A Whole New World

"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]

"A Whole New World"
Song by Brad Kane and Lea Salonga
from the album Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
ReleasedOctober 31, 1992
LabelWalt Disney
Composer(s)Alan Menken
Lyricist(s)Tim Rice

Single version

"A Whole New World"
Single by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
from the album Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
B-side"After the Kiss" (instrumental)
ReleasedNovember 5, 1992
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]


Weekly charts

Chart (1993–1994) Peak
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


Region CertificationCertified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[32] Gold 500,000^

^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 and Ulla Renko (together with the whole Finnish cast) were prized as the best foreign version,[35] while Joël Legendre's Aladdin (Canadian French) was so appreciated by Disney USA that in 1997 he was asked to come back as Hercules.[36]

Cover versions

  • In 1993, a Latin American rendition of the song, "Un Mundo Ideal", by Ricardo Montaner and Michelle received airplay throughout Latin America.[37] This rendition was later included on Montaner's greatest hits album Éxitos y... Algo Más (1993).[38]
  • In 1993, Jose Mari Chan and Lea Salonga covered their Philippine version of the song.
  • In 2003, LMNT recorded a cover of "A Whole New World", later included on Disneymania 2 in 2004.
  • In 2004, 98 Degrees member Nick Lachey and his ex-wife Jessica Simpson covered the song for the Platinum Edition of "Aladdin". Their version of "A Whole New World" was included on Disneymania 3 in 2005.
  • In 2006, Peter Andre and his wife Katie Price released the album A Whole New World, which included originally private recordings from them. Their version of the song was also released as the album's lead single a month later.
  • In 2007, Pixar employee Nick Pitera uploaded a video to YouTube where he performs both the male and female characters,[39] earning 30 million views by January 2013.
  • In 2014, Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna performed a cover for a commercial promoting Disney's Aulani Hawaiian Resort. The cover was later included as a bonus track on the 2015 album, We Love Disney.
  • In 2014, Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed performed the song as Aladdin and Jasmine in the film's Broadway adaptation.
  • In 2015, Indonesian singer, Husein Alatas and Nowela Auparay performed the song "A Whole New World" in Indonesian for We Love Disney Indonesian album
  • In 2017, D-Metal Stars created a Heavy Metal cover of the song on the album "Metal Disney" featuring Mike Vescera and Rudy Sarzo
  • In 2018, Riff Raff and Jonathan Hay created a hip-hop cover of the song for the album The Hoodlum Ball.[40]
  • Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, as Aladdin and Jasmine respectively, performed the song in Disney's 2019 remake of Aladdin.[41][42]
  • Zayn Malik and Zhavia Ward recorded the end credits version of "A Whole New World" for the soundtrack to the 2019 remake of Aladdin.[43]
  • Malik's English vocals were also used for two English-Spanish versions of the song, "Un mundo ideal". The Spanish parts were sung for the Latin American market by American singer Becky G and for the Spanish market by Spanish singer Aitana.[44][45][46]
  • In 2019, Asian-American singer-songwriter Nadya Sudjaja produced a cover version of the song incorporating eclectic sounds from the Middle-East. The production was led by Ukrainian Music Producer, Oleksiy Shmaniov who also produced Lepaskan, Nadya's rendition of the song Let it Go in Bahasa-Indonesia early 2018.

See also


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