98 Degrees and Rising

98 Degrees and Rising is the second album released by American boy band 98 Degrees. It was recorded at Blue Wave Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and released by Motown on October 20, 1998. 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 Disney film Mulan, as well as the song "Fly with Me", which was featured on the soundtrack album for the 1999 film Pokémon: The First Movie (although it does not appear in the film itself). The album has sold over four million copies in the United States alone, becoming the band's best-selling album. This was also the band's last album on Motown (not counting the Japanese release of This Christmas) before they left for Motown's parent company, Universal Records.

98° and Rising
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 20, 1998 (1998-10-20)
GenrePop, R&B, soul, hip hop soul, teen pop
Producer98 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
98° and Rising
This Christmas
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 27, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Vocals and Speaking CreditsLength
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 LockettLead Vocals: Nick Lachey
Spoken By Justin Jeffre
3."If She Only Knew"Gordon Chambers, Chris FarrenLead Vocals: Nick Lachey and Jeff Timmons4:27
4."I Do (Cherish You)"Dan Hill, Keith StegallLead Vocals: Nick Lachey3:45
5."Fly with Me"Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Jerry Duplessis, S.P. Michel, Stig AndersonLead Vocals: Nick Lachey and Jeff Timmons3:49
6."Still"Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre, Dave Deviller, Sean HoseinLead Vocal: Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Drew Lachey4:00
7."Because of You"Anders Bagge, Arnthor Birgisson, Christian Karlsson, Patrick TuckerLead Vocal: Nick Lachey and Jeff Timmons4:57
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 GittensLead 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 ZippelLead 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 WhiteLead Vocals: Nick Lachey4:09
12."The Hardest Thing"David Frank, Steve KipnerLead Vocals: Nick Lachey and Jeff Timmons
Spoken by Justin Jeffre
13."She's Out of My Life"Tom BahlerLead Vocals: Jeff Timmons and Nick Lachey3:07
Total length:52:23

Dutch EditionEdit

2."Heat It Up"4:14
3."If She Only Knew"4:28
4."I Do (Cherish You)"3:46
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
1."This Gift" (Christmas Version)4:06
2."The Christmas Song"4:08
3."This Gift" (Pop Version)4:08
Bonus Videos
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


Weekly chartsEdit

(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


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

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ "98° and Rising - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  3. ^ "98° And Rising". 98degrees.com. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  4. ^ http://swisscharts.com/album/98/98-And-Rising-44191
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-10. Retrieved 2014-09-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ http://swisscharts.com/album/98/98-And-Rising-44191
  7. ^ "98° and Rising – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  8. ^ "American album certifications – 98 Degrees – 98 Degrees and Rising". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 July 2012. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.