Three days after Mariah Carey unveiled “#Beautiful,” her Twitter trend-friendly duet with Miguel, the pop superstar debuted its flirtatious music video on Thursday night’s episode of “American Idol.”
The Joseph Kahn-directed clip essentially features two set pieces, the first of which draws upon the song’s opening line (“Hop on the back of my bike”) and find the R&B crooners sharing a motorcycle before Carey commandeers the vehicle for herself in a sunny field. The second sequence showcases Miguel seated in a red Porsche, beaming as he watches Carey gyrate in a short yellow dress, the glow from the headlights providing a makeshift spotlight for the singer.
As reported on Tuesday, “#Beautiful” is off to a strong start at radio and on a sales front, and is expected to lead Carey’s 13th studio album, due out this summer on Island Def Jam. The follow-up to 2009’s “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel” will feature production from The-Dream, Jermaine Dupri and Mike WiLL Made-It, among others; Carey and Miguel produced and wrote “#Beautiful” by themselves.
Although “#Beautiful” did not register on this week’s Hot 100, its likely debut next week will expand Carey’s impressive track record on the chart. The singer has tallied 44 Hot 100 entries — 27 of which have reached the Top 10.