New information revealed Tuesday included a fourth new song, the removal of three songs from the previously-released version ("Friends," which had been written by Dolly, and "Always Choose To Be Nice" and "We Will Always Be Friends," both of which had been written by Brian Hall and Tom McBryde -- all songs on the new version were written by Dolly) and that the audio book bonus track included has changed from her I Am A Rainbow book to her Coat Of Many Colors children's book. The "new" songs are "Makin' Fun Ain't Funny," which she had made available for free download to those who had purchased the children's book, "Chemo Hero" and re-recordings of "Coat Of Many Colors" and "Brave Little Soldier." The project will be released on Dolly Records and RCA Nashville with a digital release Sept. 29 and physical CD release Oct. 13.
In a press release, Dolly said: "My first album was released 50 years ago and it's been an amazing 50 years since then. I am very excited that now I'm coming out with my first children's album in all of those 50 years. I'm proudest of all that all of the proceeds from this CD will go to the Imagination Library. It's been 20 years since the Imagination Library was launched. We've seen 100million books get into the hands of children and hopefully there will be many more." Watch the announcement from News Channel 5 in the media player above or by visiting here. Additional footage is included in The Tennessean's story here and WKRN here. The full track listing is:
Bonus track spoken audio: Coat of Many Colors (book read by Dolly Parton)
Dolly Promotes Emmy Nomination
The campaign for Emmy voters to support Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love for Best TV Movie landed Dolly interviews in two stories published Tuesday. Parade offered a Q&A with Dolly about the film here and Variety posted a piece on the number of biopics nominated this year which featured comments from both Dolly and Jennifer Nettles, who played her mother in the project. Read that story here.
Dollywood Visit Details
Dolly will be at Dollywood making appearances both Friday and Saturday, according to the park's website. Her previously-reported 11 a.m. Friday media appearance will be open to a limited number of public guests who receive first-come/first-served wristbands at the park's front gate that morning, and she is expected to do a park parade Saturday weather-permitting. Usually when she is on park she also pops in unannounced at some of the park's shows as well.
Kesha CD With Dolly Dominates Headlines
Music news on Friday and over the weekend continued to be dominated by the release of Kesha's Rainbow with her Dolly duet on a cover of "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)." Coverage included a story from Unicorn Booty here, a review from Uproxx here and a track-by-track from Kesha on NPR here.
Overseas Chart Updates
The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week loses one on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 3 in its 48th chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, 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) dips seven to No. 17, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) drops five to No. 16 and Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls off the top 20, down from No. 14.
Dolly To Visit Dollywood Aug. 18
Dollywood announced Wednesday that Dolly will make an appearance at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at DP's Celebrity Theatre to provide "a special glimpse of Dollywood's newest nighttime harvest experience, Great Pumpkin LumiNights. Dolly shares her vision for the event which she believes will become a treasured family tradition for guests." In addition, according to the media advisory, she will discuss the 27th Smoky Mountain Christmas festival and reveal details of a "personal" new project "which is very important to her." No details have been released of any other park appearances over that weekend. The Harvest Festival runs Sept. 29-Oct. 28 and the Christmas fest Nov. 4-Jan. 1.
Rogers Concert Adds Tickets
Organizers of Nashville's Oct. 25 Kenny Rogers tribute on Wednesday released to the public via Ticketmaster what they say are the final block of tickets for the show which will feature his final duet performance with Dolly. The handful of newly-released seats were all premium seats costing $425 or more and a few remained available as of press time Wednesday night. Also, performers Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum and Wynonna Judd were added to the concert, it was announced Wednesday.
Kesha Gushes About Dolly
On ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday, singer Kesha gushed about recording "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)" with Dolly, saying: "I consider her family now. That was like, the craziest thing in the world to me that she actually said yes to collaborating with me, I'm still not over it, so I'm just going to tell everybody about it forever." Watch the interview here, and get Kesha's album Rainbow on Friday.
Dolly Honors Glen Campbell At His Passing
Music legend Glen Campbell succumbed to Alzheimer's on Tuesday and died at the age of 81. Among the outpouring of memorials and tributes was a video message from Dolly here and in the media player above in which she calls him "one of the greatest voices that ever was in the business." Dolly and Campbell appeared together many times, including co-hosting the 1978 television special 50 Years Of Country Music with her and appearing as a guest on her 1987-88 variety show, and he covered her "Light Of A Clear Blue Morning," for which she re-wrote a verse to make it a gospel song, on a 1991 album. Download the track here. Additional remembrances are available from Billboard here.
Get Tickets For Aug. 23 ACM Event With Dolly
Tickets for the Aug. 23 Ryman Auditorium ceremony for the ACM Honors, at which Dolly will receive Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award for her humanitarian work, go on sale to the public via Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. Central time Wednesday.
Dolly Tops Another Billboard List
Billboard magazine last week released another one of its critics' countdowns, this time looking at the Top 50 Country Love Songs of all time. Dolly takes the No. 26 spot with "Rockin' Years" with Ricky Van Shelton and the No. 1 position with her classic "I Will Always Love You." See the full list here.
Kesha Duet Making Waves
Kesha's new album, Rainbow, hits stores on Friday with its Dolly duet on a song Kesha's mother wrote. Entertainment Weekly gave the project an "A-" here, noting: "Still, whether she's belting forlorn country with Dolly Parton on 'Old Flames (Can't Hold a Candle to You)' or practicing the synth pop that made her a star ('Hymn'), her authenticity never flags."
Emmy Nomination Adds Dolly's Name
The Emmy Awards on Sunday released the official list of producers who received this year's nominations by name for their projects that are up for awards Sept. 17 confirming, yes, the nomination of Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love as Best Made for TV Movie will be in Dolly's name, bringing her official total of Emmy nominations to two (she was first nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Variety Special in 1978 for Cher . . . Special). Gold Derby published the entire list here, which includes Dolly, Sam Haskell and Pamela K. Long as Executive Producers and Hudson Hickman as Producer of the film.
In Memoriam: Sam Shepard
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor Sam Shepard, who played Dolly's husband, Spud, in Steel Magnolias, passed away July 27 at age 73 from ALS and his death was announced last week. Dolly reacted in a statement, according to Rare Country here: "I was so sorry to hear of Sam's passing. What a nice man and what a great actor. I was honored to have him play my husband in 'Steel Magnolias.' Rest in peace, my friend."
Miley Talks About Dolly's Influence
Dolly goddaughter Miley Cyrus told Cosmopolitan what it's like to have her as a godmother. Fox News reports here that she joked the best part was her wardrobe but then she added: "Seriously, watching the way she treats people with love and respect. Always a reminder to me and my family of what is important. Never let success change your heart."
Overseas Chart Updates
The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week holds steady at the British country compilation albums chart at No. 2 in its 47th chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, 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) rises one to No. 10, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) moves up one to No. 11 and Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains two at No. 14. Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt falls back off the top 40 Australian country albums, down from No. 39 for a 42nd chart week since release, it was revealed Saturday.