www.dollymania.net                News                          October 2023

Oct. 30:
'Seams' Opens At No. 4 NYT Best Sellers

Dolly's latest coffee table autobiography Behind The Seams: My Life In Rhinestones, the second in her trilogy of "My Life In" books, debuts this week at No. 4 hardcover nonfiction and No. 5 combined hardcover and ebook nonfiction on the coveted New York Times Best Seller List. The tome also debuts at No. 6 on the Publisher's Weekly nonfiction list of best sellers in current titles for the week and comes in at No. 28 on the USA Today list of all of the best-selling books of the week regardless of genre. Dolly previously made the Times nonfiction hardcover list at No. 3 with the first installment in the series, Songteller: My Life In Lyrics, her advice book Dream More at No. 19, and her original autobiography from 1994, My Life And Other Unfinished Business. She also hit No. 1 on the paper's hardcover fiction list for five weeks with James Patterson and their novel Run, Rose, Run and No. 6 on the paper's Children's Picture Books best seller list earlier this year with Billy The Kid Makes It Big. The companion exhibit to the book opened at Lipscomb University in Nashville and Dolly was present to cut the ribbon. Check out footage of the ribbon cutting from Nashville's FOX 17 here or in the media player above and a gallery of images from the opening posted by the University in the embedded post here or below.

'Mama He's Crazy' Duet Drops

Dolly's duet with Lainey Wilson on "Mama He's Crazy" from the new Judds tribute album dropped Friday. Stream it here or in the media player above and download it here. Watch Dolly talk about the collaboration on her Facebook feed here or in the media player below.

Cracker Barrel Says More Dolly Detail Monday

Hours after news first appearing anywhere on Dollymania.net of the coming Dolly "Rockin' Chair" give-a-way at Cracker Barrel, the restaurant last week released a teaser video for the upcoming promotion of their new rewards program indicating more information will be revealed on Monday. Check out the video here or in the media player above.

'Wrecking Ball' Debuts On U.K. Chart
Dolly's duet of "Wrecking Ball" with goddaughter Miley Cyrus didn't sell or stream enough in its first week of release overseas to break the British top 100 pop singles chart but it does debut at No. 93 download singles for the week, the charts released Friday revealed. Its U.S. debut should be known on Tuesday. Her 1984 duet with Kenny Rogers on "Islands In The Stream" slips seven to No. 51 U.K. downloads and 13 places to No. 60 sales. Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 moves up one to No. 2 and Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection remains steady at No. 4 on the British country compilations albums chart this week. Elsewhere on the tally, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series holds steady at No. 15 and Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 re-enters the top 20 at No. 18.

Broadway Dolly Bio Gets Table Read
Actress Kerry Butler revealed last week that she recently participated in a table read of a book for Dolly's Broadway musical based on her life story that she hopes to bring to The Great White Way in spring 2025. She noted the project doesn't even have a director yet, so a table read is a very preliminary step toward Broadway, but she was nonetheless thrilled to have played a part in it. Check out more from Broadway World here.

'Mountain Magic' DVD Coming Tuesday
Don't forget the Emmy-nominated Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas hits DVD on Tuesday. Get it here!

'9 To 5' Makes New 'Trolls' Sequel
Comedian and singer Zosia Mamet appears on the soundtrack to the film Trolls Band Together with a cover of Dolly's "9 To 5." The soundtrack recently came out digitally here and you may stream the song here or in the media player below.

Oct. 26:
Cracker Barrel To Offer Dolly Rockin' Chairs

Dolly is partnering with Cracker Barrel again, this time to promote her new rock album. The company's CEO disclosed in an investor call about a month ago that the chain would collaborate with her starting in "late October" to highlight their new rewards program and promote the album, which will be sold in the restaurant upon release. Dollymania.net has learned the core of the promotion will be a special limited edition Dolly Rockin' Chair in black with the album logo on one side and Dolly's signature and butterfly logo on the other. We're told the chairs will not be available for sale but instead will be limited to a nationwide contest to sign up for their rewards program and be entered to win one of about 500 Dolly Rockin' Chairs, or almost one winner per store. Click on the image above for a larger view.

'Rockstar' Cinema Event Finally Announced

Dolly's management on Wednesday officially announced the upcoming international cinema preview party for her Rockstar project, which was first reported on Dollymania.net two and a half weeks ago. The preview will provide first listens to selections from the album as well as never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage, music videos, an exclusive interview with Dolly, a never-before-seen performance of "Circle Of Love" and a performance of "9 To 5." A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Music Will, the largest nonprofit music program in the U.S. public school system. In a press release, Dolly said: "I am excited to know that my fans around the world will be able to come together and be the first to hear a sneak peek of my Rockstar album. I am so proud of this music, and I am humbled by all the wonderful artists who joined me. I cannot wait for people to hear it!" Newsweek reported here it will be shown in about 600 U.S. cinemas and about 400 outside the U.S. in 18 additional countries. Watch the cinema event trailer, which premieres the title track, here or in the media player above, and order tickets here.

Mo Heart 'Walks In' On Dolly's Closet

Amazon Music on Monday night premiered the new season of The Walk In With Mo Heart featuring Dolly and her costumes. Check out the episode on YouTube here or in the media player above.

'What Would Dolly Do? Radio' Podcast Premieres
The first installment of the four-part Apple Podcast series What Would Dolly Do? Radio dropped on Wednesday here. "The Glamour Girl" examines her looks and legacy. New episodes drop weekly.

Oct. 23:
Rock Icons Auction Adds Three More Dolly Capes

Three more of Dolly's stage-worn custom chiffon capes from the 1970s have been added to next month's "Played, Worn, & Torn: Rock 'N' Roll Iconic Guitars and Memorabilia" auction in Nashville, Julien's Auctions has announced. The catalog for the second and third segments of the auction was released on Friday and revealed three additional capes, one in pink, another in salmon, and a third in black with white lace center, each adorned in rhinestones and sequins. As was previously reported here weeks ago, three more famous capes are included in the auction's opening night on Nov. 16 (the current bids on each of those are above $2,000) while these three are in the morning auction on Nov. 17, bringing the total to six. They are each estimated to bring in between $800 and $1,200, and the starting bids on each are $200. As of press time, the pink had one bid at $200 and the other two each had two bids at $250. Check them out in the catalog here.

'Wrecking Ball' Released As Next Single

Dolly on Friday released her next single from the rock album, "Wrecking Ball" with goddaughter Miley Cyrus. Stream it here or in the media player above and download it "here. Dolly released an exclusive video to Billboard, which they shared on their Instagram here or in the media player below, on why she recorded the song.

Dolly 'Walks In' On Amazon Music

Dolly sits down Monday evening for a chat with RuPaul's Drag Race alum Mo Heart and their Amazon Music series The Walk In, where celebrities show off their closets as part of her publicity blitz to promote last week's release of the book Behind The Seams: My Life In Rhinestones and next month's CD Rockstar. Check out a preview clip here or in the media player above. In related news:
  • American Greetings, with whom Dolly has published greeting cards and partnered on interactive video greetings, is taking entries through Oct. 31 to win a trip for two to Nashville to meet Dolly at the album's Nov. 16 release party including roundtrip airfare, one hotel room for two nights, car transportation to/from the party, $400 spending stipend, and the meet-and-greet with Dolly. Enter here.
  • CBS posted Norah O'Donnel's full 22-minute interview with Dolly online in its Person To Person series after showing excerpts on CBS Mornings. Watch the full interview here or in the media player below.
  • USA Today spoke with Dolly about the book here, and The Washington Post talked with her here.
  • She appeared on ABC's The View on Wednesday, and they shared the first two and a half minutes of her interview online here.
  • She gave a radio interview with Jessie Scott available here from WMOT.
  • Salon offered six major revelations about her look here and Vogue shared her six fashion rules here.
  • The Associated Press reviewed the book here.

    Few More 'Rockstar' Cinema Details
    A few more cinema chains have added Dolly's Nov. 15 listening event to celebrate her new rock album to their upcoming attractions pages, revealing a little more information. Once Dolly's management has publicly announced the event, which was first reported anywhere on Dollymania two weeks ago, I'd expect further information but for now all we know is that although individual cinemas will sell their own tickets for the screenings, a centralized ticket information site will be launched at dollyrockstarevent.com, although the site wasn't yet operational at press time. In addition, a promotional poster for the project was revealed by more than one cinema, and it notes that select cinemas will show encore screenings on Nov. 16. As was previously reported here, 75-minute worldwide fan listening party (although some cinemas are listing it at 65 minutes) will feature "first listens" to select tracks from the project as well as an exclusive performance of a holiday song and "9 To 5." It is rated PG. Click on the poster image for a larger view.

    Like Willie Wonka With Boobs
    Seven families worldwide got their golden tickets in the form of special bookmarks in the September editions of Dolly's Imagination Library selections to celebrate the program's 200 millionth book being distributed. Each of the seven winners will enjoy a virtual visit with Dolly herself. The winners hailed from Portland, Victoria, Australia; South Lanarkshire, Scotland; Dublin, Ireland; Ontario, Canada; and three U.S. locations: Beaver, Okla.; Clay, N.Y.; and Sterling, Ill. The children also receive a personalized signed letter from Dolly, an autographed photo, and tickets to her theme park. Their local Imagination Library affiliate receives $2,000. The program currently mails a book a month to more than 2.6 million children worldwide in five countries. "I know there are children in communities around the world with big dreams and the seeds of these dreams are often found in books," Dolly said in a press release. "It's been one of my greatest gifts in life to help instill a love of reading through my Imagination Library. Reaching 200 million books worldwide is a major milestone that I'm so very proud of, and I want to thank all of our local program partners, funders and supporters from the bottom of my heart. But we're just getting warmed up, we have so much more to do! Together, we can inspire even more children to dream more, learn more, care more and be more."

    Dolly On 'Billboard' 500 Greatest Pop Songs
    The critics at Billboard last week released the list of the 500 Greatest Pop Songs of All Time, and Dolly appeared twice. First, she was at No. 191 for her 1981 No. 1 hit "9 To 5," and she showed up as a songwriter on the No. 60 for Whitney Houston's cover of her classic "I Will Always Love You."

    Station: Drones Return To Dollywood Next Month
    Although the park hasn't announced it yet, Knoxville's WVLT reported here that Dollywood is adding a nighttime drone show to its Smoky Mountain Christmas festival starting next month.

    U.K. Chart Update
    Overseas, Kenny Rogers and Dolly's 1984 hit "Islands In The Stream" inches up two to No. 47 British song sales chart and No. 44 U.K. download songs chart, it was revealed Friday. Also, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 and Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection remain steady at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, on the British country compilations albums chart this week. Elsewhere on the tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls back out of the top 20, down from No. 18, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series re-enters the top 20 at No. 15.

    Oct. 17:
    Dolly Playing Thanksgiving Halftime Show

    It's not the Super Bowl, but Dolly will headline this year's Halftime Show at football's traditionally-second-most-watched game of the year, the NFL's Thanksgiving afternoon broadcast of the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Washington Commanders. The game airs at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Nov. 23 on CBS. It also serves as a kickoff fundraiser for the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. Dolly said in a press release: "Wow! What an honor to get to kick off The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign with the halftime show during the Dallas Cowboys game this Thanksgiving. Those Red Kettles have long been a symbol of hope for our friends and neighbors who are facing hard times. My goal is to encourage everyone who can to donate and support their neighbors in need. Every small act of generosity helps, and together, we can all love our neighbors this holiday season and beyond."

    Making the announcement on CBS Mornings, a segment of a Norah O'Donnell interview with Dolly aired in which she explained she will have six-to-six-and-a-half minutes to perform her biggest hits and end with something from her new rock album. Watch that clip here or in the media player above. Further clips from the interview will air on the CBS Evening News Tuesday night and CBS Mornings Wednesday morning. Check out the promo video here or in the media player below. (Click on images for larger views.)

    Dollywood 2024 Season Details Announced

    A return of the classic show Paradise Road, a new show about the Trio, the return of the "I Will Always Love You" Festival and opening a week earlier are among the surprises in Dollywood's Monday announcement of its 2024 season details on the first day existing passholders may renew their season passes. Among the news:
  • Season pass preview day, which usually includes an appearance by Dolly, will be Friday, March 8, as the park features its earliest opening ever. The public opening is March 9.
  • The park will offer 280 operating days for the 2024 season, 23 more than in the 2023 season. One week of that comes from opening early, while the other two weeks come from eliminating previous traditional park closing days on most Tuesdays and Thursdays in March and September, most Tuesdays in May and October, and most Mondays in November.
  • In May, the new Dolly Parton Experience will open featuring a reimagining of her Chasing Rainbows Museum into an immersive and interactive journey alongside Dolly from Locust Ridge to stages around the world. The entire Adventures in Imagination area will be transformed into this multi-building experience including the Behind The Scenes wing on her costumes housed in the former Dolly's Closet and the Precious Memories wing in the former Dreamsong Theater where her family show, Harmonies of the Heart, is located. The attraction is billed as three times the size of her former museum. Check out the revised concept art above (click on it for a larger view).
  • Lightning Rod closes Oct. 30 to be retrofitted for the 2024 season with a high-speed chain lift to replace its often-malfunctioning launch feature.
  • After celebrating the 50th anniversary last year of Dolly writing "I Will Always Love You," they are bringing back the songwriting-focused "I Will Always Love You" Festival in 2024 March 9-April 14 with an updated version of the 1990s show on Dolly's life Paradise Road and a new show on the Trio album.
  • The Flower & Food Festival returns April 19-June 9
  • The Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration returns June 15-Aug. 11 with the Gazillion Bubble Show coming back.
  • Harvest Festival Sept. 9-Oct. 28 with Great Pumpkin LumiNights.
  • Smoky Mountain Christmas Nov. 1-Jan. 5.

    'Red Carpet' Interview Available
    ABC has posted its Dolly interview from the new "Icons" series of its On The Red Carpet program. Check it out here.

    Oct. 16:
    Costume Book, Audiobook Released This Week

    The second installment in Dolly's trilogy of coffeetable autobiographies, Behind The Seams: My Life In Rhinestones, hits stores in the U.S. on Tuesday and U.K. on Thursday, as does also an unabridged audiobook of the tome, which is 262 minutes long and features Dolly narrating along with additional audio from co-author Holly George-Warren and many members of Dolly's crew over the years who have worked on her wardrobe including Rebecca Seaver, Ann Roth, Cheryl Riddle, Debra McGuire, Frna Strine, Iisha Lemming, Robert Behar, Stacie Huckeba, Steve Summers and more. The audiobook, a preview of which is in the media player above, also comes with a bonus PDF featuring photos from the book. Get the audiobook here or hardcover here. Dolly is scheduled to promote the book Wednesday, the day after its release, on ABC's The View. The Washington Post reviewed the book here, and the U.K.'s The Daily Mail interviewed her about it here.

    'Rockstar' Promos Hit HSN, 'Rolling Stone'

    Promotions continued last week for Dolly's Rockstar album. Rolling Stone released a preview of her performing "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," one of the three bonus tracks on the HSN-exclusive version of the project, here or in the media player above. On Friday night, she promoted the album and assorted swag including blankets and pillows and bags and caps on HSN in two televised appearances and one streaming appearance. Watch the streaming HNS+ interview here. The first HSN televised appearance is on YouTube in six segments here, here, here, here, here, and here. The second HSN televised appearance is available on YouTube in three segments here, here, and here. She also appeared on ABC's On The Red Carpet Sunday night.

    New Dolly Podcast Lands Oct. 25

    Today announced last week that Dolly will release a weekly temporary four-part podcast What Would Dolly Do? Radio on Apple Music this month. The show airs weekly on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern starting Oct. 25. Country singer and Apple Music personality Kelleigh Bannen will co-host. In it, Dolly promises to share her stories, wit, and wisdom. The episodes will focus on 1) her look and legacy and how she went from country star to icon, 2) her businesses from the stage to the screen, 3) her philanthropy, and 4) her upcoming rock album. Check out the story from Today in the media player above or by clicking here.

    Dolly Inducts Keith Urban Into Hall Of Fame
    Keith Urban was inducted last week into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame by none other than Dolly herself. He told American Songwriter here that she had a bigger influence on his career and music than any other artist and that he considered her "peerless" and was shocked when she accepted his invitation to induct him into the Hall of Fame, which he delivered to her in a handwritten letter. Check out additional coverage of the evening from American Songwriter here.

    Dollywood Pass Sale, Interview On Park
    Dollywood season passholders may begin renewing their passes to the park for 2024 at 8 a.m. Monday for special presale pricing and perks previously reported here on Dollymania.net. The presale will continue through Oct. 29, after which 2024 passes go on sale to the general public starting Oct. 30. In addition, Atlanta Magazine last week offered a great interview with Dolly about the park and its future expansion plans surrounding the upcoming Nov. 4 Grand Opening for its second resort, HeartSong Lodge, although the hotel actually soft opened early a few days ago. As was previously reported here, the article repeats the park's plans to have five resorts plus a high-end campground by the end of 2030 and open the immersive Dolly museum The Dolly Parton Experience next year. Read more here.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    Overseas, Kenny Rogers and Dolly's 1984 hit "Islands In The Stream" sees a sudden resurgence, re-entering the British song sales chart at No. 49 and U.K. download songs chart at No. 46, it was revealed Friday. Also, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 and Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection remain steady at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, on the British country compilations albums chart this week. Elsewhere on the tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inches down one to No. 18 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) falls back out of the top 20, down from No. 18.

    Oct. 11:
    Julien's To Auction Three Dolly Capes Next Month

    Three stage-worn classic chiffon capes of Dolly's will be auctioned off next month by Julien's Auctions in Nashville as part of its "Played, Worn, and Torn. Rock & Roll Iconic Guitars and Memorabilia Auction in honor of the auction house's 20th anniversary. I would describe the custom-made capes as shawls, but they all have a similar cut and are studded with rhinestones. One fabric is rainbow colored which appeared in a photograph in National Geographic in a 1978 article about Music City, one pink she wore in a series of famous performance photographs taken in August 1977 in Niles, Ill., and one black which she wore in an iconic late 1970s photograph sitting on a park bench with one leg up and the stoned word Dolly across her leg. Each cape has a $500 starting bid and is expected to bring between $2,000 and $3,000. The auction is 7 p.m. Nov. 16 and also features several items from Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, and more. The expected biggest ticket item is Eric Clapton's guitar, which is estimated at between $1 million and $2 million. Next is Paul McCartney's 1972 Wings tour bus for $200,000-$300,000. Items in second and third auctions to be held Nov. 17 and 18 will be announced Oct. 20. Bid here and check out a promo video here or in the media player above.

    See Dolly On HSN Friday, Get Bonus Tracks Of 'Rockstar'

    Dolly is back in promotional mode for her upcoming album Rockstar and book Behind The Seams: My Life In Rhinestones. A new interview appeared in The Guardian here.

    She appeared Monday on TalkShopLive where she was given a renewed Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, following her original Seal in 2001, as she is the only person to be bestowed the Seal. They also gave the album a Good Housekeeping Seal and announced exclusive versions bearing the Seal will be sold through TalkShopLive, which also has the exclusive cassette version of the project plus randomly-autographed copies of the book. Watch the interview here or in the media player above. She revealed in the interview that when she called an entirely new recording session for the album's 30th and final song, "World's On Fire," they went ahead and recorded three more to use as bonus tracks.

    And presumably, those three songs are the bonus tracks that will appear on a version of the album sold exclusively by HSN, the network announced this week. And Dolly will be on hand to promote the special edition with the three bonus tracks on the HSN television network live at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Eastern Friday and on their HSN+ streaming service for an interview at 8 p.m.

    Also, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that they will also have an exclusive LP of the project: clear smoky vinyl with the motorcycle cover art available here.

    'What's Up?' Falls Off Digital Rock Chart
    Dolly and Linda Perry's "What's Up?" from Rockstar, falls off the top 25 Rock Digital Song Sales chart dated Oct. 14 after one week on the tally, down from No. 24, Billboard revealed Tuesday.

    Dollywood Creates Official Passholder Facebook Group
    Dollywood this week opened an official Dollywood Season Passholders group on Facebook, Check it out here.

    In Memoriam: Buck Trent, 85
    Banjo and guitar legend Buck Trent died Sunday. He was 85. The instrumentalist invented the electric banjo, which created a signature sound for both Dolly's and Porter Wagoner's recordings of the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was a member of the Wagonmasters on The Porter Wagoner Show from 1962 to 1972 but continued to play on their recordings after leaving the show including Dolly's 1974 Jolene. Read his obituary here. Image of Trent with Dolly at her 50th Grand Ole Opry anniversary taping (c) Copyright 2019 T. Duane Gordon/Dollymania.net. All rights reserved. Click on it for a larger view.

    Oct. 9:
    'Rockstar' Cinema Party Coming Nov. 15, Live Interview Tonight
    Block out your calendars for Nov. 15 because Dollymania.net can confirm you will want to head to your local cinema that day for a Global First Listen Event for Dolly's Nov. 17 30-track rock album Rockstar. Hosted by Dolly herself, this 75-minute worldwide fan listening party will feature "first listens" to select tracks from the project as well as an exclusive performance of a holiday song and "9 To 5." It is rated PG. Many cinema chains are expected to allow advance ticket purchases as soon as Halloween. More details are expected soon, and check your local cinemas for participation. Thanks, Dalton! In related news, Dolly announced last week she will return to TalkShopLive for another interview Monday night about the album, kicking off Good Housekeeping Live Shopping Week with Nancy O'Dell from TalkShopLive and Lauren Matthews of Good Housekeeping. TalkShopLive will be selling random autographed copies of her book Behind The Seams: My Life In Rhinestones, coming out Oct. 17, and is the only retailer for a cassette version of the rock album. The interview starts at 7 p.m. Eastern Monday.

    Dolly, Reba Duet Gets Second Life
    Reba's Not That Fancy, featuring a reissue of her Dolly duet from two years ago on "Does He Love You," hit shelves on Friday, leading to several interviews where she spoke about recording the song with Dolly. Read one from the AP here.

    Aussie Impersonator Flick Gets Second Release
    Seriously Red, the Rose Byrne-produced Australian film about a Dolly impersonator which she made with Dolly's blessing, gets a reissue on Monday on BluRay and DVD after a limited release back in March.

    Shine Girl Gets In Magazine
    Dolly's moonshine-making niece is profiled by Garden & Gun magazine here.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    Overseas, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 and Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection lost their top two places on the British country compilations albums chart this week, both dipping two to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, it was revealed Friday. Elsewhere on the tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe slips three to No. 17 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) slides one to No. 18.

    Oct. 4:
    Dollywood Adds Dates, Lowers Prices For 2024 Passes
    Dollywood fans will see nearly an extra month's worth of play at the park next season, it was revealed Tuesday, plus new passholder perks such as hot and frozen drinks being once again free in a season-long refillable cup and free monthly cinnamon bread for the highest-level passholders. Pass prices are also decreasing this year.

    The park released the first information about its 2024 season passes in the season passholder newsletter released this week prior to the Oct. 16-29 advance purchase period for pass renewals by current passholders (click on image at left for larger view). The biggest news is that the park plans to add more than 20 days to its 2024 season calendar compared to this year. In addition, the price for the entry level Silver Pass is going down $20 from its current price of $169 to $149, while the Gold Pass is decreasing $10 from $234 today to $224 for a one-park pass (the price to add a Splash Country Water Park pass, $55 this year, has not been announced for 2024). The two-park Diamond Pass, which sold out Dec. 31 last year, will cost $324. Usually, the new year passes for early renewal cost the same as the current pass purchase price, so it is unusual to see a decrease. Compared to the renewal presale prices last year, Silver remains the same price as it was last October, while Gold and Diamond each increased $10 over last October.

    A park spokesperson verified that rather than starting the season significantly earlier or ending it significantly later, the extra days being added to 2024's calendar will primarily come from operating on days during the season that they were closed midweek this year. For example, the park is typically closed most Tuesdays and Thursdays in March, August, and September, most Tuesdays in April, May, and October, most Mondays in November, and the first week of November.

    Also new is that while the adult Silver Pass (for ages 10 and up) is blacked out from Thanksgiving forward this year, prohibiting use for the final two-thirds of the Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival, those who renew during the October presale will receive a one-day admission between Nov. 27 and Dec. 17 during that second third of this year's Christmas fest.

    The park spokesperson confirmed to Dollymania.net that 2024 adult Silver Passes will have basically the same blackout schedule as 2023 and that child Silver Passes (ages 9 and under) will remain blackout-free for 2024. Silver Passes will receive two Bring-A-Friend-Free tickets that will also again be subject to blackouts.

    Gold Passes receive two Bring-A-Friend-Free tickets without blackouts, free general parking, and the souvenir refill mug good for free fountain drink refills the day of redemption and $1.99 fountain drink refills thereafter.

    Diamond Passes receive four Bring-A-Friend-Free tickets without blackouts, free general parking, and a new all-season free refill tumbler that will allow free fountain refills, hot drinks, or frozen drinks (hot and frozen drinks were removed from the free refill program a couple of years ago), a new Diamond Passholder Appreciation Bag, and one free loaf of the park's famous cinnamon bread each month during the 2024 season.

    All passes are eligible for 10-month payment plans and must be renewed during the Oct. 16-29 period to receive all perks and lowest pricing.

    The park spokesperson also explained the list of perks contained in the season passholder newsletter was meant to be highlights not comprehensive, and he confirmed the traditional food, merch, lodging, and additional ticket discounts for Gold and Diamond Passes will repeat next season at the same levels as this season. More details of the benefits and the 2024 season are scheduled to be announced in a press release on Oct. 16, the day the passes go on pre-sale for current passholder renewals.

    Ed. Note: This story has been edited to reflect that on Wednesday the park sent out a revised version of the newsletter stating the original one had some errors. The most notable difference between the two ads for next year's season passes were that the number of new days to be added was reduced and a specific number of operating days for the new year was deleted. In the original version, it noted there would be "30+" additional operating days in 2024 but the numbers disclosed for planned operating days equaled 41 more than in 2023, but the revised version lowered the estimate to "20+" and removed the number of planned operating days. The original ad, available here, noted Silver Passes next year will be able to attend the park 268 days, compared to 223 days this season, while Gold and Diamond Passes will have access to 304 days, compared to 263 this season, an increase of 41 operating days, although those numbers no longer appear to be accurate. An image of the new ad has replaced the old one in the upper left corner of this story -- click on it for a larger version. In addition, the revised email included a link to a different partial list of perks on the park's website here which included a 15 percent discount on "select dining and shopping" for Gold Passes and 20 percent discount on "select dining and shopping" for Diamond Passes, which as was reported here prior to the posting of the new page to their website are the same as in 2023.

    In related news, the park's famous coal-fired stream locomotive derailed some of its passenger cars Sunday evening, requiring evacuation of the passengers. Witness reports on social media said the train experienced severe shaking and tipping before at least two cars left the tracks, causing the train to stop. Media reported no injuries and that everyone was safely evacuated. Read more from WBIR here.

    'What's Up' Debuts On Rock Digital Sales Chart

    "What's Up?" with Linda Perry, Dolly's latest single from her upcoming rock album, Rockstar, debuts at No. 14 on the Rock Digital Song Sales chart dated Oct. 7 for downloads in its first week of sales, Billboard revealed Tuesday.

    Koman Gives Dolly Promise Award
    Breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen on Friday presented Dolly with its 2023 Promise Award recognizing her philanthropic efforts and commitment to Komen's mission to end breast cancer. She accepted the award from Komen Tennessee State Executive Director Joshua Daniel and Development Director April Douglas (click on photo at left by J.B. Rowland for larger view) at a private ceremony in Nashville. In a press release, Susan G. Komen President and CEO Paula Schneider said: "As a wonderful partner to Komen, Dolly has long used her talents to inspire, educate and raise critical funds for the breast cancer community. There's no doubt, the world is a better place with Dolly Parton in it, and we're honored to present her the 2023 Promise Award." A longtime Komen supporter, Dolly sang on the breast cancer anthem "Pink" in 2020 and headlined the first Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

    New Dolly Interview In 'Forbes'
    Check out a new interview with Dolly in Forbes about her rock album and the Imagination Library here.

    Doggy Parton Goes To Shelter
    While Dolly herself isn't expected to attend, her Doggy Parton line of pet apparel is helping sponsor a National Dog Adoption Week event Saturday at the Williamson County Animal Shelter in Franklin, Tenn., as part of a nationwide campaign to host events that day at animal shelters, American Songwriter reported here.

    Oct. 2:
    Dolly Inks ESPN Deal For 'Rockstar'

    Dolly on Monday announced a deal with ESPN to promote her Rockstar album with clips from several of its songs appearing as intro/outro music for the network's broadcasts of NFL's Monday Night Football this month. On Monday, a clip of "Night Moves" premiered (check out a sample on YouTube here or in the media player above. Then on Oct. 16, a clip from "Heartbreaker" with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo will be used, followed by "Magic Man" and "Rockstar" in various Monday Night Football games for the remainder of the year following the album's Nov. 17 release. "I am excited for ESPN to spotlight songs from my new Rockstar album," Dolly said in a press release. "When I decided to do a full-blown rock album after they put me in the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame, I thought it would be fun to call the album Rockstar. The athletes who give their all everyday are most definitely rock stars, and I love that these songs will be a small part of celebrating their achievements." In related news about the album, Southern Living reported here behind-the-scenes of the elementary school where the video for "What's Up" was filmed, Dolly spoke with USA Today here about trying to get Tina Turner on the project to duet on "Stay Out Of My Bedroom" but she passed away, and an expansion of Dolly's University of Tennessee partnership was announced with a limited edition Vols edition of the album here featuring "Rocky Top" live as a bonus track and additional t-shirts sold through Livylu here. Finally, although it had previously been revealed by Dolly and noted here, her cover of "Freebird" for the album is also being used (minus the original Ronnie Van Sant vocals that appear on her album) for a Skynyrd tribute album, the project was officially announced last week. Anthems: Honoring The Music Of Lynyrd Skynyrd will be released by BFD/Orchard on Feb. 2.

    'Mountain Magic Christmas' Available For Streaming
    Although the DVD of Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas is coming on Halloween, the streaming version of the Emmy-nominated holiday movie became available last week. Rent or buy it on Amazon here.

    Hospital In Dolly Ancestral Home Receives Gift
    Union Medical Center, the hospital serving the South Carolina county where Dolly's mother Avie Lee Parton was born and raised, recently received a $100,000 gift from Dolly to support a campaign to add nature spaces and walking trails at the hospital, WSPA reported here.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    Overseas, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 and Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection switched places with the former slipping one to No. 2 and the latter inching up one to No. 1, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe re-entered the top 20 at No. 14, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly duet and one Dolly cover) fell out of the top 20, down from No. 17, 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) re-entered the top 20 at No. 17.

    Louisiana Expands Library Statewide
    Louisiana has become the next state to announce statewide expansion of Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy program, Read more from BR Proud here.

    Happy Birthday, 'Dollymania'
    Sunday marked the 25th anniversary since a two-year-old personal blog called "Duane's Dolly Pages" transitioned into an online newsmagazine called Dollymania.net, and I just wanted to say thank you to our readers and fans for the quarter-century of shared Dolly love online!