."
98 Degrees wrapped its holiday tour on Dec. 23, and the group members are contemplating what's next. "I think new music's a possibility," Lachey says of a non-holiday follow-up to 2013's 2.0, but it's clear that the group has no plans to go back on the kind of hiatus it took from 2003-2012.
"I think with age comes perspective and, honestly, we're having more fun and appreciating each other more now than we ever did in our twenties," says Lachey, who runs a performing arts non-profit organization at home in Cincinnati and works closely with the local film commission. The Dancing with the Stars champ is also hoping to return to Broadway after roles in Spamalot and Rent. "We've all got individual projects and aspirations we're trying to accomplish and achieve, but we've been able to find the balance where we're album to do our own thing and then come back and do [98 Degrees]. It makes us stronger and better performers when we do come back together."

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Masterpass by Mastercard Powers 98 Degrees to Bring Holiday Cheer to Red Cross Volunteers

Masterpass by Mastercard Powers 98 Degrees to Bring Holiday Cheer to Red Cross Volunteers
Masterpass by Mastercard Powers 98 Degrees to Bring Holiday Cheer to Red Cross Volunteers
Masterpass by Mastercard Powers 98 Degrees to Bring Holiday Cheer to Red Cross Volunteers
Masterpass by Mastercard Powers 98 Degrees to Bring Holiday Cheer to Red Cross Volunteers
Masterpass by Mastercard Powers 98 Degrees to Bring Holiday Cheer to Red Cross Volunteers
Masterpass by Mastercard Powers 98 Degrees to Bring Holiday Cheer to Red Cross Volunteers
Masterpass by Mastercard Powers 98 Degrees to Bring Holiday Cheer to Red Cross Volunteers
Nick Lachey, Justin Jeffre, fan Christine Detris, Jeff Timmons and Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees tap Masterpass by Mastercard to surprise Red Cross volunteers at their offices with gifts and a holiday sing-a-long in New York City on November 27, 2017.

98 Degrees' Favorite Christmas Memory Together Is Definitely Not What You’d Expect — VIDEO


Getting into the spirit of the season, 98 Degrees shared their favorite Christmas memory, and it’s definitely not what you’d expect from the guys of the beloved '90s boy band. During an exclusive video promoting their new holiday album Let It Snow, the guys revealed what they remembered most about the sole Christmas they spent together in 1999. Just hearing them reminisce will totally take you back to all the joy of the '90s and early 2000s.
The 45-second clip opens with all four original members of the boy band standing by as Nick Lachey kicks things off by explaining their shared holiday experience, which occurred while they were performing on MTV's Fly2K tour in Paris. Fellow group member Jeff Timmons joins the convo, sharing that they spent the festive holiday watching the movie Fight Club together, as the quartet begins to jokingly make reference to one of the more widely remembered tidbits from the late '90s film.
To add more context to just how memorable things would become for the foursome amidst their European tour stop, Drew Lachey went on to remind his fellow group mates of the hurricane-like conditions that they endured from the violent European windstorms Lothar and Martin that hit while the group was visiting the French capital in December 1999.

It wasn't, by any means, your average holiday gathering, but the guys nonetheless managed to laugh it off, calling it a "very memorable" experience. It's exactly that type of attitude that has most likely helped to keep their relationship, seemingly both as friends and fellow group members in tact for the past two decades. Although, it's safe to say that a lot has probably changed in the years since their decade-long musical hiatus in 2002 as each member went on to explore other careers both inside and outside of the music industry.

Their most recent return to the entertainment scene is in celebration of their 20th anniversary, and it's accompanied by a tour in promotion of their latest Christmas project that was released on Oct. 20 of this year. The new album is the group's first release since their 2013 album 2.0 dropped more than four years ago. The seasonal offering also comes 18 years after their first holiday album, This Christmas was released in 1999. This Christmas became a huge success for 98 Degrees, selling over 1 million copies in the United States and earning them a Top 40 hit with the holiday single, "This Gift."
The Let It Snow tour kicked off on Nov. 24 and will continue right up until the weekend before Christmas which just in time for the band members to hopefully spend some time with their families for the holidays. Nick, who is married to actor Vanessa Lachey, welcomed a third child into his growing brood last December. Meanwhile his younger bro, Drew, has two children of his own, and Timmons, like Nick, also has a trio of undoubtedly adorable offspring. Band member Justin Jeffre, who prefers to keep a low profile when it comes to his personal life, appears to not have any children.
Total hotties, both then and now, this video of the band's time on the Fly2K tour is a blast from the past that's also worth checking out. It features an awesome group performance of their late '90s holiday hit "The Gift" that was filmed while amidst the European tour.

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Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees jokes about replacing Derek Hough as host of the Disney Parks Christmas specials opposite Julianne Hough, Derek’s sister.

“I think she knew the dancing was going to take a step backward with me involved and not Derek,” Lachey said in a phone interview.
After all, Derek is a six-time champ on “Dancing With the Stars.” Lachey was the fifth celebrity ejected on the ABC contest this season, which Jordan Fisher won.
“There’s an opening number — to call it dancing would be a disservice to real dancers,” Lachey said. “There is some movement.”
But Lachey described Julianne Hough as “awesome” and hard-working. “Everyone involved — the crew and production — it couldn’t have been smoother,” he said. “Obviously, Disney takes great care of you when you’re there.”
Lachey and Hough host two ABC specials from Walt Disney World. “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” airs at 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” will play Christmas morning and feature 98 Degrees performing “Season of Love.” The performers at Disney World in both specials include Fifth Harmony, Ciara and Darius Rucker.
Lachey raved about the visit. “It had been a long, long time since I had been to Disney World,” he said. “I go to Disneyland pretty often. They’re so different. You forget how much bigger Disney World is, just how expansive it is. I guess one of coolest things was the Avatar ride at Animal Kingdom.”
His family — wife Vanessa Lachey and their three kids — stayed in Los Angeles. “It was a work trip,” he said. “If I’m lucky enough to do it again, I’ll definitely bring the family next time.”
Lachey is on the 31-stop 98 Degrees holiday tour, which plays Jacksonville on Nov. 30. The group includes brother Drew Lachey, who won season two of “DWTS.” Other stops are St. Petersburg on Dec. 8, Miami on Dec. 9, West Palm Beach on Dec. 10 and Sarasota on Dec. 11.
On the “DWTS” finale, Nick Lachey performed “Someone to Dance With,” which was inspired by his time on the show.
“I went into it not being a very confident or good dancer. I don’t think I necessarily came out of it a good dancer,” he said. “For me, dancing is not the comfort zone. I was really happy I did it.”
Spouse Vanessa was another celebrity this season, but Lachey said “it was more about a support system than competing.” She was out the week after he was ejected.
“We both knew going in who the better dancer was,” he said. “It was no shock to anybody, including us, that she lasted longer on the show.

98 Degrees Deliver Swoon Worthy ‘Season Of Love’ Performance For Thanksgiving Day Parade


Handsome alert! 98 Degrees closed out the Thanksgiving Day Parade with their own original holiday song, ‘Season of Love’.

98 Degrees weren’t just the stars of HollywoodLife‘s Instagram story on Thanksgiving Day! They performed during the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 23 while riding on the Hallmark Channel float. While on the float, 98 Degrees performed “Season of Love”, an original song off of their Christmas album, Let It Snow, which is available everywhere now. Nick Lachey, 44, led the group with his vocals, and they harmonized down 34th Street in New York City as the parade made way for Santa Claus.
As mentioned, 98 Degrees took over HollywoodLife‘s Instagram story during their parade festivities. We had so much fun watching the guys — including Nick, Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre — prep for their big performance. They even ran into Jimmy Fallon and shared the moment on HL’s story! You’ll have to head over to HollywoodLife‘s Instagram to check out all of the EXCLUSIVE content, but make sure to do it fast — stories expire after 24 hours!