When they independently released the aptly titled EP Ten Years in , it was easier to get back in the saddle than they expected. AJ is thankful that her older sister stepped up to make sure the new music was completed in spite of their schedules, which came in handy when the trigger needed to be pulled on production and lyric decisions. She made some executive decisions that were important and led to the sound of this music. Their love songs this time around are about their relationships with themselves as individuals and as sisters, moving away from the romance-based writing that was the focus of Ten Years. On May 1st, they launched a headlining tour in support of Sanctuary , playing theaters bigger than their last trek. For the sisters, building a touring career that can help them connect not only with fans who have been there since the beginning, but also with newcomers, has become their primary focus.
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They signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records in In , the sisters released their first single in five years, " Hothouse ". The duo had planned to release a full-length album in , which was later leaked onto the internet during summer On March 29, , the pair released the single "Church" as the lead single from their EP Sanctuary , which was released on May 10, Billboard Hot Singles Sales. Into the Rush has sold , copies in the United States  and one million copies worldwide. The album received positive reviews from critics. Fran Grauman from About. The sisters have been involved in various Walt Disney Records projects.
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And instead of capitalizing on their rising success, they decided to step back at the height of their musical fame. Teen Vogue : Why did you wait to release your new music a decade after your last album? Aly: I don't think it was planned. We originally wanted to take a year or two away to focus on acting and find our creativity again as writers and adult artists because we were children when we made those records. I think ultimately it ended up being a harder road than we anticipated, not only being independent artists but trying to find our sound and that confidence again. We were so young we almost didn't realize how much success we had in that moment so we needed to step away and not feel the stress and pressure of having to deliver hit songs and being on tour. A lot of stuff was asked of us and we got burnt out. A the end of the day we needed space for ourselves and our own creativity.
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