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Michael Jackson -- First Single Released

11/15/2010 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The first official single from the new Michael Jackson album was just released on MichaelJackson.com -- "Hold My Hand" featuring Akon.

Michael Jackson's Hold My Hand

As we previously reported, Akon returned to the studio recently to put the finishing touches on the track.

The full album is due out December 14.


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286.

rachel1970    

not letting go...

L.O.V.E.

1383 days ago
287.

Mary Jackson    

I love you Michael you are the best love the song God Bless you

1383 days ago
288.

DM    

Awwwww....Akon must have talent or Michael would not have worked with him. Nice song! Can't wait for the album.

1383 days ago
289.

Elissa    

Been singing this song all day today. :-)

1383 days ago
290.

kimmie    

This song is incredible. A++++++, 100. I still can't believe he's gone. The media bullied Michael to death, but they can never touch Michael the artist and yes, he knew it :)

Love you Michael always and forever....

1383 days ago
291.

marcia    

Awwwww....Akon must have talent or Michael would not have worked with him. Nice song! Can't wait for the album.

Posted at 3:47 PM on Nov 16, 2010 by DM
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Agreed! Michael always made it a point to work with the best/hottest producers and such at the time. In fact I remember seeing or reading somewhere that while working on his Invincible album he hired Rodney Jerkins to work exclusively with him, paid him extra money, to ensure he not work with any other artist as to have his full and undivided attention. I hear Rodney will be working on some of his posthumous recordings as well.

1383 days ago
292.

Marie    

Put a sock in it Unwell...
Posted at 6:00 PM on Nov 15, 2010 by MiMi

Ohwell does not have anything long enough to put a sock in it. He is very short if you know what I mean:)

1383 days ago
294.

EMILIA    

QUE MÚSICA MAGNÍFICA É ESSA HOLD MY HAND,SÓ PODERIA SER DO AKON E DO MICHAEL,EU AMO DE PAIXÃO,DÁ UMA SAUDADES IMENSA DO MEU AMOR MICHAEL JACKSON,QUANDO OUÇO DÁ UMA VONTADE DE CHORAR E MUITA SAUDADES DE ANJO QUE DEUS LEVOU PARA PERTO DELE,POIS NÃO AGUENTOU VER ELE SOFRER TANTA MALDADE,INJUSTIÇAS,CALÚNIAS.TE AMO MICHAEL,VEM ME VER ESPÍRITO DE LUZ.SAUDADESSSSSS.

1383 days ago
295.

andrea    

i love this song. this song is going to be a hit for sure

1383 days ago
296.

gene yuss    

i thought it was pretty catchy .. not a home run but it does give way more hope for the rest of the record.. i give it an 8 for sticking in my head after only one listen

1382 days ago
297.

Cherwood    

Auto-tuned OUT.....
Okay, let's try this again since I guess that Mr. Levin can't take a dosage of truth....guess I didn't say a bunch of negative things about Michael, his fans, or worst yet--PPB so I DESERVED TO BE erased...my bad....
So much for FREEDOM IF SPEECH....
As for HMH, I'm beginning to think that he probably did this track with Akon because he was such a big fan, and because Michael had an itch to get back to his first love....I think that's the same thing that happened with the Cascio tracks--he was staying there during his "vagabond phase", but in the Cascio's case, I think they were the ones pushing for it so they could make a name for themselves in music.....which begs the question--were they REALLY the family of LOVE, or simply more LEECHES......
And for the record, I want to make sure all of Michael's TRUE fans/supporters know how much it pains me to say anything but POSITIVE about ANY Michael project. I mean, c'mon now, anyone who's been on here at least for the past 8 mos., knows how I feel about him, and that I don't PLAY when people say anything bad about him. It's just because I LOVE him so much, that I know this isn't what he would've wanted....Michael doesn't settle for less, folks....it's GO BIG, or GO HOME....PT BARNUM, et. al.....REMEMBER???
=#142: Nessie, really? You're calling Michael's song GARBAGE, compared to this--AKON'S AUTOTUNE EXTRAVAGANZA? I'm just going to assume you've lost your ability to hear QUALITY MUSIC from listening to too much of this recent CRAP--"Hold my Hand" and "Breaking News"!
Here's a News break for you: Michael would've NEVER released anything like that. You put ANY of his songs up against these two and there's NO COMPARISON!!
The only forgiving point in this latest is the fact that you CAN hear Michael clearly enough to determine that it's him, but other than that, Akon has it sounding like a bad jingle for an Island vacation commercial....LOL x....NO,....no LOL'S on this one, It's too sad......
If you say "Do you know where your children are" is GARBAGE, you wouldn't know a great song if it SLAPPED you in the face!! That song is BEAUTIFUL--it ROCKS, INSPIRES, has HEART, and is ALL MICHAEL.....the songs you're so dedicated to have nothing but REMNANTS of Michael.....
Bottom line, if you want to run out and support Sony and all of these other LEECHES--so much so that you'll buy this crap, you DESERVE it and I'm sure your UNDISCRIMINATING EARS will thank you for it......
Bet you have BIEBER FEVER, too.......LOL x 1000!!!
Insert sample "He he heee" bite here.......
-#173: Roselicious, that PIC corners like it's ON RAILS!! GORGEOUS MICHAEL!! Can't BELIEVE some of these people call themselves fans, and they ACTUALLY think that this AKON CRAP is the best Michael left behind. I'd rather go back to the "Thriller" era and listen to "Carousel"!!!
C'mon now, anyone with HALF their hearing can tell that THIS--"Do you know where your children are"--is the ONE and ONLY INVINCIBLE, UNTOUCHABLE, UNBREAKABLE....MICHAEL!!!
Then again, maybe it's like Wesley's character said on "White Men Can't Jump": Some people LISTEN to Michael, but they don't really HEAR him.....
BTW: According to the show, Harvey is CLEARLY on board with this "Half-track", as I call it......
Wonder who Harvey's in with at SONY or the ESTATE?? No wonder TMZ gets some breaks on Michael before everyone else does.......
-#195: Roselicious, great post! Especially this:
I'm with whoever I had seen that posted (paraphrasing): "You find an unfinished painting of the genius artist Michaelangelo you DON'T go slapping paint on it to "finish" it FOR the man/artist/genius, then go hawk it as a Michaelangelo's piece."
IMO, you don't do that, nor support it's having been done by condoning through buying it. Not if you have the slightest bit of integrity, let alone possess the slightest genuine respect for the genius of these "only once" artists. Roselicious
-#202: Casey, you hit it in a nutshell! You wrote:
TERRIBLE Akon song that Michael sang on...that is now being marketed as a Michael song. Any self-respecting Michael Jackson fan knows this isn't anything he would write. There is NO originality in this bubblegum pop song.
Posted at 10:10 AM on Nov 15, 2010 by Casey
-#208: Jessica, if you think this stuff is Michael's most heartfelt and enthusicastic vocals since HIStory", then I suggest you jump over to YOUTUBE and pull up ANY song from INVINCIBLE or BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR, then come back here and say that again....Oye, indeed!
-#251: aq, please remember that this is a PUBLIC FORUM so you should NOT share YOUR personal issues such as this Gender Disorder on these boards....
Just looking out for you there......
Insert Michael sample shout :"AHHHHHHHH!!!!" here......
-#260...: Cathy, MOST of your posts on this board were good, and I respect your opinion, but let me say this: Michael was NOT down-trodden, NOR destroyed in the last years before he died. Yes he had his bad years with the '93 and 2005 allegations, 2 WIVES who wouldn't know TRUE LOVE if it slapped them in the face (And YES, I mean Debbie, too....REAL love doesn't look for every opportunity to make money off of your past relationship and children...,) a Record label who'd make the MAFIA look lame, and a host of SHARKS in BUSINESS MGR'S CLOTHING.....who WOULDN'T have issues after all of that??
In any event, Michael rose above ALL of this and SURVIVED--please GET THAT if you don't get anything else! Haven't you ever been through a HUGE rough patch in life? When that happens, you have to paths to choose from: One where you allow yourself to crumble and slowly fade to black, and one where you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, START ALL OVER AGAIN.
Now I ask you, which one of these paths do you REALLY think Michael chose? And remember, he no longer only had himself to think of, he had PPB and their UNCONDITIONAL LOVE--something he had never experienced before.....
-#275: bj_USA, there's a HUGE difference between SIMPLISTICALLY BEAUTIFUL and just plain, SIMPLE--which is what this track is.....
I KNEW Michael had no hand in writing this tripe because although some of his music came across as being "SIMPLISTIC", when you break down the CHORD STRUCTURE, LYRIC, COMPOSITION, and PHRASING, his songs were far more COMPLEX than they were given credit for....so much so that there were courses being offered in Vienna on his Music Composition, and a SCHOOL had decided to include Michael's Music in their Curriculum...what would they name a class like that I wonder......MICHAEL JACKSONS' THEORY of WORLD MUSIC DOMINATION??? I like!!!
Cher
MJJ Justice League 2009--WE ARE HERE TO CHANGE THE WORLD!!!
No Peace till Justice!
MICHAEL--IL.O.V.E.U4EVER and MISS-U-SO-MUCH!!

1382 days ago
298.

don    

The timing of Michael's Jackson death and subsequent explosion of album sales had a negative impact on the worldwide sales of Peas last album The End. Before Michael's death, the set was well on its way to being the biggest album of the year. As the next Peas album is scheduled for release just a few weeks prior to the release of MJ's next album, one has to question the real motivation for Will's comments....

1382 days ago
299.

Parker    

great great song!! that Gabriel guy that commented earlier needs to learn how to spell

1382 days ago
300.

Ragana    

Hand made Mike http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAHDebjfoqk

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