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Camila Cabello Says Adios to Epic Records, Joins Interscope After Last Album Sales Disappointed


Camila Cabello is saying ‘adios” to Epic Records after nine years.

Variety reports Cabello is dancing over to Universal Music’s Interscope Records. She started with Epic in 2013 as a member of Fifth Harmony.

But Cabello’s big sales peaked in 2019 when she was dating Shawn Mendes and they had a massive duet hit with “Senorita.” Prior to that, Cabello had her first solo smash with “Havana.” Her 2019 album, riding that crest, was “Romance,” which sold 1.6 million copies.

But this past April. Cabello released a new album, “Familia,” which was a sales disappointment, Total sales so far are just 255,000 copies. The single, “Bam Bam.” however, with Ed Sheeran, sold 1.1 million copies mostly in streaming equivalent. Sheeran is on Atlantic Records, and no one knows what his profit participation is in the deal.

Cabella is certainly not “washed up” at age 25, and she has lots of career ahead of her. But when sales fail, artists look for a change. Maybe she’ll regain her footing at Interscope. Other artists have tried the same thing. John Legend jumped from Columbia to Universal, although that hasn’t worked out. Miley Cyrus left RCA for corporate cousin Columbia, and that also hasn’t been a success. It’s all a crap shoot.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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