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Monday, November 15, 2010

The EEEEEEE-Heeeeee Files: Michael Jackson's New Single "Hold My Hand"

Unlike "Breaking News," the Michael Jackson song (yeah, right) that surfaced last week, "Hold My Hand" actually sounds like the King Of Pop is crooning the main vocals. Produced by and featuring Akon, a rough version of "Hold My Hand" was originally recorded two years ago. Now this polished rendition is the first single off the upcoming Michael (out December 14).



We all know Michael was a massive perfectionist, but "Hold My Hand" proves that sometimes going the simple route can produce spectacular results. I'm not saying this stands up to classic MJ hits like "Billie Jean" or "Man In The Mirror." But after one listen, the chorus is ringing through your head, and that's just effective pop.

Still feeling a bit dubious about this whole Michael project, because "Breaking News" was a real rocky start to the campaign. But at the very least, "Hold My Hand" should fare well as a surprisingly solid single.

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3 Comments:

  • At 9:25 AM, Blogger John said…

    MUCH better. Pretty decent song, although it's unmistakable Akon.

     
  • At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well the big ? is did Akon help or hurt the Michael Jackson HOLD MY HAND song with his "finishing touches". Listen below to the 2008 version back to back with the 2010 version. It makes for an "interesting" comparison to say the least
    http://www.jlaforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=59251586

     
  • At 9:56 PM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    Cannot for the life of me understand why Michael would want to have anything to do with Akon musically. This song is quite an improvement over the version floating around 2 years ago. It's more Michael than Akon. Thank goodness for that!

     

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