Dec. 30: 'Christmas' Starts Post-Holiday Tumble It looks like the end is near for the annual chart re-appearances by Dolly and Kenny Rogers' Once Upon A Christmas album from 1984. The Jan. 7 Billboard charts released Thursday reveal that the collection falls off of the all-genre top 200 pop albums tally, down from No. 151 in its fourth week this season, its 13th since original release, and off the 50-position pop catalog albums sales list, down from No. 46 in its ninth week since release. The album loses six to No. 15 country catalog albums in its eighth week there this year, its 73rd since release, and dips three to No. 47 holiday albums in its 40th week on that chart since release. Elsewhere on the charts, Chicago's O Christmas Three, with Dolly guest vocals on one number, loses three to No. 19 independent label albums in its seventh week there. The Grascals' Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin, featuring Dolly on three songs, falls back off the 15-position bluegrass albums chart, down from No. 15 in its 41st week. Overall, Lady Antebellum's Own The Night holds steady at No. 1 country and inches down one to No. 6 pop its 15th chart week, while Scotty McCreery's Clear As Day remains at No. 2 country and falls two to No. 11 pop in its 12th chart week.
New 'Joyful Noise' Developments Thanks to Tabby for alerting me to some additional backstage shots of Dolly's recent visit with Broadway's Bonnie and Clyde cast courtesy Broadway.comhere. The musical features Joyful Noise co-star Jeremy Jordan. In related news, check out another Dolly interview about the movie from the red carpet of the recent VH1 Divas concert courtesy the Associated Press via YouTube here.
Another Florida Library Expansion Planned Port Charlotte, Fla., is looking to join Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program, The Port Charlotte Herald notes here.
Dec. 29: Broadway Chatter Makes News Sorry for the lack of updates the past few days as I was out of pocket for the holidays (and will be again in a couple of days). In that time, a repeated quote from Dolly that she's still working on her autobiography as a stage musical for Broadway was picked up by an entertainment wire news service and made more than a dozen newspapers and other publications, even reaching The Huffington Post by Wednesday here.
Latest On 'Joyful Noise' Joyful Noise promotions continued over the past several days, including E! Online posting some behind-the-scenes footage from the film's food fight scene between Dolly and Queen Latifah here and an interview with co-star Jeremy Jordan in The New York Posthere.
Stella Complains Of Irish Promoter Dolly's sis Stella is still stirring up the press overseas, with a story in Ireland's The Independenthere pledging to file suit against an Irish concert promoter for advertising she was to perform at several concerts after she allegedly cancelled her appearances due to non-payment. She claims the promoter informed audience members at the start of the shows that she was not joining the other singers on stage because she was snowed-in at another location.
Dec. 26: Foreign Charts Updated Christmas saw minor changes to Dolly's overseas album standings, the new charts revealed. In Australia, The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 dips one to No. 7 country in its 94th chart week while losing four to No. 20 pop catalog albums in its 21st chart week there. The Essential Dolly Parton drops two to No. 16 country in its sixth chart week there, losing eight to No. 50 pop catalog albums. Better Day falls four to No. 20 country in its 13th week. In Great Britain, Better Day regains one spot to No. 3 country albums in its 17th chart week on the U.K. charts, while Dolly: Live From London drops 11 to No. 19 country compilations in its 93rd U.K chart week.
Dec. 24: MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Dolly Sends Holiday Greetings To Fans
Dolly this week issued her annual holiday greetings video to her fans. Watch it in the media player above or by visiting YouTube here. In related news, E! Online included a comment from her about heading home for the holidays in their video here of what the stars plan to do for Christmas this year.
New 'Joyful Noise' Trailers Released
Warner Brothers this week posted to YouTube four new trailers for Dolly's upcoming film Joyful Noise that have begun to air on television. Watch them in the media players above and below or by visiting YouTube: No. 23, No. 17, No. 24 and No. 16. In related news, the Internet Movie Database has added several still shots from the film in a gallery here, and gospel singer Karen Peck spoke this week with The Atlanta Journal Constitution about her role in the film here.
U.S., Canadian Chart Updates Once Upon A Christmas, the 1984 holiday CD by Dolly with Kenny Rogers, continues a successful annual Christmas run on the charts, the New Year's Eve Billboard charts released Thursday confirmed. The title slips two to No. 9 country catalog albums in its seventh week this year, its 72nd since release, while losing 10 places to No. 151 pop in its fourth week this year, its 13th since release. On the pop catalog albums list, the title slides six to No. 46 in its ninth week since release, and on the holiday albums tally it holds steady at No. 44 in its 39th chart week there since release. Up north, the collection slips one from two weeks at its 2011 peak of No. 3 on the Canadian country albums chart to arrive at No. 4 in its eighth week of this holiday season, while it loses five to No. 40 in its seventh week this year on the Canadian pop albums list. Chicago's O Christmas Three, featuring a Dolly guest appearance, inches up one to No. 16 independent label albums in its sixth week there. The Grascals' Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin, with Dolly on three tracks, dips one to No. 15 in its 41st week on the bluegrass albums chart. Kristen Chenoweth's Some Lessons Learned, featuring a Dolly tribute track in addition to a Dolly cover song, falls back off the 75-position country albums list, down from No. 72 in its 10th week there. Overall, Lady Antebellum's Own The Night regains one to No. 1 country and 10 pop to No. 5 in its 14th chart week, while Scotty McCreery's Clear As Day slips one to No. 2 country and rises four to No. 9 pop in its 11th chart week.
Dolly Gets Shout-Out In New Viral Video A viral video of "Shit Girls Say" has spun off numerous parodies over the past few weeks, with one of the newest called "Shit Southern Gay Guys Say" that includes a couple of Dolly mentions. Check it out on YouTube here.
Library Expands Again In Minnesota Dolly's Imagination Library literacy project has expanded to the Detroit Lakes area of Minnesota, The Detroit Lakes Tribune reports here.
Dolly-Themed Dance Piece In Knoxville Those looking for something to do in the Knoxville area on New Year's Eve might want to check out A Boy and His Dolly, a piece by Mark Lamb that played in New York about his lifelong connection to Dolly, whom he calls his "spiritual guide." Excerpts from the show will be performed at 8:15 p.m. at Miller's Atrium, according to a wrap-up of events for the holiday from The Knoxville News Sentinelhere.
Dec. 22: 'Joyful Noise' Premiere Officailly Announced The world premiere of Joyful Noise has officially been announced for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Stars of the film, including Dolly and Queen Latifah, will arrive at 6 p.m. to walk the red carpet prior to the premiere. The film opens nationwide Jan. 13.
Dolly Concert Named Liverpool's Best The Liverpool Daily Post on Wednesday released its annual list of its awards for the best arts events of the year in the city, primarily live theatre and exhibits, but they also included concerts, naming Dolly's stop there on her Better Day World Tour the year's best concert in the "pop/rock" category (which appeared to be the genre in which they lumped all non-classical performances). The paper wrote about it here: "Blonde bombshell Dolly Parton lit up the Echo Arena with her musical Southern lilt and warm personality, treating the audience as though she was playing a few tunes on her late parents' front porch in the Smoky Mountains rather than performing to a crowd of thousands."
Dolly On CMT Next Week CMT has announced that Dolly is among those whose activities during the year will be profiled in the network's end-of-the-year recap of stories on CMT Insider premiering at 11 a.m. New Year's Eve.
Dec. 20: More 'Joyful Noise' Promotions Take Place
A new Joyful Noise television trailer has been made available on YouTube. Check it out in the media player above or by visiting the site here. Meanwhile, the VH1 Divas Celebrate Soul concert that premiered Monday brought significant coverage. The red carpet arrival to the show on Sunday saw coverage from The Daily Mailhere and The Fab Lifehere and a video report from In Touch Weeklyhere or in the media player below. A recent New York media gathering took place to promote the film as well, and you can hear a brief clip of Dolly talking about the importance of gospel to her upbringing from Hollywood Outbreakhere. On the actual television broadcast, Queen Latifah and Dolly opened the show as its first presenters and hosted a sneak peak at the film as the program moved to its first commercial break. In related news, Dolly has been scheduled as a guest on Live with Kelly to promote the project the morning before the film opens. I would expect several additional appearances to be announced in coming weeks given the significant promotions Warner Brothers are putting into the film.
Dec. 19: U.K., Australian Charts Released Dolly continues to see great sales Down Under following the end of her Better Day World Tour, the charts released over the weekend revealed. The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 holds steady at No. 6 country in its 93rd chart week while dipping three to No. 16 pop catalog albums in its 19th chart week there. The Essential Dolly Parton rises three to No. 14 country in its fifth chart week there, debuting at No. 42 pop catalog albums. Her current studio set, Better Day, loses three to No. 16 country in its 12th week. On the other side of the globe, Better Day holds steady at No. 4 country albums in its 16th chart week on the British charts, while Dolly: Live From London inches up one to No. 8 country compilations in its 92nd U.K chart week.
Latest 'Joyful Noise' Developments Promotions continue for Joyful Noise as its release date draws nearer. As was scheduled, Dolly and co-star Queen Latifah walked the red carpet Sunday night at VH1's Divas Celebrate Soul concert, where they were presenters. Check out a shot of Dolly here. The show premieres Monday night. Got Country? reports here that the two appear in an interview with Redbook magazine that hits newsstands Tuesday (the site also has a preview of the interview). Thanks, Tony! The film had a Nashville preview screening a few nights ago, and Mr. Nashville Talks has a mini-review here. A re-cut trailer premiered on Facebook here. And Queen Latifah's Twitter feed released a new photo of the two at left. Thanks, Eleyne!
Stella Talks Again With U.K. Media The British press continues to mine Tell It, Sister, Tell It, the new memoir by Dolly's sister Stella, for supposedly salacious details (I've not read it yet so I don't know how accurate or big of a deal the stories are), noting in a piece from The Expresshere that Dolly has read and approved the book, and that Stella's next project is a CD of Dolly's songs, saying: ""I'm very excited and so is Dolly. I'd like us to spend more time together as sisters before it's too late. I don't have time to be angry or bitter, I've too many things to do. I am happy in spite of it all."
Osmonds Discuss Dolly Marie Osmond chatted about Dolly in an interview with her brother Donny in Showbiz Deluxehere. Thanks, Christian!
'Heaven' Hits Mambazo Compilation Those wanting Dolly's cover of the Dylan classic "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" with Ladysmith Black Mambazo will want to place an order for the compilation Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Friends, coming out Jan. 10. Get your copy here!
Dec. 16: Dolly Tops This Week's Concert List They weren't her biggest-selling dates Down Under, but Dolly's three nights in Brisbane, Australia, took the No. 1 position on this week's Billboard Boxscore list of the top concert grosses reported to the publication this week. The series of shows grossed nearly $3.8 million, even though just 79 percent of the 27,564 available seats were sold. In other chart news, the Christmas Eve tallies released Thursday showed Dolly and Kenny Rogers' Once Upon A Christmas continuing to rise in its seasonal appearances. The 1984 collection gains two to No. 7 country catalog albums for a sixth week this year, its 71st since release, eight to No. 141 pop for a third week this year, its 12th since release, and seven to No. 40 pop catalog albums, its eighth week on there since release. The CD also re-enters the 50-position holiday albums tally at No. 44 to mark a 38th week there since release. Chicago's O Christmas Three, with a Dolly guest spot, slips one to No. 17 independent label albums in its fifth week there. The Grascals' Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin, featuring three tracks with Dolly, loses three to No. 14 in its 40th week on the bluegrass albums chart. Kristen Chenoweth's Some Lessons Learned, with a Dolly cover and a Dolly tribute cut, re-enters the country albums list at No. 72 to mark a 10th week there. Overall, Scotty McCreery's Clear As Day regains one to No. 1 country and falls two to No. 13 pop in its 10th chart week, while Lady Antebellum's Own The Night dips one to No. 2 country and five pop to No. 15 in its 13th chart week.
Dec. 15: Tyson Giving Away 'Joyful' Tickets Yet another Joyful Noise tie-in has been revealed, with Tyson Foods signing on to give away free tickets to the movie. You may enter on the company's DeliAnytime page on Facebook here. "Like" it and type your information on its Flavor Harmony contest section to enter. In addition, although all of the details were previously reported by Dollymania several weeks ago, the filmmakers on Wednesday officially announced the soundtrack, its contents and its release date in a press release available here. Reserve your copy of the CD here!
Dec. 14: Better Day Tour Video Posted
AOL's country music blog The Boot on Tuesday posted an exclusive behind-the-scenes video from her recently–completed Better Day World Tour. Check it out in the media player above or by visiting here.
Anderson Discusses 1960s Dolly Duet Bill Anderson chats with Billboardhere about his new Bear Family collection The First 10 Years: 1956-1966 and its rare previously unreleased demo with a teen-aged Dolly. Turns out the recording was lost but an acetate turned up from a Texas collector about a year ago. Get the track, "If It's All The Same To You," on the boxed set here.
Dolly Gospel Fest Returns In NY New York entertainer Our Lady J is offering some Dolly cheer this holiday season with the fifth annual Gospel of Dolly concert Dec. 27 at Joe's Pub, Theatremania noted in a story here.
Dec. 13: More 'Joyful Noise' Contests Announced The tie-ins continue to promote Dolly's upcoming film Joyful Noise. House of Blues on Monday revealed a contest for gospel singers: record yourself or your group of up to four people doing an a capella version of "Amazing Grace" or "This Little Light Of Mine" to its website here by Dec. 22, The public will vote Dec. 23-29. Then the top 10 vote-getters will be judged by a panel that includes the film's music supervisor. The winner chosen by the panel will be flown to Los Angeles Jan. 7-10 to attend the premiere and perform the winning song at the House of Blues Sunset Strip's gospel brunch. In addition, National Choir Appreciation Sunday launched a Facebook contest here Monday asking readers to "like" their page, post why you like your church's choir, then whoever's post get the most "likes" wins two prize packs from the film. Finally, the producers and Church's Chicken restaurants on Monday officially announced their contest to win a trip to the premiere in a press release available here. Details of that particular contest were first announced here on Dollymania nearly two weeks ago (scroll down to the Dec. 1 news update to read how to enter).
Library Heads To Buffalo Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program is expanding to Buffalo, N.Y., Metro West New York reported here Monday.
Dec. 12: British, Australian Chart Updates With her Better Day World Tour over, Dolly's overseas chart numbers continue to decline. Down Under, where the tour wrapped up, Better Day falls 11 spots to No. 13 country in its 11th chart week in Australia but falls off the 50-position pop albums list, down from No. 37 in its second week. The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 drops three to No. 6 in its 92nd week on the country chart and falls eight to No. 13 pop catalog albums in its 18th week there. The Essential Dolly Parton drops two to No. 17 country in its fourth chart week. In Great Britain, Better Day holds steady at No. 4 country albums in its 15 chart week there, while Dolly: Live From London rises two to No. 9 country compilations in its 91st U.K chart week.
Dec. 10: Dolly's Home Featured On Video
Nashville Country Club released a video of several country stars' homes decked out for the holidays, including a clip of Dolly's and its lighted peace signs on the front gate. Check it out on YouTube here.
'Once' Moves Up On Charts Up North Once Upon A Christmas is the third-highest-selling country album north of the border, the new charts released Friday revealed. The 1984 album by Dolly with Kenny Rogers advances two spots to No. 3 country in its sixth chart week this year in Canada while also rising a dozen spots to No. 34 pop in its fifth chart week there this year, both positions new peaks for 2011.
Dolly Makes '100 Hottest' List Men's Health Magazine this week released its survey results of the 100 Hottest Women Of All Time and Dolly came in at No. 92. Check out the full list here.
Albums Of Year List Released Billboard on Friday released its list of the 75 biggest-selling albums of 2011 and, unfortunately, Dolly's Better Day didn't sell enough to make the list. In other news, the magazine's website on Friday chose to profile Dolly's "Here You Come Again" in its weekly Friday Flashback column. Read it here.
Another Story From Down Under Australian singer Bianca Moon, who cites Dolly as her inspiration, got to meet her idol while on tour Down Under, The Leader noted here with a photo.
Stella Talks To The Press In U.K. British newspaper The Daily Mail profiled Dolly's sister Stella and her recent memoir, Tell It, Sister, Tell It, with a piece here Friday.
Dec. 9: Five Nights Down Under Grossed $7 Million Nearly $7 million was grossed by Dolly's Better Day World Tour in just two of the six cities Dolly played on the tour's Australian leg, the new Boxscore numbers released Thursday by Billboard magazine revealed. Her three-night engagement in Melbourne brought in nearly $4.2 million and over 25,000 fans to rank as the second-highest-grossing concert series reported this week. None of the three nights sold out completely, but 92 percent of the 28,208 tickets available for the shows were sold. Only a 97,000-fan, two-night show by Pearl Jam and X in Sao Paulo, Brazil, managed to top Dolly for the week with an $8.5 million gross. Dolly also took the No. 7 spot for the week with her two nights in Sydney, which collectively grossed $2.63 million. Again, neither date sold out, but 94 percent of the 16,679 available tickets for the two shows were sold giving a total crowd of more than 15,700. The leg of the tour Down Under saw her play 12 concerts in six cities, but the other seven nights in four cities have yet to be reported by the tour promoter to the weekly list of concert ticket sales.
'Christmas' Re-Enters Top 200 Once Upon A Christmas by Dolly with Kenny Rogers is back on the all-genre list of the top 200 bestselling albums nationwide and back in the top 10 for older country titles, the other Dec. 17 Billboard charts released Thursday showed. The 1984 holiday collection re-entered the pop list at No. 149 to mark its second week this year on that tally and 11th since its original release. It also bounced back six spots to No. 9 country catalog albums, matching its previous peak for this year on that tally and marking its fifth week there this season, its 70th since release. Chicago's O Christmas Three, featuring a Dolly duet of "Wonderful Christmas Time," rises nine to No. 16 independent label albums in its fourth week there. The Grascals' Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin, with three Dolly appearances, sips three to at No. 11 in its 39th week on the bluegrass albums chart. Overall, Lady Antebellum's Own The Night regains three to recapture the No. 1 country spot and jumps up a dozen digits to the No. 10 pop spot in its 12th chart week, while Scotty McCreery's Clear As Day dips one to No. 2 country and two to No. 11 pop in its ninth chart week.
Dolly, Latifah Appearing On 'Divas' Show Likely as another venue to promote Joyful Noise, Dolly and co-star Queen Latifah were announced Thursday as additional presenters for this year's VH1 Divas concert. The program will honor the soul genre and the cities that influenced that style of music: Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. The two won't be performing on the show but instead are listed as "presenters in paying homage to these cities and soul music's timeless classics." The special will be taped Dec. 18 and air at 9 p.m. Eastern Dec. 19 (red carpet arrivals will stream live on VH1.com Dec. 18). Performers for the program include Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Jessie J, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Florence and the Machine, The Roots, Anita Baker, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, Ledisi, Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Boyz II Men, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius and Travie McCoy. Other presenters include Terrence Howard, Nas, Common and La La Anthony.
Holiday Dress On HOF Display Dolly's outfit used for the cover shot of her Home For Christmas CD and worn on its accompanying television special in 1990 is on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. The Tony Chase original was matched with Reba's infamous "red dress" from the 1993 CMA Awards and Taylor Swift's 2010 CMA Awards arrival dress for the display that is open through Jan. 5. Check out a report on the dresses from CMT.com here.
Dec. 8: 'Joyful Noise' Poster Art Released Warner Brothers on Wednesday released to Yahoo the official poster art for Dolly's upcoming film Joyful Noise, which is exactly like the soundtrack cover art previously noted here except it adds the stars' names beneath their images, the traditional credits at the bottom and a new tagline at the top: "Dream a Whole Lot Louder." Check it out here. In other movie news, as was expected, access to the streaming audio of the soundtrack that was linked from this site on Monday night was removed late Tuesday, less than 24 hours after news of it was posted here. The soundtrack, which comes out Jan. 10, is available for pre-order here.
Yahoo Profiles Dolly Activities Dolly's recent work on her tour, her upcoming film and her theme park made Yahoo's OMG! blog this week, including a paragraph on the fan documentary Hollywood To Dollywood. Read more here.
McBride Visits Dollywood Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Terry Morrow had previously reported that Brett Favre had visited Dollywood during its Smoky Mountain Christmas festival, but his column here Wednesday added that singer Martina McBride was also touring the park in recent weeks.
Dec. 6: Listen To 'Joyful Noise' Soundtrack I don't know how long this will be available after it's posted here, so you might better listen quickly, but the entire soundtrack to Dolly's upcoming film Joyful Noise has been made available via an online streaming service here. Apparently, the purpose is for music store purchasing agents to hear the songs before they place their orders, but the link was posted by the distributor to a publicly-available page promoting the soundtrack and it wasn't password-protected, so here it is for you! In addition, the official cover art for the soundtrack has been released and is viewable at left (click here for a larger view). Reserve your copy of the CD, to be released Jan. 10, here.
Swift Praises Dolly As 'Amazing Example' Taylor Swift looks up to Dolly, she tells Billboard magazine in her interview celebrating her as its Woman of the Year. In the interview here, she says: "I love that Dolly Parton plans out her life in seven-year plans. I thought that was brilliant. There's so much about Dolly Parton that every female artist should look to, whether it's reading her quotes or reading her interviews or going to one of her live shows. She's been such an amazing example to every female songwriter out there."
Library Promotes Google+ Dolly's Imagination Library literacy project is promoting its new Google+ page here. Visit it to check out a video from Dolly about the service as well as uplifting stories from its affiliates.
Dec. 5: Swift Knocks Dolly Off Top Spot Down Under Taylor Swift's concert CD/DVD package kept Dolly from having the top-selling country album in Australia during the final week of her tour Down Under, the charts released there on Monday morning (Sunday afternoon U.S. time) revealed. Swift's Speak Now World Tour Live debuts at the tally's top spot, pushing Dolly's Better Day to No. 2 in its 10th chart week, down from one week at No. 1. The title also slides eight spots to No. 37 in its second week on the top 50 pop albums list there. The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1, which had captured the peak position two weeks ago some four years after its original release, also dips one to No. 3 country in its 91st week on the country chart and inches down one to No. 5 pop catalog albums in its 17th week on that chart. The compilation The Essential Dolly Parton rises two to No. 15 country in its third chart week. The tour concluded Thursday night with her third concert in Melbourne, Australia. In the U.K., Better Day slides one place to No. 4 country albums after five weeks at No. 3 – the same length of time it had been No. 1. It has spent a total of 14 weeks on the British country chart. In addition, Dolly: Live From London gains four to No. 11 country compilations in the U.K., marking its 90th chart week since release.
Dec. 3: Choir Day Video Released
Sheet music publisher J.W. Pepper on Friday released a video of Dolly announcing the company's National Choir Appreciation Sunday on Jan. 8, a celebration being used to promote her upcoming gospel choir film Joyful Noise, which comes out a few days later. Watch it in the media player above or by visiting YouTube here.
Dec. 2: 'Christmas' Slips On U.S. Charts Kenny Rogers and Dolly's 1984 collection Once Upon A Christmas has begun to slip on the American charts, the Dec. 10 numbers released by Billboard on Thursday showed. The album falls off both the 50-position holiday albums list, down from No. 49 in its sixth week on the chart this year, its 37th since release, and the all-genre top 200 pop albums tally, down from No. 189 last week, its sole appearance this year and 10th week since release. On the country catalog albums tally, the CD dips six spots to No. 15 in its fourth chart week this year, its 69th since release. Chicago's O Christmas Three, with their Dolly duet on "Wonderful Christmas Time," gains 10 places to No. 25 independent label albums in its third week there. The Grascals' Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin, featuring three Dolly guest spots, re-enters the 15-position bluegrass albums list at No. 8 to log a 38th week, while Rhonda Vincent's Taken, with a Dolly duet, falls back off, down from its No. 8 bluegrass re-entry last week, its 30th. Overall, Scotty McCreery's Clear As Day holds steady at No. 1 country and rises four to No. 9 pop with 88,000 copies sold in its eighth chart week, while Taylor Swift's Speak Now World Tour Live debuts at No. 2 country, No. 11 pop with 77,000 units moved in its first week.
Farve Visits Dollywood Football great Bret Farve recently made a trip to Dollywood, according to Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Terry Morrow. Read about it here.
Dec. 1: Church's Sending Winner To 'Joyful Noise' Church's Chicken has launched a national campaign to promote Dolly's upcoming film with Queen Latifah, Joyful Noise with a contest to attend the premiere. The film's world premiere takes place in Los Angeles on Jan. 9, a day before its soundtrack hits stores and four days before it opens nationwide in theatres. (Amazon has begun taking advance orders for the soundtrack CD here.) One grand prize winner will receive a two-day, two-night trip to L.A. with one guest for the film's world premiere event including airfare, two nights' hotel accommodations, tickets to the premiere, passes for a VIP Warner Brothers Studio tour, $500 of Church's Chicken meals and $130 of Coca-Cola products at Church's. The winner will be selected on New Year's Day. Entry is by text message only using one of four keywords texted to 444-222. Restaurant visitors will be given instructions to text "Joyful," visitors to the restaurant's website will be instructed to text "Chicken," radio commercials will tell listeners to text "Noise" and television commercials will give the keyword "Church's." There is a daily entry limit of one entry per day per mobile device using the word "Joyful" and one per day per mobile device using any of the other three keywords, meaning a maximum of two entries per day per phone. Entries may be submitted through Dec. 26. Texting fees apply, and each entry will result in a reply text with a coupon for the restaurant.
Library Gets New Website Dolly's Imagination Library literacy project on Wednesday went live with a completely redesigned website. Check it out here! The program sends one age-appropriate, expert-selected book every month from birth to age 5 to any child who registers in more than 1,400 participating communities throughout the United States, Canada and Great Britain at absolutely no cost to the parents and has distributed more than 40 million books since inception.
No Grammy Nods But Dolly Keeps Record This year's Grammy nominations were revealed on Wednesday, and although Dolly's Better Day didn't garner any nods, she did manage to hold onto her two Grammy records, albeit barely. With 45 career nominations, Dolly holds the records for the most by a female artist and the most for any vocalist, male or female (the only people with more nominations than she has are producer and instrumentalist Quincy Jones with 79, classical conductor Georg Solti with 74 and jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea with 56, including two new nominations Wednesday). Both artists immediately behind her, Beyonce and Jay-Z, snagged two nominations this year, pushing their totals to 44 each, just one shy of tying Dolly's records. Barbra Streisand is next with 41 nominations, including the one new one she picked up Wednesday.
Dolly's Sleigh To Be Auctioned A sleigh Dolly rode in her 1990 holiday special Home For Christmas is to be auctioned off this weekend, according to a listing on Craigslist here. The sleigh will be on the block at Williamsburg Auction Center in Williamsburg, Ky., for the 7 p.m. auction Saturday.