Dolly will be Veruca Salt to Harry Connick Jr.'s Willie Wonka on Tuesday's Halloween episode of Harry. Check out a promo here or in the media player above.
Oct. 30: Sales Data For 'Believe' CD Obtained Billboard over the weekend looked at the notable new entries from last week's charts here and included Dolly's No. 173 pop debut with her new children's album, I Believe In You, adding that it made it to No. 3 on the kid album chart and debuted at No. 20 country albums, giving her a 78th career entry on that tally (I count 84 albums but some of those Billboard doesn't credit her with because they're movie soundtracks or otherwise various artist collections not listed on the charts as being by her by name). In addition, Dollymania.net was able to obtain sales data to shed light on the album's first three weeks' performance. When it debuted on the kids albums chart at No. 11, digital-only downloads the first week (to meet this year's Grammy nomination eligibility deadline) sold 900 copies that first week (not enough to make the Top Country Albums top 50 although it was enough to make No. 37 on country album sales). The second week of digital-only release saw no charts reached and just 200 copies sold. The first week of physical CD sales saw 4,800 units sold bringing the cumulative three-week total to 5,900.
Australian Chart Updates Dolly's I Believe In You loses 20 spots in its second week Down Under at fall to No. 22 on the Australian country albums chart, while Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, featuring Dolly on the track "Rainbowland," falls 22 places to No. 40 pop albums in its fourth week in Australia.
Kenny & Dolly Make TwinZZone Thanks to Hollywood To Dollywood stars Larry and Gary Lane for sharing a couple of photos from the red carpet at Kenny Rogers' recent retirement concert taping with Dolly. Look at them here and here. When she saw them she explained to Kenny they had done the documentary and called them "my twins." They explained they were interviewing them for their new TwinZZone website because Dolly has siblings who are twins and Kenny has sons who are twins.
More Spring Dollywood Concerts Confirmed Two more concerts at Dollywood next year have been confirmed on artists' websites, adding to the evidence that the Showcase of the Stars or a similar concert series is coming to the park next season. In addition to the Pam Tillis show reported here Friday night for April 16, Dollymania.net can report an April 11 engagement for Crystal Gayle and April 13 for Janie Frickie.
Oct. 28: Dolly To Visit Dollywood Christmas Next Weekend
For the first time in several years, Dolly will be on hand next weekend to open Dollywood's annual holiday festival Smoky Mountain Christmas. First, she'll do a media appearance on Friday when the park is closed to the public at which she is expected to announce the park's 2018 addition ("how an impressive investment will ensure Dollywood remains the home of the best theme park entertainment in America," according to a media advisory, which sounds like possibly a new theatre) and preview the Christmas festival. She plans to stick around for some appearances for the public the next day when the holiday fest opens to the public on Saturday, a park spokesperson confirmed to Dollymania.net on Friday. Smoky Mountain Christmas features 4 million lights, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and his friends, the Mistletoes, the nightly Parade Of Many Colors and holiday shows Christmas In The Smokies, It's A Wonderful Life, Appalachian Christmas, Christmas With The Kingdom Heirs, O Holy Night and 'Twas The Night Before Christmas and runs Nov. 4 through Jan. 1. In other news, it appears the park's Showcase of the Stars concert series may be returning next year as entertainer Pam Tillis has an April 16 concert listed on her official website's itinerary for the park's DP's Celebrity Theatre.
BBC Storytime Features Dolly
Dolly on Wednesday night made her premiere on the BBC children's channel CBeebies as a storyteller for its CBeebies Bedtime Stories reading Dog Loves Books. Watch it here or in the media player above.
Kenny & Dolly Mic Drop At His Retirement Show "Let's go out like rock stars ," Dolly prompted longtime duet partner Kenny Rogers Wednesday night after they performed their final song together at the conclusion of his retirement concert in Nashville. Then, holding out their arms, they both dropped their microphones to the floor, turned and walked off stage arm in arm.
Numerous artists throughout the evening paid tribute to Rogers by performing his hits before a video of his and Dolly's second No. 1, "Real Love," played on the screen. The duo then emerged and told several stories of their time recording and touring together over the years before performing their most recent collaboration "You Can't Make Old Friends." Dolly then performed "I Will Always Love You" for him before they joined together for "Islands In The Stream" as the finale. The last duet received the end-of-broadcast final story on ABC's World News Tonight Thursday here while some rehearsal footage was shared by a FOX affiliate here. Sample coverage of the show is available from The Tennessean here while the pair appeared on NBC's Today here prior to the concert.
At rehearsal, she and Kenny were presented here the official plaques for digital gold award for "Islands In The Stream" (a development which Dollymania.net was the first media outlet to report a week and a half ago). Other tidbits included Taste Of Country here where she said she hopes to write songs with him and Sounds Like Nashville profiled her meeting at the concert Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman and her daughter, who was named after Dolly here. Photo at left courtesy Jeremy Westby. Click on it for a larger view.
Dolly Appears On 'Dr. Oz' A snippet from Dolly's Thursday appearance on Dr. Oz about her mother's sewing her toes back on earned a lot of attention this week. Check it out via Entertainment Tonight Canadahere.
U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, slips one spot this week to No. 5 U.K. country albums, it was announced Friday. Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, featuring Dolly on the track "Rainbowland," falls off the top 100 pop albums list, down from No. 58 pop albums in its third week, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inches up one to retake the No. 1 place on the British country compilation albums chart in 59th chart week. On the same tally, 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) loses one to No. 12 as her 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. 19.
Billboard Names Country's Saddest Songs Billboard on Friday shared its critics' picks for the 10 saddest songs of country music and Porter & Dolly's "Jeannie's Afraid Of The Dark" ranked at No. 8. See the full list here.
Cam Releases Answer To 'Jolene' Newcomer Cam on Friday released a new single, "Diane," which she says is Jolene's apology to the wronged wife in Dolly's classic song. Take a listen via Rolling Stonehere.
Dixie Stampede Christmas Show Beginning Dolly's Dixie Stampede dinner theatre transitions Wednesday to its annual holiday show with a full-scale living nativity, a Nutcracker scene and Santa. The Christmas show runs through Jan. 2.
Oct. 25: 'Believe' Debuts At No. 20 Country, No. 173 Pop
Dolly's children's album for charity, I Believe In You, saw its real chart debuts in the Nov. 4 Billboard tallies released Tuesday for the first week of sales of the physical CD for the album, which had previously been available for two weeks as a digital download. The project re-enters the kids' albums chart at No. 3, besting its previous one week at No. 11 for digital sales, and the country album sales list at No. 10, besting its previous one week at No. 37 for digital sales. Unfortunately, the official Top Country Albums chart is now a combination of sales track-equivalent albums, sales and streaming-equivalent albums instead of the former straight sales chart, which results in a No. 20 debut there, preventing her from adding to her female record for the most top 10 country albums, which is currently a total of 45 Top Country Albums top 10s (second only to Willie Nelson's 50 top 10 country albums). Elsewhere on the charts, the album debuts at No. 173 all-genre top 200 albums (which chart-watchers noted was her lowest-charting studio album since 1999's The Grass is Blue stalled at No. 198), No. 17 internet albums, No. 35 current albums and No. 37 album sales. Dolly continued promoting the project this week with a live reading of her Coat Of Many Colors children's book on Facebook Tuesday night here or in the media player above and an announcement that she'll appear on Dr. Oz Thursday (the program is syndicated so check local listings).
Holiday, Cyrus, Kesha Updates On Charts Elsewhere on the charts, Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers gains four to No. 14 holiday albums, three to No. 11 holiday album sales and eight to No. 11 country catalog albums while Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" rises 11 to No. 35 holiday digital songs and her Home For Christmas falls off the holiday album sales list after one week at No. 45. For its third week, Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, with Dolly on the duet "Rainbowland," loses 48 places to No. 79 top 200 pop albums, 13 to No. 35 Canadian pop albums, 27 to No. 44 current albums and 29 to No. 48 album sales, falling off digital sales, down from No. 19, and Internet albums, down from No. 20. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," dips two to No. 48 Hot 200 pop albums in its 10th chart week, six to No. 67 current albums, six to No. 75 album sales and 18 to No. 48 Canadian pop albums.
Dolly Gives Music For Another Movie Dolly has contributed another song for a project by filmmaker Bryan Michael Stoller. According to a press release this week, Dolly, John Schneider and the legendary team of Leiber & Stoller have contributed original songs for his new project, Santa Stole Our Dog , a direct-to-DVD/digital/On Demand release coming Dec. 5 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Dolly had previously provided and recorded several songs used in his movie First Dog . That movie followed a little boy on an adventure trying to reunite the President of the United States with his lost dog, while the new movie stars Ed Asner as Santa Claus and follows a family on an adventure trying to find their lost dog that Santa accidentally brought back to the North Pole with him at Christmas. Reserve your copy here!
Heidi Album Release Celebrated Dolly's niece Heidi Parton this week held an album release party for her debut CD, This Kind Of Love, at her aunt's DreamMore Resort and The Knoxville News-Sentinel was there to cover it here.
Drag Queens Channel '9 To 5' Rupaul Drag Race alums Willam, Alaska and Courtney Act, now on tour as The AAA Girls, have added a live cover of Dolly's "9 To 5" to their show complete with costumes as Dolly (Willam), Lily Tomlin (Alaska) and Jane Fonda (Courtney), New Now Next reports here. Watch the performance on YouTube here or in the media player below.
Oct. 23: 'Believe' Debuts At No. 2 Country Down Under Dolly's I Believe In You debuts this week at No. 2 on the Australian country albums chart but didn't sell enough copies in its first week Down Under to break the top 50 pop albums tally, where Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, featuring Dolly on the track "Rainbowland," dips four spots to No. 18 pop albums in its third week in Australia.
BBC Business Interview Posted Dolly's promotions for I Believe In You continued Sunday with an interview featured by BBC Business here.
Price Features Dolly Album In Essential Five Country newcomer Margo Price celebrated her new CD by telling Billboardhere her five "essential" country albums which include Dolly's Trio with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris as well as Country Funk Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, the latter of which includes Dolly's "Getting Happy."
My People Senior Center Coming The Sevier County, Tenn. , senior center has almost finalized accepting a naming rights purchase by Dolly to rename it the My People Senior Activities Center after her charitable fund she established to help after last year's Smoky Mountain wildfires, The Mountain Press reports here.
Watch Dolly's CMT PSA Check out Dolly's PSA for CMT's One Country charity campaign from the iSpot commercial archives here or in the media player below.
Oct. 21: Dolly To Gift 500,000 Books To Hurricane Relief Dolly this week revealed her Imagination Library would be donating 500,000 children's books through First Book to families impacted by the recent hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas. The Foundation also donated $90,750 to cover postage costs for delivering the first 165,000 books to be delivered immediately and is working to raise another $184,250 to cover postage on the remaining 335,000 books that will be coming. To donate, click here. In addition she announced she was making a gift for an undisclosed amount to the One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief Fund established by former presidents Barak Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter to support recovery efforts from the three hurricanes. In a press release, Dolly noted: "After the tremendous outpouring of support my hometown received last winter after the wildfires raged through the area, I want to do my part to help other areas affected by natural disasters. I admire and respect this effort led by our Presidents so it is an honor for me to contribute to their work. I know in the immediate aftermath of a disaster books are not the first thing people need or miss. But I also know from our past experience that after some time has passed, families, schools and libraries are eager to replenish their shelves, and their hearts, with books. First Book asked us to join with them to get the right books in the right hands at the right time and we were pleased to do so." Coverage included USA Todayhere.
Children's Book Reading Airs Wednesday
The BBC's children's network CBeebies this week released a preview of Dolly's upcoming children's storybook reading on CBeebies Bedtime Stories. Check it out here or in the media player above. Dolly's first story, Dog Loves Books, airs at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday with a second book to come soon.
'Believe' Debuts At No. 4 U.K. Country Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, debuts this week at No. 4 U.K. country albums, it was announced Friday, but the release did not sell enough copies to break the pop top 100 chart. Elsewhere in Britain, Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, featuring Dolly on the track "Rainbowland" which they co-wrote, falls 30 places to No. 58 pop albums in its third week while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady at No. 2 on the British country compilation albums chart in 58th chart week. On the same tally, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls back out of the top 20, down from No. 15, 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) drops three to No. 11.
More Coverage Of 'Believe' CD Meanwhile coverage of her new children's album included two recaps of a multi-journalist virtual telephone press conference with perspectives from The Eugene Weeklyhere and The Leavenworth Timeshere.
Dolly Appears In CMT PSA CMT this week broadcast its CMT Artists of the Year celebration and included three public service announcements for its CMT One Country's campaign to support victims of recent tragedies and featured Dolly and Blake Shelton, among others, in the spots.
DNR Smokies Vacation Planned The Derek and Romaine radio show has released a little more detail on the LGBT show's fan vacation to the Pigeon Forge area Sept. 21-24. The hosts were inspired by Dolly's work in recovery following last year's wildfires and want to encourage tourism to the area to help the local economy. (While it appears the groups will stay at several hotels in the area including the DreamMore Resort and visit several area attractions including Dollywood and Dixie Stampede the vacation is not arranged by nor endorsed by any of the attractions they plan to visit.) Click here for more information.
Hear Snippet Of New 'Memories' Duet Bluegrass artist Brad Hudson has released a preview video for his new album Next New Heartbreak coming out Nov. 3 with a Dolly duet on a new recording of "Smoky Mountain Memories." Check it out here or in the media player below.
Oct. 18: Dolly Blankets TV For 'Believe' Promotions The Dolly promotions train to talk about her first-ever children's album I Believe In You continued Monday and Tuesday with numerous TV appearances. Check out clips of her on ABC's The Chewhere and here, Do You Remember here, NBC's Todayhere, here and here, ABC's The Viewhere, FOX Business's Varney & Co.here and here, and FOX News's Fox & Friendshere.
'Islands' Goes Gold Again Dolly has earned yet another RIAA award for an old RCA release, this time "Islands In The Stream" with Kenny Rogers. Already certified platinum for 2 million sales in its original release (today's amount for double-platinum status), the single on Oct. 6 was certified digital gold for downloads of 500,000 copies and/or 50 million online streaming video/audio plays.
'Believe' Temporarily Leaves The Charts On the charts just one week for digital-only sales, Dolly's new children's album, I Believe In You, proceeds from which will benefit her Imagination Library literacy program, falls off the tallies this week on the Oct. 28 Billboard charts released Tuesday, down from No. 37 country album sales and No. 11 kids' albums. The set should re-enter the charts next week at higher numbers based on last week's release of the physical CD version and Dolly's promotion of it. Elsewhere on the charts, Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers slips two to No. 18 holiday albums and three to No. 14 holiday album sales, re-entering the country catalog albums chart at No. 19 while Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" dips five to No. 46 holiday digital songs and her Home
For Christmas debuts on the holiday album sales list at No. 45. For its second week, Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, with Dolly on the duet "Rainbowland," tumbles 31 spots to No. 36 top 200 pop albums, 16 to No. 19 digital sales, 19 to No. 22 Canadian pop albums, seven to No. 20 Internet albums, 14 to No. 17 current albums and 15 to No. 19 album sales. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," loses 12 to No. 46 Hot 200 all-genre pop albums in its ninth chart week, 20 to No. 61 current albums, 22 to No. 69 album sales and nine to No. 30 Canadian pop albums.
Oct. 16: Dolly Releases CD, Donates $1 Million To Kids' Hospital Dolly on Friday released the CD version of her first-ever children's CD, I Believe In You, proceeds from which benefit her Imagination Library children's literacy program, and to celebrate she brought her sister Rachel and niece Hannah to Vanderbilt University's Children's Hospital in Nashville, where Hannah had been treated for leukemia as a young child. While visiting patients, Dolly announced a $1 million gift for the hospital in her niece's honor. The Knoxville News-Sentinel posted video to Facebook of the gift announcement here, and The Tennessean covered the announcement here. While there, she also conducted a live radio interview which her official Facebook page broadcast live here. Other coverage of the album's release featuring Dolly interviews include Ask Anything Chathere, The Blair Garner Showhere, The Huffington Posthere, AOL's The Boothere, Rolling Stone (in which she again addresses the Emmy controversy and defends her friends' right to say what they want politically and her right to remain silent) here, The Toronto Sunhere, Peoplehere, ABC News here, Australia Broadcasting Company (in which she was asked about that country's upcoming public vote on marriage equality and repeated her support for same-gender marriage) here, Ty, Kelly, And Chuckhere and Perez Hiltonhere. She appeared on the Jesus Calling podcast which became available Thursday on iTunes, SoundCloud, Spotify and other services. Finally, in addition to previously-announced stops by Today and The View on Monday, it was revealed she'll appear on ABC's The Chew at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Fox & Friends Monday and The 700 Club Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Five Dolly Performances On CMA Awards Set Time-Life last week announced the upcoming release of the 10-DVD CMA Awards Live "early next year" to feature 127 performances from 50 years of the annual broadcasts including five from Dolly: "Love Is Like A Butterfly" and "Here You Come Again" from the 1974-77 DVD, "Island In The Stream" with Kenny Rogers on the 1978-84 DVD and "Silver Threads And Golden Needles" with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette and "I Will Always Love You" with Vince Gill on the 1992-95 DVD. In addition, a featurette titled "Entertain 'Em, Dolly" appears on the bonus material disc. Pre-orders are available here.
More 'Dolly' Coming To Get TV Get TV has announced their airings of the 1976-77 Dolly series through at least next month with Sunday night episodes featuring Mel Tillis Nov. 5, Chuck Woolery Nov. 12 and the first-ever public appearance of the Trio with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris on Nov. 19. The network has previously shown the Trio episode when they began airing limited episodes of the show a couple of years ago but the Tillis and Woolery episodes haven't been broadcast since the syndication of the show ended in the early 1980s and were not on the six-show DVD from 2006. This brings the total episodes aired on Get TV the past few years to 10. As was previously announced, the episode with Freddy Fender airs next Sunday.
British, Down Under Chart Updates Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, featuring Dolly on the track "Rainbowland" that they wrote together, falls a dozen digits to No. 14 pop albums in its second week in Australia. In the U.K., the album loses 20 spots to No. 28 pop albums in its second week there as well. Elsewhere across the pond, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady at No. 2 on the British country compilation albums chart in 57th chart week. On the same tally, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses three to No. 15 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) inches down one to No. 8.
New Houston 'I Will Always Love You' Coming Arista Records and Legacy Recordings last week announced the upcoming Nov. 17 release of I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard, which will feature three previously unreleased versions of Whitney Houston's cover of Dolly's "I Will Always Love You." The 25th anniversary CD will include an alternate mix of the original soundtrack recording, the film version which didn't appear on the original soundtrack and a live recording of the song. Check out a story from Rolling Stonehere and get your copy here!
'Dolly' Helps Woman Win 'Jeopardy' A 12-time Jeopardy champion was knocked off his throne Thursday night by an East Tennessee housewife who was helped with an entire category she dominated which was dedicated to questions about Dolly. Learn more from The Knoxville News-Sentinelhere.
Dolly Naming Hometown Senior Center Dolly apparently will be buying naming rights for the Sevier County Senior Center, The Mountain Press reportshere.
Heidi Parton Track Listing Announced The track listing has been released for Dolly's niece Heidi Parton's debut album, This Kind Of Love, coming out digitally on Saturday, and it contains three songs her famous aunt has previously recorded: the No. 1 "Think About Love," the Rachel Parton-written "I Am Ready" and "Circle Of Love," which Dolly wrote for Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love and which Jennifer Nettles recorded last year and Dolly had recorded for Christmas album she had planned to release this year but which has apparently been delayed at least until next year (since holiday albums traditionally are released in October and November, and since one hasn't been announced yet it almost certainly won't be out this year). Pre-order Heidi's album here!
Derek And Romaine Heading To Dollywood LGBT online radio program Derek And Romaine is planning a Pigeon Forge getaway in September for their listeners. Known for special listener cruises and theme park-centered vacations, they note here in a call for e-mail sign-ups for notifications that some ticketed events for the group will be limited from as small as 50 people to as large as 400 people.
Aunt Vancie Heading To Cincinnati A leading Dolly impersonator is coming to Cincinnati next month. Unwind Wine Bar will host "Darrick's Dolly Night" with Vancie Vega performing at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Nov. 4 and taking photos with guests before each show. Seats are by reservation only and there is no admission or cover, although a 20 percent gratuity will be required.
Oct. 11: 'Believe' Debuts At No. 37 Country Based on just one week of digital-only sales, Dolly's new children's album, I Believe In You, proceeds from which will benefit her Imagination Library literacy program, allowed the collection to debut Tuesday at No. 37 country album sales and No. 11 kids' albums on the Oct. 21 Billboard charts. I would expect the positions to improve in a couple of weeks once this Friday's release of the physical CD can be added into the totals. Elsewhere on the charts, Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers makes its annual return to the charts, coming in at No. 16 holiday albums and No. 11 holiday album sales, while Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" shows up at No. 41 holiday digital songs. As was previously reported here, Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, with Dolly on the duet "Rainbowland," debuts at No. 5 top 200 pop albums chart. The collection also debuts at No. 3 digital sales, No. 3 Canadian pop albums, No. 13 Internet albums, No. 3 current albums, No. 9 Italy and No. 4 album sales. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," dips 12 to No. 34 Hot 200 all-genre pop albums in its eighth chart week, two to No. 41 current albums, eight to No. 47 album sales, and nine to No. 30 Canadian pop albums lists.
'Believe' Promotions Continue Dolly is all over the place this week promoting Friday's CD release of her I Believe In You children's CD. Sounds Like Nashville had a review of the project here. She called in for Sirius/XM's Andy Cohen, who posted clips about her talking about the passing of Sandy Gallin here and Tom Petty here as well as the Emmy controversy here. On Monday, both Today In Nashville posted an interview here and The Bobby Bones Show shared video of an in-studio interview here. Songwriter's Univere put out an interview here and Peoplehere.
Dolly To Read Kids' Book On British Children's Programming. The BBC has announced Dolly is the next celebrity to join their program CBeebies Bedtime Story on the BBC's children's channel, CBeebies. She will read "Dog Loves Books" on Oct. 25 and a future book that has yet to be announced. Read fhe announcement here.
Dolly Featured On New Book A new book was released last week looking at the 20 best cover songs of music, and of course Whitney Houston's version of the Dolly classic "I Will Always Love You" is on the tally. Get Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Timehere!
Stampede Brought Up Again Dolly's Dixie Stampede dinner theatre made HBO's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver in a segment about the removal of Confederate war memorials. Watch it here.
Oct. 9: Miley Debuts No. 5 U.S., No. 2 Down Under Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, featuring Dolly on the track "Rainbowland" that they wrote together, will debut at No. 5 on the Hot 200 all-genre album chart on Tuesday, Billboard announced Sunday on first-week sales of the album of 33,000 CDs and downloads plus 12,000 album credits for single-song downloads and online streams. The album debuts at No. 2 pop in Australia.
Dolly Chats With 'The Mirror' Dolly recently sat down with British newspaper The Mirror and chatted about her husband, her career, her fans and more. Read the interview here.
Dolly goddaughter Miley Cyrus this week had a week-long residency on NBC's The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and mid-week took to the stage to re-create Dolly's classic 1983 Country Music Association Awards appearance with Kenny Rogers to perform "Islands In The Stream" about two and a half weeks before the song hit No. 1. Dressed up in wigs, stuffing and costumes to match the 1983 appearance (complete with a re-created backdrop), Fallon sang as Kenny and Miley sang as Dolly. The performance got a lot of attention online and even prompted Billboard to share all of the Dolly/Miley crossover appearances over the years here. Watch the impersonation here or in the media player above (and see the 1983 original here or in the media player below).
Dolly To Visit 'Today' This Month Dolly has been announced as a guest during the 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. segment of NBC's Today on Monday, Oct. 16, to promote the physical CD release of her children's album I Believe In You the Friday prior to the appearance. It has also been announced that goddaughter Miley Cyrus and her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, will also appear on the program that day, but there's no word whether Dolly and Miley will sing their duet "Rainbowland" from Miley's Younger Now album. The appearance comes just hours before she joins ABC's The View at 11 a.m., an appearance Dollymania.net was the first media outlet to report. In related news, Dolly's publicist this week promoted the partnership with Pledge Music for special bundle packages of autographed materials and now sold-out voice mail outgoing messages from Dolly which were originally reported here nearly three weeks ago, garnering a handful of stories online including one from CMT.com here.
Fox News Covers Dolly's Emmy Response Dolly repeated her no-politics policy to FOX News this week when they asked about last month's Emmy backlash from her being on stage when Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin made a political joke at the expense of President Donald Trump. "I don't voice my political opinions," she explained to the conservative network. "I just get out there and entertain. To me, that's what I do. I don't condemn them." She added: "When all else fails, do a boob joke!" Check out the story here.
Dolly Tells More To 'People' Magazine When was Dolly latest star struck? When was her latest fashion disaster? And more quick questions came from People magazine and Toyota here this week.
Miley CD Makes U.K. Top 10 Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, featuring the Dolly duet "Rainbowland," debuts at No. 8 on the British pop albums chart released Friday. Elsewhere on the tallies, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady at No. 2 on the British country compilation albums chart in 56th chart week. On the same tally, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises one to No. 12 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) gains four to No. 7. On the main country albums chart, the 40th anniversary re-issue of Ronstadt's Simple Dreams falls off the top 20, down from No. 16.
Another Live White Stripes 'Jolene' Coming Out An early live version of The White Stripes' cover of Dolly's "Jolene" will be made available to subscribers of Jack White's vinyl album distribution service, it has been announced. Three White Stripes hometown concerts in Detroit early on in their career will be released on vinyl, the second of which, recorded at Magic Stick in August 2000, will feature "Jolene," according to Gigwisehere. The concert came a few weeks before a studio recording of the cover was released as the B-side to the vinyl single "Hello Operator." The former husband-wife duo later recorded and released live versions of the song in 2004 and 2010.
Oct. 4: 'I Can't Worry About All That,' Dolly Says Of Emmy Backlash Dolly has given her first response to the conservative outcry against her for standing by and looking uncomfortable on the Emmys while Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin hinted without saying it directly that President Donald Trump is a "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" like Mr. Hart from their film 9 To 5, which resulted in thousands of Trump trolls vehemently attacking her on her Facebook page and clickbait fake news articles calling her un-American, un-Christian and brainwashed. Interviewed last week during promotions for her children's album I Believe In You, all proceeds from which are being donated to charity, a reporter for People magazine asked about the controversy. "They're Lily and they're Jane and I'm Dolly. So, they did their thing, I did mine," she replied. "Oh, we got a little flack from it, but you know, I can't worry about all that . . . I don't do politics. I'm an entertainer. When I'm out there, if all else fails, I just do a boob joke." See the interview here.
Estimated 5,000 Saw Saturday's Surprise Concert More coverage came out Monday and Tuesday on Dolly's surprise concert appearance in Arkansas on Saturday. Texarkana Gazette reports here the free concert is estimated to have attracted 5,000 attendees, some of whom were chosen from the audience for meet-and-greet photos with Dolly. Shreveport television station KTAL reported on her appearance here.
Dolly And Miley Make 'Billboard' Pride List Billboard on Tuesday released its October Pride playlist of LGBT songs, including Dolly and Miley Cyrus' "Rainbowland." Check out the list here.
U.S. Chart Updates The Oct. 7 Billboard charts released Tuesday show Linda Ronstadt's 40th anniversary re-issue of Simple Dreams with the Grammy-nominated Dolly duet "I Never Will Marry" falls off the top 20 country catalog albums chart, down from one week at No. 16. Elsewhere on the charts, Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," rises five to No. 22 Hot 200 all-genre pop albums in its seventh chart week, seven to No. 39 current albums, eight to No. 39 album sales, and four to No. 21 Canadian pop albums lists.
Oct. 2: Dolly Charms Wells' Arkansas Crowd
Dolly lit up the stage in rural Arkansas Saturday night paying tribute to longtime co-producer and band leader Kent Wells in his hometown. She appeared before a sold out 600-person banquet to honor him in his high school cafeteria, stayed for an hour taking photos with fans in the school library according to media reports, then headlined a concert in his honor that evening in an airport hangar. Facebook posts from attendees, such as the clip above also available here, indicated she performed at least three songs: "Jolene," "Coat Of Many Colors" and "I Will Always Love You," all sung entirely live. Coverage included Texarkana Todayhere and The Texarkana Gazettehere
Three More 'Dolly' Shows Coming To Get TV Get TV has announced October will bring three "new" classic episodes of Dolly's 1976-77 syndicated variety show back to television for the first time since its repeat syndication deal ended in the early 1980s. An episode featuring Ronnie Milsap airs at 10 p.m. Eastern Oct. 8, one with Tom T. Hall comes at 10 p.m. Oct. 15, and one with Freddy Fender wraps up the month at 10 p.m. Oct. 22. In addition, the network will repeat Mac Davis's 1977 NBC special Sounds Like Home with Dolly, Tom Jones, Donna Summer and George Carlin at 11 p.m. Oct. 15 which they had previously aired in March and July. In the past, Get TV began airing six other episodes of Dolly back in 2015 in various weekly broadcasts throughout the year, gathering them together for one-night marathons the past two Independence Days: shows with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, Lynn Anderson, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and the Parton Family. (Half of those six episodes were on the six-episode DVD from the series Dolly Parton & Friends released in 2007. Only one of the "new" three episodes appeared on the DVD set.)
'Taste Of Country' Names Dolly Country's 'Most Powerful' Woman Music website Taste Of Country over the weekend completed the countdown of its Most Powerful Female Country Singers Of All Time, placing Dolly at No. 1 here.
Dolly Chats With 'Closer' Dolly has an interview from an Emmy party in the new Closer Weekly which boils down to her words of wisdom from a 50-year-plus career: more wigs :) Read it here.
Australian Chart Update Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," loses 11 places in its seventh week on the Australian albums chart to No. 49, it was announced Sunday.