STORY OF SONG
This med-temp song is a tribute to Camila’s home country Cuba. In an interview with Wonderland Magazine, Camila talked about the song’s background, she said: “Havana’ is an idea that I had for a song title; a lot of my songs are more dark and emotional. This is more summer, upbeat, it’s very wind-your-waist tempo, if that makes sense. It’s really cool, I did it with Pharrell, it’s like a story of me falling in love with this bad boy from Havana.” Camila did not expect this huge success for the song, in an interview with BBC Radio 1, she said: “Everybody kept telling me it shouldn’t be a single and that it would never work for radio, and they were like ‘Oh, it’s just another song.’ I’ll Never Be the Same, I definitely want it to be a single but Havana was just kind of I just wanted to put out songs because I was on tour with Bruno Mars and so that song just had this organic reaction from fans and it ended up becoming a single.” Pharrell Williams co-wrote ‘Havana’ and Frank Dukes did the Latin-inspired beat. In an interview with Radion Disney, Camila praised Williams’ work, she said: “He’s the nicest person. He’s so incredible and for every artist, producer, and anybody, he is the cream of the crop. He’s just amazing and he probably knows that he has that effect on people, so he makes an effort to make you feel welcome and at home, which I think is really nice.”
Release Date: September 8, 2017
Songwriter/s: Camila Cabello – Brittany Hazzard – Ali Tamposi – Brian Lee – Andrew Watt – Pharrell Williams – Jeffery Lamar Williams – Adam Feeney – Louis Bell
Label: Epic – Syco
Chart Rankings: In the US, the song topped the Mainstream Top 40, peaked at number 7 on the Rhythmic charts and reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Recording Industry Association America (RIAA) certified it Platinum for sales over 1 million copies. In the UK, it topped the Official Charts Company and was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales over 600, 000 copies. ‘Havana’ topped the charts in several countries around the world including Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia and Scotland. It was in the top 10 charts in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The song was certified Double Platinum in Australia and Canada, Platinum in Italy, New Zealand and Sweden, and Gold in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and Spain.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao was 20 years old and Jeffrey Lamar Williams aka Young Thug was 26 years old when they released this song.
Cover Versions: J.Fla – Samantha Harvey – Leroy Sanchez – Alexander Stewart – Meiviary and Azahra – BTS – Andie Case – Madilyn Bailey – Sara’h – Emma Heesters – Mike Watson – Jasmine Clarke – Romy Wave – The Cutkelvins – Reza Darmawangsa – Mariana Nolasco – Alus – Megan Nicole – Other Youtubers covered this song.