Listen to Camila Cabello's Original Demo for The Chainsmokers' "Closer"
The Chainsmokers’ smash hit, “Closer” just wouldn’t be the same if the song’s featured vocalist was anyone other than Halsey, but in order to achieve that level of vocal distinction on the song, it seems that The Chainsmokers solicited several demos from female artists other than Halsey to be sure of their choice.
What appears to be Camila Cabello’s early demo for “Closer”—back when the song was in its developmental stages—surfaced yesterday on Twitter, courtesy of “Pop Crave,” an account that shared a ten-second video of Cabello’s unmistakable vocals. Rumors have since swirled regarding the demo, with some listeners asserting that Cabello’s take didn’t come to fruition given contract obligations to Fifth Harmony, the girl group from which Cabello recently split. Others have proposed that the producers scrapped Cabello’s demo for favor of Halsey’s, and indeed, the video warrants the acknowledgement that Halsey’s vocals were just a better fit for the single.
Preview Cabello’s demo below.