Camila Cabello made the bold choice to leave her former girl group Fifth Harmony in what was arguably a time when they were thriving, on a career-high after releasing their second album and the runaway hit that was "Work From Home." But the songstress felt like she had to spread her wings after realizing she was unable to make the music she wanted to while still being in the group too, so solo Camila emerged. And now, she's proving this was truly the best decision she could've ever made.
It was announced that the "Havana" singer's album Camila will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts, selling 119,000 albums in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. This makes Camila the first woman in three years to hit No. 1 with her debut album, the last time being the one and only Ariana Grande in 2013 with her album, Yours Truly. Camila is also now the youngest person whose first album comes in at No. 1 during its first week of release at just 20 years old, something that was last done by her actual BFF Shawn Mendes in 2015 when he was 16-years-old with Handwritten. So can we talk about how girl is out here legit SMASHING records all on her own? Talk about getting confirmation that yes, perhaps breaking away and doing her own thing no matter how scary it may have seemed was exactly what she was meant to do.
MY ALBUM IS NUMBER 1 ON BILLBOARD HOT 200!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 IM CRYING ON THE STREET
— camila (@Camila_Cabello) January 21, 2018
Now, while we don't really know all that much about what went down when Camila informed her former bandmates she was leaving, the singer did say in an interview with The New York Times that it was her success with her first solo project, her duet "I Know What You Did Last Summer" with Shawn that started to created tension within in the group. Camila said she wanted to write songs for 5H but she was shot down and she wanted to be able to do more solo work while still being in the group, which led to her relationships with the girls to deteriorate.
"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. I just wanted to do that and it did not work. It became clear that it was not possible to do solo stuff and be in the group at the same time," Camila said.
She even originally recorded the vocals for The Chainsmoker's monster hit "Closer" but had to pass on being featured on the song because of her commitments to the group, since it was right before their second album was set to be released. Instead, Halsey sang on the track and we all know how BIG that song was: literally couldn't go anywhere without hearing it for months. So more proof that simply, she was destined to break out on her own. Camila was an integral part of the group, sure, but 5H has gone on to record more music and find success as a four-piece squad, proving that this split although at first hard for fans, wasn't all that bad after all. Things are clearly working out rather well for Camila and now we're getting to know the true artist she always was. And her No. 1 album and hit songs prove she's here to stay. Standing tall, all on her own.