She released a teaser trailer for her eagerly-anticipated new single Beautiful last month. And Mariah Carey decided to debut the entire music video during the semi-finals of American Idol on Thursday night, giving viewers an unexpected treat. In true Mariah style, the glossy new video features wind machines, a series of skimpy outfits and a gorgeous co-star, while she shows off her motorcycling skills.
The 43-year-old, who hasn’t released any new material since 2009’s Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel, is seen riding the vintage bike through a field in the first shot. Not wanting to break from tradition, the star writhes around on the machine wearing a tiny pair of leather hotpants and a curve-enhancing criss-cross cropped top. At one point the star can be seen kicking a pair of expensive Christian Louboutin heels off her feet as she mounts the motorbike.
With her hair blowing out behind her, Mariah then rides on the back while Grammy Award-winning R&B musician Miguel, who features on the track, drives through the field. Showing what chemistry there is between the pair, the star sings into her co-star’s ear as they zoom along. Her music collaboration partner – who was named on 2013’s Time 100 Most Influential People In The World as a record producer – can be seen smiling into the side mirror of his car.
The scene then shifts to a barn, where Miguel sits in a red car while Mariah dances for him in a lemon yellow minidress, surrounded by opulent chandeliers. The video is directed Joseph Khan, who has worked with a host of stars such as Kylie Minogue, Maroon 5, Ciara and Nicole Scherzinger. Earlier this year she appeared on the soundtrack for Great and Powerful Oz with her song Almost Home and she has re-jigged her famous Christmas tracks for the festive season. She previously told Billboard her forthcoming album would have ‘more raw ballads than people might expect.’ Producers on the LP include Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, Big Jim Wright, Hit-Boy, The-Dream and Rodney Jerkins