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Revisiting Camila Cabello’s “Romance” on it’s one year anniversary

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UNT chapter.

Since taking the solo plunge in 2016, Cabello has churned out multiple hit singles – the most recognizable being “Havana” & “Señorita” (both peaked at #1 on the Billboard 100 chart). Nevertheless, it’s not just Camila’s indisputable ability to deliver catchy hits that makes her an artist who is already defining the next decade of pop music. After delivering a full-blown cinematic experience with her performance of “Living Proof” at the 2019 AMAs, Cabello has become truly inescapable.

Cabello’s sophomore album “Romance” was released on December 6, 2019, and transcends her 2018 self-titled debut, which was littered with forgettable tracks. Her second effort perfectly encapsulates the tumultuous twists and turns of falling in love, covering all the bases from denial and butterflies to lust and obsession, and the “don’t worry dad, I promise he’s a good man” moments. There’s something on the album for every phase of a relationship and each track portrays a carefully crafted story. Cabello manages to curate a piece of work that is relatable but far from basic – and that’s what makes quality pop.

The public needs to overlook her high profile relationship with fellow musician Shawn Mendes and recognize Cabello has earned every ounce of her pop-stardom on her own (in fact, her collab with Mendes serves to be the low point of the album). It’s irrefutable, Cabello is an unstoppable force ushering in the next decade of pop music with a rare authenticity. 

I'm a senior studying digital & print journalism at the University of North Texas.