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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 #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...

CMU Beef Of The Week #206: Gary Barlow v The Tax Man
CMU Beef Of The Week #206: Gary Barlow v The Tax Man

16 May 2014

Two years ago, a music investment organisation called Icebreaker was accused by The Times of being little more than a tax avoidance scheme. Though...

CMU Beef Of The Week #205: Misfits v Misfits
CMU Beef Of The Week #205: Misfits v Misfits

9 May 2014

Now, you know we love a good lawsuit here at CMU, but there's nothing like the joy of punks suing punks. So it...

CMU Beef Of The Week #204: Lorde v Journalism
CMU Beef Of The Week #204: Lorde v Journalism

2 May 2014

I like Lorde. I think that she released a good album last year, and has interesting things to say about music and the...

CMU Beef Of The Week #203: The Internet v Avril Lavigne
CMU Beef Of The Week #203: The Internet v Avril Lavigne

25 April 2014

This week, Avril Lavigne released a music video so objectionable that the entire internet turned against her and she was forced to take...

CMU Beef Of The Week #202: One Direction v The Dallas Cowboys
CMU Beef Of The Week #202: One Direction v The Dallas Cowboys

11 April 2014

I don't know how much you know about American football, but here are a few basics to get you up to speed: 1. Not...

CMU Beef Of The Week #201: The Cure v The Guardian
CMU Beef Of The Week #201: The Cure v The Guardian

4 April 2014

The Cure played a gig. The gig was long. This should not have been a surprise for a number of reasons. First, Cure...

CMU Beef Of The Week #200: Simply Red v Anglers
CMU Beef Of The Week #200: Simply Red v Anglers

28 March 2014

It's alright, everyone. Mick Hucknall has sorted out a dispute over hunting rights on the estate in Ireland he owns with his former...

CMU Beef Of The Week #199: Eliza Doolittle v Jesus
CMU Beef Of The Week #199: Eliza Doolittle v Jesus

21 March 2014

There's been ever such a lot of blasphemy in this column since the start of the year. Justin Bieber was a naughty boy,...

CMU Beef Of The Week #198: Holby City v Perrie Edwards
CMU Beef Of The Week #198: Holby City v Perrie Edwards

14 March 2014

If you tuned into BBC One to watch hospital drama 'Holby City' this week, I'd imagine you were both shocked and stunned by...

CMU Beef Of The Week #197: Live Nation v Lady Gaga naysayers
CMU Beef Of The Week #197: Live Nation v Lady Gaga naysayers

7 March 2014

Right, everyone, stop saying that everything Lady Gaga does of late is a flop. For one thing, says Arthur Fogel, chairman of Live...

CMU Beef Of The Week #196: Katy Perry v Allah
CMU Beef Of The Week #196: Katy Perry v Allah

28 February 2014

So, Ms Katy Perry is a blasphemer, that's this week's news. Or at least she is according to an online petition that called...

CMU Beef Of The Week #195: Pop v Scotland
CMU Beef Of The Week #195: Pop v Scotland

21 February 2014

If there's one thing Scots don't like, it's being told to "stay with us" by an English man who has lived in the...

CMU Beef Of The Week #194: Drake v Rolling Stone
CMU Beef Of The Week #194: Drake v Rolling Stone

14 February 2014

Drake is unhappy. He did this big cover interview with Rolling Stone about an album he released almost six months ago, and then...

CMU Beef Of The Week #193: The Music Industry v YouTube
CMU Beef Of The Week #193: The Music Industry v YouTube

7 February 2014

Earlier this week, MIDEM's organisers were enthusing about how positive everyone had been at this year's edition of the big Cannes bash. The...

CMU Beef Of The Week #192: Prince v The Internet
CMU Beef Of The Week #192: Prince v The Internet

31 January 2014

Prince has a beef. And that beef is with The Internet. No, not the Odd Future offshoot, the actual internet. All of it....

CMU Beef Of The Week #191: Justin Bieber v God
CMU Beef Of The Week #191: Justin Bieber v God

24 January 2014

So, while we were all praying for egg assassin Justin Bieber yesterday, he was out (allegedly) drinking, taking drugs and drag racing. The...

CMU Beef Of The Week #190: Mike Skinner v Leo Ihenacho
CMU Beef Of The Week #190: Mike Skinner v Leo Ihenacho

17 January 2014

A new series of 'The Voice' started on BBC One last Saturday. You might have watched it. If not, they'll probably have another...

Beef Of The Week #189: Lady Gaga v Those who would seek to betray her
Beef Of The Week #189: Lady Gaga v Those who would seek to betray her

10 January 2014

Lady Gaga has had a bit of a rant about "those who have betrayed me", suggesting that it's all their fault that the...

CMU Beef Of The Week #188: The year in beefs
CMU Beef Of The Week #188: The year in beefs

20 December 2013

It's the week before Christmas and everyone's in a good mood, so there are no beefs to be had. No, let me stop...

CMU Beef Of The Week #187: Grammy nominations special
CMU Beef Of The Week #187: Grammy nominations special

13 December 2013

I have a theory that if we did away with all award ceremonies, there would be no more war. Nothing divides opinions like...

CMU Beef Of The Week #186: (Definitely) BBC Radio Lancashire v (Probably not) Radio Caroline
CMU Beef Of The Week #186: (Definitely) BBC Radio Lancashire v (Probably not) Radio Caroline

6 December 2013

So, for this week's Beef Of The Week, we head north into the wonderful world of local radio (not that all local radio...

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