Britney Spears, the 28-year-old pop superstar who debuted her hotly anticipated new track 'Hold It Against Me' this week, has been accused of stealing the song's title from 1970's country music duo THE BELLAMY BROTHERS, reports Entertainment Weekly. The band's founder DAVID BELLAMY says he feels Britney ripped off her title from his No.1 hit 'If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me'.
Spears' song, which has been produced by studio gurus MAX MARTIN and DR LUKE, hit the airwaves on Monday (9th January 2011) and has predictably taken the Internet by storm. However, Bellamy says the pop singer was wrong to use the title, saying her song has "pretty much the same title." The 60-year-old added that he hasn't heard back from anyone in Spears camp and that he has not yet made a decision about whether to take legal action until he learns more about the law and its procedures. The songwriter added, "I just have to see what the intent was. I just kind of found it unoriginal, and I guess it makes us realize how old we are, because they're recycling our titles already."
Bellamy, who will be playing 180 shows this year to commemorate the 35th anniversary of THE BELLAMY BROTHERS first No. 1 hit 'Let Your Love Flow', did concede that the line 'If I said you have a beautiful body." is essentially a common phrase in popular culture. American comedian Groucho Marx famously used the line in one of his routines.