Camila is the eponymous debut studio album by Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello. It was released on January 12, 2018, through Epic Records, Syco and Sony Music. Work on the album began in January 2017, following Cabello's departure from the girl group Fifth Harmony. The project was initially announced as The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving. with Cabello's debut solo single "Crying in the Club" intended as the lead single, but was later changed to simply Camila with "Havana" as the proper lead single due to the rising success of the song. The song became an international success, reaching number one in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Poland, Scotland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It also reached the top 10 in a number of countries, including Austria, Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, and Switzerland. Primarily a pop record, the album incorporates elements of Latin music and R&B.Camila was executive-produced by Frank Dukes, with additional work from Skrillex and the Futuristics, among others. Cabello also worked with artists such as Sia Furler, Charli XCX, and Ed Sheeran on tracks that were later scrapped.
Camila has been met with positive reviews from contemporary music critics, most of whom commended the Latin influences and ballads featured. Commercially, it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. "Never Be the Same" was released as a promotional single in December 2017, and was officially serviced for radio airplay the following January as the album's second single, reaching the top 10 in several countries. A remixed version of "Real Friends" featuring rapper Swae Lee was released as in August 2018, followed by an orchestral version of "Consequences" as the album's third and final single in October. Cabello promoted the album through a number of interviews and televised performances, embarked on the Never Be the Same Tour, and served as an opening act on Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour.
Cabello first rose to fame as a member of girl group Fifth Harmony, formed during the second season of The X Factor in 2012. The group came in third place in the competition, and subsequently signed a recording contract with Syco Music and Epic Records. The group rose to prominence with their breakthrough single "Worth It" (2015), and achieved further success with the US top-ten single "Work from Home" (2016). Fifth Harmony released two studio albums with Cabello in the group, both of which earned gold certifications in the United States. Cabello appeared as a lead artist with Canadian singer Shawn Mendes on his single "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (2015), serving as her first release outside of the group. She next collaborated with Machine Gun Kelly on the song "Bad Things" (2016), which went on to become her first top-ten single as a solo artist. Cabello's solo work led to months of media speculation that she would be leaving Fifth Harmony to focus on a solo music career.
In December 2016, it was officially confirmed that Cabello had parted ways with Fifth Harmony. During an interview with Latina magazine, she commented about her choice and future plans, stating "I needed to follow my heart and my artistic vision. I'm grateful for everything we had in Fifth Harmony and for [this new] opportunity, I am less focused on success and more on doing my best and pursuing my artistic vision to the fullest, wherever that takes me." Her departure from the group was likened to Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake, both of whom rose to fame as part of a group before earning highly successful solo careers.