From Camila, out now on SYCO/Epic.
I’ve been secretly hoping this song would go to #1 since New Year’s Eve when I first heard it “live” on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ’18 with Ryan Seacrest.” Granted, I was loaded, but I just re-watched it on YouTube and I can confirm that my judgment was not impaired. It’s a cool song with a simple piano loop and other natural sounding instrumentation.
The video is pretty funny…the first time. And then you’re like, Do I really have to wait two-and-a-half minutes for the song to start? But whatever. Cabello is charismatic on screen and it’s fun to watch her dance.
“Havana” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated Jan. 27 with 44.9 million U.S. streams and 80,000 downloads sold in the week ending Jan. 18, as well as 131 million in radio audience in the week ending Jan. 21. It displaced Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” duet with Beyonce that sat at the top spot for six weeks. “Havana” has been on the Hot 100 for 23 weeks now, spending seven of those at No. 2.
Her album, Camila, also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, too, with 119,000 equivalent album units, of which 65,000 were in traditional album sales. It’s pretty rare for an artist to top the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 concurrently, so that’s good timing.