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Dec. 15:
Watch Dolly's 'Sprout House' Special


The "Day With Dolly" special episode of Universal Kids' Sprout House show aired Tuesday and was added to the network's YouTube channel on Thursday afternoon. Watch it here.

U.S. Chart Updates
Dolly's children's album I Believe In You sold 1,100 copies last week to pass 15,000 units since release and gain six places on the Dec. 23 Billboard charts released Tuesday to No. 43 country album sales in its ninth chart week. Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers rises 27 to No. 170 top 200, one to No. 35 holiday albums, one to No. 24 holiday album sales, 11 to to No. 34 Canadian pop albums and 12 to No. 65 top 100 album sales, while holding steady at No. 6 country catalog and No. 26 top country albums but re-entering pop catalog albums at No. 50. "Hard Candy Christmas" by Dolly dips 14 spots on the holiday digital songs chart and holiday digital songs sales chart to No. 40 on each. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," slips 19 to No. 105 Hot 200 pop albums in its 17th chart week and falls 20 to No. 99 current albums. Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, with Dolly on the duet "Rainbowland," falls off the charts after eighth weeks, down from No. 199 top 200 pop albums and No. 87 top 100 current albums.


Dec. 12:
Dolly Special Premieres On Universal Kids Tuesday
Universal Kids, formerly PBS' Sprout cable network, will premiere a new Dolly children's special on Tuesday to promote her kids' album, I Believe In You, NBC Universal announced Monday. A Day With Dolly airs at 11:05 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday on the channel with repeats at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday before being added to the Sprout YouTube channel on Thursday. In the show, Dolly visits the Sprout House with its host, Carly, and her puppy puppet, Snug, and sings several tracks from the album including "A Friend Like You," "You Can Do It" and "Together Forever." She also recently spoke with Hello Giggles about the album here.


Dec. 11:
Dolly Center Of New Dollywood Commercial


Dollywood last week began broadcasting a new television commercial featuring Dolly to promote the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. Watch it on Facebook here or in the media player above.

Webster Scandal Takes New Turn
The scandal surrounding Dolly's former publicist Kirt Webster took a most unusual turn last week. First, The Tennessean reported last Monday here on several additional accusers who had come forward, and then on Wednesday a national public relations group, PR News, named him its Publicist of the Year at its 2017 PR People Awards at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The award was presented because "no other publicist this year excelled as a brand advocate and crafted more positive media coverage than Kirt Webster," according to the announcement, which focused mostly on his role with Dolly helping organize and publicize last year's Smoky Mountains Rise wildfire relief telethon. Within minutes, several media outlets had contacted the organization to inquire about the scandal and the fact that he closed his PR company and disappeared from public view once the news broke, so the organization immediately rescinded the honor explaining no one there was aware of the allegations when the decision was made to honor him four months ago and they had not seen coverage of them since then. As a reminder, Webster is accused of sexual harassment in the workplace by a couple dozen former employees, sexual misconduct by a couple of former clients and of using his position with Dolly to allegedly trade sexual favors for meet-and-greets with her during her several recent concert tours. Read more from USA Today here and WSMV here .

U.S., Overseas Charts
Dolly's children's album I Believe In You loses seven spots on the Dec. 16 Billboard charts released Tuesday to drop to No. 49 country album sales in its eighth chart week. Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers re-enters the top 200 at No. 197 and dips three to No. 36 holiday albums, inching down two to No. 6 country catalog, while holding steady at No. 25 holiday album sales and gaining 19 to No. 77 top 100 album sales and 19 to No. 26 top country albums and 19 to No. 45 Canadian pop albums. "Hard Candy Christmas" by Dolly jumps up 24 places on the holiday digital songs chart and holiday digital songs sales chart to No. 26 on each. Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, with Dolly on the duet "Rainbowland," earns an eighth chart week losing nine to No. 199 top 200 pop albums list and rising five to No. 87 top 100 current albums. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," loses 10 to No. 86 Hot 200 pop albums in its 16th chart week and re-enters the current albums tally at No. 85, while falling off the Canadian pop albums chart, down from No. 79. Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls one on the British country compilation albums chart in 65th chart week to No. 4, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises two to No. 11 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses one to No. 18. Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, inches up one to No. 16 U.K. country albums.

'9 To 5' Writer Talks Sexual Harassment
Speaking of harassment 9 To 5 writer Patricia Resnick has been doing several interviews about how the movie remains relevant today in the current environment. Check out pieces from Tablet here and Work here.

Dolly's Website Accepts Cryptocyber Currency
Dolly is one of 45 musicians whose websites are selling merchandise this holiday season and accepting the cryptocyber currency Monero, Forbes announced here. Project Coral Reef has a list and notes Dolly' site is giving a 15 percent holiday discount to buyers in addition to the currency they use.

Fonda Turns 80
Dolly pal Jane Fonda over the weekend held her 80th birthday party as a fundraiser for her teen-pregnancy prevention charity in Atlanta and raised $1.3 million. Although co-star Dolly couldn't be there in person, she sent a video greeting, according to media reports like People magazine here.

Dollypalooza Raising Money With Raffle
The New York Dolly tribute Dollypalooza didn't return this year but founder Bevin wanted to continue raising money to support her Imagination Library so this year they are offering a raffle. Tickets are $5 for two and are being sold online at Dollypalooza.com. Winners will be drawn live on Bevin's Facebook at 5:30 p.m. Pacific time Saturday. Prizes include Dollywood tickets, prints of Dolly-centered original artwork and Dolly-themed candles, mugs and other items. See the full list on their website and buy tickets there.


Dec. 4:
Dolly Chosen For Regional Emmy Award
Dolly has been selected for a regional honorary Emmy Award for her humanitarian work. Nominees and special honorees were recently announced by the Midsouth Emmy Awards, headquartered in Nashville. Dolly on Jan. 20 will be presented the 2018 Governors' Award which is "given in recognition of achievements by individuals, organizations, or companies, which do not fall within the structure of the Chapter's regular categories . . . for truly outstanding and unique accomplishments and achievements of some duration and durability." Dolly will receive an actual Emmy statuette award for the honor and was chosen for her community contributions including Imagination Library, the Dolly Parton Scholarship, support of LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville and the Smoky Mountains Rise telethon/My People Fund to support wildfire recovery. Coincidentally Dolly is also nominated for a regular Regional Emmy for the first time ever at the same awards as co-producer for the Smoky Mountains Rise telethon for Outstanding Community Service Program, which she shares with Nicholas E. Dugger, Danny Nozell, Pete Owens, Scott Durand, Shanna Strassberg, Edie Lynn Hoback and John Zarling. They are competing against WTVI for PBS Charlotte's Cyberchase Step It Up Challenge, WHNT for The Distracted Driving Project and WZTV for The Opioid Epidemic In Tennessee.

Wildfires Anniversary Chat On TV
On the one-year anniversary of the Smoky Mountain wildfires last week, Dolly spoke with Nashville station WSMV on her thoughts and observations of recovery. Watch the interview here.

'Christmas Of Many Colors' To Repeat On NBC
NBC has announced it will air last year's Emmy-nominated movie Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love at 8 p.m. Eastern Wednesday, Dec. 27.

Dolly Honors Chasing Rainbows Winner
While Dolly was recently at Dollywood to open the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival she also recognized this year's Chasing Rainbows Award honoree Gabe Brown of Maryville, Tenn. A former teacher in East Tennessee who overcame severe speech problems as a child, he eventually retired from teaching to become a pastor. Read more from The Maryville Daily Times here and The Knoxville News-Sentinel here.

Overseas Chart Updates
The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe loses the top spot on the British country compilation albums chart in 64th chart week, it was announced Friday, dropping to No. 3. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) fallss one to No. 13 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains two to No. 17. Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, inches down one to No. 17 U.K. country albums.