Camila, the pop singer's full-length debut album, dropped at midnight.
Cabello's most recent single, "Havana" has allowed her career to soar as the single has reached top five in several countries including the United States and has also become number one in Australia, Canada, and the UK.
"Havana" also topped the charts in the United Kingdom and Australia and total Spotify streams have surpassed 545 million, while its official music video has exceeded 500 million hits on YouTube and Vevo. In the middle, you still get some encouragingly reflective songs, most notably the acoustic guitar-accompanied "Real Friends", which lets her get just enough woe out of her system about how you can't trust anyone in the music business.
"We get asked all the time if we're getting a fifth member and we wanted to show the world in an artistic way that, hey, the four of us are Fifth Harmony", said Brooke during an interview with Good Morning America. The last song by a solo female artist in a lead role to reach that particular milestone was Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" in 2013.
She added, "I wasn't expecting it, I wasn't prepared for it - especially because at that point I'd moved on from it".
Cabello left in December 2016 and made a decision to follow her heart (which, at the time may or may not have been in Havana), believing that "if anyone wants to explore their individuality, it's not right for people to tell you no". Looking at her from that point of view, the middle-aged biography to come nearly writes itself: "Call Her Miss Cabello".
In an interview with The New York Times published on January 11, 2018, Camila Cabello revealed that she never meant to leave Fifth Harmony - at least, not at first. Working on her solo album has helped her find her own voice as an artist: "I feel like the best way to come up with something new and different is just to be the you-est you possible", she said. "She Loves Control" combining a Latin-tinged reggaeton groove and an irresistible chorus. "And I love Ryan, I love, you know, I've seen Deadpool and, you know, I just love his movies", she said in an interview with KTU airing Friday, January 12.
Amusing thing, though. As she worked on the album a year ago, buoyed by the success of her collaborations "Bad Things" with Machine Gun Kelly and then "Havana" with Young Thug, the questions didn't seem important any more.