The summer may be over (even if its unofficial anthem, “Despacito,” is still ruling the Hot 100). But take a look at Billboard’s 2017 Fall Preview, and you’ll see there are plenty of reasons to get psyched for the season to come -- 44 of them, to be precise. Cover stars Halsey and her tour-mate Charli XCX, two of the smartest, most outspoken women in pop right now, will come to an arena near you with their infectious brand of girl power (and, probably, a spot-on cover of “Wannabe” to go with it). Walk the Moon will prove they’re much more than a one-mega-hit rock band. And speaking of rock, it’s most certainly not dead yet -- at least if the Foo Fighters and indie heroes like The National and Deer Tick have anything to say about it (meanwhile, Pink should fulfill your need for epic pop, and Travis Scott could satisfy fans with two potential new albums).
If the news has got you in a protest frame of mind, let rap-rockers Prophets of Rage instruct you in how best to resist this fall (if chilling out or simply living your best life are more your style, Jack Johnson and Margo Price have you covered). As Spotify’s possible stock market entry looms, streaming giants and up-and-comers alike will face tectonic shifts before year’s end (Art Garfunkel’s memoir, on the other hand, will get you nostalgic for the days of tape decks). SpongeBob SquarePants will sing Bowie, T.I., Aerosmith and more in his Broadway musical debut. And with an adventurous new album, R&B hitmaker Ty Dolla $ign might just make you believe in his personal credo: “There’s no ceiling for the Dolla.”