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.

Lots of love, the Aly & AJ Russia Team.
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 for Schon Magazine
May 10 2019

We got a few photos from the new photoshoot of Aly & AJ Michalka for the magazine Schön Magazine. Amanda and Alyson look just incredible. We have added 8 HQ original photos and 10 LQ photos, on which I cut white areas, to the gallery. And you can also check out the interview of Amanda for Schön Magazine by clicking here.

[x018] Photoshoots > #131 – Aly & AJ Michalka for Schon Magazine

SM: What can you tell us about your EP, Sanctuary? You’ve been working on it for quite some time now, how’s the process been?
Both: Honestly, it’s been equal parts stressful and rewarding. We really stretched ourselves emotionally and financially on this one but the songs have proved worth it to fight for. It was incredibly challenging trying to balance our television schedules, with one of us having to fly in from Canada for sessions — and the other filming five days a week on another show — while writing and recording this EP. We mixed our last song for the record on April 22, so every day has been a deadline of one sort or another. We’ve had our hands and ideas behind every single part of the release from the songwriting, recording, and mixing/mastering to the art direction, music videos, merch, tour design, set/lighting design. There’s no part of the release we didn’t work on. We’re ready for it to be out in the world and for us to perform these songs in a live setting because we have such pride in how hard we’ve worked to provide something worthy of the incredible fans we have listening to our music.

SM: It’s no secret you are sitting on a bunch of unreleased songs — like “Ten Years” — do you ever see yourselves putting those out?
Both: I know fans want all the unreleased songs but I promise you there’s a reason those songs sometimes never see the light of day. We have quite a few and their DNA is inside of the songs that are in the world. There will definitely be songs we one day end up releasing but we need to fit it with the right collection of songs. Sometimes it’s appropriate for that body of work and sometimes it’s not. We also try to be cognizant of the financial investment that taking a song across the finish line involves. We like to feel certain it’s the right time.

SM: This new music signals an even more seasoned, and somehow sombre, era for you guys — sonically and lyrically. How did you come to hone this new sound?
Both: We obviously hoped to challenge ourselves to grow beyond Ten Years but there’s truly no formula to accomplishing that so we just went with our gut instincts. We tend to write sombre but hopeful songs. Or songs with a dark side lurking around the corner. We asked ourselves what themes we wanted to touch on along with imaging and video concepts that would bring a whole new level of artistry to our work. We always want and hope for new fans to discover our music, and if “Church” can be that introduction for them then we’re thrilled.

SM: You mentioned in the past you wanted to release a full album. Is that still the plan? Or are you playing it by ear and releasing stuff when it feels right?
AJ: Aly and I have the ambition to put out full records. It requires time and a significant financial investment. We develop a timeline and release strategy well in advance of release and those timelines inevitably shift because we’re juggling two careers. It would be illuminating for many of our fans to see how hard we work just to put out one song and perhaps there’s a way to tell that story someday. It’s that way for every band. We have a lot of respect for anyone who puts out music independently and tries to build an audience for it. We considered putting out ten songs but couldn’t find the time to complete everything before going on tour due to our shooting schedules. We just managed to record and produce the five songs on Sanctuary, especially given that Aly was shooting in Vancouver and would fly back to L.A. on days off to write or work in the studio and I rarely had days off.

SM: Do you see yourselves as fitting into a particular genre?
Both: Not necessarily. We’ve always had a hard time trying to describe our sound to people. We’d almost rather have someone else describe it to us. I think our music is very much in the synth-pop world, but it’s not straight up pop and never was. We write by our instincts and this is how that sounds.

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