Welcome to the second week of VH1’s Battle of the Summer Jams. Over the next few months, we’ll determine the best songs of summer with your help. Each week two singles will battle it out and it’s up to you to decide which one reigns supreme. Last week it was the battle of the Pharrells. With 52 percent of the vote, “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk took home the first round. This week we are putting the hashtag songs to the test. That’s right, “#Beautiful” by Mariah Carey and Miguel is going up against “#ThatPower” by Will.I.Am and Justin Bieber.
Mariah Carey and Miguel, “#Beautiful”
After fighting with Nicki Minaj for a season on American Idol, Carey’s claws are out and she’s ready to reclaim summer. She’s back with a sultry R&B jam that marks a pleasant return to late nineties Mariah that fans love. Here Miguel isn’t breaking anyone’s neck and he vibes well with the songstress.
Will.I.Am and Justin Bieber, “#ThatPower”
The former Black Eyed Peas frontman is determined to have a successful solo career. After his first few tries flopped, he’s found a formula that pairs his techno/hip-hop sounds with popular hook singers, such as a British Britney Spears and, here, Biebz. The song sounds like the BEP’s later stuff but is less tedious without Fergie’s wails.
Time to vote!
Check back next week for the winner and the battle of the Disney starlets’ comeback singles.