The Way It Is (Keyshia Cole album)

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The Way It Is
Studio album by Keyshia Cole
Released June 21, 2005
Recorded 2004–2005
Genre R&B, hip hop soul, hip hop, soul
Length 48:51
Label A&M
Producer Keyshia Cole (exec.), Ron Fair (exec.), Kanye West, Polow da Don, Daron Jones, Chink Santana, Ron Fair, E-Poppi, Kerry "Krucial" Brothers
Keyshia Cole chronology
Team Invasion Presents: Keyshia Cole
(2005)
The Way It Is
(2005)
Just Like You
(2007)
Singles from The Way It Is
  1. "I Changed My Mind"
    Released: November 9, 2004
  2. "(I Just Want It) To Be Over"
    Released: April 5, 2005
  3. "I Should Have Cheated"
    Released: August 3, 2005
  4. "Love"
    Released: January 6, 2006

The Way It Is is the debut album by American R&B singer Keyshia Cole, released on June 21, 2005. It peaked at #6 on the US Billboard 200 and features five singles: "Never", "I Changed My Mind", "(I Just Want It) To Be Over", "I Should Have Cheated", and "Love". The album sold 89,000 units in its first week.[1] It was finally certified gold within 17 weeks, and then platinum just eight weeks later. The album stayed on the charts for over a year, eventually selling over 1.6 million copies.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars 2005
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention) 2005
Entertainment Weekly (B) 2005
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars 2005
New York Times (favorable) 2005
Rhapsody (favorable) 2005
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars 2005
Stylus (B) 2005
Vibe 4/5 stars 2005
Village Voice (favorable) 2005

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "(I Just Want It) To Be Over"   Kerry "Krucial" Brothers 4:03
2. "I Changed My Mind"   Kanye West 3:19
3. "Love, I Thought You Had My Back"   Ron Fair, Toxic 4:10
4. "I Should Have Cheated"   Daron Jones 5:31
5. "Guess What?" (featuring Jadakiss) Diesel, Sean Garrett 3:45
6. "Love"   Ron Fair 4:15
7. "You've Changed"   Kevin Veney, Loren Hill, Rich Shelton, Ron Fair 4:17
8. "We Could Be"   E-Poppi, Ron Fair 3:11
9. "Situations" (featuring Chink Santana) Chink Santana 4:46
10. "Down and Dirty"   Gregory G. Curtis 3:52
11. "Superstar" (featuring Metro City) Polow da Don 3:48
12. "Never" (featuring Eve) E-Poppi 4:03

Personnel[edit]

  • Charlie Bisharatviolin
  • Jacqueline Brand – violin
  • Roberto Cani – violin
  • Nico Carmine Abondolo – bass
  • Mario de Leon – violin
  • Brian Dembow – viola
  • Joel Derouin – violin
  • Bruce Dukov – violin
  • Stephen Erdody – cello
  • Steve Erody – cello
  • Marlo Fisher – viola
  • Matt Funes – viola
  • Armen Garabedian – violin
  • Berj Garabedian – violin
  • Julie Gigante – violin
  • Endre Granat – violin
  • Alan Grunfield – violin
  • Clayton Haslop – violin
  • Dan Higgins – flute, horn
  • Josephina Vergara – violin
  • David F. Walther – viola
  • Jerry Hey – horn
  • Suzie Katayama – cello
  • Songa Lee – violin
  • Natalie Leggett – violin
  • Gayle Levant – harp
  • Phillipe Levy – violin
  • David Low – cello
  • Rene Mandel – violin
  • Darrin McCann – viola
  • Vicki Miskolczy – viola
  • Robin Olson – violin
  • Simon Oswell – viola
  • Sid Page – violin
  • Sara Parkins – violin
  • Joel Peskin – horn
  • Katia Popov – violin
  • Steve Rodriguez – bass guitar
  • Anatoly Rosinsky – violin
  • Sarah Thornblade – violin
  • Kenneth Yerks – violin
  • Raj Ertui – clarinet
  • Miri Ben-AriIsrael violin

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (United States)

Year Chart Peak position
2005 The Billboard 200 6
2005 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 2
  • "The Way It Is" made #10 on Billboard's 2006 Year End R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and #61 on the Year End Billboard 200.

Singles[edit]

Information
"Never"
  • Released: 2004
  • Chart positions:-
"I Changed My Mind"
  • Released: 2004
  • Chart positions: #23 R&B / #71 U.S.
"(I Just Want It) To Be Over"
  • Released: 2005
  • Chart positions: #30 R&B / #101 U.S.
"I Should Have Cheated"
  • Released: 2005
  • Chart positions: #4 R&B / #30 U.S.
"Love"
  • Released: 2006
  • Chart positions: #3 R&B / #19 U.S.

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Japan June 21, 2005
United States June 26, 2005
Canada
United Kingdom July 3, 2005
Spain March 6, 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitmir, Margo (2005-06-29). "Coldplay Logs A Third Week A No. 1". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2009-05-27. [dead link]

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