Taylor Swift Inspired 98 Degrees to Rerecord Their Own Music

Seems like 98 Levels is taking a web page out of Taylor Swift’s e-book.

The band — which incorporates Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey and Justin Jeffre — informed E! Information on Monday, October 9, that their choice to rerecord 5 of their “basic hits” is a byproduct of Swift, 33, doing the identical for her personal music catalog. (Us Weekly completely revealed in September that 98 Levels was rerecording their masters.)

“We’ve been speaking about doing it for some time,” Jeff, 50, defined to the outlet. “As a result of, look, I imply clearly there have been alternatives for our songs. And you realize, you have got these battles with the label.”

He continued: “So, we thought it’d be pure for us to do that, you realize, kind of rerecording of our masters. Taylor Swift kind of introduced it to the forefront. The followers have embraced that. And so we’re like, ‘OK, now’s the time to do it.’”

Drew, 47, credit Swift for paving the best way for musicians to rerecord their albums. So far, Swift has rerecorded three of her albums and is about to launch her fourth, 1989 (Taylor’s Model), later this month. (Swift got down to rerecord her first six information in 2019 in an try to regain the rights to her grasp recordings after a public battle with Scooter Braun.)

“I really feel like, virtually earlier than Taylor did it, it was like, ‘Oh, you’re re-recording the masters.”It was type of like, ‘I’ll simply persist with the unique’ type of factor,” Drew mentioned. “When [Taylor] did it and she or he was like, ‘No, that is my music. I wish to take possession of it once more,’ individuals had been like, ‘Yeah Taylor!’ Now, all people’s like, ‘I wish to rerecord my masters and get it again on the market.’ So, I really feel like there’s an acceptance and virtually an alliance between the artists and the followers now to help the rerecorded masters.”

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Along with their 5 rerecorded tracks, Nick, 49, additionally mentioned that 98 Levels shall be releasing 5 new songs and a single “popping out on the high of the 12 months.”

The band, which is now managed by Johnny Wright of Wright Leisure Group, signed with a report label in 1995 and had their first hit with “Invisible Man” two years later. After urgent pause in 2000 — as a result of they had been “able to have extra of our personal lives outdoors the group,” Justin, 50, informed Us in September — the band reunited in 2012 and launched album 2.0.

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Now, the band’s report firm, EX1, is “partnering with us and permitting us to personal components of our masters,” Jeff continued, noting that the band — who just lately toured in celebration of their twenty fifth anniversary — is “rather more relaxed” this time round. “All the pieces is extra enjoyable,” he informed Us.