LISTEN: How Does Britney's New Single Measure Up?

One of the year's most anticipated musical events is already here: Britney Spears has released her first single since 2009. "Hold It Against Me" officially drops today, although it leaked onto the internet on Monday morning. Listen below, courtesy of Z100.com:


The song is vintage Britney: a little bit sexy, a little bit cheesy, a little bit addictive. So how does it measure up to Spears' past hits? Here are our thoughts:

The Bad: We have to admit, we groaned when we reached the chorus: If I said I want your body now, would you hold it against me? is the worst play on words we've heard in a Spears song since the "hidden" F-bomb in If You Seek Amy. Not to mention, the line You feel like paradise, and I need a vacation tonight sounds like something The Situation would say to pick up girls at the Jersey Shore. Britney's pronunciation is a little weird, too -- who says "hazy" like that?

The Good: The song has the same kind of undeniably awesome dance beat that co-producer Dr. Luke brought to Katy Perry's "California Gurls," Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" and Taio Cruz's "Dynamite." And Britney's voice sounds great: strong, sultry and confident. It may not be the best song she's ever released, but it will fit right in on the inevitable next installment of her Greatest Hits collection.

There's a bit of a double meaning going on in the song title "Hold It Against Me": after all Britney's been through, she seems to be asking her fans not to hold her past against her. But how could we? She's still Britney, and as long as she keeps putting out catchy dance tracks, we'll be downloading them on iTunes. We're very curious to hear the rest of her seventh album, which is due for release in March.

What do you think of Britney's new single? Chime in below!

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