A Few More Things: Britney Spears, Queen & Neko Case

Britney Spears may have a new lawsuit on her hands thanks to The Bellamy Brothers, Queen guitarist Brian May says the Freddie Mercury feature film is in the works, and Neko Case is auctioning off the Middle Cyclone car.

Will They Hold The Song Against Her?

Earlier this week The Bellamy Brothers released a statement and made the interview rounds declaring that Britney Spears’ latest hit “Hold It Against Me” rips off the country music duo’s 1979 single “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me.”

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Here’s what David Bellamy had to say about the controversy:

“That little song went No. 1 and has since become one of the defining songs of our career. If you listen to the lyrics of Britney Spears’ new single, ‘Hold It Against Me,’ you’ll find some major similarities. 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.”

Although Bellmany has admitted that the song title stems from a line used by Groucho Marx, today the duo’s publicist confirmed that the group has decided to “weigh their legal options.”
Queen & The Big 4-0

In an update posted to Brian May’s official website the guitarist says “work is now fully under way” on a feature film based on Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
“Peter Morgan has delivered a first draft of the movie, which everyone is very excited about,” May wrote. “Sacha Baron Cohen is chomping at the bit to get into the role, in a way which certainly would delight Freddie!”

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Pinktober Women of Rock Charity Concert, Royal Albert Hall, London

May tells fans this year will be a busy one for the group as Queen celebrates its 40th anniversary. Queen plans to release a newly mastered set of the original LPs and CDs through its new record deal with Island Records. A film version of the “We Will Rock You” musical is also in the works.
Click here for Brian May’s official website.

Mercury Cougar-Rama Muscle Car-‘Splosion

The 1967 Mercury Cougar featured on the cover of Neko Case’s 2009 album Middle Cyclone can be yours for as low as $45.

The singer-songwriter is auctioning the car to benefit 826 National, a network of nonprofit organizations that helps students with expository and creative writing.

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Keswick Theatre, Glenside, Pa.

Ticket sales for the Mercury Cougar-Rama Muscle Car-‘Splosion will re-launch next week. Tickets are priced at $45 each. The more tickets you buy the cheaper they are with 2 tickets for $75, 3 for $100, etc.

The drawing takes place Feb. 18 with runner-up prizes given away beginning Feb. 14. 

For more information, click here for Neko Case’s official website.

Click here for 826 National’s website.