Alyson and Amanda Michalka of Aly & AJ updated fans on their blog at MySpace (@alyandaj) on Monday (April 27), clarifying a Tiger Beat interview at YouTube about touring plans in support of their ‘Insomniatic’ follow-up. The sibling pop duo write:
Hey guys…hope you’re all doing well! We wanted to get on here real quick to address some of the tour rumors. Apparently there’s some talk online that we’ll be touring this summer even though Aly said we’d be on the road in the Tigerbeat interview. But…we don’t have any plans to tour yet since we’re focusing on finishing the record. So no, we won’t be on the road this summer or anytime soon. BTW…the album is sounding really amazing so far and is definitely a bit heavier than Insomniatic. Don’t worry…not crazy heavy but it’s got lots of guitars and definitely a more rockin feel. We think you’ll really dig it and can’t wait to share the final version with you. We’re working on mixing it right now so hopefully that will get to happen soon! Lots of love xoxo
Tiger Beat and BOP caught up with Aly Michalka on Friday (April 24) at the Bandslam press junket in Westwood, California, where she talked about the new Aly & AJ album and tour details. “It’s a little bit heavier than ‘Insomniatic’, so don’t be too scared,” Aly explained. “It’s definitely a little more on the rock side but I think you guys are gonna dig it.” Watch the video via the mag’s YouTube channel below.
Alyson and Amanda Michalka of Aly & AJ spoke with Popstar! magazine about Valentine’s Day. Aly said she’s “never had a best Valentine’s Day because I don’t think I’ve ever had a boyfriend on Valentine’s Day. It’s always ended before or right after.” AJ said she’s “looking forward to being on the beach, because it’s casual too.” Neither wanted flowers or candy. Watch the message below.
Alyson and Amanda Michalka of Aly & AJ posted an old home video of the pair singing at a Christmas service at church when Aly was 8 and AJ was 6.
They write, “We figured, in the spirit of the season, we’d post up some old videos from when we were just starting our singing careers! Haha. There were 1,500 people at our church so it was a little nerve racking.”
Watch the siblings and other kids in the choir performing ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’, ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, ‘Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho’, a solo by Aly, and a one-toothed AJ singing with her mother below.
Alyson and Amanda Michalka of Aly & AJ posted highlights of one of their kickboxing workouts with Larry Crystal, their personal ninja.
“This is how we start our mornings,” the girls say in the video while throwing some punches. “Some people drink a cup of coffee, some people sleep in, others work out. We still sleep in. Yeah we do.”
The sisters write, “You all know that we’re writing like crazy for our new record but we wanted to show you that we’re still staying in shape! after all, we need to be healthy once we’re back on the road touring again.” The pair then make a parody pitch for a personal ninja and CD-ROM and DVD for $9.99.
Watch the clip via YouTube below.
Alyson and Amanda Michalka of Aly & AJ spoke with Popstar! Magazine at a the Toy Wishes Holiday Preview in New York City on October 7th, where the sisters talked about their new affiliation with Hasbro’s Littlest Pet Shop game and their love of board games.
Asked if they’ve been writing for a new album, AJ responded, “Oh my gosh, yeah, all we’ve been doing lately is writing, it’s been insane. We’re really excited, we already have some potential singles that we think will really hit hard, which will be really fun. We’re really excited, we haven’t gotten in studio to record vocals yet because we’ve still been in the writing process, but we start cutting really soon, pretty much as soon as we get back from New York. But we’re excited. It’s gonna be a really big year for us next year because my movie will come out in October, her movie will come out in the summer. The record will come out probably April/May of next year. Then we’ll go on tour for awhile, so it will be good.”
Watch the interview via YouTube below.
Alyson and Amanda Michalka of Aly & AJ checked in with fans on their official web site’s blog.
“Hey guys! A lot of you have been wondering why I wasn’t at the Twilight premiere with Aly,” AJ writes. “Just got back from Vail, CO. I was visiting my boyfriend Bennett there. He had a Hockey tournament. Stoked I was finally able to see him play.”
Meanwhile, Aly talked about the sibling duo’s follow-up to ‘Insomniatic’. “I have been crazy busy in and out of the studio writing and recording,” Aly writes. “We are really taking our time and not rushing this new album. Thankfully we’ve been drinking lots of Pom juice and eating way too much Halloween candy in between vocals so we are staying well balanced…lol.”
‘All Wrapped Up!’, a holiday EP available at Target, includes holiday songs by Hollywood Records acts the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Plain White T’s, Jordan Pruitt, Aly & AJ, Marie Digby, and Demi Lovato. The 7 songs disc sells for $6.99. Watch a promo for the release via YouTube below.
Alyson and Amanda Michalka of Aly & AJ posted more highlights from their vacation in Aruba, where the singing duo went inside a bat cave.
“We are in a cave right now,” Amanda said. “It’s insane! There’s like bats.”
“This is like a Disneyland ride, but like real,” Aly said once inside. “This is like a scary movie, it’s so rad. I love it. We’re gonna go deeper into the cave.”
The end of the clip features the sisters apparently getting divebombed by a couple bats. Watch footage via YouTube below.
Alyson and Amanda Michalka of Aly & AJ recently visited a donkey sanctuary during their trip to Aruba. The sisters read about a donkey One Eye from a story one of their fans posted online, so they figured they needed to stop and check him out during their vacation.
“We read about it on the internet. One of you guys mentioned this donkey that you had a donation for called White Eye, so we’re like, we’re gonna go and we’re gonna check it out,” Alyson said before entering the sanctuary. Amanda added, “Hang out with White Eye, hang out with some donkeys, and donate some money. Hope we’re gonna have fun.”
Watch the video via YouTube below.