More than a year ago Camila Cabello decided to leave Fifth Harmony, the super popular girl group that made her oh-so-famous. And today, January 12, her solo album, Camilia, is available to all of her fans that have been riding with her since she parted ways with now-quartet. And her single "Havana" featuring Young Thug zipped past 100 million streams on Spotify, and former President Barack Obama listed it as one his favorite songs of 2017. What does this mean, aside from #winning?
It means that sometimes you have to leave the band to really shine bright like a diamond. For proof, check the scoreboards that belong to Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, and oh, Michael Jackson. But it wasn’t easy for the Cuban singer, she told The New York Times that things got funky with 5H in 2015 when she collaborated with Shawn Mendes on “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Later, things became really intense when she expressed a desire to write for the group, but she was shot down faster than a drone buzzing around the Oval Office’s no-fly zone.
Cabello was frustrated and rightfully so, and she was open to the powers that be about her concerns. She wasn't going to be happy just singing lyrics crafted by other writers. “I was just curious and I wanted to learn and I saw all these people around me making music, writing songs, and being so free,” she told the respected newspaper. Then, things hit the fan when the strong-willed performer attended writing sessions with Diplo, Cashmere Cat, and Benny Blanco. The group forced her to decide: either stay in FH and follow the program or bounce. Our Latina magazine cover girl choose to exit the group at the end of 2016. The 20-year-old’s message (via the NYT interview) to all creatives is this: “If anyone wants to explore their individuality, it’s not right for people to tell you no.”
Well played, CC. This week Cabello celebrates that individuality and creativity in a major freaking way. "Havana" has been at the top of Billboard’s Pop Songs Radio airplay chart for seven weeks. The last time a chica did this was in 2013 and it was Taylor Swift with “I Knew You Were Trouble."
Check out Camila’s solo project, Camilia, out today, January 12.
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