After weeks of anticipation and truncated teasers, Mariah Carey and Miguel’s joint single ‘#Beautiful’ was given a worldwide launch on Monday morning (May 6).
After striking a completely different chord with last year’s single “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill, Carey returns to classic soul alongside the 27-year-old throwback crooner, who kicks off the track with lines like “Hop on the back of my bike, let the cool wind blow through your hair.” The creeping guitar line, crackling percussion and simple, gooey center all scream ‘Motown,’ and Carey has smartly teamed with another vocalist who can effectively synthesize that frozen-in-time sound.
Produced and written by Carey and Miguel, “#Beautiful” will lead Carey’s thirteenth studio album, due out this summer on Island Def Jam and featuring production from The-Dream, Jermaine Dupri, Hit-Boy, Rodney Jerkins and Mike WiLL Made-It, among others. Along with “Triumphant,” which may or may not appear on the forthcoming full-length, Carey contributed the new track “Almost Home” to the soundtrack of the film “Oz the Great and Powerful” earlier this year.
The official video for “#Beautiful,” meanwhile, will make its debut on Wednesday night’s episode of “American Idol,” which Carey has been judging for the first time this year. The clip was directed by Joseph Kahn and will be available on VEVO and YouTube immediately following the premiere.
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