Welcome to Aly & AJ Russia, the site about the two talented sisters, Alyson and Amanda Michalka. You may know them as a duo, Aly & AJ, briefly known as 78Violet and hear their hit song Potential Breakup Song from the album Insomniatic, and see them in the movie Weepah Way For Now as Elle (Aly) and Joy (AJ), and know Aly as Peyton Charles from The CW's show iZombie and AJ as Lainey Lewis from ABC's shows The Goldbergs and Schooled. On Aly & AJ Russia, you can find all the latest news about Aly & AJ Michalka, the lyrics of the Michalkas' songs, their photos, videos, interviews, everything about the sisters' current projects, and many other things. We try to update the site as soon as we get any news. If you have some questions/suggestions, feel free to contact us. Hope you have a great time and will return again.

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Aly & AJ, known briefly as 78violet (pronounced: seventy-eight violet), are an American pop rock duo that consists of sisters Alyson and Amanda Michalka. They signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records in 2004. Their debut album, Into the Rush, debuted at number 36 on the US Billboard 200, and was later certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It has sold 839,000 copies domestically and one million copies worldwide. Their second album, Insomniatic, peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200, selling over 39,000 copies in its first week and becoming Aly & AJ's highest debut to date. In 2009, Aly & AJ renamed themselves 78violet and officially announced their departure from Hollywood Records the following year. In 2013, the sisters released their first single in five years, Hothouse. The duo had planned to release a full-length album in 2014, which was later leaked onto the internet during summer 2014. On December 9, 2015, the duo announced they had decided to return to their original name, Aly & AJ. Since then, the duo have been working on new music. On June 2, 2017, they announced a new single titled Take Me. It serves as the lead single from their EP, Ten Years released on November 17, 2017. The single was released on August 18, 2017. On June 15, 2018, the duo released the single Good Love. They additionally announced the release of the deluxe version of Ten Years, which was released on November 30, 2018. On March 29, 2019, the pair released the single Church as the lead single from their EP Sanctuary, which was released on May 10, 2019, and Don't Go Changing released on April 26, 2019.
Aly & AJ Michalka at Kesha’s Weird & Wonderful Rainbow Ride 2
Dec 12 2019

If some of you are fans of the singer, Ke$ha, you will probably be happy to hear this piece of news that is also related to the Michalka sisters. As we found out some time ago, Aly & AJ are going to set sail with Kesha on Kesha’s Weird & Wonderful Rainbow Ride 2 from October, 16th to October, 20th 2020. They are going to set sail on Norwegian Pearl from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. You can go to this site to find out more information and join the pre-sale.

Animals! Kesha’s Weird & Wonderful Rainbow Ride 2 is back! Join me as we set sail on Norwegian Pearl from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas October 16-20, 2020. Get your boogie feet ready to raise some hell! For four days we’ll enjoy plenty of gag worthy activities, live shows, relaxation and so much more. Did I mention I’m bringing along some of my fabulous friends to party with us? Let’s ride the cosmic rainbow and get weird and wonderful together!

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It’s not surprising time is a theme continually revisited by musical sisters Aly & AJ. Having achieved success in the entertainment industry as early adolescents, when the duo step back and examine their time and career achievements they do it differently than most adults. Their 2018 album Ten Years, which came out after a decade long hiatus, felt simultaneously like a new beginning and a reintroduction- exploring the reckless fun of their 20s and the relationships of that era with a light and airy synth-pop throwback sound. Now, Aly and AJ return with an evolution of that sound on their new EP Sanctuary, a five song examination of the soul searching that comes after those feelings writ across the Ten Years EP.

After years of battling with major labels and an industry eager to define their identity and shape their sound and story, Aly and AJ spent their 20s stepping back and pursuing acting opportunities. The Michalka sisters, having always sought solace in songwriting, had lost touch with their musical passion. Their energy poured into their acting and producing projects.

In 2018, they re-emerged with their first release in a decade, Ten Years – a collection of shimmering pop tracks that were brimming with a new found sense of energy and excitement that was impossible to ignore. “Music became our friend again,” explained AJ. “Once we were able to take some time and embrace who we were and once we started writing again these last few years, we were able to find the direction we naturally lean,” she explains.

Ten Years was received with critical acclaim, with Teen Vogue writing, “It is everything you’ve been waiting for.” MTV wrote “It’s impossible not to get sucked into Aly & AJ’s creative vision,” and BuzzFeed exulted, “Aly & AJ just released a new song and it will be the best three minutes of your life.” Behind these rave reviews the EP shot to 21 million streams and sent Aly and AJ across the country on a sold-out tour, where they reconnected with fans in their favorite setting. It was here in the packed out and sweaty dance floors of venues nationwide that the roots of their forthcoming release, Sanctuary, began to grow. The fans were resonating with SPIN Magazine when they called this new music, “Flirtatious, anthemic…Atmospheric and dreamlike…Nocturnal, cool…A rush of glittery, ’80s inspired synth pop. It’s practically perfect.

Shows are a sanctuary for our fans. We find a lot of peace and healing comes with talking to them while on tour,” explains Aly. “Hearing their stories about how they came to our music or how it impacted their life – it really touched us and we wanted to give something back.Sanctuary does just that- the forthcoming effort sees the duo touch on themes that push the boundaries of pop, moving past break-ups and focusing on stories of identity, self-reflection and socially consciousness. This reflection of wider issues draws a connecting tissue to their earlier songs such as “Rush.”

One issue that they encountered often was mental health – the sisters were inspired by the courage their fans showed in speaking up about their experiences with debilitating struggles with depression and anxiety. Growing up in the spotlight, the duo also had their own story to tell. “Depression had held us hostage for so many years and this felt like our time to talk about it,” notes AJ. “Music has been like therapy for us, and we wanted to let our fans know that we’re not just going to write music that deals with relationships. It is our duty to write some songs that we felt were socially conscious,” adds Aly.

The making of Sanctuary finds the sisters at one of the busiest times in their career. The duo worked as a team, but from afar, often working in the studio at different times. “It showed how connected we are as musicians” says AJ, with Aly chiming in, “We’re 95% on the same page.

Throughout Sanctuary, 80’s inspired synth, electronic textures and layered harmonies are bound together by an undeniable and resounding strength from the sisters who are not afraid to let their voices and stories be heard. This is exemplified in lead track, “Church,” as they open with, “I do bad things for the sake of good times I don’t regret // Call me what you will, I’m in it for the thrill, I’m just selfish // I need redemption.

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