98 Levels’ place in North American boy band historical past is not instantly apparent. They’re nowhere close to the highest two spots, that are indisputably occupied by the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync, however they did efficiently keep away from the one-hit-wonder standing that was deadly to teams like Hanson, LFO and BBMak.
The group put out the type of music that was additionally being produced by a variety of different standard boy bands — particularly, R&B- and Latin-inspired dance songs, and treacly romantic ballads concerning the energy of affection. Their greatest songs observe that profitable formulation: “Give Me Simply One Evening (Una Noche)” is an sometimes Spanish-language provide for the singer to “provide the time of your life,” whereas the video for “I Do (Cherish You)” consists of wedding ceremony clothes, sunsets, and plenty of slow-motion gesturing.
They did go on a “nostalgia tour” in 2016, however have principally simply had a couple of one-off performances since they went on hiatus in 2002. However they’re reuniting at this yr’s MMVAs, and so we did some digging to search out out what they have been doing since their final MMVA look in 1999.
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Nick Lachey was positively the group’s best-known member and was arguably thought-about the cutest, and noticed his fame boosted by his relationship with Jessica Simpson. After the group break up up, he launched a number of solo albums and dabbled in TV reveals like “Charmed” and “One Tree Hill.” He has additionally competed on “Dancing With the Stars.”
However after his break up from Simpson, issues acquired a lot weirder. In November 2016, he turned the voice of the streetcar in his hometown of Cincinnati. However the Cincinnati Bell Connector, because the streetcar known as, is notoriously unhealthy: it as soon as collided with a bus and with a cement truck in two separate incidents on the identical day. It is gotten to the purpose that the Cincinnati Enquirer, town’s newspaper, has revealed articles speculating that the streetcar may be cursed.
He and his brother Drew, additionally a member of 98 Levels, opened a bar known as Lachey’s in Cincinnati in 2015. (The mission was documented on an A&E actuality present known as “Lachey’s: Elevating the Bar.”) The bar closed earlier this yr, a number of months after an worker was shot within the face. (She survived the assault.)
In 2015, he invested in a marketing campaign to legalize weed in Ohio for medicinal and leisure use. Had it handed, Forbes speculated that he might need turn out to be a “marijuana kingpin,” however it did not.
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Like his brother, Drew additionally competed on “Dancing With the Stars,” and was the winner of season 2. He is hosted and competed on numerous actuality reveals, together with “Overhaulin'” (the place individuals make over different individuals’s automobiles), and he beat Kristi Yamaguchi on an episode of the HGTV room-design collection, “Showdown.” He additionally appeared in a number of musicals on Broadway, together with “Hire” and “Spamalot.”
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In 2005, Jeffre ran for mayor of Cincinnati. As a result of he introduced his candidacy on April 1, a number of individuals thought it was an April Fools’ joke. He wasn’t the primary (quasi) superstar to enter Cincinnati’s mayoral race: it’s possible you’ll do not forget that notorious talk-show host Jerry Springer was town’s mayor from 1977 to 1982.
Jeffre instructed a Bryan, Ohio newspaper that he would not tour with 98 Levels if he have been elected mayor, however that the group would make one other album if he did not win. Perhaps individuals have been actually missed the band, as a result of Jeffre acquired simply 708 votes within the major — about two per cent. Critics have been a bit harsh: Tim Burke, the chair of Ohio’s Hamilton County Democratic Celebration, instructed E! On-line that Jeffre “assumed he was much better recognized than he was,” and that his marketing campaign appeared to include “large — and I imply large — yard indicators.”
Evidently, he wasn’t completed with politics: in 2001, he was certainly one of 11 individuals arrested for trespassing throughout an Occupy Cincinnati protest. “I spent the evening in jail, and it was not enjoyable,” he instructed reporters. “However it was the place to be in case you are standing up without spending a dime speech.”
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In 2011, Timmons joined the Las Vegas all-male dance revue Chippendales for a three-week contract. “We broke field workplace data in Vegas and I assumed, ‘What if we do that extra mainstream, step up the manufacturing, hype it up much more, make the most of our assets and draw consideration to this attractive taboo model?'” he instructed E! He did simply that, and created his personal all-male dance revue, Males of the Strip. In 2014, a “docu-soap” concerning the group appeared on TV, which Timmons described as a mixture of “Magic Mike” and Intercourse and the Metropolis.” In a single promotional picture, he is shirtless and draped in an American flag; in one other, he is shirtless and holding an axe. If that sounds interesting to you, preserve an eye fixed out for the subsequent time the group hits the street — in 2014, they went on a 42-city tour.
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