"A Whole New World" is a song that was featured in the Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". The artists also performed the track in their characters.
The song was a huge commercial and it received recognition from both the public, which appreciated and enjoyed the love ballad, as well as from the music critics in the industry.
The single won two awards, one for "Best Original Song" and one for "Song Of The Year".
A cover of "A Whole New World" was made recently, in 2014, by Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed, whom performed it during the film's adaption on Broadway.
Even before it was released, the single was performed by Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson, as a different version, which was featured at the end of the movie and which was titled "Alladin's Theme". This different version of the single was even a greater success and it became very popular.
It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, the following year after its release, as it replaced another major hit, "I Will Always Love You", sang by Whitney Houston. It also topped the "U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary". In the United Kingdom, it reached number 12. It was the first and only time in history when a Disney song would be featured in the Billboard Hot 100.
Regina Bella included it on her album, "Passion", and Peabo Bryson, on his album, "Through The Fire".
A Spanish version of the song was made by Michelle and Ricardo Montaner, and named it "Un Mundo Ideal". This cover received much airplay in the Latin American space and it was part of the singer's album "Éxitos y... Algo Más", which was released in 1993.
"A Whole New World" has been a successful song, ever since the first time it was released, and continued its path with most of the covers. It broke records for Disney and touched the audience's hearts.
About the film Aladdin
Aladdin is the title of a Walt Disney Feature Animation production. It has been released in the United States on the 25th of November, 1992 by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a musical film, a fantasy film and an animated one. It was the release number 31 on the Classics series, also part of the Renaissance era from Disney. The directors for Aladdin have been Ron Clements and John Musker.
The story for Aladdin comes from an Arab story, about a magical lamp, getting inspiration from "One Thousand and One Nights". The character named Aladdin is also inspired from that folktale.
Amongst the actors that have voiced over the characters in the animation we can remember the following: Linda Larkin, Robin Williams, Scott Weinger, Frank Welker, Jonathan Freeman, Douglas Seale and Gilbert Gottfried. The production story is that Howard Ashman wrote some lyrics for Aladdin, then the project went through three remake attempts. Finally, Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Disney president, sent the OK for its complete production and release. The characters were designed from the work of Al Hirschfield’s caricatures. Yet, the main element remained the computer generated graphics.
The music for the soundtrack has been the work of Alan Menken’s writing. The soundtrack consists of a number of 6 songs, written by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The year 1992, when Aladdin was released, brought Disney great acclaim. In the USA, the movie gathered profit of over 200 million dollars and even surpassed 500 million internationally.
It was the best movie of 1992. The soundtrack for Aladdin also made the film acquire several awards. Two sequels followed on this success, titled "Aladdin and the King of Thieves" and "The Return of Jafar".
The animated movie Aladdin from Walt Disney managed to win many awards. At the Academy Awards, the song "A Whole New World" received two awards, namely the Best Music, Original score one, as well as the Best Music, Original Song one. Other nominations include "Friend Like Me" for the Best Song award, Mark A. Mangini for the Best Sound Editing award and the team of Terry Porter, David J. Hudson, Mel Metcalfe and Doc Kane for the Best Sound award.
The Golden Globes meant two other awards for the Disney production. First, "A Whole New World" won the Best Original Song award, as well as the Best Original Score one.
Robin Williams, for his Genie interpretation, also received a Special Achievement Award. Williams also got nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.