"#Beautiful (feat. Miguel)"
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Motown-esque pop gem is mostly teen- and radio-friendly, though its chorus contains several censored uses of the word "f--king" (much like Cee-Lo Green's "F**k You" and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop"). The lyrics are definitively lustful, including references to tight jeans, feeling "undressable," and an "ass like that." The music video features plenty of footage of Mariah's gyrating body in skimpy outfits.
What's the story?
Perennial pop powerhouse Mariah Carey returns with the first single from her 13th studio album. It's the 30th charting song of her prolific career and features rising star Miguel. The song is about being attracted to someone.
Is it any good?
"#BEAUTIFUL" has a retro feel to it, harkening back to Motown and early soul music. Mariah and Miguel sound fantastic in this duet, neither overshadowing the other, both shining bright through crisp production. The lyrics are catchy and relatable, the vibe is cute and fun -- what's not to like (besides those pesky bleeped-out f-bombs, that is)?
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about profanity in music. How do you feel about the growing acceptance of explicit language in mainstream music? Is it necessarily a bad thing?
Why do you think Mariah Carey has been able to sustain such success for over two decades? How does she stay relevant in an ever-changing musical landscape?
Why would an established star like Mariah Carey collaborate with Miguel, an artist who is still on the way up?