“#Beautiful”—with a hashtag and not to be confused with Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”—marks the return of Mariah Carey and perhaps of RnB. The Miguel-assisted single is soulful and features some gorgeous instrumentation.
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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 Great Gatsby has some serious star power for its new soundtrack, attracting the likes of The Weeknd, Beyoncé, André 3000 and Fergie. But Lana Del Rey’s contribution is probably the most anticipated contribution. Thankfully, she doesn’t disappoint.
Ok, I have a confession: I never really liked Janelle Monae. She’s cool, but I never really understood her music. And seeing her open for both Bruno Mars and Katy Perry—although she did well in both—did not change my mind.
Her new single “Q.U.E.E.N.” might just do the trick. The song, which features Erykah Badu, has an effortless, feel-good swagger. Staying true to her roots, Monae evokes earlier decades in this song—without sounding dated.
When Fergie revealed to the Fashion Police that she has a song in the forthcoming “Great Gatsby” soundtrack, I got excited. Lately Black Eyed Peas has been more unbearable than usual, and Fergie’s solo effort has been pretty solid.
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but Avril Lavigne’s new single, “Here’s To Never Growing Up,” sounds like a familiar song. I hear the song in my head; I just can’t tell what it’s called.
So I’m not gonna lie — I’ve heard of Natalia Kills before but never bothered listening to her stuff, thinking that she’s just part of the generic Euro Trash movement. As it turns out, I’ve been missing out because she’s fantastic.