www.dollymania.net                News                          December 2014

Dec. 29:
'Blue Smoke' Steady On British Charts
Dolly's platinum-selling Blue Smoke this week holds steady at to No. 15 in its 29th week on the British pop albums chart, it was revealed Sunday. The CD also maintains its No. 1 position on the country compilations album tally for a 29th consecutive week. On the British country chart, the Dolly boxed set holds steady at No. 6, and on the U.K. country compilations chart, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) gains two to No. 5.

Dolly Releases Christmas Message To Fans
Dolly on Christmas sent out a holiday message to fans enrolled on Dollywood's e-mail list. The message read: "As I think back to the magical Christmas memories I've shared with my family and friends in the Smokies, I feel truly blessed. Whether we were singing Christmas carols or enjoying Christmas goodies, we always remembered to celebrate our family's love and the true reason for the season. I'm excited to soon be able to share a place with you that your family can visit to make new holiday memories and traditions of your own. Thank you for your love and support of our resort, not only during this giving season, but all year-round. May the spirit of this holiday season be with each of you all year round, and from my Dollywood family and me, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!"

Two Dolly Tracks On Blog's Top 100 Of Year
Blog That Nashville Sound over the weekend released its list of the best country songs of 2014, and Dolly made two entries from her CD Blue Smoke: "Try" at No. 30 and "Lay Your Hands On Me" at No. 87. See the full list here.

'Wall Street Journal' Story Now Available For Free
The Wall Street Journal story on best and worst investments of people's lives which included Dolly and Dollywood, linked from here last week but at that time only available to the paper's subscribers, has been shared via MSN and is now available for free here.

Dolly Charity Christmas Tree Auction Ends Mid-Week
Don't forget that Dolly's tree to benefit her Imagination Library which also includes a meet-and-greet, remains open for bidding in Gaylord Opryland Resort's annual Parade of Trees here until 10 p.m. New Year's Eve. As of press time the winning bid stood at $6,000.

Fan Dinner Discount Ends Soon, Too
New Year's Eve is also the deadline to get your exclusive Dollymania.net discount for the fifth annual unofficial Dolly Fan Dinner the evening of May 1 following the Pigeon Forge Dolly Parade. This year, fan dinner organizer Todd Davidson has partnered with former Dolly Collectors' Convention organizer Jeremy Brown to create this event for ultimate Dolly fans. Tickets to the event at Riverstone Resort on Dollywood Lane, including dinner, are $20 by April 21 or $25 thereafter, but organizers are offering Dollymania.net readers a 50 percent discount using the code DOLLYMANIA by Dec. 31. Organizers tell me that more than half of the available tickets have already been sold. Get tickets from Eventbrite here.

Dec. 27:
Another U.S. Chart With Holiday Appearances
Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" this week gains 13 places on the holiday digital songs tally to No. 36 for a 29th chart week, the Jan. 3 Billboard charts revealed. Once Upon A Christmas, her 1984 holiday album with Kenny Rogers, dips seven spots to No. 23 country catalog albums in its seventh week on that chart this season, its 98th chart week on that tally since release.

'Wall Street Journal' Talks To Dolly About Dollywood
Dolly is included in a new Wall Street Journal story asking successful people in the world of finance and beyond what their best and/or worst investment ever made was, and her segment focuses on Dollywood. Read more here (subscription required).

U.K. Charts Name Dolly Among Best Moments Of 2014
The U.K. Official Charts Company here named Dolly's Glastonbury performance, which helped make Blue Smoke one of the country's best-selling CDs of the year and her most successful British chart album of her career, among the year's best music moments.

Dec. 25:
MERRY CHRISTMAS: Glastonbury Set To Air In U.S.
It was first reported on Dollymania.net nearly two months ago that the BBC was pitching Dolly's full Glastonbury set for sale to international markets as a television special, and its American premiere was announced Wednesday – a Christmas present of sorts for fans. Dolly Parton: Live at the Glastonbury Festival 2014 will air as a 90-minute special at 9 p.m. New Year's Day (with repeats Jan. 2 and 4) on Palladia HD. The cable network had previously aired two or three songs from her concert as part of its five-hour abbreviated version of the three-day festival highlights. This will mark the first U.S. broadcast of the full concert.

Dec. 24:
Merry Christmas! (From 1990)

Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday flashed back to their July 1990 in-studio coverage of Dolly recording her solo holiday CD, Home For Christmas. Check out the video here or in the media player above.

Dolly Talks To 'Closer Weekly' Magazine About Library
Closer Weekly magazine asked that Dollymania.net pass along that Dolly is one of the faces on the cover of this week's new issue, which features an exclusive interview with her which they noted covers her quest to provide books to children, explaining: "The little kids don't know that I sing or write, but everywhere I go, they say, 'Thank you for the books,' which makes me feel great." Dolly opened the Imagination Library in 1995, which has mailed over 70 million books to children. "We give books to children once a month from the time they're born to the time they start school," she said. "It teaches them to love books." She also opened up to Closer about her father, who inspired her to begin this charity program: "My dad couldn't read or write. I saw how crippling that was . . . My dad was so proud of me when I started this little program," she admits. "He lived long enough to hear the kids call me The Book Lady!"

Mike Curb Joins RCA Studio A Group
RCA Studio A now has the same owner as its more famous sister, RCA's legendary Studio B. It was announced Tuesday that producer Mike Curb has joined preservationist Aubrey Preston and philanthropist Chuck Elcan to save the studio when its sale was finalized this week, The Nashville Scene reported here. Curb previously purchased and restored two Columbia studios in Music City and RCA's former Studio A, which he leases to the Country Music Hall of Fame for tours. While most of Dolly's RCA recordings were made at Studio B, several songs, most famously "Jolene," were cut at Studio A instead.

Dec. 23:
'Blue Smoke' Sells Another 40,000 Overseas
In its 28th week of sales overseas, Dolly's Blue Smoke had its best sales week ever, moving about 40,000 copies for its No. 15 pop albums position thanks to Christmas sales. The CD's cumulative total since release is about 344,000 units.

In Memoriam: Chip Young
Legendary session guitarist and producer Chip Young died Saturday at the age of 76. Among his classic recordings were most tracks on Dolly's My Tennessee Mountain Home, Jolene and Dolly albums from 1973 through 1975. These included the No. 1 hits "I Will Always Love You" and "Jolene," on which he plucked the song's signature guitar lick that Dolly composed for it and taught him. Read obituaries from The Tennessean here, The Nashville Scene here and CMT here.

Forbes: Put Dolly In Rock Hall of Fame
Another critic is calling on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to induct Dolly into its ranks, this time in Forbes magazine. Read more here.

Dollywood Gets Sued
TMZ is reporting that a Tennessee couple has filed suit against Dollywood alleging rain caused the Waltzing Swinger swings to become slippery, allowing the wife to slip out of her seat and fall 10 feet to the concrete below head-first. They are demanding $475,000 in damages. Read the story here, which mistakenly includes video footage of the park's much higher-flying Sky Rider attraction instead of the lower Waltzing Swinger.

Dec. 22:
Another Meet-And-Greet Auction Available
The annual Evergreen Ball to benefit the Friends of the Smokies charity has announced that its Jan. 31 live auction at the Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville will feature a Dolly package with a meet-and-greet. Similar to the package offered at this year's Evening of Elegance to benefit the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation back in August, the prize features a three-night stay for four guests in Dolly's personal 2,200-square-foot suite at her DreamMore Resort, four Dollywood admissions with a Q-Bot, four Dollywood's Splash Country admissions with Time Saver and a Riverside Retreat, four tickets to Dolly's Dixie Stampede dinner theatre, meals for four at the theme park and water park and resort, transportation to each attraction, an in-suite welcome gift from Dolly and the meet-and-greet (described as "a special, exclusive Dolly Parton experience"). Scheduling of the meet-and-greet is dependent upon Dolly's schedule, but the winner will be able to request the date. In a statement, Dolly said: "Of course, I know how spectacular Dolly's Suite Dreams is going to be because I'm helping with the design, selecting this and that to help decorate and make it feel like home. So I'm actually going to be the very first person to spend the night there and then I'll welcome this lucky winner and his or her friends as my official guests.  I guarantee it will be the experience of a lifetime at my new Dollywood DreamMore Resort.  And knowing that this helps the Friends of the Smokies makes it special to me." Learn more about the fundraiser here. Tickets to the event, $300 per person, are available from 800-845-5665. Thanks, Chuck! In related news, don't forget that Dolly's tree to benefit her Imagination Library which also includes a separate meet-and-greet remains open for bidding in Gaylord Opryland Resort's annual Parade of Trees here. That auction concludes 10 p.m. New Year's Eve and as of press time bids for the tree were at $4,510.

'Blue Smoke' Gains One On U.K. Chart
Dolly's platinum-selling Blue Smoke this week regains one digit to No. 15 in its 28th week on the British pop albums chart, it was revealed Sunday. The CD also maintains its No. 1 position on the country compilations album tally for a 28th consecutive week. On the British country chart, the Dolly boxed set slips one to No. 6, and on the U.K. country compilations chart, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) inches up one to No. 7 while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls back off the top 20, down from No. 15.

Dec. 20:
'Hard Candy Christmas' Back On U.S. Chart
Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" this week re-entered the top 50 holiday digital songs tally at No. 49 for a 28th week, the Dec. 27 Billboard charts showed. Her holiday collection with Kenny Rogers, Once Upon A Christmas, lost three spots to No. 16 country catalog albums in its sixth week on that chart this season, its 97th chart week on that tally since release. "When I Get Where I'm Going" by Dolly and Brad Paisley falls off the Christian digital songs chart and Christian/gospel digital songs chart, down from No. 15 on each.

Dolly Claims U.K.'s Top Pop Music Moment Of 2014
A national survey in Britain has named Dolly's Glastonbury festival performance the year's favorite pop music moment. No. 2 was the reunion of Fleetwood Mac, followed by Sam Smith's performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. Read more from The Gay Times here.

Dolly Turns Down Kelly's Concert
The fact that Dolly prefers to communicate via faxes fascinates Kelly Clarkson, who said Dolly's response turning down her invitation to perform at a charity holiday show she was organizing was the first fax she had ever received. Why Dolly couldn't join her? She asked just a few days prior to the show, and Dolly already had plans for that evening. However, Dolly told her she'd love to perform if she holds the fundraiser next year. Clarkson's mother-in-law, Reba, is headlining the show with guests Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride and more. Read coverage from People here and USA Today here.

Emmy, Wainwrights Sing Dolly
I understand Dolly's Trio pal Emmylou Harris joined Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright this week at New York's Town Hall to perform Dolly's "Coat Of Many Colors" as a trio with the siblings at their holiday Noel show. Thanks, Stan!

Another Story On NYC Dolly Party
New York Magazine has noted V Magazine's coverage of Dolly's dresses from the recent Dolly-themed party in New York. Check out the piece here.

Dec. 18:
'Blue Smoke' Looks Steady, Dolly Reacts To Platinum
Mid-week U.K. sales updates have Dolly's Blue Smoke retaining its No. 16 pop albums position for another week in its 28th chart week overseas. Last week, the album had its biggest sales week since release, moving about 30,000 units during holiday sales. As was first reported here on Dollymania.net on Friday night, those sales pushed the album past the 300,000 mark for platinum certification in Britain on Friday. Dolly on Wednesday reacted to that news in a press release which also revealed that her CD is Britain's biggest seller of the year by a female international artist, saying: "I was so happy when Blue Smoke went Silver, so excited when it went Gold and now I'm over the moon to hear that we have gone Platinum. Thanks to the fans and to everybody who made this happen." In related news, Vice.com named the album among the year's best here.

Magazine: Put Dolly In Rock Hall Of Fame
Bustle.com included Dolly among its legends that should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, noting that while she is identified as a country artist her music has influenced generations of performers in other genres. Read more here.

Dolly Named Among Year's 'Coolest Straight Entertainers'
In its year-in-review, national LGBT magazine The Advocate has named Dolly among 2014's 10 "coolest straight people in entertainment." Read what they had to say about her here.

More Shots From Dolly Party
Another media outlet this week offered a look at Dolly's costumes from the recent Dolly-themed party in New York. See the pictures here.

Dec. 16:
OutQ Talks To Dolly About, Well, Almost Everything
Sirius XM satellite radio's LGBT channel, OutQ, in recent days made available an interview which the network ran with Dolly for its Iconography series, although it sounds like it was taped several months ago (if not a year or two ago) since her most recent album was never mentioned. It was, however, a very in-depth and insightful interview which covered a variety of topics and provoked from her a few longer answers than she usually gives to questions. An article is available here with three out of the four parts embedded. The audio of the full episode is available in four parts here or listenable in the below embedded players: one, two, three, four.

Poll: Dolly Among Top 15 Most Liked Celebrities In U.S.
Dolly was 2014's 15th most liked celebrity, a new poll finds and USA Today reported here Monday. Her No. 15 ranking is one behind Eddie Murphy and one above Nicolas Cage. Dolly was the sixth most popular woman on the list. No. 1 overall was Morgan Freeman, followed by Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. Most of the list are actors, with Dolly being the only singer other than No. 20 Taylor Swift. Some of her co-stars also make the cut, with Steel Magnolias' Julia Roberts at No. 8 and Rhinestone's Sylvester Stallone at No. 19.

Watch Kylie And Jake Crank Out Some Dolly Tunes
More coverage of Friday night's Chandelier Creative party with the Dolly theme is popping up. Gothamist here had a slew of pictures of her costumes that were on display for the evening and a couple of quick Instagram videos from the guest performances of Dolly numbers. Longer clips have been posted to YouTube of Kylie Minogue and Scissor Sisters front man Jake Shears duetting on an excerpt from "9 To 5" here, an excerpt from "Baby I'm Burning" here and all of "Islands In The Stream" here. To my knowledge, no video has surfaced yet of Rufus Wainwright performing, although Gothamist had a photo of him on stage at the event. The auction associated with the party to benefit Dolly's Imagination Library continues through Jan. 9 here.

Dolly On Cover Of New 'Country Weekly' Magazine
I forgot to report this in Sunday night's update, even though your webmaster picked up a copy of the magazine earlier that day, but Dolly is this week's cover girl for Country Weekly magazine with a story focusing on her holiday traditions. The edition is on newsstands now.

Time Warner Cable Chats Dolly's Film Career
A Time Warner Cable column, "Derailed Film Stars," which "retraces" the best films of an actor, took on Dolly and her celluloid career this week. See what they had to say here.

Website Reviews Pigeon Forge Dixie Stampede
Roads and Kingdoms this week reviews Dolly's Dixie Stampede dinner theatre here.

Dec. 15:
'Blue Smoke' Re-Enters British Top 20
It was previously reported here that Dolly's Blue Smoke sold enough copies last week to pass the 300,000 mark overseas and be certified Friday as her third British platinum album, and the charts released on Sunday see those sales push it up five spots to No. 16 in its 27th chart week on the pop albums tally there, also retaining the No. 1 country compilations album for a 27th consecutive week. On the British country chart, the Dolly boxed rises two to No. 5, and on the U.K. country compilations chart, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) holds steady at No. 7 while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) slips one to No. 15.

HuffPo Loves Dolly's 'Christmas Carol'
The Huffington Post over the weekend singled out the best holiday attractions at theme parks and included Dollywood's A Christmas Carol, which features a Dolly hologram. Read more here.

Dec. 13:
'Blue Smoke' Certified Platinum In U.K.
Dolly's Blue Smoke on Friday was certified as platinum in the U.K. by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales in excess of 300,000 units over the past 26 weeks of release overseas. It marks just her third platinum album in Britain, as both 2003's Ultimate and 2007's The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Vol. 1 were certified platinum in July of last year.

Dolly Dress Up For Auction
Creative agency Chandelier Creative on Friday night held a Dolly-themed holiday party in New York featuring tribute performances by Rufus Wainwright and Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters, among others, an exhibit of her various costumes (including several she has worn at Dollywood), a Nathan Brown-directed video set to a Todd Terje remix of "Jolene" and more. The event was previewed Friday by The New York Times Magazine here (which includes an abbreviated version of the video). The agency is also hosting an auction here to benefit the New York affiliate of her Imagination Library which features a dress designed by her team to be worn for a photo shoot with celebrity photographer Terry Richardson before being placed in the charity auction, a photo from the shoot signed by the photographer, a couple of pieces of Dolly-themed art and several other luxury items without a Dolly connection such as vacations, shoes and tours. The auctions end Jan. 9. And an Instagram video from the organizers featuring Dolly teasing the auction is available here. Finally, a selection of the photos taken by Richardson were posted to his website on Friday here.

Dolly Talks To 'The Mirror'
Another British interview hit the press on Friday with a chat in The Mirror here.

Our Lady J Brings Dolly Show To LA, NY
Frontiers Media previews a holiday version of Our Lady J's Gospel of Dolly tribute show at Rockwell in Los Angeles this weekend and then in New York at Joe's Pub. Read it here.

'Irish Times' Compares Dolly And German Leader
The Irish Times on Friday compared and contrasted Dolly and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in an interesting piece here.

Sevierville BBQ Fest Names Headliner
Bluegrass group the Steep Canyon Rangers have been announced as the headliners for next year's Sevierville Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival May 15. The weekend also features the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition, the only singing contest to rely solely upon songs written by Dolly.

Dec. 12:
'Once Upon A Christmas' Rises On U.S. Country Chart
Dolly's Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers this week regains six places to No. 13 country catalog albums in its fifth week on that chart this season, its 96th chart week on that tally since release, the Dec. 20 Billboard charts released Thursday showed. Her Brad Paisley duet, "When I Get Where I'm Going," gets another week on the charts, slipping four to No. 15 for a 12th week on the Christian digital songs chart and seventh week on the Christian/gospel digital songs chart.

Dolly Loses BBC Music Award
Pharrell Williams on Thursday won the inaugural BBC Music Awards' International Artist of the Year trophy over Dolly. The award's other nominees were Taylor Swift, Lorde, Prince and Gregory Porter.

Dec. 11:
'Blue Smoke' Could Be In Top 15 U.K. This Weekend
Mid-week U.K. sales updates released Wednesday have Dolly's Blue Smoke gaining six places to No. 15 in its 27th week of sales overseas. The full week's chart will be released on Sunday.

Head To Indie To Celebrate Dolly's Birthday
Some guys in Indianapolis have put together a big Dolly 69th birthday party that will take place at 1 p.m. Jan. 17 at Forty Five Degrees with live performances, prize drawings, $5 Absolute Dolly themed cocktails, $3 domestic longnecks, and more with proceeds (including the $5 suggested donation at the door) to benefit cancer assistance program The Little Red Door Cancer Agency. An after party begins at 4 p.m. at Metro Nightclub. Learn more on Facebook here. Thanks, Adam!

Dollywood Announces 2015 Schedule
Dollywood on Wednesday officially made the 30th anniversary season announcement of its $5.5 million improvements that will allow guests to find "larger and more easily navigable parking facilities" and new trams to "more efficiently transport them to the front gate." The festival schedule was also announced for the new year, including a new contemporary Christian music event: Festival of Nations March 21-April 20 with the return of "Rhythm of the Dance" from Ireland, the steel drum band from Trinidad, The Mariachi Divas and Zambian Vocal Group in addition to the new "Timber!" show from French Canada; Barbeque & Bluegrass May 23-June 7, Great American Summer June 13-Aug. 2 with the nightly fireworks reimagined to feature new music and interactive elements, Rock the Smokies contemporary Christian music fest on Labor Day Weekend Sept. 5, National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration Oct. 2-31, and Smoky Mountain Christmas Nov. 7-Jan. 2 with the return of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Dollywood's A Christmas Carol featuring the holographic Dolly. In a press release, Dolly noted: "When we opened Dollywood in 1986, I was just hoping we would have people come through the gate that first day. At the time, even I couldn't dream of how much folks would love visiting my Dollywood. I truly can't think of a better way to celebrate our 30th anniversary than by giving our guests these wonderful festivals, a new music event and, of course, the opening of Dollywood's DreamMore Resort. I'm ready to get started on 30 more years of dreaming!"

Dollywood Gets Fox News Mention
FOX News has named Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas among the six most amazing holiday festivals at theme parks across the country. Check out the full list here.

Dolly Gets Honorary Rotary Membership Overseas
Dolly has accepted an honorary membership in the Cleethorpes Rotary Club in England, the BBC reported here and The Express reported here. The Club sponsors her Imagination Library early childhood literacy project in the community.

Our Lady J Gets 'NYT' Profile
The New York Times on Wednesday profiled trans performer Our Lady J, whose shows often revolve around the theme of performing Dolly covers, here.

Dec. 10:
'Blue Smoke' Ranks No. 60 On Year-End Country Chart
Blue Smoke was America's 60th biggest selling country album of 2014, Billboard revealed Tuesday when the year-end charts came out. Her No. 60 country albums position was the only year-end chart for 2014 on which Dolly appeared. Although official sales figures haven't been available for some time on the album, based on sales weeks that are known and its chart performance, Dollymania.net estimates it has sold about 71,000 copies since release in the U.S. in May. (By contrast, the album is approaching 300,000 copies sold in England since its release there several weeks after its U.S. release.)

Dolly In The British Media
Dolly was making some videotaped rounds on British television this week, including ITV's Good Morning Britain, information from which is on their website here and TV 3 here, and Lorraine, a story about which is here.

Grohl Chats About Dolly On His Show
Dolly gets a few mentions in an "exit interview" with Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl in Rolling Stone about his HBO series Sonic Highways, on which Dolly appeared for an interview. For example, in explaining his interview process, he said: "When I sit down to interview people, I don't hold questions and I don't know the answers.  They're more like conversations that become lessons. You just keep chasing the carrot and thinking, 'I'm gonna get it. I'm gonna get it.' You never get it. When you're sitting face to face with Dolly Parton, you're not thinking of putting a song together or an editing booth. You're just looking at Dolly Parton and saying, 'Oh my God. I can't believe I'm sitting on her tour bus now.' It's tunnel vision." Read more here.

Dollywood Readies 2015 Announcement
Dollywood on Wednesday will be announcing its 30th anniversary changes and additions for 2015, teasing Tuesday on WVLT that they include $5.5 million in parking lot improvements that will help guests enter the park faster and the return of several "guest favorites" from years past that have since been discontinued. These items are in addition to the previously-announced Dream More Resort that opens adjacent to the park in May. Watch the report here.

Dec. 9:
'Blue Smoke' Moved Nearly 20,000 In U.K. Last Week
Even though it went down slightly in chart position, Dolly's Blue Smoke last week saw a 50 percent increase in sales to about 19,500 copies in the U.K., marking its third-best sales week of the 26 weeks it has been available overseas. That brings its cumulative total to 274,000 units. Given the high album sales of the holiday season, the CD could pass the 300,000 British platinum albums mark prior to year-end.

Dec. 8:
Dolly Nominated For BBC Music Award
Dolly has been nominated for one of the three trophies at the inaugural BBC Music Awards to be handed out Thursday, it was revealed Sunday. She, Taylor Swift, Lorde, Pharrell, Prince and Gregory Porter are the nominees for International Artist of the Year. The evening's other honors are British Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. The program will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Radios One and Two. Read more from The Telegraph here.

'Blue Smoke' Declines Overseas
Dolly's Blue Smoke this week inches down two places on the British pop albums chart to No. 21 in its 26th week overseas, retaining the No. 1 position on the country compilations albums chart for a 26th week. Down Under, the CD falls back off the Australian top 40 country albums tally, down from No. 40 for a 20th week. Back on the British country chart, the Dolly boxed set slips one to No. 7, and on the U.K. country compilations chart, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) loses one to No. 7 while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains four to No. 14.

Dolly Interviews Start Hitting British Press
Dolly had a quite in-depth and lengthy interview in Britain's The Guardian over the weekend here. Some other media outlets overseas recapped an interview with Glamour magazine about fashion and her Glastonbury outfit. Check them out at Contact Music here and The Belfast Telegraph here.

Cumberbatch Jokes About Playing Dolly
In one final overseas item, check out an interview here where British actor Benedict Cumberbatch answers the question of what challenging character he'd like to play to win an award and he jokes Dolly. See it around the 47-minute mark of the video.

Dec. 6:
Dolly Loses Female Grammy Record Crown
With six nominations on Friday, Beyonce has passed Dolly's record as the most-nominated female artist in Grammy Awards history. In 2012, the singer tied Dolly's record of 45 nominations, and last year both artists received one nomination each, increasing the tie to 46. As soon as Beyonce received her first nomination on Friday, Billboard reported here on her passing Dolly's record. By the end of the nominations, she had collected six, bringing her total to 52. The change also pushes her up one place to the No. 7 position for most Grammy nominations of all artists, passing now-No. 8 producer David Foster (who produced Kenny & Dolly's Once Upon A Christmas as well as Whitney Houston's cover of Dolly's "I Will Always Love You") with 47 nominations. That also pushes Dolly down from being the No. 8 most-nominated artist ever to No. 9 with her 46 nominations.

Kenny & Dolly Fall Off Top 200 Pop Chart In U.S.
After one week on the top 200 pop charts this year, Dolly's Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers this week falls back out of the top 200, down from No. 192 for a 26th chart week since its 1984 release. Elsewhere in the Dec. 13 charts released Thursday, the album slips six spots to No. 19 country catalog albums for its fourth week on that chart this season, its 95th chart week on that tally since release. Her Brad Paisley duet, "When I Get Where I'm Going," gets another week on the Christian digital songs chart, rising five to No. 11 for an 11th week, and Christian/gospel digital songs chart, gaining five to No. 11 for a sixth week. Overseas, mid-week sales updates indicate her Blue Smoke losing four places to No. 23 in its 26th week on the U.K. pop albums chart. The full British charts come out on Sunday reflecting the entire week's sales.

Tomlin Teases Dolly On Her Netflix Show
Dolly could be coming to the Jane Fonda-Lily Tomlin Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie if it is renewed for a second season. Previously, Fonda had said Dolly would not appear on the first season of the show next year and if she did appear it would be on a later season and that she would likely appear as herself so as to differentiate the show from their film 9 To 5, but in a new Washington Post interview here, Tomlin says Fonda recently received a text from Dolly saying she'd love to work with them again, to which Tomlin said: "If we get a second season, we'll definitely have Dolly on."

'Legends' CD Overseas Features Dolly
Dolly's original recording of "Jolene" is one of 42 songs included on the first classic hits version of the "Now That's What I Call Music" series released this week overseas: Britain's Now That's What I Call Legends. She is the only country artist featured. Others include Queen, Madonna, U2, Bon Jovi, The Police, John Lennon, Elvis, Elton John, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and The Beach Boys, among others.

'Elle' Names Dolly Among Top 100 Inspiring Women
Dolly is among the 100 "top inspiring women" listed by Elle magazine in England, The Hertz Advertiser reported here.

'Cosmo' Names 'Blue Smoke' One Of Year's Best Songs
Cosmopolitan magazine this week listed its top 50 songs of the year, which included the title track from Dolly's album Blue Smoke, according to Buckeye Country 105 here, which also noted one other country track made their top 50: Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood's "Somethin' Bad."

Chenoweth Chats About Dolly With Larry King
Kristen Chenoweth was recently interviewed on Larry King Now talking about Wicked, Glee, possibly playing Dolly in her life story and more. Watch it on Playbill here.

Lifetime Repeats Last Year's Dolly Holiday Film
Lifetime this weekend is repeating last year's holiday film which featured Dolly, A Country Christmas Story. The movie airs at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Martina And Sara Cover 'Jolene' For TV
The PBS series Front And Center recently filmed several country-themed episodes, including a "Ladies Night Out" that opened with Sara Evans and Martina McBride dueting on Dolly's "Jolene."

Reba, Not Dolly, Heading To Vegas
It was previously reported here that Dolly was among the female country legends being touted recently as possible replacements for Shania Twain once her Las Vegas run ends this month. This week, it was announced that instead the new headliner will be a show by Reba with Brooks & Dunn.

Dec. 2:
'Blue Smoke' Passes 250,000 Copies Overseas
Dolly's Blue Smoke last week sold about 13,000 copies overseas, giving it a 25-week sales total in the U.K. of about 254,500 units. Given that the U.K. has about one-fifth the population of the U.S., that is roughly the equivalent of selling about 1.27 million copies stateside. The album, which was certified silver and gold overseas over the summer, is only about 45,000 copies short of the British platinum mark of 300,000 units, and if she can maintain her current sales rate for the next few weeks, she could see her second-ever career platinum album in the U.K. by the start of the new year.

Dolly Opens Instagram Account
Dolly has apparently joined social media site Instagram. Check out her account here.

CMT Finishes Top 40 All-Time Countdown
The Bakersfield Californian on Monday revealed here that CMT on Tuesday will unveil Merle Haggard as the No. 1 artist on its "All Time Top 40" countdown of the most influential artists of all time as chosen by dozens of country stars. That means the final top 10, which has Dolly as the highest-ranking woman, is:

  • 10. George Jones
  • 9. Reba McEntire
  • 8. Johnny Cash
  • 7. Willie Nelson
  • 6. Garth Brooks
  • 5. George Strait
  • 4. DOLLY
  • 3. Elvis Presley
  • 2. Hank Williams
  • 1. Merle Haggard

    Don't Forget To Vote For Dolly In People's Choice
    Thursday night is the deadline to vote for Dolly as Favorite Female Country Artist at the 2015 People's Choice Awards. Cast your ballot daily here!

    Dec. 1:
    'Blue Smoke' Re-Enters U.K. Top 20

    Dolly's Blue Smoke this week re-enters the British top 20 pop albums, gaining seven spots to No. 19 in its 25th week on the U.K. tally. The album, the British commercial for which has begun airing re-edited for the holidays here or in the media player above, retains its No. 1 spot on the U.K. country compilation albums chart for a 25th week and slips 11 places on the Australian top 40 country albums tally to No. 40 in its 20th week Down Under. On the main U.K. country albums list, her boxed set Dolly rises one to No. 6, and on the U.K. country compilations chart, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) rises one to No. 6 while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) re-enters the top 20 at No. 18.

    'Billboard' Loves Kenny & Dolly Holiday Classic
    Billboard over the weekend celebrated the five "essential" country holiday albums over history and there are two Dolly connections: one album is 1984's Once Upon A Christmas by Dolly and Kenny Rogers, about which the publication notes: "what really sets this album apart are the original songs here, many of which were written by Parton -- a true testament to her songwriting genius." In addition, they chose Patty Loveless' Bluegrass, White Snow - A Mountain Christmas from 2002, which featured Dolly harmony on the title track. The other choices in their top five were by Elvis Presley, Faith Hill and Trace Adkins. Read more here.

    Alaska Library Passes 1 Million Books
    The Alaskan chapter of Dolly's Imagination Library literacy project recently celebrated delivery of its 1 millionth book, The Juneau Empire reported here.