2010 “Hold My Hand” Video
“Hold My Hand” is a duet between Michael Jackson singer-songwriter Akon taken from Jackson’s eleventh solo studio album and first posthumous release “Michael”. The song was originally recorded in 2007 and was set to be released as the first single from Akon’s 2008 album, Freedom. In its unfinished state, the song had been leaked in 2008. Due to the leak, the song was subsequently pulled form Akon’s track listing for his 2008 album. This was the last new song leaked during Michael Jackson’s lifetime. Akon finished the rest his vocals for the song in 2010, a few days before the release. It is said a handwritten note from Michael Jackson belonging to his Estate indicated his desire that “Hold My Hand” be the first single on his next project.
Akon commented, “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.” Before the official release of the song, Akon stated that the final version would have more of Jackson’s vocals. The song was released globally on Monday, November 15th 2010, at 12:01am EST and was available to stream from Jackson’s official website. Jackson’s nephew, Taj Jackson, posted a message saying that his uncle was proud of the song. “I’ll never forget that smile he had on his face as the song played through the speakers in his room at the Palms Hotel in Vegas.”
The song is the second collaboration between the two artists and the second consecutive duet single release for Michael Jackson, following the 2008 version of “Wanna Be Startin Somethin”. That song, which was the final single release during Jackson’s lifetime, proved a commercial success and charted within the top twenty in several countries.
On Saturday, November 20, the filming for the official video began in Tustin, California, a main filming location being the airship hangars at Marin Corps Air Station Tustin. There was a casting call posted up on Jackson’s official website, saying that they were “looking for his fans of all ages who want to be a part of this iconic event.
On December 9, 2010 the new video debuted on the internet. The video shows Michael Jackson in concert (from Dangerous Tour in Bucharest and HIStory Tour in Munich), Akon singing and children dancing dressed as Michael, as well as sentimental scenes of children, families and old people holding hands and a woman weeping.
Michael always referred to his music videos as short films.