Camila Cabello’s Debut Album Enters At No. 1 On The Billboard 200

Camila Cabello’s career will “Never Be The Same” after stellar first-week album sales!

The numbers are in. Camila Cabello debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week as her first solo album Camila moved 119,000 equivalent album units. 65,000 of that total were traditional album sales.

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Cabello is the first female artist to hit No. 1 with her debut album since Meghan Trainor’s Title entered the charts at the top position on January 31, 2015. At 20 years old, Cabello is also the youngest artist to debut at No. 1 with their first fill-length album since Shawn Mendes debuted at No. 1 with Handwritten in 2015.

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The former Fifth Harmony singer expressed her excitement on Twitter Sunday afternoon with an all-caps tweet that exclaimed, “I’M CRYING ON THE STREET.”

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Cabello explained that she originally wanted to continue working with Fifth Harmony while making songs as a solo artist, but she gave up on that plan when it caused tension in the group. She said, “It became clear that it was not possible to do solo stuff and be in the group at the same time.” Cabello added, “I was just curious and I wanted to learn and I saw all these people around me making music, writing songs, and being so free. I just wanted to do that and it did not work.”

Cabello also joins an exclusive club of female performers who initially reached the Billboard 200 as part of a group, and then later hit No. 1 with a solo album. Cabello was formerly a member of the all-female vocal group Fifth Harmony, which claimed three top 10s while Cabello was in the group. Cabello departed Fifth Harmony in December of 2016.

Cabello follows Gwen Stefani (No Doubt), Beyoncé and LeToya (both of Destiny’s Child), Lauryn Hill (Fugees), Patti LaBelle (Labelle), Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), Linda Ronstadt (The Stone Poneys), Diana Ross (The Supremes) and Janis Joplin (Big Brother and the Holding Company). (Honorary mention goes to Selena Gomez, who notched three albums first with Selena Gomez & The Scene, before going totally solo with the No. 1 album Stars Dance in 2013.)

 

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