It was written and produced by a team under the direction of Swedish producers Max Martin and Kristian Lundin, who have written a string of hit songs for artists such as ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears and P!nk. Céline Dion sang it live with ‘N Sync, during her CBS TV special in 1999. She also performed “That’s the Way It Is” at the 1999 Billboard Music Awards and at the end of Let’s Talk About Love Tour.
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.
“That’s the Way It Is” music video, directed by Liz Friedlander, 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.
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). It has also sold 90,000 copies in the United Kingdom and 600,000 in the U.S.
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.
Edited by secretnumber on 13 Mar 2009, 21:34
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