Chinese pop band "The Flowers" or "Hua'er" are back in the spotlight after a video emerged on a web site apparently showing members fighting in a Beijing restaurant.
The video was shot last week and features lead Da Zhang Wei and a second member, Star Daily reported on Thursday citing a netizen who claimed they shot the footage.
The incident took place in a small restaurant, where the netizen and his girlfriend were eating dinner, near Chaoyang park.
What began as loud talking descended into a fight when lyricist Zhang Wei beat a band member and also another man who tried to stop the quarrel, the report said.
EMI, the band's label, admitted the dispute, claiming that it was all because they had different views on their newest music album.
A senior official from the record company, Zhang Yi, said the band had been working on a new album and the quarrel began as Da Zhang Wei and fellow band member Xiao Yu expressed differences on its sound.
After being involved in a plagiarizing scandal last year, the band feel very pressured during the recording, Zhang added.
Some netizens have questioned if the blurred video is actually a stunt promoting the upcoming album due out in autumn, but EMI's Zhang Yi said they were too busy to do so.
The band were involved in one of the biggest scandals in Mandarin pop history last year after they were accused of plagiarizing 12 songs from overseas and China, including their hit, Xishuashua.
(CRI.cn June 15, 2007)