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 #263: Nicki Minaj v Taylor Swift
CMU Beef Of The Week #263: Nicki Minaj v Taylor Swift

24 July 2015

Taylor Swift might have thought she was going to make it out of this week...

CMU Beef Of The Week #262: Neil Young v Streaming
CMU Beef Of The Week #262: Neil Young v Streaming

17 July 2015

If, when I started writing this column five and a half years ago, you'd told...

CMU Beef Of The Week #261: Shaggy v Islamic State
CMU Beef Of The Week #261: Shaggy v Islamic State

10 July 2015

Now, you don't need me, a pop beef correspondent, to tell you that the rise...

CMU Beef Of The Week 260: Photographers v Pop
CMU Beef Of The Week 260: Photographers v Pop

3 July 2015

Now, if you've being paying attention, and I bloody well hope you have been, you'll...

CMU Beef Of The Week 259: Courtney Love v François Hollande
CMU Beef Of The Week 259: Courtney Love v François Hollande

26 June 2015

I think we all know what old-school taxi drivers think about Uber. If you don't,...

CMU Beef Of The Week #258: Deadmau5 v Deadmouse: The Musical
CMU Beef Of The Week #258: Deadmau5 v Deadmouse: The Musical

19 June 2015

Last year, when Joel Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, hit back at Disney's opposition to a trademark...

CMU Beef Of The Week #259: Elton John v The Woman In The Ponytail
CMU Beef Of The Week #259: Elton John v The Woman In The Ponytail

12 June 2015

There's a thing called Godwin's Law, which states that the longer any discussion on the...

CMU Beef Of The Week #258: Ariana Grande v P&O Ferries
CMU Beef Of The Week #258: Ariana Grande v P&O Ferries

5 June 2015

Do your eyes deceive you? Are there two Beefs Of The Week this week? You're...

CMU Beef Of The Week #257: Mat Zo v EDM
CMU Beef Of The Week #257: Mat Zo v EDM

5 June 2015

Sometimes people have a bit of a rant on Twitter, the shortform format lending itself...

CMU Beef Of The Week #256: Neil Young v Coffee (Round 2)
CMU Beef Of The Week #256: Neil Young v Coffee (Round 2)

29 May 2015

I think if Pono has taught us anything, it's that Neil Young is not a...

CMU Beef Of The Week #255: Rihanna v The Boy Wonder
CMU Beef Of The Week #255: Rihanna v The Boy Wonder

22 May 2015

I think trademark is probably my favourite area of the law. No, seriously. Yeah, I...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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"...

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...

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...

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...

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