Camila Cabello Gets Personal About 'Crying In The Club'
Former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello stoked excitement for the long-awaited release of her debut solo album The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving by dropping "Crying In The Club" on Friday.
The bouncy party song – penned by prolific singer-songwriter Sia – samples Christina Aguilera's 1999 bop "Genie In A Bottle" and is laced with lyrics about letting go and experiencing freedom — a feeling Cabello said she accomplished while working on her own music.
"For me, the club is kind of like a euphemism,” she said during an appearance On Air with Ryan Seacrest. “The lyrics say stuff like, 'Let the music lift you up like you've never been this free, let the music lift you up like you've never been so high.’
“I feel like for me, that was more of what the writing process and what the album making process was saying to me.”
Cabello added: "It's kind of like shaking the pain off, and it has kind of this cathartic intensity to it. I feel like that's what music does for a lot of people. That's what it does for me, and I think that's why dancing and all that stuff helps.”
Before she started work on her new album, Cabello was in a negative space of hopelessness for two years. In an emotional Instagram post she shared earlier this week, Cabello called her album "the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time I was lost to a time when I found myself again.”
Though "Crying In The Club" serves as the lead single, Cabello said the story behind the album starts with the second release, the hotel bathroom-penned "I Have Questions," which is a song that cites a relationship that wiped her out creatively and emotionally for six months.
"Right after that period I stopped writing … I went back [to the studio] and then a coincidence happened where I saw who inspired the song," she explained. "So then I pulled up the lyrics the next day at the session and that's how that song happened.”
Cabello went on to explain how the writing process for the album was therapeutic and allowed her to get in touch with the emotions that brought her to a "rocky point." Through songwriting, she was able to embrace her negative emotions and grieve properly until she found herself in a better headspace.
"It was like my way of dealing with emotions that I didn't even know how to deal with before because it was too much for me to handle," she said. "Basically through this writing process, I felt like for the first time, I was communicating with myself, I was being vulnerable and honest with myself, and through that process, I felt like I just found my sanity again and found myself again.”
Cabello will deliver a debut performance of "Crying In The Club" at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards tonight on CTV.
Original article by Marc Inocencio at iHeartRadio