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Britney accused of ripping off title of new single

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Published: Monday, February 21, 2011, 10:40 [IST]

London (ANI): Britney Spears is facing legal action over her new single 'Hold It Against Me'. American country rock duo, 'The Bellamy Brothers', has claimed that it bears resemblance to their 1979 signature ballad 'If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me?)', reports the Daily Express.

Now, David and Howard Bellamy are meeting lawyers with a view to suing the 29-year-old pop star, and four songwriters for plagiarism. Just like the Bellamy Brothers' original, the lyrics to Spears' song portray the singer seducing someone on the dance floor. It is the first single to be released from her forthcoming seventh studio album 'Femme Fatale'.

"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, said David Bellamy, 60. Where's the originality? If you listen to the lyrics of Britney's single and compare it with ours you'll find some major similarities," he said.

"We will take the appropriate legal action if our attorneys agree we've been ripped off," he added. "She is not aware of this situation. If this is a legal matter we would have nothing to say until our lawyers have been alerted," said a spokesman for Spears.

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