A Brand New Day (The Wiz song)

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"A Brand New Day"
Single by Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell and Ted Ross (as The Wiz Stars)
from the album The Wiz: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
A-side "A Brand New Day"
B-side "Liberation Ballet - A Brand New Day"
Released 1979
Format 7"
Recorded 1977
Genre R&B, soul
Length 7:48 (Album Version)
2:40 (Single Edit)
Label MCA
Writer(s) Luther Vandross
Producer(s) Quincy Jones
Tom Bahler
Michael Jackson singles chronology
"You Can't Win"
(1979)
"A Brand New Day"
(1979)
"Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough"
(1979)
Diana Ross singles chronology
"Pops We Love You"
(1978)
"A Brand New Day"
(1979)
"The Boss"
(1979)

"A Brand New Day" (subtitled "Everybody Rejoice") is a song from the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz written by American R&B singer–songwriter Luther Vandross. (In 1976 Vandross recorded a version of the song for his album Luther, on Cotillion records.) In the play, the song is sung to celebrate because Dorothy has killed Evilene, the tyrannical wicked witch of the West. Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow sing the song with the newly freed Winkies, who were ruled and enslaved by Evilene. It was later featured in the 1978 film version, sung by cast members Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, and Ted Ross (credited as The Wiz Stars). Given the all-Black cast of The Wiz, the song's many references to freedom and new possibilities, (especially as sung by African American characters who had just been freed from enslavement) certainly invoked the struggles and history of Blacks in America. In the onscreen version of the song, Nipsey Russell can even be heard exclaiming "Free at last!"—a reference to Civil Rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King. (His impromptu addition to the song is not heard on the soundtrack album version, instead replaced by sung vocals by Diana Ross.)

The film version was released as a single in some continental European countries and peaked at #1 in Belgium and The Netherlands.[1]

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The single release is an edit of the first half of the song, which in its entirety runs 7:49 on the film's soundtrack. It is backed by the second half of the song, which is labeled as "Liberation Ballet - A Brand New Day." The "Liberation Ballet" is primarily instrumental and is composed of uptempo dance music in a variety of styles, with the film's cast and choir cheering and singing "Can you feel the brand new day" throughout the piece.

The song was also featured in the Family Guy episode "Barely Legal."

Charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Belgium (VRT Top 30) 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Halstead, Craig; Chris Cadman (2003). Michael Jackson: The Solo Years. Authors OnLine. ISBN 0-7552-0091-8.