Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello recently released her third solo album in five years. The record, titled Familia, follows up 2018’s Camila and 2019’s Romance, two Platinum-selling albums buoyed by #1 hits ‘Havana’ and ‘Señorita,’ respectively.
Inspired by the time the Cuban-American Cabello spent with her family during COVID quarantine, Familia is a full-fledged Latin pop album, embracing tropical rhythms and featuring plenty of Spanish lyrics.
Normani might be my favorite former member of Fifth Harmony to watch, but Camila Cabello is the one I most like to hear.
Her 2018 debut album, Camila, was a real gem, featuring the hit ‘Havana’ and a bunch of mellow pop songs that never got the radio play they deserved. Her follow-up, 2019’s Romance, didn’t live up to its predecessor but nevertheless suggested she wouldn’t be a one-hit wonder.
In its 20th week on the Billboard Hot 100, ‘Señorita’ by Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes actually moved up a spot this week to #3. This thing is a juggernaut.
When ‘Señorita’ first came out, along with rumors that its co-leads were dating, it was viewed by many as the latest edition in the “Shawn Mendes isn’t gay” PR campaign. Mendes has been dogged by those rumors since he emerged and has toed the awkward line of dismissing them as “hurtful” while insisting, in true Seinfeld fashion, that there isn’t anything wrong with that.
I’m back from my family’s trip to Italy, battling jet lag and trying to get a couple of posts in the can on deadline.
One day on our trip, we rented a car for a day in Tuscany and drove around through some of the world’s most gorgeous scenery from small town to small town. My family all agrees that day was the highlight of our trip (I asked everybody for a top five). Today’s SOTD played during the drive.
The best pop album I’ve heard in 2018 actually came out in 2017. That’s Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut, which is so packed with bangers and bops that it could be a greatest hits collection. That woman is a talent.
The second best 2017 pop album I’ve heard is another debut, Camila by former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello. Best known for #1 hit ‘Havana,’ this is a sultry, introspective album about as far from Cabello’s girl band roots as she could get.