Get used to saying her name now, because Camila Cabello is likely to be the name on everyone’s lips in 2018.
The former Fifth Harmony member — who plays as part of Z100’s Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on Friday — is already hitting the big leagues with her solo career. The Latin-flavored “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, recently hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 (higher than she ever got as part of Fifth Harmony). This week, she released her latest songs “Never Be the Same” and “Real Friends,” and her debut album, “Camila,” is due in January.
But even with such a strong start, the 20-year-old Cuban-American shouldn’t rest on her laurels. As some of these previous examples of group-members-gone-solo show, even wild success in your first group doesn’t always guarantee you a grade-A career.
Former group: Destiny’s Child (1997-2006) They were the coolest girl group of the ’90s and early aughts, but everyone knew Beyoncé was the star. Even when Destiny’s Child was topping the charts with their suave R&B, you could almost see Bey mentally plotting her own career.
Notable Songs: “Jumpin’ Jumpin,’” “Bootylicious”
Solo achievments (2000-present) How long have you got? Aside from racking up countless hits, Bey has also raised the bar for live performances, changed how albums are released with 2013’s “Beyoncé” and 2016’s “Lemonade,” performed at two Super Bowls, and become a one-woman empire.
Notable Songs: “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It),” “Drunk in Love”
Former group: *NSYNC (1995-2002) During the ’90s, *NSYNC practically had a license to print money. But the boy-band life was unsatisfying for Timberlake’s musical tastes, and he had enough untapped talent to forge his own path.
Notable songs: “Bye Bye Bye,” “It’s Gonna Be Me”
Solo achievements (2002-present) Timberlake’s four solo albums to date have produced hits, won awards, and attracted critical love-letters. He’s even been invited back to the Super Bowl halftime show next year, despite the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” of 2004. Nothing sticks to this guy.
Notable songs: “Cry Me a River,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
Former group: The Pussycat Dolls (2003-2010) The group were originally a dance troupe until music execs Jimmy Iovine and Ron Fair helped transform the Dolls into a high-kicking pop sensation. They sold millions, and Scherzinger was at the center of everything.
Notable songs: “Don’t Cha” “Buttons”
Solo achievements (2007-present) Scherzinger has never managed to make her solo career stick in the US. Her first singles in 2007 flopped, but she isn’t hurting too much. The singer is a big deal in the UK, where she is also a judge on the British version of “The X Factor.”
Notable songs: “Right There,” “Don’t Hold Your Breath”
Former group: New Edition (1978-85) As Boston’s answer to the Jackson 5, New Edition owned hearts and charts in the early ’80s. But Brown was the group’s rebel, and he had bigger ambitions for both his music and his lifestyle.
Notable songs: “Candy Girl,” “Cool It Now”
Solo achievements (1986 to present) When Brown went solo, he quickly left the R&B world to become a mainstream star thanks not just to his harder-edged solo sound, but because of his tumultuous relationship with Whitney Houston. Their volatile marriage and his use of drugs and alcohol meant that he gradually became known for all the wrong reasons.
Notable songs: “My Prerogative,” “Humpin’ Around”
Former group: Wilson Phillips (1989-1993) Wilson Phillips’ eponymous debut album was a middle-of-the-road monster, selling more than 10 million copies after its 1990 release. But the group’s second album fared less well, so Carnie and Wendy Wilson formed a duo, and Phillips went her own way.
Notable songs: “Hold On,” “Release Me”
Solo achievements (1995-present) A dancier reinvention did nothing for Phillips, and her debut album “Naked and Sacred” flopped, selling just 22,000 copies, according to Nielsen. The Wilsons struggled almost as badly, and Wilson Phillips caved to the inevitable by getting back together in the early 2000s.
Notable songs: “Naked and Sacred”