98 Degrees Reunites! Plus Other Comebacks to RememberLooks like No Doubt isn’t the only band reuniting! On August 17, ’90s boy band 98 Degrees will be performing live on the Today show in New York City as part of their Summer Concert Series. Much like No Doubt, it’s been about a decade since the group last performed together. They also revealed to Us Weekly that they are currently working on new music! Band reunions and comebacks cause a lot of excitement amongst loyal fans, and a lot of buzz for potential new fans! Let’s take a look at a couple music sensations who have rejoined the music scene after years off the map.
98 Degrees at the 26th Annual American Music Awards, January 11, 1999
Photo: Barry King/Getty Images
Photo: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images (above); Getty Images (below) Top: MTV Video Music Awards in September 1996; Bottom: Teen Choice Awards 2012
This ska punk band first achieved mainstream success through the release of their 1995 album Tragic Kingdom. In 1996, the single “Don’t Speak” was released and topped the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay for sixteen weeks. They continued to release albums, and the last one before their eleven-year break was “Rock Steady” in 2001. Fans rejoiced when this sensation came back together and released their single “Settle Down” just this month.
Mariah Carey Photos: Time & Life/Getty Images (left); Getty Images (right) Left: 33rd Annual Grammy Awards, February 1991; Right: 2012 BET Awards
Mariah Carey made her recording debut in 1990 under Columbia records. The album went multi-platinum, and she went on to make some of the greatest pop R&B hits. In 2001 she made a film entitled Glitter, which did not do well at the box office. After that, this singer was off the map until her 2005 release of The Emancipation of Mimi. She achieved great success with this comeback album, with the hit single “We Belong Together” named as “Song of the Decade” by Billboard. Since then, Mariah stepped back into public eye. As we all know, she went on to marry Nick Cannon and became the mother of twins. Not only that, but Mariah will be helping new singers achieve their dreams as the newest judge on American Idol!
Photo: Naki/Getty Images (above); Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images (below) Top: August 21, 2004; Bottom: 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Induction Punk rock band Green Day formed in 1987, but in 1994 their major label debut Dookie became a success and sold over 10 million copies in the United States. In 2004, they American Idiot resulted in this band’s popularity with a younger generation and sold five million copies in the United States. This album included hit singles “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” Their last album before their brief hiatus was their eighth album 21st Century Breakdown in 2009. After a four-year break, Green Day will be releasing a trilogy of albums over five months starting with the release of Uno! on September 25, 2012.
Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/Getty Images (left); Getty images (right) Left: 74th Annual Academy Awards, March 2002; Right: Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez Tour Opener in Montreal, July 14, 2012
Before breaking into show-biz, Jennifer Lopez’s dream was to become a dancer. In 1996, her first big break came when she played the lead in the movie Selena. Since then, she’s been the female lead in hit movies such as The Wedding Planner and released seven studio albums. After her 2007 album Brave, she took a break—but this diva couldn’t stay off the map for too long! In 2011, she released her seventh studio album Love? and became a judge on American Idol until she left the show this month.
The Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block
Photo: Michel Linssen/Getty Images (top); Getty Images (center and below) Top: New Kids on the Block, January 1, 1989; Center: Backstreet Boys at the 1999 Billboard Music Awards; Bottom: New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys’ reunion world tour in Germany, May 7, 2012.
The New Kids on the Block took the ’80s teenybopper scene by force—Backstreet Boys did the same in the ’90s. In April 1986, New Kids on the Block released their self-titled album, but the album did not have much success. After the release of their second album Hangin’ Tough, the New Kids shot to stardom. Almost a decade later, the Backstreet Boys rose to fame. In 1997, the hit single “Quit Playing Games With my Heart” was released. Their album Backstreet’s Back won a spot as number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. After New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys experienced whirlwind success in the ’80s and ’90s, they started to disappear from the mainstream music scene. But in 2011, these two pop sensations joined forces and released a compilation album of their biggest hits titled NKOTBSB, and embarked on their tour in May 2011.
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