Debuting this morning on the official Michael Jackson website is the first single from the upcoming album, Michael. The song “Hold My Hand,” is a duet with Akon that mixes classic footage of Michael’s performances alongside new images of enduring fans.
It opens with a crowd of people standing in front of a large airplane hangar and unleashing a flood of white balloons as they say “Thank you, Michael” and “We love you, Michael,” while a gigantic image of the singer in silhouette appears on the side of the structure.
MTV.com is calling it a video that pulls at the heartstrings. You watch below and tell us your opinion.
The duet with Akon was recorded in 2007 and, as a message on Michael’s site points out, “a handwritten note from Michael belonging to his estate indicated his desire that ‘Hold My Hand’ be the first single on his next project.” After an unfinished version leaked in 2008, Akon recently went back into the studio to complete production on the track.