The track list has been revealed for Michael Jackson’s controversial posthumous album, Michael, to be released December 14.
“Hold My Hand,” a collaboration with singer Akon, will be the lead track, according to an official announcement. A handwritten note from Jackson, held by Sony and the executors of his estate, confirm this wish.
The song was written by Akon and originally leaked in 2008.
“The world was not ready to hear ‘Hold My Hand’ when it leaked a couple years ago. We were devastated about it,” said Akon. “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.”
Michael also includes the controversial song, “Breaking News”, which you can hear on his website.
The track opens with news clips of Jackson’s life and death. He goes on to defend himself against the media, singing “Everybody wanting a piece of Michael Jackson/ Reporters stalking the moves of Michael Jackson.”
Questions have arisen over how much the album was edited following Jackson’s death.
Sony has refused to say how much work was done, but Jackson’s father, Joe Jackson, has raised complaints.
“If Michael had wanted this music released he would have done so before his death,” said Brian Oxman, a lawyer for Joe Jackson.
“The songs which are being released on the new Michael Jackson album were unfinished and incomplete tracks that Michael said over and over many times he never wanted released. We should honor Michael Jackson’s wishes,” he said.
Here is the full track list, as released by Sony:
1. Hold My Hand” (Duet with Akon)
2. “Hollywood Tonight”
3. “Keep Your Head Up”
4. “(I Like) The Way You Love Me”
5. “Monster” (Featuring 50 Cent)
6. “Best of Joy”
7. “Breaking News”
8. “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day” (Featuring Lenny Kravitz)
9. “Behind the Mask”
10. “Much Too Soon”