The rumors were true. This Friday, May 19, Camila Cabello’s debut solo single will premiere. She confirmed the news with a triple post on Instagram on Sunday night; where four were the headlines she spit out:
1 - The “first song” from her forthcoming debut solo album will be released on May 19.
2 - The title of her first soloist album is “The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving”.
3 - The second song we’ll hear this era will be “I Have Questions”, which is one of the earliest songs she recorded for the album and which she wrote while touring with Fifth Harmony and which she wrote in a hotel room while she was in a time of “darkness”, “broken”, “lost in time”, and “in pain”. “It was the kind of chapter you never want to read out loud”, says Camila on one of the Instagram posts about this second sound we’ll be hearing called “I Have Questions”. PLEASE DON’T BE ABOUT FIFTH HARMONY! I really hope it’s about something else. Something bad that happened in Camila’s life way in the past and that she just felt like writing about for the first time at that touring with Fifth Harmony time. Because, if “I Have Questions” turns out to be a hate song for Fifth Harmony, you know the WAR will be on.
4 - “The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving” will be divided into “sad” songs and “happy” songs. The sad songs will be about that “dark chapter” Camila mentions in HEADLINE 3 and, and the happy songs will be the songs she commenced to write when she realized she just couldn’t write more sad songs anymore because she had already poured out all what she had in her heart and mind.
the first song from my forthcoming album “the hurting the healing the loving” will come out on 5.19.17.... “the hurting the healing the loving” is the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when i was lost to a time when i found myself again. The story behind the album starts with the second song that you’ll hear called “I have questions” which I started writing in a hotel bathroom on tour a little over a year ago. i was completely broken during that time, i was in the kind of pain that’s uncomfortable to talk about, and it was the kind of chapter you never want to read out loud.... i couldn’t write another song for 6 months because writing meant i had to feel everything, and i wasn’t ready to do that yet. so when i graduated from hotel bathrooms to studios to make my first album, i was making music about everything BUT what i was going through, it was like a secret burning on my tongue and for some reason i could not get myself to say it.......
..... till one day i just could not run anymore. i pulled up the lyrics from the year before, and “I have questions” was written. after that i wrote a sad song everyday, everything i wanted to say, every lyric on my phone, i said everything until i got tired of writing about it. until i was sick of the sad songs!!!!! as i got happier and happier, i realized the songs were getting happier and happier. and i realized i wasn’t making music just to make an album anymore, i was making this music to heal. it wasn’t until i had made enough songs to listen back to and realized i could hear myself coming back through these songs. i didn’t write it with the intention of delivering a message, but i realized the message was in the hurting, the healing, and the loving. i might have thought the hurting was my enemy before, but she became the best listener... i might have thought i was too impatient for the healing, and it did feel like sometimes she was taking forever, but i realized it made me appreciate her so much more when she arrived. and the loving, i wouldn’t have known how beautiful she was if i couldn’t miss her all that time.....
.......to the hurting, thank you for teaching me that even if at night you take me into the deepest depths of the ocean, i will still wake in the morning. to the healing, thank you for the tears. when they finally came, they tasted like God. to the loving, you are even more beautiful than i remember.
PS: By the look of Camila’s little essay, it seems that the lead single will be one of the “happy” songs, i.e: more commercial sounding, and a safe choice for lead single so radio success is guaranteed. And it won’t be until the “second song” “I Have Questions” (not confirmed yet if this will be the official second single or just a “countdown” single) that the “true” soul of the album will be unveiled. HUH. So it’s clear that Camila doesn’t have total control over her project. It’s Epic Records still deciding for her. I bet she would have LOVED to release one of the “sad” songs as her lead single this Friday.
I’m very excited to hear what Camila has in store for us this Friday. I’m sure it’ll be a song that both radios and pop fans will love. Everybody knows first singles are FUNDAMENTAL. She better kick off her first solo era with the right foot (and she won’t have it easy; Selena Gomez and Liam Payne are releasing singles that same day too.)
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