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With a name like 98 Degrees, one would think that the boy band would be loving the fact that it’s still summertime. But as it turns out, the guys already have their mind on Christmas.

Friday morning (Aug. 11), 98 Degrees announced that they’re making a second Christmas album, a follow-up to their 1999 platinum holiday record This Christmas. Christmas is coming two months early for 98 Degrees fans, as Let It Snow arrives Oct. 13.

With the band celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album this year, the group’s Nick Lachey said in a statement that it feels like the perfect time to revisit their Christmas record and create a Volume Two. His brother and bandmate, Drew, added that the group agrees that This Christmas is their favorite record — but in the eyes of the band’s Jeffrey Timmons, what really made them want to create another Christmas album is the fact that holiday tunes are loved by all.

“We have primarily a female audience, but we’ll have guys come up to us and say, ‘You know what? I love the Christmas album; my mom bought it for me,'” Timmons said, adding with a laugh, “It’s bro code that the Christmas album’s allowed.”

The album will feature 12 new Christmas songs, including the title track, “What Christmas Means To Me,” “Little Saint Nick” and “Run Rudolph Run.” The full track listing, as well as the first song, will be released in the coming weeks. In the meantime, enjoy their classic Christmas original “This Gift”:

To coincide with their new Christmas compilation, 98 Degrees is heading out on a 31-date holiday tour, which kicks off in Larchwood, Iowa on Nov. 10 and concludes just two days before Christmas in Primm, Nevada. Preorder the album here and check out where you can catch the 98 Degrees holiday tour below.

Nov. 10 — Larchwood, IA @ Grand Falls Casino
Nov. 11 — Riverside, IA @ Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
Nov. 16 — Lemoore, CA @ Tachi Palace Casino
Nov. 17 — Brooks, CA @ Cache Creek Casino Resort
Nov. 18 — Reno, NV @ Silver Legacy Resort & Casino
Nov. 19 — Cupertino, CA @ Flint Center for the Performing Arts
Nov. 24 — Foxwoods, CT @ Foxwoods Resort & Casino
Nov. 25 — Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Nov. 26 — Westbury, NY @ CB Theatre at Westbury
Nov. 28 — Richmond, VA @ Carpenter Theatre
Nov. 30 — Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theater
Dec. 1 — Biloxi, MS @ IP Casino Resort & Spa
Dec. 2 — Marksville, LA @ Paragon Casino Resort
Dec. 5 — Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
Dec. 6 — Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater
Dec. 8 — St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theatre
Dec. 9 — Miami, FL @ Magic City Casino
Dec. 10 — West Palm Beach @ Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Dec. 11 — Sarasota, FL @ Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Dec. 13 — Elkhart, IN @ Lerner Theatre
Dec. 14 — Northfield, OH @ Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
Dec. 15 — Cincinnati, OH @ Aronoff Center
Dec. 16 — Waukegan, IL @ Genesee Theatre
Dec. 17 — Detroit, MI @ Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel
Dec. 19 — Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater
Dec. 20 — Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim
Dec. 21 — Thousand Oaks, CA @ Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
Dec. 22 — Tucson, AZ @ Desert Diamond Casino
Dec. 23 — Primm, NV @ Star of the Desert Arena

PHOTO: Jenny Regan

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