Justice Crew

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Justice Crew
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Justice Crew in May 2012
Background information
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Dance-pop
Years active 2009–present
Labels Sony, Mr. 305 Inc.
Website justicecrew.com
Members Lukas Bellesini ("Wildrok")
Paul Eric Merciadez ("Paulie")
John Len Ruela Pearce
Len John Ruela Pearce
Samson Cosray Smith ("Samson")
Solo Tohi ("Solo")
Past members Omar Kamara ("Scrap")
Anastasios Tass Repousis ("Kid Taz")
Emmanuel Rodriguez ("E-Man")

Justice Crew is an all-male Australian pop music group consisting of members Lukas "Wildrok" Bellesini, Paul Eric Merciadez, John Len Ruela Pearce, Len John Ruela Pearce, Samson Cosray Smith and Solo Tohi. The group formed in 2009 originally as a dance troupe and rose to fame the following year, as winners of the fourth season of Australia's Got Talent. Justice Crew subsequently signed a record deal with Sony Music Australia and became recording artists.

Justice Crew's first three singles—"And Then We Dance", "Friday to Sunday" and "Dance with Me"—achieved moderate success on the ARIA Singles Chart. The group earned their first number-one single with "Boom Boom", which was certified six times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association. Subsequent singles "Best Night" and "Everybody" were top-ten hits, and "Que Sera" became their second number-one single. Since becoming recording artists, Justice Crew have been nominated for eight ARIA Music Awards and toured with international artists Chris Brown, Janet Jackson, One Direction, Kesha and Pitbull.

History[edit]

2009–2011: Formation, Australia's Got Talent and music releases[edit]

Justice Crew in October 2012

The members of Justice Crew were originally in two separate dance troupes, but they merged as one group in 2009.[1][2] Justice Crew learnt all their dance moves from YouTube videos such as Michael Jackson's.[1] They entered the 2009 World Hip Hop Dance Championships competition held in Las Vegas, as one of the several groups who represented Australia.[2] Justice Crew placed 14th in the competition.[2]

After being inspired by Britain's Got Talent winners Diversity, Justice Crew decided to audition for the fourth season of Australia's Got Talent in 2010. They wanted to "encourage young people to follow their dreams and believe that anything is possible."[3] Justice Crew won the season and were awarded a prize of $250,000, with each member receiving $28,000.[4][1]

In August 2010, it was announced that Justice Crew had signed a record deal with Sony Music Australia.[5] Their debut single "And Then We Dance", released on 27 August 2010,[6] peaked at number 26 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for sales of 70,000 copies.[7][8] It was followed by the release of their first video album also titled And Then We Dance on 27 September 2010.[9] 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.[9] Justice Crew's second single "Friday to Sunday", released on 17 December 2010,[10] peaked at number 18 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified double platinum for sales of 140,000 copies.[7][8]

Justice Crew's third single "Dance with Me", which features American rapper Flo Rida, was released on 29 March 2011 to moderate success;[11] it peaked at number 44 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified gold for sales of 35,000 copies.[7][8] The following month, Justice Crew and Jessica Mauboy were the supporting acts for Chris Brown's Australian leg of his F.A.M.E. Tour.[12] Justice Crew later embarked on the Dance with Me Live Tour, their first headlining concert tour, across Australia in August 2011 and ended in September 2011.[13][14] After the release of their fourth single "Sexy and You Know It",[15] Justice Crew toured with Janet Jackson on the Australian leg of her Number Ones: Up Close and Personal tour in October 2011.[16] Justice Crew released their first compilation album Justice Crew Party Mix on 18 November 2011, which features a DJ mix of five of their songs and fourteen songs from other artists, as well as a bonus DVD.[17] The album debuted at number five on the ARIA Compilation Albums Chart.[18]

2012–present: Live by the Words[edit]

Justice Crew performing during One Direction's Up All Night Tour in Sydney

From January to February 2012, Justice Crew embarked on their Sexy and You Know It Live Tour across Australia.[19][20] In April 2012, Justice Crew and Johnny Ruffo were the supporting acts for One Direction's Australian leg of their Up All Night Tour.[21] The group's fifth single "Boom Boom", released on 2 July 2012,[22] became their first number-one single on the ARIA Charts and was certified six times platinum for sales of 420,000 copies.[7][23] On 1 October 2012, it was announced that Justice Crew had signed to Pitbull's record label Mr. 305 Inc., a joint venture with RCA Records, to release "Boom Boom" in the United States.[24] The group's seventh single "Best Night", released on 30 November 2012,[25] peaked at number seven on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified double platinum.[7][23] Their next single "Everybody", released on 11 October 2013,[26] peaked at number six and was certified double platinum.[7][27]

Justice Crew represented Australia at the ABU TV Song Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam on 26 October 2013, performing a mix of "Boom Boom" and "Best Night".[28] On 24 January 2014, they released a cover of "I Am Australian" with Dami Im, Jessica Mauboy, Nathaniel Willemse, Samantha Jade and Taylor Henderson, to coincide with the Australia Day celebrations.[29][30] The song peaked at number 51 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[7] Justice Crew embarked on the #HypeTour, their third headlining concert tour, across Australia in April 2014 with special guest Jai Waetford.[31]

In May 2014, Justice Crew released their tenth single "Que Sera", which debuted at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart and remained at number one for nine consecutive weeks.[7] It was certified five times platinum for sales of 350,000 copies.[32] The group's eleventh lead single "Rise & Fall" was released on 24 October 2014,[33] and debuted at number 11.[7] Their debut studio album Live by the Words was released on 28 November 2014,[34] and debuted at number seven on the ARIA Albums Chart.[7]

Other ventures[edit]

Commercial endorsements[edit]

In June 2010, Justice Crew appeared in one of the television commercials promoting the second season of The X Factor Australia.[35] In December 2010, they appeared in promotional images for underwear label Sly.[36] In May 2011, Justice Crew appeared in Swisse Vitamins' television commercials dancing to their single "Dance with Me".[37] In January 2012, the group appeared in Meat and Livestock Australia spokesman Sam Kekovich's music video for his Australian rendition of Aqua's "Barbie Girl", which was released to promote the lamb industry.[38]

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2010, Justice Crew began running free dance lessons. The lessons became 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.[39] MMAD teamed up with The Salvation Army to connect the program with a key partner.[39] Justice Crew have previously joined various Salvation Army corps, including Miranda, New South Wales and Hurstville, New South Wales.[39] They also regularly perform at 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.[40][41]

In 2011, four members of Justice Crew made a surprise appearance at Canowindra High School's anti-bullying day launch. They performed for the students and communicated that bullies should back off as part of the school's "back off bully" campaign.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Paul Eric 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.[44] Although he never had any experience in dancing, Paulie was asked to perform a dance as part of a Catholic youth group called CFC YFC Youth For Christ in 2006.[44] Paulie then began B-boying in 2007.[44]
  • John Len Ruela Pearce and Len John Ruela Pearce (born 25 February 1991), are twin brothers from Sydney.[44] They are both of Filipino and Australian descent.[44] Both John and Len were inspired by the film You Got Served (2004) to learn hip-hop dance.[44] They both attended Hunters Hill High School in Sydney's Lower North Shore.[44] They created a dance group at school called the Athelites, which consisted of close friends. The group performed at various dance competitions such as Groove, Looze Control and the Opera House.[44]
  • Samson Cosray Smith is originally from New Zealand and moved to Sydney in 2007.[44] Samson began break dancing in 2002.[44] Since moving to Sydney, he has been introduced to other styles of dance such as krumping and hip-hop.[44] Before becoming a member of Justice Crew, Samson travelled and toured around various countries including Germany, Hong Kong and the United States, dancing, performing and teaching.[44]
  • Solo Tohi is from New Zealand and moved to Sydney to pursue a dance career.[44] He is of Tongan and Tanzanian descent.[2] Solo is a self-taught dancer who started off B-boying for five years then was later introduced to the dance styles of urban hip-hop and popping.[44] He has won dance competitions such as Looze Control, Australian hip-hop Champs and World hip-hop Qualifiers.[44]

Former members[edit]

  • 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.[44] 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.[44] He has won several dance competitions throughout 2007, 2008 and 2009, and served as a back-up dancer for American rapper Vanilla Ice.[44] Kid Taz had also made it through the top 100 of the 2009 season of So You Think You Can Dance Australia.[44] He also left Justice Crew in 2011.[45]
  • Emmanuel Rodriguez, better known as E-Man, is a self-taught dancer from Orange, New South Wales.[44] E-Man began break dancing at the age of 12 as a way to stay out of trouble and express himself.[44] He moved to Sydney to become a B-Boy.[44] 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.[2][44] He left Justice Crew in 2014. Rodriguez revealed on Twitter that he was asked to leave the group for personal reasons. .[46]

Discography[edit]

Tours[edit]

Headlining

  • Dance with Me Live Tour (2011)
  • Sexy and You Know It Live Tour (2012)
  • #HypeTour (2014)

Supporting

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Type Award Result
2011 Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards[47] Aussie Musos Nominated
ARIA Music Awards[48][49] Most Popular Australian Artist Nominated
Most Popular Australian Live Artist Nominated
Poprepublic.tv IT List Awards[50] Favourite Australian Group Nominated
2012 ARIA No. 1 Chart Awards[51] Number One Single ("Boom Boom") Won
ARIA Music Awards[52] Song of the Year ("Boom Boom") Nominated
Channel [V] Awards[53] [V] Oz Artist of the Year Nominated
2013 ARIA Music Awards[54] Song of the Year ("Best Night") Nominated
Best Video ("Best Night") Nominated
Channel [V] Awards[55] [V] Oz Artist of the Year Nominated
Poprepublic.tv Awards[56] Favourite Australian Group Nominated
2014 ARIA No. 1 Chart Awards[57] Number One Single ("Que Sera") Won
World Music Awards World's Best Group[58] Nominated
World's Best Live Act[59] Nominated
World's Best Entertainer of the Year[60] Nominated
World's Best Song ("Everybody")[61] Nominated
Channel [V] Awards[62] [V] Oz Artist of the Year Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards[63] Best Australia Act Nominated
ARIA Music Awards[64] Song of the Year ("Que Sera") Nominated
Best Pop Release ("Que Sera") Nominated
Best Video ("Que Sera") Nominated

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mark Vincent
Winner of Australia's Got Talent
2010
Succeeded by
Jack Vidgen
Preceded by
Havana Brown
with "We Run the Night"
Australia in the ABU TV Song Festival
2013
with "Boom Boom" and "Everybody"
Mashup
Succeeded by
[to be determined]