On How Life Is

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On How Life Is
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Studio album by Macy Gray
Released July 1, 1999 (1999-07-01)
Recorded 1997–99
Studio A&M Studios, Paramount Studios, Sunset Sound Recorders
(Hollywood, California)
Genre
Length 44:55
Label Epic
Producer Andrew Slater
Macy Gray chronology
On How Life Is
(1999)
The Id
(2001)
Singles from On How Life Is
  1. "Do Something"
    Released: June 24, 1999 (1999-06-24)
  2. "I Try"
    Released: September 27, 1999 (1999-09-27)
  3. "Still"
    Released: February 21, 2000 (2000-02-21)
  4. "Why Didn't You Call Me"
    Released: July 24, 2000 (2000-07-24)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
The Village Voice (2-star Honorable Mention)[3]

On How Life Is is the debut studio album by American singer and songwriter Macy Gray, released on July 1, 1999 by Epic Records. Produced by Andrew Slater, it became Gray's best-selling album to date, selling 3.2 million copies in the United States and seven million copies worldwide.[4][5]

The album's second single, "I Try", became an international hit, topping the charts in Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand,[6][7] while reaching number five on the US Billboard Hot 100.[8] The song also won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2001.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Q rated the album four out of five stars, calling it a "confident, bluesy soul debut [...] with a lived-in sound – as if Rod Stewart were a girl."[10]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Macy Gray

No. Title Music Length
1. "Why Didn't You Call Me"   Jeremy Ruzumna 3:14
2. "Do Something"   4:57
3. "Caligula"  
  • Gray
  • Swann
  • Ruzumna
4:38
4. "I Try"  
  • Gray
  • Ruzumna
  • Jinsoo Lim
  • David Wilder
3:59
5. "Sex-o-matic Venus Freak"  
  • Ruzumna
  • Murdock
3:57
6. "I Can't Wait to Meetchu"  
5:18
7. "Still"  
  • Ruzumna
  • Bill Esses
4:15
8. "I've Committed Murder"  
4:59
9. "A Moment to Myself"  
4:00
10. "The Letter"  
5:38
Sampling credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of On How Life Is.[13]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[51] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[52] Gold 25,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[53] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[54] Gold 20,496[54]
France (SNEP)[55] Gold 169,900[56]
Germany (BVMI)[57] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[58] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[59] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[60] Platinum 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[61] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[62] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[63] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[64] 3× Platinum 3,200,000[5]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[65] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
Japan July 1, 1999 Sony [12]
United States July 27, 1999 Epic [66]

References[edit]

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