Love Ariana Grande, but her John Legend duet, covering “Beauty And The Beast,” was a tad underwhelming. Will this latest rendition of a beloved Disney classic soar to new heights or be another letdown?
ZAYN and The Four: Battle for Stardom Season 1 standout Zhavia Ward team up to tackle “A Whole New World” originally sung by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. It’s produced by Saltwives aka Alex Oriet and David Phelan, with the accompanying clip directed by Philip Andelman.
“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 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.”
Personally, I like the original version better, but rank it higher than Grande and Legend’s “Beauty And The Beast” cover. The beat tries to stay true to the original but with a very distinct ZAYN vibe.
Check out the clip below. Instead of a cheesy faux Arabian setting like the original, the visual finds ZAYN and Zhavia roaming around New York City.