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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 05/29/2012

Justin Bieber roughs up paparazzi? And more from the world of pop music

- When a recent GQ profile of Justin Bieber told us it was time for the 18-year-old heartthrob to “man up,” this can’t be what they meant. A photographer is accusing the Biebs of attacking him at a California shopping mall after he tried to get a snapshot of the singer and his girlfriend Selena Gomez on Sunday. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are investigating the alleged fracas.

- Washingtonians will say their final farewells to Chuck Brown this week. The Godfather of go-go will be honored at an all-day public viewing at the Howard Theatre on Tuesday and a memorial service at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Thursday.

- After landing Parliament’s 1975 funk opus “Mothership Connection” on the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry last week, Parliament-Funkadelic frontman George Clinton announced that he’ll be performing at this summer’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The National Museum of African American History is hosting — they’ve dubbed the free June 27 concert “Bring Back the Funk.”

- Remember when we covered the White House’s tribute to Burt Bacharach and Hal David a few weeks back? PBS has some video from the event here.

- In today’s Post: I review the debut album from Travis Porter, a rap trio that makes music for and about strip clubs. Elizabeth Nelson says Iceland’s Sigur Ros sound stuck in place, Bill Friskics-Warren locates the endearing quirks in Regina Spektor’s latest, and David Malitz chimes in on the new album from D.C.-bred, New York-based the Walkmen.

And in case you missed it, the week’s pop music coverage:

-Who will emerge with The Song of the Summer? Carly Rae Jepsen? Rita Ora? Icona Pop?

- Drake brought his gooey-center hip-hop to Verizon Center on Friday night.

- Argentine band Babasonicos rocked the faithful at Howard Theatre.

- And doesn’t every generation deserve five well-mannered young men to ferry them across the the raging hormonal rivers of puberty? My review of One Direction’s Patriot Center perfomance.

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