www.dollymania.net                News                          November 2018

Nov. 24:
Classic 1975's 'Dolly' Released For Download
Sony Music on Friday unexpectedly released another classic Dolly album digitally for the first time: 1975's Dolly, also known as The Seeker/We Used To because the cover art notes that the album features those two singles, became available for downloading here. Its release leaves only In The Good Old Days and Bubbling Over as her sole RCA solo albums not now available for digital purchase (six of her 13 Porter Wagoner duet albums from that period still remain unavailable as well).

Dolly On 'Tonight Show' Next Week, CMT Countdown This Weekend
Dolly's first television appearances to promote next Friday's release of the Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Dec. 7's limited theatrical and Netflix streaming release of the movie have been announced. She'll be the musical guest for NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the evening that the album comes out, and she talks with the hosts of CMT's Hot 20 Countdown this weekend, which airs at 9 a.m. Eastern Saturday and Sunday. In addition to her previously-announced People magazine cover story this week, she also chatted with Entertainment Weekly (mostly about the upcoming 9 To 5 sequel) here and The Hollywood Reporter "Awards Chatter" podcast here.

Kelly Does 'IWALY' On 'The Voice'
Kelly Clarkson and her team on The Voice paid tribute to Dolly this week with a cover of her "I Will Always Love You." Check it out here.

Overseas Chart Updates
The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week holds steady at No. 7 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 115th chart week. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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 Ronstadt) gains two to No. 11, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls off the top 20, down from No. 19, and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) inches up one to No. 11.


Nov. 21:
First Artists For Dolly MusiCares Tribute Revealed
The Grammy Awards on Tuesday announced the first slate of performers for Dolly's tribute concert in February to honor her as their MusiCares Person of the Year for her artistic achievements and philanthropic works. The first country artist to be recognized with the honor, she will be feted by Pink, Shawn Mendes, Chris Stapleton, Norah Jones, Mark Ronson, Leon Bridges and Lauren Daigle. As is custom, Dolly will perform at the end of the show. Additional performers will be announced closer to the date of the concert. Read more from Variety here.

Music Podcast Reviews 'Jolene'
Podcast 2 Guys 1 Album delved into its first country entry this week, giving a half-hour listen, reaction, and review to Dolly's 1974 classic Jolene. (They give it nine out of 11 and seven out of 11 "likes," respectively.) Take a listen here or in the media player below.


Nov. 20:
'Girl In The Movies' Music Video Available


Dolly on Monday released the full music video for "Girl In The Movies" from the Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Watch it here or in the media player above. As was previously reported here, Dolly had teased the video with a brief clip on social media the previous Monday.

Dolly Is Once Again The 'People' Cover Girl
People magazine on Monday announced Dolly is the cover story for the publication's Dec. 3 issue, which hits newsstands Wednesday. Check out an excerpt from the interview here focusing on her long marriage. See the cover below.


Nov. 19:
Down A Little Down Under
Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) slips one spot this week on the Australian country albums chart to No. 15 in its 374th chart week since its original 2007 release.

New Dolly Musical Opens In St. Paul
Dolly was in St. Paul, Minn., this weekend for the world premiere stage reading of her new holiday musical, Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol. Although no media reports were available yet as of press time Sunday night, the theatre did post a picture of Dolly with the cast, crew, and staff to Facebook here.


Nov. 17:
'Dumplin'' Gets New Single, TV Special, Award Loss, Oscar Buzz


There were several developments late this week regarding Dolly's Dumplin' soundtrack:
  • The project's third single, the new orchestral string arrangement of "Jolene," was released. Download it here and listen to the audio video on YouTube here or in the media player above.
  • CMT has announced it will air an hour-long special looking behind-the-scenes of recording the album titled Dolly & Friends: The Making Of A Soundtrack, which premieres at 9 p.m. Eastern Thursday, Nov. 29, the day before the album drops in stores.
  • Unfortunately, the project lost the first award for which it was nominated: Original Song Feature Film for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for "Girl In The Movies." The honor this week went to Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt for "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, Variety reported here.
  • Finally, on a brighter note, The Hollywood Reporter critics here on Friday named "Girl In The Movies" one of the five "frontrunners" for this year's Oscar for Best Original Song.

    More Images From Dollywood Appearance
    Additional Dollymania.net shots from Dolly's weekend Dollywood appearance to open the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival have been added to the site here.

    More Coverage Of Dolly's 'Christmas Carol'
    With the world premiere this weekend in St. Paul of the new Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, the media continued to look at the show, with two new interviews from The Star-Tribune here and The Tennessean here offering some additional information on the show and how it came to be.

    Dolly Remembers Roy Clark Upon His Passing
    The country music world lost legend Roy Clark on Thursday at the age of 85, and Dolly was one of the artists remembering him. She said in a statement: "Roy Clark was one of the greatest ever. His spirit will never die. I loved him dearly and he will be missed."

    British Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week holds steady at No. 7 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 114th chart week. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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 Ronstadt) shoots up six to No. 11, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) dips six to No. 19 and Harris's 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. 12.


    Nov. 15:
    'Dumplin'' Trailer Released, Features Dolly Drag, Songs


    Netflix on Wednesday released the first official trailer for Dumplin', the Jennifer Anniston film featuring a Dolly soundtrack. Watch it on YouTube here or in the media player above. The trailer includes several Dolly song clips and a nightclub of Dolly drag queens. The film streams and opens in select theatres Dec. 7, while Dolly's soundtrack album drops Nov. 30.

    More Dolly Interviews, Photos From Weekend
    The first galleries of images from Dolly's weekend at Dollywood to open the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival have been added to the site here. More to come! Also, a few more interviews from when she was on park were released this week. Check out two from WJHL here and here and WBIR here.

    'Coat Of Many Colors' Girl Goes Viral
    A three-year-old Dolly fan recently went viral with her "Coat Of Many Colors" costume, and FOX News reported on it here.


    Nov. 13:
    Dolly Opens Smoky Mountain Christmas At Dollywood


    Crowds began lining up before 1 p.m. Saturday at the first day of Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas festival to catch a glimpse of Dolly at dusk for the park's first lighting of the 50-foot Christmas tree at its new Glacier Ridge expansion for the holidays. Donning a white shimmering outfit with icicles, feathery "snow" and embedded lights, she flipped a giant switch to turn on the tree after welcoming guests and media to the park and offered color commentary during the tree's first synchronized light show. Watch your webmaster's Facebook Live feed from the event in the media player above or here and Dollywood's official Facebook Live feed here and WBIR's coverage here. On Sunday, Dolly answered submitted fan questions. Watch that Q&A here or in the media player below. Look for more coverage here on Dollymania.net, including photo galleries, in coming days.

    'Girl In The Movies' Video Coming
    Dolly on Monday teased an upcoming music video for "Girl In The Movies" from the Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on her official social media. Check it out here.

    Dolly To Attend 'Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol' Premiere
    Although officials at St. Paul, Minn.'s, Ordway Center first said Dolly would not be in attendance at the premiere of her Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol musical, she announced that she does plan to be there this weekend and will likely welcome the crowd at the show. She also revealed that her plans are to hopefully take the show on national tour if audiences like it. The show runs for three staged performances Nov. 17 and 18. Interviews with Dolly about the program made Twin Cities.com here and Minnesotta Public Radio here.

    Australian Chart Updates
    Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) regains 15 places this week on the Australian country albums chart to No. 14 in its 373rd chart week since its original 2007 release.


    Nov. 10:
    Dolly Teases Christmas Festival At Dollywood
    Dolly made a brief appearance for the press and invited guests at Dollywood to preview the Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival while the park was closed to the public on Friday. The event opened with a number performed by the cast of Christmas In The Smokies, after which Dolly came on stage to welcome guests to the festival and thank the employees for their hard work transforming the park to the holidays over just five days. She added: "This Christmas we have the best Christmas present ever! It glistens like ice and it shines like the spirit of the season. And it celebrates friendship and the bright light of love, and it's called Glacier Ridge." A video then played highlighting the festival's offerings, after which Dolly returned to the stage to talk about next year's expansion, which she mistakenly referred to as "Dollywood Grove" instead of "Wildwood Grove." Upon returning to the stage again, she had changed costumes into the white robe she wore in Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love to sing "Circle Of Love" with the cast of My People, My Music and Christmas In The Smokies, following it with an a capella reprise of the chorus before ending the event. The festival opens to the public on Saturday and is slated to feature a Dolly appearance at 6 p.m. Coverage included WBIR here, WVLT here, The Knoxville News-Sentinel here, WLOS here and WJHL here. Dollywood's Facebook Live feed is available here, and your webmaster's Facebook Live feed is available here or in the media player below. Look for more photos and coverage here over coming days. Photograph at left, click on it for larger view, is copyright 2018 T. Duane Gordon/www.dollymania.net and may not be reproduced without prior written permission. All Rights Reserved.

    British Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week gains one to No. 7 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 113th chart week. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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 Ronstadt) loses five to No. 17, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises five to No. 13.


    Nov. 9:
    See Dolly At Dollywood This Weekend
    Dollywood on Thursday announced three Dolly appearances over the weekend to celebrate the opening of the park's Smoky Mountain Christmas festival, all of which will be carried live on the park's Facebook feed:

  • 2:30 p.m. Friday media event (while the park is closed to the public)
  • 6 p.m. Saturday kick-off of the festival (while the park is open to the public)
  • 10 a.m. Sunday live Q&A
    Although the Q&A had been previously announced, its location is unknown and as was previously reported here questions must be submitted in advance via Twitter (tweet #AskDolly to @Dollywood), so presumably it will not take place in front of an audience. Not announced publicly although noted on the social media feeds of several park hosts is a Friday morning appearance at the closed park to host a Town Hall meeting with employees. Your webmaster plans to be in attendance at both the Friday media event and Saturday festival opening ceremony, so look for additional coverage here in coming days! (And likely a live feed on my personal Facebook page as well.)

    Autographed 'Dumplin'' CDs Apparently Sold Out
    Thanks to Matt for alerting me that Sony Nashville on Thursday removed the "autographed CD" offerings from its online store page pre-selling Dumplin' packages here, so presumably the number of copies Dolly agreed to autograph has sold out.


    Nov. 8:
    'These Old Bones' Cast Revealed By Netflix
    Netflix on Wednesday announced the primary cast for another installment of Dolly's Heartstrings movie series for next year: These Old Bones. As Dolly had revealed during a radio interview a few weeks ago, Kathleen Turner plays the old lady. Newly announced are Once Upon A Time star Ginnifer Goodwin as the D.C. lawyer who returns to her hometown in the 1940s and gets involved in the mountain woman's fight with a lumber company. Kyle Bornheimer was also announced as the male lead, with Jim Strain writing the screenplay and Joe Lazarov directing. As with the other episodes, Patrick Sean Smith is executive producer and showrunner, with Dolly and Sam Haskell also executive producing for his Magnolia Hill Productions and her Sandollar Productions in association with Warner Brothers Television. The cast of Jolene was the first to be announced. Other songs in the series are expected to be "Two Doors Down," "Cracker Jack," "Sugar Hill," "J.J. Sneed," "If I Had Wings" and "Down From Dover." Read more from Variety here.

    'Dumplin'' Score Composer Interviewed
    Jake Monaco, who scored the background music for Dumplin', was interviewed by Country Fancast this week about the project. Read more here.

    Dolly's 'Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol' Profiled
    Minnesota Monthly this week profiled the upcoming staged reading world premiere of Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol in St. Paul. The show runs Nov. 17 and 18. Read the story here.


    Nov. 7:
    Order Autographed 'Dumplin'' CD, Swag From Sony
    Dolly on Tuesday announced via social media that several pre-order special packages are available from Sony Music Nashville for her upcoming album, Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, coming out Nov. 30. The CD alone is available for $11, while an autographed CD and mug or tierra are available for $28, autographed CD and t-shirt for $40, or autographed CD with t-shirt and a mug or tierra for $55. Place your order here.


    Nov. 6:
    Submit Questions For Dolly To Answer In Facebook Q&A


    Dollywood announced Monday that it will host a special live Dolly Q&A on Facebook Sunday. To submit questions, tweet them to @dollywood with the hashtag #AskDolly.

    Dollywood Readies For Smoky Mountain Christmas
    In related news, the park is closed this week to transform it into a winter wonderland for the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival, which kicks off Saturday and runs through the end of the 2018 season on Jan. 5. The all-new Glacier Ridge opens this year, pushing the total lights in the park this holiday to more than 5 million. Running through Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass and Craftsmen's Valley, Glacier Ridge features a 50-foot-tall animated tree that puts on a programmed LED light show every half-hour from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Also, a new light installation mimics the northern lights. In a statement, Dolly said: "Christmas is so important to me for so many reasons. I'm so thankful that it's a time when our family comes together to share stories, remember old times, and make new memories we'll take with us through the next year and beyond. There's a lot of laughin' and a whole lot of love when we all get together. I want those folks who come to experience Christmas with us at Dollywood to feel like they're part of the family, making those memories and sharing those special times. I know the fun they'll find in Glacier Ridge will help them create brand new memories and traditions." Returning to the festival, which has won the Golden Ticket Award for Best Christmas Event for 11 consecutive years, are Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, photos with Santa, It's A Wonderful Life, Christmas In The Smokies, 'Twas The Night Before Christmas and each night's 8:15 p.m. Parade Of Many Colors.


    Nov. 5:
    More 'Dumplin'' Interviews Released
    Hits Daily Double interviewed Dolly about the Dumplin' soundtrack and the song "Girl In The Movies" in its "Grammy Talk" column. Read it here. In related news, the film's star, Danielle MacDonald, talked with Entertainment Tonight about what it was like to record a song for the soundtrack with Dolly and Jennifer Anniston. Watch that interview here.

    Wal-Mart Releases Special 'Christmas Of Many Colors'
    Fans may want to run to their local Wal-Mart to see if the store has put out its holiday movie display rack yet on the end of a DVD aisle, as social media reports from fans indicate an exclusive in-store limited-edition re-issue of Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love with a pop-up card attached featuring Dolly in a snow globe while supplies last.

    Irish Dolly Interview Posted
    The Irish Sun offered a brief interview with Dolly over the weekend available here.

    Australian Chart Update
    Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) falls seven spots this week on the Australian country albums chart to No. 29 in its 372nd chart week since its original 2007 release.


    Nov. 3:
    Second 'Dumplin'' Single, New Music Video, Released


    At midnight Friday morning, Dolly released the second single from her upcoming Netflix movie project, Dumplin': "Girl In The Movies," which she had been promoting to awards voters in Los Angeles recently campaigning for nominations. Take a listen to the studio version of the song via YouTube here or in the media player above. The song is available for download here. The Nov. 30 soundtrack album also became available for pre-order Friday (reserve the CD version here or the digital version here, which gives you immediate access to download the two singles released thus far). Also, on Friday, she revealed a music video for the project's first single, ""Here I Am," with Sia, which the duo released a month and a half ago. The new video features people helping others who need a hand but does not feature either Dolly or Sia themselves. Watch that video here or in the media player below.

    'Jolene' Netflix Details Announced
    Netflix on Thursday announced the primary cast and general plot for the "Jolene" episode of Dolly's 2019 Heartstrings movie series. Julianne Hough of Dancing With The Stars fame will star as Jolene, a waitress in a honky tonk known for its scantily-clad staff and run by Dolly's character, Babe, who serves as a mother figure for her employees. Dallas Roberts of The Good Wife is the husband who finds himself in a mid-life crisis, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley of According To Jim completes the love triangle as his wife, who has just become president of the local Women's League. The release noted the project is produced by Sam Haskell's Magnolia Hill Productions and Dolly's Sandollar Productions in association with Warner Brothers Television, revealing she has resurrected her production company she once owned with her longtime manager, the late Sandy Gallin. (Her NBC Coat Of Many Colors movies were produced under her new Dixie Pixie Productions company instead). It also stated that Dolly, Haskell and showrunner Patrick Sean Smith are executive producing. The new plot deviates from the plan when the song was to be used for NBC, where it was to center on a Southern governor with Jolene as his mistress. As was previously reported here, that project fell through and Netflix snatched up not only that song but several others for a series, all of which will become available sometime next year at the same time on the streaming service. Although the release said the names and casts for the other songs in the series will be announced at a later date, Dolly has said in interviews that the songs being filmed are: "Jolene," "Two Doors Down," "Cracker Jack," "Sugar Hill," "J.J. Sneed," "If I Had Wings," "Down From Dover" and "These Old Bones." The new announcement generated significant entertainment media coverage including stories from The Hollywood Reporter here, Entertainment Weekly here and Variety here.

    Trick Or Treat With Dolly Look-A-Likes
    For Halloween, Dolly's social media accounts shared some of her favorite imitators dressed in her costume: drag queen Trixie Mattel, Amy Adams, Ellile Goulding and Adele. Check out a story about the post from Gay Star News here. And, as was previously reported here, The Talk saw its hosts don costumes and lip-synch famous songs for Halloween, with Sharon Osborne doing Dolly and "9 To 5." The segment ended with Dolly giving her reaction via FaceTime. Check out video from Entertainment Tonight Canada here.

    Apparently No Mr. Hart In '9 To 5' Sequel
    Although Dolly, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have all signed on to appear in a sequel to their classic 9 To 5 which is currently being written, the original film's villain, Dabney Coleman, told Page Six that he has not been contacted about the project. (His absence would make sense, though, since at the end of the original it was noted he had been kidnapped by natives in South America and was never heard from again.) Read the story here.

    British Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week holds steady at No. 8 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 112th chart week. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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 Ronstadt) also holds steady at No. 12, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 18.

    Lifetime Schedules 'A Country Christmas Story' Repeat
    Lifetime has announced that it will air a repeat of A Country Christmas Story, a 2013 holiday movie for which Dolly wrote a couple of songs and in which she appears to host a country music talent competition at Dollywood, on Nov. 14. The film airs at 2 p.m. Eastern.

    'The Dolly Collection' Fans On Aussie TV
    Dolly superfans Patric Parkey and Harrell Gabehart were interviewed for Australia's The Morning Show earlier this week about their massive collection of Dolly memorabilia. Watch it on Facebook here.

    '9 To 5' To Be On 'Dancing With The Stars'
    Dancing With The Stars contestant Bobby Bones said his group will bring some Dolly to the show next week when "country night" comes around, as they will use Dolly's "9 to 5" for their group dance, Pop Culture reports here.