That's the Way It Is (Celine Dion song)

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"That's the Way It Is"
Single by Celine Dion
from the album All the Way... A Decade of Song
B-side "I Met an Angel (on Christmas Day)"
Released November 1, 1999 (1999-11-01)
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded 1991-1999 Paradise Sounds, Cheiron Studios
Genre Pop, dance-pop
Length 4:01
Label Columbia, Epic
Writer(s) Max Martin, Kristian Lundin, Andreas Carlsson
Producer(s) Max Martin, Kristian Lundin
Celine Dion singles chronology
"Dans un autre monde"
(1999)
"That's the Way It Is"
(1999)
"Then You Look at Me"
(1999)

"That's the Way It Is" is a lead single from Celine Dion's greatest hits album All the Way... A Decade of Song, released on November 1, 1999.[1]

Production and release[edit]

It was written and produced by Swedish producers Andreas Carlsson, Max Martin and Kristian Lundin, who have written a string of hit songs for artists such as 'N Sync, Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears.[2] Dion sang it live with 'N Sync, during her CBS TV special in 1999.[3] She also performed "That's the Way It Is" at the Top of the Pops on November 12, the 1999 Billboard Music Award, Bambi Awards on December 11, Rosie O'Donnell Show on December 13, The Today Show on December 31 and on the Let's Talk About Love Tour as the closing song.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Music video[edit]

"That's the Way It Is" music video, directed by Liz Friedlander. It was shot in Los Angeles, California and completed on October 17, 1999. It premiered on VH1 on November 8, 1999. It was nominated for the MuchMusic Video Award. The video was included on Dion's All the Way... A Decade of Song & Video DVD.

Critical reception[edit]

Michael Paoletta from Billboard highlighted this song on All the Way... A Decade of Song and called it a "welcome uptempo number".[10] Chuck Taylor from Billboard also praised "That's the Way It Is." He wrote that Dion at last "ups the tempo with the irresistible" first single. According to Taylor, this new track, a joyful ode to holding the faith but allowing love to take its course when it's ready, matches Dion with a new team of collaborators, consistent hitmakers: Max Martin, Kristian Lundin and Andreas Carlsson. "Replete with a festive mandolin and a midtempo beat to bring new heights to her as-ever splendid vocal," this song is "destined to enrapture" top forty and AC the first time through, at last stripping away mainstream radio's gripe that Dion is "too adult." He said that, youthful and yet elegant, and glowing brightly with warmth, the song also represents a bold step forward for Martin, who is best known for his work with chart-topping youth acts. All in all, "That's the Way It Is" is "one of the most compelling radio releases yet" from "one of the core voices of the decade."[11] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic felt that the danceable "That's the Way It Is" works and highlighted it as a standout on All the Way... A Decade of Song.[12] Jose F. Promis reviewed the U.S./South Korea CD maxi single and rated it 3 out 5 stars. He called the song itself "cheerful pop nugget," album version "definitive hit," and "Metro Club Remix" a "bubbly dance" version of the song.[13]

Commercial reception[edit]

The song became a hit, going to number 1 on the adult contemporary charts in the United States and Canada, and reaching top 10 all over the world. It was Dion's first airplay-only single that charted on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 6 (number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay). The commercial single was released nine months later as a double A-side with "I Want You to Need Me," reaching number 62 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales.

"That's the Way It Is" was very successful, being certified platinum in Sweden (20,000), gold in Australia (35,000), Belgium (25,000), Germany (250,000) and silver in France (160,000).

According to Billboard, "That's the Way It Is" received the "BDS Certified Spin Award - 500,000 Spins" in August 2006. Since the song was released in November 1999, it has cycled 500,000 times on almost 1400 radio stations across Canada and the U.S.

Legacy[edit]

The song was included later on The Collector's Series, Volume One compilation (2000) and My Love: Essential Collection greatest hits (2008). Several club remixes were created by the Metro. Some pressings of the single included the song "I Met an Angel (On Christmas Day)," a non-album track.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Australian/European/Japanese/UK CD single

  1. "That's the Way It Is" – 4:01
  2. "I Met an Angel (On Christmas Day)" – 3:20

Australian/South Africa/Taiwan/Asia/European/UK CD maxi single

  1. "That's the Way It Is" – 4:01
  2. "I Met an Angel (On Christmas Day)" – 3:20
  3. "My Heart Will Go On" (live) – 5:23

UK CD maxi single #2 and Canadian CD maxi single

  1. "That's the Way It Is" – 4:01
  2. "That's the Way It Is" (The Metro Club Remix) – 5:28
  3. "Another Year Has Gone By" – 3:24

U.S./South Korea CD and 12" maxi single

  1. "That's the Way It Is" – 4:01
  2. "That's the Way It Is" (The Metro Club Remix) – 5:28
  3. "I Want You to Need Me" (Thunderpuss radio mix) – 4:32
  4. "I Want You to Need Me" (Thunderpuss club mix) – 8:10

Official versions[edit]

  1. "That's the Way It Is" (Metro Mix Edit) – 3:12
  2. "That's the Way It Is" (Metro Edit) – 3:20
  3. "That's the Way It Is" (The Metro Club Remix) – 5:28
  4. "That's the Way It Is" (Album Version) – 4:01

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[56] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[57] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[58] Silver 157,000[59]
Germany (BVMI)[60] Gold 250,000^
Sweden (GLF)[61] Platinum 30,000x

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Cover[edit]

In 2008, Japanese singer melody. covered "That's the Way It Is" and included it on her single "Haruka: Haruka."'

In 2010 the Swedish singer Sanna Nielsen sang the song on the Swedish summer TV-shows "Sommarkrysset".[62]

See also[edit]

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