|Studio album by|
|Released||January 12, 2018|
|Recorded||January-June, November 2017|
|Camila Cabello chronology|
|Singles from Camila|
Camila is the eponymous debut studio album by Cuban-American singer and songwriter Camila Cabello. It was released on January 12, 2018, through Epic Records and Syco. Work on the album began in January 2017, following Cabello's departure from the girl group Fifth Harmony. The project was originally titled The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving., with Cabello's debut solo single "Crying in the Club" intended as the lead single. The album was later retitled Camila with "Havana" serving as its official lead single due to the rising success of the song, and "Crying in the Club" was cut from the final track listing. "Havana" became an international success, topping the charts of multiple countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, the UK, and the US, and reaching the top 10 of several others. The pop album incorporates elements of Latin music. Camila was produced by Frank Dukes, Skrillex and T-Minus, among others.
Camila was met with generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics, many of whom commended the Latin influences and ballads. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the US. "Never Be the Same" was released as a single on December 7, 2017, reaching the top 10 in several countries. "Consequences" was released to contemporary hit radio as the album's final single in October 9, 2018, and an orchestra version was serviced to hot adult contemporary radio in October 22. Cabello promoted the album through televised performances, her Never Be the Same Tour, and as an opening act on Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour. Camila was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.
Cabello first rose to fame as a member of girl group Fifth Harmony, formed during the second season of The X Factor in 2012. The group came in third place in the competition, and subsequently signed a recording contract with Syco Music and Epic Records. The group rose to prominence with their breakthrough single "Worth It" (2015), and achieved further success with the US top-ten single "Work from Home" (2016). Fifth Harmony released two studio albums with Cabello in the group, both of which earned gold certifications in the United States. Cabello appeared as a lead artist with Canadian singer Shawn Mendes on his single "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (2015), serving as her first release outside of the group. She next collaborated with Machine Gun Kelly on the song "Bad Things" (2016), which went on to become her first top-ten single as a solo artist. Cabello's solo work led to months of media speculation that she would be leaving Fifth Harmony to focus on a solo music career.
In December 2016, it was officially confirmed that Cabello had parted ways with Fifth Harmony. During an interview with Latina magazine, she commented about her choice and future plans, stating "I needed to follow my heart and my artistic vision. I'm grateful for everything we had in Fifth Harmony and for [this new] opportunity, I am less focused on success and more on doing my best and pursuing my artistic vision to the fullest, wherever that takes me." Her departure from the group was likened to Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake, both of whom rose to fame as part of a group before earning highly successful solo careers.
During the recording of Camila, Cabello was featured in several collaborations. She was featured on the Cashmere Cat single "Love Incredible", as well as the Spanglish "Hey Ma"; the latter was featured on the soundtrack to The Fate of the Furious (2017). She further collaborated with Major Lazer, Travis Scott, and Quavo on the song "Know No Better". The song was a hit in several European territories, most notably the United Kingdom and France. She served as the opening act for Bruno Mars on his 24K Magic World Tour on select dates, performing several songs from her then-unfinished debut effort.
Work on the album officially began in January 2017. Initial recording sessions saw Camila working with a number of well known producers and writers, including Diplo and Pharrell Williams. While none of her collaborations with the former were featured on Camila, the latter is credited as a writer for "Havana". She further collaborated with Andrew "Pop" Wansel on unreleased songs; Wansel said of Cabello "I never underestimated her talent, but I was not expecting her to have such a powerful vision." Cabello wanted the album to tell "the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when I was lost to a time when I found myself again." Songs on the album were meant to lyrically deal with the emotions of hurting, healing, and loving. She recorded the song "Crying in the Club" for the album, written by Sia Furler. Cabello wrote additional lyrics for the song, which lyrically deals with the topic of "healing through the power of music." It was produced by Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat, and Happy Perez. She worked with writer and producer Jesse Shatkin on the song "I Have Questions".
British singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran wrote a demo for a song titled "The Boy" and sent it to Cabello, with Sheeran stating Cabello changed "90%" of the song's lyrics to her liking. He likened the song to "Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé, describing it as "funk-influenced". Cabello also worked on multiple songs with Ryan Tedder. Tedder praised Cabello's songwriting abilities, claiming to be "blown away" by the songs. He told ABC News "The stuff that we've done and that I've heard, they're gonna get stuff that is very, very contemporary and cutting edge but it feels like her. It's got that kind of Cuban spirit to it." The song "Into It", co-written by Tedder, is the only song from the pair to make the albums track list. Cabello additionally confirmed a song titled "Sangria Wine". Production duo Stargate produced "OMG", a hip-hop-influenced song that features rapper Quavo. The song was co-written by Cabello, Quavo, Stargate, Noonie Bao, Alexandra Yatchenko, and pop singer Charli XCX. The latter went on to praise Camila's writing as well, commenting "Such an incredible writer, she just came with everything, I was like 'Why am I here? She is crushing it, she was so next level, like I am so honoured to work with her. I was so stoked." Bao and Yatchenko additionally co-wrote the song "Never Be the Same" for Camila.
Prior to the release of "Crying in the Club", rumors began to circulate of a song titled "A Good Reason to Go", which was set to be released as her lead single. There was speculation that the song would be about her departure from Fifth Harmony, though the rumors were halted when Cabello announced her official first single. The song appears on the album under the title "Something's Gotta Give". That May, Cabello confirmed another song titled "It's Only Natural" for the album. While on the 24K Magic World Tour, she premiered the then-unreleased songs "Havana", "OMG", "Inside Out", and "Never Be the Same". Cabello confirmed the songs would be featured on her debut album. She later announced the songs "Scar Tissue" and "In the Dark" would be featured on the album.
Following the surprise commercial success of "Havana", Cabello confirmed that she had chosen to push back the album's release date in order to record further material. She later confirmed that a lot of the material previously recorded had been scrapped from the final product. She recorded more songs with the album's executive producer Frank Dukes that were influenced by Latin music and contemporary reggaeton, inspired by acts such as Calle 13 and J Balvin. As a result, the album's original concept of hurting, healing, and love was scrapped in favor of the newly recorded material. She later told MTV, "You know, you only have one chance to make a debut album and at this point, I have so many songs I'm passionate about. You know those albums where they are songs that aren't as good as the singles. I want every song to be single-worthy." Cabello worked with Dukes' management company Electric Feel, with Dukes executively producing the album. Work on the album was completed in November 2017.
Camila is primarily a pop record, with elements of Latin, reggaeton, dancehall, R&B and hip hop music,AllMusic said that Camila is a "warmly produced set of romantic pop" with "several rhythmically infectious Latin-influenced tracks informed by her Cuban heritage."
"Never Be the Same" was described by Billboard as a dark pop ballad. A NME writer described it as "bombastic" electro. Lyrically, it incorporates themes of a pain-is-pleasure type of love. In one part of the song Cabello reaches to a high G5falsetto in the pre-chorus. "All These Years" is a "R&B-tinged" song, Lyrically, it is about an encounter with her ex. "She Loves Control" is an "electronica-tinged, dancehall-ready" track, including a Spanish guitar and a thumping bassline.
"Havana" is a mid-tempo track, containing a mix of "Latin fusion" and pop. It is the only song on the album that features another artist, with a guest appearance by Young Thug.Rolling Stones Brittany Spanos said it is "clubby, smooth" track, where Cabello sings about falling in love with "a mysterious suitor from East Atlanta", though she has left her heart in her hometown. "Inside Out" is a "reggaeton tune that features a bouncy and danceable melody." It features buoyantly percussive, steel drums. "Consequences" is a piano-led ballad. Lyrically, it's about the impact of a partner that was in her life. It was the album's third and final single on October 9, 2018.
"Real Friends" is a pop ballad that features an acoustic guitar and handclap as percussion. Lyrically, she talks about being surrounded by negative things and people, while asking for an honest friendship.Sam Lansky of Time cited the song and the "heartfelt" track "Consequences" as "pretty" ballads which showcased Cabello's voice. "Somethings Gotta Give" is a ballad, that features a "piano introduction into this heartfelt number with ethereal backing vocals" according to The Sun. "In the Dark" is a trap-pop song.The Sun called it a "smooth R&B tune". Lyrically, it is about an unnamed famous boy Camila met at an after-party. "Into It" is a R&B song with a fast tempo.The Sun called it "The sexiest tune with sharp and catchy production", and AllMusic called the track "contagious".
Having signed with Epic Records and Syco Music as a member of Fifth Harmony, it was announced merely days after her departure from the group that Cabello had re-signed with both parties to release her solo work. She announced the album's title as The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving. in May 2017, slated for release that September. She described the project as "the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when I was lost to a time when I found myself again." She wrote, "It was a kind of chapter you never want to read out loud", and explained the "whole album-making process" helped her deal with her emotions. When Cabello announced she had pushed back the album's release date to record new material, it was rumored that the album's title would be changed as well. She confirmed in November that the original name and concept of the album had been scrapped and that the project would be released "early next year." Cabello announced on December 5 that the project would be titled Camila, and was set to be released on January 12, 2018.Camila became available for pre-order through digital music providers on December 7.
She revealed the album artwork on her personal Instagram account, and explained the name change stating "I decided to call it by my name, because this is where this chapter in my life ended. It started with somebody else's story, it ended with me finding my way back to myself." The cover for the project sees Camila sitting in a dress and flip flops, with the album's title in bold letters in the center of the cover.Billboard described the album's cover art as "gorgeous". The album's cover art and booklet were shot at Little Havana in Miami, Florida. Retail chain Target sold a deluxe edition of the album, featuring a remix of "Havana" that included Daddy Yankee. The album was also released in a limited Japanese edition, featuring the aforementioned remix and the song "I Have Questions", released alongside "Crying in the Club" in May. The album's booklet contains several shots similar to the cover, as well as pictures of Cabello recording the album and childhood photos. The album's artwork was shot by Amber Park. It additionally features a message to Cabello's fans, stating "This album saw me enter the room shattered, and nervous, and insecure, and it's seen me come to life, bright-eyed, and ready for anything. So, in other words..... you have my heart in your hands."
Originally, "Crying in the Club" was released as the album's lead single on May 19, 2017. The song reached number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was accompanied by the promotional single "I Have Questions", released on May 22. The songs were performed together in several promotional appearances.
"Havana" featuring American rapper Young Thug, was released for radio airplay on September 8, after being released on August 3; It was announced on August 30 that it would be serviced as the album's proper lead single after it found early success on streaming platforms, replacing "Crying in the Club". "Havana" has since topped the charts all over the world, reaching number one in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Poland, Scotland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It also reached the top 10 in a number of countries, including Austria, Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden, and Switzerland. A remix with Daddy Yankee and the original solo version of "Havana" was later released on November 12, 2017, prior to the release of Camila. On September 21, 2018, Cabello released a live version of the song featuring her solo performance. The live version of the song was later nominated by Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance. The official music video, directed by Dave Meyers, starring Cabello, Noah Centineo, Lele Pons, Marco Delvecchio, Young Thug and LeJuan James, was released on October 24, 2017 and was awarded by MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year.
"Never Be the Same" was announced as the album's second single; it was released for digital download on December 7, 2017, and for radio airplay on January 9, 2018. It entered the top 10 in some countries such as Australia, Ireland and United Kingdom, and peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100. The official music video, directed by Grant Singer, was released on March 8, 2018.
"Consequences" was announced as the album's third and final single; it has impacted contemporary hit radio on October 9, 2018. On the same day, an orchestral version was released digitally, and later, it has impacted hot adult contemporary radio on October 22, 2018. A music video directed by Dave Meyers, was released on October 10, 2018. It featured an appearance by Dylan Sprouse. In the video, Cabello and Sprouse run around, kiss and make music together. Cabello walks around a park while reminiscing about the couple's relationship.
Originally, "OMG" featuring American rapper Quavo, together with "Havana", were released as promotional singles on August 3, 2017. Like "Crying in the Club" and "I Have Questions", "OMG" with Quavo was also omitted from the final album track listing.
"Real Friends" served as the only official promotional single for the album due to "I Have Questions" and "OMG" being scrapped from the final track listing. Cabello released the songs "Real Friends" and "Never Be the Same" on December 7, accompanying the pre-order for the album. An alternative version of the song featuring American musician Swae Lee was released on August 16, 2018.
|The Daily Telegraph|||
Camila received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 78 based on 12 reviews. Several British publications that reviewed the album a few days before its official release, responded positively to the album as well as Cabello's vocals and songwriting. Kate Solomon from Metro UK perceived the singer's "shaken off the bombastic R&B favored by the 5H crew in favor of a short, sweet album of fairly understated Latin pop and classic pop ballads."The Times Will Hodgkinson also pointed out that instead of filled with "high-octave pop bangers", the singer has gone the other way, using sparse production techniques to frame songs about love and longing. Nick Levine of the NME deemed the album a "strong and surprisingly confident first impression." For The Guardians editor Alexis Petridis, Camila is one of those moments where "the committee approach strikes gold: smart enough to avoid smoothing out the quirks and slavishly chasing trends," he also considered it as a "a product of the pop factory that doesn't sound run-of-the-mill." Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly was as positive as Levine and Petridis, giving the album a B+ she felt it as an "intimate project" where Cabello's voice shines over Latin-influenced songs and powerful ballads. She further commented: "Cabello's voice isn't especially distinctive, but it's instinctually pretty: effortless and warm, with an edge of morning-after rasp."
Patrick Ryan of USA Today complimented the music which the album was built on, labeling it a "vibrant blend of sounds and styles, bolstered by a reliable stable of hit songwriters and producers." Although he also felt that Cabello's over-reliance on AutoTune is "unnecessary" given the strength of her TV and acoustic performances.Sam Lansky of Time magazine stated Cabello proves she has the "chops to stand alone in the spotlight." As did Lansky, Newsday writer Glenn Gamboa believed that with Camila, she proves that she is a forced to be "reckoned with and ready to be one of 2018's breakout stars."Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone and Matt Collar from AllMusic gave Camila three and a half stars out of a possible five. Sheffield and Collar expressed a similar sentiment: Camila is a personal statement, a "produced set of romantic pop, punctuated by several rhythmically infectious Latin-influenced tracks informed by her Cuban-Mexican heritage."
Mike Nied from Idolator found the album an "authentic and cohesive work", and acclaimed the singer's performance for "blending her distinctive brand of folksy pop with a Latin flair" and "delivering an impressive body of work." Similar to other critics, Taylor Weatherby of Billboard noted its "radio-friendly" tracks, but also highlighted the most personal songs, saying "something that should certainly be recognized is Cabello's relentless vulnerability as she sings about the woes of both romantic and friendly relationships." Concluding his review, he opined: "As a girl who got her start as one of five, Cabello has vocally, lyrically and impressively established that she was always meant to be simply Camila." In his article for the website Stereogum, Chris DeVille was positive, noting the tracks range from the most "Latin-tinged club tracks" like "Havana" and "She Loves Control" to "wistful" piano ballads like "Consequences" and "Something's Gotta Give". In a mixed review for The Observer, Kitty Empire noted the album's "processed sound" "achieves cohesion, despite the many production hands on deck." She further added, "the raunchy come-hithers you assume have been dropped in late in the day can be as boring and samey as piano ballads. But here, Cabello acquitted herself well as an R&B vixen." Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph commented, "a few songs convey a charming honesty and vulnerability, perhaps a relic of the album's original themes." However, he argued, "there remains a gulf between the craft of commercial pop and the artistry of confessional songwriting, and there is not much doubt about which has been prioritized on Camila."
|Billboard||The 50 Best Albums of 2018||
|City Pages||Every #1 album from 2018, ranked||
|Entertainment Weekly||The 20 Best Albums of 2018||
|PopCrush||The 20 Best Albums of 2018||N/A|
|Refinery29||The 10 Best Albums of 2018||
|Rolling Stone||The 50 Best Albums of 2018||
|The 20 Best Pop Albums of 2018||
|The Independent||The 40 Best Albums of 2018||
|Time||The 10 Best Albums of 2018||
|Uproxx||The 50 Best Albums of 2018||
|2018||LOS40 Music Awards||International Album of the Year||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||Album of 2018||Nominated|
|2019||Grammy Awards||Best Pop Vocal Album||Nominated|
|Juno Awards||International Album of the Year||Nominated|
Camila debuted at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart, behind The Greatest Showman soundtrack with first week sales of 21,561 units. Cabello previously reached the number 6 position with her former girl group Fifth Harmony. In its second week the album fell to number 6 in the UK.
In the United States, Camila debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 earning 119,000 album-equivalent units, with 65,000 coming from pure album sales. Cabello became the youngest artist to top the chart with a debut set since Shawn Mendes's 2015 debut Handwritten. She was the first female artist to debut with a full-length album in three years since Meghan Trainor's Title and the first female artist to have her debut album debut at the top of the Billboard 200 since Ariana Grande's debut album Yours Truly. Cabello also joined a list of female artists who have achieved a number-one solo album after reaching the chart with groups, alongside Gwen Stefani (No Doubt), Beyoncé and LeToya (Destiny's Child), Lauryn Hill (Fugees), Patti LaBelle (Labelle), Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), Diana Ross (The Supremes) and Janis Joplin (Big Brother and the Holding Company). Cabello topped the Billboard 200, Hot 100 (with "Havana"), and the Artist 100 charts in the same week, being the first female artist to do so since Adele in 2015 and the first overall since Kendrick Lamar in May 2017. In its second week, Camila dropped from 1 to 4 with 43,000 units sold; and in the third week, to number 7 with 37,000 units.
As of December 2018, Camila has sold over 955,000 album-equivalent units in the US, with over 162,000 being pure sales.
|Tour by Camila Cabello|
|Start date||April 9, 2018|
|End date||March 5, 2019|
|No. of shows|
|Attendance||24,287 (5 shows)|
|Box office||$1,276,679 (5 shows)|
|Camila Cabello concert chronology|
On February 14, 2018, Cabello announced the Never Be the Same Tour, her first as a solo artist, through her Instagram account. Within a day after the general sale started, every date had sold out. The tour began on April 9, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada at the Orpheum Theatre and continued until March 5, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Cabello also performed songs from the album as the opening act on Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour. A portion of the singer's proceeds from sales of VIP packages were donated to the Children's Health Fund.
|Leg 1 -- North America|
|April 9, 2018||Vancouver||Canada||Orpheum Theatre||Bazzi||N/A||N/A|
|April 10, 2018||Seattle||United States||Paramount Theatre|
|April 11, 2018||Portland||Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall|
|April 13, 2018||Oakland||Fox Oakland Theatre||2,828 / 2,828||$118,415|
|April 14, 2018||Los Angeles||Hollywood Palladium||N/A||N/A|
|April 15, 2018|
|April 18, 2018||Denver||Paramount Theatre||Loote|
|April 20, 2018||Minneapolis||State Theatre||Bazzi|
|April 21, 2018[a]||Milwaukee||Riverside Theater||N/A|
|April 22, 2018||Chicago||Riviera Theatre||Bazzi||2,540 / 2,540||$97,790|
|April 24, 2018||St. Louis||The Pageant||N/A||N/A|
|April 25, 2018||Detroit||The Fillmore Detroit|
|April 27, 2018||Toronto||Canada||Sony Centre|
|April 28, 2018||Montreal||M Telus||2,196 / 2,196||$80,223|
|April 29, 2018||Boston||United States||Orpheum Theatre||N/A||N/A|
|May 1, 2018||Philadelphia||The Fillmore Philadelphia|
|May 4, 2018||New York City||Terminal 5|
|Leg 2 -- Europe|
|June 5, 2018||Glasgow||Scotland||O2 Academy Glasgow||Drax Project||N/A||N/A|
|June 6, 2018||Birmingham||England||O2 Academy Birmingham|
|June 12, 2018||London||O2 Academy Brixton|
|June 13, 2018||Amsterdam||Netherlands||AFAS Live|
|June 18, 2018||Berlin||Germany||Tempodrom|
|June 20, 2018||Paris||France||Salle Pleyel|
|June 26, 2018||Barcelona||Spain||Saint Jordi Club|
|June 27, 2018||Madrid||WiZink Center|
|Leg 3 -- North America|
|July 30, 2018[b]||Atlantic City||United States||Borgata Casino||Alec Benjamin||N/A||N/A|
|July 31, 2018[c]||Uncasville||Mohegan Sun Arena||5,839 / 6,139||$258,281|
|Leg 4 -- Latin America|
|September 24, 2018||Mexico City||Mexico||Palacio de los Deportes||Mau y Ricky||10,884 / 10,918||$721,970|
|September 25, 2018||Guadalajara||Auditorio Telmex||N/A||N/A|
|September 27, 2018||Monterrey||Auditorio Citibanamex|
|October 11, 2018[d]||Porto Alegre||Brazil||Pepsi on Stage||N/A|
|October 13, 2018[d]||Uberlândia||Ginásio Municipal Tancredo Neves|
|October 14, 2018[d]||São Paulo||Allianz Parque|
|October 16, 2018[d]||Curitiba||Pedreira Paulo Leminski|
|October 18, 2018||Santiago||Chile||Movistar Arena||Denise Rosenthal|
|October 20, 2018||Buenos Aires||Argentina||DirecTV Arena||Lali|
|October 23, 2018||San Juan||Puerto Rico||Coliseo de Puerto Rico||Raquel Sofia|
|Leg 5 -- North America|
|February 6, 2019||Los Angeles||United States||Orpheum Theatre||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Leg 6 -- Western Asia|
|February 15, 2019[e]||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||Dubai Media City Amphitheatre||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Leg 7 -- North America|
|March 5, 2019[f]||Houston||United States||NRG Stadium||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Total||24,287 / 24,621
|1.||"Never Be the Same"||3:46|
|2.||"All These Years"||2:44|
|3.||"She Loves Control"||2:57|
|4.||"Havana" (featuring Young Thug)||3:37|
|8.||"Something's Gotta Give"||3:56|
|9.||"In The Dark"||3:39|
|11.||"Never Be the Same" (radio edit)||3:47|
|Target bonus track|
|12.||"Havana" (remix) (with Daddy Yankee)||3:19|
|Japan limited pressing bonus track|
|13.||"I Have Questions"||3:42|
Credits adapted from the liner notes of Camila.
Performers and musicians
Design and management
|Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)||Diamond||160,000*|
|Canada (Music Canada)||2× Platinum||160,000^|
|Denmark (IFPI Denmark)||Gold||10,000^|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||15,000^|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Platinum||20,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone