Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello scored her first top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week since leaving the girl group. Her sizzling single "Havana" hit No. 29 on the all-genre tally, Billboard reported on Oct. 9.
Cabello rose to prominence as a member of Fifth Harmony on season 2 of "The X Factor" U.S. Even though the group finished in third place, 5H went on to become the most successful act from the American series. With Camila in the line-up, Fifth Harmony achieved two top 5 albums on Billboard with 2015's Reflection and 2016's 7/27 along with a top 10 hit, 2013's debut EP Better Together. After almost hitting the top 10 of the Hot 100 chart with the No. 12-peaking "Worth It," the quintet finally did it a year later with "Work From Home." Last December, Cabello decided to part ways with her bandmates and go solo.
While in Fifth Harmony Cabello recorded and released music outside of the group, notching her first top 20 hit singing with Shawn Mendes on "I Know What You Did Last Summer." The following year, she reached an all-time chart high with "Bad Things," her Machine Gun Kelly duet that blasted to No. 4. Around the time of that single's success was when Camila departed Fifth Harmony. This year Cabello launched her solo career with "Crying in the Club," a Sia-penned track that stalled at No. 47 on Billboard. When some were ready to write her off, "Havana" is starting to heat up the charts.
Cabello penned "Havana" with featured act Young Thug, Pharrell Williams, pop songwriter Ali Tamposi and Drake collaborator Frank Dukes. Hip-hop beats infused with a Latin flavor back the Cuban-born artist longing for her hometown while recounting a summer's end romance. "And my papa says he got malo in him," she sings. Compared with Cabello's past solo releases, "Havana" feels the most authentic with the 20-year-old embracing her heritage and giving pop radio a dynamic Latina superstar post-"Despacito."
In its eighth week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, "Havana" rockets from No. 44 to No. 29, marking Cabello's third top 40 hit as a solo artist. An official music video will debut soon. Expect the hot single to continue taking Camila to new chart heights. Her debut album, The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving., is due out next year.