Champions (Usher and Rubén Blades song)

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Promotional single by Usher and Rubén Blades
from the album Hard II Love
ReleasedAugust 26, 2016
FormatDigital download
Producer(s)Raphael Saadiq

"Champions" is a song by American singer Usher and Panamanian singer Rubén Blades, recorded for the biographical sports film, Hands of Stone and is also included on his eight studio album Hard II Love. It was released by RCA on August 26, 2016, available for digital download and online streaming. The song was written by Usher, Rubén Blades, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson.

Background and release[edit]

Following Usher's 2012 album Looking 4 Myself, his next studio album was expected to be released in 2014. "Good Kisser", "She Came to Give It to You" and "I Don't Mind" were released and he also embarked on the UR Experience Tour, yet no album was released. In October 2015, Usher released "Chains", a song about social justice featuring the artists Nas and Bibi Bourelly. The singer released "Crash" on June 10, 2016 available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and online streaming services, Tidal, Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube.

Music video[edit]

On August 29, 2016, the official music video was uploaded to the Usher's YouTube and Vevo channel. During the music video various clips of Hands of Stone are played.[1]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[2]

  • Usher — lead vocals, composer, lyricist
  • Rubén Blades — lead vocals, composer, lyricist
  • Raphael Saadiq — composer, lyricist
  • Taura Stinson — composer, lyricist


  1. ^ "Champions (from the Motion Picture "Hands Of Stone")[Lyric Video]". Vevo. August 29, 2016. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "Champions (from the Motion Picture "Hands Of Stone") / Usher TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved September 2, 2016.