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Champions (GOOD Music song)

"Champions" is a collaborative song by American rappers Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Quavo and Desiigner,[1] released as the lead single from the upcoming GOOD Music compilation album Cruel Winter. The song was produced by West himself, alongside A-Trak, Lex Luger and Mike Dean, with co-production from Derek Watkins and Charlie Heat, and additional production from Noah Goldstein.[2][3]

"Champions"
Kanye West - Champions Cover.jpg
Single by Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Quavo and Desiigner
from the album Cruel Winter
Released June 7, 2016
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016
Genre
Length 5:34
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Kanye West singles chronology
"Father Stretch My Hands"
(2016)
"Champions"
(2016)
"Fade"
(2016)

"Father Stretch My Hands"
(2016)
"Champions"
(2016)
"Fade"
(2016)
Gucci Mane singles chronology
"Back on Road"
(2016) Back on Road2016
"Champions"
(2016) Champions2016
"All My Children"
(2016) All My Children2016
Big Sean singles chronology
"Play No Games"
(2015) Play No Games2015
"Champions"
(2016) Champions2016
"Holy Key"
(2016) Holy Key2016
2 Chainz singles chronology
"No Problem"
(2016) No Problem2016
"Champions"
(2016) Champions2016
"Big Amount"
(2016) Big Amount2016
Travis Scott singles chronology
"Pick Up the Phone"
(2016) Pick Up the Phone2016
"Champions"
(2016) Champions2016
"Goosebumps"
(2016) Goosebumps2016
Yo Gotti singles chronology
"Order More"
(2016) Order More2016
"Champions"
(2016) Champions2016
"Better"
(2016) Better2016
Quavo singles chronology
"Pick Up the Phone"
(2016) Pick Up the Phone2016
"Champions"
(2016) Champions2016
"Good Drank"
(2017) Good Drank2017
Desiigner singles chronology
"Panda"
(2015) Panda2015
"Champions"
(2016) Champions2016
"Tiimmy Turner"
(2016) Tiimmy Turner2016
GOOD Music singles chronology
"Clique"
(2012) Clique2012
"Champions"
(2016) Champions2016

Contents

ReleaseEdit

"Champions" was first aired on Big Boy's 92.3.[4] Kanye West later released the song as the first single from Cruel Winter. The single was untitled at the time, with "Round and Round" and "Champions" being used as working titles.[5][6] It was officially released to iTunes on June 12, 2016.[7]

Chart performanceEdit

On the chart dated July 2, 2016, "Champions" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 71, powered by first-week digital download sales of 31,000 copies.[8] The song was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in March 2018, for selling over one million digital copies in the United States.[9] The song entered at number 128 in the UK Charts, which was its peak position in that territory.

PersonnelEdit

  • Kanye West – vocals, production
  • Gucci Mane – vocals
  • Big Sean – vocals
  • 2 Chainz – vocals
  • Travis Scott – vocals
  • Yo Gotti – vocals
  • Quavo – vocals, recording engineer
  • Desiigner – vocals
  • A-Trak – production
  • Lex Luger – production
  • Mike Dean – production, bass guitar, keyboards, drum programming, recording engineer, mixing
  • Fonzworth Bentley – co-production
  • Charlie Heat – co-production
  • Noah Goldstein – additional production, recording engineer
  • Finis "KY" White – recording engineer
  • Maximilian Jaeger – recording engineer
  • Gregg Rominiecki – recording engineer
  • Thomas Goff – recording engineer
  • William J. Sullivan – assistant recording engineer
  • Kez Khou – mix assistance

ChartsEdit

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 73
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[11] 24
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 128
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 71
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[14] 22

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[15] Platinum 1,000,000 

 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kanye West releases new single, Round and Round". DIY Mag. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  2. ^ "LUFF¥TMOG on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  3. ^ "Champions". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-06-12.
  4. ^ "KANYE WEST – Twitter". @kanyewest on Twitter. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "Kanye West premieres new single with Gucci Mane, Travis Scott and more off Cruel Winter". XXL. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "Kanye West's Champions (Round and Round) feat. Desiigner, Travis Scott, Big Sean, Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz [New Song]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Quavo & Desiigner – Champions". iTunes. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  8. ^ Mansell, Henry (June 25, 2016). "Hip Hop Single Sales: Drake, Desiigner & Beyoncé". HipHopDX. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  9. ^ "Gold & Platinum". Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  11. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  12. ^ Chart Log UK: "CLUK Update 18.06.2016 (wk24)". UK Singles Chart. Zobbel.de. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  13. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  14. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  15. ^ "American single certifications – Kanye West – Champions". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 15, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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