Zayn and emerging singer/songwriter sensation Zhavia Ward have released their new version Oscar and Grammy-winning duet ‘A Whole New World.’ The song will be featured in the film’s end credits and on the Walt Disney Records’ Aladdin soundtrack, and out now as a single.
The new updated rendition of the classic song has been produced by Saltwives aka Alex Oriet and David Phelan (Zayn and Charli XCX) and the music video was directed by Philip Andelman (Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran). You can hear the song and watch the video below.
“The selection of artists, producer and tonal direction was critical for the success of updating a classic song like this,” said Mitchell Leib, president of Music & Soundtracks for the Walt Disney Studios.
“Zayn’s vocals are like no other and his artistic imprint immediately brought a contemporary and diverse presence. Additionally, Zayn could have chosen any artist in the world to collaborate with on the duet, but he personally selected Zhavia Ward for her unique perspective, powerful vocal abilities and to platform a talented new artist, ensuring that the audience could discover this song, again, for the first time.”
The timeless ‘A Whole New World’, featuring Alan Menken’s melody and Howard Ashman’s lyrics, received an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and Grammy Award, among other accolades, upon Aladdin’s initial release in 1992.
Walt Disney Records will release the official soundtrack album for the live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin on 10 May. Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Enchanted) has also composed the original score for the new film, which also features the songs from the 1992 animated classic written by Menken and featuring lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice, as well as new songs written by Menken and featuring lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (The Greatest Showman, La La Land).
Aladdin is directed by Guy Ritchie and stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen and Numan Acar. The movie will be released in North American theaters on 24 May.