There are only a few things in the Disney universe more iconic than their movies. And one of them is for sure their songs. Disney movie songs are the soundtrack to our youth — so much so that we still know the words almost 30 (!) years later. Every Disney movie has at least song that we associate with it. And for the movie Aladdin, there's no doubt that song is "A Whole New World." Because of the new live-action version of the movie coming out soon, we have a new version of the song and it's so good.
Since the early '90s, Disney has produced an alternate "pop version" of each movie's theme song. This way, they can release the song to the radio, make a music video, etc. Usually the pop version is released ahead of the film to generate interest. So it's no surprise that we're getting a new version now. Sung by Zayn and Zhavia Ward, this is more like the pop version originally sung in 1992 by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. This version sounds less orchestrated and more like a 90s R&B/Pop ballad, even though it's been updated for 2019.
Disney has notably made an effort with this new version of Aladdin to accurate representation. So, the new version of the song incorporates Middle Eastern style backgrounds to the intro instead of the standard piano intro of the song. Zayn and Zhavia Ward's voices are the perfect choices for the modern update to the song.
"A Whole New World" is the song that makes everyone fall in love with the character of Aladdin. "I can show you the world," he sings as he and Princess Jasmine soar around Agrabah. Those are arguably the most famous opening lines to a song in Disney history.
In the music video for the new version of "A Whole New World," the skies of Agrabah are swapped for the streets of New York City. You can tell that both Zayn and Zhavia Ward grew up singing this song in their bedrooms. People who are loyal to the original will have reservations, but this is a very solidly faithful update. And it only makes us more excited to see/hear the rest of the new songs when Aladdin comes out.