Que Sera (Justice Crew song)

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"Que Sera"
Justice Crew Que Sera cover.jpg
Single by Justice Crew
from the album Live by the Words
Released 2 May 2014 (2014-05-02)
Format
Recorded 2014
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:30
Label Sony
Songwriter(s)
Justice Crew singles chronology
"I Am Australian"
(2014)
"Que Sera"
(2014)
"Where You From?"
(2014)
"I Am Australian"
(2014)
"Que Sera"
(2014)
"Where You From?"
(2014)
Music video
"Que Sera" (Australian version) on YouTube
Music video
"Que Sera" (International version) on YouTube

"Que Sera" is a song recorded by Australian dance-pop group Justice Crew. It was released digitally on 2 May 2014 and physically in Australia on 16 May 2014, as the fourth single from their debut studio album Live by the Words.[1] It was brought forward a week from its original release date of 9 May 2014 due to a high-profile TV sync on the My Kitchen Rules final and a live performance of the track on Sunrise on 5 May 2014.[2] The song was also played during the 2015 Cricket World Cup when Kane Williamson got out in the semi-final of New Zealand vs South Africa.

Background and release[edit]

The song was announced as Justice Crew's new single whilst on their national #HypeTour and was available for pre-order from 17 April 2014 along with a 30-second sample through YouTube.[3] Exploring themes such as friendship, harmony, reflection and an appreciation of life, with the clear connection to the well known saying "what will be, will be", the song enables listeners to draw parallels with their own life experiences as well as further understand Justice Crew’s journey thus far.[4]

Reception[edit]

For the week commencing 12 May 2014, "Que Sera" debuted at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart.[5] It remained atop the chart for nine consecutive weeks, making it the longest-running Number One single by an Australian act since the ARIA Charts began in 1988.[6] The song was certified fives times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for selling over 350,000 copies.[7]

"Que Sera" received two nominations at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Release.[8]

Music videos[edit]

The first music video for "Que Sera" was directed by Lawrence Lim and premiered on Justice Crew's Vevo account on 12 May 2014.[8][9] The video features the group singing and dancing in front of different coloured backdrops.[9] It received a nomination at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards for Best Video.[8] A second music video for the US market was filmed in Los Angeles and premiered on 28 July 2014.[10][11] Christine Sams of The Daily Telegraph noted that the video "starts with a helicopter and sweeping views of what appears to be Los Angeles, before the band members show off their smooth makeovers in sharp black suits and sunglasses — and then in matching cream, pastel blues and whites."[10] Sams felt that the video was reminiscent of Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block.[10]

Cover versions[edit]

On 5 October 2014, Australian country music boy band Brothers3 covered "Que Sera" during the ninth live show of the sixth season of The X Factor Australia.[12] Brothers3's version was released on the iTunes Store the following day, and debuted at number 42 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[13][14]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[15]
  1. "Que Sera" – 3:30
  1. "Que Sera" – 3:30
  2. "Que Sera" – 3:30 (Karaoke version)

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 14

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Rank
Australian Singles Chart[18] 5
Australian Artist Singles Chart[19] 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[7] 5× Platinum 350,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[20] Gold 7,500*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Australia 2 May 2014 Digital download Sony Music Australia
16 May 2014 CD single
United Kingdom[21] 5 May 2014 Digital download

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Live by the Words by Justice Crew". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Justice rush released". auspop.net.au. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Justice Crew – New Single 'Que Sera'". youtube. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Justice Crew 'Que Sera'". Sanity. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Australian-charts.com – Justice Crew – Que Sera". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  6. ^ Bond, Nick (7 July 2014). "Justice Crew's hit Que Sera breaks ARIA chart record as longest-running Aussie number-one". News.com.au. News Limited. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (8 November 2014). "Ed Sheeran Spends Fourth Week Topping ARIA Singles". Noise11. Noise Network. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c Zuel, Bernard (7 October 2014). "Chet Faker and his beard are set to rule ARIAs". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Justice Crew – Que Sera (Australian Version). Vevo. YouTube. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c Sams, Christine (29 July 2014). "Justice Crew channel Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys in new Que Sera clip aimed at the US market". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Justice Crew – Que Sera (International Version). Vevo. YouTube. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "X Factor Recap – #KillerTracks and #CurveBalls". Take 40 Australia. Authentic Entertainment. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Que Sera (X Factor Performance) – Single by Brothers3". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Ryan, Gavin (11 October 2014). "The Veronicas Spend Third Week On Top Of ARIA Singles Chart". Noise11. Noise Network. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Justice Crew 'Que Sera'". iTunes Australia. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Que Sera Justice Crew". JBHiFi. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Justice Crew – Que Sera". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 2014". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 50 Australian Artist Singles 2014". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  20. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Justice Crew – Que Sera". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  21. ^ "Que Sera Justice Crew". iTunes UK. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.