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Elton John tips Camila Cabello for big things in 2018

Elton John tips Camila Cabello for big things in 2018

"I'd just say congratulations", the British rock icon shared of what he would say to Camila if they ever met.

Along with taking home the coveted moon man for the best pop video the year thanks to their hit single "Down" featuring Gucci Mane, powerhouse girl group Fifth Harmony threw some serious shade at their former bandmate.

"It definitely hurt my feelings", said the Cuban-born Miami resident, who told the Times the stunt made her cry. "I don't like holding onto the past, especially when it's stuff that, in my opinion, is just petty". Her pitched-up warbling on the otherwise lovely All These Years equates to what singing in a fish bowl might sound like, while a first-rate single might be somewhere in the overproduced Never Be the Same, if only we could decode the frequently indecipherable lyrics. "I wasn't expecting it, I wasn't prepared for it - especially because at that point I'd moved on from it". In a recent interview with The New York Times, newly-minted solo artist Camila Cabello finally spoke out about Fifth Harmony's public diss.

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If there's one qualm to be had with the album, it's Cabello's over-reliance on Auto Tune - a seemingly unnecessary crutch given the strength of her TV and acoustic performances. The Healing. The Loving, but the Times story confirms it was changed so that Cabello could officially wash her hands of 5H drama. As for exactly why did she leave Fifth Harmony, the songstress admitted to the NYT that it was the first song she did without the group, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" along with her BFF Shawn Mendes that started to created tension with her bandmates. It's a savvy enough Latin pastiche to make ideal sense in the "Despacito" age, even if the Cuban-born upstart's ode to her homeland has her sounding less like Celia Cruz than Selena Gomez, the singer she's most primed to compete against.

Camila will be released on January 12. There's a good-natured guilelessness to a lot of "Camila" (and compared with the album Fifth Harmony recently put out, a lack of aggressive sexuality) that kind of makes you believe she's more normal gal than steely careerist.


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