Camila Cabello's Solo Career: Everything She's Achieved Since Leaving Fifth Harmony One Year Ago

Dennis Leupold 
Camila Cabello

Evolution of artistry and reinvention of self are two qualities that separates good artists from great ones. Such can be said of pop crooner and former member of Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello. She first spread her wings by teaming up with Shawn Mendes on her own for 2015's hit "I Know What You Did Last Summer," then followed that up the following year by hopping on "Bad Things" with Ohio rapper Machine Gun Kelly, which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 this year (chart dated Feb. 11). 

But Cabello is no stranger to such mass success. Fifth Harmony appeared countless times on the charts, also reaching the No. 4 spot on the Hot 100 with the Ty Dolla $ign-featuring "Work From Home." Yet, as her first two solo collaborations indicated, Cabello was ready to break off and do her own thing -- and much to the shock of 5H fans around the world, departed from the group on this day exactly one year ago, Dec. 18, 2016.

Since then, Cabello's career has gone into hyper-speed, seeing her reach No. 2 on the Hot 100 and earn her first No. 1 Pop Songs hit with "Havana," taking her on the road with Bruno Mars, and setting her up for her first solo album to kick off 2018. While Fifth Harmony fans may still feel a little bit of a burn from Cabello's abrupt exit last year, in 2017 she's more than proved her worth as a solo artist.

Whether she was delivering buzzing hits, covering magazines, or helping soundtrack some of the year's biggest films, take a look at all that Cabello has accomplished since embarking on her own musical venture.

DEC. 18, 2016: Fifth Harmony announces Cabello's departure from the group (much to Cabello's surprise).

The Latin singer's exit came as a surprise of sorts. The news came in the form of an post from the Fifth Harmony Twitter account. The announcement, signed by the other four members, stated, "After 4 and a half years of being together, we have been informed via her representatives that Camila has decided to leave Fifth Harmony. We wish her well." Cabello responded to the statement the next day. In a post form her Instagram account, the singer explained that bits of the statement were untrue, including that she informed the group through her representatives that she was leaving.

"I was shocked to read the statement the Fifth Harmony account posted without my knowing" she said, "Just like the other girls about their plans, I also had planned to continue with my own solo endeavors, "also saying, "I did not wish to end things with Fifth Harmony this way. I wish nothing but the best for them."

FEB. 25, 2017: Covers Billboard magazine and drops an in-depth interview.

The singer opened up about life after the group, and what she had planned for the upcoming year in music. Cabello's pressure to succeed as a solo female artist after leaving a group were magnified by the fact that it isn't an ordinary feat, only done by pop music icon Beyonce. “The easiest route would be to shut my mouth, sing the songs, wear the clothes and keep going," she said. "We were at the peak of our career. It’s not the safe option.”

MAR. 1, 2017: Features in soundtrack for Fate Of The Furious

Cabello jumped on "Hey Ma," a lavish, bouncy tune with J. Balvin & Pitbull which made it onto the explosive soundtrack for The Fate Of The Furious, the eighth installment in the Fast film franchise. 

MAR. 11, 2017: Performs "Bad Things" with Machine Gun Kelly at Kids Choice Awards 2017.

Although she'd performed "I Know What You Did Last Summer" with Shawn Mendes while she was still in Fifth Harmony, this performance marked her first since she officially left the group.

MAY 7, 2017: Performs "Hey Ma" with Pitbull and J Balvin for MTV Movie + Video Awards 2017. 

MAY 19, 2017: Releases her debut solo single, "Crying In The Club," and video.

Cabello enlisted Sia to help her come out of the gates with a bang.

MAY 21, 2017: Releases "I Have Questions."

​Cabello was quick to follow up her first solo track with a slower, impassioned song that was not an official single.

 

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MAY 21, 2017: Performs solo at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

The dynamic performance -- her first completely solo -- showed the world all that she has to offer when completely on her own.

MAY 31, 2017: Performs on Britain's Got Talent.

 

OMG IM THE LAST AVATAR AIRBENDER ON #BGT

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JUN. 1, 2017: Features on Major Lazer's "Know No Better," which also includes Travis Scott and Quavo​.

JUN. 18, 2017: Wins best international artist and performs "I Have Questions" and "Crying in the Club" medley at 2017 MMVAs.

Her first award as a solo artist.

JUN. 22, 2017: Appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for Hashtags: #SummerSongs.

JUL. 20, 2017: Begins her trek as opening act for Bruno Mars' on 24K Magic Tour.

AUG. 3, 2017: Releases second solo single, "Havana" featuring Young Thug.

 

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AUG. 21, 2017: Performs at Billboard Hot 100 Fest.

Amid her time on the road with Bruno Mars, Cabello delivered the live debut of "I Have Questions" in her only festival performance of the summer.

 
 

that was magic. thank you so much @billboard for having us at #Hot100fest. --@shervinfoto

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SEPT. 25, 2017: Appears The Tonight Show Starring Fallon again, this time as an official guest.

She got to sit down with Jimmy to talk Taylor Swift's Halloween party and performed a rendition of "Havana" that now has more than 18 million views.

SEPT. 29, 2017: Performs on the Today show.

OCT. 10, 2017: Sings Carpool Karaoke with Joe Jonas.

OCT. 16, 2017: Stars in GUESS holiday campaign

OCT. 22, 2017: Performs at BBC Radio1 Teen Awards 2017.

OCT. 24, 2017: Releases film-like, Telenovela-inspired music video for "Havana."

OCT. 25, 2017: "Havana" reaches No. 1 on iTunes Worldwide chart (and she freaks out about it).

NOV. 10, 2017: "Havana" reaches No. 1 on U.K. Singles Chart.

NOV. 10, 2017: Performs at LOS40 Music Awards in Madrid.

NOV. 12, 2017: Releases "Havana (Remix)" featuring Daddy Yankee.

 

#HAVANAtheREMIX with @daddyyankee out now -- link in bio

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NOV. 12, 2017: Wins 'Best Pop' Award and Performs at MTV's European Music Awards in London, U.K.

NOV. 27, 2017: "Havana" hits No. 1 on Pop Songs Chart.

While it was the first time she topped the chart as a lead artist, it was her second time as a soloist after hitting No. 1 with "Bad Things" earlier in the year.

NOV. 30, 2017: Performs "Havana" and Wins Breakthrough Artist Award at 2017 Billboard Women In Music Awards.

DEC. 5, 2017: Announces debut solo album Camila.

After making a name for a project, releasing singles, scrapping the name, and pushing back the release, Cabello took to Twitter on a December morning to finally share some good news with her fans. In a post dedicated to her "Camilizers," the singer announced her debut solo effort Camila, slated for release on January 12.

DEC. 7, 2017: Releases two new songs, "Real Friends" and "Never Be The Same" 

 

NEVER BE THE SAME. ------ tomorrow, 8 am EST #CAMILAtomorrow

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REAL FRIENDS. tomorrow, 8 am EST #CAMILAtomorrow (cover art drawings by my little sister --)

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DEC. 8, 2017: Performs at Z100's Jingle Ball.

The performance was part of the 12-city trek on which she performed at all but one and her first solo appearance at Madison Square Garden -- the first since performing with Fifth Harmony the year prior -- where she live debuted "Never Be the Same."

Dec. 14, 2017: Releases Grey collaboration "Crown" from Bright soundtrack. 

With just a few weeks to go until the arrival of Camila, there's surely more where this list of achievements comes from in Cabello's second year on her own.