Swift’s latest project is even more interesting than the imaginary motherhood album she pinned her hopes on

Michael Collins looks back Bertrand Burgalat’s career as the architect for the modern French pop sound

Norman Lebrecht on how Marion von Weber was both interesting and important to Mahler’s emergence

The appointment of a chief conductor little affects the general performance of an orchestra

Britpop has a bad reputation for stolid, white-boy basicness now, but it’s not a reputation Parklife deserves

Sarah Ditum says that the focus on Timberlake as a bad agent conveniently forgets the machine behind him

Robert Thicknesse reveals how in searching for meaning, opera adaptations are becoming more obscure

Norman Lebrecht says an affair with Coco Chanel did Stravinsky’s PR, and hers, no harm at all

The George Formby Society attempts a ukulele world record, online

Music has lost its unpredictability, its thrilling fear while sport’s passion shines, says Norman Lebrecht