This week in In-person Dolly
Forty-seven years ago Tuesday, Porter & Dolly's “Just Someone I Used to Know” debuts on the singles charts; it would reach No. 5 and earn them their first of four Grammy nominations for Best Country Performance by a Duo. Twenty-eight years ago Tuesday, Dolly is inducted into the East Tennessee Hall of Fame for the Performing Arts. Twenty-seven years ago Tuesday, Kenny & Dolly's Once Upon a Christmas is certified double platinum (more than 2 million copies sold) five years after its initial release. Sixteen years ago Tuesday, Dolly and Vince Gill host a taping of a television special celebrating the Grand Ole Opry's 75th anniversary. Seventeen years ago Wednesday, Dolly's first bluegrass album, The Grass Is Blue, hits stores; the CD receives critical acclaim as one of the best of any musical genre released in the year and wins a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, International Bluegrass Music Association Award for Album of the Year, Association for Independent Music Award for Best Bluegrass Album and British Country Music Association Award for Top International Independent Label Artist. Forty-three years ago Thursday, Bubbling Over debuts on the country album charts; it peaks at No. 14. Forty years ago Thursday, Dolly is the guest star on the children's show Captain Kangaroo.Twenty-eight years ago Thursday, Dolly is the guest speaker at the East Tennessee Educators Association's annual conference in Knoxville in recognition of the great successes of her educational programs through the Dollywood Foundation. Thirty-eight years ago Friday, Heartbreaker enters its eighth of nine weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts; it reaches No. 27 pop. Nine years ago Friday, former longtime duet partner Porter Wagoner dies at age 80; his final hours are spent with Dolly and his family by his side. Thirty-nine years ago Saturday, Here You Come Again debuts on the album charts; on Christmas Eve, it would begin its nine-week reign at No. 1 on the country charts, peak at No. 20 on the pop charts, and become her first platinum album with more than 1 million copies sold. Thirty-three years ago Saturday, Kenny & Dolly's “Islands in the Stream” begins its two-week stay at No. 1 on the country charts and third of four weeks at No. 1 adult contemporary; it also reaches No. 1 on the pop charts for two weeks and is the year's biggest-selling single with more than 2 million copies. Eleven years ago Saturday, Dolly's '60s and '70s covers collection, Those Were The Days, debuts on the albums charts, reaching No. 9 country, No. 2 indie, No. 48 pop and No. 25 Internet. Forty-five years ago Sunday, “Coat of Many Colors,” an autobiographical song about childhood taunts over a ragged coat Dolly wore to school, debuts on the singles charts; it reaches No. 4. That same day, the album of the same title debuts on the country album charts; it peaks at No. 7.
appearances, some are tentative)
Pure & Simple Tour
Nov. 15, LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge, TN
Dates TBA June-December 2016
Nov. 16, Von Braun Center Arena, Huntsville, Ala.
Nov. 18, North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, S.C.
Nov. 19, Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.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.
U.K., Oct. 21 edition:
Pure & Simple No longer top 100 pop (down from No. 89; eighth week; peaked at No. 2), No. 3 country (no change; ninth week; peaked at No. 1 for three weeks), No. 49 physical sales (down from No. 39; ninth week; peaked at No. 1), No. 67 all sales (down from No. 52; ninth week; peaked at No. 2), No. 57 Scottish albums (down from No. 48; ninth week; peaked at No. 2)
The Complete Trio Collection No. 1 country compilation (no change; sixth week; peaked at No. 1)
Australia, Oct. 22 edition:
Pure & Simple No. 10 country (down from No. 7; ninth week; peaked at No. 1)
My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection No. 12 pop (up from No. 14; sixth week; peaked at No. 3), No. 2 country (no change; sixth week; peaked at No. 1 for three weeks)
U.S., Nov. 5 edition:
Pure & Simple No. 188 pop (down from No. 127; ninth week; peaked at No. 11), No. 7 country (down from No. 5; ninth week; peaked at No. 1), No. 10 Americana/folk (down from No. 7; ninth week; peaked at No. 1), No. 54 overall album sales (down from No. 47; ninth week; peaked at No. 6), No. 49 top current albums (down from No. 46; ninth week; peaked at No. 6)
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
Oct. 27, 3:30 p.m., CMT, Reba
Nov. 2, 8 p.m., ABC, 50th Annual CMA Awards
Nov. 3, 8:25 a.m., Starz Encore Classic, The Beverly Hillbillies (re-runs 3:35 p.m. Nov. 3)
Nov. 6, 1:15 p.m., Starz Encore Classic, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 9 p.m. Nov. 6, 9:05 a.m. Nov. 7)
Nov. 7, 3:35 a.m., Starz Encore, The Beverly Hillbillies
Nov. 30, 9 p.m., NBC, Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love
Upcoming or recent releases
Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love DVD Dec. 20
Once Upon A Christmas, vinyl, 1984 album, Dec. 2
Coat Of Many Colors Oct. 18, children's book
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas Oct. 11 "Pop Art Cover" DVD re-issue
"Jolene" with Pentatonix, Sept. 16
Hits Made Famous by Country Queens, Sept. 14, reissue
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)
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)
www.dollymania.net News Oct. 27, 2016
Today's Dolly Parton news
Dollywood Adding Three Rides For 2017
Dollywood on Wednesday announced two additions for its 2017 season: a 20-story free-fall tower over Timber Canyon called Drop Line (which from the description sounds like it is where Timber Tower once stood) and a junior coaster called Whistle Punk Chaser, both opening next summer. These are in addition to the previously-announced Splash Country ride TailSpin Racer. Also revealed were Tokyo-based dance company enra and an October evening GREAT Pumpkin LumiNights event during Harvest Festival. “As everybody already knows, family is very important to me,” Dolly Parton said in a press release. “These days, there doesn't seem to be enough time for families to be together, whether you're a just a couple like me and Carl or you have 12 kids like my family did growing up. That's why we continue to add all these new rides and shows for families to experience together. We have something for everyone, but even more important, we have something for you AND your family. We're adding so much this year; I'm calling 2017 'the year of the family!'” Coverage is available from WCYB here and The Knoxville News-Sentinel here. Dollywood's page on the additions is available here.
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Dolly's Library Passes 1 Million Enrolled Children
Dolly's Imagination Library on Monday passed 1 million registered children worldwide, meaning the program starting in December will begin mailing more than 1 million books a month to children. In addition to the announcement of the milestone of Facebook, news coverage came from Knoxville's Local 8 Now here and WBIR here.
U.S. Chart Updates
In its ninth chart week, Dolly's Pure & Simple remains in the top 10 country albums, the Nov. 5 Billboard charts released Tuesday confirmed, losing two to No. 7 country, three to No. 10 Americana/folk albums, 61 to No. 188 pop, three to No. 49 current albums and seven to No. 54 overall album sales. "Forever Country" mash-up with Dolly gains one to No. 36 Canadian country airplay and 20 to No. 17 Canadian digital songs, holding steady at No. 4 country digital songs and slipping two to No. 18 hot country songs, three to No. 31 digital songs, 11 to No. 62 Canadian pop and seven to No. 20 streaming country songs while falling off the country airplay tally, down from No. 39, and the Hot 100 pop singles chart, down from No. 97. "Jolene" by Dolly moves down three to No. 4 Spotify Rewind 70s chart. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" dips two to No. 37 holiday digital songs tally, while Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers falls three to No. 27 holiday albums chart.
Dollywood Plans Wednesday 2017 Announcement
Dollywood is teasing what could be its next year's addition with a Facebook posting encouraging folks to "Drop in for the big news" Wednesday morning to learn "why your whole family will fall in love with #DW2017." In other news, it was announced this week that Christmas shows begin at Dolly's Branson Dixie Stampede on Thursday, her Pigeon Forge Dixie Stampede on Tuesday and her Pigeon Forge Lumberjack Adventure next Friday, Nov. 4.
Dolly, Trio Still Top 10 CDs Down Under
My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week holds steady at No. 2 on the Australian country albums chart in its sixth chart week, it was announced Sunday, with the collection rebounding two spots to No. 12 pop albums, while Dolly's Pure & Simple dips three to No. 10 country in its ninth chart week.
Writer Talks Of Dolly And Politics
Pitchfork on Friday published a stunning analysis of Dolly as "the last thing that all Americans have in common" and that "Coat Of Many Colors" could be "an alternate national anthem." Read it here.
Dolly And The CMAs Analyzed
Taste Of Country has ranked the 50 greatest moments of the 50 years of the Country Music Association Awards, and Dolly takes four spots: No. 30 when she sat on Randy Travis' lap the year she hosted the awards, No. 19 when she performed "He's Alive," No. 18 when she and Kenny Rogers performed "Islands In The Stream" and No. 2 when she had a wardrobe malfunction occurr just before receiving 1978's Entertainer of the Year trophy, topped only by Alan Jackson's chilling performance of "Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning" after the Sept. 11 attacks. See the full list here.
U.K. Chart Updates
Dolly's Pure & Simple holds steady this week at No. 3 country in its ninth week on the British charts, it was revealed Friday. The album falls out of the top 100 British pop albums after eight weeks, down from No. 89. It also drops 15 to No. 67 overall sales, 10 to No. 49 physical CD sales, and nine to No. 57 Scottish albums. The Real Dolly Parton falls off the physical sales tally, down from No. 99, and Scottish albums chart, down from No. 90. Also in the U.K., The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe remains at No. 1 country compilation albums for a sixth consecutive week, 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) gains one to No. 13, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains one to No. 12 and Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) slips two to No. 18. In the U.S., the Hits Daily Double estimates put it at about 4,000 copies sold in America for the week, putting it around No. 45 for overall U.S. sales this week.
Dolly Charms Wal-Mart Employees
Dolly was in Arkansas last weekend celebrating the release of her new children's book Coat Of Many Colors with an appearance at the Wal-Mart employee meeting at the company's Bentonville corporate headquarters. Check out some photos here.
New 'Coat Of Many Colors' Book Comes Out
Dolly's new Coat Of Many Colors book came out Tuesday and features a free download of her new song, "Makin Fun Ain't Funny." Download the track here or here and get the book here.
'Pure' Rises Back To Top 5
In its eighth chart week, Dolly's Pure & Simple inches back into the top 5 country albums, the Oct. 29 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed, rising two to No. 5 country and holding steady at No. 7 Americana/folk albums. The set dips 15 places to No. 127 pop, five to No. 46 current albums and four to No. 47 overall album sales. Very preliminary sales numbers show the album could be around No. 50 overall album sales next week. "Forever Country" mash-up with Dolly drops one to No. 16 hot country songs, holds steady at No. 39 country airplay and No. 37 Canadian country airplay while it drops 24 to No. 97 Hot 100 pop singles, 14 to No. 28 digital songs, four to No. 51 Canadian pop, 25 to No. 37 Canadian digital songs, five to No. 13 streaming country songs and one to No. 4 country digital songs. "Jolene" by Dolly re-enters the Spotify Rewind 70s chart at No. 1. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls off the country albums tally, down from No. 49 in its fourth week. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" falls 16 to No. 35 holiday digital songs tally, while Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers slips two to No. 24 holiday albums chart. "When I Get Where I'm Going" with Brad Paisley re-enters the Christian digital songs and Christian and gospel digital songs tallies at No. 43 each.
Watch Dolly Sing 'Dumb Blonde'
Watch Dolly sing "Dumb Blonde" for Fred Foster's Country Music Hall of Fame induction Sunday from One Country here, and check out the Hall of Fame's official recap of the ceremony here.
MTSU Dolly Project Getting CD
The Middle Tennessee State University musicians who for the past year or so have worked on songs inspired by Dolly will release all seven compositions in a CD Inspirations from Tennessee in January, WGNS reported here.
'Little Dolly' Costume Charms TV Reporters
Video of a little girl planning to trick or treat this Halloween as "Little Dolly" in her "Coat Of Many Colors" made several stations' news reports over the weekend, just days before Dolly's new children's book Coat Of Many Colors hits shelves on Tuesday. Watch the story from Knoxville's WBIR here.
Dolly Sings At Foster's Hall of Fame Ceremony
The Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday held its annual medallion ceremony recognizing this year's inductees, including Monument Records and Combine Music founder Fred Foster, who gave Dolly, Kris Kristofferson, Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson their first big breaks in music, signing Dolly to his label and publishing house in 1965 until she left for RCA in 1968. Dolly performed her first country hit on Monument, "Dumb Blonde," at the ceremony, while Brandy Clark sang Orbison's "Blue Bayou" and Kristofferson offered his "Me and Bobby McGee." Check out a photo from the Hall of Fame's Facebook page here and read a recap from The Tennessean here.
Australian Chart Updates
My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week holds steady at No. 2 on the Australian country albums chart in its fifth chart week, it was announced Sunday, with the collection losing five digits to No. 14 pop albums, while Dolly's Pure & Simple holds steady at No. 7 country in its eighth chart week and tumbles 25 to No. 74 pop.
New 'Christmas Of Many Colors' Ad Released
NBC on Friday released a new image for Nov. 30's broadcast of Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love. Look at it above or visit Dolly's official Facebook page here to see it.
'Pure & Simple' Vinyl Release Coming
Dolly's Pure & Simple appears to be coming out on vinyl. Amazon on Friday added a page for a Dec. 2 release of the album on vinyl as an import. Check it out here!
British Chart Updates
Dolly's Pure & Simple holds steady this week at No. 3 country in its eighth week on the British charts, it was revealed Friday. The album loses 23 spots to No. 89 British pop albums, 11 to No. 52 overall sales, seven to No. 39 physical CD sales, and 23 to No. 48 Scottish albums. The Real Dolly Parton inches down one to No. 99 physical sales and up two to No. 90 Scottish albums chart. Also in the U.K., The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe remains at No. 1 country compilation albums for a fifth consecutive week, 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) gains two to No. 14, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 13 and Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises four to No. 16.
U.S. Chart Updates
After two weeks at No. 1, the "Forever Country" mash-up with Dolly falls 14 spots to No. 15 hot country songs on the Oct. 22 Billboard charts released Tuesday. The track loses seven to No. 39 country airplay and gains two to No. 37 Canadian country airplay while it drops 39 to No. 73 Hot 100 pop singles, 10 to No. 14 digital songs, 16 to No. 47 Canadian pop, eight to No. 12 Canadian digital songs, six to No. 8 streaming country songs and two to No. 3 country digital songs. "Jolene" by Dolly and Pentatonix drops off the Hot Country Songs list, down from No. 34 Hot Country Songs in its second week, also dropping off the digital country songs list from No. 27 and digital pop songs, down from No. 41. Dolly's Pure & Simple in its seventh week inches up one to No. 7 country albums and No. 7 Americana/folk albums, holds steady at No. 112 pop albums, and falls nine to No. 41 current albums and nine to No. 43 overall album sales. Very preliminary sales numbers show the album could be around No. 35 pop, No. 6 country next week. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe in its fourth week dips 16 to No. 49 country albums and falls off the Americana/folk albums chart, own from No. 24. With the return of the annual holiday charts, Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" returns to the holiday digital songs tally at No. 19, while Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers returns to the holiday albums chart at No. 22.
Dolly And Dogg On 'The Voice'?
After Dolly told The Real that she'd like to duet with Snoop Dogg, goddaughter Miley Cyrus has announced she hopes to make the collaboration possible on The Voice finale. Check out her remarks here.
'Winning Hand' On Vinyl
Dolly's 1984 collaboration with Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Brenda Lee, The Winning Hand, has apparently been re-issued on vinyl. Order it here!
A Huffington Post had a roller coaster enthusiast rank the world's best theme parks, and Dollywood came in at No. 3. Read the story and watch a video countdown here.
Trio Collection Still An Aussie Top 2 Album
After three weeks at No. 1 Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week slips one spot to No. 2 on the Australian country albums chart in its fourth chart week, it was announced Sunday, with the collection dropping two places to No. 9 pop albums, while Dolly's Pure & Simple inches down two to No. 7 country in its seventh chart week and loses 19 to No. 49 pop. "Forever Country," the 30-artist mash-up of "I Will Always Love You," "On The Road Again" and "Take Me Home Country Roads" including Dolly as the finale, falls out of the top 50 pop singles list, down from No. 26 in its second week.
'NYT' Tells Story Of Dolly's Character
The New York Times over the weekend profiled Rocky Horror Picture Show remake producer Gail Berman, formerly of Dolly's Sandollar Productions, opening the story with a tale of Dolly personally making right a wrong when she found out her male partners at the production company had not given the woman her fair share of royalty payments off their hit Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Read what she did here.
New Zealand Actor Plays Dolly's Uncle
New Zealand media over the weekend began covering the casting of one of their own, Cameron Jones of Shortland Street, as Dolly's Uncle Bill in Nov. 30's Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love. Read more here.
'Once Upon A Christmas' Vinyl Release Date Updated
Boutique reissue company Friday Music has announced the new release date and details for the vinyl reissue of Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers. As with all of RCA's post-1988 U.S. reissues of the album (they lost the rights to Kenny's solo recordings when he left the label that year), the album will be the nine-track version featuring the six original duets, Dolly's two original solo tracks plus her 1982 recording of "Hard Candy Christmas" which did not appear on the original. The limited-edition pressing will be released on 180 gram audiophile white colored vinyl and feature a gatefold cover. It has been remastered by Joe Reagoso and manufactured at RTI. The album comes out Dec. 2, a delay from its originally-planned Sept. 30 release. Pre-order it here!
British Chart Updates
Dolly's Pure & Simple slips one to No. 3 country in its seventh week on the British charts, it was revealed Friday. The album tumbles 30 spots to No. 66 British pop albums, 15 to No. 41 overall sales, seven to No. 32 physical CD sales, and six to No. 25 Scottish albums. The Real Dolly Parton re-enters the physical sales chart at No. 98 and Scottish albums chart at No. 92. Also in the U.K., The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe remains at No. 1 country compilation albums for a fourth consecutive week, 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. 16, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls out of the top 20, down from No. 19, and Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) re-enters the top 20 at No. 20.
U.S. Sales Updates
In the U.S., sales numbers showed "Forever Country" sold another 61,000 copies for its No. 1 country singles position, giving it cumulative sales of 155,000 units since release, while "Jolene" by Dolly with Pentatonix sold 6,000 copies for the week in its No. 27 position, giving it a cumulative total of 24,000 units sold since release. And TV station WUSA talked with members of the band about working with Dolly here. Dolly's Pure & Simple sold about 5,700 copies for a cumulative total of about 58,200 units since release and The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe sold about 1,500 copies for a cumulative total of about 7,100 units since release. Preliminary estimates for seventh week sales of Dolly's Pure & Simple in the U.S. show an increase to about 7,100 copies for the week thanks to her television appearances this week, which should push its total to more than 65,000 units since release. The numbers should move it up to around No. 30 overall sales and around No. 5 country when the charts come out on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the success of "Forever Country" prompted Billboard to again pose the question whether the No. 1 status further proves that "I Will Always Love You," which comprises a third of the song, is "the most enduring hit of the rock era." Read that observation here.
Catch Dolly On Get TV Monday
Get TV is bringing more Dolly back, although instead of her 1970s show of which they have aired several episodes, the network will this Monday broadcast a 1980 appearance on The Merv Griffin Show at 10 p.m. Eastern.
'Billboard' Recognizes Fred Foster
Billboard on Friday highlighted the music industry contributions of Fred Foster, who originally signed Dolly to her first major songwriting and recording contracts, on the occasion of his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame next month. Read it here.
Preview 'The Bodyguard' On Broadway
The Broadway adaptation of The Bodyguard is coming soon and Broadway.com released a preview of the music with performer Deborah Cox including Dolly's "I Will Always Love You." Watch it here.
Jazzy 'Jolene' Cover Released
Jazz artist John Scofield two weeks ago released his new album, Country For Old Men, a collection of jazzed up country classics including Dolly's "Jolene" and Porter & Dolly's "Just Someone I Used To Know." Get it here!
Dolly To Receive CMA Lifetime Achievement Honor
Dolly will on Nov. 2 receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association at the 50th anniversary CMA Awards show on ABC, it was announced Monday night during Dolly's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Dolly now becomes the only artist to be honored by the CMA in all six decades of the awards (Vocal Group of the Year 1968, Vocal Duo of the Year 1970 and 1971, Female Vocalist 1975 and 1976, Entertainer of the Year 1978, Vocal Event of the Year 1988 and 1996, Musical Event of the Year 2006, Lifetime Achievement Award 2016), having previously been the only artist to receive a CMA Award in each of the first five decades of the ceremonies. This marks her 12th CMA Award (this honor, her nine regular awards, and two special awards – 1993's Country Music Honors and 2004's International Artist Achievement Award). In a press release on Tuesday, it was noted that the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award is for an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in country music established to recognize an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level having positively impacted and contributed to the growth of the genre throughout a course of years that have proven to have an unprecedented historical impact on fans and industry alike.CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said in the release: "Dolly epitomizes the very definition of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a trailblazer who continues to enchant and captivate fans around the world, from her latest No. 1 album, to her sold-out tour, and numerous television projects. She is a treasure and deserving of this industry acclaim for her undeniable contributions to the success of Country Music, today." The award was first presented to Nelson in 2012 and then to Kenny Rogers in 2013 and Johnny Cash last year. It was not awarded in 2014.
Dolly Projects Still Riding High On Charts
"Forever Country," the mash-up of "I Will Always Love You" with "Take Me Home Country Roads" and "On The Road Again" by 30 artists including Dolly herself, holds onto the No. 1 spot for a second consecutive week on the Oct. 15 Billboard charts released Tuesday. The track gains one to No. 32 country airplay and six to No. 39 Canadian country airplay while it decreases 24 to No. 27 Spotify viral streaming, 13 to No. 34 Hot 100 pop singles, two to No. 4 digital songs, six to No. 31 Canadian pop, two to No. 4 Canadian digital songs, and one to No. 2 streaming country songs. The song remains steady at No. 1 country digital songs and debuts at No. 8 Spotify Velocity. "Jolene" by Dolly and Pentatonix loses 16 spots to No. 34 Hot Country Songs in its second week, dropping 20 to No. 27 digital country songs and 24 to No. 41 digital pop songs, falling off the streaming country songs, down from No. 4, digital song sales, down from No. 37, Canadian pop songs, down from No. 84, and Bubbling Under the Hot 100, down from No. 1 (No. 101 pop). Dolly's 1973 original recording falls off the Spotify Rewind 1970s streaming chart, down from No. 1, and slips three to No. 46 country digital songs tally. Dolly's Pure & Simple in its sixth week inches down one to No. 8 country albums, six to No. 112 pop albums, two to No. 32 current albums, four to No. 34 overall album sales and two to No. 8 Americana/folk albums. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe in its third week dips six to No. 33 country albums and eight to No. 24 Americana/folk albums.
Catch Backstage Look At Making Dolly Sparkle
The Tennessean on Monday released a video of behind-the-scenes of seamstress Iisha Lemming and niece Rebecca Seaver putting clothes together for her for her video for "Home." Check it out here.
Dolly, Trio Still High On U.K., Aussie Charts
With about 2,100 copies sold in its sixth week (for a cumulative total of about 39,000 since release), Dolly's Pure & Simple holds steady at No. 2 country in its sixth week on the British charts, it was revealed Friday. The album loses nine places to No. 36 British pop albums, eight to No. 26 overall sales, 10 to No. 25 physical CD sales, and six to No. 19 Scottish albums. Also in the U.K., The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 and The Real Dolly Parton fall back off the top 100 physical CD sales list, down from No. 92 and No. 86, respectively. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe remains at No. 1 country compilation albums for a third consecutive week, but the vinyl collection of bonus tracks, Farther Along, falls out of that chart's top 20, down from No. 9 in its second week. Also on the country compilation albums chart, 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) gains four to No. 16, Dolly's The Tour Collection falls back out of the top 20, down from No. 19, and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) inches down one to No. 19. Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt earns a third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Australian country albums chart, it was announced Sunday, with the collection dropping three spots to No. 7 pop albums and off the digital albums list, down from No. 35, while Dolly's Pure & Simple holds steady at No. 5 country in its sixth chart week and dips four to No. 30 pop. "Forever Country," the 30-artist mash-up of "I Will Always Love You," "On The Road Again" and "Take Me Home Country Roads" including Dolly as the finale, rises 17 in its second week to No. 26 pop singles, while "Jolene" by Dolly and Pentatonix falls out of the top 100 pop singles, down from No. 92. Stateside, the Hits Daily Double final sales estimates of the week put Dolly's album at just under 5,800 copies for its sixth week of U.S. sales, which would put it at about 58,000 copies since release here and let it be around No. 31 for overall album sales next week and around No. 7 country, or about steady with where it was for its fifth week. The American charts will be released on Tuesday.
Third Leg Of Tour Comes To A Close
Dolly wrapped up the third leg of her Pure & Simple Tour Sunday night with her second consecutive night at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The tour now goes on break until its fourth and final leg kicks off in her home county on Nov. 15. Wednesday's show in Vina Robles, Calif., was reviewed by The Paso Robles Daily News here, while her first night in LA was praised by both The Los Angeles Times here and The Orange County Register here. The Hollywood show also generated coverage from E! Online about celebrities in the audience here and from several media outlets, including Out In Perth here, which noted Australian star Kylie Minogue met her backstage with her fiancé, British actor Joshua Sasse, who wore a t-shirt he designed for a new campaign to promote legalization of same-gender marriage in Australia. The Daily Mail here in the UK and a few other media outlets noted Katy Perry partied at the show with Dolly backstage and posted about it on social media. Other interviews published in recent days include a kiki with RuPaul in Dazed here and a Q&A with Dolly biographer Alanna Nash in Southern Living here. Finally, don't forget to catch Dolly promoting her album and tour on Monday on CBS's The View and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, as was previously reported here. Over the weekend, it was also announced she will appear on the syndicated program The Real on Wednesday – check local listings for local channels and times.
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