That's the Way It Is (Mel and Kim song)

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"That's the Way It Is"
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Single by Mel and Kim
from the album Coming to America soundtrack
B-side"You Changed My Life"
Released15 February 1988
Format7" single, 12" single, CD single
RecordedOctober 1987–January 1988
LabelSupreme Records, PolyGram
Songwriter(s)Mike Stock (musician), Matt Aitken, Pete Waterman
Producer(s)Stock Aitken Waterman
Mel and Kim singles chronology
"That's the Way It Is"
"More Than Words Can Say"

"That's the Way It Is" is a hit single by British pop duo Mel and Kim that was featured on the soundtrack album of Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy. The song was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. The single peaked at #10 in the UK, becoming their fourth consecutive top 10 hit.[1]

By the time of the single's release, Melanie Appleby had been diagnosed with cancer and had withdrawn from the public eye in mid-1987. Appleby discharged herself from hospital to record the vocals for the track. The sisters made Mel's illness public at the time of the release of this single, and both appeared on the Wogan show in April 1988 while Mel was still undergoing treatment, as part of European Cancer Week.

The b-side of the single was a new song, "You Changed My Life", which was the first song on which the sisters had a co-writer credit.

"That's the Way It Is" was not included on the group's debut album, F.L.M.. It has been included on later compilation albums of the duo, along with "You Changed My Life", with both tracks appearing on the 2010 deluxe edition re-issue of F.L.M.

Due to Mel's illness, the sisters did not appear in the promotional videoclip for the song. Instead, it featured a team of dancers in a studio, much like the video clip of their previous single. A second music video for the song was also released. combining footage of the dancers from the first video for the song with footage from the sisters' earlier music videos and a live performance of "F.L.M.".

It would be the last release of the duo, as they disappeared from the public eye again while Mel Appleby continued her cancer treatment. She succumbed to pneumonia in January 1990, her immune system weakened by chemotherapy. Some of the songs she co-wrote with Kim Appleby during the last 2 years of her life were later released on Kim's solo album released in late 1990.

Chart position[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
Australia (Australian Music Report)[2][3] 28
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)[4] 4
Denmark (IFPI)[5] 11
France (SNEP)[6] 36
Germany (GfK Entertainment Charts)[7] 18
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 10
Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade)[11] 9
UK (Official Charts Company)[1] 10

UK releases[edit]

7" (SUPE 117)
  1. "That's the Way It Is" 3:25
  2. "You Changed My Life" 3:21
12" (SUPE T 117 / RCA PT 41832)
  1. "That's the Way It Is" (12"/Club mix) 6:47
  2. "I'm the One Who Really Loves You" (US remix) 5:57
  3. "You Changed My Life" 3:21
12" picture disc (SUPE TP 117)
  1. "That's the Way It Is" (12"/Club mix) 6:47
  2. "I'm the One Who Really Loves You" (US remix) 5:57
  3. "You Changed My Life" 3:21
12" remix (SUPE TX 117)
  1. "That's the Way It Is" (House remix/Special mix) 6:42
  2. "I'm the One Who Really Loves You" (US remix) 5:57
  3. "You Changed My Life" 3:21
12" remix (SUPE TZ 117)
  1. "That's the Way It Is" (Acid House mix) 7:38
  2. "That's the Way It Is" (Acid dub)
  3. "You Changed My Life" 3:21
CD single (SUPCD 117)
  1. "That's the Way It Is" (12"/Club mix) 6:47
  2. "I'm the One Who Really Loves You" (US mix) 5:57
  3. "You Changed My Life" 3:21

Official mixes[edit]

  • Album/7" version 3:25
  • 12"/Club mix 6:47
  • House remix/Special mix 6:42
  • Acid House mix 7:38
  • Acid dub


  1. ^ a b "Official Charts > Mel and Kim". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  2. ^ "Australian Top 50 Singles Chart Week Ending 1st May, 1988". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2017-09-26. N.B. The Australian Music Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid-1983 and 19 June 1988.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 197. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Ultratop > Zoeken naar: Mel & Kim" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  5. ^ Danish Singles Chart 1 April 1988
  6. ^ " > Mel & Kim Dans Les Charts Français" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  7. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Mel & Kim – That's the Way It Is (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'Mel and Kim' (from". (original source published by Fireball Media). Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  9. ^ " > Zoeken naar: Mel & Kim" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  10. ^ " > Mel & Kim in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  11. ^ " > Suche nach: Mel & Kim (songs)" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-09-26.