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"Havana" is the lead single and fourth track off Camila Cabello's debut studio album, Camila. It is a collaboration with Young Thug.[1]

It was released on August 3, 2017 as a “Summer Double Feature”. However on August 30, via Twitter, Cabello confirmed the song as the album's second official single, due to its success in the streaming platforms.[2]

The track debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #99 and has charted in nine other countriesincluding Spain and the UK. So far, the highest peak on the Billboard Hot 100, is #2 being currently her highest charting and also her most successful single.

BackgroundEdit

The song is about her heritage and cultural background. Camila was born in Havana, Cuba, and the song title is referring her birthplace. On June 10, 2017, Camila posted a photo on Instagram of herself as a kid with the description: "havana oo na na".[3] The song was first performed at the Pepsi Summerbash on June 24, 2017.[4][5] On July 31, Camila posted a picture on Instagram announcing that "OMG" will be released along with "Havana".[6] On August 1, Camila posted another picture but this time announcing the features of the song ("OMG" ft. Quavo and "Havana" ft. Young Thug).[7] Finally on August 3, 2017, the official audio was released on CamilaCabelloVEVO along with "OMG".

The song also features Pharrell Williams, he recorded the background vocals. On August 30, 2017, after the success in the streaming platforms, Camila announced "Havana" as the second single off Camila.[2]

According to Camila, the song is about her falling in love “with this bad boy from Havana”. It is also an ode to her hometown. Camila was born in Cojímar, a ward – or consejo popular – that belongs to the municipality of La Habana Del Este, which is a district of Havana. Camila immigrated to the US when she was still a kid: "I was almost 7 at the time, born in Havana, Cuba. My papá is puro Mexicano and we lived back and forth between the heat of Havana and the concrete jungle of Mexico City. I didn’t realize it then, but, boy, does it hit me now. I realize how scary it must have been for them." In an interview with 98.7 AMP, Camila stated that Havana was the hardest song to write of the whole album: "It took, like, five months, because we have seven different versions. I have performed a version of it in Chicago for a radio show that I had. And, before the song came out, I re-wrote the pre-chorus. That’s how many different times the song had to be worked on." A no-rap version was released in September 2017. On September 25, 2017, Camila performed that version at The Tonight Show.

Composition Edit

"Havana" is a mid-tempo track that lyrically finds the singer embracing her Cuban heritage. Cabello sings the chorus over Latin-influenced piano riffs and rhythm. Sadie Bell of Billboard interpreted the line "Half of my heart is Havana" as the song chronicling "a romance that found Cabello's heart left down south," while for Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos in the "clubby, smooth" track Cabello falls in love with "a mysterious suitor from East Atlanta," though she has left her heart in her hometown. Young Thug performs a sing-song verse over the "bouncy" piano. Some music publications described the song as "Latin fusion" and pop.

Critical reception Edit

Writing for Billboard, Sadie Bell expressed that the "sexy" track radiates a Latin flare." Similarly, Much's Allison Browsher opined the track "arrives just in time to keep the summer heat going on the radio." Raise Bruner of Time.com wrote that "Havana" "hits a freshly sultry note that we hope to see more of in her September debut album." Peter A. Berry of XXL opined Young Thug's verse "blends with the bouncy piano perfectly."

Commercial performance Edit

In the United Kingdom, "Havana" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 53 on the chart dated August 11, 2017. It rose to number two in its ninth week, behind only Post Malone's "Rockstar" featuring 21 Savage. On November 3, it reached number one, giving Cabello and Young Thug their first UK number-one single. In the United States, the single reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in its twelfth week, becoming Cabello's second top 10 hit as a solo artist.

Live performances Edit

Camila first performed "Havana" at the 2017 B96 Summer Bash, with slightly different lyrics then. She also performed it at the 24K Magic World Tour being an opening act for Bruno Mars.

On August 20, 2017, Camila performed "Havana" at the Billboard Hot 100 Festival along with another songs.

Cabello performed the song for the first time on television on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on September 25, 2017. The same week she performed on The Today Show, where she delivered a message to "all the dreamers" in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. On October 27, Cabello performed the song at the Latin American Music Awards.

Remix version Edit

Camila Cabello, Daddy Yankee - Havana (Remix - Audio)03:21

Camila Cabello, Daddy Yankee - Havana (Remix - Audio)

On October 19, 2017, according to Hits Daily Double, Camila is readying a remix of the track with Daddy Yankee.[8]

On November 11, 2017, Camila posted via Twitter:

"Yooooooooooo... i have
A #HavanaSurprise this is
Not a drill and you will need some
Kleenex because I know
Each of u will be happy when your
Ears hear it 👀"[9]

Then, she tweeted "#HavanaSurprise at Midnight EDT 🇨🇺 + 🇵🇷 = 🦋💕🦋💕" with the flags of Cuba (where she was born) and the flag of Puerto Rico (when Daddy Yankee was born).[10]

Music video Edit

Camila Cabello Havana Music Video Poster

Promotional poster

The official music video was directed by Dave Meyers on October 3, 2017. On October 22, 2017, Camila shared via Twitter the trailer of the music video with the hashtag "#HAVANAtheMOVIE" and also announced that the music video will be released on October 24, 2017.[11]

Starring Edit

  • Camila Cabello – Karla, herself, Camila
  • Lejuan James – Abuelita
  • Lele Pons – Bella
  • Noah Centineo – The Boy
  • Juan
  • Rodrigo
  • Maria
  • The Maid

Trailers Edit

Videos Edit

Gallery Edit

Camila-Cabello-Wiki-Gallery-MainPicture "Half of my heart is in Havana."
To view the Havana gallery, click here.

Lyrics Edit

[Intro: Pharrell Williams]
Hey

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na (ayy)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (ayy, ayy)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na
All of my heart is in Havana (ayy)
There's somethin' 'bout his manners (uh huh)
Havana, ooh na-na (uh)

[Verse 1: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
He didn't walk up with that "how you doin'?" (uh)
(When he came in the room)
He said there’s a lot of girls I can do with (uh)
(But I can't without you)
I knew him forever in a minute (hey)
(That summer night in June)
And papa says he got malo in him (uh)
He got me feelin' like

[Pre-Chorus: Camila Cabello]
Oooh-oooh-ooh, I knew it when I met him
I loved him when I left him
Got me feelin' like
Oooh-oooh-ooh, and then I had to tell him
I had to go, oh na-na-na-na-na

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na (ayy, ayy)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (ayy, ayy)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (uh huh)
All of my heart is in Havana (ayy)
My heart is in Havana (ayy)
Havana, ooh na-na

[Verse 2: Young Thug]
Jeffery
Just graduated, fresh on campus, mmm
Fresh out East Atlanta with no manners, damn
Fresh out East Atlanta
Bump on her bumper like a traffic jam
Hey, I was quick to pay this girl like Uncle Sam (here you go, ayy)
Back it on me, shawty cravin' on me
Get to diggin' on me (on me)
She waited on me (then what?)
Shawty cakin' on me, got the bacon on me (wait up)
This is history in the makin' on me (on me)
Point blank, close range, that B
If it cost a million, that's me (that's me)
I was gettin' mula, man they feel me

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na (ayy, ayy)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (oh, ayy, ayy)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (oh no)
All of my heart is in Havana (ayy)
My heart is in Havana (ayy)
Havana, ooh na-na

[Bridge: Starrah & Camila Cabello]
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (oo-ooh)
Take me back, back, back like
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yeah, babe)
Take me back, back, back like
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yea, yeah)
Take me back, back, back like
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yea, babe)
Take me back, back, back
(Hey, hey)
Oooh-oooh-ooh (hey)
Oooh-oooh-ooh (hey)
Take me back to my Havana...

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (oh, yeah)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (ayy, ayy)
All of my heart is in Havana
My heart is in Havana (ayy)
Havana, ooh na-na

[Outro: Starrah & Camila Cabello & Pharell Williams]
Uh huh
Oh na-na-na
(oh na, yeah)
Oh na-na-na
Oh na-na-na
No, no, no, take me back
Oh na-na-na
Havana, ooh na-na

[Intro: Pharrell Williams]
Hey

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na (ayy)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh na-na (ayy, ayy)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na
Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ayy)
There's somethin' 'bout his manners (uh huh)
Havana, ooh na-na (uh)

[Verse 1: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Él vino a buscarme y ahí lo supe (uh)
(Vi clara su actitud)
Me dijo: "son tantas las que ya tuve" (uh)
(Pero me faltas tú)
No puedo soltarte, no seas tan cruel (hey)
(Desde esa noche azul)
Mi papa me dice que malo es él (uh)
¿Qué más puedo hacer?

[Pre-Chorus: Camila Cabello]
Ooh-ooh-ooh, lo supe en un segundo
Él cambiaría mi mundo
Ya no puedo más
Ooh-ooh-ooh, es que me duele mucho
Decir adiós, oh na-na-na-na-na

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na (ayy)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (ayy, ayy)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na
Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ayy)
My heart is in Havana (ayy)
Havana, ooh na-na

[Verse 2: Daddy Yankee]
D-D-DY
Soy el domador de todas las nena
Mas las muchas corazones
Clava buena sofa de mi sala
Todavia me recuerdo lo que le dije aquella mañana
La primera que quiero como la Havana
Mami que bola, ooh-na-na
'Ta acompañada a cuantas horas, ooh-na-na (sola, sola)
Pero que fácil me descontrola, ooh-na-na
Tu me quemas, vuelves y me enrodas, me enrodas (ah, ah)
Vamos 'pal mambo, suéname el tambor
Para que te reucuerdes de la Havana y el campo
La libertad que gente sabe
Cuando volveras solo Dios sabe
Mami que bola, ooh-na-na
'Ta acompañada a cuantas horas, ooh-na-na (horas, horas)
Pero que fácil me descontrola, ooh-na-na
Tu me quemas, vuelves y me enrodas
Camila va acompañada por un pájaro con las dos alas

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na (ayy, ayy)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh na-na (oh, ayy, ayy)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (oh, no)
Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ayy)
My heart is in Havana (ayy)
Havana, ooh na-na

[Bridge: Starrah, Camila Cabello & Daddy Yankee]
Ooh na-na, oh-na-na-na (oo-ooh)
Vamos pa' la Havana, vamos pa' la Havana
Take me back, back, back like...
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yeah, babe)
Vamos pa' la Havana, vamos pa' la Havana
Take me back, back, back (like...)
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yeah, yeah)
Mucha ropa pa' la playa, mucha ropa pa' la playa
Take me back, back, back like...
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yeah, babe)
D-D-DY, DY, Camila Cabello

[Chorus: Camila Cabello, Pharrell Williams & Daddy Yankee]
Havana, ooh na-na
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh na-na (oh, yeah)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (DY)
Diddy, diddy, diddy, Daddy Yankee, yeah
Oh, but my heart is in Havana
My heart is in Havana (ayy)
Havana, ooh na-na

[Intro: Pharrell Williams]
Hey

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na (ayy)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (ayy, ayy)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na
All of my heart is in Havana (ayy)
There's somethin' 'bout his manners (uh huh)
Havana, ooh na-na (uh)

[Verse 1: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
He didn't walk up with that "how you doin'?" (uh)
(When he came in the room)
He said there’s a lot of girls I can do with (uh)
(But I can't without you)
I knew him forever in a minute (hey)
(That summer night in June)
And papa says he got malo in him (uh)
He got me feelin' like

[Pre-Chorus: Camila Cabello]
Oooh-oooh-ooh, I knew it when I met him
I loved him when I left him
Got me feelin' like
Oooh-oooh-ooh, and then I had to tell him
I had to go, oh na-na-na-na-na

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na (ayy, ayy)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (ayy, ayy)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (uh huh)
All of my heart is in Havana (ayy)
My heart is in Havana (ayy)
Havana, ooh na-na

[Verse 2: Camila Cabello]
I knew I was there when I read the sign
(Welcome to La Yuma)
I knew it was him when he hugged from behind
(It gets me every time)
Now he puts in work, but he's in the streets
(He said, girl, can you ride?)
Now this is the part that my daddy told me
He got me feelin' like

[Pre-Chorus: Camila Cabello]
Oooh-oooh-ooh, I knew it when I met him
I loved him when I left him
Got me feelin' like
Oooh-oooh-ooh, and then I had to tell him
I had to go, oh na-na-na-na-na

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na (ayy, ayy)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (oh, ayy, ayy)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (oh no)
All of my heart is in Havana (ayy)
My heart is in Havana (ayy)
Havana, ooh na-na

[Bridge: Starrah & Camila Cabello]
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (oo-ooh)
Take me back, back, back like
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yeah, babe)
Take me back, back, back like
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yea, yeah)
Take me back, back, back like
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yea, babe)
Take me back, back, back
Take me back to my Havana...

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (oh, yeah)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (ayy, ayy)
All of my heart is in Havana
My heart is in Havana (ayy)
Havana, ooh na-na

[Chorus]
Havana, ooh na-na
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na
All of my heart is in Havana
My heart is in Havana
Havana, ooh na-na

[Verse 1]
He didn't walk up with that "how you doin'?"
(When he came in the room)
He said there’s a lot of girls I can do with
(But I can't without you)
I'm doin' forever in a minute
(That summer night in June)
And papa says he got malo in him
I didn't listen
I know he's the spot (hey)
We're running out of moonlight (hey)
People say that he is hot
So here's your ticket, girl, it's a shot
And I can't make decisions with the stress
Should I say yes? (uh-huh)

[Chorus]
Havana, ooh na-na
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na
All of my heart is in Havana
My heart is in Havana
Havana, ooh na-na

[Instrumental bridge: Pharrell]
Uh-huh
Hey

[Outro]
Havana, ooh-na-na
Da, da, da, da, da, da, da, yeah
Havana, ooh-na-na
Half of my heart is in Havana
My heart is in Havana
Havana, ooh-na-na

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na (ayy)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (ayy, ayy)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na
Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ayy)
There's somethin' 'bout his manners (uh huh)
Havana, ooh na-na (uh)

[Verse 1: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Él vino a buscarme y ahí lo supe (uh)
(Vi clara su actitud)
Me dijo: "son tantas las que ya tuve" (uh)
(Pero me faltas tú)
No puedo soltarte, no seas tan cruel (hey)
(Desde esa noche azul)
Mi papa me dice que malo es él (uh)
¿Qué más puedo hacer?

[Pre-Chorus: Camila Cabello]
Ooh-ooh-ooh, lo supe en un segundo
Él cambiaría mi mundo
Ya no puedo más
Ooh-ooh-ooh, es que me duele mucho
Decir adiós, oh na-na-na-na-na

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na (ayy)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (ayy, ayy)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na
Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ayy)
My heart is in Havana (ayy)
Havana, ooh na-na

[Verse 2: Camila Cabello]
I knew I was there when I read the sign
(Welcome to La Yuma)
I knew it was him when he hugged from behind
(It gets me every time)
He's put in work, but it's in the streets
(He said: "girl, can you ride?")
And this is the part that my daddy told me
He got me feelin' like

[Pre-Chorus: Camila Cabello]
Ooh-ooh-ooh, I knew it when I met him
I loved him when I left him
Got me feelin' like
Ooh-ooh-ooh, and then I had to tell him
I had to go, oh na-na-na-na-na

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na (ayy)
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (ayy, ayy)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na
Oh, but my heart is in Havana (ayy)
My heart is in Havana (ayy)
Havana, ooh na-na

[Bridge: Starrah & Camila Cabello]
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (oo-ooh)
Take me back, back, back like
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yeah, babe)
Take me back, back, back like
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yeah, yeah)
Take me back, back, back like
Ooh na-na, oh na-na-na (yeah, babe)
Take me back, back, back like
Take me back to my Havana...

[Chorus: Camila Cabello & Pharrell Williams]
Havana, ooh na-na
Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na (oh, yeah)
He took me back to East Atlanta, na-na-na (ayy, ayy)
Oh, but my heart is in Havana
My heart is in Havana (ayy)
Havana, ooh na-na

Trivia Edit

  • The song samples "Cinderella", an unreleased song by Camila.
  • "OMG" and "Havana" had their own filters on Facebook.
  • On the music video, when Abuelita talks to Karla and Bella, you can hear a man singing "La Habana oo nana / Mi corazón está en La Habana oo nana".
  • There are 9 versions of the song, including the original version, the solo version, and the Spanish version.
  • In an interview, Camila said that after the rap of Young Thug, she wrote a spanish rap.[12]
  • The music reached +100M Views on October 4, 2017 being the 8th fastest video in history to reach 100M views.[13]
  • For Beats 1, Camila told about work with Pharrell for this song: "[Working with Pharrell] was insane. That was crazy. So I went in with my executive producer Frank Dukes—he’s amazing. … [For] “Havana,” we wrote verses for that like three different times and the last time was with Pharrell. I basically tricked him into doing that ad-lib track for me because, at first he was like, you know, ‘I think it’d be super dope if you did it because you’re a girl and to have those rappy ad-libs in there would be dope,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, why don’t you like sketch them out for me?’ And I just kept all of them in there/ I was like, “Yes!” But, yeah he’s amazing. … When I came in, he played us his album that he’s working on, and just feeding off of that energy is inspiring. … Just the way that he takes obviously artistry super seriously and everything has a purpose, levery lyric has a purpose, every word has a purpose, every ad-lib that he did has a purpose."
  • #HAVANAtheMOVIE became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter when the music video trailer was released.

ReferencesEdit

Camila
January 12, 2018 • TBA • Epic Records, Syco Music, Sony Music
Songs
Released HavanaNever Be The SameReal Friends
Unreleased A Good Reason To GoAll These YearsInside OutInto ItIt's Only NaturalMust Be LoveScar TissueSangria WineThe Boy
Scrapped Crying In The ClubI Have QuestionsOMG
Artists
Camila CabelloYoung Thug
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