As promised, Mariah Carey premiered her new video “#Beautiful” on American Idol tonight. The Miguel-assisted single has a refreshing vibe, and it’s nice to see that the video reflects that.
“#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.
Wow, I actually like Mariah Carey’s new video. A lot.
After the “Triumphant” mess, I was ready to dismiss anything and everything Mariah Carey. Her single “Almost Home” is a surprise though.
The mid-tempo, which was taken from the fantasy adventure film Oz The Great and Powerful, has a strong melody, with Carey showing a lot of vocal control. Surprising!
Mariah Carey’s new single is proving to be a commercial failure, and I really doubt the music video will help.
The boxing-themed video has nice moments showing the new American judge in glamourous get ups, but overall, it lacks a compelling plot and an original (or interesting) concept.
Pop Music News – August 16, 2012
Lots of concert announcements in this edition of Filthy News! Check it out.
- Fresh from her well-received performances at the London 2012 opening and closing ceremonies, Emeli Sandé just announced that she’s coming to Vancouver. Her album Our Version of Events is one of my fave U.K. imports so far this year, so I’m stoked about this announcement! Tickets go on sale August 17.
- Speaking of concerts, Joss Stone is also visiting Vancouver. She’s playing at the Commodore September 27. (via The Georgia Straight)
- B’z – the best selling band of all time in Japan — releases first English album. The self-titled collection includes lead single “Into Free-Dangan-,” a song also featured in the video game Dragon’s Dogma. In support of this album, B’z is kicking off a North American tour, with a Vancouver stop on September 20th at the Orpheum Theatre.
- Mariah Carey’s “Triumphant (Get ‘em)” video will boxing-themed. The song sucks, and I’m not sure the video will save it. (via Toyaz World)
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