Insomniatic

Insomniatic

Insomniatic is the second studio album from the teen pop duo Aly & AJ. The album was released on July 10, 2007 in the United States, and was later released in the UK and Italy on October 22, 2007 with a new cover art.

Album information

MTV.com's The Leak section posted all 12 songs on the standard edition of the album in their entirety, on July 3, 2007. The song "Blush" was excluded in the MTV.com full album stream for unknown reasons.

The song "Like Whoa" was featured in the made-for-TV (MTV) movie Super Sweet 16: The Movie, which premiered on July 8, 2007. The song eventually became the album's second single.

Instrumental versions of all 12 songs are available commercially on the iTunes Store, alongside the standard 12-track album with vocals.

The album's title is not actually a word ("insomniac" serves as both a noun and an adjective); the definition of Insomniatic as stated by them is: A state of mind where one becomes addicted to the deprivation of sleep caused by an epic revelation of joy.

The Australian release has the cover art same as the deluxe edition; with the original Chemicals React track as the first track.

Track listing

  1. "Potential Breakup Song" (Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, Antonina Armato, Tim James) – 3:39
  2. "Bullseye" (Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, A. Armato, T. James) – 3:02
  3. "Closure" (Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, A. Armato, T. James) – 2:50
  4. "Division" (Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, A. Armato, T. James) – 3:44
  5. "Like It or Leave It" (Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, A. Armato, T. James) – 3:17
  6. "Like Whoa"(Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, A. Armato, T. James) – 2:31
  7. "Insomniatic" (Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka) – 2:47
  8. "Silence" (Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, Carrie Michalka) – 3:33
  9. "If I Could Have You Back" (Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, Dan Wilson) – 2:53
  10. "Blush" (Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka) – 3:34 (Bonus track for first pressings)
  11. "Flattery" (Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, A. Armato, T. James) – 4:08
  12. "I'm Here" (Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka) – 4:06
  13. "Chemicals React" (Remix) (Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, A. Armato, T. James) – 2:55
  14. "Careful With Words" – 2:20 - (Walmart / Japan bonus track / UK "Potential Breakup Song" B-Side)
  15. "Tears" – 2:05 - (Target bonus track, alongside two ringtones / Japan bonus track)

The iTunes pre-order edition had all of the regular tracks excluding "Blush", and had instrumental versions of "Potential Breakup Song" and "Chemicals React" (Remix). A video for "Potential Breakup Song" was also included along with a digital booklet.

Deluxe edition

A deluxe edition of the album was originally scheduled to be released on November 6, 2007, then on March 4, 2008, later on March 18 to be cancelled in North America afterwards. The 6-song extended CD includes a bonus DVD that contains music videos to Aly & AJ's main singles. Though early reports were notifying the DVD would include Aly & AJ's My Super Sweet 16/18 Birthday Party Review, My Super Sweet 16/18 Birthday Party, The Aly & AJ Sister Act MTV special, and an Aly & AJ featured MTV Cribs clip. The deluxe edition only had a Japanese release, on March 5.

  • Deluxe Edition

CD

  1. "Potential Breakup Song" – 3:39
  2. "Bullseye" – 3:02
  3. "Closure" – 2:50
  4. "÷" – 3:44
  5. "Like It or Leave It" – 3:17
  6. "Like Whoa" – 2:31
  7. "Insomniatic" – 2:47
  8. "Silence" – 3:33
  9. "If I Could Have You Back" – 2:53
  10. "Flattery" – 4:08
  11. "I'm Here" – 4:06
  12. "Chemicals React" (Remix) – 2:56
  13. "Careful With Words" – 2:20
  14. "Tears" – 2:05
  15. "Blush" – 3:34
  16. "Potential Breakup Song" (Hi-Grand Up Remix Radio Edit) – 3:47
  17. "Potential Breakup Song" (Abbey Road Sessions) – 3:13
  18. "Bullseye" (Abbey Road Sessions) – 3:15
  19. "Closure" (Abbey Road Sessions) – 2:57
  20. "÷" (Abbey Road Sessions) – 3:50
  21. "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" (Abbey Road Sessions) – 2:51

DVD

  1. "Rush" [music video]
  2. "No One" [music video]
  3. "Chemicals React" [music video]
  4. "Potential Breakup Song" [music video]
  5. "Like Whoa" [music video]

Release history

The album was released on July 10, 2007 in the United States, on October 22, 2007 in the UK and Italy — with a new cover art — and ultimately in Singapore in April 2008. An enhanced Deluxe Edition was released in Japan on March 5, 2008. The cover of the Deluxe Edition (aside from the "deluxe edition" tag) was used for a Australian release on March 15, 2008.

Region Date
North America July 10, 2007
North America iTunes (Instrumental)
United Kingdom October 22, 2007
Ireland
Italy
Japan (re-release) March 5, 2008
Australia March 15, 2008

Singles

"Potential Breakup Song"

"Like Whoa"

  • Released: January, 2008 (US)
  • Charts positions: #63 (US), #66 (Canada), #92 (AUS)

Chart performance

The album debuted at #15 in the official United States Billboard 200 albums chart, selling over 39,000 copies in its first week, becoming Aly & AJ's highest debut to date. Insomniatic remained on the charts for 18 weeks in total, dropping out after the fourteenth week, to re-enter six weeks later. It spent one week in botht the UK as on the United World Chart.

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Japan Oricon International Album Chart 90
UK Albums Chart 72
U.S. Billboard 200 15
U.S. Billboard Comprehensive Albums 15
U.S. Billboard Top Digital Albums 13
United World Chart 39

Promotion

United States

United Kingdom

  • The girls performed "Potential Breakup Song" near the London Eye to promote the UK release in October.
  • On October 3, 2007, Aly & AJ performed "Potential Breakup Song" on This Morning, a British morning show.
  • On October 10, 2007, the sisters performed "Potential Breakup Song" and a version of "Like Whoa" with an extended "Relax" dance break at G-A-Y, a London-based nightclub.
  • They performed with UK band McFly in London as a supporting act on the tour.
  • They were also featured on a Saturday morning television show called TMi on BBC Television

References

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