Champion (Fall Out Boy song)

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"Champion"
Champion-artwork.jpg
Single by Fall Out Boy
from the album Mania
Released June 22, 2017 (2017-06-22)
Length 3:12
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Fall Out Boy singles chronology
"Young and Menace"
(2017)
"Champion"
(2017)
"The Last of the Real Ones"
(2017)
"Young and Menace"
(2017)
"Champion"
(2017)
"The Last of the Real Ones"
(2017)
Music video
"Champion (Visualizer)" on YouTube
"Champion (Official Video)" on YouTube

"Champion" is a song by American rock band Fall Out Boy, released on June 22, 2017[1] in the US and on June 23 worldwide through Island Records and DCD2. It was released as the second single from their seventh studio album, Mania. A visualizer was released with the song, and a music video followed on July 28.[2] While Fall Out Boy's previous single, "Young and Menace", was considered to be a major departure from their usual sound, "Champion" brought back some familiar elements from their more recent albums while still experimenting with new ideas,[1] it was co-written with pop singer-songwriter Sia.[3]

The band first performed the song live on Late Night with Seth Meyers on July 26, 2017 to promote the album.[4]

Visualizer, music video, and meaning[edit]

The visualizer for "Champion" debuted on Fall Out Boy's official Vevo and YouTube channels, it featured Wentz and rapper Post Malone skateboarding in a warehouse, along with the llamas that were seen in the music video for "Young and Menace".[5] The band released it as an interim video, with plans to put the music video out at a later date.[6]

The official music video was released on July 28, 2017 also through Vevo and YouTube, the video observed people chasing their dreams and experiencing the world through VR headsets. American actor and rapper Jaden Smith ended the video by destroying the headset with a baseball bat.[7] A note written by Wentz was posted to Fall Out Boy's official Twitter account along with a link to the video: "I can't think of a drug worse than fake reality . . . . Smash the fake reality. Don't just sit around and kill time."[8] The concept of "fake reality" is represented by the VR headsets, while the last sentence alludes to the song's lyrics. Actor Josh Brener, The Bachelor star Ashley Iaconetti, and actor Timothy Granaderos also made appearances.[9]

Wentz has made a post on his personal Instagram regarding the meaning of the song: "This one really reminds me of this moment in "the never-ending story" . . . first they're like "wait you're just a kid lol we need a [real] warrior" then they're like "ok . . . i guess you'll do" and then "no one can help you and if you don't do this our entire world dies, so no pressure" . . . No one believes but at the same time we all need to believe in you."[10] Another of his notes was posted to Fall Out Boy's Twitter: "In my head champions aren't born, they are forged . . ."[11] In the chorus, Stump repeats the phrase "If I can live through this, I can do anything," which further connects the themes of empowerment and inspiration to the song.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Patrick Stump, Andy Hurley, Jesse Shatkin, Sia, Joe Trohman, and Pete Wentz.

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Champion" 3:12

Personnel[edit]

Fall Out Boy

  • Patrick Stump – lead vocals, guitar, keyboard, programming, songwriting, production
  • Pete Wentz – bass guitar, backing vocals, songwriting, production
  • Joe Trohman – lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboard, songwriting, production
  • Andy Hurley – drums, percussion, songwriting, production

Additional personnel[12]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[13] 39
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[14] 18
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[15] 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Fall Out Boy Releases 'Champion,' the First Single From Forthcoming Album 'M A N I A'". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  2. ^ "The New Fall Out Boy Video Is Dropping On Friday". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  3. ^ "Apparently Fall Out Boy's "Champion" was co-written by Sia". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Fall Out Boy Performs On "Champion" On "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (Watch Now)". Headline Planet. 2017-07-26. Retrieved 2017-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Fall Out Boy unveil new music video for "Champion" at The Berrics, featuring Post Malone". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  6. ^ "Fall Out Boy Channel Champions on Anthemic New Song". EW.com. 2017-06-22. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  7. ^ Ogweng, Sylvia (2017-07-28). "Jaden Smith Gets Destructive In Fall Out Boy's New Video, 'Champion'". ET Canada. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  8. ^ Fall Out Boy (2017-07-28). "Watch the vid for Champion". Twitter. 
  9. ^ "Fall Out Boy debut stellar, star-studded music video for "Champion"—watch". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  10. ^ "Pete Wentz details new single, rapper Post Malone hints possible collaboration". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  11. ^ Fall Out Boy (2017-06-22). "Champion out now in North America". Twitter. 
  12. ^ Fall Out Boy – Champion, retrieved 2017-07-27 
  13. ^ "Fall Out Boy – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Fall Out Boy. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  14. ^ "Fall Out Boy – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Fall Out Boy. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  15. ^ "Fall Out Boy Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-10-18.