Fifth Harmony have had no concord for some months now, and within the time since their “hiatus” (learn: breakup), Normani has emerged as the brand new front-runner to have a solo breakout like Camila Cabello first did a yr earlier when she left the group. But not so quick: Lauren Jauregui has arrived, releasing her debut solo single “Expectations” at present. So, uh, what’s to anticipate? For one, a extra mature path — there are F-bombs! — with a sultry, brooding, black-and-white video to match the track’s moody, dramatic impact. And … a guitar solo? Truly, it’s a mid-tempo half-ballad that sits comfortably someplace between pop and R&B with sufficient wiggle room to name it no matter you need. Expect the sudden!
It’s additionally written totally by Jauregui herself, which the members have instructed since Cabello’s departure was not permitted once they have been in Fifth Harmony. “Once Fifth was over was when the shackles [came off],” Jauregui tells Rolling Stone. “I can’t create after I really feel stifled. That’s simply not in my capability. I have to be happy.” That newfound freedom now means a debut solo album slated for 2019, which she says she began writing again in May after the group’s breakup. Further sudden and fairly the danger for a debut, it gained’t have a single function. She provides to W: “I’m taking this as my first try to be myself. We’re all doing that on a regular basis — it by no means actually stops — however that is me determining me proper now, with no boundaries.”