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Aly & AJ Never Thought They 'Reached Success' As a Band

Aly & AJ Never Thought They 'Reached Success' As a Band

Aly & AJ were prominent figures in many of our childhoods with their hits “Potential Breakup Song” and “Rush,” — but the duo didn’t always see it that way.

“I don’t think we ever thought we reached success,” Aly Michalka told Out Magazine of their initial entrance into music.

“We were actually frustrated we didn’t reach higher success,” she continued. “We never really celebrated those moments, and maybe we should’ve celebrated some more than others.”

“But I don’t think we ever looked at each other and thought, We’re here. It was more like, We’re 50 steps behind.”

Sister AJ agreed.

“I think we felt like we’d done so much as young kids that we didn’t know how to top ourselves,” she explained. “We were like, Is this where it ends? Is this as good as it gets?”

Of course, it isn’t at all: the duo is back and better than ever with their new hit “Take Me,” and we can’t wait to hear more of their new sound.

Aly & AJ Grit Their Teeth in Vampire-Themed 'Take Me' Music Video - Watch Now!

Aly & AJ Grit Their Teeth in Vampire-Themed 'Take Me' Music Video - Watch Now!

Aly & AJ seriously bite!

The music duo returned on Thursday (September 14) with the music video for their brand new single “Take Me”, and it’s a surefire instant favorite for the vampire lovers out there.

The video also features appearances by Silicon Valley‘s Amanda Crew, Twin Peaks star Madeline Zima and La La Land‘s Josh Pence.

“Shooting a vampire themed video is difficult for somebody like myself who ceases to function after 11 PM, but the enthusiasm and positivity of Aly & AJ motivated the entire crew and resulted in a video full of images I am incredibly proud of,” says the director.

Watch the video for “Take Me” below!

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Aly & AJ Took a Break From Music Because it 'Wasn't Fun... Anymore'

Aly & AJ Took a Break From Music Because it 'Wasn't Fun... Anymore'

Aly & AJ took a ten year hiatus from music before coming back to release the retro pop hit “Take Me” — and now they are opening up about what inspired such a long break from the band.

“We were in a place where making music wasn’t fun to us anymore,” Aly Michalka told Billboard. “It felt like a business.”

They also didn’t have “radio support,” which made success difficult.

“Nobody was really playing Disney acts on the radio,” Aly continued. “When we were signed with Hollywood Records…we didn’t really have radio support over there during that time.”

“I think were also a little wiped out, just from you know touring a lot and, you know, being away from home and our dogs and our dad, and you know at that time we still lived in our family house together.”

They were only 16 and 18 when they decided to take a break, so it’s totally understandable that they needed a breather after so many years in the spotlight at such a young age.

We’re just glad to have them back!

Emma Roberts is Loving 'Old Friends' Aly & AJ's Return to Music

Emma Roberts is Loving 'Old Friends' Aly & AJ's Return to Music

Aly & AJ have made their highly-anticipated return to music after more than a decade, and their fans are sighing with nostalgia and relief at the release of their catchy new song, “Take Me.”

One of those fans is Emma Roberts.

The 26-year-old American Horror Story actress took to Twitter today to celebrate the sisters’ new sound and to remind the world that they all go way back.

“So happy to see 2 very old friends create such fresh, fun and beautiful music!!!” she tweeted.

We love to see successful stars supporting one another, and this is no exception.

Aly & AJ Drop First Single in 10 Years - Listen to 'Take Me' Now!

Aly & AJ Drop First Single in 10 Years - Listen to 'Take Me' Now!

Aly & AJ are officially back and our Friday just got instantly better.

The sister duo — Aly and AJ Michalka — dropped their first single in more than 10 years (as Aly & AJ).

“We’re really excited, and this single really represents the new sound and, just, us as adult artists. It’s been a long time coming,” they shared with ET.

They went on to describe what fans can expect from any future music from them.

“We have a bunch of different music that has influenced us over the years, since we were growing up. But it’s funny, when we played the music to our friends, a lot of them were saying, ‘It’s very nostalgic sounding,’” AJ says. “So I don’t know necessarily what that means, but I was like, ‘I like nostalgia, so OK.’”

“But it’s definitely aiming toward pop,” Aly adds. “There’s a little bit of an ’80s influence there. Still definitely sounds like Aly & AJ and what we represent — but 10 years later.”

Check out Aly & AJ‘s “Take Me” below and grab the lyrics inside!

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Aly Michalka Jokes About Always Being Blonde When Aly & AJ Are Releasing Music

Aly Michalka Jokes About Always Being Blonde When Aly & AJ Are Releasing Music

We’ve actually never noticed this, but Aly Michalka has always been blonde when Aly & AJ are releasing music.

“It’s not on purpose, but that’s a good point,” she pointed out in a new interview with Allure.

While talking about her and AJ’s go-to beauty products and regimes, Aly opened up about her hair color and how it’s gone from blonde to bronde to brunette, and back again.

“I wanted to experiment with going back to blonde because I hadn’t been blonde in, like, five years,” Aly adds. “I just figured, hey, why don’t I just go back to blonde during this hiatus where I don’t need to be a brunette for iZombie for six months.”

She continues, “It was fun for time being, but I don’t feel like myself as much when I’m blonde. Being as dark as I was for 78violet stuff was a fun change up, but I kinda like being right in the middle. I like being considered a brunette — but a light brunette.”

Aly & AJ‘s new single, “Take Me”, is out TONIGHT!

Aly & AJ Celebrate 12 Years Since 'Chemicals React' Was Released

Aly & AJ Celebrate 12 Years Since 'Chemicals React' Was Released

Aly & AJ fans are prepping themselves for new music from the duo, who have not released an original song in a decade — but while we wait, we still have their nostalgic hits to listen to.

“12 years since this came out!” they tweeted from their joint account today in response to a fan sharing a gif, “#chemicalsreact #alyandajareback.”

“Chemicals React” remains one of their most popular songs, and even today most people respond to the opening chords with a knowing smile of recognition.


Aly & AJ‘s new single, “Take Me,” drops August 18th.

Relive all of the magic below!


Aly & AJ “Chemicals React”

Aly & AJ Reveal Full-Length Album Will Be Here Next Year!

Aly & AJ Reveal Full-Length Album Will Be Here Next Year!

Aly & AJ fans unite and rejoice — because new music is coming and we’re all not prepared for it.

The singing sisters and actresses opened up in a Facebook Live chat about their highly anticipated return to the music world.

“I think nostalgic is kind of the word we’re getting a lot,” AJ says about their new stuff. “Aly and I are really excited about this music.”

She adds, “As you know, it’s been 10 years since we’ve released new material and I’m really excited about getting back out there.

“The music has a little bit of an ’80s-inspired, electronic pop sound that I think is fresh and new, with the chemistry Aly and I possess.”

Aly and AJ also revealed that their upcoming 4-track EP, which includes “I Know” and “The Distance”, will be here before we know it and a full length album is coming in 2018.

Planning our listening parties right now!

Their new single “Take Me” drops on August 18th.