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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.

View Photo Gallery: Remembering the “godfather of go-go.”

- 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.

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about the bliss of summer songs, the woe of festival fatigue and a guide on how to KonMari your record collection.


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