Justice Crew in October 2012
|Labels||Sony, Mr. 305 Inc.|
Paul Eric Merciadez
John Len Ruela Pearce
Len John Ruela Pearce
Samson Cosray Smith
|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.
- 1 History
- 2 Other ventures
- 3 Members
- 4 Discography
- 5 Tours
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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. Justice Crew learnt all their dance moves from YouTube videos, including Michael Jackson's. They later entered the 2009 World Hip Hop Dance Championships competition held in Las Vegas, and became one of several groups to represent Australia. Eventually, they placed 14th in the competition.
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." Justice Crew were announced as the winners on 15 June 2010, and were awarded a prize of $250,000. Each member received $28,000.
2010–present: Recording career
In August 2010, it was announced that Justice Crew had signed with Sony Music Australia. Their debut single "And Then We Dance" was released on 27 August 2010, which peaked at number 26 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), denoting sales of 70,000 copies. It was followed by the release of their first video album also titled And Then We Dance on 27 September. The 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.
Justice Crew's second single "Friday to Sunday" was released on 17 December 2010, which peaked at number 18 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified double platinum, denoting sales of 140,000 copies. "Dance with Me", featuring American rapper Flo Rida, was released as the group's third single on 29 March 2011, which peaked at number 44 and was certified gold. In April 2011, Justice Crew were a supporting act for Chris Brown's Australian leg of his F.A.M.E. Tour. Justice Crew embarked on the Dance with Me Live Tour, their first headlining tour, across Australia in August 2011 and ended in September 2011. Their fourth single "Sexy and You Know It" was released on 23 September 2011 but did not chart. In October and November 2011, Justice Crew served as a supporting act for Janet Jackson's Australian leg of her Number Ones: Up Close and Personal tour.
Justice Crew released their first compilation album Justice Crew Party Mix on 18 November 2011, which featured a DJ mix of five of their songs and fourteen of their favourite songs to dance to from other artists. 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. The album debuted at number five on the ARIA Compilations Chart on 28 November 2011. To further promote the album, Justice Crew embarked on their Sexy and You Know It Live Tour in January 2012 and ended in February 2012. In April 2012, Justice Crew were a supporting act for One Direction's Australian leg of their Up All Night Tour. The group's fifth single "Boom Boom" was released on 2 July 2012, which peaked at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart and became their first number-one single. The song was certified four times platinum, denoting sales of 280,000 copies.
On 1 October 2012, it was announced that Justice Crew signed to American rapper Pitbull's record label Mr. 305 Inc., a joint venture with RCA Records, to release "Boom Boom" in the United States. The song was originally recorded by Pitbull for his own album. However, he turned it down and the song was eventually given to Justice Crew. Pitbull heard the group's version of "Boom Boom" during his visit to Australia for his Planet Pit World Tour in August 2012 and recognised the song. Pitbull and his management then visited the Sony Music Australia headquarters and watched the music video for the song and were impressed with Justice Crew's dancing skills. They invited Justice Crew to perform "Boom Boom" at his concert in Sydney. The group's sixth single "Best Night", which was written and produced with Jay Sean, was released on 30 November 2012.
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. In December 2010, they fronted a campaign for the new underwear label Sly, and appeared on promotional images for the label. In May 2011, Swisse Vitamins used the group's single "Dance with Me" for one of their television commercials. Justice Crew appeared in the commercial doing various dance routines on different coloured backdrops. 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. Kekovich is the spokesman for Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), and released the video to promote the lamb industry. Justice Crew's latest single 'Best Night' is featured on the advertisements for the latest season of Channel 7's 'My Kitchen Rules'.
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. MMAD teamed up with The Salvation Army to connect the program with a key partner. Justice Crew have previously joined various Salvation Army corps, including Miranda, New South Wales and Hurstville, New South Wales. 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.
In 2011, four member of Justice Crew shared their anti bullying message with a surprise appearance at Canowindra High School's anti-bullying day launch. Not only did they put on an unforgettable private performance for the students but they also clearly communicated that bullies should "back off" as part of the school's "back off bully" campaign.
- Solo Tohi is also from New Zealand and moved to Sydney to pursue a dance career. Solo is of Tongan and Tanzanian descent. He is a self-taught dancer who started off B-boying for 5 years then was later introduced to the dance styles of Urban hip-hop and Popping. Solo has won dance competitions such as Looze Control, Australian hip-hop Champs and World hip-hop Qualifiers.
- Paulo Erico Pedro Mendoza Torres Merciadez, better known as Paulie, has previously performed in dance crews such as Barbie Boys, Gigabeatz and Psyke for dance competitions which included Groove, Looze Control, Showdown and The Easter Show. Although he never had any experience in dancing, Paulie was asked to perform a dance as part of a group called CFC YFC Youth For Christ in 2006. Paulie then began B-boying in 2007.
- John Len Ruela Pearce and Len John Ruela Pearce (born 25 February 1991), are twin brothers from Sydney. They are both of Filipino and Australian descent. Both John and Len were inspired by the film You Got Served (2004) to learn Hip-hop dance. They created a dance group at school called the Athelites, which included close friends. They both attended Hunters Hill High School in Sydney's Lower North Shore. The group performed at various dance competitions such as Groove, Looze Control and the Opera House.
- Emmanuel Rodriguez, better known as E-Man, is a self-taught dancer from Orange, New South Wales. E-Man began break dancing at the age of 12 as a way to stay out of trouble and express himself. He moved to Sydney to become a B-Boy. E-Man has performed in several dance competitions, including the 2009 season of So You Think You Can Dance Australia, in which he placed in the final 20.
- Samson Cosray Smith is originally from New Zealand and moved to Sydney in 2007.<refhif name="justicebio"/> Samson began break dancing in 2002. Since moving to Sydney, he has been introduced to other styles of dance such as Krumping and Hip-hop. Before becoming a member of Justice Crew, Samson travelled to and toured around various countries including Germany, Hong Kong and the United States, dancing, performing and teaching.
- Lukas Bellesini, better known as Wildrok has previously been involved in B-boying crews such as Mass Mayhem and Anarchy Tribe. He has also won dance competitions such as the 2007 Australian B-boy Championships and has appeared on So You Think You Can Dance Australia.
- Omar Kamara, better known as Scrap, is of African Australian descent. He left Justice Crew in 2011.
- Anastasios Tass Repousis, better known as Kid Taz, is a B-boy dancer who started dancing in 2004 because his father was an old school B-boy in the 1980s. Before becoming a member of Justice Crew, Kid Taz was a member of dance crews such as Hybrid Formz, Psalms, Rebelance and Pussy Cat Ballz. He has won several dance competitions throughout 2007, 2008 and 2009, and served as a back-up dancer for American rapper Vanilla Ice. Kid Taz had also made it through the top 100 of the 2009 season of So You Think You Can Dance Australia. He also left the group in 2011.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Justice Crew Party Mix||5|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"And Then We Dance"||2010||26||—||Justice Crew Party Mix|
|"Friday to Sunday"||18||—||
|"Dance with Me"
(featuring Flo Rida)
|"Sexy and You Know It"||—||—|
|"Boom Boom"||2012||1||3||First Studio album|
|"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
(featuring Bonnie Anderson)
|"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|"Mistletoe"||2012||The Spirit of Christmas 2012|
|"And Then We Dance"||2010||Marc Furmie|
|"Friday to Sunday"||Alex Goddard|
|"Dance with Me"||2011||Matt Alonzo|
|"Sexy and You Know It"||N/A|
|"Barbie Girl" (with Sam Kekovich and Melissa Tkautz)||2012||N/A|
|And Then We Dance||
- Dance with Me Live Tour (2011)
- Sexy and You Know It Live Tour (2012)
- Chris Brown's F.A.M.E. Tour: Australian leg (2011)
- Janet Jackson's Number Ones: Up Close and Personal Tour: Australian leg (2011)
- One Direction's Up All Night Tour: Australian leg (2012)
- Pitbull's Planet Pit World Tour: Australian leg (2012)
- Jay Sean's I'm All Yours Tour : Australian leg (2012)
- Reece Mastin's Summer Nights Tour: Australian leg (2012–13)
- Pitbull and Ke$ha's North American Tour (2013)
Awards and nominations
|2011||Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards||Aussie Musos||Nominated|
|ARIA Music Awards||Most Popular Australian Artist||Nominated|
|Most Popular Australian Live Artist||Nominated|
|IT List Awards||Favourite Australian Group||Nominated|
|2012||ARIA No. 1 Chart Awards||No. 1 Single ("Boom Boom")||Won|
|ARIA Music Awards||Song of the Year ("Boom Boom")||Nominated|
|Channel [V] Awards||[V] Oz Artist of the Year||Nominated|
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|Awards and achievements|
|Winner of Australia's Got Talent
with "We Run the Night"
|Australia in the ABU TV Song Festival
with "Boom Boom & Everybody"
[to be determined]