98 Degrees and Rising

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98° and Rising
Studio album by 98°
Released October 20, 1998 (1998-10-20)
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop, R&B, soul, hip hop soul, teen pop
Length 52:23
Label Motown
Producer 98 Degrees, Trackmasters, Dane Devillier & Sean Hosein, Keith Thomas, Pras Michel, Jerry Wonda, Matthew Wilder, Anders "Bag" Bagge, Arnthor Birgisson, David Frank, Steve Kipner, Devon Biere
98° chronology
98 Degrees
(1997)98 Degrees1997
98 Degrees and Rising
This Christmas
(1999)This Christmas1999
Singles from 98 Degrees and Rising
  1. "True to Your Heart"
    Released: July 21, 1998
  2. "Because of You"
    Released: September 15, 1998
  3. "The Hardest Thing"
    Released: June 8, 1999
  4. "I Do (Cherish You)"
    Released: July 24, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

98 Degrees and Rising is the second album released by American male vocal group 98 Degrees. It was recorded at Blue Wave Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The album features the singles "Because of You" and "The Hardest Thing", which peaked at No. 3 and No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 respectively.[2] The album also features two covers, Mark Wills' "I Do (Cherish You)" and "She's Out of My Life", made famous by Michael Jackson.[3] It also features a duet with label mate Stevie Wonder, "True to Your Heart", which was featured on the soundtrack of the 1998 film Mulan. Also, the song "Fly With Me" was featured on the soundtrack of the 1999 film Pokémon: The First Movie. The album has sold over four million copies in the United States alone, becoming the band's best-selling album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Vocals and Speaking Credits Length
1. "Intro"     0:41
2. "Heat It Up" Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, Samuel Barnes, Jean-Claude Olivier, Daniel Webster, Mark Adams, Mark Hicks, Raymond Turner, Starleana Young, Steve Arrington, Thomas Lockett Lead Vocals: Nick Lachey
Spoken By Justin Jeffre
3. "If She Only Knew" Gordon Chambers, Chris Farren Lead Vocals: Nick Lachey and Jeff Timmons 4:27
4. "I Do (Cherish You)" Dan Hill, Keith Stegall Lead Vocals: Nick Lachey 3:45
5. "Fly with Me" Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Jerry Duplessis, S.P. Michel, Stig Anderson Lead Vocals: Nick Lachey and Jeff Timmons 3:49
6. "Still" Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, Dave Deviller, Sean Hosein Lead Vocal: Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Drew Lachey 4:00
7. "Because of You" Anders Bagge, Arnthor Birgisson, Christian Karlsson, Patrick Tucker Lead Vocal: Nick Lachey and Jeff Timmons 4:57
8. "Give It Up" (Interlude) Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre   1:31
9. "Do You Wanna Dance" Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, Samuel Barnes, Jean-Claude Olivier, Charles Smith, Eumir Deodato, George Brown, James Taylor, Robert Bell, Robert Mickens, Ronald Bell, Dennis Thomas, Richard Westfield, Otha Nash, Larry Gittens Lead Vocals: Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Nick Lachey
Spoken by Justin Jeffre
10. "True to Your Heart" (featuring Stevie Wonder) Matthew Wilder, Stevie Wonder, David Zippel Lead Vocals: Nick Lachey and Stevie Wonder
Spoken by Justin Jeffre
11. "To Me You're Everything" Anders Bagge, Eduardo Del-Barrio, Jocelyn Mathieux Guerdion, Laila Bagge, Maurice White, Verdine White Lead Vocals: Nick Lachey 4:09
12. "The Hardest Thing" David Frank, Steve Kipner Lead Vocals: Nick Lachey and Jeff Timmons
Spoken by Justin Jeffre
13. "She's Out of My Life" Tom Bahler Lead Vocals: Jeff Timmons and Nick Lachey 3:07
Total length: 52:23

Holland Edition[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Intro" 0:42
2. "Heat It Up" 4:14
3. "If She Only Knew" 4:28
4. "I Do (Cherish You)" 3:46
5. "Still" 4:01
6. "Because of You" 4:57
7. "Give It Up" (Interlude) 1:31
8. "Do You Wanna Dance" 4:14
9. "True to Your Heart" 4:16
10. "To Me You're Everything" 4:10
11. "The Hardest Thing" 4:33
12. "She's Out of My Life" 3:08
13. "Invisible Man" 4:43
14. "Fly with Me" 3:51
15. "The Hardest Thing" (Love To Infinity 12" Mix) 6:37
16. "Because of You" (Hex Hector Dance Mix) 3:07
Bonus Disc
No. Title Length
1. "This Gift" (Christmas Version) 4:06
2. "The Christmas Song" 4:08
3. "This Gift" (Pop Version) 4:08
Bonus Videos
No. Title Length
1. "I Do (Cherish You)" 3:46
2. "The Hardest Thing" 3:54
3. "Because of You" 4:02
4. "Invisible Man" 4:02
5. "Was It Something I Didn't Say" 4:14

Chart positions[edit]

(1998–99) Peak Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 27
Canadian Albums (RPM)[5] 24
New Zealand Albums (RIANZ)[6] 33
US Billboard 200[7] 14

Sales and Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[8] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^