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. [3]

Contents

Single version

"A Whole New World"
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
Format
Recorded1992
Genre
Length4:05
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Walter Afanasieff [5]

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, [6] replacing Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You", which had spent a then-record 14 weeks at the top of the chart. It went gold and sold 600,000 copies domestically. [7] [8] The track peaked at number 12 in the UK Singles Chart in 1993. [9] 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). [10] [11]

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (1993–1994)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [12] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) [13] 14
Canada Top Singles ( RPM ) [14] 6
Canada Adult Contemporary ( RPM ) [15] 1
Germany (Official German Charts) [16] 70
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40) [17] 2
Ireland (IRMA) [18] 11
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) [19] 18
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [20] 14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [21] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [9] 12
US Billboard Hot 100 [22] 1
US Adult Contemporary ( Billboard ) [23] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs ( Billboard ) [24] 21
US Mainstream Top 40 ( Billboard ) [25] 1
US Rhythmic ( Billboard ) [26] 18

Year-end charts

Chart (1993)Position
Australia (ARIA) [27] 50
Canada Top Singles (RPM) [28] 56
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) [29] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [30] 37
US Billboard Hot 100 [31] 18

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA) [32] Gold500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

International versions

When the movie was first released in 1992, it numbered complexively 22 versions worldwide in 20 languages. Over the years, this number has increased to 40 official versions, to which some unofficial versions have been added by local TV stations and studios in their local languages: namely Albanian, Arabic (TV version), Crimean Tatar, Kannada, Persian, Serbian, Slovak (TV version) and Tagalog. [33] [34]

Sami Aarva  [ fi ] and Ulla Renko  [ fi ] (together with the whole Finnish cast) were prized as the best foreign version, [35] 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. [36]

Cover versions

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