"#Beautiful (feat. Miguel)"

Common Sense Media says

Sexy, soulful track has some bleeped-out profanity.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Sweet and playful lyrics confess that appearance is important, but also that "your mind is f--king beautiful."

Positive role models

Mariah and Miguel keep it mostly clean, although they do like it when "you run red lights."

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

The lyrics are definitively lustful, including references to tight jeans, feeling "undressable," and an "ass like that," but that's as graphic as it gets. The music video is somewhat tasteful, but features plenty of footage of Mariah's gyrating body in skimpy outfits.

Language

A few curse words, which include "f--king" and "ass," are bleeped out on the radio-friendly version.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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Kids say

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?

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"#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?

Music details

Artist:Mariah Carey
Release date:May 7, 2013
Type:Single
Label:Island Def Jam
Genre:R&B/Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Educator and Parent Written byJared Galczynski May 21, 2014
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Actually, Common Sense Media...

It's beautiful...Oh no, it's really beautiful...
Parent Written bylorak8 June 12, 2013
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Hidden meaning

The songwriter said in an interview that the reason for the hashtag at the beginning of the song title is to replace the f-word. I'm tired of all the profanity in music. Money is the only thing that speaks in this world, so I'm not supporting it.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written bytelelah June 6, 2013
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I LOVEEE MARIAH CAREY !!

OMG I LOVE MARIAH CAREY !! im 15 and i know all her songs and lyrics !! i love her because she is a positive role model in todays soceity her music isnt sexual and innappropriate like todays music there are part of the song which suggest there are swearing by miguel but mariah squeals over them in a lovely tone .. and its a catchy tone
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