Fall 2013 album preview: The hottest releases

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Music is going to come in all forms this fall, as a lot of major artists plan to release new albums.

Pop music is everywhere, with Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake unveiling new material.

Some major veteran acts are also in the mix, including Elton John, Sting and Paul McCartney. And with Arcade Fire releasing its highly-anticipated follow-up to 2010's "Suburbs," and 2 Chainz unveiling his sophomore album, there's pretty much something for everyone.

Read on to see and listen to what's in store:

Neko Case, "The Worst Things Get, the Harder I Fight..." - Sept. 3

Out Sept. 3 is Neko Case's latest "The Worst Things Get, the Harder I Fight...," on the heels of 2009's "Middle Cyclone." Of the 12 tracks, Case told Consequence of Sound,"This record was really autobiographical because my mind didn't have room for anything else."

Sheryl Crow, "Feels Like Home" - Sept. 10

Sheryl Crow goes country on "Feels Like Home," her new album due out Sept. 10. Marking her first new release since 2010's "100 Miles from Memphis," the upcoming effort has been inspired by Crow's time living in Nashville, Tenn. "This album feels very natural," Crow told Reuters. "It's an extension of who I am, where I live. It doesn't seem like too big of a departure. I've been absorbed into the city limits of Nashville." Crow has tackled country before (remember "Picture" with Kid Rock?), but this truly is a full-on foray into the genre.

2 Chainz, "B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time" - Sept. 10

Rapper 2 Chainz debuted at No. 1 with his debut album, "Based on a T.R.U. Story," in 2012 and now he's releasing the follow-up on Sept. 10. "I applied a formula to this album I call 'mainstream ratchet,'" he told Rolling Stone. "It starts in the smallest strip club in Atlanta, and goes all the way to London and Paris."

Jack Johnson, "From Here to Now to You," Sept. 17

Everyone's favorite musical surfer Jack Johnson has a new album coming out on Sept. 17. His sixth studio release features the single, "I Got You." The set, recorded nearby his home in Hawaii, comes on the heels of 2010's "To the Sea."

MGMT, "MGMT" - Sept. 17

MGMT will be back this fall with a new self-titled set, the duo's third studio release. MGMT unveiled a new song, "Alien Days," for Record Store Day in April. In August, the video for "Your Life is a Lie" arrived.

Icona Pop, "This is...Icona Pop" - Sept. 24

Icona Pop's catchy hit single, "I Love It," took us through the summer, but now the Swedish pop-duo is ready to unveil a complete album on Sept. 24. A second electro-pop single "All Night" has already surfaced. Check it out:

Justin Timberlake, "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2" - Sept. 30

Justin Timberlake's music-making lay dormant for a while, but now that he's back, JT is really back. On the heels of "The 20/20 Experience," comes "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," a second batch of songs, due Sept. 30 -- just six months later. The single, "Take Back the Night," is already a smash. What's next?

Elvis Costello and the Roots, "Wise Up Ghost" - Sept. 17

Two musical giants have joined forces for a special fall release. The Roots and Elvis Costello teamed for a unique collaboration that sprouted when Costello performed with The Roots during a visit to "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." The result is "Wise Up Ghost," a funk-filled set out on Blue Note Records on Sept. 17.

Sting, "The Last Ship" - Sept. 24

Sting's seventh studio album marks his first full-length LP in a decade. For the follow-up to 2003's "Sacred Love," Sting was inspired by the music of North East England. It features guest appearances by Kathryn Tickell, Jimmy Nail, The Unthanks and the Wilson Brothers.

Elton John, "The Diving Board" - Sept. 24

Elton John unveils his first solo album in seven years on Sept. 24. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the collection includes lead single "Home Again."

Miley Cyrus, "Bangerz" - Oct. 8

Following her buzzy MTV Video Music Awards performance, Miley Cyrus' team decided to unveil details of the pop singer's new album. Due Oct. 8, "Bangerz" will feature the summer hit, "We Can't Stop" along with second single "Wrecking Ball." She teamed with Mike Will, Pharrell, Future, and will.i.am on the upcoming release.

Paul McCartney, "New" - Oct. 15

Paul McCartney will release an album, titled "New," on Oct. 15. The 12-track set marks McCartney's first album of original tracks since 2007's "Memory Almost Full." Last year, he released "Kisses on the Bottom," which featured mostly cover songs.

Pearl Jam, "Lightning Bolt" - Oct. 15

The members of Pearl Jam began recording their 10th album two years and they're finally about ready to let fans give it a listen. Longtime producer Brendan O'Brien is back at the helm.

The Avett Brothers, "Magpie and the Dandelion" - Oct. 15

In July, the Avett Brothers announced that a new album will be coming this fall, just a year after the release of "The Carpenter." One of the tracks has already been released. Take a listen:

Katy Perry, "Prism" - Oct. 22

Katy Perry has a lot to of pop stardom to live up to following the success of her 2010 "Teenage Dream" album, but so far it doesn't appear to be a problem. This summer, Perry released "Roar" -- an instant hit on radio -- and the LP, "Prism," will follow on Oct. 22.

M.I.A., "Matangi" - Nov. 5

M.I.A. had a lot of stop-and-gos with this upcoming release -- now expected out on Nov. 5. We've already sampled a few of the new electro-rap cuts, including "Bad Girls" and "Bring the Noize."

James Blunt, "Moon Landing" - Nov. 5

British singer-songwriter James Blunt will unveil "Moon Landing," his first new studio album in three years this fall. The set features the single "Bonfire Heart" and "Miss America," a song inspired by Whitney Houston.

Lady Gaga, "ARTPOP" - Nov. 11

Lady Gaga will give her "Little Monsters" her third album on Nov. 11. The lead single, "Applause," created a lot of buzz in August, and Gaga is hoping the album will, too, come this fall.

"'ARTPOP' musically mirrors Gaga's creative process as she passes through the medium of each artist she collaborates with, scoring a blueprint on her journey," a statement explained. "The result, a 'rage' of electronic passion and fury, defining each artistic process from beginning to end, 'ARTPOP' could mean anything."

But that's not all. There's plenty more releases slated for fall 2013:

Willie Nelson's "To All the Girls" arrives on Sept. 24.

Amos Lee will release "Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Songs" on Oct. 8.

Panic! at the Disco is back with "Too Weird to Live, To Rare to Die!" on Oct. 8.

The Head and the Heart will release "Let's Be Still" on Oct. 15.

Chris Brown will release "X" in November.

Tell us: Which album are you most looking forward to checking out?

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