Beauty and the Beast (Disney song)

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"Beauty and the Beast"
Single by Céline Dion and Peabo Bryson
from the album Beauty and the Beast and Celine Dion
ReleasedNovember 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)
FormatCD single, cassette single, vinyl single
RecordedOctober 1991 at Right Track Recording, The Plant Recording Studios
GenrePop
Length4:04 (Album Version)
3:33 (Radio Edit)
LabelWalt Disney
Writer(s)Alan Menken, Howard Ashman[1]
ProducerWalter Afanasieff
CertificationPlatinum (Japan)
Gold (U.S.)
Céline Dion singles chronology
"L'amour existe encore"
(1991)
"Beauty and the Beast"
(1991)
"Je danse dans ma tête"
(1992)
 
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"Beauty and the Beast"
Single by Céline Dion and Peabo Bryson
from the album Beauty and the Beast and Celine Dion
ReleasedNovember 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)
FormatCD single, cassette single, vinyl single
RecordedOctober 1991 at Right Track Recording, The Plant Recording Studios
GenrePop
Length4:04 (Album Version)
3:33 (Radio Edit)
LabelWalt Disney
Writer(s)Alan Menken, Howard Ashman[1]
ProducerWalter Afanasieff
CertificationPlatinum (Japan)
Gold (U.S.)
Céline Dion singles chronology
"L'amour existe encore"
(1991)
"Beauty and the Beast"
(1991)
"Je danse dans ma tête"
(1992)

"Beauty and the Beast" is a song by Canadian recording artist Celine Dion and American recording artist Peabo Bryson. It was written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman for Walt Disney Pictures' 1991 animated feature film Beauty and the Beast, and originally recorded by English actress Angela Lansbury in her film role as Mrs. Potts. Dion and Bryson's duet version of the song was arranged and produced by American recorded producer and songwriter Walter Afanasieff, and played over the film's end credits. "Beauty and the Beast" was released as a single on November 11, 1991 and featured on the film's soundtrack album, and additionally included on Dion's eponymous seventeenth studio album. The song is a romantic pop ballad that describes the developing relationship between Beauty and the Beast main characters Belle and the Beast.

"Beauty and the Beast" won an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 64th Academy Awards in 1992, becoming songwriting team Ashman and Menken's second win in the category. The song also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. As a single, "Beauty and the Beast" was a commercial success, peaking within the top-ten of the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, becoming both Dion and Bryson's second top-ten hit on the Hot 100. The song has received generally positive reception.

The music video for "Beauty and the Beast" was directed by Dominic Orlando and features Dion and Bryson performing the song in a vast recording studio, surrounded by a large orchestra. Shots of the singers are frequently interjected by various scenes from the film, which are simultaneously being played overhead on a large screen. Dion and Bryson have performed the song several times live, including at the 64th Academy Awards in 1992 and the 35th Grammy Awards in 1993. The singers have also included the song on some of their subsequently-released compilation and greatest hits albums. "Beauty and the Beast" has been covered numerous times by several artists and musicians, including American singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper and English actress and singer Julie Andrews. American pop group Jump5 and American Idol-winner Jordin Sparks have each recorded a pop cover of the song for the film's platinum and diamond edition re-releases.

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Background and composition

After Disney studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg made the decision to turn Beauty and the Beast into a Broadway-style musical film, he hired the Academy Award-winning songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who had just recently scored Disney's previous animated success The Little Mermaid, to write the songs and musical score for the film. At first Ashman, who had recently been diagnosed with AIDS, was reluctant to join the struggling film project, but eventually agreed.

Versions

During the film, "Beauty and the Beast" is performed by Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts, and is heard while Belle and the Beast dance in the castle ballroom. Another version is performed by Céline Dion and Peabo Bryson at the end of the film. This was also the version released on a CD single and is also included on Dion's self-titled album (1992). A music video, directed by Dominic Orlando, was released in January 1992.[2]

Lansbury, Dion and Bryson all performed the song live on stage during the 64th Academy Awards ceremony. Dion and Bryson performed it also at the Grammy Awards in 1993. They even performed in For Our Children the Concert.

It was recorded by Beth Fowler for the 1994 cast album of the stage musical version of Beauty and the Beast.

In 1998, a version of the song, called "Beauty and the Bees", was made for the 3D movie It's Tough to be a Bug!'s queue at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney California Adventure Park. A short arrangement of "Beauty and the Beast" can be heard in Kingdom Hearts II video game. The song was included later on Céline Dion's greatest hits albums All the Way… A Decade of Song (1999) and My Love: Essential Collection (2008).

In 2002, the song was covered by the group Jump5 and placed on the album, DisneyMania.

In 2005, Julie Andrews selected the song for her album Julie Andrews Selects Her Favorite Disney Songs.

In 2007 the song was covered by the Cyndi Lauper on the album, Cyndi Lauper the Disney Classic Song Vol. 2.

In 2010, Jordin Sparks recorded her cover version of the theme song "Beauty and the Beast", and filmed an accompanying music video with director Philip Andelman, to support the 2010 DVD/Blu-ray re-release.

On the 2011 album V-Rock Disney, which features visual kei artists covering Disney songs, Ryuichi Kawamura covered this song in Japanese.[3]

Other artists who covered this song include Cher and Jeffrey Osborne, James Ingram and Britney Spears, H & Claire, Christina Aguilera and Luther Vandross, Linda Ronstadt and Barry Manilow, Sting and Erykah Badu, Richard Marx and Shania Twain, Phil Collins and Regina Belle, Amy Jo Johnson and R. Kelly, Nana Mouskouri and Harry Belafonte, plus Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.

Reception

"Beauty and the Beast" was successful on the charts around the world, becoming Dion's first international hit. The single reached number 9 in the U.S. (number 8 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales and number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay) and hit top 10 in Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.[1] It was certified gold in the U.S. for selling over 500,000 copies, and platinum in Japan (100,000 copies sold). Thanks to its success, the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack was certified 3x platinum in the U.S., for selling over 3,000,000 copies.

Awards

"Beauty and the Beast" won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1992, marking Menken and Ashman's second win after the 1989 award for "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid.[1] The award was posthumous in Ashman's case, he had died in 1991. A couple of months before, the song had also won the 1992 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. It also went on to win two Grammy Awards in 1993, for the Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media and the Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The song was also nominated for two other important Grammys: Record of the Year and the Song of the Year. In Canada, "Beauty and the Beast" won a Juno Award for the Single of the Year.

Formats and track listings

Worldwide CD single

  1. "Beauty and the Beast" – 4:04
  2. "The Beast Lets Belle Go" (Instrumental) – 2:19

Canadian CD maxi single

  1. "Beauty and the Beast" – 4:04
  2. "The Beast Lets Belle Go" (Instrumental) – 2:19
  3. "Des mots qui sonnent" – 3:56
  4. "Délivre-moi" (Live) – 4:19

Official versions

  1. "Beauty and the Beast" (Radio Edit) – 3:33
  2. "Beauty and the Beast" (Album Version) – 4:04

Charts and certifications

Charts

Chart (1991)Peak
position
Canadian Record's Retail Singles Chart[4]2
Canadian Record's Contemporary Hit Radio Chart[4]21
Canadian RPM Top Singles[5]23
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[6]1
US Billboard Hot 100[7]9
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[8]3
Chart (1992)Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[9]17
Belgian Singles Chart[10]25
Dutch Singles Chart[11]18
Irish Singles Chart[12]12
Japanese Singles Chart[13]67
New Zealand Singles Chart[14]8
UK Singles Chart[15]9

Year-end charts

Chart (1992)Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[16]64

Certifications

CountryCertification
JapanPlatinum[17]
United StatesGold[18]

References