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 #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...

CMU Beef Of The Week #185: Moby v Thom Yorke
CMU Beef Of The Week #185: Moby v Thom Yorke

29 November 2013

Ever since Nigel Godrich re-ignited (or perhaps fanned the flames of) the Spotify debate a few months ago, everyone has come out and...

CMU Beef Of The Week #184: James Arthur v Everyone
CMU Beef Of The Week #184: James Arthur v Everyone

22 November 2013

I only really became properly aware of James Arthur very recently, thanks to the marketing campaign for his album, which seems to revolve...

CMU Beef Of The Week #183: Lily Allen v (Insert your own perception here)
CMU Beef Of The Week #183: Lily Allen v (Insert your own perception here)

15 November 2013

Lily Allen is back. And she has returned with what we now come to expect of her: an easy to digest critique of...

CMU Beef Of The Week #182: Huey Morgan v Never Mind The Buzzcocks
CMU Beef Of The Week #182: Huey Morgan v Never Mind The Buzzcocks

8 November 2013

No list of "things people don't talk about so much anymore" would be complete without the Fun Lovin Criminals and 'Never Mind The...

CMU Beef Of The Week #181: Kanye & Kim v Chad
CMU Beef Of The Week #181: Kanye & Kim v Chad

1 November 2013

Just because Kanye West hired a baseball stadium to propose to Kim Kardashian last month, that doesn't mean it wasn't meant to be...

CMU Beef Of The Week #180: HMV v Apple
CMU Beef Of The Week #180: HMV v Apple

25 October 2013

So the recently rejuvenated Nipper the dog took a bite out of the Apple this week, though it remains to be seen if...

CMU Beef Of The Week #179: Ke$ha fans v Dr Luke
CMU Beef Of The Week #179: Ke$ha fans v Dr Luke

18 October 2013

Well here's a searing debate that will likely rage till time's bitter end, is Ke$ha's career being stifled by producer and label boss...

CMU Beef Of The Week #178: One Direction v all that is holy
CMU Beef Of The Week #178: One Direction v all that is holy

11 October 2013

One of the three trillion ways in which pop devils One Direction differ from Leonard Cohen is that, unlike him, they aren't prepared...

CMU Beef Of The Week #177: Arashi fans v Arashi trees
CMU Beef Of The Week #177: Arashi fans v Arashi trees

4 October 2013

Right, I don't want to come across all patronising, but I'm going to assume that you don't know who Arashi are. So, here's...

CMU Beef Of The Week #176: The NFL v MIA
CMU Beef Of The Week #176: The NFL v MIA

27 September 2013

Offence is a funny thing, isn't it? What is teeth gnashingly offensive to one person can float past another completely unnoticed. And what...

CMU Beef Of The Week #175: Josh Homme v Jay-Z
CMU Beef Of The Week #175: Josh Homme v Jay-Z

20 September 2013

Back at the end of August/beginning of September (Labor Day weekend, as people in the US would probably call it), Budweiser's Jay-Z-curated Made...

CMU Beef Of The Week #174: Tom Fletcher v Spence
CMU Beef Of The Week #174: Tom Fletcher v Spence

13 September 2013

Last year, as I'm sure you're all aware, McFly published their autobiography as part of their tenth anniversary celebrations. Foregoing any of our...

CMU Beef Of The Week #173: Bromley Beekeepers Association v Bez
CMU Beef Of The Week #173: Bromley Beekeepers Association v Bez

6 September 2013

Poor Bez. Having hung up his dancing shoes, due to his advancing years (he's 49), he's discovered why other members of The Happy...

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