The first single from Michael Jackson's posthumous album "Michael" will be available on Monday. The track, called "Hold My Hand" features a collaboration between the late singer and rapper/producer Akon. Akon stated in a recent Reuters interview that "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."
Jackson recorded the song in 2007 and one year later it was leaked via the internet but never was officially released by Jackson's Sony/Epic record label. Sony addressed the upcoming album "Michael" featuring "Breaking News," its December 14, 2010, and other details in a statement offered Friday, November 12, 2010. The "Michael" album features 50 Cent, Lenny Kravitiz and previously unreleased material compiled since Jackson's 2001 album "Invincible." Earlier this week, members of the Jackson family insisted that some of the vocals were "fake." Sony denied these claims.
Sony also offered the track listen for "Michael" which includes:
Hold My Hand (feat. Akon)
Keep Your Head Up
(I Like) The Way You Love Me
Monster (feat. 50 Cent)
Best Of Joy
(I Can't Make It) Another Day (feat. Lenny Kravitz)
Behind The Mask
Much Too Soon
Controversy regarding the album continues to rise as artists, fans, and family members speak out. Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, former collaborator to the late King of Pop, told the UK's MTV News: "Whoever put it [the album] out and is profitting of it, I want to see how cold they are 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. Michael Jackson songs are finished when Michael says they're finished. Maybe if I never worked with him I wouldn't have this perspective. He was very particular about how he wanted his vocals, the reverb he used...he was that hands-on."
For more: UK MTV News