"Standing Outside Your Door," Dolly's second single from her Aug. 19 release Pure & Simple, dropped Friday. The song is available as a digital download from retailers such as iTunes and Amazon, and a lyric video debuted as well. Watch it here or in the media player above.
'Once Upon A Christmas' Coming On Vinyl Dolly's vinyl renaissance continues in September with Friday's announcement that her 1984 holiday classic with Kenny Rogers, Once Upon A Christmas, the biggest-selling album of her career, will be reissued on green translucent 180 gram audiophile vinyl on Sept. 30 by the Friday Music Two label. Reserve your copy here! The month also sees the first-ever vinyl releases of Trio II and a two-LP set of bonus Trio tracks as Farther Along, and recently a 1977 concert appearance at New York's Bottom Line came out on vinyl under the title Country Girl In The Big Apple. Coat Of Many Colors saw a vinyl re-issue in February, as did Jolene a year ago.
Pure & Simple Tour Recorded For DVD Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour rolls on this week, playing Kansas City Friday night and St. Louis Saturday before swinging through Columbus, Ohio, (where your webmaster will see it for a second time) on Tuesday night, Ft. Wayne, Ind., on Wednesday and Windsor, Ont., across the border in Canada on Thursday. Her sold out Red Rocks Amphitheatre show in Colorado on Wednesday night drew rave reviews, and attendees said she announced it was being taped for a future DVD release (although of her last three concerts that were filmed for planned DVDs – London, Glasgow, and Melbourne – only one, London, has actually been released, and that was from her tour nearly a decade ago). Reviews include 303 Magazinehere, which called her "poised, charming, charismatic and really funny," and Hey Reverbhere, which opined: "The cap on the show reminded Red Rocks of the mighty power of this timeless performer. For as much of a ham as she can be, Dolly Parton is no joke." A preview for St. Louis in The Riverfront Times gushed over her here, stating: "Dolly Parton was born when a rainbow arched down from heaven and touched a butterfly. She is exponentially better than any other being on Earth and is clearly a gift to humankind from something otherworldly." Her show earlier in the week in Utah earned praise from Salt Lake Magazinehere and The Heraldhere. Meanwhile, her recent phone press conference garnered stories in advance of this weekend's shows in The Ft. Wayne News Sentinelhere, St. Louis Todayhere and The Kansas City Starhere.
Jeweler: Dolly Has Mae West's Rocks Did you know Dolly owns most of Mae West's famous jewelry collection? That's according to a Boulder jeweler who has three of West's most famous pieces in his collection. Learn more from The Daily Camerahere.
U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's The Tour Collection slides one on this week's top 20 country compilations albums chart in the U.K., coming in at No. 18, while Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls out of the top 20, down from No. 18 on the same list, and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 20.
'Dear Dolly' Gets CMT Debut Newcomer Ruthie Collins debuted her new video, "Dear Dolly," on CMT Friday, and the network called it "a beautiful love letter" to Dolly. Check it out here or in the media player below.
July 27: Dolly Ranks On Forbes' Biggest Country Earners In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, financial publication Forbes magazine revealed Dolly appears on its annual list of country music's top earners, the "Country Cash Kings." On the list for the first time since it debuted in 2013, Dolly ranks at No. 13 out of the top 15 earners who were listed, thanks to $19 million in estimated earnings from album sales, songwriting royalties, endorsements, concert ticket sales and non-music business income from June 1, 2015, to June 1, 2016. Her inclusion was a surprise first because she did not tour during that time period (her 2016 tour started two days after the cut-off for the list, and her only concerts during the time period were a handful of charity shows for which she earned no income) and did not have a new album released, so nearly all of the stated income would have come exclusively from her non-music business interests: Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country, her dinner theatres (Dixie Stampede and Pirate's Voyage), the Dream More Resort, royalties for local productions of her 9 To 5: The Musical, and producer royalties for her NBC movie Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors. The inclusion was also a surprise because her business income for this year had no real reason to jump dramatically, so the magazine must have changed it methods for gathering the data upon which the list is based. The inclusion was also a surprise because past years when it was documented she should have been included saw her missing – for example, the magazine claims to use ticket sales numbers from Pollstar upon which the concert grosses are based for the list, but she was absent from the 2014 list (for June 1, 2013-June 1, 2014) when Pollstar had estimated Blue Smoke World Tour ticket sales alone of $23 million as of June 1, which would have put her around No. 11 or No. 12 on the 2014 list before adding in any income from businesses. Likewise, since the European leg of the tour, which Pollstar estimated generated about $10 million in gross ticket sales, was within the 2015 list's June 1, 2014-June 1, 2015 period, assuming her business income was anywhere close to what it was in the past 12 months, she would have ranked around No. 11 or No. 12 that year, too. The full 2016 list is available here and a profile of her Imagination Library charitable project appears in the magazine here.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's July 22 Sioux Falls, S.D., show made it to No. 36 on this week's Boxscore chart from Billboard released Tuesday. Over 84 percent of the 5,978 seats were sold and the venue's gross was $489,924. Elsewhere on the Aug. 6 charts, Don Henley's Cass County, featuring the Dolly duet "When I Stop Dreaming," re-enters the top 50 country album charts at No. 50 for a 37th week on the tally. Overseas, Dolly's The Tour Collection re-enters this week's top 20 country compilations albums chart in the U.K., coming in at No. 17. Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) holds steady at No. 18 on the same list.
Dolly's Tour Continues On The Road The Pure & Simple Tour made its way to Orem, Utah, on Tuesday, with The Salt Lake City Tribune previewing the show here. She heads to the Denver area Wednesday at Red Rocks before moving on to Missouri for performances in Kansas City on Friday and St. Louis on Saturday. And The Edmonton Sun looked at her sold out engagement in that city – and other artists selling out that new Canadian venue – with a piece here.
Dollywood Adds New Open Dates Dollywood in recent days announced that crowds have been so large thus far this season that extra days are being added. The Splash Country water park adds five days Aug. 15-19, keeping it open daily through Aug. 21 and on weekends through Labor Day. Dollywood's main theme park, normally closed most Tuesdays during winter, will be open on Tuesdays, Dec. 6 and 13, during Smoky Mountain Christmas.
July 21: Pure & Simple Tour Resumes, Rolls On Dolly opened the second leg of her Pure & Simple Tour in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday night, following up in Hinckley, Minn., on Wednesday before heading over to Sioux Falls and Deadwood, S.D., on Friday and Saturday. I'm told the Iowa performance was the same as most of her first leg engagements with the exception of switching the places of "Here You Come Again" and "Two Doors Down" in the set list and the absence of her optional second encore, "He's Alive"/"Hello God." She told the audience she had spent the past several days filming the role of the town tramp with big hair and overly done make-up for Christmas Of Many Colors. As on the first leg, she blew her nose often and joked about her need for Kleenex. She also had a minor wardrobe malfunction with some sparkles that began to come off her outfit and required someone to come cut them off. The Gazette had a review here and KCRG covered the show here. Thanks to Matt Legg for the recap and photo at left!
Dolly License Plate Coming For Tenn.? Dolly's Imagination Library appears to be offering a charitable license plate for Tennessee residents to support her early childhood literacy program in the state. A page on the program's website here that was shared around Facebook on Wednesday noted the plates would add $35 to the cost of one's tags, $15.375 of which goes to the Dollywood Foundation. It explained that 1,000 need to be ordered before they will be produced and a counter on the site showed just over 100 commitments at that time, but later in the evening the page was gone, apparently having become password-protected.
July 18: Dolly Replaces Cancelled Canadian Show Dolly has announced a Sept. 10 concert in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Canada at the Essar Centre. Tickets go on sale via the venue's box office at 10 a.m. Friday and will run $89.50 and $129.50 Canadian. The show replaces her previously-announced charity concert in Foley, Ont., cancellation of which was announced by organizers last week.
Dolly Makes 'Taste' Hottest List Taste Of Country this week issued its annual list of the "40 hottest artists over 40" and Dolly came in at No. 23. Check out the list here.
July 16: Dolly Cancels Foley Fundraiser Show Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour resumes Tuesday, starting its second leg in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but up north one date has been lost. The Parry Sound reports that due to "unforeseen circumstances," Dolly's Sept. 10 benefit show at the Foley, Ont., Fairgrounds has been cancelled. Refunds will be given. Learn more here.
The Post Chats With Dolly The Washington Post recently chatted with Dolly about her Pigeon Forge empire here and offered a video report on her newest dinner theatre here.
U.K. Chart Updates Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) re-enters the top 20 U.K. country compilation albums tally, it was announced Friday, coming in at No. 18, while her Original Album Series, Vol. 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony) also re-enters the tally, coming in at No. 20, and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls back out of the top 20, down from No. 20.
July 15: 'Coat' Sequel Starts Shooting But No Emmy Nods Principal photography began Thursday on NBC's sequel to Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors, Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle Of Love, in Georgia. According to reports, Dolly was sighted in the area. Emmy nominations were also released on Thursday and, unfortunately, the massively-successful television movie, the most-watched film on television in six years, failed to receive a nomination. Vanity Fair almost correctly predicted the Best TV Movie nominations earlier in the week here: Confirmation, All The Way, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride and Luther. They missed A Very Murray Christmas, thinking instead that The Dresser would get a nod. However, the publication chose Dolly's film for its "should be nominated (but won't be)" pick.
Dolly Chats With 'The Guardian' Dolly recently gave a wide-ranging interview with Britain's The Guardian newspaper here to promote her new album talking about the possibility of working with Jack White, her LGBT fans, what instruments she plays, her long-shelved dance album and more.
How Dolly Got To Cedar Rapids The Des Moines Register offered a little behind-the-scenes information on how Dolly's tour chose to come to rival city Cedar Rapids. Read the piece here.
Dolly Remembers Pat Summitt The University of Tennessee on Thursday celebrated the life of legendary coach Pat Summitt, and Dolly provided a prerecorded tribute message which WBIR posted here. A shorter text version of her remarks was also released to the media: "Even though Pat and I would not be considered best friends, we had a special bond. We were both proud of the fact we were born and raised Tennessee girls and proud of each other's success. She was not only a great inspiration to me, but to every woman every where. She was loved and respected...and obviously so talented. Pat will live forever in our hearts, our memories and in the record books. Glory to you Pat Summitt. Respectfully and lovingly, Dolly"
'Idol' Winner Wants To Sing With Dolly Final American Idol winner Trent Harmon told Digital Journal that Dolly is his dream duet partner. Read more here.
July 12: Five More Concerts Add Ala., Fla., Texas Shows Five new dates for the final leg of Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour were announced on Monday across Alabama, Florida and Texas: Nov. 16 in Huntsville, Nov. 26 in Tampa, Nov. 27 in the Miami area, Nov. 29 in Pensacola and Dec. 5 in Houston. The additions raise the number of dates for this leg of the tour to 13 and the total for the entire tour to 62 dates. The other legs have all been 16-17 dates, and a couple of interviews noted this would be a 67-date tour, so I'd expect perhaps another four or five concerts are still to be added. Tickets for Huntsvillle at the Von Braun Center Arena go on Ticketmaster presale at 10 a.m. Central time this Thursday, while VIP packages start at 10 am. Wednesday and general public sale start at 10 a.m. Friday. Tickets for the Tampa show in the Amalie Arena go on presale for AEG and Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. Eastern next Thursday, July 21, while VIP packages start at 10 a.m. next Wednesday, July 20, and general public sales start at 10 a.m. next Friday, July 22. The Miami-area date at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., shows no presale information but has a public sale time of 10 a.m. Eastern next Friday, July 22. The Pensacola Bay Center show has American Express presales and VIP seats on sale at 10 a.m. Central next Wednesday, July 20, AEG, venue, radio and Ticketmaster presales starting at 10 a.m. next Thursday, July 21, and general public sales starting at 10 a.m. next Friday, July 22. The Houston engagement at NRG Arena has VIP tickets and Ticketmaster and local presales starting at 10 a.m. Central time this Thursday with public sales beginning at 10 a.m. this Friday. In other news, Taste Of Country over the weekend shared some shots from Dolly's New Jersey show. Check them out here.
'The Hits' May Be Wal-Mart Exclusive For U.S. Fans For U.S. customers, the double-CD version of Dolly's Pure & Simple album with The Hits might be a Wal-Mart exclusive, Dollymania.net has learned. Wal-Mart is currently showing the album with the 22-song track listing (the 10 announced songs, two bonus tracks, and 10-song bonus greatest hits CD) as a "Wal-Mart exclusive." Although it appears outside of North America the 22-song version will be the standard release – with the exception of the U.K., which is getting a BBC Music release of her Glastonbury Festival live concert set instead of The Hits – all U.S. retailers are only showing the 10-song version at present with the exception of Wal-Mart. Thanks, Tony!
July 9: 'The Hits' Companion CD, Bonus Tracks Confirmed Additional details have come to light about Dolly's upcoming album Pure & Simple. The version of the album announcement press release issued by Sony's Masterworks imprint posted to the label's website differed from the version released by Dolly's publicist and Sony Music Nashville, noting that the album "will be available for purchase at all physical outlets and digital/stream platforms as a 22-track edition – containing the 10-track 'Pure & Simple' album plus two bonus tracks on the first disc, and a 10-song selection of hits and catalog tracks." The press release reveals the bonus tracks are "Mama" and "Lovin' You," which the official Pure & Simple Tour books had included in the previously-published 12-song track list for the album. The track listing for the second CD, titled The Hits, was also included in the release and confirmed in various international versions of the project as listed on iTunes France, Japan and Australia (the U.K. version includes the previously-announced live CD from her Glastonbury set, and current listings for all U.S. and Canadian retailers just show the 10-track version announced by Dolly's team on Thursday – and since the Masterworks press release did not specify the U.S. and Canada, it hasn't officially been confirmed yet that the double-CD version will be sold stateside). Dolly's official website on Friday began offering preorder bundles of the CD with additional exclusive memorabilia here. Amazon.com added advance order pages for the CD here, digital download here and import version (although it doesn't specify which country) here. Thanks, Tony and Tim! The track list for The Hits is as follows:
My Tennessee Mountain Home
Coat of Many Colors
How Great Thou Art
Light of a Clear Blue Morning
Here You Come Again
Islands in the Stream
9 To 5
I Will Always Love You
New Orleans Concert Announced, Again Although word of Dolly's Nov. 30 performance in New Orleans at the Smoothie King Center was originally reported and rescinded back in May, the date was officially re-announced on Friday. VIP packages go on presale Wednesday at 10 a.m. Central time, followed by a Live Nation, Live Nation mobile app, venue and Ticketmaster presale at 10 a.m. Thursday and general public sales starting 10 a.m. next Friday.
British Chart Update Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls back out the top 20, U.K. country compilation albums tally, it was revealed Friday, down from No. 19, while her Original Album Series, Vol. 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony) also drops off the tally, down from No. 17, and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 20.
July 8: 'Pure & Simple' Album Details Released Dolly on Thursday officially announced the details of her Aug. 19 release, Pure & Simple, revealing it will be released under a new joint venture of Dolly Records and RCA Nashville, marking her return to the label she called home from for nearly 20 years. In a press release, Dolly noted: "I may not be pure, but I'm as simple as they come! This new Pure & Simple project is really special to me because I'm taking my fans back to my roots. I feel like these songs have a pure, tender side and we didn't go overboard with arrangements. I'm so glad we've teamed up with our friends at Sony to get this album out to the fans." Doug Morris, CEO of RCA parent company Sony Music Entertainment, said in the press release: "Dolly Parton is a national treasure and an iconic singer/songwriter. We are thrilled to be expanding our successful relationship with her through this new global agreement. We are very proud to call her a member of the Sony Music family." Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO Randy Goodman added: "This is a special reunion for Dolly, RCA Nashville and for me personally. Our entire Sony Music Nashville team is elated. We have a firm foundation of Dolly's incredible catalog of hits on RCA Nashville as well as Columbia Nashville." (Sony Music owns Monument Records – where Dolly recorded 1965-67, RCA – where she was 1968-86, and Columbia – where she was under contract 1987-96; basically covering her career recordings from 1965 through 1996 except for her Trio project with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris on Warner Brothers in 1987.) The press release also provided the album's cover art, which had previously been confirmed by Dollymania.net and shared here nearly a month ago, and the track listing:
Pure and Simple
Say Forever You'll Be Mine
Never Not Love You
Kiss It (And Make It All Better)
Can't Be That Wrong
Outside Your Door
Tomorrow Is Forever
Head Over High Heels
The British version of the announcement noted that the album there will be paired with a live CD from her 2014 Glastonbury Festival headlining concert, although it was unclear whether that companion CD will be available in the U.S. The U.K. edition of The Huffington Post premiered a lyric video of the album's title track, viewable here. Multiple media outlets reported on the news repeating the details of the press release, with the only one that added new information being Billboardhere that noted her most recent release, Blue Smoke, has sold 88,000 units in the U.S. since its release in 2014 on Dolly Records and Sony's Masterworks imprint. (By comparison, the album has sold about 400,000 copies in Great Britain.) The publication explained that since the SoundScan era began in 1991, Dolly has sold 9.25 million albums in the U.S. and since they began tracking individual U.S. song downloads in 2003 she has sold 3.3 million tracks on top of the album sales. They added that in the first six and a half months of this year alone, she has sold 53,000 albums from her various catalog titles and 123,000 individual song downloads.
July 7: N.Y., Philly Shows Sell Tickets For $1.5 Million This week's combined Box Score chart at Billboard magazine ranked Dolly as the No. 7 concert artist of the week thanks to reported grosses from two shows: June 15 in Philadelphia and June 25 in New York, which combined for $1.5 million in ticket sales. Individually, the New York show sold 72 percent of the 12,887 seats that were made available and grossed $1.06 million, while the Philadelphia show old 81 percent of the 5,093 tickets offered with a gross of $405,000.
'Coat' Sequel Seeking Extras For July Filming The sequel to Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors, Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle Of Love, filming in Georgia later this month, needs extras to play townsfolk for July 15, church folk for July 26, and miner folk and medics for July 27. Get more information, including e-mail instructions for contacting the extras casting agents, from The Atlanta Journal Constitutionhere.
July 6: Dolly Clarifies Hillary Clinton Non-Endorsement After being subject to some pretty harsh hate speech on conservative media outlets for the past week following "clickbait" postings that took a recent comment in The New York Times as an endorsement of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Dolly on Tuesday released a clarifying statement with her publicist characterizing the stories as her words being "misreports." Dolly's statement, which supported the interpretation of her remarks here Friday night, was: "This morning while I was watching the news I saw many reports that I had endorsed Hillary Clinton. My comment about supporting a woman in the White House was taken out of context. I have not endorsed Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump. I try not to get political but if I am, I might as well just run myself 'cause I've got the hair for it, it's huge, and they could always use more boobs in the race. But seriously, I have not decided who I'm voting for, but no matter what we're gonna be suffering from PMS, Presidential Mood Swings." Unfortunately, many conservatives were not satisfied with the statement, as while the number of hate speech postings and insults appeared to be slightly lower than with the original "clickbait" articles, the comments sections on the stories on conservative sites about the new statement were still filled with accusations that the fact that she has not made up her mind between the two candidates indicates she is considering voting for Clinton and that anyone who would even consider voting for Clinton can not be a real Christian, or must be brainwashed, or is un-American, etc. Dolly's original comments were, when asked how she felt about a female presidential nominee: "Well, I think that that would be wonderful. Hillary might make as good a president as anybody ever has. I think no matter if it's Hillary or Donald Trump, we're gonna be plagued with PMS either way — presidential mood swings! But I personally think a woman would do a great job. I think Hillary's very qualified. So if she gets it (the presidency), I'll certainly be behind her."
July 2: Hillary Clinton Comments Cause Controversy An offhand remark by Dolly in an interview a few days ago went viral on conservative media this week after apparently being misinterpreted, causing an outcry of condemnation by conservatives. The story came from a New York Times interview here in advance of her stop in the city for her Pure & Simple Tour. The paper asked: How do you feel about a female presidential nominee? And she replied: "Well, I think that that would be wonderful. Hillary might make as good a president as anybody ever has. I think no matter if it's Hillary or Donald Trump, we're gonna be plagued with PMS either way — presidential mood swings! But I personally think a woman would do a great job. I think Hillary's very qualified. So if she gets it, I'll certainly be behind her." Given her longstanding and consistent policy of not publicly discussing politics, it appears she was stating the objective fact that the former secretary of state and senator is qualified to serve as president (something that would not have been controversial just 10 years ago but today is sacrilege to many conservatives) and that if she is elected president she'll support her (a respect for the office of president, regardless of who holds it, that also was common just 10 years ago but today is also sacrilege to many conservatives), which did not actually appear in any way to give her an actual endorsement or say that she was going to vote for her. However, conservative media has interpreted the statement as such following a FOX News report here that simply repeated the quote and then spreading over a few days to other less reputable websites that claimed instead that her comments constituted a full endorsement of Clinton and a pledge to vote for her, quickly filling the comments sections of those sites with hate speech aimed at her.
Pure & Simple Tour Updates The few remaining tickets for Dolly's Nov. 15 fundraising concert in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., went on sale to the public Friday and quickly sold out, The Knoxville News-Sentinel reported here. Dollywood season passholders had bought most seats as pre-sale customers a few weeks ago. In other Pure & Simple Tour news, Nepa Scene reviewed her recent Wilkes-Barre show here and coverage of her Pittsburgh engagement on Tuesday night to close out the tour's first leg made The Timeshere, Post-Gazettehere and Trib Livehere.
U.K. Chart Updates Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) re-enters the top 20, U.K. country compilation albums tally, it was revealed Friday, coming in at No. 19, while her Original Album Series, Vol. 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony) drops seven to No. 17, and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls back out of the top 20, down from No. 18.
Dollywood Adds Room To Help Autistic Guests Dollywood was in the press this week with news of the debut of a sensory room for visitors with autism to calm down if they become overexcited, reportedly the first such facility at a theme park. Read more from The Huffington Posthere.
Celebrate The Fourth With Dolly Don't forget, as was reported here a week and a half ago, Get TV has scheduled a marathon of the 1976-77 variety series Dolly! to air on Independence Day. Six back-to-back episodes start at 8 p.m. Eastern with Tennessee Ernie Ford, Kenny Rogers, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, Anne Murray, Lynn Anderson and the Parton Family, with the marathon repeating starting at 11 p.m.