A Whole New World

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the single from the soundtrack of Aladdin. For the Katie Price and Peter Andre album, see A Whole New World (album).
"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, New York[1]
Genre Pop music
Length 2:40
Label Walt Disney
Writer(s) Tim Rice
Composer(s) Alan Menken
Producer(s) Alan Menken, Tim Rice[2]
"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)
Released November 5, 1992
Format CD, Audio cassette, 7"
Recorded 1992
Length 4:05
Writer(s) Alan Menken (music)
Tim Rice (lyrics)[3]
Producer(s) Walter Afanasieff[4]

"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 Academy Award for Best Original Song as well as the first and 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 single version of the song was previously released that year and was performed by 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 Billboard Hot 100 chart on March 6, 1993,[5] 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.[6][7] The track peaked at number 12 in the UK Singles Chart in 1992.[3] The song is the first and 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).[8][9] The Latin American rendition of the song, "Un Mundo Ideal", by Ricardo Montaner and Michelle received airplay throughout Latin America.[10] This rendition was later included on Montaner's greatest hits album Éxitos y... Algo Más (1993).[11]


Chart (1993) Position
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
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[17] 14
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 1
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 21
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 1

Cover versions[edit]

Live cover performances[edit]

Some notable artists that have covered this song live include:

FanimeCon in San Jose, California.

  • Lea Salonga and Hamilton composer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda sang a cover at the Richard Rogers Theater during a Ham4Ham lottery in 2015.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi_Ocd9IALc
  2. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Alan-Menken-Howard-Ashman-Tim-Rice-Aladdin-Special-Edition-Soundtrack/release/986681
  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. 
  4. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Peabo-Bryson-Regina-Belle-A-Whole-New-World-Aladdins-Theme/release/1423111
  5. ^ "The Hot 100 chart listing for the week of March 06, 1993". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  6. ^ "American certifications – Belle, Regina & Peabo Bryson – A Whole New World". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  7. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard. BPI Communications. 106 (3): 73. January 15, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Passion - Regina Belle". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Through the Fire - Peabo Bryson". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Discos más populares de Latinoamerica". El Siglo de Torreón (in Spanish). 20 August 1993. p. 44. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Éxitos Y... Algo Mas - Peabo Bryson". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle – A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle – A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  14. ^ Canada Top Singles peak
  15. ^ Canada Top Singles peak
  16. ^ "Musicline.de – Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  18. ^ Irish Singles Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved December 15, 2007)
  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle – A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)". Top 40 Singles.
  20. ^ "Peabo Bryson – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Peabo Bryson.
  21. ^ Vaziri, Aidin (2011-05-09). "Pixar's Nick Pitera becomes YouTube singing star". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  22. ^ "At The Movies overview". Allmusic.com. 
  23. ^ "Dave Koz - At The Movies". SmoothViews.com. 
  24. ^ http://www.disney.co.jp/records/edm/