One Year After "Havana", Camila Cabello Is Shining Brighter Than Ever

One Year After "Havana", Camila Cabello Is Shining Brighter Than Ever

With a #1 album, single, and multiple records under her belt in only a year, the young breakout is on her way to becoming a pop icon.

With a #1 album, single, and multiple records under her belt in only a year, the young breakout is on her way to becoming a pop icon.

Text: Lilly Pace

A year and a half ago, Camila Cabello announced her departure from girl group Fifth Harmony. Despite the criticism, hate, and shady comments she received from her former band members and fans alike, the Cuban-American singer began writing for her debut studio album, determined to show the world the newest chapter of her life. And boy, has it been a great read so far.

This week, Cabello celebrated the anniversary of her first performance as a solo artist at the B96 Pepsi SummerBash – where she debuted her famous single: "Havana".  Through Twitter, she thanked her fans for making her "wildest dreams come true" and reminisced about that day.

Since that first performance, the songstress has been on an emotional journey with many milestones. She released her first album this January, a raw compilation of ballads and jams commemorating her year of both hurting and healing. The self-titled album earned her the distinction of the first debut by a woman to hit Number 1 on Billboard’s 200 albums chart in three years. Shortly after, her catchy tune "Havana" became a global, massive hit. She secured her first number one with the song, where it stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 45 weeks.

Many plays later and after arguably earning the title of the biggest pop song of 2018 (who hasn't heard "Havana" at this point?), the catchy tune became Spotify's most-streamed song by a solo female artist with 888 million streams. Additionally, Cabello's latest single "Never Be The Same" earned her a number one spot on Billboard's Pop Songs and Adult Pop Songs charts, making it her second number one hit in a matter of months.

Despite only performing as a solo artist for a year, Cabello has become incredibly well-known and successful. Between a coveted spot as one of the opening acts on Taylor Swift's Reputation Tour, a tour of her own, and writing her second album, the singer is working hard to prolong this success. Refreshingly, she is nothing but grateful for the incredible accomplishments and experiences she's had so far, frequently interacting with and thanking her fans through both social media and in person. At only 21 years old, the young singer has a bright future ahead of her. With her continued admirable work ethic, sweet attitude, and catchy jams, she is without a doubt on track to becoming the next pop superstar.

Credits: COVER IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHAD MOORE FOR V103

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