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This week in
Dolly history
Forty-one years ago Tuesday, “The Seeker” debuts on the pop charts; Dolly's sixth time on the pop side of Billboard, she lasts only one week at No. 105, but the song goes to No. 2 on the country singles chart. Nineteen years ago Tuesday, Dolly's techno remix of “Peace Train” debuts on the dance club play chart, peaking at No. 23. Thirty-one years ago Wednesday, Kenny & Dolly's “Real Love” hits the No. 1 spot on the country chart, No. 91 pop, to become Dolly's 19th of her record 25 country No. 1 hits. Forty years ago Thursday, Variety reports the duo team of Porter & Dolly has dissolved. Thirty-eight years ago Friday, the single “Heartbreaker” debuts on the pop and adult contemporary charts, where it would peak at No. 37 and No. 12, respectively, while spending three weeks at No. 1 on the country charts. Twenty-seven years ago Friday, “Yellow Roses” debuts on the country chart; three months later it would become Dolly's 23rd country No. 1. Thirty-three years ago Saturday, “Islands In The Stream” with Kenny Rogers debuts on the adult contemporary chart; it would spend four weeks at No. 1 there, two weeks at No. 1 on both the country and pop charts and nine weeks at No. 1 on the Canadian pop charts, reach No. 7 on the British pop charts and sell more than 2 million copies to become the biggest-selling song in America for the year and remains one of the best-selling singles of all time. Thirty-four years ago Sunday, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas soundtrack debuts on the album charts, peaking at No. 5 country, No. 63 pop.

In-person Dolly
(scheduled live appearances, some are tentative)

Pure & Simple Tour
Dates TBA June-December 2016

  • Sept. 9, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, Ont.
  • Sept. 10, Essar Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
  • Sept. 12, MTS Center, Winnipeg, Man.
  • Sept. 13, Mosaic Place, Moosejaw, Sask.
  • Sept. 16, Scotiabank Saddleome, Calgary, Alb.
  • Sept. 17, Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alb.
  • Sept. 19, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Sept. 21, ShoWare Center, Kent, Wash.
  • Sept. 22, Northern Quest Casino, Spokane, Wash.
  • Sept. 24, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, Calif.
  • Sept. 25, Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Sept. 27, Valley View Casino, Valley Center, Calif.
  • Sept. 28, Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles, Calif.
  • Sept. 30, Laughlin Event Center, Laughlin, Nev.
  • Oct. 1, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Oct. 2, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Nov. 15, LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge, TN
  • Nov. 16, Von Braun Center Arena, Huntsville, Ala.
  • Nov. 18, North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, S.C.
  • Nov. 26, Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla.
  • Nov. 27, BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla.
  • Nov. 29, Pensacola Bay Center, Pensacola, Fla.
  • Nov. 30, Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, La.
  • Dec. 2, American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Dec. 3, Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Dec. 5, NRG Arena, Houston, Texas
  • Dec. 6, Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
  • Dec. 8, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio, Texas
  • Dec. 9, Winstar World Casino and Resort, Thackerville, Okla.
  • Dec. 10, Winstar World Casino and Resort, Thackerville, Okla.

    Upcoming television appearances
    (All times Eastern unless noted)
  • Aug. 25, 1:30 a.m., VH1, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (re-runs 2:30 p.m. Aug. 25)
  • Aug. 26, 8 p.m., TV Land, 9 To 5
  • Aug. 31, 2:25 a.m., Starz Encore, Steel Magnolias
  • Aug. 31, 3:30 p.m., CMT, Reba
  • Sept. 3, 9 a.m., MTV Live, Dolly Parton Live at the Glastonbury Festival 2014 (re-runs 3:30 a.m. Sept. 5)
  • Sept. 3, 2 p.m., Pop, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (re-runs 9:15 p.m. Sept. 3)
  • Sept. 3, 2:45 p.m., HBO Comedy, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
  • Sept. 4, 2:30 a.m., Starz Comedy, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 4:10 p.m. Sept. 4)
  • Sept. 4, 10 a.m., MTV Live, Glastonbury Festival 2014 Hour 3

    Upcoming or recent releases

  • Coat Of Many Colors Oct. 18, children's book

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas Oct. 11 "Pop Art Cover" DVD re-issue

  • Once Upon A Christmas, vinyl, 1984 album, Sept. 30

  • The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe Sept. 9, three-CD set (and My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection one-CD version, vinyl release of Trio II, and vinyl two-LP set of bonus tracks as Farther Along)

  • On Top Of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music, CD with Dolly track, Aug. 19

  • Pure & Simple, solo CD, Aug. 19 (U.K. import with live CD from 2014 Glastonbury set available as import here)

  • Golden Streets of Glory 1971 album digital download

    My Tennessee Mountain Home 1973 album digital download

  • Country Girl In The Big Apple. vinyl, 1977 concert, June 24

  • Smart Blonde, biography re-issue, June 7

  • Dolly Parton: Queen Of Country April 5 digital release of hourlong documentary

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors May 3 DVD release

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (BluRay release), March 8

  • Coat Of Many Colors Feb. 12 vinyl re-issue

  • Mountain Songbird: A Sister's Tribute Stella Parton tribute CD to Dolly, Jan. 19

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors (2015 movie), Dec. 21 download

  • Rhinestone (1984), Dec. 4 download

  • Joshua (1971), Dec. 4 download

  • The Great Pretender (1984), Dec. 4 download

  • Hello I'm Dolly (1967), Dec. 4 download

  • Here You Come Again (1977), Dec. 4 download

  • Jolene (1974), Dec. 11 download

  • The Collection, Dec. 4 download of 10 Dolly albums

  • Christmas Time, Rhonda Vincent CD with Dolly guest appearance, Oct. 30

  • The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton Oct. 2

  • Cass County, Sept. 25 Don Henley CD with Dolly duet

  • Picking Up The Pieces, Sept. 11, Jewel CD with Dolly duet

  • Platinum Blonde Australian DVD, Sept. 11 (import)

  • The Blacklist: Music From The Television Series Aug. 21 CD with "Slow Ass Jolene" by Dolly

  • Jolene Aug. 3 vinyl re-issue

  • Live From The Bottom Line, July 24 CD

  • Midnight Special DVD set with two Dolly songs, May 12

  • Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited CD with Dolly performing "When They Ring Those Golden Bells," May 12

  • Sonic Highways DVD with Dolly interview, April 7

  • Lifetime Holiday Triple Feature DVD with A Country Christmas Story featuring Dolly, Nov. 4

  • Touch Your Woman digital re-issue of 1972 album, Oct. 22

  • Early Morning Breeze DVD August 12

  • 2015 Official Dolly Calendar July 15

  • Trio, vinyl reissue of 1987 album with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, July 7

  • Bridges Mary Sarah (with Dolly duet on "Jolene") July 8

  • Blue Smoke U.S. release, May 13 (get the vinyl release here)

  • Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-76 Porter & Dolly six-CD boxed set, May 13

  • "Home" U.S. digital single release, April 22

  • Who Is Dolly Parton? children's illustrated biography book April 3

  • Love Is Like A Butterfly 1974 album available for digital download March 21

  • "Blue Smoke" U.S. digital single release, March 18

  • Blue Smoke U.S. import of Aussie release, Feb. 4

  • The Box Set Series four-CD set, Jan. 28

  • The Very Best Of Dolly Parton: Australian Tour Edition U.S. import of Aussie release, Dec. 31

  • The Bargain Store, 1975 album available for digital download Dec. 23

  • Dream More: Celebrate The Dreamer In You paperback edition of Dolly's book Nov. 512:30 a.m.

  • Divided & United Civil War music CD with Dolly duet of "Listen To The Mockingbird" Nov. 5

  • My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy, 1969 album available for digital download Oct. 22

  • To All The Girls Willie Nelson CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 15

  • You Can't Make Old Friends Kenny Rogers CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 8

  • Rhinestone DVD re-issue Aug. 6

  • Heartbreak Express, 1982 album available for digital download July 16

  • Under The Influence Straight No Chaser CD (with Dolly guest vocals) May 7

  • Duets Paul Anka CD (with Dolly duet) April 9

  • Unsung Hero: A Tribute To The Music of Ron Davies (features Dolly track) March 25

  • At Last Lulu Roman CD (with Dolly duet) Jan. 15

  • Dream More book (Putnam) Nov. 27 (audio book available here)

  • Hollywood To Dollywood DVD (Breaking Glass Pictures), Nov. 6

  • Playlist: The Very Best of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton (Sony Legacy) Oct. 9

  • Joyful Noise Songbook (Hal Leonard) May 30

  • Joyful Noise DVD (Warner Brothers) May 1

  • Joyful Noise Soundtrack (Watertower) Jan. 10

  • Bill Anderson: The First 10 Years: 1956-1966, Bill Anderson (previously unreleased duet "If It's All The Same To You") (Bear Family Records), Nov. 22

  • Les Grands Espaces, Isabelle Boulay, Nov. 15, duet on "True Blue"

  • "He's Everything", single from Joyful Noise soundtrack, Oct. 28

  • Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three, Oct. 4, duet on "Wonderful Christmas Time" (Chicago II)

  • First Dog DVD (features original songs by Dolly) Sept. 6

  • The Words and Music of Dolly Parton, July 31 (The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection)

  • The Tour Collection, July 26 (re-issue via Sony UK)

  • Better Day, June 28 (Dolly Records) (Vinyl version available here Aug. 16)

  • Straight Talk, May 10 (Mill Creek Entertainment) Blu-Ray disc release

  • . Hannah Montana Forever: Final Season, The Ultimate Fan Experience, March 8 (Disney DVD)

  • The Grascals, Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin (Cracker Barrel exclusive) Jan. 10

  • Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical songbook Jan. 5

  •  Wanted Dec. 14, seven previously unreleased Monument-era songs (Jukebox Records)

  • Super Hits/Heartbreaker, Nov. 9, re-issue (Sony)

  • Dolly Parton Triple Feature, Vol. 2, Nov. 9, re-issue of Coat of Many Colors, My Tennessee Mountain Home and Jolene (Sony)

  • Playlist: The Very Best Gospel Of Dolly Parton, Oct. 12 (RCA/Legacy)

  • Taken Rhonda VIncent (with Dolly duet), Sept. 21 (Upper Management)

  • Desgining Women: Season Four DVD, Sept. 14 (Shout)

  • "Made For Loving You" (digital single) (duet with Curly Putman) Aug. 31

  • Fairest Of Them All/My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner Aug. 17 (Omni; re-issue)

  • Brother Clyde (CD by Billy Ray Cyrus' new band, Brother Clyde, featuring a Dolly duet) Aug. 10 (Disney)

  • The Essential 3.0 Dolly Parton (compilation) June 15 (Sony Legacy)

  • Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith and Inspiration May 4 (RCA)

  • A Real Live Dolly March 19 (RCA, download only)

  • Country's Greatest Stars Live Vol. 1 Jan. 26 (Shout! Factory)

  • "Comin' Home For Christmas" (single only) Dec. 1 (Dolly Records)

  • Dolly: Live From London (DVD and CD concert set) Nov. 10 (Dolly Records) (DVD portion available for downloading from Amazon here)

  • Dolly (four-CD boxed set) Oct. 27 (Sony Legacy)

  • Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years (three-CD boxed set with new Dolly duet) Oct. 27 (Time Life Records)

  • "Change It" (single) July 28 (Dolly Records)

  • 9 To 5: The Musical (Soundtrack) July 28 (Dolly Records)

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    Today's Dolly Parton news

    Dolly Rocks NBC On 'Tonight,' 'Today'

    Dolly's promotions for Pure & Simple continued this week. Check out an online exclusive clip of performing “Coat Of Many Colors” after Tuesday night's The Tonight Show appearance here or in the media player above. Headline Planet reports here that Dolly's appearance gave the show its highest ratings in eight months. And check out her Today appearances from Wednesday morning here. Elsewhere, Sounds Like Nashville got Dolly's exclusive story-behind-the-song video about the song “Forever Love” and posted it here. Dolly's management officially announced the album's Cracker Barrel version in a press release – revealing it will be released on Friday, even though some stores have been stocking and selling it since last Friday. They also revealed that day the restaurant's YouTube channel will feature Dolly hosting a new “Front Porch Series” of web shorts where emerging artists play games such as “You're Sooooo Country,” “Real Song or Fake Song” and “Dolly or Not Dolly.” In the release, Dolly stated: "My relationship with Cracker Barrel goes back a long way. We are giving their guests something very special with this deluxe album filled with pictures and interviews from my past and present. I am very excited to be working with them on this project; we make a great team." ABC reviewed the album here with three stars, and Mic reviewed it here as “one of Parton's least schmaltzy, most personal releases in memory.” The updated Hits Daily Double tallies keep the album at No. 7 overall and No. 1 country for sales with mid-week sales totals of 9,178. That's also the total for sales plus streaming to date, but it's No. 14 on that list.

    Real Jolene Found Up North?
    The CBC thinks they may have found the real “Jolene.” According to a story here, they interview Juline Whelan, who says he was a red-headed, green-eyed, milky-skinned little girl who asked Dolly for an autograph a few months before she wrote and recorded the famous song.

    Dolly Helps Childhood Diabetes
    If you want to see a huge LED billboard of Dolly in Times Square, you're in luck. Dolly is one of seven celebrities who will each be featured for one week on the billboard to raise awareness for the Children's Diabetes Foundation, The Hollywood Reporter revealed here this week. Others participating are Jay Leno, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Julie Chen, Babyface Edmonds and Josh Groban.

    Lumberjack Adventure Gets Noticed
    Outside Online profiled Dolly's Lumberjack Adventure here this week.

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    Past news

    Aug. 24:
    'Pure & Simple' Appears To Be No. 1 Country Album
    Industry insiders Hits Daily Double expects Dolly next week to have her first country No. 1 album in 25 years with Pure & Simple. The site's projections have her about 5,000 units ahead of this week's No. 1 Justin Moore with between 17,000 and 19,000 direct sales expected and about 18,000 to 20,000 including streaming views and digital tracks. If those numbers hold, the album would be No. 7 pop on sales or No. 13 on sales and streams combined. As of Monday, early reports had the album with 8,410 purchases and 8,610 purchases and streams, putting it at No. 7 and No. 13, respectively on the first draft of the charts, which will tighten up as more sales reports are received. Elsewhere on this week's charts, Best of Dolly Parton: Collections debuts at No. 100 Canadian pop albums on the Sept. 3 tallies, according to Billboard magazine, while "When I Get Where I'm Going" with Brad Paisley re-enters both the Christian digital singles sales chart and Christian and gospel digital singles sales chart at No. 50. Don Henley's Cass County, featuring the Dolly duet "When I Stop Dreaming," gains three to No. 20 in its fourth week on the Americana/folk albums chart and moves up eight places to No. 41 country albums in its 40th week.

    Dolly Promotes Album On TV
    Promoting the new album, Dolly was on FOX News' Fox & Friends on Tuesday, announcing that Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love will premiere on NBC Nov. 30. That appearance was summarized by ABC Radio News here. Interviews were released from The Evening Telegraph here, and Yahoo here. In addition, The Grand Ole Opry released a teaser video about the track "Can't Be That Wrong" here.

    U.K. Preview Of Trio Track
    British readers may hear another outtake from the Trio sessions with a preview of The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe with the track "Waltz Across Texas Tonight." Take a listen from Uncut here.

    Aug. 23:
    Experts: 'Pure' Looks To Sell Up To 25K
    It appears Dolly has another hit on her hands. Industry observers Hits Daily Double over the weekend projected that based on first-day sales they anticipate Pure & Simple to sell between 20,000 and 25,000 copies in its first week in the U.S. Where it lands on the charts will depend how other albums sell this week, but last week sales of this magnitude would have put the album around No. 12 or 13 for combined sales and streams (similar to how the Billboard top 200 is currently created) or No. 5 for sales only. For comparison, her most recent album, Blue Smoke, debuted at No. 6 pop and No. 6 album sales, her highest chart position ever, with 37,000 copies sold in its first week. Overseas, early chart numbers have her at No. 2 sales in the U.K. with more than 10,000 units moved thus far in the week. For comparison, Blue Smoke debuted at No. 6 pop U.K. with 21,000 copies sold and rose to No. 2 following her Glastonbury appearance. The British charts should be released Friday and the U.S. charts next week.

    Dolly TV Appearances Coming This Week
    Now that Dolly's new album is out, it's time for her to start making public appearances to promote it. She'll be on Fox News' Fox & Friends on Tuesday morning and NBC's The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night, followed by performances on both the morning and mid-morning editions of Today on NBC Wednesday. Print interviews include The Evening Standard here, where she notes she is in preliminary talks to create her own DollyFest in London's Hyde Park that would feature several performers with her as the final act of the multi-day festival if she can work it into her schedule, the BBC here, Chris D here, The Star here and Hello magazine's Canadian edition here.

    Dolly To Appear On NBC Annual Holiday Show
    Dolly will have a performance on this year's Christmas In Rockefeller Center holiday special on NBC, producers revealed this week by making ticket available via their website for free (but now sold out) taping of her appearance in New York City on Tuesday night.

    New Dolly Track Released For Download
    The latest fundraising CD to benefit the Great Smoky Mountains Association, On Top Of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music became available for digital sales in recent days, including Dolly's contribution to the set, a new recording of "Little Rosewood Casket." Download it here!

    'Jolene' Makes Best Songs List
    Pitchfork this week released its list of the "200 best songs of the 1970s," choosing Dolly's "Jolene" at No. 30. Read more here.

    Aug. 20:
    Cracker Barrel 'Simple,' October Kids' CD, 2017 Holiday CD Announced
    Dolly made her way to a Facebook live fan Q&A session on Friday morning to promote that day's release of her new album, Pure & Simple, making several unexpected announcements during the course of the appearance, which you may watch in full here. First, she announced that on Friday an additional store-exclusive version of the album had been released, this one for Cracker Barrel featuring two bonus tracks ("Jolene" and "9 To 5" from her live set at the Glastonbury Festival), a photo magnet, an exclusive 48-page CD booklet on Dolly's career, and a coupon book (for $10 off Dollywood admission, $3 off Dixie Stampede admission, $3 off Lumberjack Adventure admission, and $3 off Pirates Voyage admission). The Cracker Barrel version is in addition to the 22-song deluxe edition sold as a Wal-Mart exclusive with two studio bonus tracks ("Mama" and "Lovin' You") plus a 10-song greatest hits companion CD and in addition to the standard 10-song version sold by all other U.S. retailers. Her second announcement was she revealed the new CD won't be her only one this year, as an October release date has been set for her long-awaited children's album of songs she wrote over the years for various Imagination Playhouse musicals at Dollywood. Proceeds will benefit her Imagination Library charity. Third, she revealed that she will release a Christmas album in 2017 that will include songs she wrote and performed that will appear on this holiday season's NBC movie Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love, including a song called "Circle Of Love" which she said she understands Jennifer Nettles, who plays her mother in the film, has recorded for her own holiday album for release later this year.

    'Pure & Simple' Dominates Media On Release Day
    Friday's release of Pure & Simple brought several additional reviews and interviews on its Friday release date. The album appeared to be doing quite well, debuting at No. 9 on Friday's iTunes chart while hitting No. 4 overall and No. 1 country for's physical CD sales Friday, No. 6 overall and No. 1 country for the store's digital download albums. Overseas, Amazon UK ranked the album No. 1 overall and No. 1 country on Friday for physical CD sales and No. 5 overall and No. 1 country for downloads, while iTunes U.K had it at No. 3 overall. Reviews were posted from Vernon Morning Star here, three-out-of-five stars from both The Evening Standard here and Rolling Stone here and four-out-of-five stars from Music News here. Interviews were available from UPI here, the BBC here (an excerpt focusing on music plagiarism from a longer interview that the network says will be posted on Saturday), Rolling Stone here, People here, Perez Hilton here (with exclusive video on the song "I'm 16" and her show prep), Elle here, Cosmopolitan here, In Style here, AOL here, The San Diego Union Tribune here (a very detailed and lengthy profile and interview) and The Australian here (which reveals, as many fans have suspected, that he has yet to receive a large enough offer to purchase the photos of her wedding vow renewal and interview with husband Carl Dean to make the sale of them to a magazine worthwhile to raise money for children's charities, which is why they have yet to be released).

    U.K. Chart Updates
    Dolly's The Tour Collection dips three places this week on the top 20 country compilations albums chart in the U.K., Friday's numbers showed, with the collection at No. 19, while Dolly's Ultimate re-enters the top 20 at No. 15. Elsewhere on the same tally, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls out of the top 20, down from No. 20, and 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 Ronstadt) rises five to No. 14. To celebrate the new album's release, Britain's Official Chart Company released Dolly's 10-best-selling digital downloads since the charts began tracking them in 2005 in a piece here (which gives honorable mention to Whitney Houston's cover of "I Will Always Love You," which spent 10 weeks at No. 1 in the U.K. and has sold 1.63 million downloads since 1995).

  • 1. 9 To 5, No. 47 U.K. peak, 1981 release, 340,800 downloads and 8.46 million online streams, gold certification
  • 2. Islands In The Stream, No. 7 U.K. peak, 1983 release, 287,200 downloads and 4.83 million streams, silver certification as digital single (and separate silver certification as vinyl 45)
  • 3. Jolene, No. 7 U.K. peak, 1976, 255,300 downloads and 6.68 million streams, silver certification
  • 4. I Will Always Love You, uncharted, 1974, fewer than 200,000 downloads
  • 5. Here You Come Again, No. 75, 1984
  • 6. Coat Of Many Colours, uncharted, 1971
  • 7. Love Is Like A Butterfly, uncharted, 1974
  • 8. Together You And I, No. 67, 2011
  • 9. Blue Smoke, uncharted, 2014
  • 10. Better Get To Livin', uncharted, 2007

    ATL Collective Plans 'Jolene' Night
    ATL Collective, a group that "creates musical events that seek to replicate the intimate experience of listening to an album for the first time, going track by track, reading through the liner notes and turning over the record, truly enjoying the music for what it is, without distractions," has selected Dolly to honor this fall. The Atlanta-area group curates a different concert every month selecting "the finest musicians around" and having them perform covers of "the greatest albums ever recorded," starting with the first song on the original album and continuing to its end. They have chosen Dolly's 1974 classic Jolene for their September gathering, scheduled for two shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sept. 24 at Eddie's Attic in Decatur, Ga. Tickets are on sale now for $20 and $25.

    Aug. 19:
    Dolly's New 'Pure & Simple' CD Hits Stores Worldwide
    The release of Dolly's new CD, Pure & Simple, has arrived. As of midnight Friday, the digital version became available for download from outlets such as iTunes or Amazon, pre-ordered copies should arrive from most retailers in the mail on Friday and shoppers who wish to pick up in-store copies may now do so as well. To refresh your memory, a 10-song standard version is available from most retailers in the U.S., while a 22-song version that contains two new bonus tracks and a 10-song greatest hits companion CD is a Wal-Mart exclusive in the U.S. and the standard release version in all countries outside of the U.S. except Great Britain (where the greatest hits companion CD is replaced with a new live CD of her 2014 Glastonbury Festival concert – order that version as an import from Amazon here).

    Dolly will celebrate the release of the album with a Facebook Live appearance on her official Facebook page here at 12:40 p.m. Eastern (11:40 a.m. Central) Friday to answer fan questions. Questions may be submitted in advance here.

    On Friday, SiriusXM observes the release by airing a Dolly-hosted special to premiere the album. It will be broadcast on Willie's Roadhouse, Channel 59, (all times Eastern) at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday. Then Prime Country, Channel 58, has declared the following Friday, Aug. 26, as "Dolly Day" and will repeat the show at 9 a.m., 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. that day. In a press release, Dolly exclaimed: "I can't wait for fans to hear the SiriusXM special. It'll give everyone a little insight into the inspiration, writing and making of Pure & Simple and The Complete Trio Collection." The press release also marked the first public announcement by Dolly's management or publicist of the Wal-Mart exclusive special version of the album for the U.S. with the bonus tracks and greatest hits companion CD which was first discovered and reported by more than a month ago.

    Dolly's official Twitter account on Thursday posted 30-second previews of each of the 10 songs on the album's standard U.S. version:

  • Pure and Simple
  • Say Forever You'll Be Mine
  • Never Not Love You
  • Kiss It (An Make It All Better)
  • Can't Be That Wrong
  • Outside Your Door
  • Tomorrow Is Forever
  • I'm Sixteen
  • Head Over High Heels
  • Forever Love

    Reviews have been mixed. The project received two-out-of-five stars from The Independent here and The Times of London here; three-out-of-five stars from The Guardian here and The Irish Times here, four-out-of-five stars from Metro Weekly here and The Daily Mail here and an "A-" from Entertainment Weekly here. In addition, an Associated Press review that found the album's quality lacking but Dolly still "impossible to dislike" on the disc is available from The Beaumont Enterprise here.

    Interviews popped up from Mic here, Paste here, Metro Weekly here, Yahoo here, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation here and CNN Money here, which notes the CD is her 90th album. (Her publicist keeps calling it in press releases – and therefore most press reports refer to the CD as – her 43rd album. That number is only accurate for her solo, studio, non-soundtrack, non-holiday, non-Dollywood albums. Adding in official studio duet, trio, and quartet albums, Christmas albums, live albums, Dollywood exclusive releases, film soundtracks where she was the principal artist, official best of/greatest hits collections, and a couple of official repackages of unreleased or remixed materials, I count about 80 official albums, so CNN must be including 10 of her various compilations out of the dozens and dozens released over the years to come up with 90.)

    Finally, NBC on Thursday confirmed that her appearance Tuesday night on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon will feature both an interview and musical performance. The previous schedule announced earlier in the week did not note that she would be singing as well as being interviewed.

    Aug. 18:
    'Pure & Simple' Promotions Continue
    The publicity machine in advance of Friday's release of the new Dolly CD Pure & Simple continued Wednesday. Interviews came out from Entertainment Weekly here (where she expresses hope to release her dance album as well as record an album of old world folk ballads and a "great blues album – a white trash blues album"), CMT here about songwriting, The Times of London here and Vanity Fair here. The album received reviews from The Cleveland Plain Dealer here (a C- giving the vocals top marks but the songwriting quality low marks due to "the saccharine sweetness of the subject matter"), New York Newsday here (a B+) and Now Toronto here (three out of five stars). And the Country Music Association released a teaser video on Facebook here of Dolly talking about the track "Kiss It (And Make It Better)."

    Aug. 17:
    Hear Another 'Pure' Track, Check Out Interviews

    The media blitz to promote Friday's release of Pure & Simple has begun. CBC radio program Q on Tuesday aired an interview taped with Dolly a few weeks ago. Check it out here or in the media player above. USA Today published an interview here with a streaming preview of the album's track "Can't Be That Wrong," which it turns out is her 1984 top 10 hit "God Won't Get You" with a couple of lines of lyric changed. She also had an interview with Vice's Broadly here. In related news, reviews of the album popped up on The Quietus here and Sounds Like Nashville here, while reviews of her recent concerts came from Red Dirt Report here and Windy City Times here. I'm also told she has a profile in the music section of the Aug. 19-26 issue of Entertainment Weekly on newsstands now.

    U.S. Chart Updates
    Two more Pure & Simple Tour concerts showed up on this week's Billboard Box Score tally. Dolly's Aug. 10 engagement in Evansville, Ind., was the week's 10th highest-grossing show with 78 percent of the 8,392 available seats sold for gross ticket sales of $627,145. Then her Aug. 12 night in Tulsa, Okla., saw 93 percent of the 6,579 available seats sold for a ticket gross of $543,662 and the No. 13 spot for the week. Elsewhere on the magazine's Aug. 27 charts, Don Henley's Cass County, featuring the Dolly duet "When I Stop Dreaming," gains two to No. 23 in its third week on the Americana/folk albums chart and re-enters the 50-position country albums chart at No. 49 for a 39th week.

    Opry Video Set Sequel Features Dolly
    Time Life recently released a second set of old Grand Ole Opry performances on DVD. Opry Video Classics II features three Dolly songs across its eight discs: "Hall of Fame 2" has "The Last Thing On My Mind" with Porter Wagoner, "Legends 2" has "The Right Combination" with Porter, and "Queens Of Country 2" has her solo performance of "Dumb Blonde." Order the set from Amazon here.

    Dolly Hoot Hits San Fran
    If you're in the San Francisco area this weekend, be sure to check out the Dolly HOOT at El Rio on Mission Street. The free 3 p.m. event Saturday features lip-synching contests, look-a-likes, a Dolly vinyl set, Dolly-themed prizes and live covers from The Muddy Roses.

    Trans Artist Celebrates Dolly Friendship
    The U.K.'s Gay Times interviewed trans artist Our Lady J and the topic of conversation turned to how she did a show of Dolly covers, which led to meeting Dolly, which led to them becoming friends, which led Dolly to help her with her gender reassignment surgery. Read the full interview here.

    Dolly Audio Sampled For Video
    Trans artist Rae Spoons sampled audio of Dolly's response earlier this year to an interview with CNN about the anti-LGBT North Carolina law in the new video for the pro-LGBT anthem "I Hear Them Calling." Check out an interview and the video from Samaritan Mag here.

    Dollywood Announces $2 Million Water Slide
    Dollywood on Tuesday revealed the 2017 addition for its Splash Country water park: TailSpin Racer. The $2 million ride allows six guests to race on mats through intertwined high-speed AquaTubes before emerging onto a slide. The slide length is longer than a football field and its height will be five stories tall. Check out an artist's rendering below.

    Aug. 16:
    '9 To 5' Hitting Limited-Edition Blu-Ray Disc
    Twilight Time, the same boutique movie house that put out Steel Magnolias on Blu-Ray in 2012, on Monday announced its DVD release of another Dolly classic, 9 To 5, on Sept. 13. Unfortunately, basically all of the titles released by the label are limited to 3,000 copies due to its agreements with the major studios for re-issues, so many popular titles sell out quickly. Advanced orders will begin through the label's website starting Aug. 31. Bonus features will be the same as on the 25th anniversary "Sexist, Egotistical, Lying, Hypocritical Bigot Edition" from 2006: Isolated Score Track; Audio Commentary with Actresses Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton, and Producer Bruce Gilbert; Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Patricia Resnick and Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman; Nine @ 25: Revisiting a Comedy Classic; Remembering Colin Higgins; Singing Nine to Five Karaoke; Dolly Parton Interview; Lily Tomlin Interview; Deleted Scenes; Animation Reel; Gag Reel; and Original Theatrical Trailer.

    Dolly Visits 'Tonight Show' Next Week
    NBC on Monday revealed that Dolly will join Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show next Tuesday, Aug. 23, to promote her new album Pure & Simple. The network says she will be interviewed and a performance is possible. In related news, an interview was released Monday by Entertainment Tonight Canada here.

    Spotify Adds Legendary Country Artist Playlist
    Music streaming service Spotify on Monday announced the launch of the New Traditions/Country Heroes playlist focusing on iconic and legendary artists who are continuing to release new music such as Dolly, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, George Strait and more. The initial playlist will debut with five tracks from Dolly's Pure & Simple. In a press release, Dolly noted: "I'm so excited to be a part of the launch of the New Traditions/Country Heroes playlist on Spotify. It's really important to keep up with the times and I'm thrilled to bring the fans these Pure & Simple songs. They come from the heart and I sure hope everyone enjoys them."

    Aug. 15:
    Dolly Sets 'Today' Appearance, Talks Marriage, Adele
    Dolly wrapped up the second leg of her Pure & Simple Tour Friday night in Tulsa, Okla., and Saturday in North Little Rock, Ark., and she's now on a month-long break until its third leg kicks off Sept. 9 in Canada. While off the road, it has been announced she'll stop by NBC's Today studios next week for performances during both the 7 a.m.-9 a.m. and 10 a.m.-11 a.m. segments and an interview during the show's 9 a.m.-10 a.m. hour on Wednesday, Aug. 24, to promote this Friday's release of her CD Pure & Simple. In related news, The Toronto Sun reviewed the CD with 2-and-a-half out of five stars here, The Scotsman gave it two stars (and sister Stella's Mountain Songbird: A Sister's Tribute three stars) here and The Arts Desk loved everything except the song "Mama" in its review here (the latter two refer to the British version of the album with her Glastonbury live bonus CD available as an import in the U.S. here). Her Tulsa show was reviewed by Tulsa World here. Her Little Rock show was reviewed by Arkansas Online here. She talked with CMT about her marriage here and with Digital Spy about her marriage and goddaughter Miley Cyrus' upcoming nuptuials here and her new album here. The final interview included her admission that she wants to record a duet and/or write a song with Adele, a note that went viral: ""I love her, love her, love her! Did you notice I used her name in one of the songs on the album? On 'Head Over High Heels', when I say 'I put on my tight dress, hair piled on my head, painting my lips red and my eyes like Adele!' I love her! I would love to do something with her. I just love her. I love how she looks, I love how she sings, I love how she is. I would love to do something with her. Maybe write a song? Maybe do a duet. So pass that word along!" The feeling is mutual, as Adele gushed during her 2011 concert DVD Adele: Live at the Royal Albert Hall: "I fucking love Dolly Parton!" adding that she'd like to cover a Dolly song someday.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    Dolly's The Tour Collection holds steady this week on the top 20 country compilations albums chart in the U.K., it was revealed Friday, coming in at No. 16, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses three to No. 20 and 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 Ronstadt) re-enters the top 20 at No. 19.

    Fan Gets Prof
    Major fan Jason Denton, half of the first couple to marry at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort, is profiled in Advantage News here for his fandom and his following her on her current tour.

    New York Show Seeks Miles From Fans
    Hello Dolly Fans!
    Do you have extra frequent flyer miles? 
    Dollypalooza 2016 in NYC is looking for awesome fans to donate frequent flyer miles (from any major US airline) to help raise funds for Dolly's charity, Imagination Library!  Your miles will be used in the silent auction on September 3rd to send two lucky winners to Dollywood!
    We are a VERY small team of mostly volunteers, and we rely on generous fans like you to donate the prizes for the auction. 
    In return for your donation, Dollypalooza will give you a shout out on the website and during the event. Plus, we'll make sure to let Dolly's people know it was YOU that helped us get a fabulous top level prize, that will mean more kids get access to great books through her charity.
    If you are interested in supporting the cause, please email our outreach coordinator for more details:
    Thanks so much!

    Aug. 12:
    Hear Another 'New' Trio Track From Boxed Set
    Rhino Records on Thursday released a new single from the previously unreleased Trio recordings in advance of next month's release of The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe: "Calling My Children Home", an a capella track made released through Rolling Stone here.

    New Tour Pictures, Review Posted
    The gallery of photos from the second half of Dolly's Columbus concert last week have been added to that section of the website here. In other concert news, National Country Review reviewed her Grand Rapids, Mich., show here.

    Tour Makes Concert Chart
    Two more Pure & Simple concerts made Billboard's list of concert grosses this week. Her Aug. 6 Grand Rapids engagement came in at No. 25 with $489,002 generated by the sale of 94 percent sold of the 5,552 tickets available, and her July 19 show in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, made No. 28 with $364,308 from 82 percent of the 5,560 tickets sold. Elsewhere on the Aug. 20 charts, Don Henley's Cass County, featuring the Dolly duet "When I Stop Dreaming," re-enters the top 25 Americana/folk albums chart at No. 25 for a second week on the tally.

    Aug. 11:
    Tour Nets Several New Interviews

    As Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour's second leg winds down, several new interviews have surfaced this week. Her official website posted a clip of her talking about the album's title track here or in the media player above. Blog Autostraddle captured the essence of lifelong fandom – and how her music becomes the soundtrack of one's life – in a piece here about participating in a telephone "virtual press conference" with her over the weekend. Vogue shared a nice telephone interview from the set of her upcoming NBC Christmas movie here, and Canada's National Post published a sit-down interview here which noted that she pledges this is NOT her final tour but will be her last large-scale tour for a few years due to her movie and television projects coming up. Kentucky Country Music reviewed Tuesday's Danville, Ky., stop here, and Country Stars Central reviewed Sunday's Chicago-area performance here.

    'Golden Streets Of Glory' Gets First Digital Download Release
    Not only will RCA Nashville on Aug. 19 issue Dolly's new album, Pure & Simple, but the label announced on Wednesday that the same day will also bring another first-time digital download release of a Dolly classic under its original name: her 1971 gospel album Golden Streets of Glory, which in 1972 earned Dolly her sole gospel Grammy nomination, for Best Sacred Recording for the album's title track. (The album's 10 songs had previously been included -- along with seven other spiritual recordings of hers -- on the 2010 compilation Letter To Heaven: Songs Of Faith & Inspiration.) Also on the same day, the label will digitally re-issue her 1973 concept album My Tennessee Mountain Home for download as well, but it has previously been available digitally. In other Dolly release news, a "Pop Art Cover" DVD edition of Dolly's 1982 film The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas was announced for sale in regular stores starting Oct. 11 – the re-issue with alternate cover art has been available a few weeks as a Wal-Mart exclusive.

    Aug. 9:
    Another Texas Stop Added To Tour
    A Dec. 2 engagement at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, has been added to the itinerary for Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour, it was announced Monday. The date marks the 14th show in the tour's fourth and final leg, the 63rd concert announced thus far for the tour. Ticketmaster shows a Dolly Presale, Ticketmaster Presale, Fan Presale and VIP packages going on sale at 10 a.m. Central time Thursday with public sales at 10 a.m. Friday. In other news, Wednesday's Evansville show received a preview in The Courier Press here and her Chicago-area performance was reviewed by The Chicago Tribune here.

    Dolly Wishes Publicist Happy Birthday
    Dolly on Sunday celebrated publicist Kirt Webster's birthday from the stage in Chicago and via video message on Facebook. Check out the Facebook post here or in the media player below.

    Aug. 8:
    Pure & Simple Tour Nears Second Leg Conclusion
    The second leg of Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour wound through Windsor, Ont., Thursday night; Grand Rapids, Mich., on Saturday and the Ravinia Festival outside of Chicago on Sunday. The leg wraps up this week with shows Tuesday in Danville, Ky., Wednesday in Evansville, Ind., Friday in Tulsa, Okla., and Saturday in North Little Rock, Ark., before taking a break until the third leg begins in another month. The Dayton Daily News offered a scolding to concertgoers in Columbus who recorded everything on their cell phones here, The Windsor Star presented a photo gallery from her show there here and interviews or previews came from Billboard here, here and The Chicago Sun Times here. Finally, the first gallery of official shots from the Columbus stop on her tour has been posted here. This page is from the first half of the show. Look for two or three more galleries from the second half over the next few days!

    U.K. Chart Updates
    Dolly's The Tour Collection gains two on the top 20 country compilations albums chart in the U.K., it was revealed Friday, coming in at No. 16, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises three to No. 17.

    Aug. 4:
    Trio Alt Take Of 'Wildflowers' Gets Lyric Video

    An alternate take on the Dolly composition "Wildflowers" from the upcoming bonus tracks of The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe, coming out Sept. 9, was released Wednesday as the project's second single, complete with a lyric video here and in the media player above. The single is available for download here. This version features a more modern accompaniment, and instead of Dolly singing lead on all three verses as in the album version, this recording has Emmylou Harris taking lead the second verse and Linda Ronstadt on the third.

    Pure & Simple Tour Updates
    Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour got the audience – including former presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich – to its feet at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus Tuesday night, complete with her optional second encore, "Hello God"/"He's Alive." The Columbus Dispatch offered a review here. The tour rolled on to Ft. Wayne, Ind., on Wednesday and will hit Windsor, Ont., on Thursday, Grand Rapids on Saturday and Highland Park, Ill., on Sunday. The Huffington Post looked at her recent Utah show here and shared a telephone interview here, while Michigan Live interviewed her here. Tickets for her December Dallas-area show go on presale via on Thursday with regular public sales starting Friday morning. Photo from Columbus show below is © Copyright 2016 T. Duane Gordon/ May not be reproduced without prior writer consent. All rights reserved. Click on the picture for a larger view. More images to come!

    Aug. 2:
    Billboard Names Dolly No. 3 Woman Of Country
    Billboard magazine recently released its updated lists of the "greatest of all time top country artists, songs and albums" based on chart performance. While Dolly did not have an album on the top 50 album tally, she had two songs – "Here You Come Again" at No. 23 and "Islands In The Stream" at No. 32 – on the top 50 singles list. On the all-artist list, she ranked No. 18, which put her in third place for women artists behind No. 7 Reba McEntire and No. 17 Loretta Lynn. (The methodology assigned points for each chart based on success, so each week at No. 1 counted more than each week at No. 2, etc.) For comparison, while Dolly has the most No. 1 singles at 25 – compared to Reba's 24 and Loretta's 16 – Reba has the most top 10 singles – 59 compared to Dolly's 55 and Loretta's 51, but Dolly's six No. 1 albums put her behind Loretta's 11 and Reba's 12. Several individual artists included Dolly among their top 5: Kelsea Ballerini at No. 1 for most stylish country artist here, Jason Aldean in his greatest country duets for her work with Kenny Rogers here, and both Keith Urban and Cam in their five favorite female artists here and here. The full top 10 female list was as follows:

  • Reba 7
  • Loretta 17
  • Dolly 18
  • Tammy Wynette 25
  • Crystal Gayle 32
  • Taylor Swift 37
  • Carrie Underwood 38
  • Tanya Tucker 41
  • Anne Murray 42
  • Shania Twain 44

    Pure & Simple Tour Reviews, Previews Continue
    Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour continues to make its mark across America, garnering positive reviews from The St. Louis Post Dispatch here, Pitch here and The Kansas City Star here for her weekend shows. Things roll on to Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday night for a sold out show at the Ohio State Fair. Check out a preview from The Columbus Dispatch here.

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