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Camila Cabello: A Timeline of Her Solo Success

Camila Cabello made waves this past week when her song, “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, peaked at number one on the U.K. single charts. The song peaked at number two in the U.S. this week, right behind Post Malone’s “rockstar.” Cabello has not been a solo artist for long, but the majority of the songs she has released since her split with girl group Fifth Harmony have been successful.  Soundigest is here to give you a timeline of her standout hits as a solo artist.

Cabello’s first solo song outside of girl group Fifth Harmony was her collaboration with pop superstar, Shawn Mendes, called “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” The song, co-written by Mendes and Cabello during a tour stop on Taylor Swift‘s 1989 World Tour, was released on November 18th, 2015; it peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. It became Mendes’ second top twenty single, after “Stitches,” and Cabello’s first as a solo artist.

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After the success of “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” Cabello, still with Fifth Harmony at the time, did not release another single outside of the group until the following year.

On October 14th, 2016, Cabello teamed up with rapper Machine Gun Kelly for another collaboration called “Bad Things.” The chorus, sung by Cabello, sampled “Out of My Head” by Fastball.  The song was a smash hit, peaking at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, tying Fifth Harmony’s most successful single peak with “Work From Home.” It was nominated for Best Rap Collaboration at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards and also won a Radio Disney Music Award for Best Collaboration.

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In December of 2016, Cabello parted ways with Fifth Harmony and went on to release another collaboration with electronic artist, Cashmere Cat, called “Love Incredible.” The song featured as a single from his first studio album, “9.” Unfortunately, the song leaked prior to its official release, giving Cabello fans a taste of what was to come from her solo career; this perhaps had an effect on the success of the song as well. The song was not given radio airplay and subsequently did not chart in the U.S.

Cabello released yet another collaboration with rapper Pitbull and colombian singer, J Balvin, called “Hey Ma” on March 10th, 2017.  The song was featured on the The Fast and The Furious movie soundtrack. The song was released with both an English version and a Spanish version. It was a smash in Latin America, where it debuted at number five on the Latin Songs Chart.  It was Pitbull’s highest debut ever, it matched J Balvin’s previous peak with his song, “Ginza,” and it was Cabello’s first entry on the chart.  The trio performed the song live for the first time at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

Photo: Syco/Epic Records

Finally, in May of 2017, Cabello released her first solo single called “Crying in the Club.”  The song, co-written by Sia and Benny Blanco, was to serve as her first single from her upcoming album, The Hurting, the Healing, the Loving, but was subsequently scrapped in favor of her more recent release, “Havana.”  “Crying in the Club” peaked at number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Cabello performed it live for the first time on the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. A music video for “Crying in the Club” was prefaced by another song by Cabello, “I Have Questions,” which was released as a promo single.  Both songs have been confirmed to not appear on Cabello’s upcoming album.

Cabello teamed up with Major Lazer and Quavo for another collaboration, “Know No Better.” The song was Major Lazer’s first single from the EP of the same name and a single from their upcoming album, Music is the Weapon.  The song was given a fair amount of radio airplay. It peaked at number 87 on the Billboard Hot 100, seeing modest success.

Photo: Syco/Epic Records

Cabello’s most recent single, “Havana,” has been her most successful single to date.  The song, featuring Young Thug, just peaked at number one on the U.K Singles Chart and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 this coming week.  The song was originally released as a promo single alongside another track, “OMG,” featuring Quavo; the two songs were meant to give fans a look into The Hurting, the Healing, the Loving and neither were planned as radio singles.  However, “Havana” began to rise on the streaming and Billboard charts gradually; with this success, Cabello and her team decided to make it an official single.  Around this time, Cabello pushed back the release of her album and confirmed that each track besides “Havana” would not appear on her upcoming album.

The Hurting, the Healing, the Loving was originally scheduled to release in September of 2017.  Now, the album has been pushed back indefinitely.  It will be interesting to see if the entire album may be being reworked to fit more of the Latin style that “Havana” has.  Regardless of the reason for the album’s delay, it’s clearly worth the wait if we get more unique, fun songs like “Havana,” and outstanding music videos to go along with it.

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