'N Sync, Jessica Simpson, Ashanti, Anastacia, and Usher are among the artists who have contributed tracks to Walt Disney Records' "Disneymania" album. Due Sept. 17, the collection finds 15 notable pop
'N Sync, Jessica Simpson, Ashanti, Anastacia, and Usher are among the artists who have contributed tracks to Walt Disney Records' "Disneymania" album. Due Sept. 17, the collection finds 15 notable pop acts turning in new versions of songs from classic Disney films.
"We're extremely excited to be releasing this unique collection of Disney's greatest songs," Walt Disney Records president Luigi-Theo Calabrese said in a statement, calling the disc "a record that both celebrates Disney's musical legacy and redefines it for the new millennium."
No less than four songs originated with "The Lion King" -- Aaron Carter's "I Just Can't Wait To Be King," Ronan Keating's "Circle of Life," Baha Men's "Hakuna Matata," and S Club 7's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight." An additional three songs were culled from the soundtrack to "The Little Mermaid" -- A*Teens' "Under the Sea," No Secrets' "Kiss the Girl," and Simpson's "Part of Your World."
The remaining tunes span Disney's storied history, from Anastacia's "Someday My Prince Will Come" (from 1937's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs") and 'N Sync's "When You Wish Upon a Star" (from 1940's "Pinnochio") to Christina Aguilera's "Reflection" (from 1998's "Mulan") and Usher's "You'll Be In My Heart" (from 1999's "Tarzan"). Smash Mouth's version of "I Want To Be Like You" will be featured in the upcoming "Jungle Book 2" movie, set for a spring 2003 release.
Disney is also planning a fall TV special in conjunction with the release of "Disneymania," but details have yet to be announced.
A prior Disney tribute album with a more rock-leaning edge, "Stay Awake," was released in 1988 by A&M. The set featured the likes of Los Lobos, Suzanne Vega, Sinead O'Connor, the Replacements, Tom Waits, and more covering such songs as "Cruella da Ville" and "When You Wish Upon a Star."
Here is the full track listing for "Disneymania":
"Under the Sea," A*Teens
"I Just Can't Wait To Be King," Aaron Carter
"Someday My Prince Will Come," Anastacia
"Colors of the Wind," Ashanti
"Hakuna Matata," Baha Men
"Reflection," Christina Aguilera
"Tiki Tiki Room," Hilary Duff
"Beauty and the Beast," Jump 5
"Part of Your World," Jessica Simpson
"When You Wish Upon a Star," 'N Sync
"Kiss the Girl," No Secrets
"Circle of Life," Ronan Keating
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight," S Club 7
"I Want To Be Like You," Smash Mouth
"You'll Be in My Heart," Usher