A Whole New World

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"A Whole New World"
Song by Brad Kane and Lea Salonga
from the album Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
ReleasedOctober 31, 1992
Recorded
Genre Pop
Length2:40
Label Walt Disney
Composer(s) Alan Menken
Lyricist(s) Tim Rice
Producer(s)

"A Whole New World" is a song from Disney's 1992 animated feature film Aladdin, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. [3] A duet originally recorded by singers Brad Kane and Lea Salonga in their respective roles as the singing voices of the main characters Aladdin and Jasmine, the ballad serves as both the film's love and theme song. Lyrically, "A Whole New World" describes Aladdin showing the confined princess a life of freedom and the pair's acknowledgment of their love for each other while riding on a magic carpet. The song garnered an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 65th Academy Awards. [4] "A Whole New World" also won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards, the first and so far only Disney song to win in the category for the version sung by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. Zayn Malik and Zhavia Ward did their version of the song for the Aladdin (2019 film)

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International versions

When the movie was first released in 1992, it numbered 22 versions worldwide in 20 languages overall. Over the years, this number has increased to 40 official versions. [5] [6] Aladdin was the first movie to be dubbed into Icelandic, Tamil and Telugu; Disney was so satisfied with the Icelandic dubbing that they sent a letter to Stúdíó Eitt, the Icelandic dubbing company that took over the job, stating they had never seen such a good result for a first dubbing of their movies. [7] [8] [9] Indian singers Mano and Annupamaa sang for Aladdin and Jasmine respectively both in the Tamil and Telugu versions, while Mano also sang the Genie's songs. [10]

Sami Aarva  [ fi ] and Ulla Renko  [ fi ] (together with the whole Finnish cast) were prized as the best foreign version, [11] while Joël Legendre  [ fr ]'s Aladdin (Canadian French) was so appreciated by Disney USA that in 1997 he was asked to come back as Hercules. [12]

  Highlighted versions were released later than 1992

2019 live-action version

Libanese-Palestinian singer Hiba Tawaji recorded the song twice in French: with the Canadian and European lyrics Hiba1.JPG
Libanese-Palestinian singer Hiba Tawaji recorded the song twice in French: with the Canadian and European lyrics

On its theater release in 2019, the live-action remake numbered 39 dubbings worldwide, a number which rose to 40 when an Indonesian version was released the following year, and the song A Whole New World counting as many versions. [13] Even though no Flemish, Serbian or Vietnamese versions of the original movie has ever been released, a dubbing in these languages was made for the live-action nonetheless, while no Arabic, Cantonese or Icelandic dubbings were made for the live-action, despite the existence of such versions for the original movie. [5] [6]

Originally, the two French versions of the animated movie were completely independent, with different casts and lyrics. [14] [15] However, in the live-action, the three main characters were voiced in both versions by the same voice-actors in the songs. This means that, while a few lines were identical in the two versions, most of the songs had to be sung twice by the dubbers, with different lyrics. So, French actor Julien Alluguette  [ fr ] (Aladdin) and Libanese-Palestinian singer Hiba Tawaji (Jasmine) sang the song A Whole New World twice in French, with different lyrics for the Canadian and European French versions, titled "Un nouveau monde" and "Ce rêve bleu" respectively. [16] [17]

  Highlighted versions were released later than 2019
  Highlighted versions were made for the 2019 version

Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle version

"A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)"
A Whole New World Cover.jpg
Single by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
from the album Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
B-side "After the Kiss" (instrumental)
ReleasedNovember 5, 1992
Recorded1992
Genre
Length4:05
Label
Composer(s) Alan Menken
Lyricist(s) Tim Rice [3]
Producer(s) Walter Afanasieff [19]

A single version of the song was released that same year and was performed by American recording artists Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. This version is played over the film's end credits and is referred on the soundtrack as "Aladdin's Theme". [3] The version peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on March 6, 1993, [20] replacing Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You", (which was originally done by Dolly Parton) which had spent a then-record 14 weeks at the top of the chart. It went gold and sold 600,000 copies domestically. [21] [22] The track peaked at number 12 in the UK Singles Chart in 1993. [23] The song is the first and so far only song from a Disney animated film to top the US Billboard Hot 100. The single version was later included on Belle's studio album Passion (1993) and on Bryson's studio album Through the Fire (1994). [24] [25]

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (1992–1994)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [26] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) [27] 14
Canada Top Singles ( RPM ) [28] 6
Canada Adult Contemporary ( RPM ) [29] 1
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) [30] 24
Germany (Official German Charts) [31] 70
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40) [32] 2
Ireland (IRMA) [33] 11
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) [34] 18
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [35] 14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [36] 8
UK Singles (OCC) [23] 12
US Billboard Hot 100 [37] 1
US Adult Contemporary ( Billboard ) [38] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs ( Billboard ) [39] 21
US Mainstream Top 40 ( Billboard ) [40] 1
US Rhythmic ( Billboard ) [41] 18

Year-end charts

Chart (1993)Position
Australia (ARIA) [42] 50
Canada Top Singles (RPM) [43] 56
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) [44] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [45] 37
US Billboard Hot 100 [46] 18
Chart (1994)Position
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40) [47] 34

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA) [48] Gold500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Cover versions

Lea Salonga and Jose Mari Chan version

"A Whole New World"
Single by Lea Salonga and Jose Mari Chan
from the album Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [49]
B-side "A Whole New World"
Released1993
Genre
Length3:56
Label
Composer(s) Alan Menken
Lyricist(s) Tim Rice [3]
Producer(s) Rey Magtoto
Lea Salonga singles chronology
"Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal"
(1992)
"A Whole New World"
(1993)
Jose Mari Chan singles chronology
"A Perfect Christmas"
(1990)
"A Whole New World"
(1993)
"Is She Thinking About Me?"
(1994)

In the Philippines, a version of the song performed by Lea Salonga and Jose Mari Chan, both Filipino recording artists, was released as a single through Bell Films (a subsidiary of Universal Records) in 1993, [50] coinciding with the Philippine theatrical release of Aladdin on April 30, 1993. [51]

Other cover versions

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