One of the American boybands which had some success but unable to surge further is 98 Degrees. The group, composed of 4, had went along the same era with Backstreet Boys and NSYNC. Their debut album had a top 20 hit, but it wasn't given that much an attention. They're so quick to work on a more solid album. There goes "98 Degrees and Rising", the album which brought their career higher.
Of course, the album only peaked at number 12, failing to manage the top 10 position. However, it was a sleeper hit at the charts that it received even a certification of 4x platinum. That level of sales is considerably huge, and hardly reached by any albums today. It was supported by the top hit singles like "Because of You" and "The Hardest Thing", and "I Do (Cherish You)", with the latter became part of "Notting Hill" soundtrack.
What sets the group apart from Backstreet Boys and NSYNC is they're quite more matured both with their music and image. Despite the peak of boyband in 2000, they tried to maintain their success with "Revelation". It was their highest peaking album at number 2 in America, but its peak didn't take long that lack of promoted singles led to the album as their last before hiatus, and eventually a reunion after more than a decade. 98 Degrees may be the third behind strong rivalries of two boybands, but they achieved a high level of success.