Crying in the Club

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"Crying in the Club"
Crying In The Club (Official Single Cover) by Camila Cabello.png
Single by Camila Cabello
B-side "I Have Questions"
Released May 19, 2017 (2017-05-19)
Format
Genre
Length 3:36
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Camila Cabello singles chronology
"Hey Ma"
(2017)
"Crying in the Club"
(2017)
"Know No Better"
(2017)

"Hey Ma"
(2017)
"Crying in the Club"
(2017)
"Know No Better"
(2017)
Music video
"Crying in the Club" on YouTube

"Crying in the Club" is the debut solo single by Cuban-American singer and songwriter Camila Cabello. It was written by Cabello, Sia, and Benny Blanco and produced by Blanco, Happy Perez and Cashmere Cat. A mid-tempo tropical pop and dance track, it was originally released on May 19, 2017 as the lead single from her debut studio album Camila, then titled The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving.

Despite being generally well received from critics, it only managed to attain moderate chart success and thus, was omitted from the album.[1][2] Its music video premiered the same date. It is her first release as a solo artist since her departure from the girl group Fifth Harmony.

Background and release[edit]

Cabello previously collaborated with producers Benny Blanco and Cashmere Cat on the latter's song "Love Incredible", recorded in May 2016. Following Cabello's departure from the girl group Fifth Harmony, and after years of writing in her downtime, she began writing songs in earnest for her debut. In November 2016, during a writing session with Blanco, singer-songwriter Sia conceived the concept for a demo, and both composed the song. After Blanco offered her "Crying in the Club", Cabello rewrote the song's bridge and recorded the track. "It had a message about healing through the power of music," she said later, "That theme was a key part of what I wanted for my album."[3]

The song was released on May 19, 2017 to digital music stores and streaming services, following several music collaborations by Cabello, including "Bad Things" with Machine Gun Kelly–which reached the top 10 on several Billboard charts. "Crying in the Club" was serviced to US contemporary hit radio on May 23, 2017.[4]

Composition and lyrical interpretation[edit]

Benny Blanco (left) and Sia (right) contributed to the songwriting.

"Crying in the Club" is a mid-tempo pop and dance track[5][6] featuring a "subdued" minor-key dance groove[7] and dancehall-inspired beat.[8] Some critics described it as a tropical track.[9] Lyrically, the song contains themes of the healing powers of music and dancing your heartbreak away.[10] The song samples Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle", written by David Frank, Steve Kipner and Pamela Sheyne.[6] The song is written in the key of F♯ minor,[11] with Cabello's vocals spanning from the low note of E3 to the high belted note of F♯5. Sia Furler performed backing vocals for the song.

Critical reception[edit]

Writing for Billboard, Joe Lynch opined the song "demonstrates just enough vocal flair for the former Fifth Harmony star to escape the more generic tropes of top 40,"[5] while in Rolling Stone, Ryan Reed noted Cabello "finds emotional redemption" in the song.[7] Editors from Rap-Up wrote "the song blends island flavors with intense pop sounds, making it a dance-ready soundtrack for optimism."[12] Anna Gaca of Spin described the song as a "dancehall-inspired beat that bears a passing resemblance to Sia's 'Cheap Thrills'."[8] Idolator writer Mike Wass called the song a "moody, mid-tempo bop", and opined, "the 20-year-old followed Sia's demo a little too closely. She's almost unrecognizable and that’s worrying for something trying to establish their independence."[13]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Emil Nava, the song's accompanying music video was released on May 19, 2017. The clip opens in black and white with Cabello standing against a brick wall, dancing through the fog and soaking in a tub as she performs the song "I Have Questions", before transitioning into the song itself with the singer getting loose in a crowded club. The video has received positive reviews.[14] Writing for Billboard, Gil Kaufman related the concept to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.[6] In Rolling Stone, Ryan Reed opined the video "mirrors the song's emotional journey. It opens with black-and-white shots of the singer crying and reclining in a bathtub before exploding with color in the nightclub."[7] As of May 2018, the video has reached 143 million views on YouTube.

Live performances[edit]

Cabello performed the song live for the first time at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on May 21. The singer started her performance by singing "I Have Questions" before transitioning into "Crying in the Club". Wearing sparkly gold attire, Cabello danced amid male backup dancers and drummers as fires burned behind them.[14] The singer also performed the song on Britain's Got Talent on May 31,[9] and at the 2017 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards on June 18.[15] Cabello delivered a "stripped-back" acoustic rendition on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on June 22. Idolator's Mike Wass considered it "her best live performance yet."[16] She also included the song as a part of her setlist as an opening act on tour with Bruno Mars.

Track listings and formats[edit]

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."Crying in the Club"3:36
7-inch single
No.TitleLength
1."Crying in the Club"3:36
2."I Have Questions"3:42

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[49] Platinum 70,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[50] Platinum 40,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[51] Platinum 80,000^
Germany (BVMI)[52] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[53] Gold 25,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[54] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[55] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various May 19, 2017 Digital download [56]
United States May 23, 2017 Contemporary hit radio Epic [4]
Rhythmic contemporary [57]
July 14, 2017 7-inch single [58][59]

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