A Whole New World

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"A Whole New World"
Song by Brad Kane and Lea Salonga
from the album Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
ReleasedOctober 31, 1992
RecordedEarly 1992
New York City, NY[1]
GenrePop music
LabelWalt 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)
ReleasedNovember 5, 1992
FormatCD, Audio cassette, 7"
LabelWalt Disney, Columbia
Songwriter(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] 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.[5] "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] 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 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 1992.[3] 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).[9][10]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
Australia (ARIA)[11] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12] 14
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[13] 6
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[14] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[15] 70
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[16] 14
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[20] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[21] 21

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[22] 56
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[23] 37

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1993, a Latin American rendition of the song, "Un Mundo Ideal", by Ricardo Montaner and Michelle received airplay throughout Latin America.[24] This rendition was later included on Montaner's greatest hits album Éxitos y... Algo Más (1993).[25]
  • In 2003, LMNT sang "A Whole New World" on Disneymania 2.
  • 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,[26] 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.[27]

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. ^ "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. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle – A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle – A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  13. ^ "Canada Top Singles peak". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-22.
  14. ^ "Canada Top Singles peak". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-22.
  15. ^ "Musicline.de – Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  17. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – A Whole New World". Irish Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "Charts.nz – Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle – A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Peabo Bryson Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Peabo Bryson Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  21. ^ "Peabo Bryson Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  22. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1993". RPM. Archived from the original on August 24, 2017. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  23. ^ "End of Year Charts 1993". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  24. ^ "Discos más populares de Latinoamerica". El Siglo de Torreón (in Spanish). 20 August 1993. p. 44. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  25. ^ "Éxitos Y... Algo Mas - Peabo Bryson". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  26. ^ Vaziri, Aidin (2011-05-09). "Pixar's Nick Pitera becomes YouTube singing star". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  27. ^ Guerra, Joey (January 24, 2018). "Premiere: Listen to Houston rapper Riff Raff on a remake of Aladdin tune 'A Whole New World'". Retrieved March 23, 2018.