Aug. 19: 'There Was Jesus' Steady Near Top Of Charts
Dolly and Zach Williams on Tuesday were back at pushing their collaboration "There Was Jesus" to No. 1 with another remote interview at Christian radio station The Fish here or in the media player above. Meanwhile, the song this week holds steady at No. 2 on the Aug. 22 Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart. The track spends a sixth week at No. 1 on Christian digital song sales, advances one to No. 2 Christian airplay, loses eight to No. 13 Christian streaming and gains six to No. 29 digital song sales.
'Mary, Did You Know?' Drops Friday Dolly announced on social media Tuesday night that "Mary, Did You Know?", the first single from her upcoming holiday collection A Holly Dolly Christmas, will be available Friday. Look for your ability to download it from Amazon here.
Aug. 18: Dolly Makes 'CBS This Morning' After Tech Glitches
After some technical difficulties that prevented her from appearing on video earlier Monday morning, Dolly made a telephone appearance on CBS This Morning right at the end of the program to discuss at length her Imagination Library early childhood literacy program and its story. She also was asked briefly about the backlash over her remarks in the Billboard cover story endorsing the Black Lives Matter movement. Hear what she said in the media player above or by clicking here.
Christmas CD, Vinyl Releases Added It was revealed Monday that Dolly's upcoming holiday album will be released to retail stores in CD format – reserve your copy here -- and a red vinyl format – reserve your copy here -- in addition to the gold and green limited-edition vinyl editions and CD version being sold on Dolly's official website's online store and the previously-announced A Holly Dolly Christmas MP3 version which retailers have had for pre-orders since the project was announced a few days ago. The regular-edition vinyl will be released Oct. 30, while the limited edition vinyl, CD, and mp3 versions come out Oct. 2. In related news, Sony's Legacy Records has revealed plans to reissue the vinyl edition of her 1984 holiday album with Kenny Rogers, Once Upon A Christmas, on Oct. 2 as well.
Library Expands To All Of Delaware Delaware on Monday celebrated becoming the next state to take Dolly's Imagination Library statewide. Check out a video making that announcement here.
Aug. 17: Controversy Erupts Over Black Lives Matter Comments Dolly fans largely spent the weekend arguing online over her comments of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and protests as reported in her cover story interview for Billboard magazine. (Nationally, roughly two-thirds of Americans support BLM and one-third oppose it, and given her very diverse fan base one can presume their split is roughly similar.) Numerous media outlets accurately reported her comments, causing an uproar from conservatives. Dolly's official website over the weekend shared a direct link to the Billboard story as its lead article without adding any comment about the controversy, seemingly endorsing the story. An essay from Esquire opined here that no one with any knowledge of her accepting outlook on others should be surprised by her endorsement of the movement, while the website God detailed some of the conservative backlash here. In related news, a new mural of her was being painted at the time in East Nashville and the artist decided to add her Black Lives Matter comments to it, The Tennessean noted here, and producers of the Cartoon Network/Adult Swim series Squidbillies announced over the weekend they had immediately fired its lead voice actor, Stuart Daniel Baker, also known as Unknown Hinson, as soon as they were informed of his social media posts condemning Dolly for her BLM support and insulting her with: "So, now this freak-tittied, old Southern bimbo is a BLM Lover? Remember, slut, Rednecks made you a Millionaire!" He had voiced the cartoon's lead character, Early Cuyler, for 15 years.
'CBS This Morning' Reminder For Monday Don't forget to catch Dolly on CBS This Morning Monday to discuss her Imagination Library book program.
U.K., Aussie Chart Updates Across the pond, after six consecutive weeks at No. 1, the vinyl release of Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 slips one to No. 2 on the British country compilation albums chart, the album's 136th overall chart week, Friday's tallies revealed. On the same chart, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe slips two to No. 8, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses one to No. 12, Emmylou Harris's 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 one to No. 10, Essential Dolly Parton falls off the top 20, down from No. 20, while her Gold collection re-enters the top 20 at No. 20. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) holds steady at No. 18 its 465th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
Aug. 14: Dolly Graces 'Billboard' Cover, Supports BLM Dolly is on the cover of the new issue of Billboard magazine (at left) for a story on her career and how she continues to expand her "empire" even through coronavirus. Of note, it is explained she hopes to do a Dollyfest, a tour of 12 stadiums around the world where she would perform as would acts she has influenced to celebrate her 75th birthday next year. What gained the most attention in the press was her statements of support when asked about the Black Lives Matter movement for racial equity, to which she responded saying: "I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen. And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!" When asked about changing Dixie Stampede's name to Stampede, which it notes her management said at the time was partly due to a consideration of expanding overseas where the term "Dixie" wouldn't be relevant to the chain's name, she added: "There's such a thing as innocent ignorance, and so many of us are guilty of that. When they said 'Dixie' was an offensive word, I thought, 'Well, I don't want to offend anybody. This is a business. We'll just call it The Stampede.' As soon as you realize that [something] is a problem, you should fix it. Don't be a dumbass. That's where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose." Read the full article here and watch parts of the interview in the magazine's 5-minute interview video on YouTube here or in the media player below.
BMI Honors Dolly For Radio Broadcasts Music rights performance society BMI recently recognized Dolly with seven new "Million-Air" certificates for her song catalog. "I Will Always Love You" joined the society's 30 most-performed songs of all time with a 10 Million broadcast honor, while "9 To 5" moved to 5 million, "Jolene" and "Two Doors Down" to 2 million, and new 1 million certificates for "The Seeker," "Yellow Roses" and "Coat Of Many Colors." Read more from Music Rowhere.
Dolly Schedules 'CBS This Morning' Appearance Monday CBS This Morning has announced Dolly will be a special guest on their program Monday, which airs 7-9 a.m. Eastern. It features a special "School Matters" hour and notes she founded the Dollywood Foundation, so her appearance may center around her Imagination Library early childhood literacy program.
Christmas CD Bundles, Vinyl Available On Official Store Dolly's team on Thursday posted to her official website store (here for U.S. customers and here for UK customers) several bundles for her upcoming holiday CD A Holly Dolly Christmas, including the ability to order one of 400 globally limited edition gold vinyl albums and/or one of 800 globally limited edition green vinyl albums, which are exclusive to the official online store. They are available in several of the bundles, as are physical CDs and other memorabilia, or you may order them separately by visiting the music section of the store. Amazon and a few other retailers have added pages to preorder the MP3 album, such as here on Amazon, but the preorder page for physical CDs has yet to be added at regular retailers and it has not been announced whether a regular vinyl issue will be released to other retailers either.
'USA Today' Recognizes Dolly Among 'Women of the Century' For the centennial of ratification of the Constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, USA Today has chosen 10 historical female figures from each state to celebrate as their "Women of the Century." Although most are political figures or Civil Rights icons, Dolly and UT female basketball coach Pat Summit are among the 10 chosen for her home state of Tennessee. Read the full list here.
Aug. 13: Holiday Album Officially Announced For Oct. 2 Dolly on Wednesday officially announced her holiday album A Holly Dolly Christmas exclusively on Billboard.comhere. She released the cover art, at left, and track listing, below. The article also revealed the CD will be released Oct. 2 on Dolly's rebranded personal record label, now known as Butterfly Records, in partnership with 12Tone Music Group and was produced by Kent Wells. Her track with Michael Buble will be the first single and it will also feature her 2009 holiday single "Comin' Home For Christmas," the theme song for 2016's Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love movie and the theme song for this year's Netflix movie Christmas On The Square. The track listing is:
Holly Jolly Christmas
Christmas Is (feat. Miley Cyrus)
Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas with Michael Bublé
Christmas On The Square
Circle Of Love
All I Want For Christmas Is You with Jimmy Fallon
Comin' Home For Christmas
Christmas Where We Are (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)
Pretty Paper with Willie Nelson
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
You Are My Christmas (feat. Randy Parton)
Mary, Did You Know?
Time-Life DVD Collection Coming This Fall Buried in the announcement of her new holiday album, Billboard also revealed that Dolly will get her own Time-Life DVD collection, The Ultimate Dolly Parton, coming out sometime "this fall." While no details of the project have been released, most of these collections feature an assortment of the subject's television series (so maybe it will have her 1977 and/or 1987 variety show), an assortment of television specials (so maybe her HBO concerts and holiday specials and promotional specials for various albums), and guest appearances on late night television shows and daytime talk shows. They usually release a scaled-down version and a larger deluxe version with more shows and specials.
Dolly Promotes 'There Was Jesus'
Dolly and Zach Williams on Wednesday were working to try and get their collaboration "There Was Jesus" to No. 1 with remote interviews at Christian radio stations including K-LOVE here or in the media player above, and The Morning Cruise here or in the media player below. Meanwhile, the song this week reversed course and might be headed back to the top, gaining one to No. 2 again on the Aug. 15 Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart. The track spends a fifth week at No. 1 on Christian digital song sales, holds steady at No. 3 Christian airplay, up two to No. 5 Christian streaming and up 11 to No. 35 digital song sales.
Dolly Helps Williams Sonoma Feed Children Dolly has contributed a matching spatula and tea towel design for Williams Sonoma's new collection to help reduce childhood hunger. Check out the towel here.
Opry Poster Donated For MusiCares Dolly has contributed an autographed Grand Ole Opry poster from her 50th anniversary for this year's Grammy MusiCares Foundation charity auction, which takes place Sept. 9, it was reported here.
PaleyFest Video Released Paley Fest on Monday released to the public the interview with Dolly, co-executive producer Sam Haskell, and actors Ginnifer Goodwin and Kathleen Turner about her Netflix series Dolly Parton's Heartstrings. Watch it here or in the media player below.
Aug. 8: Netflix Plans Second 'Heartstrings' Season, Possible Sitcom Although an official renewal hasn't been announced, Sam Haskell, Dolly's co-executive producer on her Netflix anthology series Dolly Parton's Heartstrings, revealed this week that the network wants a second season and he is getting scripts written now so that they may begin production of a second season as soon as it is determined safe for filming again once the coronavirus crisis has ended, according to a Deadline recap here of the virtual PaleyFest LA panel he had with Dolly, Kathleen Turner and Ginnifer Goodwin which became available Friday to Paley members and Citi cardholders. The panel discussion becomes available to the general public on YouTube here Monday. They also noted they are discussing a possible sitcom for Dolly to star in on the streaming service as well and explained they had pitched 17 potential songs to the network for the first season, of which it chose seven and asked that "Sugar Hill" be added because it was a favorite of a Netflix executive overseeing the project. In related news, The Hollywood Reporter profiled the "These Old Bones" episode alongside its four fellow Emmy nominees for Best TV Movie here.
'Songteller' Audio Book Officially Announced, U.K. Release Although it was originally revealed back in September by Page Six and first confirmed here on Dollymania in April, the audiobook of Dolly's upcoming story-behind-the-songs book Songteller was officially announced this week. In a press release from RBmedia, it was noted the CD and digital recording by Dolly herself would be released on Recorded Books Nov. 17. "Across my life, I've written thousands of songs. This fall, for the first time ever, we're spotlighting a hundred of my favorites in my new audiobook, Dolly Parton, Songteller. Not only will you be able to revisit my life in lyrics, but I'll tell you never-before-heard stories behind the songs. I am so thrilled to announce my collaboration with Recorded Books to create this unique audio experience," Dolly said in the release. Page Six originally reported it was the audio book rights that led Dolly to the indie publisher she chose, Chronicle Books, since none of the major publishing houses was willing to meet her demand of returning the audio book rights to her after 10 years instead of retaining the rights in perpetuity. Reserve your copy of the audio book here. In related news, Amazon added a few inside pages from the book to its listing for it here, and it was also announced this week that the U.K. edition will also come out Nov. 17 from publisher Hodder & Stoughton.
Aug. 5: Dolly's Ole Miss Award Ceremony Rescheduled For April Dolly's acceptance of the Legacy Award from the Ole Miss Women's Council for Philanthropy has been rescheduled for April 11 at The Jefferson Oxford in Oxford, Miss., and will include a literacy event where she will read to children at the University of Mississippi's Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, it was announced Tuesday. "For the 20th anniversary year of the Ole Miss Women's Council and the 10th anniversary of the Legacy Award, we are honoring Dolly Parton who has a national and international reach," said Mary Donnelly Haskell, of Oxford, the Legacy Award event chair, and wife of Dolly's recent movie co-producer Sam Haskell. "When I think of the positive influence Dolly continues to have on her home state of Tennessee, as well as children and adults around the globe, it is clear she is a perfect choice for this distinguished award. Dolly's extraordinary legacy spans from her enrichment of our lives through entertainment, to the many generous humanitarian acts she carries out to support people all over the world. Our goal is for our OMWC scholarship recipients to become servant leaders who truly make a difference in society, and my dear friend Dolly lives that life daily." Sponsorships, which include a meet-and-greet with Dolly, are sold out. The event was originally scheduled for April of this year but was postponed due to COVID-19.
U.S., U.K., Aussie Chart Updates Dolly's "There Was Jesus" with Zach Williams earns a fourth week at No. 1 of the Christian digital songs sales chart, the Aug. 8 Billboard numbers released Tuesday showed. The song may have stopped its advance on the Hot Christian Songs chart, losing one to No. 3 from its peak position at No. 2. On the Christian airplay list it rises one to No. 3, on the Christian streaming chart it holds steady at No. 7, and on the all-genre digital sales chart it falls seven to No. 46. Across the pond, for the fifth week in the row, the vinyl release of Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 keeps Dolly on the top spot on the British country compilation albums chart, the album's 134th overall chart week, Friday's tallies revealed. On the same chart, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains three to No. 4, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) holds steady at No. 11 and Emmylou Harris's 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 two to No. 10. Essential Dolly Parton re-enters the top 20 at No. 19. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) slips six to No. 15 its 463rd chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.