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Kanye West & Company's 'Champions' Debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

2 Chainz, Big Sean and Kanye West perform at Madison Square Park
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2 Chainz, Big Sean and Kanye West perform at Madison Square Park on Feb. 12, 2015 in New York City. 

Also, Usher earns a pair of debuts on Hot R&B Songs & Chrisette Michele Bows on R&B Albums.

“Champions,” the lead track from the forthcoming G.O.O.D. Music compilation album Cruel Winter, takes the Hot Shot Debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 22 (on the July 2 dated chart). The all-star track is led by Kanye West, with Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Quavo and Desiigner. It also starts at No. 71 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Digital sales supply the majority of points that contribute to its entrance, with 31,000 downloads sold in the week ending June 16 (according to Nielsen Music). The track concurrently bows at No. 7 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs chart.

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Cruel Winter will be the follow up to the label’s Cruel Summer compilation, which debuted at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in 2012. Five songs from Cruel Summer were hits on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, including “Mercy” (by Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz), which spent five weeks at No. 1. “Clique” (Kanye West, Jay Z and Big Sean) reached No. 2, “To the World” (Kanye West and R. Kelly) peaked at No. 35, "New God Flow” (Pusha T and Kanye West) peaked at No. 43, and “The Morning” (Raekwon, Pusha T, Common, 2 Chainz, Cyhi the Prynce, Kid Cudi and D’Banj), No. 49.

Usher Doubles Down: Usher scores two debuts on the Hot R&B Songs chart as “Crash” bows at No. 16, followed by “No Limit,” featuring Young Thug, at No. 24. “Crash,” which premiered exclusively through Tidal on June 9, leads in downloads and streams, selling 11,000 downloads and logging 1.7 million weekly streams. The track was then widely released, alongside “No Limit,” on June 10.

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“No Limit” gathered 7.3 million audience impressions in the week ending June 19. Over on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop radio chart, the song debuts at No. 30, becoming Usher’s 45th career hit on the list (and Young Thug’s 14th).

In January, Usher announced his upcoming eighth studio album, Flawed, though an exact release date has not yet been revealed.

Chrisette Michele Debuts: Chrisette Michele earns a No. 3 entry on R&B Albums with her latest set, Milestone, arriving with 8,000 copies sold. The first single from the album, “Unbreakable,” concurrently spends a fifth consecutive week at No. 17, its current peak, on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart, rising 9 percent in spins at the format. The new album is her second release under Michele’s own Rich Hipster label, following her departure from Motown Records. The first -- the digital-exclusive The Lyricists’ Opus -- debuted and peaked at No. 13.