www.dollymania.net                News                          December 2009

Dec. 30:
Boxed Set Makes Another Paper's Reviews
Hampton Roads.com is the latest to praise the Dolly boxed set, noting "Ninety-nine songs by Dolly Parton. Too much of a good thing? Not if you are an avowed Partonite." Read the full piece here.

Stampede Praise, Too
Thanks to Chris for alerting me to a great profile of the holiday show at Dolly's Dixie Stampede from Daytime Tricities.com here.

Dec. 28:
'Barbie' On Year-End List
Although its position on the countdown has not been revealed, Dolly's "Backwoods Barbie" video has made the top 50 videos of the year on music channel Great American Country (GAC). In promoting the tally, the network noted it is Dolly's first appearance on its year-end chart. Videos ranked 38-50 will be announced at 8 p.m. Monday, with Nos. 30-37 at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nos. 22-29 at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nos. 14-21 at 8 p.m. Thursday and Nos. 1-13 at 8 p.m. Friday.

Dec. 25:

Reba Ties Another Dolly Record
The Jan. 2 charts released on Thursday, the first dated in 2010, showed Reba McEntire has tied another one of Dolly's records. Her track "Consider Me Gone" ascends to the top spot on the country singles chart, which makes her the only other artist to have scored a No. 1 country hit across four different decades. Dolly's four are the '70s, '80s, '90s and '00s, while Reba's are the '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s (since this marks the first chart dated in the new year). She's still a little behind Dolly on overall chart-toppers, though, with this being just her 23rd career Billboard No. 1, compared to Dolly's 25. The magazine notes the accomplishment here. The song is Reba's 57th country top 10. You may recall earlier this year that her collaboration with Brooks & Dunn, "Cowgirls Don't Cry," pushed her past Dolly's record of 55 credited top 10s.

Dolly Titles Stick Around
Meanwhile, the two Dolly collections on the charts last week remain on there this week in the Jan. 2 numbers from Billboard. Her Dolly: Live From London inches down two in its sixth week to No. 53 country albums, while the Dolly boxed set slips six to No. 69 country albums in its third chart week. Once Upon A Christmas, the Kenny Rogers and Dolly duet album from 1984, drops 10 to No. 21 in its sixth week this year on the U.S. country catalog albums chart and dips five to No. 13 country albums in Canada, where it is in its seventh week for the year. Steve Martin's The Crow - New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, with a Dolly collaboration, remains steady at No. 1 bluegrass albums in its 44th chart week. NOW That's What I Call A Country Christmas, featuring Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas," loses two to No. 13 country in its 10th week, falls one to No. 14 holiday albums in its 11th week there, and dips 11 to No. 68 pop in its eighth week on that list. Taylor Swift's Fearless remains at the No. 1 country albums spot and No. 4 pop in its 58th week with 239,000 copies sold, while Carrie Underwood's Play On holds steady at No. 2 country in its seventh week and No. 5 pop with 153,000 units moved.

More 'Dolly' Reviews
A few more papers praised the Dolly boxed set in recent days. The Chicago Reader said here that the collection makes it "even easier to appreciate her development and range." Charleston's Gazette Mail here opined that even the songs from her childhood showed "the style that would make her a country-pop icon is front and center."

New Yorker Mention
Dolly's New Yorker interview from earlier this year made its best-of section for its "Talk of the Town" section here.

Dec. 23:
New 'Dolly' Suggestions
There were a couple more recommendations Tuesday that folks buy the Dolly boxed set. One came from The Early Show on CBS, where their gift consultant suggested it as the present for country fans here. Then The Louisville Courier-Journal included it here in its recommended boxed set gifts, noting: "It has long been trendy to name-check Parton for her songwriting, especially her early material, but few people listen to anything other than 'Jolene.' Dig deeper with this."

Dec. 22:
Martin, Gill Collaboration On Best Song List
Music blog The 9513 on Monday revealed its 50 top country tunes of the year, and there's a Dolly entry on there. "Pretty Flowers" by Dolly, Vince Gill and Steve Martin from Martin's bluegrass CD The Crow - New Songs for the 5-String Banjo comes in at No. 7. Read the full list here.

Dec. 21:
Sony Will Release 'London' In London
Sony Music over the weekend announced it will be releasing two recent Dolly collections outside of the U.S. next month. It has reached an agreement with Dolly Records to distribute her Dolly: Live From London CD/DVD combo overseas and will send it to stores in Europe on the same day as the European release of its 99-song Dolly boxed set: Jan. 25.

One Heck Of A Christmas Present
Raising more than 1 million for children's charities snagged two British ladies a trip to the U.S. to meet Dolly in Nashville, all captured for Sky1's annual Noel's Christmas Presents program that premiered on the satellite network Sunday and will repeat on Christmas Day. Learn more from Shields Gazette here.

Another Boxed Set Review
Canada's Canoe media gives the Dolly boxed set four out of five stars, saying "a DVD and tunes from the last 15 years would have been nice, but you can't have everything." Read more here.

Dec. 19:
Dolly Fetches AMA Auction Top Bid
Dolly was the big-ticket item at the Americana Music Association's charity auction this week, CMT.com reports here. The event raised more than $30,000 for the organization by auctioning off handwritten lyrics by famous artists of some of their best-known hits. Dolly contributed "I Will Always Love You," which took the night's highest price at $7,150. Next-highest was Willie Nelson with "On The Road Again" for $3,510.

Latest Boxed Set Recommendation
Another critic is recommending the Dolly boxed set, this time CNN International, which noted here it shows how much more there is to Dolly than just her pop hits, especially proving what "a terrific songwriter" she is.

Dolly & Jay, Again
If you missed Dolly's appearance via satellite on The Jay Leno Show for his "10@10" interview segment a few weeks back, they've announced that the episode will repeat on Dec. 29.

Dec. 18:
'Dolly' Returns, 'London' Holds On
Dolly's appearance on the Carrie Underwood holiday special to promote her current concert CD/DVD and her Christmas single had no impact on either product, the Dec. 26 Billboard charts released Thursday showed, but it appears to have bolstered sales of her four-disc Sony boxed set. "Comin' Home For Christmas," which she performed on the special, still did not get enough radio airplay or sales to debut on the country singles tally, and Dolly: Live From London, which she also plugged on the show, remains flat, holding steady again at No. 51 country in its fifth week on the chart. However, the Dolly boxed set re-enters the top 75 country albums for a second week, coming in at No. 63. Kenny Rogers and Dolly's Once Upon A Christmas from 25 years ago inches down two to No. 11 in its fifth week this year on the U.S. country catalog albums chart (Canadian charts were not updated as of press time). Steve Martin's The Crow - New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, featuring Dolly on one track, remains steady at No. 1 bluegrass albums in its 43rd chart week. NOW That's What I Call A Country Christmas, with Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas," holds steady at No. 11 country in its ninth week, rises six to No. 13 holiday albums in its 10th week there, and moves up four to No. 57 pop in its seventh week on that list. Taylor Swift's Fearless remains at the No. 1 country albums spot in its 57th week and drops one to No. 4 pop with 168,000 copies sold, while Underwood's special helped her own Play On hold steady at No. 2 country in its sixth week and inch up one to No. 5 pop with a 32 percent sales increase to 107,000 units.

Dolly Makes Year-End Charts
Thanks to its re-release earlier this year as a Cracker Barrel exclusive with bonus tracks, Dolly's 2008 studio set Backwoods Barbie graces the 2009 Billboard year-end charts. It comes in at No. 70 out of the 75 top country albums of the year based on sales, the magazine has announced. That compares to its No. 56 ranking in 2008. It also stands at No. 49 this year out of the top 50 albums on the independent labels albums chart, compared to a No. 34 spot last year. The number of weeks for her five charted titles this year (Dolly: Live From London, Dolly, Backwoods Barbie, 16 Biggest Hits and Playlist: The Very Best Of Dolly Parton) places her at No. 46 in the top 50 country album artists of the year, versus No. 28 last year with only those last three titles spending time on the charts in 2008.

Loving Some Kenny & Dolly
Get in the holiday mood with a column (and several YouTube videos) reminiscing about Kenny & Dolly's holiday album and TV special from Citypages Minneapolis/St. Paul here.

Dec. 17:
More Critics Like Boxed Set
A couple more glowing reviews have come out for the four-disc Dolly boxed set (still available here with the exclusive bonus disc A Real Live Dolly on CD for the first time). The Syracuse New Times says here the collection confirms her place as "the queen of popular music," not just country, and that she's written so many songs there should be a sequel. And Playback says here "so few American singers are more deserving of a retrospective collection" but gives it just a "B+" because it is missing her recordings from the last 15 years.

Site: Depressing Dolly
A new top 10 list from Buzzfeed features Dolly: the world's 10 most depressing Christmas songs, which includes her "Hard Candy Christmas." Check out the tally here.

Dec. 16:
Merry Christmas From Dolly

Dolly on Tuesday released a holiday message to her fans. Check it out in the media player above or by clicking here.

Dec. 14:
'9 To 5' Heading To Atlanta
The second city for the touring company of Dolly's Tony and Grammy-nominated 9 To 5:The Musical was revealed over the weekend: Atlanta. As was previously reported, the tour will kick off with a Sept. 21-26 engagement at Nashville's Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Broadway World reported here Sunday that the show will then move to Atlanta's Fox Theatre Sept. 28-Oct. 3 as part of the city's Theater of the Stars 2010 season. TOS President Nick Manos told the publication: "We have been interested in this show for years. I think Dolly Parton is a breath of fresh air to the world of musical theatre and you can tell she really believes in the show. We are thrilled to be presenting this show as part of our season." Dolly's musical closed on Broadway in September after 148 performances and 24 previews sold nearly 219,000 tickets.

More 'Dolly' Praise
A couple more newspapers are plugging the Dolly boxed set as one of this year's best holiday gifts. Minnesota's Pioneer Press included it on its list here, while The Knoxville News Sentinel did the same here, giving it an "A-."

Channing Chats Of Dolly
Carol Channing thinks Dolly was too good to stick to just one thing in her career. The Broadway legend mentioned her in an interview with e-mail subscription magazine Nashville Stages promoting her new gospel album, For Heavens Sake. The publication asked her: "In a world that tends to place people and especially entertainers in a box, is there any part of you that wonders if people will accept a gospel album from Broadway's queen?" She replied: "Maybe at one time that was true. Today you have so many artists who are on Broadway and television or film. And some of those started as singers. Look at Dolly Parton. What a wonderful example of someone who wouldn't be boxed."

Fan Seeks Interviews
My friend Crystal asked if I'd pass this item along for her. She's working on a 15-page paper for school about Dolly fans from outside the United States. If you could e-mail her here with the answers to the following questions, she'd most appreciate it. 1. What first got your attention about Dolly? 2. Why do you love Dolly so much? 3. What is the difference between Dolly fans where you live and in the United States? 4. Where are you from? 5. How many times have you met Dolly?

Get Something For Free
And this isn't Dolly-related, but if you're traveling over the holidays and flying, most airlines now offer in-flight Internet connections, but you usually have to pay for it. Not for your next flight, though! Since I used it on my last flight, they sent me a code to share with friends to test out the service for free. Click here and enter the code 2476675084mzg at check-out through Jan. 7 for a free session. I guess you could surf Dollymania.net in flight, and that makes it Dolly-related :)

Dec. 12:
Dolly Gets Fiddle Honor
Dolly was recently awarded the Dr. Perry F. Harris Award from the Grand Master Fiddler Championship for her impact on the fiddling art form. Porter & Dolly performed at the inaugural championship in Nashville in 1972, and the organization's president noted: "Dolly has been consistent in her support of fiddling for over forty-years and former Grand Master champions have played in her band and on her CDs all along the way; most notably Mark O'Connor and Jimmy Mattingly. We are grateful for Dolly's support and look forward to many more years of her producing fine music." Dolly said Dr. Harris, who was a dentist, "was my good doctor but was also my good friend. I remember how much he loved fiddling and I was honored when he asked me to help get this started. This is a great, great honor and I will hang this award in my museum at Dollywood." Read more from Cybergrass here.

Watch Dolly On UK TV
British fans will want to check out Sky1 on Dec. 20 for Noel's Christmas Presents, an annual special where host Noel Edmunds grants wishes for special people. According to commercials now airing, a visit from Dolly is one of this year's gifts. Thanks, Dale!

Dec. 11:
'London' Sticks Around Another Week
Dolly: Live From London holds its own on the charts this week, remaining steady at No. 51 in its fourth week on the country albums charts, the Dec. 19 Billboard charts released Thursday showed. We should see in next week's chart whether her appearance on Carrie Underwood's holiday special results in any sales increase of this title or radio airplay of her new Christmas song, "Comin' Home For Christmas," which has yet to chart. In other chart news, Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers from 1984 shoots up a dozen digits to No. 9 in its fourth week this year on the U.S. country catalog albums chart, holds steady at No. 9 Canadian country in its fifth week this year there and inches down one to No. 80 Canadian pop in its fourth week there this year. Steve Martin's The Crow - New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, with its Dolly duet, remains steady at No. 1 bluegrass albums in its 42nd chart week. NOW That's What I Call A Country Christmas, featuring Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas," rises one to No. 11 country in its eighth week, falls six to No. 19 holiday albums in its ninth week there, and gains eight to No. 61 pop in its sixth week on that list. Brad Paisley's Time Well Wasted, with Dolly on "When I Get Where I'm Going," falls back off the 25-position country catalog albums chart, down from No. 12. Taylor Swift's Fearless remains at No. 1 country albums spot in its 56th week and moves up five to No. 3 pop, while Carrie Underwood's Play On holds steady at No. 2 country in its fifth week and inches up three to No. 6 pop.

More Boxed Set Praise
Another critic says you can't go wrong with the Dolly boxed set as a holiday gift, with The Chicago Tribune noting here: "The exaggerated physique and personality sometimes obscure Parton's accomplishments as a singer, songwriter and guitar player . . . Her sincerity is awe-inspiring, yet she also packs a wicked sense of humor."

Sincerest Form Of Flattery
A Dolly tribute show, Rhinestone Cowgirl, is coming to the Upper Canada Playhouse April 30 through May 16, according to The Standard Freeholder in Cornwall here.

Dec. 10:
Dolly In Americana Auction
Dolly has donated handwritten lyrics to her classic "I Will Always Love You" for an auction to benefit the Americana Music Association. The online portion of the auction ends at 3 p.m. Eastern Monday, followed by a live auction in Nashville Monday night. The opening bid on the live auction will be the ending bid for the online auction (however, the winning online bidder may also enter a proxy bid of the maximum amount he or she is willing to pay to compete in the live auction portion as well). As of press time, the high bid was $250. Check out the auction here.

CDs Make Best Of Decade List
Music blog The 9513 on Wednesday revealed a Dolly title has made its top 20 country albums of the decade. Her 2001 CD Little Sparrow made it to No. 19, with the reviewer calling it "the Empire Strikes Back of Parton's bluegrass trilogy: it's the best of the three." She also had connections to two other albums in No. 20-11: No. 18 Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs Of The Louvin Brothers features a Dolly vocal track, and No. 12 Sleepless Nights by Patty Loveless features a cover of the Porter & Dolly hit "The Pain Of Loving You." Read more here. Earlier in their countdown of the top 100 records of the 2000s, she placed at No. 54 with Halos & Horns. Their top 10 should be revealed soon!

Dec. 9:
Carrie Gets Ratings, Dolly Gets Searched
Carrie Underwood's FOX special with Dolly and other guests Monday night earned so-so ratings, but it did propel Dolly into the stratosphere on search engines. Specifically, a query for her age (63, turning 64 in six weeks) shot up into the top five searches on Google following her performance of three songs on the program. The show itself was seen by an estimated 8.5 million viewers, barely beating ABC's holiday shows for second place in its time slot and far behind nearly twice the audience watching comedies on CBS. Competing shows on NBC and CW saw larger-than-usual audiences but still finished fourth and fifth (apparently, some loyal FOX viewers chose to watch those smaller networks rather than Underwood when their regular shows weren't on). Check out more on the Google note from Popeater here and Billboard here, and the ratings from Variety here. Image by Michael Becker. Courtesy FOX.

Dec. 8:
Dolly And Carrie Carry Show
Dolly shined in the final section of Carrie Underwood's FOX holiday special, which actually featured very little holiday music. Dolly performed "Here You Come Again," after which Underwood came on stage dressed as Dolly. They later offered a duet of "I Will Always Love You," and then they used Underwood's "Jesus Take The Wheel" to kick off a few Christmas tunes which included an abbreviated version of Dolly's new "Comin' Home For Christmas." A running joke was admitted Dolly fanatic Kristen Chenoweth wanting to sing with Dolly (Dolly during the program even repeated her serious comment from a couple of years back that she'd like Chenoweth to play her in a Broadway musical version of her life story she is currently writing). The show repeats Dec. 22. Image by Michael Becker. Courtesy FOX.

Library Soft Cover Books Coming
The Knoxville-area chapter of Dolly's Imagination Library this week issued a press release announcing that the program will begin next year introducing soft cover books into its collection to reduce the cost of the project for communities, which pay the actual book purchase and postage expenses for each local child, as both of those costs would be less with soft cover books. Previously, all titles had been hard cover. "We invested a great deal of time in making this decision including an extensive discussion with the local sponsors across the USA, Canada and United Kingdom," says Dollywood Foundation President David Dotson. "At the end of the day, everyone agreed that moving in this direction will save significant dollars without compromising quality." The first and last books in the program will remain hard cover, and all books sent to the youngest children will also stay hard cover. The international program ships more than 6 million books a year to children birth to age 5 in more than 1,100 communities. Coverage of the announcement came from Knoxville's WBIR TV here and Knoxville Metro Pulse here.

Dec. 7:
Underwood Special With Dolly Airs Monday
Don't forget to tune in Monday night on FOX for Carrie Underwood's holiday special variety show. Dolly and Underwood perform a duet of "I Will Always Love You" on the program, which also features American Idol winner David Cook (he and Underwood do a duet), Kristen Chenoweth and Christina Applegate (who join Underwood for a trio performance). According to audience members, Dolly was also taped singing "Here You Come Again" and a holiday song in addition to a Q&A skit with Underwood and instance where she comes on stage dressed in Dolly drag. Publicity stills, such as the images at left and right, have included the duet, the double Dolly scene (click here to see) and one of Dolly alone, suggesting that at least one of her two solo performances (maybe both) made the cut for the final show. You'll have to tune in Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern to find out! Images by Michael Becker. Courtesy FOX.

Dec. 5:
'ET' Video Posted Online

Entertainment Tonight on Friday released online the streaming video from Kellie Pickler's stop by Dolly's office for a tour of her closet led by Dolly herself that aired on the program last week. Check it out in the media player above or by clicking here.

GAC Celebrates With Dolly
"Dolly For The Holidays," Great American Country's (GAC) Superfan Weekend with Dolly prizes, kicked off Friday evening on the cable network. Check out details here, which also features a video from Dolly about the event.

Dec. 4:
Dolly: Grammy Nod Is 'Holiday Gift'
What was Dolly's reaction to her 45th career Grammy nomination Wednesday night? Well, her Los Angeles-based publicist put out a press release on Thursday with her comment, and here it is: "What a great holiday gift to hear that 9 to 5: The Musical cast album has been nominated for a Grammy. I feel blessed to have worked with such a talented, wonderful and deserving group of people. '9 to 5' truly is the gift that keeps on giving! And congratulations to all the Grammy nominees." As was reported here Wednesday night, the recording is up for Best Musical Show Album for the Jan. 31 awards, and Dolly is credited with the nomination as album producer and score composer and lyricist.

'London' Loses More Ground
Dolly: Live From London takes a tumble on the charts this week, dropping 15 places to No. 51 in its third week on the country albums charts and falling completely off the 50-position independent label albums tally, down from No. 34 in its second week there, according to the Dec. 12 Billboard charts released Thursday. In other chart news, her 1980s duet album with Kenny Rogers, Once Upon A Christmas, drops seven to No. 21 in its third week this year on the U.S. country catalog albums chart. It dips five to No. 79 Canadian pop albums in its third week on that list for 2009, but the CD holds steady at No. 9 Canadian country in its fourth week there. Steve Martin's The Crow - New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, featuring a Dolly duet, rebounds to recapture the No. 1 spot on the bluegrass albums list in its 41st chart week, up from several weeks at No. 2. NOW That's What I Call A Country Christmas, which includes Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas," inches up one to No. 12 country in its seventh week there, gains two to No. 13 holiday albums in its eighth week there, and falls four to No. 69 pop in its fifth week on that list. Brad Paisley's Time Well Wasted, with Dolly on "When I Get Where I'm Going," re-enters the 25-position country catalog albums chart at No. 12. Taylor Swift's Fearless recaptures the top country albums spot in its 55th week and rises two to No. 8 pop, while Carrie Underwood's Play On falls one to No. 2 country in its fourth week and holds steady at No. 9 pop.

Actress Needed Up North
The folks working on the Canadian film The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom have put out an open casting call for the project's lead actress. The girl who plays the role of an 11-year-old must be Canadian, though. It is expected to film in Montreal and Winnipeg next April and May. Check out how to submit yourself for the role on the film's Facebook Fan Page here and blog here.

Latest CD Reviews
The Dolly boxed set is once more being touted as a great stocking stuffer, this time in USA Today which opines here that "her range as a singer and songwriter unfolds across 99 tracks." I'm told the boxed set is also profiled in last week's issue of Time Out New York magazine, which notes "the real treasures are Parton's earliest cuts, all rockabilly sass and scruffy sweetness." Thanks, Tom! And the Country Standard Time blog praises the Dolly: Live From London set here.

Dolly In New Opry Poll
Thanks to Maggie for alering me to Dolly's inclusion in another Grand Old Opry poll here. This one asks which holiday tune visitors are most looking forward to hearing this holiday season, and Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" was in second place as of press time.

Dolly On 'ET'
Thanks to several readers who told me they saw on Entertainment Tonight that the program will plug Carrie Underwood's holiday special on Friday's episode with a preview of her performance of "I Will Always Love You" with Dolly. The series is syndicated, so check local listings for broadcast times and stations. Underwood's special airs Monday night on FOX.

Happy Birthday, Library!
The British chapter of Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program reaches its second anniversary on Friday, according to a press release available here.

Dec. 3:
Dolly Nominated For '9 To 5' Grammy
Dolly Records can claim its first Grammy nod, but it's surprisingly for a release on which its namesake and founder doesn't sing. The Grammy Awards Wednesday night revealed that the 9 To 5: The Musical Broadway cast album snagged a nomination for Best Musical Show Album. Its competition consists of the 30th anniversary cast recording of Ain't Misbehavin', new Broadway cast album of Hair, Broadway cast album of Shrek: The Musical and new Broadway cast album of West Side Story. Dolly shares in the nomination as composer and lyricist of the show and producer of the album. Interestingly, the Grammy nomination folks erred in listing Frank Filipetti as the album's producer when he was the engineer who recorded and mixed the tracks the CD was produced by Stephen Oremus and Dolly with co-producer Alex Lacamoire. This marks her 45th career Grammy nomination, from which she has won seven thus far.

Dolly Talks About Carrie Special

FOX Television has released a group of interviews about Carrie Underwood's holiday special, which airs on the network Monday night and features Dolly. Check out what Dolly had to say about the show, thanks to Cinema Blend posting the videos online, in the media player above or by clicking here.

Dec. 2:
Film With Dolly Music Gets Premiere
A children's film for which Dolly composed and recorded a couple of original songs will get its world premiere Sunday in the small town where most of it was filmed. First Dog will be shown on several screens Sunday at CineLux Theatres Tennant Station in Morgan Hill, Calif., The Morgan Hill Times reported here Tuesday. (Although the article notes that Dolly appears in the film, she is not included on the cast list, so that may be incorrect.) The movie follows the adventures of a young boy who finds the president's dog and takes him back to Washington.

More Boxed Set Praise
The Philadelphia Inquirer thinks the four-disc Dolly boxed set would make an excellent holiday gift for the music lover in your life. In a column here, the paper gives it three-and-a-half out of four stars and says it "makes a strong case for Dolly Parton as a giant of American song," although it is "not complete" because it is missing some of her best work that was recorded in the past decade.

Christmas Single Reminder
If you want that holiday spirit, you should download Dolly's new holiday single, "Comin' Home For Christmas," which became available from retail outlets on Tuesday including Amazon.com here and iTunes here.

Waters Talks Up Dolly
Director John Waters thinks Dolly and Zac Efron both has the acting chops to win an Oscar. He tells Australian GLBT paper The Star Observer here that he tells Efron "he should play a junkie and win the Oscar. So should Dolly Parton get out of drag, play a junkie and you'll win the Oscar."

Dec. 1:
Christmas Single Is Here
Don't forget that Dolly's new holiday single, "Comin' Home For Christmas," gets its general release Tuesday after two-and-a-half weeks as a bonus download for those who purchased her Dolly: Live From London CD/DVD from Jewelry TV. The song on Tuesday becomes available for downloading from other sources, including Amazon.com here and iTunes here.

Watch Dolly Interview About Religion
For the site's British readers, if you missed Sunday's Fern Britton Meets . . . Dolly Parton interview on the BBC, it is available through the end of the week in streaming video here. However, the program is not viewable online outside of the U.K. Thanks, Brian!

Dolly Pic In New Book
A classic Dolly photo, the one of her silhouette applying lipstick in front of a standing mirror in 1976, is included in the new coffee table book Harry Benson: Photographs that came out last week. Check out a preview slideshow from Women of the Web here (if you open the slideshow and find Dolly's photo, it includes his comments about the photo shoot). Get the book here.