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Camila Cabello’s ‘Havana’ Is IFPI’s Best-Selling Single of 2018, in List Dominated By 2017 Tracks

The Latin-flavored song featuring Young Thug has reached No. 1 on charts in 95 countries -- and catapulted the Cuban-American singer to global pop star status.

More than a year and a half since Camila Cabello released her standout hit “Havana” featuring Young Thug, the Latin-flavored track just keeps raking in wins. Today (March 6), recorded music industry organization IFPI is naming the song the globally best-selling digital single of 2018 — just days after the singer’s 22nd birthday, no less.

Released in August 2017 as the lead single off Cabello’s self-titled debut solo album, the song, which references her Cuban heritage, has since reached No. 1 on charts in 95 countries and catapulted the former Fifth Harmony member to global pop star status. “Havana” became Cabello’s first Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper when it climbed to the summit last January, shortly after it logged the longest run atop Pop Songs for a lead female artist since 2013. Last summer, “Havana” became Spotify’s most-streamed song ever by a solo female artist (with more than 888 million streams at the time), and its telenovela-inspired music video has drawn close to 750 million views to date. 

“’Havana’ truly was the stand-out hit of the year,” says Frances Moore, chief executive of IFPI. “Momentum behind the track continued to build and build at an extraordinary rate as it consistently topped charts and leading playlists. Cabello is a perfect example of an artist who has drawn on her musical roots to produce her own unique sound that is capturing the hearts of fans all over the world.”


To compile its annual Global Digital Singles Chart, the IFPI captures engagement with tracks across audio streaming, video streaming and permanent downloads on a global basis. Drake‘s Scorpion hit “God’s Plan” slides in as the IFPI’s second best-selling single of last year, while Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You” — which took the IFPI chart’s number one slot in 2017 — comes in third. The IFPI recently announced Drake as its global artist of the year for 2018.

Along with “Havana,” this year’s singles list includes several hits from 2017, including Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi‘s smash “Despacito” (notably, the version without Justin Bieber‘s remix assist), and The Chainsmokers‘ collab with Coldplay, “Something Just Like This.” Chinese singer Tia Ray also makes the list.


1. Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug), “Havana”
2. Drake, “God’s Plan”
3. Ed Sheeran, “Shape Of You”
4. Ed Sheeran, “Perfect”
5. Maroon 5 (feat. Cardi B), “Girls Like You”
6. Luis Fonsi (feat. Daddy Yankee), “Despacito”
7. Tia Ray, “Be Apart”
8. The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”
9. Marshmello and Anne-Marie, “FRIENDS”
10. Post Malone (feat. Ty Dolla $ign), “Psycho”