23 years after the release of her iconic debut, Mariah Carey still excites the masses with new music. That’s virtually unheard of for most veteran acts, especially the 40-plus ones that have experienced a few triumphant missteps (ask Madonna), so it’s rather perplexing, offensive and imbecilic when a less proficient being label such a virtuoso “bitter” and “insecure.”
Granted, after one listen, “#Beautiful,” produced by Carey, Miguel and Happy Perez (“Sure Thing” and “We All Try”), sounds like a Motown-meets-Mumford & Sons amalgam intended for Miguel’s Kaleidoscope Dream. However, like most growers, it takes a few spins to truly appreciate all its #beautiful elements.
Written by Mariah, Miguel, Nathan Perez and Brook Davis, the duo tells a brief but sensual tale of two adventurous lovers. Their voices are so seductive and hypnotizing, you may not realize their starry love story could easily end in tragedy. If it’s thrilling for them to run red lights in the middle of the night on a motorcycle, I’m sure they don’t wear helmets to cushion a nasty fall.
‘Hashtag Beautiful’ expounds upon Mariah’s archetype career. Despite it’s trendy title, the savvy single defies contemporary categorization. In addition to its critical punch, “#Beautiful” will be Carey’s 45th Hot 100 entry, 27 of which have reached top 10.
Put simply, “#Beautiful” is hashtag beautiful and potentially another hashtag one for Mariah. As told by the Queen of Billboard herself, number ones are difficult to get and not everyone has 18 of ‘em like she does.
“#Beautiful” is attached to Mariah’s 14th studio album, and its accompanying video is set to premiere tonight on American Idol. Here’s a lovely gif from the video:
Do you think “#Beautiful” lives up to its title?
[Update] Watch the video here.