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Almost two weeks after dropping the music video for “Never Be the Same,” Camila Cabello performed the heartfelt Camila track on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. It’s essential viewing for anyone anxiously anticipating Camila’s January 12 release, as “Never Be the Same” is not only Cabello’s newest single but also apparently indicative of the former Fifth Harmony member’s new sound.
Cabello begins the performance standing beside two silhouetted dancers who we later come to learn are actually reflections of Cabello herself. From there, she launches into the song while a variety of moving images—including two cartoon lovebirds, an orange sunset, and her own face—pop up on the glass wall behind her.
“Never Be the Same” probably won’t be the gigantic hit that “Havana” was and continues to be, but it’s still wildly catchy and shows off Cabello’s impressive vocal range (we urge you to play the Fallon video back and take in that falsetto). And comparing “Never Be the Same” to “Havana” isn’t entirely fair to begin with, as the upbeat homage to Cabello’s Cuban roots has held the number one spot on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart for over seven weeks. In case you were wondering, the last female artist to achieve a seven-week reign before Cabello was Taylor Swift with “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
Cabello spoke to the New York Times earlier this week and talked not only about dropping her first album as a solo artist but also about some of the reasons behind her decision to leave Fifth Harmony at the end of 2016.
Cabello explained that her “I Know What You Did Last Summer” collaboration with Shawn Mendes forced her to decide between going forward with Fifth Harmony and marketing herself as a solo artist earlier than she would have liked. She also admitted that Fifth Harmony’s perceived diss at the MTV Video Music Awards was, indeed, hurtful, despite how innocent the group’s intentions may have been.
But the fact that Cabello decided to change her debut album’s name from The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving to Camila says a lot about the pop singer’s willingness to let go of any lingering Fifth Harmony-centric pettiness and show the world what she can do on her own. We’re into it, and we’re ready for it.