Dec. 31: Stroumboulopoulos Interview Available Online
Thanks to Scott for alerting me that Dolly's recent interview on the CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, done as part of her Dream More promotions at the end of November, finally aired in Canada as part of the series' Christmas special on Christmas Eve. It is viewable on the CBC's website here. The show was teased with a clip on Dolly's signature look, which they posted to YouTube here and in the media player above.
Time Warner Dropping Ovation Channel Check out Larry and Gary Lane, the guys behind the fan documentary Hollywood To Dollywood, on The Hallmark Channel's Marie show with Marie Osmond Jan. 7 to discuss the film. They also appear on an upcoming episode of The Jeff Probst Show on NBC, but the air date has yet to be set. Finally, they have signed contracts for clips from the film to be shown in the upcoming Ovation show Song By Song: Dolly Parton, a six-part series expected to air sometime in February. (Unfortunately, Dolly fans who want to see Song By Song: Dolly Parton will miss out if they're Time Warner Cable customers. The company has announced that effective Jan. 1 it is dropping the arts network, which has also been repeatedly airing a Dolly interview from 1999 on the British South Bank Show. About 7 million homes will lose the channel at the new year, or about 14 percent of the 51 million that currently receive it. Read more from The Los Angeles Timeshere. Ovation is encouraging customers to sign an online petition to Time Warner available here.)
Dec. 28: HBO Gives 'Joyful Noise' A Lift The film's premium cable debut last weekend contributed to a sales push for the soundtrack to Dolly's film Joyful Noise, the Jan. 5 Billboard charts released Thursday showed. The CD rises 11 places to No. 15 in its 50th week on the gospel albums chart and re-enters the 75-position Christian and gospel albums combined chart at No. 71 for a 37th chart week. One track from the film, Dolly's "From Here To The Moon And Back" with Kris Kristofferson and Jeremy Jordan, re-enters the gospel digital songs tally at No. 23 for a 15th week. Kenny Rogers and Dolly's Once Upon A Christmas continues to fall, dropping another 61 to No. 187 on the top 200 pop albums chart in its 21st week, seven to No. 13 country catalog titles in its 83rd week, seven to No. 48 holiday albums in its 52nd week and 19 to No. 49 pop catalog albums in its 16th week. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" falls three to No. 32 in its 17th week on the holiday digital songs chart. Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, with the late singer's cover of Dolly's title track, loses 11 to No. 99 pop in its sixth week, 10 to No. 85 current pop albums and two to No. 15 R&B/hip hop albums. Her Greatest Hits re-enters the R&B catalog albums chart at No. 22. Overall, Taylor Swift's Red remains at No. 1 country and pop with 276,000 copies sold in its ninth week, while Lady Antebellum's On This Winter's Night gains one to No. 2 country and slips one to No. 11 pop in its ninth week.
Dec. 26: Miley Does Dolly's 'Jolene'
Miley Cyrus, Dolly's goddaughter, gave her fans a Christmas present with the release online of several recordings she made over the summer of several of her personal favorite songs. Dubbed "The Backyard Sessions," they closed with a cover of her godmother's classic "Jolene" (which the two had previously performed together on Dolly's Hallmark special two years ago – watch it here). See Miley's solo version (in which she changed a few lyrics) on YouTube here on in the media player above.
In Memoriam: Charles Durning Actor Charles Durning died over the holidays. He was 89. He was best known for playing the governor in Dolly's 1982 film The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, which earned him his first of two nominations for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. A World War II hero, he took up dancing and drama as therapy for extensive leg injuries and stuttering caused by trauma suffered in battle, and the training led to his career, which included a staggering nine Emmy nominations for various television appearances. Read more about his life from On The Red Carpethere and The New York Timeshere, and watch his big song and dance number from Whorehouse on YouTube here or in the media player below.
Dec. 24: 'Christmas' With Kenny Starts Sales Slip For Year Once Upon A Christmas, the 1984 holiday collection by Dolly with Kenny Rogers, slipped slightly in its sales last week, SoundScan numbers revealed. Coinciding with its chart slide from No. 102 to No. 126, the set lost 2 percent of its weekly sales to 8,217 copies, bringing its SoundScan total since 1991 to 828,698. The collection has sold about 3 million copies since its original release.
'Dream More' Falls Off Best Seller List After just two weeks on the 35-position tallies, Dolly's new book Dream More falls off the New York Times Best Seller List for nonfiction hardcover, down from No. 26, and combined nonfiction hardcover and paperback, down from No. 31. The set had peaked at No. 19 and No. 23, respectively, on the two charts. It had also spent one week each on the combined print and e-book nonfiction list at No. 25 and e-book nonfiction at No. 34.
Dec. 22: Saunders Talks Dolly Breasts, Tattoos Jennifer Saunders, the star of the British comedy classic Absolutely Fabulous appeared this week on BBC1's The Graham Norton Show, and the comment she made that got everyone's attention involved Dolly's famous bosom and body art. She recounted: "I was in a restaurant with Roseanne Barr. Dolly was there and talking about tattoos. She winked at us and said 'This will go no further' and then undid her top and there were her tits and she has the most exquisite tattoos - angels and butterflies. They are the most divine, Titian-like drawings. You look like you don't believe me but I kid you not. Although I did wake up in the morning and thought that couldn't have happened. But it did. It was one of the strangest evenings ever." Although she has declined to discuss her body art in recent years, several years ago Dolly did admit she has a butterfly on her chest and an angel on her upper arm, and she has hinted at other ink as well, saying she has gotten several tattoos to cover up scars. While Saunders apparently did not elaborate as to when the alleged encounter occurred, Roseanne Barr in January said on The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson that she had first hand knowledge that Dolly was covered in pastel-colored tattoos "all over her body." Read about Saunders' statements from The Sunhere and The Belfast Telegraphhere.
More U.K. '9 To 5' Tour Praise Another British paper says Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical is smashing in Birmingham, this time The Birmingham Post, which concludes here: "Packed full of laughs, 9 to 5 is fast-paced and feel good . . . it's a Dolly good show!" In addition, The Express And Star offers another interview with the actress playing Judy here.
Lulu's CD With Dolly Coming In January The Lulu Roman album At Last, which features a duet of "I Will Always Love You" with Dolly, has been slated for physical CD release to retailers on Jan. 15. Get yours from Amazon.com here!. The project was released in downloadable MP3 format (here) back in July, but until now the physical CD has only been available via the producer's website here. Now, it will also be available in stores. Get yours here!
Irish Chart Update The late Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, featuring her cover of Dolly's classic title track, shoots up another 12 spots this week to No. 49 in its fifth week on the Irish top 100 pop albums chart, it was announced Friday.
In Memoriam: Larry L. King Author and playwright Larry L. King died Thursday at the age of 83. He is best known for having turned a true story he wrote for Playboy magazine in 1974 into the Broadway musical The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, which was adapted into a movie starring Dolly. Read more from Hollywood.comhere.
Dec. 21: Dolly Holiday Starting Chart Descent It appears with Christmas right around the corner that Kenny Rogers and Dolly's Once Upon A Christmas has reached its annual peak on the charts and now is beginning to drop once again, the Dec. 29 Billboard numbers released Thursday showed. The title loses 24 places to No. 126 on the top 200 pop albums chart in its 20th week, three to No. 6 country catalog titles in its 82nd week, three to No. 41 holiday albums in its 51st week, and five to No. 30 pop catalog albums in its 15th week. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas," though, rises one to No. 29 in its 16th week on the holiday digital songs chart. Dolly's Joyful Noise Soundtrack gains five to No. 26 in its 49th week on the gospel albums chart. The late Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, with her cover of Dolly's title track, drops 22 to No. 88 pop in its fifth week, also losing 22 to No. 75 current pop albums and four to No. 13 R&B/hip hop albums. Overall, Taylor Swift's Red remains at No. 1 country and pop with 208,000 copies sold in its eighth week, while Blake Shelton's Cheers, It's Christmas holds on at No. 2 country and No. 8 pop in its 11th week.
'Dream More' Gets Reviewed American Songwriter on Thursday offered a review of Dolly's new book, Dream More, which it said is "a perfect stocking stuffer for her fans." Read more here.
How Much Is Dolly Worth? A Lot Says Website Is Dolly's net worth approaching half a billion dollars? That's what the star wealth website celebritynetworth.com thinks, Terry Morrow of The Knoxville News Sentinel reported in a column here Thursday. He noted that the website estimates that her value has doubled over the past two years from $225 million in 2010 to $450 million today.
'9 To 5' Continues Trek Across U.K. Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical continues to get good marks on its British tour. Three different publications raved this week about its engagement in Birmingham, England: The Redditch Standardhere, This Is Tampworthhere and The Good Reviewhere. In addition, RTE interviewed the actress who plays Judy in the company here.
Forbes: Let Dolly Help Solve Gun Issues Could Dolly help solve the nation's gun problem? One writer with Forbes magazine thinks so. He suggested this week that a national dialogue on guns and violence should start by getting together a panel of "highly respected, highly diverse Americans on stage and hold a nationally televised conversation to define the problems and discuss potential responses." His suggestions for sitting on the panel: politicians Bill Clinton and Michael Bloomberg, the chair of Mental Health America, the chair of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the head of the NRA, Gen. Colin Powell and celebrities Jay-Z, Whoopi Goldberg and Dolly, about whom he noted: "if things ever get too serious or intense, the brilliant and witty Dolly Parton will be right there to bring the egos back down to earth." Read the entire piece here.
Dec. 20: Dolly Participating In Thursday's Online Change Event Details of what she's doing in it haven't been revealed, but organizers of an online global improvement effort occurring Thursday say Dolly is participating. An announcement this week of the Help Life Change event says it will "feature the work of a number of celebrities around the globe using their talent and influence to create positive change, including Angelina Jolie, Dolly Parton, Julieta Venegas, Russell Simmons, Jane Goodall, Stephen Marley, Andrea Echeverri, and many others." Timed to coincide with the attention being paid to the Mayan calendar date of Dec. 21, the event attempts to encourage people to think that if the world were to radically shift on that day what parts of it would they keep and what parts would they change to create a more humane and peaceful planet. The event will be broadcast online across 3,000 websites from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Eastern time. Watch at A Big Project.org.
Dec. 19: 'Daily News' Gets Dolly Interview Yet another brief Dolly interview to promote her new book, Dream More, surfaced Tuesday. This one comes from The New York Daily News and is available online here.
Dec. 17: 'Dream More' Hangs On With Two 'Times' Best Seller Lists Dolly's new book, Dream More, sticks around for a second week on two of the The New York Times Best-Seller Lists. It falls seven spots to No. 26 hardcover nonfiction and eight places to No. 31 combined hardcover and paperback nonfiction. It falls out of the top 35 best-selling titles for combined print and e-book nonfiction titles, down from No. 25, and e-book nonfiction titles, down from No. 34. In related news, two of her recent telephone interviews with the local press to promote the book resulted in new stories being published over the weekend: one from The Denver Posthere and one from The Miami Heraldhere, the latter of which contains the nugget quote: "If I'm remembered 100 years from now, I hope it will be not for looks but for books. I don't want to be responsible for any boobs in the future! I had to get that off my chest." I also stumbled upon video of an interview with Chattanooga's Channel 9 here from a couple of weeks ago.
New Sales Data For 'Christmas,' 'Joyful' CDs Came across some more interesting SoundScan numbers over the weekend on Kenny Rogers and Dolly's Once Upon A Christmas from last week's charts and thought I'd pass those along. In addition to its published chart positions in Billboard, which include No. 3 country catalog titles, No. 38 holiday albums and No. 102 pop albums, the CD's nearly 8,500 copies sold in the past week placed it as the No. 16 overall best-selling country music album in the U.S. for the week. Also, when only physical CD sales are reviewed and digital downloads removed, it is the No. 68 best-selling overall album in the nation (of course, as noted above, once downloads are included in the totals, it falls to No. 102). In addition, I found that the soundtrack to Joyful Noise, which has been off the charts for many weeks, is still the No. 99 best-selling soundtrack of the week with 478 copies, bringing its cumulative total sold since release earlier this year to 117,240 as of last week.
Dec. 15: 'Evening,' 'Noise,' Houston On Year-End Billboard Charts Several Dolly-related products made their mark on the 2012 year-end charts released Friday by Billboard magazine and dated Dec. 31. Her Cracker Barrel DVD/CD set An Evening With . . . Dolly comes in at No. 12 on the list of the biggest music video sellers of the year with about 50,000 copies sold, and it allowed Cracker Barrel to make the list of the top music video labels at No. 7 based on the sales of that one title alone. Her Joyful Noise Soundtrack, with about 110,000 units sold, was the No. 25 selling soundtrack of 2012, No. 7 gospel album, No. 15 Christian album, No. 20 combined Christian and gospel albums and No. 33 independent label album. Three tracks from the project made the year's list of the top-selling gospel digital songs: "Higher Medley" by Dolly, Queen Latifah and cast at No. 20, "Man In The Mirror" by Keke Palmer at No. 21 and "From Here To The Moon And Back" by Dolly with Kris Kristofferson and Jeremy Jordan at No. 22. Finally, with sales spurred by the death of Whitney Houston in February, her titles featuring her cover of Dolly's "I Will Always Love You" also made the cut: the DVD Whitney Houston Greatest Hits was the No. 6 best-selling music video title of the year, the Houston CD Greatest Hits made it at No. 18 pop albums and No. 2 catalog albums, while The Bodyguard Soundtrack came in at No. 7 soundtracks, No. 15 catalog albums and No. 147 pop albums.
Ohio Paper Chats With Dolly About Book, Career, Life Yet another Dolly interview to promote her new book, Dream More, was released on Friday. This one comes from The Cleveland Plain Dealer and features several audio clips from the telephone interview. Check it out here!
Irish Chart Update For Houston Compilation Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, with the late singer's cover of Dolly's classic title track, regains nine spots this week to No. 61 in its fourth week on the Irish top 100 pop albums chart, it was announced Friday.
Sled Dolly Rode On TV Goes For Auction Again Thanks to Timothy for alerting me that the sled used in Dolly's 1990 ABC holiday special Home For Christmas is back on the auction block again this year. See it on eBay here. As of press time, one bid had been submitted for $999.99 but it noted that the seller's reserve price had not been met.
Dec. 14: 'Christmas' Continues Chart Run For Holidays It's still Christmastime for Kenny Rogers and Dolly, as their 1984 holiday collection continues to decorate several charts, the Dec. 22 Billboard numbers showed Thursday.
U.S. sales of Once Upon A Christmas ticked up another 8 percent for the week to 8,426 copies sold, bringing its SoundScan sum since 1991 to 820,481. (It has sold about 3 million copies since original release.) Based on sales, the title rises three spots to No. 102 on the top 200 pop albums chart for a 19th week there, holding steady at No. 3 country catalog titles in its 81st week there. It dips four to No. 38 in its 50th week on the holiday albums list and three to No. 25 in its 14th week on the pop catalog albums tally. In addition, Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas," which was originally a soundtrack cut from The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas but was added to the Kenny Rogers duet album when contractual requirements forced RCA to remove Kenny's solo recordings from re-issues of the project, re-enters the 50-position holiday digital songs chart at No. 30 for a 15th week. Dolly's Joyful Noise Soundtrack loses four to No. 31 in its 48th week on the gospel albums chart. Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, featuring the late singer's cover of the Dolly-penned title track, drops 13 to No. 66 pop in its fourth week, also losing five to No. 53 current pop albums and one to No. 9 R&B/hip hop albums. Overall, Taylor Swift's Red remains at No. 1 country and regains one to No. 1 pop with 167,000 units sold in its seventh week, while Blake Shelton's Cheers, It's Christmas gains one to No. 2 country and one to No. 8 pop with 68,000 copies moved in its 10th week.
No Globes For Dolly This Year, But Keith And Taylor Get Nods Dolly was not among the nominees for this year's Golden Globe Awards announced Thursday. While usually considered a sizeable predictor of Oscar gold, Globe categories often have about half of the same nominees as the Academy Award and half who aren't Oscar-nominated, so that really doesn't impact whether or not either of her eligible Joyful Noise songs gets the Academy's nod in a few weeks. The Globe's nominees for Best Song are the two front-runners usually mentioned for the Oscar, Adele's "Skyfall" from the James Bond film of the same name and the new composition for the film adaptation of Les Miserables, "Suddenly," in addition to tunes "For You" by Keith Urban from Act Of Valor, "Not Running Anymore" by Jon Bon Jovi from Stand Up Guys and "Safe & Sound" by Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars from The Hunger Games.
A Few More 'Unlikely Angel' Showings To Air Want to get in just one (or two or three) more viewings of Dolly this holiday season on cable? Well, you're in luck! ABC Family has added a post-Christmas broadcast of Unlikely Angel, Dolly's 1996 Christmas film, for 12 a.m. midnight the morning of Dec. 27. In addition, CMT has added showings at 4:45 p.m. Dec. 23 and 9 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Dec. 12: Academy: Dolly's 'Moon,' 'Everything' Eligible For Oscars It's official. Dolly has two songs in the running this year for the Oscars: "From Here to the Moon and Back" and "He's Everything," both from her film Joyful Noise. The tunes were among 75 songs that the Motion Picture Academy announced on Tuesday were eligible for nomination from 2012's films for Best Original Song. Also eligible is a third song from the picture, "I'm Yours," which was written by the project's music producer, Mervyn Warren. Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 10, with the winners revealed Feb. 24. Dolly has been a songwriting nominee twice for "9 To 5" and "Travelin' Thru," although she lost both times. She also performed a third nominated song, "The Day I Fall In Love" with James Ingram. Several critics have opined that "From Here to the Moon and Back" is one of the songs that is likely this year to receive a nod alongside stiff competition such as "Skyfall" from the latest James Bond flick, "Suddenly" from the new adaptation of Les Miserables and tracks from The Hobbit and Brave.Check out the full list from Colliderhere.
Dolly Chats With NPR's 'Bullseye' Another great interview to promote Dolly's book Dream More made its way online Tuesday: the weekly podcast of NPR program Bullseye with Jesse Thorn. Listen to it on SoundCloud here or in the media player below. Dolly's 28-minute interview starts at the 42-minute mark.
Dec. 11: Dolly Continues To Promote 'Dream More' When you thought the promotions for Dolly's book, Dream More, were gone, you get a two-fer. Metro U.S. interviewed her and got two pieces out of it: an answer for their "Metro Monthly Music Podcast" to what she thinks when others record her songs (and which is her favorite cover) here (she's 22 minutes into the program) and a written story with her talking about the book here.
KC Does 'WWDD' On ACA Dolly devotee Kristen Chenoweth on Monday night hosted the American Country Awards and brought the house down with her song "What Would Dolly Do," which included a brief skit of her pretending to call Dolly to ask for advice.
WSJ Suggests Learn Kenny & Dolly For Karaoke How do you make a memorable impression at that holiday party? Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Gay put out a list of 23 "rules of the office holiday party," and No. 15 is if it's a karaoke party take vocal coach lessons with a co-worker and nail Kenny and Dolly's "Islands In The Stream." He noted here: "It will be a smash hit, you will both become office legends and will probably get promoted the next day."
Dec. 10: 'Dream More' Makes NYT Best-Seller List Top 25 Dolly's new book, Dream More, is her second to make it to The New York Times Best-Seller List of the nation's 35 most popular books of the week, it was revealed Sunday. The tome, which expands on her commencement address to the University of Tennessee Class of 2009 and proceeds from which benefit her Imagination Library literacy charity, lands at No. 19 for best-selling hardcover nonfiction titles and No. 25 for combined print and e-book nonfiction titles for the chart dated Dec. 16. It is No. 34 e-book nonfiction and No. 23 combined paperback and hardcover nonfiction. Dolly's first memoir, 1994's Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business, also made the publication's Best-Seller List and remained on the weekly tally for two months. In related news, another interview to promote the book came out over the weekend. The Boston Globe talked to her about her own reading habits, which for the past year or so have focused mostly on classics like To Kill A Mockingbird and Gone With The Wind. She also revealed she is re-reading several Lee Smith books, loves historical fiction, has read all of James Michener's books and really liked The Shack by William P. Young. Her favorite authors are William Faulkner and John Steinbeck, she added, saying: "I think we should read all the great classics. Growing up in the country I realized I had really never read those great, famous books. I barely made it through high school, and we weren't expected to or told to read the classics." Check out the full Q&A here.
Dolly Film 'Joyful Noise' Heading To HBO Joyful Noise, Dolly's most recent film, will get its pay cable television debut later this month. The picture, which grossed $31 million at the box office and sold more than 800,000 DVDs earlier this year for a home video gross of about $11 million, will serve as HBO's weekly new movie premiere just before Christmas. Its first airing on the channel is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, followed by a repeat at 11:45 p.m. and then multiple repeats throughout December and January (see the complete list in the Dollymania.net TV listings on the left-hand column of this news page). It makes its HBO2 premiere Dec. 27, HBO Comedy premiere Jan. 2, and HBO Family premiere Jan. 13.
Dec. 8: 1977 Frisco Concert CD Gets Wider Release Craze Productions on Friday placed its CD of Dolly's April 1977 San Francisco concert Live at the Boarding House in wider release, making it available via Amazon.com here. The concert, which took place near the start of her pop crossover, was originally recorded for a radio special and was released commercially by Craze's independent label SRI Records back in 2006 but was available only on CD from the label's own website and as a download from iTunes. Now, physical CDs are also being sold via Amazon. Get yours here! The track list of the project is:
Higher and Higher
All I Can Do
My Tennessee Mountain Home
Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
Do I Ever Cross Your Mind ("78 speed" version)
Coat of Many Colors
Light of a Clear Blue Morning
I Will Always Love You
Getting in My Way
Me and Little Andy
How Does It Feel
Fan Documentary Gets More Notice The Lane Twins from the Dolly fan documentary Hollywood To Dollywood were recently on FOX 5 in Las Vegas talking about their project, which features several original songs from Dolly herself. Check out the interview here. In related news, the DVD of the documentary tops the list of a dozen recommended country music gifts for the holidays on AOL's country music blog, The Boot, here. Dolly's new book, Dream More, was No. 7.
Whitney Falls On Irish Chart Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, featuring the late singer's cover of Dolly's classic title track, dips 22 places this week to No. 70 in its third week on the Irish top 100 pop albums chart, it was revealed Friday.
Dec. 7: Dolly Recounts Holiday Memory For Dollywood
Dollywood this week sent out a holiday greeting to its fans, posting a Dolly video sharing her favorite Christmas memory: the year her father bought her mother a wedding ring. Watch it on YouTube here or in the media player above.
'Dream More' Interviews Continue To Come Out
A few final promotional spots to plug Dolly's new book, Dream More, made their way out this week. Among them: a style interview with Life Goes Stronghere, a countdown of "11 Reasons Why Dolly Parton Rules" from Babblehere and a satellite interview with Sioux Falls, S.D., channel KSFV here and in the media player above.
Dolly Products See Chart Rises An Evening With . . . Dolly, the Cracker Barrel-exclusive re-issue of her 2009 set Dolly: Live From London, falls back off the 40-position music video DVD chart this week, down from No. 35 last week, its 33rd since release, the Dec. 15 Billboard numbers revealed Thursday, but elsewhere several titles associated with her saw increases. The 1984 collection Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers saw a slight 2 percent sales boost to with 7,781 copies for the week, bringing its SoundScan sum since 1991 to 812,055. (It has sold about 3 million copies since original release.) Those sales allowed the album to shoot up 73 spots on the top 200 pop albums chart to No. 105 in its 18th week there, gaining 14 to No. 3 country catalog titles in its 80th week there and rising seven to No. 34 holiday albums in its 49th week there. The collection also re-enters the 50-position pop catalog albums tally at No. 22 for a 13th week. Her Joyful Noise Soundtrack inches up two to No. 27 in its 47th week on the gospel albums chart. The late Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, with the Dolly-written title track, gains five to No. 53 pop in its third week, also moving up six to No. 48 current pop albums and one to No. 8 R&B/hip hop albums. Overall, Taylor Swift's Red holds on at No. 1 country and No. 2 pop in its sixth week, while Lady Antebellum's On This Winter's Night rises three to No. 2 country and 11 to No. 8 pop in its sixth week.
Kenny Wants Another Dolly Duet Next Year Frequent Dolly duet partner Kenny Rogers is looking to have another go at it with her, he says. He told Billboard this week he is working on a new album with producer Dann Huff for 2013 release on Warner Brothers and has selected a tune he'd like to record as a duet with Dolly, partially to mark the 30th anniversary of releasing their first collaboration, "Islands In The Stream." "I think Dolly would do a new song in a heartbeat if I could find one that we like or if she could write one," he said. "The hard part when you do duets is it's harder to start with a partner and say, 'I want to do something with you.' It's easier to start with a song and say, 'Who can do this well?'" Read the full interview here. The pair last recorded together for a new track on the boxed set Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years in 2009 and a duet on his 2003 collection Back To The Well.
CMT Schedules 'Angel,' Hallmark Ends 'Smoky' If you were thinking you might miss Dolly in her angelic best this holiday season, think again. CMT has announced that Dolly's Unlikely Angel, her 1996 made-for-television Christmas film, will air on the cable network again this year for the season. The only known airing at this time is 2 p.m. Dec. 13, but they usually repeat it several additional times as Christmas nears. In addition, if you missed her 1986 holiday film A Smoky Mountain Christmas on The Hallmark Channel this year, you have two final chances to catch it: 8 a.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday.
Musical With Dolly Tune Opens In U.K. The stage musical adaptation of The Bodyguard, based on the 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and featuring her cover of the Dolly classic "I Will Always Love You," opened in London this week to mixed reviews, Billboard reported here. The musical features Dolly's song, just as the film did.
Your Webmaster Returns Your webmaster is back at the computer after taking a few days to spend at the hospital with his newborn, Thomas Darcy Dixon-Gordon, who came into this world at 9:23 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, weighing six pounds and 13 ounces, and measuring in at 20 inches long.
Dec. 3: 'Tour' Holds On In UK, 'Very Best' Rises Down Under The 2011 re-issue of the 2008 Dolly boxed set The Tour Collection holds on to the No. 2 spot on the British country compilation albums chart for a second week this year, its 26th since the four-disc set's original release. Also in the U.K., I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, with her cover of Dolly's title track, slips 17 places to No. 46 pop in its second week. In Australia, The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 rises four to No. 29 in its 248th week on the top 40 country albums chart Down Under.
Book Promotions Come To An End Dolly has wrapped up her media appearances to promote last week's release of her new book, Dream More. The Tennessean posted a summary of the book over the weekend here, while Live! With Kelly and Michael posted their "Dishing With Dolly" segment online at YouTube here.
Imagination Library Adds Two New Michigan Counties Dolly's new book benefits her Imagination Library literacy program, which will receive all proceeds, and some new communities in Michigan are signing up for the early childhood project. The Voice News reports here on the addition of St. Clair County to the project, while The Daily News notes Montcalm County's addition here.
A Brief Hiatus Your webmaster will likely be taking a break for several days this week due to an addition to my family. Our firstborn, a son named Thomas "Tommy" Darcy Dixon-Gordon, is scheduled to be born by induced delivery early, early Tuesday morning, so I'll be at the hospital for a day or two with the baby and then back home adjusting to our new sleep-deprived lifestyle :) So it may take a few days to get back to the usual updates. If you'd like to follow our baby news and see photos of the little newcomer, friend me on Facebook here.
Dec. 1: Dolly Indicates She May Tour, Release CD Late Next Year
In an interview posted Friday by The Hartford Courant, Dolly indicated for the first time that she may tour in 2013 and could have a new album coming out at that time. Asked when she will return to Connecticut, she replied: "Maybe next autumn. I am putting a band together now and working on some songs." She took this year off from touring and recording, she said, to focus on writing and other projects, such as the new book Dream More that she was promoting with the interview. She doesn't usually keep a band on staff unless she's planning to tour, and she works on songs prior to recording them for release, so the comment indicates she's at least considering a new album and possible tour next year. She also threw out some great other comments in the piece, including that she is actively working on a new signature "Dolly" fragrance "still testing combinations" on it, that she would consider doing stand-up comedy and declaring "If I were gay I would be out of the closet so fast it would make your head spin!" Read the full story here. In related news, the book's publisher has noted that the new Entertainment Weekly will feature a review of the tome, and the new People magazine will feature a Q&A with Dolly. Finally, check out NPR's On Point program and its hour-long Dolly interview here or in the media player above.