Michael Jackson makes appears from the grave in a anxiously awaited music video for the first single off his new posthumous album. The song “Hold My Hand,” a duet with Akon, is controversial. Some family members claim the voice is not Jackson’s.
Jackson’s mother Katherine Jackson, as well as children Paris Jackson, Prince Jackson have raised objections, claiming Jackson isn’t singing and never signed off on the final version of the song.
But that hasn’t stopped the project from moving forward.
The video, released by Sony music, is being called a special tribute to the King of Pop, who died in June 2009 from a drug overdose, only days before he was scheduled to put on more than 50 concerts in London.
“The video is a tribute to all that Michael stands for – life, in all its permutations… love, and its power. A video of memory, healing and joy,” said Director Mark Pellington.
Pellington helmed the shoot two weeks ago in California and enlisted Jackson fans to appear to represent “Michael’s legacy, shining a light on the aura left behind by King of Pop.”
Jackson reportedly recorded the song, which opens with the line, “This life don’t last forever,” with Akon in Las Vegas in 2007.
“The song was pretty much finished, but his delivery creates a whole other environment,” Akon said.
“We decided we would make it his record featuring myself, because I felt like he’d give it more mileage, and the record would be so, so much bigger if it was a Michael Jackson record.”
Exactly how much influence Jackson had over the production and recording is unknown. The singer was known to be a perfectionist and would have wanted to oversee every aspect of its production.
“He was a perfectionist, and this might be a Michael Jackson album, but it’s not Michael Jackson’s album,” said Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am, who also collaborated with Jackson on unfinished songs, but refused to put them on the album.
Akon, however, called the song “an incredible, beautiful, anthemic song.”
The full album, entitled simply Michael will hit stores on Dec. 13.
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