The lead track from Michael Jackson’s posthumous album is called Hold My Hand and features a collaboration with Akon.
“Just to be in the same room [with Michael Jackson], I felt like everything I wanted to achieve in life had already been achieved,” Akon told MTV News. “That’s how incredible that aura [is].”
Akon proud to have worked with MJ
Whereas Breaking News had a message of anti-media, Hold My Hand is all about coming together and peace. One version of this song was leaked in 2008, but Akon tells MTV News that this version is the finished one.
“The world was not ready to hear Hold My Hand when it leaked a couple years ago. We were devastated about it,” Akon said. “But its time has definitely come; now in its final state, it has become an incredible, beautiful, anthemic song. I’m so proud to have had the chance to work with Michael, one of my all time idols.”
Check out some of the lyrics of Hold My Hand:
This life don’t last forever/So tell me what we’re waiting for/We’re better off being together/Than being miserable alone.
‘Cause I been there before and you’ve been there before/But together we can be all right/’Cause when it gets dark and when it gets cold we hold each other till we see the sunlight.
Track list for new Michael album
The new album, Michael, will be released on December 14 and features collaborations with 50 Cent and Lenny Kravitz. Here is the complete track list for Michael:
Hold My Hand (Duet with Akon)
Keep Your Head Up
(I Like) The Way You Love Me
Monster (Featuring 50 Cent)
Best of Joy
(I Can’t Make It) Another Day (Featuring Lenny Kravitz)
Behind the Mas
Much Too Soon
Will.I.Am calls album disrespectful
One person that has collaborated with MJ in the past, but refuses to take part in the album is Black Eyed Peas’ Will.I.Am.
“Whoever put it out and is profiting off of it, I want to see how cold they are,” he recently said during an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “To say that what [Michael] contributed during his life wasn’t enough. He just wasn’t any ordinary artist. He was a hands-on person. To me it’s disrespectful. There’s no honoring.”