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 #254: Iran v Thom Yorke
CMU Beef Of The Week #254: Iran v Thom Yorke

15 May 2015

Who do you think about when you think about sexual problems? Thom Yorke, right? I know, every time. It's like, you're sitting there...

CMU Beef Of The Week #253: Zayn Malik v Louis Tomlinson (via Naughty Boy)
CMU Beef Of The Week #253: Zayn Malik v Louis Tomlinson (via Naughty Boy)

8 May 2015

I was recently reading an article about Zayn Malik’s exit from One Direction, which basically said that a solo career could end up...

CMU Beef Of The Week #252: The Music Industry v Grooveshark
CMU Beef Of The Week #252: The Music Industry v Grooveshark

1 May 2015

And so, it came to pass, that on the 30th of April in the year two thousand and fifteen (Eastern Daylight Time), the...

CMU Beef Of The Week #251: Leona Lewis v Syco
CMU Beef Of The Week #251: Leona Lewis v Syco

24 April 2015

Whenever Leona Lewis does anything these days, people keep rushing around to point out how it sounds like she's saying her split from...

CMU Beef Of The Week #250: Fifteen tips for a better beef
CMU Beef Of The Week #250: Fifteen tips for a better beef

17 April 2015

Quite staggeringly, this column has now been running for over five years, and over the space of 250 of these things (or thereabouts,...

CMU Beef Of The Week #249: Pat Pope v Garbage
CMU Beef Of The Week #249: Pat Pope v Garbage

10 April 2015

There are three main reasons that photographers appear in the news. First is that they've been punched by a celebrity. Second is that...

CMU Beef Of The Week #248: Louis Walsh v The New Yoko
CMU Beef Of The Week #248: Louis Walsh v The New Yoko

27 March 2015

Earlier this week Zayn Malik left One Direction. Yeah, I know, they kept that one quiet didn't they? But yes, after five years,...

CMU Beef Of The Week #247: Natalia Kills and Willy Moon v X-Factor v Natalia Kills and Willy Moon v X-Factor
CMU Beef Of The Week #247: Natalia Kills and Willy Moon v X-Factor v Natalia Kills and Willy Moon v X-Factor

20 March 2015

To be honest, until this week I didn't even know New Zealand had its own edition of the 'X-Factor'. But while it may...

CMU Beef Of The Week #246: McDonald's v Music
CMU Beef Of The Week #246: McDonald's v Music

13 March 2015

As the music industry changes, and some traditionally lucrative revenue streams have gone into decline, there has been a school of thought that...

CMU Beef Of The Week #245: Hall & Oates v Haulin Oats
CMU Beef Of The Week #245: Hall & Oates v Haulin Oats

6 March 2015

'Haulin oats', according to Urban Dictionary circa 2010, is a slang term to mean "running really fast". It is also similar in sound...

CMU Beef Of The Week #244: Madonna v Gravity
CMU Beef Of The Week #244: Madonna v Gravity

27 February 2015

It's a long-standing controversy within scientific circles, of course. You might remember that conference on the issue at MIT back in 2006, though...

CMU Beef Of The Week #243: Jack White v Student Journalism
CMU Beef Of The Week #243: Jack White v Student Journalism

20 February 2015

Jack White loves guacamole and hates bananas, ha ha ha ha ha. Ha. Haaaaa. Those were the facts we learned last month when...

CMU Beef Of The Week #242: Katy Perry v (a) Left Shark (statue)
CMU Beef Of The Week #242: Katy Perry v (a) Left Shark (statue)

13 February 2015

So, you were thinking this week's Beef Of The Week would be Kanye v Beck, weren't you? You probably told all your friends...

CMU Beef Of The Week #241: Morrissey v Iceland
CMU Beef Of The Week #241: Morrissey v Iceland

6 February 2015

This week, Morrissey announced that he was cancelling a show in Iceland because the venue had refused to serve only vegetarian food. This...

CMU Beef Of The Week #240: Blink 182 v Blink 182
CMU Beef Of The Week #240: Blink 182 v Blink 182

30 January 2015

Prior to this week, if you had any interest in Blink 182 (which I realise is possibly an oxymoron), you would have been...

CMU Beef Of The Week #239: James Blunt v Chris Bryant
CMU Beef Of The Week #239: James Blunt v Chris Bryant

23 January 2015

Chris Bryant MP is a "classist gimp", while singer-songwriter James Blunt is a bit "precious" about his position in the music industry. These...

CMU Beef Of The Week #238: Jimmy Page v Robbie Williams
CMU Beef Of The Week #238: Jimmy Page v Robbie Williams

16 January 2015

There's nothing more rock n roll than a planning dispute. Nothing. So it doesn't get much more rock and/or roll than Jimmy Page...

CMU Beef Of The Week #237: Alcopop! Records v UKIP
CMU Beef Of The Week #237: Alcopop! Records v UKIP

9 January 2015

Earlier this week, for some reason, the UK Independence Party's official website went down and the domain it uses became available to buy...

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...

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