Music video by Michael Jackson Duet with Akon performing Hold My Hand. (C) 2010 Optimum Productions
"Hold My Hand" is a duet between American recording artist Michael Jackson and Senegelese 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 recorded by Jackson in 2007 as set to be released as the first single from Akon's 2008 album, Freedom. Akon finished recording his own vocals for the song in 2010.
Co-writer Claude Kelly told HitQuarters that "Hold My Hand" was originally written with Whitney Houston in mind. Akon and Kelly had been in the studio working on songs for Houston's "I Look to You" album and while on his own Kelly completed the song from a track Akon had left. After hearing the song later Akon said that he loved it and wanted to keep it for himself, and so recorded his own version of it. Shortly afterwards Akon went to Las Vegas to work on what would have been Michael Jackson's next album. While there Jackson heard the song and loved it, and decided he wanted to contribute to it. When Kelly was asked what he thought it was about the song that struck a chord with both Akon and Jackson, he said that it was the song's theme of friendship and togetherness.
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