Britney Spears’ 2011 album “Femme Fatale” was full of jams and its lead single, “Hold It Against Me,” was no exception. Despite becoming a huge smash for Spears, the songwriter behind the song, Bonnie McKee, revealed on Twitter in 2017 that its lyrics were inspired by Katy Perry. “The inspiration for @britneyspears’s song Hold it Against Me was @katyperry’s baby bod. True story,” she tweeted.
In a 2013 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, McKee described Spears taking “Hold It Against Me” as a “happy accident.” She continued, “I was writing with [Perry] at the time and I went in the other room where I was working on Britney in between. She came into the room in some tight, sexy little dress and I jokingly said, ‘Damn, Katy if I told you you had a nice body would you hold it against me?’ I was like, ‘Bingo!’ and I wrote that song.”
Even though “Hold It Against Me” didn’t work out for Perry, it wasn’t wasted on Spears. Not only did it become her fourth chart-topper on the US Billboard Hot 100, but she also became the second artist alongside Mariah Carey to debut at No. 1 on the chart more than once.