Aly & AJ
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Aly & AJ, briefly known as "78Violet" in 2013, is a pop rock band (2003-Present) consisting of sisters Amanda Joy (AJ) and Alyson Michalka.
They were born in Torrance, California, but spent part of their childhood in Seattle, Washington. They are both actresses, singer-songwriters, piano players and guitarists. They signed a record deal with the Disney-owned label, Hollywood Records in 2004.
They released their debut studio album Into the Rush on August 17, 2005. The album debuted at number thirty six in the United States, selling over 24,000 copies in its first week and was later certified Platinum by the RIAA. Into The Rush was a socially conscience take on the pre-teen genre of pop/rock.
Their second studio album Insomniatic, which was a Darker and Edgier Surprisingly Improved Sequel debuted at number fifteen in the United States, selling over 39,000 copies in its first week on the Billboard 200; this is their highest debut to date. Their second album's lead single "Potential Breakup Song" is their most successful single to date, it was certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales over 1,000,000 copies. With many rumors going around of the band changing their name, the duo announced that they will be changing their name to 78violet. The duo have also launched a franchise line which includes a doll series and book series.
On February 19, 2010, Aly & AJ announced on their official Facebook page that they were "no longer a part of Hollywood Records" and that the album they recorded for Hollywood Records probably won't be released. However, they are "continuing to write and record new songs".
- Into The Rush (2005)
- Acoustic Hearts Of Winter (2006)
- Insomniatic (2007)
- Adorkable: Their twitter personalities
- And Now for Something Completely Different: I'm Here ballad at the end of Insomniatic and Insomniatic after Into The Rush thematically.
- Best Served Cold: Potential Break Up Song, Closure, ÷,
- Be Yourself: No One.
- Break Up Song: Out Of The Blue, Collapsed, Flattery, I'm Here, ÷, Closure, Potential Break Up Song, If I Could Have You Back, Silence
- Big Rock Ending: I'm Here is one example.
- Careful with That Axe: Love It Or Leave It, Potential Break Up Song, and others.
- Christmas Songs: Did a Christmas album
- Cover Version: Do You Believe in Magic, Walking On Sunshine, Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
- Creator Breakdown: Flattery is one of the most saddest songs of all time, about an extremely conflicted relationship break down.
- Darker and Edgier: Their second album is darker, edgier, more aggressive, sarcastic and snarky then their saccharine, socially focused debut.
- Deadpan Snarker: Their second album is basically this trope to music.
- Development Hell: Of the change companies, ditch recordings, take on a new company, ditch them and start from scratch no less then THREE TIMES variety.
- Even the Girls Want Her: AJ gets a lot of fan girls
- Follow Your Heart: Into The Rush, No One
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Flattery, ÷, Careful With Words, Potential Break Up Song, Closure.
- The Insomniac: Insomniatic is the positive interpretation of creative types getting into these sort of situations.
- Stalker with a Crush: Deals with one in "Careful With Words" and "Slow Down".
- Silly Love Songs: Insomniatic, Like Whoa, Something More and Chemicals React
- Signature Song: Potential Break Up Song, Rush,
- Sibling Team: Sister's.
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Insomniatic is way more mature and relatable then their debut.
- Long Title: "If I Could Have You Back"
- Motor Mouth: Potential Break Up Song, Love It or Leave It,
- New Sound Album: Insomniatic is Darker and Edgier then they're extremely tweeny pop debut.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Electronic focused rock pop of the folky indie variety.
- Not Christian Rock: After their debut they took a turn against their Christian roots.
- Protest Song: I Am One of Them (Against people who hurt children), Speak For Myself (Against people patronizing young humans), Blush (Against over sexed culture), Sticks And Stones (Anti Bullying anthem).
- Woman Scorned: Potential Break Up Song, Closure, Flattery and ÷ all have this vibe too them.
- Updated Rerelease: Into The Rush was re released with 2 new remixes and three new songs.
- Your Cheating Heart: Flattery, Potential Break Up Song, Closure and ÷