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Camila Cabello Lands Her First No. 1 Hit With ‘Havana’

Camila Cabello lands number one hit

After months of slowly climbing the lower reaches of the Hot 100 and then picking up steam to rocket into the top 10, former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello has finally reached the No. 1 spot on the all-genre tally with her latest solo cut.

“Havana” is the first No. 1 hit of Cabello’s career, including the work she released during her time with Fifth Harmony, which made her a star. As part of that group, she only managed to notch just one top 10 single, “Work From Home,” which peaked at No. 4 in 2016. On her own, she has seen two other tracks break into the region, including her Machine Gun Kelly collaboration “Bad Things,” which also stalled in fourth place, and, of course, “Havana.”

Cabello’s breakout smash on her own (as a lead act, at least) spent almost two months stuck in second place behind Post Malone and 21 Savage’s “Rockstar” and then Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé’s “Perfect” duet, which both took turns controlling the highest position on the Hot 100 for several weeks in a row.

The Cuban-themed tune is also the first No. 1 for featured guest star Young Thug, who contributes a rap verse to the song. While he already has four top 10 albums to his credit, he still only has a single top 10 entry on the Hot 100, and it’s thanks to Cabello.

“Havana” serves as the lead single on Cabello’s debut solo album Camila, which was just released a little over a week ago. The title is currently sitting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, giving Cabello reign over the two most important charts in the U.S., something not seen very often, even when it comes to the biggest names in the business. The fact that fans rushed out to purchase and stream Camila in full (and then likely repeat it several times over) probably helped give “Havana” that extra push it needed to rise one more rung.

Cabello first previewed her new, solo sound with her single “Crying In The Club,”which she unveiled back in May. Despite production and songwriting from some of the most sought-after hitmakers in the business and a massive fan base that was waiting with bated breath to see what she would create, “Crying” only ended up making it to No. 47 on the Hot 100. Follow-up promotional cut “OMG,” which was released at the same time as “Havana,” (the two were original promotional singles) stalled at No. 81. Second proper Camila single “Never Be The Same” also hasn’t yet broken into the Top 40, but if she focuses her attention that way, instead of on “Havana” (it no longer has any higher to climb, after all), that tune could also rise the ranks and become a true smash.


By Hugh McIntyre

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