Camila Cabello Lives Up To The Hype With ‘Crying In The Club’

Anytime a member leaves a hugely successful group, there’s risk involved. Backlash from fans, the pressure of commanding a stage solo, a rush to release new music, and proving yourself as an artist all over again can be so overwhelming that the quality of the music is negatively affected. That’s not the case with Camila Cabello.

The former Fifth Harmony member announced she was leaving her group in December, confirming fan speculation that she would be the first member to go solo. Although Cabello has produced two big duets outside of Fifth Harmony with Shawn Mendes and Machine Gun Kelly and later post-Fifth Harmony with Cashmere Cat and Pitbull, going it alone is its own dragon to slay.

Cabello has now dropped her first official solo single with “Crying In The Club” and unequivocally slayed.

Like Justin Timberlake with “Like I Love You” and Beyoncé with “Crazy In Love,” Cabello’s “Crying In The Club” cements the singer as an artist who has her own unique voice and vision.

The track is divided into two parts, a risk for a lead single, but one that pays off. The opening to “Crying In The Club” is the short “I Have Questions,” comprised of Cabello delivering a husky and raw stream of consciousness. Looking for answers to help mend her broken heart, Cabello’s opening reminds us of fellow iHeartRadio MMVA nominee Jessie Reyez, with both young singers able to channel their pain into visceral and compelling performances.

The second half of Cabello’s lead single acts as a response, a rallying cry to her heartbroken half to rise up and dance off the pain. Possibly looking for some magic to rub off, Cabello samples Christina Aguilera’s breakout hit “Genie In A Bottle” in the song’s chorus, a move that will excite fans of late 1990’s pop and act as an education to Cabello’s younger fanbase.

Cabello has now debuted the music video for “Crying In The Club,” which acts as the lead single from her recently announced debut album The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving,.

Cabello starts the video off in an empty loft, exorcising her feelings of lost love in a ball gown and in a bathtub before hitting a smokey club and dancing her heartbreak away. Directed by Emil Nava, who is best known for his many collaborations with Ed Sheeran, the new track was written by Cabello, Benny Blanco, and Sia, with the Australian singer’s trademark baseline thumping throughout the second half of the track.

Just announced this week, Camila Cabello is nominated for Best New International Artist at the 2017 iHeartRadio MMVAs. Check out the rest of the nominees here!