Michael Jackson – “Hold My Hand” (Feat. Akon)

We posted “Breaking News,” the first (and controversial) taste from Michael Jackson’s posthumous album Michael. “Hold My Hand” is the real, official first single. According to Billboard, Akon wrote this song and recorded it with Jackson in 2007, and a semi-completed version leaked in 2008. But Akon returned to the studio after Jackson’s death to complete this single. Akon argued for this new version of the track in a statement:

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.

What do you think, world? Are you ready now? Visit breakingnews.michaeljackson.com to listen. Here’s the version that leaked a while back:

Here’s the full Michael tracklist:

01 “Hold My Hand” (Feat. Akon)
02 “Hollywood Tonight”
03 “Keep Your Head Up”
04 “(I Like) The Way You Love Me”
05 “Monster” (Feat. 50 Cent)
06 “Best of Joy”
07 “Breaking News”
08 “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day” (Feat. Lenny Kravitz)
09 “Behind the Mask”
10 “Much Too Soon”

Michael is out 12/14 via Epic.