Fall Music Preview A-Z: From 2 Chainz To Austin Mahone

Today's list also includes Arcade Fire and Avicii.

Labor Day is essentially a closing ceremony for the greatest season of the year, leaving us with little to look forward to including, dwindling daylight hours, plummeting temperatures and school looming closer. So what better time to look ahead to see what our favorite artists have in store for the rest of the year?

All week, we’ll be looking at the most exciting things to look forward to this year, from A-Z, 26 in all. From Ariana Grande and Beyonce to Lady Gaga, One Direction, Rick Ross and Zendaya, we’ve got everything you need to know on the music you’ll need to own.

Today’s list kicks off with the second album from 2 vChainz and includes the debut from Grande and everything we know about Austin Mahone’s upcoming album.

2 Chainz: B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time

Release date: September 10

The word: “You don’t want to have the whole album about one thing, but I definitely show growth on there. I talk about gaining friends, losing friends; reality rap man. I talk about current events,” 2 Chainz told MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway. “I definitely discuss it being my time. I feel like it’s a changing of the guards. I feel like people need to recognize that it’s about to be a new era.”

Hear this: The Caribbean-tinged “Feds Watching” opened up a new lane for 2 Chainz, who has already mastered Atlanta’s trap sound. Look for the Mannie Fresh-produced “Used 2” and Diplo-produced “Netflix” with Fergie to take Chainz into new territory.

Key players: Mike Will Made It, Pharrell Williams, Mannie Fresh, Drumma Boy and DJ Toomp all provide production, while Lil Wayne, Drake, Fergie and new comer Rich Homie Quan are set to lend vocals.

Facts: Chainz has never met a feature he didn’t like, but in May he tweeted that he put his features on halt until his new album was done. (Rob Markman)

Arcade Fire: Title TBD

Release date: October 29

The word: “I’m not sure if it’s a concept record like the last one. … We don’t talk about where the songs come from unless somebody says ’What I’m going for is more this.’ That’s all I got into. I’m not trying to conduct an opera, or a rock opera — a ’ropera’ in this case,” producer and former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy told Billboard.

Hear this: We have yet to hear anything from the as-yet-unnamed record, but an Instagram account tied to Arcade Fire and the release called Reflektor released a cryptic video featuring some very Arcade Fire-esque droning.

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