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Britney Rumor Mill Explodes (Theft! Grammys!) as Single Rules Radio

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Love it (as The Amp does) or hate it (as some Amp readers do), but Britney Spears' new single "Hold It Against Me" has numbers on its side. Despite leaking a few hours before its scheduled release date, Spears' song rocketed to Number One on the iTunes chart -- which is the only place it's currently being legally sold -- and set a new record for radio spins in a day according to numbers from tracking services Mediabase and BDS made public by Spears' label, Jive.

As a result the Britney rumor mill quickly spun into overdrive:

Claim: Britney Will Perform at the Grammys
Likelihood: Highly possible. UPDATE: Maybe not all that possible thanks to a denial to People.
Evidence: Unnamed sources talking to blogs and a coy tweet from Brian Friedman, the choreographer who's worked with Spears on numerous occasions (and danced in her "Slave 4 U" video). A Brit performance on the Grammy stage would be her first since 2000 and set up a potential diva duel with Lady Gaga, who will surely perform at the event since her new single "Born This Way" is due the day of the ceremony (February 13th). Spears has to be looking for a solid awards show moment to make up for her terrible "Gimme More" at the 2007 MTV VMAs, and the Grammys would be a grand stage for that comeback -- and a great way to promote her March album.

Claim: Britney and Her Songwriters Stole a Cliché
Likelihood: Not very.
Evidence: "If you listen to the lyrics ... you'll find some major similarities," David Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers tells CMT, referring to "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me?" which was a country Number One in 1979. Yes, Bellamys' and Brit's songs both use the same public-domain pick-up line, but Bellamy has admitted he nabbed the phrase from Groucho Marx. Musically, there are no similarities between the two songs. If Bellamy wants to hear what real copyright infringement sounds like, might we recommend he listen to Mariah Carey and Jessica Simpson's kissing-cousin Christmas tunes.

"Hold It Against Me"

 

"If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me?"

 

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