Ah, poor Mariah Carey. The former American Idol judge is back with yet another single.
Here are the pop singles that stood out in the crowd this unforgettable year:
23. “Same Love” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert
Hip-hop isn’t exactly known as the most gay-friendly musical genre—which makes the success of “Same Love” even more significant this year.
After getting a moderate summer hit with “#Beautiful” and then not releasing an album, Mariah Carey is back with “The Art of Letting Go.” The ballad isn’t quite as catchy or as fresh as her last single with Miguel, but there’s something about “The Art of Letting Go” that is very Mariah circa late 90s. In short: I love it.
“#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.
More info via Billboard.com:
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.