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"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] The song is a ballad between the primary characters Aladdin and Jasmine about the new world they are going to discover together while riding on Aladdin's magic carpet. The original version was sung by Brad Kane and Lea Salonga during the film. They also performed the song in their characters at the 65th Academy Awards, where it won an Academy Award for Best Original Song[5] as well as the first and so far only Disney song to win a Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards.[3] In 2014, Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed performed the song as Aladdin and Jasmine in the film's Broadway adaptation.

"A Whole New World"
Song by Brad Kane and Lea Salonga
from the album Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released October 31, 1992
Recorded Early 1992
New York City, NY[1]
Genre Pop music
Length 2:40
Label Walt Disney
Composer(s) Alan Menken
Lyricist(s) Tim Rice
Producer(s) Alan Menken, Tim Rice[2]
"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)
Released November 5, 1992
Format CD, Audio cassette, 7"
Recorded 1992
Length 4:05
Label Walt Disney, Columbia
Songwriter(s) Alan Menken (music)
Tim Rice (lyrics)[3]
Producer(s) Walter Afanasieff[4]

A single version of the song was previously released that year and was performed by American recording artists Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. This version is played in the movie's end credits and is referred on the soundtrack as "Aladdin's Theme".[3] This version peaked at number one on the U.S. 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 1992.[3] The song is the first and so far only song from a Disney animated film to top the 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).[9][10] The Latin American rendition of the song, "Un Mundo Ideal", by Ricardo Montaner and Michelle received airplay throughout Latin America.[11] This rendition was later included on Montaner's greatest hits album Éxitos y... Algo Más (1993).[12]



Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1993) Position
Australia (ARIA)[13] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[14] 14
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[15] 6
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[16] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[17] 70
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[18] 14
Ireland (IRMA)[19] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[20] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[22] 21
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[22] 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[23] 56
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[24] 37

Cover versionsEdit

  • In 2007, Pixar employee Nick Pitera uploaded a video to YouTube where he performs both the male and female characters,[25] 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 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.[26]

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 137. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
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  5. ^ "Best Original Song - The 65th Academy Awards (1993)". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on February 2, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018. 
  6. ^ "The Hot 100 chart listing for the week of March 06, 1993". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  7. ^ "American certifications – Belle, Regina & Peabo Bryson – A Whole New World". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  8. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard. BPI Communications. 106 (3): 73. January 15, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Passion - Regina Belle". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Through the Fire - Peabo Bryson". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Discos más populares de Latinoamerica". El Siglo de Torreón (in Spanish). 20 August 1993. p. 44. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Éxitos Y... Algo Mas - Peabo Bryson". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  13. ^ " – Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle – A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  14. ^ " – Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle – A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  15. ^ Canada Top Singles peak
  16. ^ Canada Top Singles peak
  17. ^ " – Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  19. ^ Irish Singles Chart (Retrieved December 15, 2007)
  20. ^ " – Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle – A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)". Top 40 Singles.
  21. ^ Hot 100 - Billboard, Billboard, March 6, 1993, retrieved February 16, 2018 
  22. ^ a b "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Archived from the original on 2006-11-10. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  23. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1993". RPM. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
  24. ^ "End of Year Charts 1993". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  25. ^ Vaziri, Aidin (2011-05-09). "Pixar's Nick Pitera becomes YouTube singing star". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
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