[pullquote quote="A handwritten note from Michael belonging to his Estate indicated his desire that “Hold My Hand” be the first single on his next project." credit="MichaelJackson.com"]There was plenty of controversy earlier this week when the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Michael Jackson[/lastfm] track Breaking News broke on MichaelJackson.com and Jackson’s sister LaToya and his mother Katherine came out claiming that it wasn’t really Michael on the track. Well, the site has now announced the first single from the CD, Hold My Hand, which will be released Monday. It’s a duet with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Akon[/lastfm], and there’s no doubt this time that it is Michael on the recording.
Hold My Hand initially leaked in 2008, a year after it was recorded by Jackson and Akon. And this time we have Akon to vouch for the song’s authenticity:
The world was not ready to hear ‘Hold My Hand’ when it leaked a couple years ago. We were devastated about it. 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.
The following is a list of tracks from the upcoming CD Michael, to be released on December 14th by Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson.
MICHAEL ALBUM TRACKLISTING:
1. Hold My Hand (Duet with Akon)
2. Hollywood Tonight
3. Keep Your Head Up
4. (I Like) The Way You Love Me
5. Monster (Featuring 50 Cent)
6. Best Of Joy
7. Breaking News
8. (I Can’t Make It) Another Day (Featuring Lenny Kravitz)
9. Behind The Mask
10. Much Too Soon