We welcomed 98 Degrees band member Jeff Timmons to Fun 107 this morning.  He was in town after performing at Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade over the weekend.

Timmons released a new song called "Lit" on Friday which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes charts. He told us that the song was originally written for someone else.

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"It just kind of sat there," he said. "The guy that wrote it with me, Pompey, said let's just put it out."

The Biggest Mistake 98 Degrees Almost Made

Timmons admitted that the band had no interest in recording one of their biggest hits, "The Hardest Thing," when they first heard it. None of the guys liked it, but Timmons' now ex-wife fell in love with the song.

Timmons begged Motown Records to talk the other guys into recording it. They did, and the song ended up becoming one of the top 5 songs in America over the summer of 1999.

98 Degrees Turned Down a Collab with Britney

It's true. They had co-headlined a festival tour with Britney Spears and she was shopping around the idea of doing a collab with a boy band. Backstreet Boys and NSYNC had turned it down, so 98 Degrees worried about doing it. They passed.

What Advice Would He Give Today's Young Artists?

"For me, the advice has always been the same," said Timmons. "Work harder than the next person, stay humble, and have a lot of self-belief." 

Timmons admitted that it sounded cliche, but, "The business is filled with ups and downs.  It's a roller coaster ride, but if you work harder than everybody else, treat people the way you want to be treated, create good stuff and believe in yourself, there's no doubt that you can make it."

Before leaving the Fun 107 studio in Fairhaven, Timmons dined at Scramblers Breakfast & Bagel a few doors down.

Listen to the Full Michael and Maddie Interview with Jeff Timmons

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