Once Upon a Dream (Sleeping Beauty song)

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"Once Upon a Dream"
Song by Mary Costa and Bill Shirley from the album Sleeping Beauty
Released January 29, 1959 (1959-01-29)
Recorded 1959
Length 2:49[citation needed]
Label Walt Disney[citation needed]
Writer Jack Lawrence[citation needed]
Composer Sammy Fain[citation needed]
Producer George Bruns[citation needed]

"Once Upon a Dream" is a song based on Tchaikovsky's homonymous ballet The Sleeping Beauty, more specifically the piece "Grande valse villageoise (a.k.a. The Garland Waltz)", that was written in 1959 for the animated musical fantasy film Sleeping Beauty produced by Walt Disney and based on La Belle au bois dormant by Charles Perrault and based also on Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm.[citation needed] It's the theme of Princess Aurora and Prince Philip and was performed by a chorus as an overture and third-reprise finale. Mary Costa and Bill Shirley, who were cast in the roles of Princess Aurora and Prince Philip, performed the song as a duet.[citation needed] The song was covered by the American girl group No Secrets in 2003 for the two-disc DVD release, and by Emily Osment in 2008 for the Platinum Edition release.[citation needed]

Emily Osment version[edit]

"Once Upon a Dream"
Song by Emily Osment from the album Princess Disneymania
Released September 12, 2008 (2008-09-12)
Genre Pop[citation needed]
Length 3:32[citation needed]
Label Walt Disney[citation needed]

"Once Upon Dream" was sung as a remake by Emily Osment for the Sleeping Beauty 50th Anniversary Platinum Edition. It was released on September 12, 2008 on Disney Channel and also included on the compilation album Princess Disneymania.[1][not in citation given]

Music video[edit]

The music video features one of the 1959 animated musical fantasy film Sleeping Beauty.[citation needed]

Lana Del Rey version[edit]

"Once Upon a Dream"
Single by Lana Del Rey
Released January 26, 2014 (2014-01-26)
Genre Baroque pop, dream pop[citation needed]
Length 3:23[citation needed]
Label Walt Disney[citation needed]
Writer(s) Jack Lawrence
Producer(s) Dan Heath[citation needed]
Lana Del Rey singles chronology
  • "Once Upon a Dream"
  • (2014)

"Once Upon a Dream" was covered by American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey for the dark fantasy film Maleficent (2014), which serves as a prequel to and reimagining of the original Sleeping Beauty (1959). The song was released on January 26, 2014; it was made available as a free digital download during its first week of availability by the Google Play Store.[2] On February 4, the digital download was made available for purchase.[3] Angelina Jolie, who plays the film's lead role, picked Del Rey herself to perform the song.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

The cover received generally positive reception. Forbes called the cover "moody and low-key"[5] while Stereogum described it as "swoony" and "spaced-out".[6] Hypable said the cover was "much darker" than the original and pointed out the "slight radio effect" over Del Rey's and called her performance of the song "haunting":[7] Spin said of the song snippet from the trailer "Smoky vocals, a bewitching come-hither delivery, and delicate piano turn the 1959 fairytale song into a haunting lullaby."[8] Complex remarked that Del Rey's cover had a "somber and sinister" feel in comparison to the original.[9]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
France (SNEP)[10] 122
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 71
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12]
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[13] 5
Canadian Hot 100[14] 79
Spanish Singles Chart[15] 100
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[16] 96
Recorded Music NZ[17] 51


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  2. ^ "Lana Del Rey’s ‘Maleficent’ Track to Debut During Grammys Read more: Lana Del Rey's 'Maleficent' Track to Debut During Grammys - Disney News by Stitch Kingdom StitchKingdom.com - The #1 unofficial source for news on Disney". Stitchkingdom.com. January 23, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Once Upon a Dream". Amazon.com. Retrieved February 4, 2014. [dead link]
  4. ^ Charalambous, Sophia (January 27, 2014). "Lana Del Rey's rendition of Once Upon A Dream for Maleficent premieres at Grammys in 90-second sneak peek trailer". Daily Mail. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ Mendelson, Scott (January 26, 2014). "Lana Del Rey Covers 'Once Upon A Dream' For Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent'". Forbes. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Michael (January 26, 2014). "Lana Del Rey – “Once Upon A Dream”". Stereogum. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ Sims, Andrew (January 26, 2014). "Lana Del Rey’s ‘Once Upon A Dream’ released – listen!". Hypable.com. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ McGovern, Kyle. "Hear Lana Del Rey's Creepy 'Once Upon a Dream' Cover in 'Maleficent' Trailer". Spin. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ X, Dharmic (January 26, 2014). "Listen to Lana Del Rey's Cover of "Once Upon A Dream" as The "Maleficent" Theme Song". Complex. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Lana Del Rey – Once Upon A Dream" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ Lana Del Rey - Chart history | Billboard
  14. ^ http://www.itunescharts.net/can/artists/music/lana-del-rey/songs/once-upon-a-dream/
  15. ^ http://www.itunescharts.net/esp/artists/music/lana-del-rey/songs/once-upon-a-dream/
  16. ^ http://www.ariacharts.com.au/news/46460/chartifacts-tuesday-27th-may-2014
  17. ^ http://www.hot100nz.com/singles/once-upon-a-dream-from-maleficent/