Consequences (song)

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Consequences (orchestra).jpg
Orchestral version artwork
Single by Camila Cabello
from the album Camila
ReleasedOctober 9, 2018 (2018-10-09)[1][2]
StudioWindmark Studios
(Santa Monica, California)
Length2:58 (original version)[3]
3:01 (orchestral version)[2]
Camila Cabello singles chronology
"Real Friends"
Music video
"Consequences" on YouTube

"Consequences" is a song recorded by Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello for her debut solo studio album, Camila (2018). It was written by Cabello, Amy Wadge, Nicolle Galyon and Emily Weisband, and produced by Bart Schoudel. "Consequences" is a piano-led ballad. Lyrically, it is about the impact of a partner that was in Cabello's life. The singer teased its single release by sending packages to fans on October 3, 2018.[6] Both versions of this song was released as the album's third and final single on October 9, 2018. On the same day, the original version was sent to US contemporary hit radio[1] and the orchestral version was released digitally.[2] The orchestral version also impacted contemporary hit radio on October 16, 2018[7] and hot adult contemporary radio on October 22, 2018.[8] A music video for the orchestral version, directed by Dave Meyers, was released on October 10, 2018. A vertical video was also released, showing the singer singing in front of an orchestra.[9] The song was performed on Good Morning America and the American Music Awards of 2018.


"Consequences" is a piano-led ballad. Lyrically, it is about the impact of a partner that was in her life.[10][11] Sam Lansky of Time cited the song as a "heartfelt" track both lyrically and musically while applauding its "pretty-ballad" songwriting for showcasing Cabello's voice.[12]

The song is performed in the key of C major in 3
with a tempo of 105 beats per minute. Cabello's vocals span from G3 to A5.[13][14]


Critical response[edit]

Alexis Petridis of The Guardian portrayed, "The piano ballad Consequences is an unexpected triumph: eschewing the usual melodramatics, Cabello’s vocal is controlled, delicate and affecting, while the accompaniment vaguely recalls – of all things – Asleep by the Smiths."[15] Writing for The Guardian, Kitty Empire opined the track, "Consequences exhibits greater-than-average originality. 'Lost a little weight because I wasn’t eating,' croons Cabello; 'loving you had consequences'."[16] Dennis Leupold of Rolling Stone expressed, "this girl definitely puts more of her heart into the emo. Cabello has a real flair for melancholy piano break-up ballads, as in 'Consequences,' where she ponders the high price of love: 'Dirty tissues, trust issues.'"[17] Jamieson Cox of Pitchfork stated that "The overwrought one-two punch of 'Consequences'—which sounds a little like her attempt at something like Rihanna’s 'Stay'"[18] Sam Lansky of Time applauded its "pretty-ballad" songwriting for showcasing Cabello's voice while citing the song as a "heartfelt" track both lyrically and musically.[12] Nick Levine of NME penned, "Stripped-down piano ballad ‘Consequences’ feels even more candid: she tells a former partner that 'loving you was dumb and dark and cheap,' and says she 'lost a little weight because I wasn’t eating.'"[19]


Year Organization Award Result Ref.
2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Lyric Pending

Music videos[edit]

A music video for the orchestral version, directed by Dave Meyers, was released on October 10, 2018.[21][22][23] It featured an appearance by Dylan Sprouse.[24] In the video, Cabello and Sprouse run around, kiss and make music together.[25] Cabello walks around a park while reminiscing about the couple's relationship.[26]

A vertical video was released on November 13, 2018 on her official Vevo account.[27] The video was previously a Spotify exclusive, released on October 30.[28][29] The black-and-white video features Cabello singing in front of an orchestra in a studio, and as she writes and records the tune in the studio.[9]

Live performances[edit]

The song was performed at Le Rico Show sur NRJ, Good Morning America and the American Music Awards of 2018.[30][31][32][33][34] It also appeared on the setlist for Cabello's Never Be the Same Tour and when she opened for Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour.

The Voice's cover[edit]

Lynnea Moorer performed this song on Fifteenth season of The Voice (U.S.), where she was a contestant during the third week.[35][36] Cabello praised Lynnea Moorer's "powerful" cover of "Consequences" on The Voice, accompanied by a piano, cello and violin, Billboard calling it "enchanting".[37]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Camila.[4]





Chart (2018–19) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[38] 21
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[39] 1
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[40] 75
Ireland (IRMA)[41] 52
New Zealand Hot Singles (Recorded Music NZ)[42] 16
Greece Digital Singles (IFPI)[43] 85
Portugal (AFP)[44] 60
US Billboard Hot 100[45] 51
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[46] 15
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[47] 14


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[48] Gold 40,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

List of release dates, showing region, format(s), version(s), label(s) and reference(s)
Region Date Format(s) Version(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States October 9, 2018 Contemporary hit radio Original Epic [1]
Various Orchestra [2]
United States October 16, 2018 Contemporary hit radio Epic [7]
October 22, 2018 Hot adult contemporary [8]


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  2. ^ a b c d "Consequences (orchestra) - Single by Camila Cabello". iTunes Store. US: Epic Records / Syco Music. October 9, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "Consequences". Spotify. US: Epic Records / Syco Music. 2018-01-12.
  4. ^ a b Camila (CD). Camila Cabello. US: Epic Records / Syco Music. 2018. 88985472222.
  5. ^ a b "Consequences (orchestra) / Camila Cabello – TIDAL". TIDAL. Epic Records / Syco Music. October 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Bowenbank, Starr (October 3, 2018). "Camila Cabello Hints at 'Consequences' Music Video by Sending Mysterious Packages to Fans". Billboard.
  7. ^ a b "Consequences (Orchestral version) – Top 40/M Future Releases". All Access Media Group. United States. October 16, 2018. Archived from the original on October 10, 2018. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Consequences (Orchestral version) – Hot/Modern/AC Future Releases". All Access Media Group. United States. October 22, 2018. Archived from the original on October 14, 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Aniftos, Rania (October 3, 2018). "Camila Cabello Releases Vertical Video for 'Consequences (Orchestra)' on Spotify". Billboard.
  10. ^ Davies, Howel (January 3, 2018). "Camila Cabello takes moral high ground in self-titled debut album following Fifth Harmony exit". The Sun.
  11. ^ Collar, Matt (January 12, 2018). "Camila – Camila Cabello". AllMusic. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
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  13. ^ Cabello, Camila; Galyon, Nicolle; Weisband, Emily; Wadge, Amy (January 16, 2018). "Consequences". Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  14. ^ "Key & BPM for Consequences - orchestra by Camila Cabello | Tunebat". Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  15. ^ Petridis, Alexis (January 11, 2018). "Camila Cabello: Camila review – Havana hitmaker makes breakups look easy". The Guardian. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  16. ^ Empire, Kitty (January 14, 2018). "Camila Cabello: Camila review – tuneful and unexpectedly nuanced". The Observer. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  17. ^ Sheffield, Rob (January 12, 2018). "Review: Camila Cabello Eschews Bangers on Personal, Low-Key Solo Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  18. ^ Cox, Jamieson (January 17, 2018). "Camila Cabello: Camila Album Review | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  19. ^ Levine, Nick (January 8, 2018). "Camila Cabello – 'Camila' Review". NME. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  20. ^ Fields, Taylor (January 9, 2019). "iHeartRadio Music Award Nominations 2019: Complete List". iHeartRadio. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  21. ^ Barbour, Shannon (October 11, 2018). "Stop What You're Doing and Watch Camila Cabello Make Out with Dylan Sprouse's Ghost". Cosmopolitan.
  22. ^ Emmanuele, Julia (October 11, 2018). "Camila Cabello's 'Consequences' Music Video Marks Dylan Sprouse's Dreamy Return To The Small Screen". Bustle.
  23. ^ Bajgrowicz, Brooke (October 10, 2018). "Camila Cabello Mourns Lost Love in Orchestral 'Consequences' Video Featuring Dylan Sprouse". Billboard.
  24. ^ Davies-Day, Rachel (October 11, 2018). "Camila Cabello Makes Out With Dylan Sprouse In Her Consequences Video". MTV.
  25. ^ Wass, Mike (October 10, 2018). "Camila Cabello Nurses A Broken Heart In 'Consequences (Orchestra)' Video". Idolator.
  26. ^ Reed, Ryan (October 10, 2018). "Camila Cabello Confronts Phantom Memories in 'Consequences (Orchestra)' Video". Rolling Stone.
  27. ^ "Camila Cabello - Consequences (orchestra - Vertical Video)". YouTube. November 13, 2018.
  28. ^ "'Consequences' [Playlist Video] on Spotify". Spotify. Epic Records / Syco Music. October 3, 2018.
  29. ^ Camila Cabello [@Camila_Cabello] (November 2, 2018). "consequences vertical video is out on @Spotify" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  30. ^ De la Forterie, Sonia (June 20, 2018). "Camila Cabello en live dans le Rico Show!" [Camila Cabello live in the Rico Show!] (in French). Paris: NRJ.
  31. ^ Nied, Mike (July 20, 2018). "Camila Cabello Graced Stopped By 'Good Morning America' To Play Her Biggest Hits". Idolator.
  32. ^ Rishty, David (October 9, 2018). "Camila Cabello Delivers Stunning Performance of 'Consequences' At 2018 AMAs". Billboard.
  33. ^ Billboard Staff (October 10, 2018). "Camila Cabello Owns the Stage at 2018 AMAs With 'Consequences'". Billboard.
  34. ^ Forstadt, Jillian (October 9, 2018). "American Music Awards: Camila Cabello Earns Standing Ovation for 'Consequences' Performance". The Hollywood Reporter.
  35. ^ "Consequences (The Voice Performance) - Single by Lynnea Moorer". iTunes Store. US: Epic Records / Syco Music. Nov 26, 2018.
  36. ^ "Lynnea Moorer: "Consequences"". NBC. The Voice. November 26, 2018.
  37. ^ Lukarcanin, Emina (October 7, 2018). "Camila Cabello Praises Lynnea Moorer's 'Powerful' Cover of 'Consequences' on 'The Voice'". Billboard.
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  39. ^ " – Camila Cabello – Consequences" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  40. ^ "Camila Cabello Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  41. ^ " – Discography Camila Cabello". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  42. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. October 22, 2018. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  43. ^ "Greece Official IFPI Charts Digital Singles Chart: Oct 29, 2018". IFPI Charts. Archived from the original on October 29, 2018. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  44. ^ " – Camila Cabello – Consequences". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
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  46. ^ "Camila Cabello Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
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