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A Song For Camila

Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao (/kəˈmiːlə kəˈbeɪoʊ/; American Spanish: [kaˈmila kaˈβeʝo]; born March 3, 1997)[1] is a Cuban-born American singer and songwriter.[2] She rose to prominence as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony, which became one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. While in Fifth Harmony, Cabello began to establish herself as a solo artist with the release of the collaborations "I Know What You Did Last Summer" with Shawn Mendes and "Bad Things" with Machine Gun Kelly, the latter reaching number four on the US Billboard Hot 100. She left the group in late 2016.

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Camila Cabello auditioned for the TV talent competition show The X Factor in Greensboro, North Carolina, with Aretha Franklin's "Respect";[15][16] however, her audition was not aired because the series did not get the rights for the song. After elimination during the "bootcamp" portion of the process in Miami, Florida, Cabello was called back to the stage along with other contestants Ally Brooke, Normani, Lauren Jauregui, and Dinah Jane to form the girl group that would later become known as Fifth Harmony.[17] After finishing in third place on the show, they signed a joint deal with Syco Music, owned by Simon Cowell, and Epic Records, L.A. Reid's record label.[18][19]

The group released the EP Better Together (2013) along with the studio albums Reflection (2015) and 7/27 (2016). The latter two generated the singles "Worth It" and "Work from Home", respectively, which reached the top 10 in several international charts.[20] From 2013 through the end of 2016, Cabello performed in various tours with Fifth Harmony.In November 2015, Cabello collaborated with Canadian singer Shawn Mendes on a duet titled "I Know What You Did Last Summer", a song they wrote together.[21][22] The single charted at number 20 in the US and 18 in Canada[23] and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[24] On October 14, 2016, American rapper Machine Gun Kelly released a joint single with Cabello called "Bad Things",[25] which reached a peak of number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.[26] Also that year, Time magazine included Cabello on "The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2016" list.[27]

On January 25, 2017, "Love Incredible", a collaboration with Norwegian DJ Cashmere Cat, leaked online.[33] The official version of the song was released on February 16 and later featured on Cashmere's debut studio album, 9 (2017).[34] Cabello also recorded "Hey Ma" with rappers Pitbull and J Balvin for The Fate of the Furious soundtrack (2017). The Spanish version of the single and its music video were released on March 10, 2017, and the English version was released on April 6.[35][36] The singer was also featured on a collaboration with Major Lazer, Travis Scott and Quavo for the song "Know No Better".[37]

New writing and recording sessions for her album, influenced by the success of her single "Havana" featuring Young Thug, postponed the album's original release date.[44] The single reached number one in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Hungary and the United States.[45] It also spent seven weeks atop the US Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart.[46] The song became Spotify's most-streamed song ever by a solo female artist in June 2018, with over 888 million streams at the time.[47] Titled Camila, her debut album is a pop record containing Latin-influenced songs and ballads.[48] Camila was released on January 12, 2018, and debuted at number one in the United States with 119,000 album-equivalent units, including 65,000 from pure album sales.[49][50] The album was eventually certified platinum in the country.[51] "Real Friends" and "Never Be the Same" were released in the same day on December 7, 2017,[52][53] the latter becoming her third top 10 entry on the Hot 100, peaking at Number 6.[54] "Havana" and "Never Be the Same" made Cabello the first artist to top the Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 airplay charts with the first two singles from a debut studio album.[55] She later won an MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year for "Havana".[56]

In April 2018, Cabello embarked on the Never Be the Same Tour, her first headlining concert tour as a solo artist. She was featured in "Sangria Wine", a song she recorded with Pharrell Williams. Cabello released the song live during the tour.[57] In May 2018, Cabello made a cameo appearance in Maroon 5's music video for "Girls Like You".[58] In the same month, she began performing as the opening act for American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift in her Reputation Stadium Tour in between the European leg of the Never Be the Same Tour.[59][60] She headlined an arena for the first time on July 31, 2018, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.[61] Cabello was featured in the remix version of "Beautiful", a song from American singer Bazzi. The remix was released on August 2.[62] On October 9, 2018, Cabello released the video single "Consequences", having first surprised 12 of her biggest fans in advance with a "Most Amazing Mystery Gift & Personal Letter".[63][64]

On June 21, 2019, Cabello released "Señorita" with Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, along with the music video.[71] The song debuted at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and marked Mendes' and Cabello's second collaboration, following "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (2015).[72][73] In August, "Señorita" climbed to the number one position on the Hot 100, making it Cabello's second single to top the chart.[74] "Señorita" reached Number 1 in over 30 countries. It earned a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.[75] According to the IFPI, "Señorita" was the third best-selling song of 2019 globally[76] and is currently the 9th most streamed song on Spotify, as of November 2021.[77][circular reference] She also recorded the song "South of the Border" with British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and American rapper Cardi B, which was released in July 2019[78] and reached Number 4 on the UK Singles Chart.[79]

In November 2021, Cabello released an Amazon Exclusive of the Bing Crosby song "I'll Be Home for Christmas". It reached Number 2 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100,[101] before peaking at Number 71 on the Billboard Hot 100.[102] It is the highest charting cover version of the song to date on the Hot 100.[103] It also peaked at Number 58 on the Billboard Holiday 100[104] and Number 24 on the UK Singles Chart, marking Cabello's 13th Top 40 hit in the UK.[105] Cabello performed the single at the Michael Bublé's Christmas in the City special on NBC[106] and for PBS' In Performance at The White House: Spirit of the Season.[107] In November 2022, Cabello's "I'll Be Home for Christmas" was released on all streaming platforms.

On February 21, 2022, Cabello announced that her collaboration with Ed Sheeran titled "Bam Bam" would arrive on March 4, 2022.[110] The song was released that day, with a music video accompanying.[111] Cabello debuted the song with a performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on the day of release.[112] Cabello and Sheeran performed "Bam Bam" together for the first time live at the Concert For Ukraine benefit at Resorts World Arena in Birmingham.[113] "Bam Bam" peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Global 200 chart, marking Cabello's highest peak since the charts creation in 2020. It also peaked at 21 on the Billboard Hot 100,[114] and inside the top 10 in Canada and the UK. "Bam Bam" earned a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.[115]

On July 27, 2022 Stromae released a remix of his song "Mon amour" starring Cabello, with an accompanying music video that is a play on shows like Love Island. Cabello provided a verse she recorded in LA and sang in French for the song.[127] In September 2022, Cabello released a collaboration with Camilo,"Ambulancia" is on Camilo's new album De adentro pa afuera.[128] In December 2022, Cabello released her third non-album collaboration of 2022, a remix of "KU LO SA" by Oxlade.[129]

Primarily a R&B and pop singer,[131] Cabello possesses a soprano vocal range.[132][133] She grew up listening to artists such as Alejandro Fernández and Celia Cruz.[134] Her debut studio album is a pop record, influenced by Latin music.[131][135] The album incorporates elements of reggaeton, hip hop, and dancehall[135][136][137] and took inspiration from contemporary Latin artists such as Calle 13 and J Balvin, as well as from the songwriting of Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran.[138] Her sophomore album was inspired by the "big sounds" of the 80s and Queen.[139] She has also cited Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Shakira, Alejandro Sanz, David Bisbal, Alejandro Fernández, Maná, Beyoncé, John Mayer, Demi Lovato and Eminem as influences.[140][141][142][143][144][145]

On April 3, 2017, Cabello performed at Zedd's WELCOME! Fundraising Concert, which raised money for ACLU.[149] Cabello sang to patients at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital on May 8, 2017.[150] In late 2017, she joined Lin-Manuel Miranda and multiple other Latin artists on the song "Almost Like Praying" for Puerto Rico hurricane relief.[151] Cabello also announced she was donating all proceeds of "Havana" to the ACLU for DREAMers.[152]

In March 2022, Cabello performed at the Concert for Ukraine benefit concert. The two-hour benefit show was put on to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee's (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Cabello performed a cover of "Fix You" by Coldplay and her single "Bam Bam", with Ed Sheeran joining her on stage for their first live performance of the song together.[113]

On August 22, 2022, Cabello announced that she had provided vocals and written a song with Hans Zimmer for the documentary series Frozen Planet 2.[170] Cabello called this an 'honour' and the song debuted on August 28, 2022, incorporated in the first trailer for the show.[171] It won the award for Best Song/Score in a Trailer at the 2022 Hollywood Music in Media Awards.[172] 041b061a72


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