Arctic Monkeys, Suck It And See – This British rock band’s 2006 debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, still ranks as the fastest selling debut in British music history, owing a huge debt to an enthusiastic fan base who made the band an internet phenomenon. Arctic Monkeys did it again with their sophomore effort, but most would say their hot streak ended with their third album, Humbug. Early vibes for their latest effort suggest the mojo is back. June 7.
Ronnie Dunn, Ronnie Dunn – This former Tulsan, and half of the superstar country act Brooks & Dunn, is ready to spread his wings on his own. After 12 albums, 26 No. 1 singles and 30 million records sold, Ronnie Dunn is releasing his first solo effort. Dunn shares writing credit on nine of the album’s 12 tracks, and the first single, “Bleed Red,” is already a hit. June 7
Bon Iver, Bon Iver – The Eau Claire, Wis., folk quartet’s origin story is screenplay ready. Founder Justin Vernon fled to a remote cabin in Wisconsin to regroup after a series of personal setbacks – he got mono and ended up recording a critically acclaimed debut album (in the cabin). Vernon brought in a number of new collaborators for the band’s second offering and he promises a very different album. June 21.
David Cook, This Loud Morning – Former Tulsan and American Idol winner David Cook is set to unleash his second major label release, following up his self-titled 2008 certified platinum debut. Cook began working on the album after his first major tour, collaborating with a cast of heavyweight songwriters, including David Hodges and Tulsa-native and One Republic frontman Ryan Tedder. Cook also shares songwriting credits with two other Tulsans, former Midwest Kings bandmates Andy Skib and Neil Tiemann. Skib and Tiemann are also members of Cook’s band, The Anthemic.