Jus­tice for all

The only way is up as far as Jus­tice Crew are con­cerned,

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MUSIC - re­ports Jonathon Mo­ran

AUSSIE dance mu­sic troupe Jus­tice Crew say they’ll be as big as boy­band One Di­rec­tion.

On the eve of the chart­top­ping group’s as­sault on the highly lu­cra­tive, but su­per­com­pet­i­tive US mar­ket, s Em­manuel ‘‘ E- man’’ Rodriguez says Jus­tice Crew plan on tak­ing their mu­sic to the top in­ter­na­tion­ally.

‘‘ For the next five years at least all the boys are sure we want to smash Jus­tice Crew to be just as big as One Di­rec­tion,’’ says Rodriguez, 24.

Jus­tice Crew – Rodriguez, Paulie Mer­ci­adez, Lenny and John Pearce, Sam­son Smith, Solo Tohi and Lukas Bellesini – soared to star­dom af­ter win­ning re­al­ity show Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent in 2010.

Their pre­vi­ous sin­gle, Boom Boom, was one of the big­gest pop hits of 2012, hit­ting No. 1 on the ARIA chart and reg­is­ter­ing sales of five times plat­inum – more than 350,000 copies. They’ve also en­joyed success with sin­gles Sexy and You Know It, And Then We Dance, Fri­day to Sun­day and Dance with Me. Af­ter tour­ing with Pit­bull last year, Jus­tice Crew signed to the Amer­i­can rap­per’s in­de­pen­dent la­bel, Mr 305 Inc, with the back­ing of ma­jor player RCA. Rodriguez says the band are ‘‘ pumped’’ about the US tour.

‘‘ We are go­ing to show we can dance and sing, so you could say we are like seven Chris Browns – and they are gonna be shocked,’’ he says.

‘‘ We want this to be lon­glast­ing and if we break it over there, we can break it in any other coun­try.’’

Jus­tice Crew’s new track, Best Night, was co- writ­ten by lo­cal artist Mir­a­cle and Bri­tish singer- song­writer Jay Sean. The boys then put their spin on the song, which is climb­ing the Aussie charts. ‘‘ It was a team ef­fort,’’ says Rodriguez. BEST NIGHT OUT NOW

US FORCES: Jus­tice Crew will do more than 25 shows on their Amer­i­can tour.

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