"Champion" is a song by British rapper Chipmunk featuring American singer Chris Brown from Chipmunk's second studio album Transition. It was released as the second single from the album on February 6, 2011 in the United Kingdom. The song was written by Harmony Samuels, Chipmunk, Eric Bellinger, and Erika Nuri, and it was produced by Samuels. According to Chipmunk, he wants the listeners of the song to "feel like they were born a champion". The song was later added to the international Deluxe edition of Brown's fourth album, F.A.M.E. (2011).
Speaking in April 2011 to noted UK urban writer Pete Lewis - Assistant Editor of Blues & Soul - Chipmunk shed light on the background to the song and Chris Brown's involvement: "That was definitely a big learning experience for me - not just in terms of being an artist, but in terms of LIFE! Because, with Chris being on it, people were saying that they didn't wanna support the track before they'd even HEARD it! Which meant I really had to engage myself and find the inner strength to say 'Yo, I'm gonna go with this track REGARDLESS! Because I know what this song means to ME, I know that it means to CHRIS - and if it's from the heart then it can't go WRONG!'!"
Robert Copsey of Digital Spy Blog gave the song a positive review stating: "Like a friend who cancels dinner plans five minutes after you've arrived at the restaurant, a British artist fleeing to the US is usually frustrating and, at times, unforgivable. Are we really that awful to be around? Anyway, on first glance we thought Chipmunk was destined to become our latest Hot 100-fixated expat, but, after a closer inspection, it's clear he's actually doing something rather more savvy. By drafting in Chris Brown while keeping his sound akin to previous hits, Chip's taken a best-of-both-worlds approach to this latest chart-botherer - a fist-clenching, anthemic midtempo electro-R&B stomper that ponders the glorious highs and depressive lows of fame over a 'Changes'-style piano line. "Some people wait their turn / Some people, but not me / I was born a champion," he insists with utter conviction. Maybe I've just got GaGa on the brain, but could this be the harder, bloke-friendly version of 'Born This Way'?" . The song is featured as the theme of the WWE series Tough Enough on USA Network. It is also featured in the tribute montage BBC made of Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel, when he won his second World Championship at Japan in 2011. The song is on the soundtrack of the videogame Madden NFL 12. The official remix of the song features a new verse by Chipmunk, Chris Brown's verse & chorus, & a verse by American rapper J. Cole. The remix was released on February 5, 2011.
The music video (directed by Colin Tilley) premiered on YouTube on December 23, 2010. Fellow British rapper Skepta, makes a cameo. The music video of the song's edited version premiered on YouTube on March 18, 2011.
- "Champion" (featuring Chris Brown) (Explicit Version) – 3:58
- "Champion" (featuring Chris Brown) (Clean Version) – 3:59
- CD single / Digital download #2
- "Champion" (featuring Chris Brown) - 3:58
- "Power Trip" - 3:42
- Digital download - Remix #1
- "Champion" (Ready For The Weekend Remix) - 6:00
- Digital download - Remix #2
- "Champion" (Remix featuring Chris Brown & J.Cole) - 4:59
On February 10, 2011 the song debuted at number fourteen in Ireland. In the United Kingdom, "Champion" debuted at number two on February 12, 2011. It was beaten to the top spot by a margin of less than 5% by Jessie J's "Price Tag", each having sold over 90,000 copies.