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May 23:
'Smoky Mountain DNA' Album Coming, Special Taping Next Week
Dolly will soon release another massive album to follow her 30+-track rock project, her niece revealed in British media this week, and an apparent television concert special to promote it will be filmed next week. Jada Star, Dolly's niece, told The Sun here that the project, Smoky Mountain DNA, will feature approximately 30 songs, each featuring Dolly with members of her extended family. Some tracks will be their interpretations of her hits, while others will be original songs about Dolly's career and family. The album will be promoted alongside the documentary about Dolly and her family's Welsh roots that will air overseas at a yet-to-be-announced date. In addition, tickets were available Wednesday here for three nights' of concerts featuring Dolly and her family members next week at Knoxville's Bijou Theater which will be taped, presumably for a television special to promote the album.

Dolly Heading To Dollywood This Weekend
That's not the only Dolly appearance coming up, as even though the park has not made any official public announcement that she will be on park this weekend to open her new Dolly Parton Experience museum complex, Dollywood's Miss Lillian "The Chicken Lady" revealed on her social media that Dolly will, in fact, be on park this weekend for the museum grand opening.

Touring Dolly Symphony Show Coming Next Year
Now that she has retired from touring, Dolly will see her songs get the orchestral treatment and tour with her virtually at symphonies around the country. Doly Parton's Threads: My Songs In Symphony will premiere at the Nashville Symphony March 20 and then tour with local symphonies around the nation. Produced by Dolly in partnership with Schirmer Theatrical and Sony Music Publishing, the show will feature pre-recorded video of Dolly telling stories about her biggest hits before the local orchestra plays each one live using "new and innovative orchestrations." In a press release, Dolly said: "I'm just so excited to share my songs and the stories behind them in this beautiful new way. Threads: My Songs in Symphony is like a journey through the heartstrings of my life. I hope we can take it far and wide to symphony orchestras everywhere!"

'Somebody's Child' Debuts On Top Christian Songs Chart
"Somebody's Child" with Blessing Offor debuts this week on the Hot Christian Songs chart, coming in at No. 41, the May 25 Billboard tallies released Tuesday showed. Elsewhere, Dolly and Pitbull's "Powerful Women inches down one to No. 10 in its eighth week on the digital rap songs sales chart. Her Beyonce collaboration "Tyrant" loses four to No. 25 in its seventh chart week on the Top R&B Songs chart. Dolly's duet with Zach Williams on "Lookin' For You" holds steady at No. 34 in its sixth week on the Christian airplay chart. Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection re-enters the 50-position country albums chart at No. 50, while Beyonce's Cowboy Carter loses one to No. 4 country albums. The set drops two to No. 10 top 200 albums in its seventh week, dipping three to No. 10 streaming albums, eight to No. 18 Canadian albums, five to No. 15 current album sales, eight to No. 18 top album sales, and two to No. 3 Americana/folk albums. Her cover of "Jolene" falls four to No. 49 country singles.

Dolly Remembers Dabney Coleman
Dolly this week released a statement remembering co-star Dabney Coleman, who passed away Thursday. On social media, she said: "Dabney was a great actor and became a great friend. He taught me so much when I was doing my first movie, 9 To 5. He was funny, deep, and smart. We remained friends through the years and I will miss him greatly as many people do."

Dolly Honors Late Founder Of RFD-TV
RFD-TV, which airs reruns of The Porter Wagoner Show featuring a young Dolly, on Wednesday released a video of Dolly offering her condolences on the passing of their founder, Patrick Gottsch. Watch it here.

Randy Rainbow Takes Trump On '9 To 5'
Musical comedian Randy Rainbow returned this week with a new Trump trashing, this time set to the tune of Dolly's "9 To 5." Watch his "Forty-Five" on YouTube here or in the media player below.


May 20:
'9 To 5' Co-Star Dabney Coleman Dead At 92


Legendary actor Dabney Coleman, known mostly for his villainous characters throughout the 1980s and one of the mentors to Dolly on the set of her first film, 9 To 5, passed away at his home May 16. He also appeared in the film adaptation of The Beverly Hillbillies with Lily Tomlin and a cameo by Dolly, and he guested on one episode of Dolly's 1987-88 ABC variety series. Read his obituary from The Hollywood Reporter here. Image above of '9 To 5' leads Lily Tomlin, Dolly, Jane Fonda, and Dabney Coleman in 2003 in Atlanta copyright T. Duane Gordon/Dollymania.net. All rights reserved. Click on the image for a larger view.

Elle King Addresses Dolly Tribute Fiasco
Singer Elle King last week broke her silence on her drunken behavior at the Grand Ole Opry during Dolly's birthday tribute. In an interview with Chelsey Handler, she said she filled in as a headliner for the show at the last minute when another performer couldn't make it due to weather-related travel difficulties, and she had recently experienced a very traumatic private matter that left her with PTSD. She said due to the trauma she had not slept or eaten in several days leading up to the performance, so when she drank a few shots before taking the stage, she immediately became so drunk she "disassociated" from her body and did not realize what she was doing. She blacked out until she woke on the floor of her dressing room crying. She said she hand-wrote apologies to both the Opry and Dolly, who personally called her and forgave her. She said Dolly's reaction was "proof that angels exist." Dolly later publicly stated that she had forgiven and forgotten about the incident and encouraged her fans to do so as well. Read more from Billoard here.

Dolly Tracing Welsh Ancestry In Documentary
Dolly and her niece Jada Star were on BBC Radio 4 last week promoting an upcoming documentary tracing their family's roots to Wales on their mother's side. Check out a story from the BBC here.

Beyonce Sales, Overseas Chart Updates
In its seventh week of release, Beyonce's Cowboy Carter looks to hold steady at No. 8 on the U.S. Top 200 albums list this week, preliminary sales data from Hits Daily Double indicate. The site projects the title moved 36,000 chart unit credits for the week 4,000 sales and about 32,000 streaming equivalents.

  • Down Under, Cowboy Carter tumbles 17 spaces to No. 43 on the Australian all-genre albums chart and four to No. 7 country albums while Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection slips one to No. 38 country albums.
  • Across the pond, Beyonce slides seven to No. 19 all-genre albums, four to No. 27 Scottish albums, eight to No. 21 streaming albums, two to No. 22 physical sales and one to No. 21 album sales. The set remains steady at No. 1 country and re-enters the vinyl albums chart at No. 20 and gains six to No. 30 download albums and one to No. 3 Americana albums.
  • Elsewhere on the British charts, The Real Dolly Parton falls back off the physical sales albums chart, down from No. 92. Glen Campbell Duets: Ghost On The Canvas Sessions featuring a new Dolly duet with the late Campbell, loses one to No. 2 country compilation albums after three weeks at No. 1, while Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 holds steady at No. 3, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection gains one to No. 5, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe rises nine to No. 11, and the Original Album Series sees Emmylou Harris' first volume dip four to No. 18.

    May 15:
    Dolly's Costumes Get Own Official Social Media


    The official Dolly Parton Archive, which manages her personal costumes, artifacts, keepsakes, and memorabilia, including the items exhibited in her new Dolly Parton Experience museum opening at Dollywood on May 24, has launched several new official social media channels to keep fans updated when she exhibits any costumes or other items in other locations in the future and to give fans an inside look at some of the pieces and stories in the collection. They include:
  • Instagram 
  • Twitter/X
  • TikTok
  • Facebook

    Krispy Kreme To Give Free Doughnuts For Fans


    Krispy Kreme on Tuesday officially announced Dolly's doughnut collection. In a press release, Dolly said: "Having some of my very favorite southern flavors in one, unique doughnut collection from Krispy Kreme is so special to me. These doughnuts remind me of home. So, I'm excited for folks to share them with their own family and friends. They're pretty sweet, if I do say so myself!" To celebrate, the restaurant will provide a free original glazed doughnut on Saturday to anyone who visits wearing Dolly merchandise, a Dolly wig, or who will sing their favorite Dolly song. The treats are also being sold in a six-pack at select grocery stores (a searchable list is available here) and learn more about the doughnuts here and click on the promotional image above for a larger view.

    Butterflies Land At Dolly's Stampede


    Dolly's flagship Stampede equestrian dinner theatre in Pigeon Forge has added a new butterfly segment to its show. Featuring "a new take on a classic Dolly song," presumably "Love Is Like A Butterfly," the segment begins with horses entering the arena wearing whimsical butterfly wings in a choreographed formation, followed by a display of blooming flower petals opening center stage and flowers and butterflies falling from the ceiling, finishing with a human butterfly aerial act. In a release, Dolly said: "While growing up in the Smoky Mountains, I was always fascinated by butterflies. I used to get in trouble with my mom, 'cause they'd have to come find me, and I'd be chasing a butterfly from one place to another. I was fascinated with them, flying high in the sky. Butterflies are such gentle, beautiful and free-spirited creatures, and I've always related to them with my own personality and how I live my life. They've become my little symbol, and I like to include them wherever I can. That's why this new part of the Stampede show is so special to me. It's bringing a piece of my childhood to life, and celebrating something so beautiful that has inspired me to follow my dreams from a young age." Check out video from the show in the media player above or visiting YouTube here.

    'Billboard' Ranks Dolly's Top Country Hits
    Billboard this week unveiled the top 25 singles from Dolly's career on their Hot Country Songs chart. Check out the list here.

    Dollywood Train Closed For Repairs
    Dollywood revealed on social media Tuesday that the Dollywood Express train will be down for an undetermined length of time while they wait for a replacement coupling part that connects the train to the passenger cars to be manufactured.

    Dolly Remains On Rap Charts
    Dolly and Pitbull earn a seventh week on the digital rap songs sales chart as their collaboration "Powerful Women slips two spots to No. 9, the May 18 charts released Tuesday showed. Her Beyonce collaboration "Tyrant" gains three in its sixth chart week on the Top R&B Songs list, coming in at No. 21, but if falls off the country singles chart, down from No. 47. Dolly's duet with Zach Williams on "Lookin' For You" inches up one to No. 34 in its fifth week on the Christian airplay. Beyonce's Cowboy Carter loses four to No. 8 in its sixth week on the top 200 albums, dipping three to No. 7 streaming albums, one to No. 10 Canadian albums, and one to No. 3 country albums. It inches up one to No. 10 current album sales and two to No. 10 top album sales. The set holds steady at No. 1 Americana/folk albums but falls off the vinyl albums tally, down from No. 17. Her cover of "Jolene" falls 11 to No. 45 country singles.


    May 13:
    Dolly Drops 'Somebody's Child' For Mother's Day


    Just in time for Mother' Day, Dolly and gospel artist Blessing Offor on Friday released their collaboration "Somebody's Child." Offor spoke of the duet with Billboard here, and Dolly shared a clip of the video on social media with the statement: "I know it's too easy to say it was a blessing to sing with Blessing Offor but it was. I love the song 'Somebody's Child' and I am very proud to be a part of it." Stream the video on YouTube here or in the media player above, and download the song here.

    Dolly Doughnuts Coming To Krispy Kreme
    Although no official announcement has come from Krispy Kreme yet, social media was ablaze the past several days over images shared by food influencers of Dolly doughnuts supposedly coming to its stores nationwide on Tuesday: chocolate crème pie, banana puddin' pie filled, peachy keen cobbler filled, and a pink sparkly frosted doughnut with a butterfly on it called the Dolly Dazzler. In addition, she'll have a slushy drink called the Peachy Keen Lemonade chiller. Parade reported on the postings here.

    Update: Dolly Will Not Attend LA '9 To 5' Event
    The May 29 ERA Coalition's Women's Equality Trailblazer Awards at the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center as the Hollywood premiere screening of the documentary Still Working 9 To 5 to honor Dolly, Tomlin, and Jane Fonda with the Trailblazer Award will not see Dolly in person, as she has a conflict in Nashville that weekend, according to her publicist, Deadline reported in an updated story last week here. Fonda and Tomlin, however, are expected to attend in person, and Dolly is expected to send a videotaped address, the documentarians told the publication. Tickets, available here, benefit the nonprofit ERA Coalition.

    Dollywood's Dolly Parton Experience Nears Opening
    We're less than two weeks away from the opening of Dolly's new multi-building museum at Dollywood, and the park has announced season passholders will be able to register for preview tours May 17-19. Registration is required here starting at 11 a.m. Eastern Tuesday. Also, when the section opens to the public at 10 a.m. May 24, the Dolly Parton Experience museum portion will require timed entry tickets, which may be reserved here starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Timed entry tickets will be required through June 2, and require selection of a 30-minute time slot between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Tickets are not required for entry after 5 p.m. or to visit the Dreamsong Theater, Precious Memories, Dolly's Fan Shop or adjacent bathrooms.) You must arrive at the entrance either during your 30 minute window or no later than 15 minutes after the window time, but once inside you'll be able to stay as long as you like. In related news:

  • Little Debby snacks is partnering with the park to give away a vacation for four to the theme park. Check out their social media post about it here and enter here.
  • Dollywood's Splash Country water park opened for its 24th season Saturday and Sunday with daily operations beginning next Saturday.
  • The park announced last week that Food City has been named its official grocery partner and will sponsor this year's Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration and the Colossal Pumpkin Patch during the Harvest Festival.

    Dolly's Nashville Hotel To Begin Interior Demolition
    The Dollywood Company has started internal demolition on their recently-purchased $75 million office building in downtown Nashville set to be reimagined into a hotel, Nashville Business Journal reported here last week. The publication stated the company had secured its permit to begin a $500,000 interior demolition that as of now excludes the retail ground floor and currently-leased office space on parts of the sixth and seventh floors.

    U.K., Aussie Charts, U.S. Sales Updates
    In its sixth week of release, Beyonce's Cowboy Carter should lose four to No. 8 on the U.S. Top 200 albums list this week, preliminary sales data from Hits Daily Double indicate. The site projects the title moved 42,000 chart unit credits for the week 5,000 sales and about 37,000 streaming equivalents. Since release, the collection has seen U.S. credits for about 791,000 units: 240,000 in sales, 12,000 in track equivalent album downloads, and 539,000 in streaming album equivalents.

  • Down Under, Cowboy Carter falls five places to No. 26 on the Australian all-genre albums chart and holds steady at No. 3 country albums while Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection slips one to No. 37 country albums.
  • Across the pond, Beyonce dips four to No. 12 all-genre albums, one to No. 23 Scottish albums, seven to No. 13 streaming albums, 22 to No. 36 download albums, six to No. 20 physical sales and album sales, and three to No. 4 Americana albums. The set remains steady at No. 1 country and falls back off the vinyl albums chart, down from No. 24. "Jolene" falls off the all-genre singles chart, down from No. 70 in its fifth week.
  • Elsewhere on the British charts, The Real Dolly Parton re-enters the physical sales albums chart at No. 92, and Dolly's Rockstar: Deluxe falls back off the Americana albums chart, down from No. 39 in its 23rd chart week, while Glen Campbell Duets: Ghost On The Canvas Sessions featuring a new Dolly duet with the late Campbell earns a third consecutive week at No. 1 country compilations albums, while Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 slides one to No. 3, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection dips two to No. 6, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls 12 to No. 20, and the Original Album Series sees Emmylou Harris' first volume gain three to No. 14.

    Oregon Takes Imagination Library Statewide
    Oregon is the latest state to take Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy program statewide, with an announcement last week from Gov. Tina Kotek available on YouTube here or in the media player below.


    May 8:
    Dolly, Lily, Jane To Reunite May 29 In Hollywood
    Dolly, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda will reunite again May 29 at the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center in Los Angeles to accept the ERA Coalition's Women's Equality Trailblazer Awards at a Hollywood premiere screening of the documentary Still Working 9 To 5, red carpet, VIP reception, awards presentation, and panel discussion with the film's stars. Tickets, available here, benefit the nonprofit ERA Coalition.

    'Powerful Women' Re-Enters Rap Charts
    Dolly is back on the rap charts, as her Pitbull collaboration "Powerful Women" re-enters the digital rap songs sales chart at No. 7 for a sixth chart week in the May 11 charts released Tuesday. Her Beyonce collaboration "Tyrant" falls out of the Top R&B Songs top 10, losing 18 spots to No. 24, and slips 21 places to No. 47 country singles. Dolly's duet with Zach Williams on "Lookin' For You" inches up one to No. 35 in its fourth week on the Christian airplay. Beyonce's Cowboy Carter dips one more to No. 4 in its fifth week on the top 200 albums, gaining one to No. 4 streaming albums, but losing one to No. 9 Canadian albums, one to No. 17 vinyl albums, six to No. 11 current album sales, six to No. 12 top album sales, and one to No. 2 country albums. The set holds steady at No. 1 Americana/folk albums. Her cover of "Jolene" slides eight to No. 34 country singles.

    In Memoriam: Jim Mills
    Six-time Grammy-winning banjo legend Jim Mills, who played on Dolly's Grammy-winning The Grass Is Blue and Little Sparrow, has died. He was 57. Read more here.


    May 6:
    Blessing Offor Duet Drops Friday


    Blind Nigerian gospel singer Blessing Offor, who competed on The Voice and won two Dove Awards last year, appears to have a new collaboration with Dolly hitting retailers on Friday. He posted to his X account here a video of the two at the piano for the song "Somebody's Child" and the caption: "The myth, the legend, the queen herself! I can't believe this is happening and I can't wait for you guys to hear that voice!"

    U.S. Sales, U.K., Aussie Chart Updates
    Preliminary sales data projects Beyonce's Cowboy Carter will dip another spot in its fifth chart week to No. 4 on the U.S. Top 200 albums list this week, Hits Daily Double indicated. Their numbers estimate the album had 52,000 unit credits for the week (7,000 sold, 1,000 track download equivalents, and 44,000 from streaming).

  • Down Under, Cowboy Carter tumbles 17 spots to No. 21 on the Australian all-genre albums chart and loses the top country albums spot after four weeks at No. 1 on the Aussie tally, slipping two places to No. 3 while Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection rises two to No. 36.
  • Across the pond, Beyonce falls five to No. 8 all-genre albums, five to No. 22 Scottish albums, three to No. 6 streaming albums, and six to No. 14 download albums, remaining steady at No. 14 physical sales and album sales and No. 1 country and Americana albums, re-entering the vinyl albums chart at No. 24. "Jolene" in its fifth week loses 24 to No. 70 on the all-genre singles chart and falls off the downloads list, down from No. 80.
  • Elsewhere on the British charts, Dolly's Rockstar: Deluxe slides seven to No. 39 Americana albums chart for a 23rd chart week, while Glen Campbell Duets: Ghost On The Canvas Sessions featuring a new Dolly duet with the late Campbell earns a second consecutive week at No. 1 country compilations albums, while Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 holds steady at No. 2, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection holds steady at No. 4, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady at No. 8 , and the Original Album Series sees Emmylou Harris' first volume rise one to No. 17 and Linda Ronstadt's fall out of the top 20, down from No. 17.

    See 'Steel Magnolias' In Cinemas On Wednesday
    If you missed the limited-engagement 35th anniversary theatrical re-release of Dolly's classic ensemble film Steel Magnolias, it repeats on Wednesday. Check local listings for participating cinemas in your area.

    Dollywood Named World's Best Return Attraction
    Dollywood announced last week it had been voted No. 1 for the world's best tourist destination to return to for repeat visits according to a study published by UK-based travel insurance company InsureandGo. They compiled the online reviews from thousands of sources to rank each attraction based on how likely the guest said they were to return, and its score of 94 was the highest in the world. California's Disneyland ranked second with a score of 87, followed by Georgia's Stone Mountain Park, Warner Brothers Studio Tour London, and a tie for fifth place between the Grand Canyon and Oxford, England's, Blenheim Palace.


    May 1:
    Dolly To Open This Year's CMA Fest
    The Country Music Association announced on Tuesday that Dolly will kick off this year's CMA Fest with a live, in-person interview from their CMA Close Up Stage on Thursday, June 6. The stage is located within the Fan Fair X area on Level 3 of the Music City Center. Tickets are on sale here for $10 for the day and $25 for the four-day festival. The facility and each stage inside has 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. general admission, limited-capacity seating on a first-come, first-served basis, so not all ticketholders will be admitted to the event. (Those who purchase the more expensive tickets for the outdoor mainstage concerts in Nissan Stadium will receive complimentary admission to the separate, indoor Fan Fair X but are also subject to the first-come, first-admitted limited capacity.) As Dolly is only scheduled for the interview, she currently isn't expected to perform, but her merch will be there in a Dolly ALL ACCESS! Pop Up Experience open daily in Fan Fair X.


    Grant Duet Making Radio Waves, Chart Updates
    Dolly's collaboration with contemporary Christian artist Natalie Grant on the single "Step By Step" (an Annie Lennox song that was a hit for Whitney Houston) was last week's No. 1 most-added song at Adult Contemporary radio stations nationwide, according to radio tracker Mediabase, and debuted at No. 39 on Mediabase's Adult Contemporary airplay chart. It hasn't gotten enough airplay yet to debut on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, which only has 30 positions. However, her duet with Zach Williams "Lookin' For You" rises three to No. 36 in its third week on the Christian airplay chart in the May 4 tallies. "Tyrant" with Beyonce rebounds seven spots to No. 26 country singles and holds steady at No. 6 Hot R&B Songs. Dolly and Pitbull's collaboration "Powerful Women" falls off the rap digital singles sales chart, down from No. 7 in its fifth chart week. Beyonce's Cowboy Carter loses one to No. 3 in its fourth week on the top 200 albums, falling two to No. 5 streaming albums, four to No. 8 Canadian albums, 14 to No. 16 vinyl albums, four to No. 5 current album sales, and five to No. 6 top album sales. The set holds steady at No. 1 country albums and Americana/folk albums. Her cover of "Jolene" falls off the Hot 100, down from No. 88, and loses seven to No. 26 country singles.

    Ringgold Plans Dolly Fest
    Ringgold, Ga., where Dolly married hubby Carl Dean in 1966, will host its annual Dolly Days May 11, Local 3 News reported here.