2021 just got a little bit better thanks to Aly and AJ Michalka! The former Disney Channel duo announced that they’d be returning to music under the moniker Aly & AJ for their first album in 14 years. Titled A Touch of the Beat Gets You Up on Your Feet Gets You Out and Then Into the Sun, the record is set to drop on May 7, 2021.
“It feels like the first time in a weird way, like making a record for the first time,” Aly told People of their upcoming album. “In a bizarre way, it feels like a record that you make as an artist without all of the jaded aspects that come with being an act that has been around for 15-plus years. That’s kind of the exciting part for us with this album is that we weren’t writing this for anyone specifically, we weren’t writing this for radio — we wrote this for us, first and foremost, and our fans.”
This major album announcement comes months after the sisters took fans on a walk down memory lane with the “Potential Breakup Song” remake in December 2020. The official Aly & AJ Twitter account first shared a clip of the new song and revealed that on December 29, 2020, fans would be getting an explicit version of the track. Yes, our middle school selves freaked out a little!
“We call it the PBS resurrection,” AJ said of the remake. “It truly made us so excited. I think to see that fans have caught on, whether it was a song they hadn’t heard in 14 years or had never heard it, it just meant a lot to Aly and I, that, whether you’re Gen Z or older, people are experiencing this nostalgic tune. Last year was a hard time for a lot of people, of course, and I think having a song like that, that kind of gets another moment to live and breathe, just added some positivity on social media. It just brings light to a really hard year.”
As fans know, the rerelease of their most famous track came months after Aly revealed the song’s true meaning during an April 2020 interview with Insider. “It wasn’t connected to any particular person. We were just like, ‘Let’s write a breakup song,’” the singer explained. “At the time, we weren’t thinking it was going to be a breakup anthem, but it kind of became that, which is really cool.”
Following the “Potential Breakup Song” drop, Aly and AJ teased an explicit rerelease of another one of their most popular songs, “Like Whoa.”
“Do we make a ‘Like Whoa (Explicit Version),'” the sisters wrote on their official Twitter account. “Like a rollercoaster ride / Motherf–ker hold on tight / Whoa whoa (s–ts got me like) / Whoa whoa.”
The sibling pair first stepped onto the music scene after Aly appeared in the Disney Channel series Phil of the Future. They went on to star alongside each other in the DCOM Cow Belles and released three albums under the name Aly & AJ before briefly rebranding to 78Violet. Now, the girls are back together again and have new music on the horizon. Their latest single “Slow Dancing” is the first off their upcoming album, which “scheduled for release in spring 2021,” as per Paper. Scroll through our gallery to find out what else Aly and AJ have been up to since their Disney Channel days!
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