"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.