ZAYN and Zhavia Ward come together to remake a classic.
The former OneDirection member and finalist from Fox’s “The Four” cover “A Whole New World,” the theme song from Disney’s upcoming live-action reboot of Aladdin. On their shining, shimmering, splendid collaboration, ZAYN takes on the role of Aladdin, while Zhavia plays Princess Jasmine, putting a modern-day spin on the Oscar-winning ballad from the 1992 animated film.
“A whole new world / A new fantastic point of view,” sings ZAYN. “No one to tell us no / Or where to go / Or say we’re only dreaming.”
Along with the song, which appears in the movie’s end credits, the two teamed up for a magical video, directed by Philip Andelman.
“Zayn’s vocals are like no other and his artistic imprint immediately brought a contemporary and diverse presence,” said Mitchell Leib, president of music and soundtracks for Walt Disney Studios. “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.”
The soundtrack, which was composed by Alan Menken, will also feature Will Smith, who plays the genie in Aladdin, and DJ Khaled on a remake of “Friend Like Me,” while Naomi Scott, who plays Jasmine, has recorded an original song called “Speechless.”
Aladdin hits theaters May 24.