I got the announcement last week that we would be getting a brand new Mariah Carey song this morning. If you made me bet on whether or not it I thought it would be a good song, I probably would have put my money on NO. Nothing personal against her of course, I enjoyed many many Mariah tunes back in the 90s. It's just that lately her songs haven't really brought anything new or interesting to the table. Her last two "first singles" from new CD's were 2009's "Obsessed," and "Touch My Body" from the previous year. While both of these songs were theoretically "hits," as in, they peaked in the Top 10 at the time, good look hearing either of those songs on the radio today, just a few years later. They have long since been demoted to the annals of pop music history.
That brings us to today, and my NO vote. Did I mention the song has a hashtag in the title? Well, it does. Something else it has is Miguel. Technically the song "features" Miguel, but listening to the song, it feels more appropriate like it should be listed as Miguel featuring Mariah, seeing that she doesn't really come in until the 2nd verse, well over a minute into the song. From the first few licks of the guitar in the beginning, you know this isn't going to be any ordinary Mariah Carey song. It has a bluesy feel to it. They talk about hopping on a motorcycle and speeding down the road. Sounds like summer fun to me. One more thing that occured to me is how this is yet another iteration of this year's surprisingly popular boy/girl duets. But unlike Rihanna & Mikky Ekko and Pink & Nate Ruess' chart topping duets, Mariah & Miguel are sexy and playful in their song. Yes, you could say that of Ariana Grande & Mac Miller's "The Way," but #Beautiful is more grown up, more real. You can almost see them on their bike zooming past you down the road.
At the end of the day, Mariah and Miguel needed each other, on a professional level of course. Miguel puts instant credibility with the younger set on a Mariah track, whereas Miguel, who certainly does have a growing number of fans, and has had good looks in recent months on SNL and The Grammys, still hasn't had that one hit to familiarize his name with the masses. This will be that song. I for one am excited to hear it many, many times on The End this spring and summer. In my opinion, this is the best song Mariah has put out in over a decade, another contribution to what is shaping up to be one of the best summers for music in a while. Thank you Mariah Carey for proving me wrong!