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Justice Crew

Justice Crew in May 2012
Background information
OriginSydney, Australia
GenresPop
Years active2009–present
LabelsSony
Websitejusticecrew.com
Members
Lukas Bellesini
Paul Eric Merciadez
John Len Ruela Pearce
Len John Ruela Pearce
Emmanuel Rodriguez
Samson Cosray Smith
Solo Tohi
Past members
Omar Kamara
Anastasios Tass Repousis
 
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Justice Crew

Justice Crew in May 2012
Background information
OriginSydney, Australia
GenresPop
Years active2009–present
LabelsSony
Websitejusticecrew.com
Members
Lukas Bellesini
Paul Eric Merciadez
John Len Ruela Pearce
Len John Ruela Pearce
Emmanuel Rodriguez
Samson Cosray Smith
Solo Tohi
Past members
Omar Kamara
Anastasios Tass Repousis

Justice Crew is an all-male Australian hip-hop dance and pop music group consisting of members Lukas Bellesini, Paul Eric Merciadez, John Len Ruela Pearce, Len John Ruela Pearce, Emmanuel Rodriguez, Samson Cosray Smith and Solo Tohi. They are most notable for winning the fourth season of Australia's Got Talent in 2010. They later signed with Sony Music Australia.

In August 2010, Justice Crew released their debut single "And Then We Dance", which peaked at number 26 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). The group's second single "Friday to Sunday" was released in December 2010, and was certified double platinum. In 2011, Justice Crew released their first compilation album Justice Crew Party Mix, which debuted at number five on the ARIA Compilation Albums Chart. They also received two nominations at the ARIA Music Awards for Most Popular Australian Artist and Most Popular Australian Live Artist. In July 2012, the group released their fifth single "Boom Boom", which peaked at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart and became their first number one single.

Contents

History

2009–2010: Formation and Australia's Got Talent

Justice Crew were originally two separate dance groups which broke up and merged as one group in early 2009.[1][2] They were mentored by New Zealand dance veteran Maurice June.[2] Justice Crew learnt all their dance moves from YouTube videos, including Michael Jackson's.[1] They later entered the 2009 World Hip Hop Dance Championships competition held in Las Vegas, and became one of several groups to represent Australia.[2] Eventually, they placed 14th in the competition.[2]

In 2010, Justice Crew auditioned for the fourth season of Australia's Got Talent. They were inspired by Britain's Got Talent 2009 winners Diversity to audition for the show, and wanted to "encourage young people to follow their dreams and believe that anything is possible."[3] Justice Crew were announced as the winners on 15 June 2010, and were awarded a prize of $250,000.[4] Each member received $28,000.[1]

2010–present: Recording career

In August 2010, it was announced that Justice Crew had signed with Sony Music Australia.[5] Their debut single "And Then We Dance" was released on 27 August 2010.[6] The single peaked at number 26 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).[7][8] It was followed by the release of their first video album And Then We Dance on 27 September.[9] The video album featured a documentary of Justice Crew's first dance experiences as individuals and how they came together as a group. It also showcased their dance routines and individual tricks.[9]

Justice Crew performing at One Direction's Up All Night Tour in Sydney, April 2012

Justice Crew's second single "Friday to Sunday" was released on 17 December 2010.[10] The single peaked at number 18 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified double platinum by the ARIA, for sales of 140,000 copies.[7][8] "Dance with Me", featuring American rapper Flo Rida, was released as the group's third single on 29 March 2011.[11] The single peaked at number 44 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified gold.[7][8] In April 2011, Justice Crew served as a support act on Chris Brown's Australian leg of his F.A.M.E. Tour.[12] Justice Crew embarked on their Dance with Me Live Tour across Australia in August 2011 and ended in September 2011.[13][14] Their fourth single "Sexy and You Know It" was released on 23 September 2011 but did not chart.[15] In October and November 2011, Justice Crew served as a support act for Janet Jackson's Australian leg of her Number Ones: Up Close and Personal tour.[16]

Justice Crew released their first compilation album Justice Crew Party Mix on 18 November 2011, and featured a DJ mix CD of five of their songs and fourteen of their favourite songs to dance to from other artists.[17] It also contained a DVD featuring their four music videos, behind the scenes of the videos, a tutorial from each member on how to do their favourite move, a putting the steps together section and a bloopers reel.[17] The album debuted at number 5 on the ARIA Compilations Chart on 28 November 2011.[18] To promote the album, Justice Crew embarked on their Sexy and You Know It Live Tour in January 2012 and will end in February 2012.[19][20] In April 2012, Justice Crew were a supporting act for One Direction's Australian leg of their Up All Night Tour.[21] The group's fifth single "Boom Boom" was released on 2 July 2012.[22] The song peaked at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart, becoming their first number one single.[7]

Other ventures

Commercial endorsements

Following Australia's Got Talent, Justice Crew appeared in one of the television commercials for the second season of The X Factor (Australia), to promote the show's re-launch.[23] In December 2010, they fronted a campaign for the new underwear label Sly, and appeared on promotional images for the label.[24] In May 2011, Swisse Vitamins used the group's single "Dance with Me" for one of their television commercials.[25] Justice Crew appeared in the commercial doing various dance routines on different coloured backdrops.[25] In January 2012, Sam Kekovich released a music video featuring an Australian rendition of Aqua's "Barbie Girl", and included appearances by Justice Crew and Melissa Tkautz.[26] Kekovich is the spokesman for Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), and released the video to promote the lamb industry.[26]

Philanthropy

The group started running free dance lessons. The lessons become so popular they caught the eye of Karen Day who helped get some funding and helped justice perform at some major events. The free dance lessons became a program known as MMAD Moves and came under a charity known as Musicians Making a Difference (MMAD) which is an organisation that inspires young people through dance & music.[27] MMAD teamed up with The Salvation Army to connect the program with a key partner.[27] Justice Crew have previously joined various Salvation Army corps, including Miranda, New South Wales and Hurstville, New South Wales.[27] They also regularly perform at the annual Christmas Carol events, such as the Carols in the Domain and Carols in the City, where performers donate their time to raise money for various charities.[28][29]

Members

Current members

Former members

Discography

Albums

Compilation albums

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
AUS
[34]
Justice Crew Party Mix5

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions
TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
AUS
[7]
NZ
[35]
"And Then We Dance"201026Non-album singles
"Friday to Sunday"18
  • AUS: 2× Platinum[8]
"Dance with Me" (featuring Flo Rida)201144
"Sexy and You Know It"[36]
"Boom Boom"201213
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos

TitleYearDirector
"And Then We Dance"2010Marc Furmie
"Friday to Sunday"2010Alex Goddard
"Dance with Me" (featuring Flo Rida)[39]2011Matt Alonzo
"Sexy and You Know It"2011N/A
"Barbie Girl" (with Sam Kekovich and Melissa Tkautz)[40]2012N/A
"Boom Boom"2012N/A

DVDs

List of video album DVDs
TitleAlbum details
And Then We Dance
  • Released: 27 September 2010[41]
  • Label: Sony Music Australia (#88697800739)

Tours

Headlining

Supporting

Awards and nominations

YearTypeAwardResult
2011Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards[42]Aussie MusosNominated
ARIA Music Awards[43][44]Most Popular Australian ArtistNominated
Most Popular Australian Live ArtistNominated
IT List Awards[45]Favourite Australian GroupNominated
2012ARIA No. 1 Chart Awards[46]No. 1 Single ("Boom Boom")Won

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Preceded by
Mark Vincent
Winner of Australia's Got Talent
2010
Succeeded by
Jack Vidgen