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Camila Cabello Joins Elite Group of Women to Hit No. 1 Solo on the Billboard 200 After Charting in a Group

Camila Cabello 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.

As previously reported, Camila Cabello debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with her first solo album, Camila. The set — released through SYCO/Epic Records on Jan. 12 — earned 119,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 18, according to Nielsen Music.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Jan. 27-dated chart (where Camila debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

With Cabello’s arrival at No. 1, she 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.


Here’s a look at the ladies who hit No. 1 after previously scoring chart success with a group.

Gwen Stefani
Stefani notched her first solo No. 1 album in 2016 with her third solo studio effort, This Is What the Truth Feels Like (April 9, 2016-dated chart). Her first solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., was released in 2004, years after her band No Doubt had made a name for itself on the chart. No Doubt first dented the chart on Jan. 20, 1996, when its Tragic Kingdom album arrived at No. 175. The set would eventually climb to No. 1 that December, and the band would follow with five more charting efforts most recently 2012’s No. 3-peaking Push and Shove.

LeToya’s self-titled album opened atop the list dated Aug. 12, 2006 — a little over five years after she departed the pop/R&B vocal group Destiny’s Child. While LeToya was a member of Destiny’s Child, the group scored a pair of charting albums: Destiny’s Child (No. 67 in 1998) and The Writing’s on the Wall (No. 5 in 2000).

Another member of Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, stormed out of the gate in 2003 with her debut solo studio set, Dangerously in Love. The album — led by the smash single “Crazy In Love,” featuring JAY-Z — debuted at No. 1, and Beyoncé has since followed it with five more chart-topping efforts. (By the time Dangerously in Love was released, Beyoncé’s time with Destiny’s Child had yielded five charting albums for the group, including its first No. 1, 2001’s Survivor.)

Lauryn Hill
Before Hill debuted at No. 1 with her first solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Sept. 12, 1998), she was a member of Fugees, who claimed two entries on the list, including the No. 1 The Score (1996).

Patti LaBelle
The R&B diva notched her first (and so far only) solo No. 1 with The Winner in You on the July 19, 1986-dated list. Before she released her self-titled debut album in 1977, her trio Labelle scored three charting sets: Nightbirds (No. 7 in 1974), Phoenix (No. 44 in 1975) and Chameleon (No. 94 in 1976). (Labelle originally started as the Bluebelles, then morphed into Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles.)

Stevie Nicks
Nicks started her solo career with a bang — reaching No. 1 with her first album, Bella Donna, on the Sept. 5, 1981-dated Billboard 200. Before that, Fleetwood Mac (which Nicks joined in 1974) notched three albums with Nicks in the group: a self-titled album (No. 1 in 1976), Rumours (No. 1 in 1977), and Tusk (No. 3 in 1979).


Linda Ronstadt
Before Linda Ronstadt hit No. 1 as a soloist (with Heart Like a Wheel in 1975), she had dented the chart as a member of the Stone Poneys. The trio reached No. 100 in 1968 with the album Evergreen, Vol. 2.

Diana Ross
Ross topped the list as a solo act for the first time with 1973’s Lady Sings the Blues (the soundtrack to the film of the same name, starring Ross). Before that, as a member of the Supremes (and later Diana Ross & the Supremes), the group claimed a trio of chart-toppers between 1966 and 1969.

Janis Joplin
The rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, with Joplin as its lead singer, hit the chart twice: with its 1967 self-titled set (reaching No. 60) and its hugely successful follow-up, Cheap Thrills (No. 1 for eight weeks in 1968). Joplin departed the group after Cheap Thrills, and released her solo debut in 1969: I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, which reached No. 5 that same year. After Joplin died in 1970, her first posthumous album, Pearl, was released in 1971 and spent nine weeks at No. 1.

Lastly, an 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.