Bellamy Brothers Consider Legal Action Against Britney Spears
The Bellamy Brothers are holding Britney Spears' new single against her ... in a potentially big way. Howard and David Bellamy are concerned that the lyrical content in the pop starlet's 'Hold It Against Me' is a little too close to their 1979 hit, 'If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me.' Thursday afternoon (January 13), the duo's publicist confirmed that the brothers have now decided to "weigh their legal options."
"If you listen to the lyrics of Britney Spears' new single, 'Hold It Against Me,' you'll find some major similarities," David Bellamy said in a statement released by the duo Tuesday (January 11), the same day Britney's single hit radio airwaves. "Howard and I have no personal beef with Britney. She's a talented gal, but professionally [and] in all honesty, we feel completely ripped off. Where's the originality?"
"It's not every day that you get into the middle of a brawl with Britney Spears," David notes. "When I did listen to her song, I thought 'Well this is rather unoriginal.'"
Seems that Yahoo! News Music blogger, Chris Willman, is on the Bellamys side, pointing out that 'Hold It Against Me' writers Dr. Luke and Max Martin seem to have a past history of snagging similar song titles of yesteryear for new music, specifically Katy Perry's 'California Gurls' and 'I Kissed a Girl.'
YouTube subscribers have also taken notice of the national buzz. Several users have already created their own "mashup" videos, which combine musical portions of each song, making it one.
Listen to both songs in the video players below, and tell us what you think in the comments section.