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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 (1992-10-31)
GenreShow tune
Length2:40 (soundtrack version)
LabelWalt Disney
Composer(s)Alan Menken
Lyricist(s)Tim Rice
  • Menken
  • Rice
  • Chris Montan

"A Whole New World" is the signature song from Disney's 1992 animated feature film Aladdin, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice.[1] 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[2][3] and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 50th Golden Globe Awards.[4] "A Whole New World" also won the Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards, becoming the first and so far only Disney song to win in the former category.[5][6] In the same year, the version sung by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle was also nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, winning the latter.[5][6][7]

Zayn Malik and Zhavia Ward did their version of the song for the live action version of Aladdin (2019). The music video featuring Zayn Malik and Zhavia Ward was directed by Philip Andelman, photographed by David Devlin and supported the successful release of the 2019 live action feature film Aladdin directed by Guy Ritchie.

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, Passion & Through the Fire
B-side"After the Kiss" (instrumental)
ReleasedNovember 5, 1992 (1992-11-05)
  • 4:03 (single and album version)
  • 4:05 (soundtrack version)
Composer(s)Alan Menken
Lyricist(s)Tim Rice[1]
Producer(s)Walter Afanasieff

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".[1] The version peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for a week, ending on March 6, 1993,[9] 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.[10][11] The track peaked at number 12 in the UK Singles Chart in 1993.[12] The song is the first song from a Disney animated film to top the US Billboard Hot 100. It was the only Disney song to achieve this feat until "We Don't Talk About Bruno" from Encanto reached the summit in 2022. The single version was later included on Belle's studio album Passion (1993) and on Bryson's studio album Through the Fire (1994).[13][14]

Critical reception

Alan Jones from Music Week gave the song five out of five. He wrote, "The theme from Aladdin is a huge appealing big ballad duet. A melodic tour de force with wide ranging appeal, it is wisely tipped as the Christmas number one."[15]



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Japan (RIAJ)[40]
digital, Regina Belle & Peabo Bryson version
Gold 100,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[41]
digital, Brad Kane & Lea Salonga version
Gold 100,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[42]
physical, Brad Kane & Lea Salonga version
Platinum 100,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[43]
physical, Regina Belle & Peabo Bryson version
Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[44]
Brad Kane & Lea Salonga version
Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[45] Gold 500,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming 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
B-side"A Whole New World"
Composer(s)Alan Menken
Lyricist(s)Tim Rice[1]
Producer(s)Rey Magtoto
Lea Salonga singles chronology
"Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal"
"A Whole New World"
Jose Mari Chan singles chronology
"A Perfect Christmas"
"A Whole New World"
"Is She Thinking About Me?"

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, coinciding with the Philippine theatrical release of Aladdin on April 30, 1993.[46]

Then-SM Rookies member Jaehyun, who later debuted as a member of boy group NCT and former member Seo Herin performed the song in Disney Channel Korea show Mickey Mouse Club in December 2015.

Other notable cover versions

See also


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