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