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Who doesn’t love a good pop beef? The CMU team monitor all the best squabbles, fall-outs, fisticuffs and legal battles in music, and pick the best one of the week each Friday.
CMU Beef Of The Week #236: The Year In Beefs
CMU Beef Of The Week #236: The Year In Beefs

19 December 2014

Can it really be that another year is over? Another eleven and a half months of disputes, arguments and fallings out has come...

CMU Beef Of The Week #235: Tom Binns v Simon Bates
CMU Beef Of The Week #235: Tom Binns v Simon Bates

12 December 2014

It just occurred to me that some of our readers might not know who Simon Bates is. And that seems like a terrible...

CMU Beef Of The Week #234: Classical Music v Its Audience
CMU Beef Of The Week #234: Classical Music v Its Audience

5 December 2014

Two years ago, Universal International CEO Max Hole said that classical music needed to overcome its "perceived elitism" and ditch its "unwritten etiquette"...

CMU Beef Of The Week #233: Liam Payne v Selfies
CMU Beef Of The Week #233: Liam Payne v Selfies

28 November 2014

"I haven't been asked for an autograph since the invention of the iPhone with a front-facing camera", wrote Taylor Swift in the Wall...

CMU Beef Of The Week #232: Neil Young v Coffee
CMU Beef Of The Week #232: Neil Young v Coffee

21 November 2014

After the runaway success of last week's Beef Of The Week (literally only one person described it as "pants"), I'm going to continue...

CMU Beef Of The Week #231: Noel Gallagher v Coffee
CMU Beef Of The Week #231: Noel Gallagher v Coffee

14 November 2014

Noel Gallagher is really angry about coffee. Because people will happily buy coffee, but often they're less willing to buy his albums. Imagine! Speaking...

CMU Beef Of The Week #230: Taylor Swift v Spotify
CMU Beef Of The Week #230: Taylor Swift v Spotify

7 November 2014

Was there anything else that could be considered a 'beef of the week' this week? If there was, I didn't notice it. In...

CMU Beef Of The Week #229: Pan Fried Beef Fillet at the Mercury Prize
CMU Beef Of The Week #229: Pan Fried Beef Fillet at the Mercury Prize

31 October 2014

Now, obviously you all read our comprehensive coverage of the 2014 Mercury Prize yesterday, so you now know pretty much everything you need...

CMU Beef Of The Week #228: Mike Read v Mike Read
CMU Beef Of The Week #228: Mike Read v Mike Read

24 October 2014

So, one time Radio 1 deejay Mike Read knows a thing or two about getting angry about pop songs. His boycott of Frankie...

CMU Beef Of The Week #227: Taylor Swift v The UK
CMU Beef Of The Week #227: Taylor Swift v The UK

17 October 2014

Taylor Swift released a new song this week exclusively on iTunes. Yay! So far reaching is the world's love for Swift now, that...

CMU Beef Of The Week #226: Beyonce v Journalism
CMU Beef Of The Week #226: Beyonce v Journalism

10 October 2014

We've become accustomed to news of media organisations going out of business in recent years. Magazines find themselves unable to convince enough people to...

CMU Beef Of The Week #225: Steve Aoki v Wunderground
CMU Beef Of The Week #225: Steve Aoki v Wunderground

3 October 2014

This week a new parody right entered into UK copyright law. It's an ambiguous piece of legislation that allows you to use copyright...

CMU Beef Of The Week #224: Brody Dalle v Jennifer Lopez & Iggy Azalea
CMU Beef Of The Week #224: Brody Dalle v Jennifer Lopez & Iggy Azalea

26 September 2014

It's a good thing that we're still talking about the problem of sexism and misogyny in music. Definitely. Though it's a bit depressing...

CMU Beef Of The Week #223: Miley v Mexico
CMU Beef Of The Week #223: Miley v Mexico

19 September 2014

Miley Cyrus has angered Mexico. Why? Well, apparently some people in the country thought that having two dancers spank her with the country's...

CMU Beef Of The Week #222: The Enemy's Tom Clarke v
CMU Beef Of The Week #222: The Enemy's Tom Clarke v "morons with little pens"

12 September 2014

So, this one starts out like the sort of amusing spat you'd expect to make the Beef Of The Week column, but then...

CMU Beef Of The Week #221: Deadmau5 v Disney
CMU Beef Of The Week #221: Deadmau5 v Disney

5 September 2014

So, you've likely already seen the news that Disney is going after Deadmau5 and his logo, opposing a trademark application he submitted in...

CMU Beef Of The Week #220: Pablito Ruiz v Tame Impala
CMU Beef Of The Week #220: Pablito Ruiz v Tame Impala

22 August 2014

It is a fact that if lawsuits in which songwriters claim to have been ripped off by other more successful songwriters stopped tomorrow,...

CMU Beef Of The Week #219: The Black Lips v Gene Simmons
CMU Beef Of The Week #219: The Black Lips v Gene Simmons

15 August 2014

Gene Simmons was on the Huffington Post's website this week to do a live Q&A with fans. For younger readers who aren't aware...

CMU Beef Of The Week #218: Vanilla Ice v Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Ty Dolla $ign
CMU Beef Of The Week #218: Vanilla Ice v Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Ty Dolla $ign

8 August 2014

Wooooooooah now. Yeah, that's a pretty big rap beef isn't it? Early 90s hair rapper Vanilla Ice taking on new guys Wiz Khalifa,...

CMU Beef Of The Week #217: Co-op staff v the future of music
CMU Beef Of The Week #217: Co-op staff v the future of music

1 August 2014

Staff at branches of the Co-operative have risen up in anger, after being driven to distraction by the music playing on the supermarket...

CMU Beef Of The Week #216: Tulisa v The Fake Sheikh
CMU Beef Of The Week #216: Tulisa v The Fake Sheikh

25 July 2014

If you're talking about the biggest dispute of the week, which I guess we are, then there can be no other than Tulisa...

CMU Beef Of The Week #215: Billy Corgan v Amazon
CMU Beef Of The Week #215: Billy Corgan v Amazon

18 July 2014

Billy Corgan rants are ten-a-penny and have a tendency to be quite Billy Corgan-centric, but his latest offering might just raise some interesting...

CMU Beef Of The Week #214: Ireland v Garth Brooks
CMU Beef Of The Week #214: Ireland v Garth Brooks

11 July 2014

Strap in, beef fans, this one gets real complicated real quickly. It involves Garth Brooks, the American country music star best known for...

CMU Beef Of The Week #213: Twitter v Robin Thicke
CMU Beef Of The Week #213: Twitter v Robin Thicke

4 July 2014

Did you see the PR disaster on Twitter this week? Oh, everyone was talking about it. A right disaster, it was. It turns...

CMU Beef Of The Week #212: The Queen v Eminem
CMU Beef Of The Week #212: The Queen v Eminem

27 June 2014

So it's official, whilst Her Maj was rather generous to the music community with her annual round of birthday honours earlier this month,...

CMU Beef Of The Week #211: Lana Del Rey v The Guardian
CMU Beef Of The Week #211: Lana Del Rey v The Guardian

20 June 2014

Lana Del Rey is a divisive character. A lot of people have strong opinions about her, and often those opinions don't stem from...

CMU Beef Of The Week #210: Morrissey v Cliff Richard
CMU Beef Of The Week #210: Morrissey v Cliff Richard

13 June 2014

Earlier this week, as you no doubt heard, Morrissey cancelled the remaining nine dates on his US tour, which includes the first two...

CMU Beef Of The Week #209: Cam'ron v
CMU Beef Of The Week #209: Cam'ron v "Dumb ass gangstas"

6 June 2014

US rapper Cam'ron was in London this week to play a one-off show at The Forum on Tuesday night. Which you might take...

CMU Beef Of The Week #208: Linkin Park v Sublime With Rome
CMU Beef Of The Week #208: Linkin Park v Sublime With Rome

30 May 2014

Any band will tell you that touring, rather than being a life of glamour, actually involves a lot of waiting around. And the...

Beef Of The Week #207: The Black Keys v The Black Keys
Beef Of The Week #207: The Black Keys v The Black Keys

23 May 2014

Now, we all know that the good old Black Keys aren't shy of a little casual beefing from time to time. There was...

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