Mariah Carey’s new single, “#Beautiful,” released

With special guest Miguel and a hashtag in the title, the diva finally enters the 2010s VIDEO

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Mariah Carey's new single, "#Beautiful," releasedMariah Carey (Credit: AP/Lionel Cironneau)

With the spotlight on her thanks to her ongoing stint on “American Idol,” Mariah Carey has released what looks like a comeback single — everything from the featured artist, R&B sensation Miguel, to the hashtagged title, “#Beautiful” (that’s not a typo).

Perhaps the very now-ness of it can reboot a career that in recent years hasn’t hit the mid-1990s peaks: 2009′s ballad-heavy “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel” disappointed, a follow-up album called “Angels Advocate” was cancelled. This time next year, Carey may not need “Idol” to have a platform.

Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_

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