Merge @ Crossroads

WATCH IT: Michael Jackson f/ Akon "Hold My Hand" (Mark Pellington, dir.)

Michael Jackson casts a literal shadow over most of the proceedings in this post-humous production featuring Akon. Aside from that recurring shadown likeness motif, director Mark Pellington goes the imagistic route, interspersing some old MJ footage with shots of kids and fans being inspired by the lasting legacy of his music.

Mark Pellington, director: "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."

--> watch "Hold My Hand"

NEWS: Heidi Gregory Repping Walter Robot

Heidi Gregory is now repping the Merge @ Crossroads direccreativeting team Walter Robot.

Consisting of artist Bill Barminski and writer Christopher Louie, the duo has created a mix of live action and animation videos for Gnarls Barkley, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie and Rob Thomas.

Their breakthrough clip is the Death Cab for Cutie video "Grapevine Fires," which won the won the Audience Award for Best Music Video at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival, and was also nominated for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards and Best Video at the MTVu Woodie Awards.

WATCH IT: Ne-Yo "Champagne Life" "Beautiful Monster" (Wayne Isham, dir.)

Ne-Yo enters the Smooth Criminal phase with this twofer off new album Libra Scale. Presented as two separate, but connected videos, "Champagne Life" and "Beautiful Monster" portray the singer as the leader of a crime fighting gang. And he may, or may not have supernatural powers. Eight minute versions of each video debuted last week on BET 106 & Park — surely a sign that he does indeed have superpowers — while only shortened versions are available through VEVO. --> watch "Champagne Life" and "Beautiful Monster"