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Does Britney Spears’ Song Rip Off a Bellamy Brothers Classic?

Posted By Wendy Newcomer On January 11, 2011 @ 3:55 PM In Country Music News | Comments Disabled


Bellamy Brothers photo by Mark Mosrie.

When the Bellamy Brothers [1] heard about Britney Spears’ new single, “Hold It Against Me,” they thought something about the title sounded familiar.

“Back in 1979, I wrote a little song called ‘If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me,’” recalls David Bellamy.  “That little song went No. 1 and has since become one of the defining songs of our career.  If you listen to the lyrics of Britney Spears’ new single, ‘Hold It Against Me,’ you’ll find some major similarities.”

The “hook” in Britney’s song is this: “If I said I want your body now, would you hold it against me.”

David and Howard Bellamy picked up on the news when their YouTube video for “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me” was up 270,000 views, nearly overnight.  In addition, several visitors on the PerezHilton.com and EW.com discussion boards noticed the similarities, leaving comments like “Bellamy Brothers rip-off” and “the Bellamy Brothers used the same lyrical hook in 1979.”

“Howard and I have no personal beef with Britney, says David. “She’s a talented gal. But professionally, well, in all honesty, we feel completely ripped off.  Where’s the originality?”

“Hey Brit… If I said you ripped off our song, would you hold it against me?  Thanks,” said Howard.

Technically, if the Bellamys have a beef, it should be with the writers, Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald, Bonnie McKee and Mathieu Jomphe. Britney and/or her producer(s) simply recognized a great hook and recorded the song. And it’s not the first time a pop hit has caused a double take with country fans. Remember “American Idol” alum Kris Allen and his 2009 hit, “Live Like We’re Dying”? Remind you of a certain 2005 Tim McGraw tune, “Live Like You Were Dying”?

Maybe someone out there can create a Britney/Bellamys mashup. In the meantime, tip your hat to the Bellamy Brothers and take a look at this country classic:

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