This week in In-person Dolly
Thirty-nine years ago Monday, Dolly records several cuts for her 1975 Dolly album including “The Seeker” and “We Used To;” released as singles seven and 10 months later, respectively, they reach No. 2 (for two weeks) and No. 9 to become Dolly's 20th and 22nd Top 10 country hits. Twenty-four years ago Monday, with the label forced to release it as a single after a slew of radio requests following her performance of it on the CMA Awards, the gospel song “He's Alive” debuts on the country charts; it reaches only No. 39. Thirty-six years ago Tuesday, “Here You Come Again” enters its second of five weeks atop the country singles charts (Dolly's seventh); it would peak at No. 3 pop to become Dolly's first pop Top 40 hit. Thirty-one years ago Wednesday, “Everything's Beautiful (In Its Own Way),” a duet with Willie Nelson using new vocals by him and Dolly's mid-'60s Monument vocals, debuts on the charts; it would reach No. 7 to become Dolly's 40th Top 10 country hit and also peak at No. 102 pop and No. 19 adult contemporary. That same day, the album from which the song is released, The Winning Hand, debuts on the album charts; it would peak at No. 4 country, No. 109 pop. Nine years ago Wednesday, “Baby It's Cold Outside” with Rod Stewart debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; the duet reaches No. 2 to be Dolly's biggest AC hit since “Islands In The Stream” more than two decades earlier. Forty-three years ago Thursday, “Joshua” debuts on the singles charts; a month and a half later it would become Dolly's first No. 1 country single and peak at No. 108 pop. Thirty-three years ago Friday, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs debuts on the album charts; two months later it would reach No. 1 country, a position it would hold for 10 weeks (Dolly's longest stay), and No. 11 on the pop charts plus go on to gold status for more than 500,000 copies sold (Dolly's fifth). That same day, the single debuts on the adult contemporary charts; it would peak at No. 1 for two weeks there as well as go to No. 1 on the country and pop charts and sell more than 1 million copies to be certified gold. Ten years ago Friday, “Coat Of Many Colors” by Shania Twain with Alison Krauss and Union Station (plus uncredited duet harmonies by Dolly) debuts on the country singles chart from the tribute album Just Because I'm A Woman: Songs Of Dolly Parton; it spends two weeks at No. 57. Forty-three years ago Saturday, Porter & Dolly record “Better Move It On Home” for their Best of album; released as a single two months later, it reaches No. 7 to become their 10th chart duet. Forty-two years ago Saturday, Dolly records “Touch Your Woman;” released as a single three months later, it reaches No. 6. Twenty-eight years ago Saturday, Once Upon a Christmas makes its second U.S. country album chart debut, reaching No. 30 that year. Twenty-five years ago Saturday, Dolly is the lead guest for Bob Hope's annual network television Christmas special. Seventeen years ago Saturday, Dolly accepts the Harmony Award from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra at its annual Symphony Ball. Twenty-nine years ago Sunday, Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers makes its first debut on the album charts; it reaches No. 12 country, No. 31 pop, and sells in excess of 2 million copies to become her sole multi-platinum album. That same day, the Christmas single “The Greatest Gift of All” with Kenny debuts on the charts; it peaks at No. 53 country, No. 81 pop.
appearances, some are tentative)
Blue Smoke World Tour
Jan. 24, Agua Caliente Resort and Casino, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Jan. 25, Star of the Desert Arena, Primm Valley Casino Resort, Nev.
Jan. 26, Reno Events Center, Reno, Nev.
Jan. 28, Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, Ariz.
Feb. 7, Vector Arena, Auckland, N.Z.
Feb. 8, Vector Arena, Auckland, N.Z.
Feb. 11, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Aus.
Feb. 12, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Aus.
Feb. 15, Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, Aus.
Feb. 18, Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Aus.
Feb. 21, Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Aus.
Feb. 22, Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Aus.
Feb. 25, Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Aus.
Feb. 27, Perth Arena, Perth, Aus.
May 22, Hard Rock Casino, Tulsa, Okla.
May 23, Hard Rock Casino, Tulsa, Okla.
May 25, Harrah's Cherokee Casino, Cherokee, N.C.
May 27, St. Mark Catholic Church/EKU Arts Center, Richmond, Ky.
May 28, Thompson-Boling Arena, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
May 30, WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Okla.
May 31, WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Okla.
June 8, Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
June 10, Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
June 11, O2 Arena, Dublin, Ireland
June 12, Live at the Marquee, Cork, Ireland
June 14, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England
June 15, GE Oil & Gas Arena, Aberdeen, Scotland
June 17, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
June 18, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
June 20, First Direct Arena, Leeds, England
June 21, Phones 4U Arena, Manchester, England
June 22, LG Arena, Birmingham, England
June 24, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales
June 25, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales
June 27, O2 Arena, London, England
June 28, O2 Arena, London, England
July 2, Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, England
July 5, Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany
July 6, O2 World, Berlin, Germany
July 8, Forum, Copenhagen, Demark
July 9, Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
July 11, The Globe, Stockholm, Sweden
(More dates to be announced)
U.S., Dec. 14 edition:
Once Upon A Christmas No longer in top 200 pop albums (down from No. 165, 23 weeks), No. 14 country catalog albums (down from No. 6, 88th week), No longer in top 50 pop catalog albums (down from No. 37, 19 weeks)
"Hard Candy Christmas" No. 37 holiday digital songs (re-entry, 24th week)
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
Dec. 9, 7 a.m., Showtime, Straight Talk (re-runs 12:45 p.m. Dec. 17, 4:30 a.m. Dec. 18, 9:25 a.m. Dec. 20)
Dec. 9, 9 p.m., GAC, Kenny & Dolly: An Intimate Conversation
Dec. 10, 7:45 a.m., Showtime Comedy, Straight Talk
Dec. 10, 9 a.m., Encore Family, The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom (re-runs 3:50 p.m. Dec. 10, 10:30 p.m. Dec. 10)
Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m., CMT, Reba
Dec. 15, 9 p.m., RFD-TV, The Marty Stuart Show
Dec. 17, 11 a.m., ABC Family, Unlikely Angel
Dec. 17, 7 p.m., 5Star Max, Joyful Noise
Dec. 20, 6:40 p.m., Oxygen, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 9:20 p.m. Dec. 20)
Upcoming or recent releases
Who Is Dolly Parton? children's illustrated biography book April 3
Dream More: Celebrate The Dreamer In You paperback edition of Dolly's book Nov. 5
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 Dec. 9, 2013
Today's Dolly Parton news
Kenny & Dolly Score Grammy Nomination
Dolly on Friday night managed to maintain her record as the most-nominated female artist in the 56-year history of the Grammy Awards, snagging her 46th career nod from the Recording Academy as “You Can't Make Old Friends” with Kenny Rogers received the nomination in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category. Beyonce, who tied her record last year, also added one nomination on Friday night (with husband Jay Z for Best Rap Sung Collabroation on “Part II (On The Run)”). The nomination marks Dolly's seventh in this category which she won with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris in 1987 for their Trio project. She has previously been nominated four times with Porter Wagoner (1969, 1970, 1971, and 1973), once with Trio and once with Rogers (1985) – this doesn't count her six additional nominations (including one win) when the category was split into two (duo/group for regularly-performing combos and “country collaboration with vocals” for duos or groups that temporary form and don't normally perform together) for the 1990s and 2000s (the collaboration category has now been eliminated and the duo/group category returned to its pre-1990s qualifications). This marks her third nomination with Rogers, as they also shared a Pop Duo or Group nomination in 1983. Their competition for the award this time are “From This Valley” by The Civil Wars, “Don't Rush” by Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill, “Your Side Of The Bed” by Little Big Town and “Highway Don't Care” by Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift. Winners will be announced Jan. 26, although most awards are given off camera prior to the award show broadcast on CBS.
Latest Blue Smoke World Tour Information
The first additional details regarding one of the four new concerts Dolly announced last week came out over the weekend. Her official Facebook page revealed that the May 28 Knoxville fundraising show at the University of Tennessee will take place in Thompson-Boling Arena, where she kicked off her 2011 Better Day World Tour in another charity concert. In addition, the Facebook listing also announced that pre-sale tickets for that show will become available Dec. 19. No ticket information for the other three new concerts – two in Tulsa, Okla., and one in Cherokee, N.C. – has been made available yet. Coverage of the tour announcements made several national media outlets, including USA Today here and Billboard magazine here, in addition to local media such as Tulsa World here, Knoxville's WATE television here and The Richmond Register in Kentucky here.
GAC, Overseas Chart Updates Released
On the Great American Country video countdown last week, Kenny Rogers and Dolly's "You Can't Make Old Friends" remained steady at No. 5. Vote for it in next week's charts on GAC here and CMT here. Overseas, the three-disc compilation The Real Dolly Parton falls another 16 places to No. 85 in its eighth week on the Irish pop albums chart. Down Under, the 2007 compilation The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 inches down one to No. 21 in its 299th week on the top 40 Australian country albums tally while The Essential Dolly Parton regains two to No. 22 for a 59th chart week. On the British country compilation charts, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) holds steady at No. 2 in its 13th week on the chart, while her first Original Album Series, Volume 1, released in 2011, leapfrogs it with a two-digit rise to No. 1 on the same tally in its 12th week back on the tally with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony. Ronstadt's Original Album Series (also from 2011 and featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls back out of the top 20, down from No. 20 in its 10th week back on the charts.
Dollywood's 2013 Season Drawing To A Close
You only have mere days left to enjoy Dolly's theme park in the Smokies before it closes down for the year. The 2013 Dollywood season ends January 4, but being closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through the rest of the month plus Mondays this week and next means its Smoky Mountain Christmas festival will only be open 18 more days until the season is gone. The park re-opens with the debut of the new Fire Chaser Express coaster March 22, 2014, and Dolly is usually on hand to officially open each season's new attraction. Her usual next return to the park is her annual Homecoming Parade, which is scheduled next year for May 2.
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UPDATE: New U.S. Blue Smoke Tour Dates Added
Dolly's management on Friday morning revealed four new U.S. dates in her Blue Smoke World Tour and officially announced the seven existing dates that had already been reported on Dollymania.net and have been on sale for several weeks. The announcement gave no word on whether or not any additional U.S. shows will be forthcoming, and ticket sale information for the four new concerts was not revealed. In a press release making the announcement, Dolly said: "It's always great to perform at home in the good ol' USA. We're kicking off our Blue Smoke World Tour right here at home. I love traveling all over the world; but it's true, there's nothing like home." The new shows are May 22 and 23 at the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa, Okla., May 25 at Harrah's Casino in Cherokee, N.C. (directly on the other side of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park from Dollywood) and May 28 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville as a benefit concert for her Imagination Library literacy charity and the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation at Sevierville's LeConte Medical Center, which provides health care assistance for residents in her home county. She had announced in August that she would be doing a benefit show in the East Tennessee area for the two organizations in spring 2014 as part of the tour (although the announcement listed it as a benefit for Imagination Library only, which I assume is an error). The existing dates that have already been reported here but have been missing from her official tour itinerary for the past few months are Jan. 24 at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (on sale since Nov. 2), Jan. 25 at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev. (on sale since Nov. 26), Jan. 26 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nev. (on sale since Nov. 21), Jan. 28 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz. (on sale since Nov. 6), May 27 at St. Mark Catholic Church/Eastern Kentucky University Arts Center in Richmond, Ky., as a benefit for St. Mark's Evening Among Friends (on sale since Nov. 26) and May 30 and 31 at the Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Okla. (on sale Nov. 22).
'Hard Candy Christmas' Re-Enters Chart
Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" re-enters the 50-position holiday digital songs chart this week, coming in at No. 37 in its sixth week this year and 24th week since release, the Dec. 14 Billboard numbers on Thursday showed. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers drops eight places to No. 14 country catalog albums in its 88th chart week and its fifth this year, falling off the pop catalog albums tally, down from No. 37 in its third week this year and 19th week since release, and from the top 200 pop albums chart, down from No. 165 in its second week this year and its 23rd week since release. Willie Nelson's To All The Girls, featuring a new Dolly duet, loses a dozen digits to No. 32 country and slips 57 points to No. 170 current albums for its seventh chart week, while falling off the top 200 pop albums, down from No. 133 in its sixth week. Kenny Rogers's You Can't Make Old Friends, also with a new Dolly duet, drops 13 to No. 50 country in its eighth week. Overall, the new Garth Brooks boxed set Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades Of Influences debuts at No. 1 country, No. 3 pop, while Duck Dynasty's Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas dips one to No. 2 country and remains steady at No. 4 pop in its fifth week.
Upcoming Tour Gets New Interview, Videos
Dolly has continued over the past few days to promote her upcoming Blue Smoke World Tour. A new interview with the Australian Associated Press was posted Thursday to Yahoo's website Down Under and is available here. Also, Live Nation UK plugged the European leg of the tour by posting three Q&A videos with her a few days ago. The best part is hearing the crew crack up off camera after she answers a question. Watch them here, here and here.
Dollywood Holiday Film Added To Amazon For Online Viewing
Thanks to Carrie for letting me know that Amazon has added Dolly's recent Lifetime holiday film A Country Christmas Story for online streaming viewing. Watch it for 99 cents here!
'9 To 5' Draws Crowd To San Diego
Thanks to Jason for alerting me that FilmOut San Diego's screening of Dolly's classic film 9 To 5 attracted about 350 attendees. The hosts also called the audience's attention to a Facebook campaign here seeking to encourage the three main stars to work together again.
'Jolene' Makes Grammy Hall Of Fame List
Dolly's classic 1974 recording of "Jolene" is among 27 singles and albums chosen by The Recording Academy as the Class of 2014 for the Grammy Hall of Fame inductees. This marks her second entry into the 960-title Hall of Fame, as her 1974 recording of "I Will Always Love You" was inducted in 2007. To be eligible, songs or albums must be at least 25 years old and "exhibit qualitative or historical significance." Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said in a press release: "Spanning the 1930s to the 1980s, this year's GRAMMY Hall Of Fame entries represent a diverse collection of influential and historically significant recordings. Memorable and inspiring, these recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog — knowing that they have become a part of our musical, social, and cultural history." The diverse class of honorees also includes Neil Young's 1970 album After The Gold Rush, George Harrison's All Things Must Pass from 1970, Chicago's The Chicago Transit Authority from 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival's Cosmo's Factory from 1970, Doc Watson's self-titled album from 1964, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" single from 1969, Hoagy Carmichael's original 1930 recording of his "Georgia On My Mind," James Brown's 1970 single "Get Up," The Rolling Stones' 1969 single "Honky Tonk Women," U2's 1987 album The Joshua Tree, Kris Kristofferson's 1970 album Kristofferson, War's 1975 hit "Low Rider," the Mary Poppins original film cast soundtrack, Louis Armstrong's 1938 recording "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen," B.J. Thomas's 1969 single "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," The Sugarhill Gang's 1979 rap anthem "Rapper's Delight," the 1958 album Relaxin' With The Miles David Quintet, Gil Scott-Heron's 1970 single "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," Sister Rosetta Tharpe's single "Strange Things Happening Every Day" from 1945, blues legend Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago" from 1937, B.B. King's "3 O'Clock Blues" from 1952, The Drifters' "Under The Boardwalk" from 1964, RUN DMC's "Walk This Way" from 1986, Sam Cooke's 1960 recording "Wonderful World," the 1970 Woodstock album and Charlie Parker's 1946 "Yardbird Suite."
Kenny & Dolly Chat On GAC
Great American Country (GAC) has announced a new special interview with Kenny Rogers and Dolly will premiere on the cable network next week. Kenny & Dolly: An Intimate Conversation is scheduled for a 9 p.m. Eastern broadcast next Monday night on the channel. GAC Vice-President of Programming Suzanne Gordon said in a press release: "To bring viewers a truly unique and remarkable chat between these amazing artists is incredible in and of itself. What makes this even more personal is that it isn't moderated. You have these performers who transcend genre and category, who are larger-than-life figures in American pop culture, just sitting together and having a conversation. It's really special." The chat is characterized as taking place "in a very relaxed setting" featuring the duo talking about their 30-year friendship, their stage chemistry and getting older. In addition to the conversation, the special features archival photos and videos.
Catch '9 To 5: The Musical' In Florida
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., area residents will want to head out to Stage Door Theatre in Broward to catch Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical, which Broadway World noted here plays there Dec. 13-Jan. 19.
Two New Australian Concerts Added
One day after adding another show in New Zealand on her Blue Smoke World Tour, LiveNation Australia on Monday announced two additional shows Down Under. She'll play second dates in Melbourne on Feb. 12 and Brisbane on Feb. 22 in addition to her Feb. 11 and Feb. 21 scheduled concerts in those cities. LiveNation members get a pre-sale starting Dec. 10 and tickets go on sale to the general public Dec. 13.
See '9 To 5' On Big Screen In San Diego
FilmOut San Diego will present Dolly's film debut, 9 To 5, for its monthly screening in December, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reported here. The screening takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Birch North Park Theatre with $10 admission.
Second New Zealand Tour Date Announced
Thanks to ticket demand, Dolly over the weekend added a second tour date in New Zealand as part of her Blue Smoke World Tour. Coming the night after her first performance there, the Feb. 8 engagement will also take place at the Vector Arena in Auckland. My Live Nation members get a pre-sale beginning Tuesday, while tickets go on sale to the general public Dec. 9.
Aussie, British Charts Updated
Down Under, The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 from 2007 slips four to No. 20 in its 298th week on the top 40 Australian country albums tally while The Essential Dolly Parton drops two to No. 24 for a 58th chart week. On the British country compilation charts, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) inches up one to No. 2 in its 12th week on the chart, and her first Original Album Series, Volume 1, released in 2011, gains two to No. 3 in its 11th week back on the tally with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (also from 2011 and featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) slides five to No. 20 in its 10th week back on the charts.
Another Texas Community Looks To Library
A new Texas community is looking at kicking off Dolly's Imagination Library locally, The Marshall News Messenger reports here.
Irish, GAC Charts Updated With Dolly Projects
"You Can't Make Old Friends," Dolly's new duet with Kenny Rogers, sees its music video inch down one spot to No. 5 on the Great American Country Top 20 Country Countdown this week. Vote for it in next week's charts on GAC here and CMT here. Overseas, the three-disc compilation The Real Dolly Parton loses another 18 places to No. 69 in its seventh week on the Irish pop albums chart.
Kentucky Meet-And-Greets Selling Out Fast
I understand that all $700 orchestra-level meet-and-greets for Dolly's May 27 charity concert in Richmond, Ky., sold out on Thursday, although there is a waiting list in case some purchasers don't make payment on their orders by Wednesday. In addition, all boxes with meet-and-greets are sold out, leaving only $1,500 front row meet-and-greet seats remaining. Organizers say this is the fastest-selling show in the event's 10-year history. General tickets remain available without meet-and-greets in the orchestra level and second and third tiers. More information is on the St. Mark Catholic Church website here.
'Once Upon A Christmas' Rises, 'Hard Candy' Falls
Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" falls back off the 50-position holiday digital songs chart this week, down from No. 44 in its fifth week this year and 23rd week since release, the Dec. 7 Billboard numbers revealed Thursday. Her and Kenny Rogers's Once Upon A Christmas inches up one to No. 6 country catalog albums in its 87th chart week and its fourth this year, gains five to No. 37 pop catalog albums in its third week this year and 19th week since release and rises 23 spots to No. 165 on the top 200 pop albums chart in its second week this year and its 23rd week since release. Willie Nelson's To All The Girls, with a new Dolly duet, dips one to No. 20 country, 30 to No. 133 pop, and 22 to No. 113 current albums in its sixth week. Kenny Rogers's You Can't Make Old Friends, also featuring a new Dolly duet, moves down five to No. 37 country in its seventh week and falls off the top 200 current albums chart, down from No. 161 in its sixth chart week. The Civil War ballad collection Divided & United, with a Dolly duet with Stuart Duncan, falls off the newly-shortened top 50 country albums chart (it used to be 75 positions), down from No. 32 in its third week. I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, with the late singer's version of Dolly's title song, falls off the R&B/hip-hop albums chart, down from No. 74 in its 53rd week, as that tally also was shortened from 75 positions to 50 this week. Overall, Duck Dynasty's Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas remains steady at No. 1 country and No. 4 pop in its fourth week, while Luke Bryan's Crash My Party remains at No. 2 country and drops three to No. 15 pop in its 16th week.
Dolly Sends Thanksgiving Well Wishes
Dollywood on Wednesday sent out a message from Dolly to members of the park's DreamMore Resort's Founders Club members wishing everyone a wonderful holiday. It read: "I wish everyone a Thanksgiving full of love, warmth and hope. As you celebrate, take time to give thanks for the blessings-big and small-you've received. Most of all, I truly hope you and yours experience the bountiful joy this special holiday brings to each and every heart."
Dropped Disney Project Remembered
An article from Studio System News on Disney's Frozen project recalls briefly Dolly's involvement in an animated film for the studio called My Peoples which ended up not getting made. Read more here.
'9 To 5' With Drag Queens A Hit
Thanks to Manny for sharing material from last weekend's sold-out drag 9 To 5 parody Workin', which premiered in San Francisco featuring Rupaul's Drag Race alum Pandora Boxx as Dolly before a crowd of 1,400. Manny, who played Mr. Hart, tells me the 60-minute performance (which was followed by a screening of the original film) featured a couple of dance numbers and Pandora dressed in Dolly's "Backwoods Barbie" outfit for the finale of "Lil' Bitty Ole Pissant Country Place." He also said film co-star Lily Tomlin called organizer Peaches Christ just before the show to express her regrets that a conflict kept her from attending and to wish all good luck. Check out pictures here and a YouTube video here or in the media player below.
Kentucky Fund-Raiser Concert Announced May 27
Dolly is returning to the "An Evening Among Friends" fund-raiser for St. Mark Catholic Church in Richmond, Ky., six years after her first appearance headlining the annual charity concert, which once again includes meet-and-greets for sale. The May 27 appearance takes place at the East Kentucky University Center for the Arts. Tickets are available here. Ground floor tickets (Orchestra I and II) are $125 each or $700 each with meet-and-greet, and second and third level tickets (Grand Tier I and II) are $75 each (no meet-and-greets available at that level). Two four-person boxes are available for $1,000 (or $2,000 with two meet-and-greets) while six six-person boxes are available for $1,500 (or $2,500 with two meet-and-greets). The two eight-person boxes were sold out before tickets went on sale to the public (they were announced to the church's congregation on Tuesday). A total of 19 center front row seats are available for $1,000 each or $1,500 with a meet-and-greet. Image from her October 2008 concert fundraiser from "An Evening Among Friends" is © Copyright 2008 T. Duane Gordon/www.dollymania.net.
Another 'Christmas Carol' Story Posted
The Kingsport Times News talks about Dollywood's A Christmas Carol with a piece here.
'Old Friends' Still Doing Well On GAC
The Kenny Rogers and Dolly duet "You Can't Make Old Friends" holds steady at No. 4 on the Great American Country Top 20 Country Countdown Friday. Vote for it in next week's charts on GAC here and CMT here. Overseas, The Real Dolly Parton three-CD set falls eight to No. 51 in its sixth week on the Irish pop albums chart. Down Under, the 2007 compilation The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 inches up one to No. 16 in its 297th week on the top 40 Australian country albums tally while The Essential Dolly Parton also gains one to No. 22 for a 57th chart week. On the British country compilation charts, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) moves up one to No. 3 in its 11th week on the chart, and her first Original Album Series, Volume 1, released in 2011, also rises a digit to No. 5 in its 10th week back on the tally with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (also from 2011 and featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains four to No. 15 in its ninth week back on the charts.
More On Dollywood's Dolly Hologram
Sevier County's The Mountain Press over the weekend posted a story on the new production Dollywood's A Christmas Carol and its Dolly hologram. Check it out here.
'9 To 5' Co-Star Getting AFI Award
Jane Fonda will receive next year's Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in June and plans to have her 9 To 5 co-stars help with her tribute, telling Yahoo: "Dolly and Lily will save me." Read more here.
'Once Upon A Christmas' Back On The Pop Chart
Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" slips six spots to No. 44 holiday digital songs in its fifth week this year and 23rd week since release, the Nov. 30 Billboard numbers released Thursday showed. Her and Kenny Rogers's Once Upon A Christmas gains six to No. 7 country catalog albums in its 86th chart week and its third this year, receives a second week this year on the pop catalog albums charts holding steady at No. 42 for an 18th week and re-enters the top 200 pop albums chart at No. 188 to mark its first week this year and its 22nd week since release. Willie Nelson's To All The Girls, featuring a new Dolly duet, in its fifth week loses eight to No. 19 country, 50 to No. 103 pop, 41 to No. 91 current albums and falls off of the Internet sales tally, down from No. 20. Kenny Rogers's You Can't Make Old Friends, also with a new Dolly duet, moves up one in its sixth week to No. 32 country, five to No. 161 current albums and falls back off the top 200 pop albums chart down from No. 186 in its fourth chart week. The Civil War ballad collection Divided & United, with a Dolly duet with Stuart Duncan, dips 10 to No. 32 country in its second week, and falls off the other charts, down from No. 190 pop, No. 158 current albums, No. 23 Internet sales and No. 25 independent labels albums. I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, featuring her cover of Dolly's title song, holds steady at No. 74 in its 53rd week on the R&B/hip-hop albums chart. Overall, Duck Dynasty's Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas remains steady at No. 1 country and slides one to No. 4 pop in its third week, while Luke Bryan's Crash My Party remains at No. 2 country and loses one to No. 12 pop in its 15th week.
More Facebook Questions Answered For Down Under Fans
Live Nation Australia/New Zealand this week released two more videos from Dolly's Q&A session: her favorite memory of working with Tammy Wynette here and her favorite memory of Australia here.
News Service Covers Dolly Hologram In Show
Reuters news service this week profiled the new Dollywood's A Christmas Carol complete with its Dolly hologram. Check out the video report here.
Giovanni Loves Dolly, Dislikes Elvis
Tennessee native poet, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni praises Dolly for her humanity and philanthropy but didn't like Elvis Presley because of his backward racial attitudes, The Tennessean reported here. She said: "Dolly's good people, and she does stand for something . . . She's always a joy. You buy a ticket to a Dolly Parton concert, you get your money's worth. And I think it's wonderful that somebody from Sevierville has helped to change and shape the world."
Springer Used Mayor's Position To Meet Dolly, Others
During the one year he served as mayor of Cincinnati, talk show legend Jerry Springer used the position to invite artists to perform in the city and give them the key to the city simply because he wanted to meet them. Among his targets he met through this method: Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, The Eagles and Dolly, Contact Music reported here.
Drag Queen '9 To 5' Reminder
Drag queen Pandora Boxx talks about how she worked on her Dolly impersonation for Saturday night's tribute show Workin' that will take place Saturday night at San Francisco's legendary Castro Theatre on organizer Peaches Christ's website here. The event's Facebook page is here, get tickets here and read more about it here.
Down Under Q&A, Oklahoma Ticket Sales Announced
Live Nation Australia/New Zealand took questions on its Facebook page for Dolly in advance of her Blue Smoke World Tour, and the first couple were answered this week on its YouTube channel. Check out Dolly's introduction here, the first question here and the second one here. In other tour news, tickets go on sale Friday via Ticketmaster for her two Oklahoma dates at the end of May.
Catch A Glimpse Of Dollywood's Dickens Show
Broadway World has a great preview of Dollywood's A Christmas Carol, complete with a scene of Dolly acting and one of her singing plus the cast performing a few other of her songs from the new musical at the park. Watch it here.
Kenny & Dolly Make Cover Of 'Country Weekly'
Kenny Rogers and Dolly are on the cover of the current issue of Country Weekly magazine promoting an interview inside. Check out a note about it on the magazine's website here.
Bluegrass Dolly Cover Comes Out
Bluegrass singer Donna Ulisse put out a new album last month with a Dolly cover. She did "In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)" on Showin' My Roots. Get your copy here!
Reno Gets Dolly Concert In January
Dolly has added a second stop in Nevada on her Blue Smoke World Tour: Jan. 26 in Reno at the Reno Events Center. Tickets go on pre-sale via Ticketmaster for LiveNation members and the venue's members at 10 a.m. Thursday before becoming available to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday. This marks the fourth January U.S. stop on the tour before it heads overseas. As has been previously reported, most of the American leg of the tour will take place in May and has yet to be announced.
Dollywood To Unveil New Coaster Ride Car Tuesday
Dollywood will unveil the ride vehicle for its new FireChaser Express coaster at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday via Livestream. Check it out here.
CMT, Aussie, U.K. Charts Updates
The Kenny Rogers and Dolly duet "You Can't Make Old Friends" fell off CMT's Hot 20 Countdown on Saturday, down from one week at No. 19. Vote for it in next week's charts on GAC here and CMT here. Overseas, the 2007 compilation The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 loses five to No. 17 in its 296th week on the top 40 Australian country albums tally while The Essential Dolly Parton dips eight to No. 23 for a 56th chart week. On the British country compilation charts, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises one to No. 4 in its 10th week on the chart, and her first Original Album Series, Volume 1, released in 2011, gains five to No. 6 in its ninth week back on the tally with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony. Ronstadt's Original Album Series (also from 2011 and featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 19 in its eighth week back on the charts.
Dolly Children's Biography Release Delayed
The release date for the children's book Who Is Dolly Parton? has been pushed back more than two months. The illustrated biography will now be out April 3 instead of Jan. 23.
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