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Is Britney's Hold It Against Me A Rip-Off?

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Check out the video (above) of The Bellamy Brothers performing their song If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me.

The Bellamys are claiming that Britney Spears ripped off their song with her new hit single Hold It Against Me.

Here's what David Bellamy had to say about it:

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

At this time, they do not plan to pursue legal action against Brit Brit, but they've made it clear that they're unhappy.

If we're accusing people of being unoriginal, then maybe we should point out that the line "if I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me" was a double entendre said by Groucho Marx before The Bellamy Brothers released their song.

Do U think Hold It Against Me rips off The Bellamy Brothers and/or Groucho Marx?

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84 comments to “Is Britney's Hold It Against Me A Rip-Off?”



  1. 1

    It was produced by Dr. Luke. OF COURSE it's a ripoff of something, lol.



  2. 2

    It should also be noted that Britney didn't write the song, and I'm sure she has NO IDEA what this other song is. She sings what's put in front of her. Blame the writers, if anything.



  3. 3

    No, it's a pretty general question/title….There could be dozens of songs that say the same thing one way or another and could yet be completely different. Her song is nothing like this and the only lyrics it partially shares is the one highlighted.

  4. bkroz says – reply to this


    4

    That's like Britney releasing a song whose lyrics read "You must be tired, because you've been running through my mind all day," and then getting sued by some no-name band who used the same age-old pickup line. Two independent parties with songs that utilize a public-domain pickup line does not a lawsuit make.



  5. 5

    It's just a really old joke, it's not a very good new song anyway - step away from the dubstep Britney please D:



  6. 6

    Somebody's clenching onto any possibility of being famous again…



  7. 7

    Hilarious and totally irrelevant. The song is a club hit. The cheesy pick up line is used in loads of other things too.



  8. 8

    As you said, "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold it Against Me" originated with Groucho Marx, and has since become a well-known double entendre. It's up there with similar cheesy come on lines like "That's a beautiful dress. It would look even better on the floor next to my bed" etc… Anyone claiming to have somehow staked out the rights to a cliche' is an idiot.

  9. GG78 says – reply to this


    9

    How do those songs sound alike? Not the same lyrics either. . . . . . . . . . . . I'm confused how they think that her song is anything like theirs !!!?????



  10. 10

    absolutely NOT!



  11. 11

    BRIT BRIT DINT EVEN WRITE THE DAMN SONG, SHE AINT THAT TALENTED. THE BROS SHUD BLAME THE WRITERS OF THE SONG. BESIDES, THE DEBATE IS LAME. THE 2 SONGS ARE NITE AND DAY, NOTHING COMMON EXCEPT FOR THAT LINE. THEY'RE REACHING, USING THE SOULJA BOY ARGUMENT OF "IF IT'S IN THE DICTIONARY, THEY GUILTY.." THESE GUYS WERE LAST RELEVANT IN THE LATE 70'S WHEN THEY HAD ANYTHING IN THE BB HOT 100. GRASPING ON LAST STRAWS OF FAME? LOLZ.



  12. 12

    OH PEREZ U R SOOOOO FULL OF SHIT….WHY DONT U DO ONE LIKE:IS GAGA A WHOLE MADONA RIP-OFF…U SUCK EVEN MORE NOW LOL!!!!



  13. 13

    WOW ITS EXACTLY THE SAME SONG…..NOOOOOO……NOTHING ALIKE….PEREZ U R SO TRANSPARENT N RIDICOULOUS…FUCK OFF SATAY AWAY FROM BRIT SHE WAS WAAAAY TO NICE TO UR FUGLY FACE….!!!!



  14. 14

    well said… personally, i think they just desperately wanna make some ca$h… idiots



  15. 15

    thats a bit embarrasing, im guessing they need publicity, i didnt know they coined or trademarked the phrase?

    if anything, the lines are obviously similar, but NOTHING else is the same! stop trying to steal the bitches limelight just because they are no longer relevant, just another sad bunch of people trying to gain some publicity off the back of someone more successful



  16. 16

    You're just all over this Britney stuff aren't you.. and it's annoying you're getting most of it wrong..she's not performing at the grammy's and her itunes thing reached #1 in about 7 hrs not 12.. as for this song rip-off crap.. it's one line.. there's a lot of songs out there that have the same line's doesn't mean it was taken from them and she probably didn't write it so she didn't rip it off.. but whatevers



  17. 17

    Color me sarcastically shocked……



  18. 18

    Oh here we go, Mario is going to try to tear Britney down because she is taking over that tranny GaGa's throne again. GaGa is old news and is OVER! The QUeen of pop, GODNEY!



  19. 19

    I think its quite clear that perez is not trying to harm britney in anyway, remember that perez and her manager are on quite friendly terms, so i doubt this is meant to harm her in anyway?

    im thinking half the people that read perez's posts are a bit, how shall i put it….simple minded, as at the end (if you actually bothered to read it all) he clearly calls out bellamy brothers for being unoriginal too. i see NOTHING in this post that paints britney (intentionally) in a bad light.



  20. 20

    There's absolutely nothing in common between the 2 songs other than a few words. There's plenty of songs with the same or similar titles. Did Gaga throw a fit when Kanye released Monster? No. What a waste of time.



  21. 21

    i doubt very much Britney even remembers recording it



  22. 22

    i dont think whoever wrote this song intentionally looked to the bellamy brothers for inspiration. it's a coincidence if anything.



  23. 23

    Re: jennycakes – FAT BOY IS JUST JEALOUS IT AINT LADY CACA THE SELF - ADMITTED CRACK SMOKER. NOW HE'S GOIN AFTER BRIT BRIT LIKE HE WENT AFTER XTINA. FAT BOY HAS GREATER STALKER TENDENCIES AND OBSESSIONS THAN JARED LEE LOUGHNER. TRUTH!!!



  24. 24

    Lawl I'm not surprised. You'd post this crap about anyone whose a threat to CaCa.



  25. 25

    I think they are just trying to capitalize on a coincidence and in doing so making there summer tour or whatever more relevant. All these stories are just ways to distract the masses from the fact the world is ending.



  26. 26

    not lovin the new brit tune, but its NOTHING like the bro's song. maybe they just need a little publicity since its been about 30 yrs since they had any. sad.



  27. 27

    whereTF is this imaginary throne that you all have to put one artist on? you seriously only listen to one freakin artist? wtf! I listen to them all. When did music become this big freakin competition? Avril rocks btw!



  28. 28

    This is an old pick up line. If somebody released a song called 'yo mama', I would hope they wouldn't get sued (well, maybe because how lame it would be) because it's a "rip-off". When something because that commonly spread, how can you not expect it to be used in media? And lots of songs reference similar things. This is lame, and they probably won't get a penny, anyway.

  29. @v@ says – reply to this


    29

    Now Groucho's people are going to look at this one. Hehe.



  30. 30

    who cares if britneys producers did rip off this band…if anything all music now a days is ripped off from something else…it all sounds the same and nothing is completely original…and I dont know if anyone else happened to notice but the melody of this song is a rip off or jimmy buffets margaritaville…so the bellamy brothers were not original in their song either



  31. 31

    Re: xcalibur – lol holy fuck xD



  32. 32

    she ripped off the song just like Perez ripped off this story from the ThirtyMileZone



  33. 33

    Brit brit ripped off this song just like Perez ripped off this story



  34. 34

    This is stupid the songs do not sound the same and one line/phrase is not enough to call it a rip-off they are seriously reaching and am no Britney fan but let's be fair.



  35. 35

    Re: Yukon_Cornelius – you bored or something?



  36. 36

    PEREZ quit it! Anything to downtalk Britney right? — Ofcourse its NOT a rip-off. Whoooo does not steal something of somekind

    Like a small lyric from another song, sound or anything. This is just rediculous, Shit happens. Face it!….Someone would have thought of those lyrics without even thinking it was in a song before one day anyway. Just because its Britney it becomes a scandal of somekind!?!



  37. 37

    the difference between how Perez reports this about Brit rather than how he'd report the same news about Gaga is that if it were Gaga he'd be writing (probs in all caps) about how ridiculous a claim it is and how original and amazing his "wifey" is. and he wouldn't even ask for comments on what we think. Or he just wouldn't post it at all because he would never post anything negative about his precious Gaga. :P



  38. 38

    I like this version of it better.



  39. 39

    Um, no! Nowhere close! Team Britney. Wait, Perez! Did you ask Cheeza what she thought of this issue, first? She is of course, what your whole world revolves around or the one who's paying you to blab about her almost every day, knowing the fact that nobody knows who she is, nor would they ever care. =)



  40. 40

    Some of these comments are hilarious. Perez is seriously trying to destroy Britney's career? He's merely re-posting a story from another site. He doesn't make this shit up. You bitch at him for posting too much on Britney..you bitch at him for not posting enough. Make up your minds. And those of you throwing Lady GaGa into your argument–that doesn't make your argument stronger. And the Bellamy Brothers trying to gain publicity off Britney's new single? They've been recording and have been country music icons for the past 35 years (yes, there is a world of music out there besides the gay dance shit some of you listen to). The only reason they brought it up is because they were asked about the similarities.



  41. 41

    Re: jennycakes – drunk actually!



  42. 42

    You are way too pressed Perez. Why don't you try a little harder. You are mad your little plan you pulled with Xtina didn't work with Britney. #1 in i believe 18 countries now. Stay mad, pressed, and depressed.



  43. 43

    When I heard the title, I automatically assumed it was a play on Groucho Marx's joke. I've never even heard the Bellamy Brother's song. It's sort of arrogant of them to suggest she got it from THEM when Groucho Marx is a legend and that joke the line comes from is a classic.
    If the song itself sounded like their song, then maybe they'd have an argument.



  44. 44

    this was the only entry that didn't have "clicl here to read rest of story
    so it's the only one i'm going to read and comment on…came back to this site after mario decided to play nice, but sheesh, i am not going to click on every damn link just to read every article. buh bye



  45. 45

    Brit Song is way better!! This group just wants attention!! GO Britney!!!



  46. 46

    Re: jennycakes – bored….drunk…..whats the difference?



  47. 47

    I will like to know this, cause i just cant understand it. Why people that dont like Perez spend their time coming to his website!!



  48. 48


  49. 49

    Give me a break - I've heard that hold it against me line a zillion times



  50. 50

    If Britney ripped this off from The Bellamy Brothers, than she should have to pay them royalties…but only after The Bellamy Brothers pay Jimmy Buffett royalties for ripping him off!



  51. 51

    perez you're a hypocrite when lady gaga ripped off ace of base's don't turn around and abba's fernando you didn't report this at all but when it comes to britney you do.



  52. 52

    YES! That's the first thing I thought of when I heard her song…..its nice and all but it is eerily similar.



  53. 53

    the can't sue brit cause she is too dumb to write ( I love her but is the truth) someone else wrote the song and just a phrase is not a rip off come on people! they are just famewhores



  54. 54

    this is garbage. this britney's new song as we all know is number one today and shattered itunes record and radio airplays (in just less than a day of release) so now, some people are riding on it and beg for a piece of this.



  55. 55

    whateverrrrrrrrrrrr

    its a hit now everywhere,get used to it!!



  56. 56

    Oh brother!!! ONE LINE … what a joke!!!!!! LMAO … they obviously want attention since they're nobodies now! Hahahahahahahaha



  57. 57

    A total rip off… No more originality!!!



  58. 58

    I swear, half the people on this thread must have the reading level of a 2nd grader! READ MORE CLOSELY. Where is it that he's putting Britney Spears down? This article IS NOT about Britney Spears directly. It's about The Bellamy Brothers claiming Spears' new single is ripped off a song with a similar title. He even goes on the say the Bellamy Brothers could very well be ripping off of Groucho Marx. I see no bias reporting either. GO LEARN HOW TO READ, PEOPLE!

    And if Perez did re-post the story, so the hell what? I bet I can find similar articles on CNN, FAUX, or the Yahoo! front page. That doesn't make him an unreliable news source. I came here to read celebrity news. These tweens think they're so hipster to bash a big news source and make their lesser hit celeb blogs look victimized and defenseless. Seriously, it's immature. Kiss off.



  59. 59

    OMG you have got to be kidding. The songs have nothing in common except an age old joke. They aren't suing because they can't.



  60. 60

    can only one song be called that!!!
    How many songs do you know called "I love you" or "beautiful"
    ITS A TITLE.
    the actual song is SOO different!!



  61. 61

    Heck NO.



  62. 62

    the song does not have the same meaning, just the same expression anyone can say that speech, nobody owns those words. (would Would You Hold It Against Me)
    How much ignorance and thirst for sensationalism—-



  63. 63

    the song doesn't have the same meaning, just the same expression anyone can say that speech, nobody owns those words. (Would You Hold It Against Me)
    How much ignorance and thirst for sensationalism



  64. 64

    I hold it against anyone who says Britney Spears has talent. Does she even sing? I swear ILM at lucas ranch does all the singing. Music has been dead since Kurt Cobain died, and that is a SCIENTIFIC FACT!



  65. 65

    Uhmm, I highly doubt "If I said you have a beautiful body, would you hold it against me" was originally thought of by these guys.
    It's a phrase a lot of people use, and have said. I doubt they made a comment about that.

    Because Miss. Britney Spears is so fucking bad ass she will be the one remembered singing it. So please… go back into oblivion.



  66. 66

    the song doesn't have the same meaning, as the Bellamy Brother group, just the Same expression, as well as in Many songs use phrases like everybody loves me,, everybody hurts,

    Group Keane and Lily Allen have a song with expression and title (everybody's changing) And that doesn't mean that they stole each other. Perez Hilton Once again demonstrates his lack of Professionalism and lack of Objectivity



  67. 67

    jajajaja ATTENTION WHORE! thats not a rip off



  68. 68

    Re: MJ0497 – agreed.



  69. 69

    I'm almost positive these hillbillies don't own the phrase "Hold it against me", they're just trying to get recognition on their snoozefest of a song



  70. 70

    My God .. GET A LIFE !

  71. jiji says – reply to this


    71

    I don't think so, I think her song is so much better!!



  72. 72

    Re: paulina=dan radcliffe fan #1 – idiot, song writing is about talent, not smarts. and fyi, britney has already written dozens of songs.



  73. 73

    Please, it's just one line! I see someone needs a size elven up their narrow white ass!



  74. 74

    out of all the possible lyrics there are, there's going to be some that sound similar sooner or later. It's not like it's the most unique lyric ever…



  75. 75

    Of course it's a rip off. The Bellamy Brothers should get a songwriting credit along with the 500 other people who work on "Britney Spears music".



  76. 76

    Where's the originality? HAHAHAHA.
    Where the hell has originality been for the last 10+ years in the music industry? And like others here have said, EVERYONE knows Britney couldn't give two sh*ts about originality nor has she ever written her own songs. Wasn't there a clip somewhere where she admitted to never hearing the Rolling Stones "Satisfaction" before she covered it? This girl knows NOTHING about being a musician/artist. She knows A LOT about being a puppet and dancing. Oh, and shaving her head. It's sad, I like Britney and want to cheer for her. I liked "crazy Britney" better than current-day Britney. At least Crazy Britney had some substance. Not to mention the Blackout Album, IMO, was her best album ever. And, the new single, well, it ain't all that. Just sayin'.



  77. 77

    I just dont see it. It's a common phrase - if she was singing all of the words they were putting it with then I would say infringement. Sorry guys.



  78. 78

    Re: xcalibur – Lmaoo



  79. 79

    Why are people attacking Perez for posting this and then saying he's a Britney hater. He is a hugh Britney fan…some of these posters are either not informed or have reading comprehension problems. Stop wasting valuable feed space!

    Oh and I'm a major Britney fan and don't see Perez as bashing.



  80. 80

    Ughh that saying has been around forever



  81. 81

    Whatever.. just because the title is similar? The 2 songs sound nothing alike and those dinosaurs are just looking for a way to resurrect their name from the dead and make some $$



  82. 82

    oh cry a little harder…. every single song I hear has some bits of other songs I've heard before… who doesnt rip??? I've heard both.. its just a line she used the rest of the song sounds nothing like the old tune. These guys sound like money grabbers and to say they've been ripped off makes them look like idiots. So sad.



  83. 83

    They sound nothing alike to me. Brit is bursting with energy. This style is a little slow. Oh, well hold it against me.



  84. 84

    Hmm..if anything, I'd say The Bellamy Brothers ripped off the music to Garth Brooks' song "Two Pina Coladas".