Fall Music Preview A-Z: Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, One Direction And More

Today's list also includes Kings of Leon and Panic! at the Disco.

It’s a bummer that summer’s over, but MTV News has the cure for those blues: our biggest fall releases list. Stick with us all week as we count down the 26 most massive releases on deck over the next three months from A-Z. From Ariana Grande and Beyoncé 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 return of rockers Kings of Leon, as well as Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP, Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz, as well as the latest from One Direction and Panic! at The Disco.

And don’t forget to check out Monday’s fall preview , featuring Ariana Grande, Avicii and 2 Chainz; Tuesday’s edition ,
with all the news on Beyoncé, Britney, Chris Brown, Drake and Eminem; and Wednesday ’s
rundown of albums from Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Icona Pop.

Kings Of Leon: Mechanical Bull

Release date: September 24

The word: “I think a lot of people were expecting a minivan record, you know, our wives are all soccer moms, and we’re just out with the kids,” KOL drummer Nathan Followill told MTV News . “But that’s the great thing about people’s opinions and imaginations: Half of them are going to expect it’ll one way, and the other half are going to think something else. And that’s when it really does feel good, when you go to bed at night knowing you made the record you wanted to make, and people love it.”

Hear this: “Supersoaker” speeds along on the strutting guitars and bashing drums that used to be the Kings calling card, yet contains the same big-hearted sentiments (and soaring choruses) that turned them into arena-rock icons. As far as comeback singles go, you can’t do much better than this one.

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Key players: From the sound of things, all four Followills, which is a marked departure from the conflict-heavy Come Around Sundown era. As Nathan explained to MTV News: “We all started having fun again … [we] got back in there and everybody had a creative say-so, and just started from scratch.”

Facts: Mechanical Bull was recorded in the Kings’ brand-new studio, which used to be an old paint factory. Oh, and the album apparently takes its name from the 1980 John Travolta flick “Urban Cowboy,” which featured this memorable scene.

Lady Gaga: ARTPOP

Release date: November 11

The word: “We didn’t make 15 trees; we made a forest. She’s writing every single song, so they’re coming from her,” collaborator DJ White Shadow told MTV News about ARTPOP’s largess. “It was less than a week [after Born This Way] that she had hit me … and she literally sent me [the note] ’The next album’s called ARTPOP.’ She had the name and the general concept for the record a week after Born This Way came out.”

Hear this: Take your pick … the saccharine rush of first single “Applause?” The industrial-strength wallop of “Swine?” The art-school excesses of “Aura?” Remember the rumor that Gaga was thinking of releasing ARTPOP in two volumes ? Given the sonic variety of the songs she’s premiered so far, that idea is starting to make a lot more sense.

Key players: Everyone from Azealia Banks to Zedd is rumored to have worked on it, and Gaga herself recently confirmed cameos from T.I., Too $hort and Twista.

Facts: The album is, literally, ARTPOP taking inspiration from performance artist Marina Abramović and pop provocateur Jeff Koons .

Miley Cyrus: Bangerz

Release date: October 8

The word: “You know, there’s definitely been times where I’ve had to fight for what I want on this record,” Cyrus told MTV News . “But I think everyone now is starting to see that I had a vision, and I’m really excited about it. It’s just gonna be — it’s gonna be crazy. It’s gonna be single after single after single.”

Hear this: Shortly before her much talked-about 2013 Video Music Awards performance of “We Can’t Stop,” Miley dropped “Wrecking Ball,” an intense ballad about a relationship gone awry.

Key players: Miley recruited some heavy star power, including producers Pharrell, Sean Garrett and Mike Will Made It. She also collaborated with a host of hip-hop artists including Big Sean, Future, Ludacris and Nelly.

Fact: Miley’s wild VMA set with Robin Thicke not only inspired some impressive memes, but it had 306,000 tweets per minute, which is more than Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance.

Rumors: With just a month until Bangerz drops, there are still many unanswered questions. Miley’s producers, however, have given some clues. Last month, Mike Will Made It posted a photo of himself with Miley and Nicki Minaj in the studio and Garrett revealed that the former Disney star collaborated with none other than Britney Spears.

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