Ahead of the release of the Aladdin live-action remake, Disney has unveiled a stunning rendition of ‘A Whole New World’ by ZAYN and Zhavia Ward.
Produced by Saltwives, the new rendition of ‘A Whole New World’ is simply spellbinding. Platinum-selling artist and former One Direction star ZAYN kicks off proceedings, delivering a dreamy vocal before being joined by rising star and The Four: Battle for Stardom finalist Zhavia. Together, the pair offer a magical rendition of an award-winning and iconic song, with their voices complementing each other’s perfectly.
Speaking about the collaboration, Mitchell Leib, president of Music & Soundtracks for the Walt Disney Studios said: “The selection of artists, producer and tonal direction was critical for the success of updating a classic song like this. 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 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.”
A music video for ZAYN and Zhavia’s version of ‘A Whole New World’ has also been released. Directed by Philip Andelman (Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran), the visual is a performance piece which sees the pair deliver the song whilst exploring different locations at night-time. Whilst they visit the same locations, they sadly never cross paths during the video.
Zayn and Zhavia’s version of ‘A Whole New World’ will feature during the end credits of Aladdin and is also taken from the official soundtrack. In addition to ZAYN and Zhavia’s rendition, the soundtrack includes an unforgettable score from Alan Menken, new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, and one song written by Menken and Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. The soundtrack will be digitally released on May 21 at 9pm PT, followed by the physical release on May 24.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, Aladdin stars Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Navid Negahban as the Sultan, Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders, and Numan Acar as Hakim. Check out the official trailer here.
Aladdin makes its way to cinemas on May 24.
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