This week in
Dolly history
Thirty years ago Monday, “God Won't Get You” from the Rhinestone soundtrack debuts on the country singles charts; it would reach No. 10 to become Dolly's 44th Top 10 country hit. Forty years ago Tuesday, Merle Haggard records his version of Dolly's "Kentucky Gambler," a single that he takes to No. 1. Thirty-six years ago Tuesday, Heartbreaker is on its second of nine weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts; it reaches No. 27 pop and goes gold (+500,000 copies sold). Nineteen years ago Tuesday, Dolly's third version of “I Will Always Love You,” this time a duet with Vince Gill, debuts on the country singles chart; it would peak at No. 15 (her first two versions, in 1974 and 1982, went to No. 1). Thirty-three years ago Friday, Dolly's cover of “House of The Rising Sun” debuts on the pop charts, where it would peak at No. 77; it would also reach No. 14 country and No. 30 adult contemporary. Six years ago Saturday, after several nights of “previews,” Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical has its official opening night in Los Angeles during a test run prior to its Broadway opening. Thirty-five years ago Sunday, Dolly begins a four-night sold out engagement at Los Angeles' famed Universal Amphitheater. Thirty-two years ago Sunday, Dolly's Greatest Hits album is released; it would reach No. 7 country/No. 77 pop and remain on the charts for nearly 100 weeks as well as go platinum (more than 1 million copies sold). Fifteen years ago Sunday, Dolly is inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame, at that time the second youngest ever to be inducted (at 53; beaten only by Chet Atkins, who made it at 49 in 1974).


In-person Dolly
(scheduled live appearances, some are tentative)

  • March 2015, Dollywood season opening (date TBA)

  • May 1, 2015, 30th annual Dolly Parade, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.


    Charts

  • U.K., Sept. 21 edition:
          Blue Smoke No. 13 pop albums (down from No. 11; 14th week; peaked at No. 2), No. 1 country compilation albums (no change; 14th week; peaked at No. 1)

  • GAC Top 20, Sept. 12 edition:
          "Home" No. 12 (up from No. 16; 12th week; peaked at No. 5)


    Upcoming television appearances
    (All times Eastern unless noted)
  • Sept. 16, 7 a.m., Cinemax, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (re-runs 12:30 p.m. Sept. 19, 6:10 a.m. Sept. 24)
  • Sept. 17, 6 p.m., AMAX, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (re-runs 10 p.m. Sept. 21)
  • Sept. 20, 10 p.m., GAC, Backstory (repeat; re-runs 2 a.m. Sept. 21)
  • Sept. 22, 9 p.m., CMT, Steel Magnolias
  • Sept. 24, 5 p.m., LOGO, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 8 p.m. Sept. 24)
  • Sept. 24, 10:30 p.m., Ovation, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (re-runs 8 p.m. Sept. 25)


    Upcoming or recent releases

  • Early Morning Breeze DVD August 12

  • 2015 Official Dolly Calendar July 15

  • Trio, vinyl reissue of 1987 album with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, July 7

  • Bridges Mary Sarah (with Dolly duet on "Jolene") July 8

  • Blue Smoke U.S. release, May 13 (get the vinyl release here)

  • Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-76 Porter & Dolly six-CD boxed set, May 13

  • "Home" U.S. digital single release, April 22

  • Who Is Dolly Parton? children's illustrated biography book April 3

  • Love Is Like A Butterfly 1974 album available for digital download March 21

  • "Blue Smoke" U.S. digital single release, March 18

  • Blue Smoke U.S. import of Aussie release, Feb. 4

  • The Box Set Series four-CD set, Jan. 28

  • The Very Best Of Dolly Parton: Australian Tour Edition U.S. import of Aussie release, Dec. 31

  • The Bargain Store, 1975 album available for digital download Dec. 23

  • Dream More: Celebrate The Dreamer In You paperback edition of Dolly's book Nov. 512:30 a.m.

  • Divided & United Civil War music CD with Dolly duet of "Listen To The Mockingbird" Nov. 5

  • My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy, 1969 album available for digital download Oct. 22

  • To All The Girls Willie Nelson CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 15

  • You Can't Make Old Friends Kenny Rogers CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 8

  • Rhinestone DVD re-issue Aug. 6

  • Heartbreak Express, 1982 album available for digital download July 16

  • Under The Influence Straight No Chaser CD (with Dolly guest vocals) May 7

  • Duets Paul Anka CD (with Dolly duet) April 9

  • Unsung Hero: A Tribute To The Music of Ron Davies (features Dolly track) March 25

  • At Last Lulu Roman CD (with Dolly duet) Jan. 15

  • Dream More book (Putnam) Nov. 27 (audio book available here)

  • Hollywood To Dollywood DVD (Breaking Glass Pictures), Nov. 6

  • Playlist: The Very Best of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton (Sony Legacy) Oct. 9

  • Joyful Noise Songbook (Hal Leonard) May 30

  • Joyful Noise DVD (Warner Brothers) May 1

  • Joyful Noise Soundtrack (Watertower) Jan. 10

  • Bill Anderson: The First 10 Years: 1956-1966, Bill Anderson (previously unreleased duet "If It's All The Same To You") (Bear Family Records), Nov. 22

  • Les Grands Espaces, Isabelle Boulay, Nov. 15, duet on "True Blue"

  • "He's Everything", single from Joyful Noise soundtrack, Oct. 28

  • Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three, Oct. 4, duet on "Wonderful Christmas Time" (Chicago II)

  • First Dog DVD (features original songs by Dolly) Sept. 6

  • The Words and Music of Dolly Parton, July 31 (The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection)

  • The Tour Collection, July 26 (re-issue via Sony UK)

  • Better Day, June 28 (Dolly Records) (Vinyl version available here Aug. 16)

  • Straight Talk, May 10 (Mill Creek Entertainment) Blu-Ray disc release

  • . Hannah Montana Forever: Final Season, The Ultimate Fan Experience, March 8 (Disney DVD)

  • The Grascals, Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin (Cracker Barrel exclusive) Jan. 10

  • Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical songbook Jan. 5

  •  Wanted Dec. 14, seven previously unreleased Monument-era songs (Jukebox Records)

  • Super Hits/Heartbreaker, Nov. 9, re-issue (Sony)

  • Dolly Parton Triple Feature, Vol. 2, Nov. 9, re-issue of Coat of Many Colors, My Tennessee Mountain Home and Jolene (Sony)

  • Playlist: The Very Best Gospel Of Dolly Parton, Oct. 12 (RCA/Legacy)

  • Taken Rhonda VIncent (with Dolly duet), Sept. 21 (Upper Management)

  • Desgining Women: Season Four DVD, Sept. 14 (Shout)

  • "Made For Loving You" (digital single) (duet with Curly Putman) Aug. 31

  • Fairest Of Them All/My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner Aug. 17 (Omni; re-issue)

  • Brother Clyde (CD by Billy Ray Cyrus' new band, Brother Clyde, featuring a Dolly duet) Aug. 10 (Disney)

  • The Essential 3.0 Dolly Parton (compilation) June 15 (Sony Legacy)

  • Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith and Inspiration May 4 (RCA)

  • A Real Live Dolly March 19 (RCA, download only)

  • Country's Greatest Stars Live Vol. 1 Jan. 26 (Shout! Factory)

  • "Comin' Home For Christmas" (single only) Dec. 1 (Dolly Records)

  • Dolly: Live From London (DVD and CD concert set) Nov. 10 (Dolly Records) (DVD portion available for downloading from Amazon here)

  • Dolly (four-CD boxed set) Oct. 27 (Sony Legacy)

  • Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years (three-CD boxed set with new Dolly duet) Oct. 27 (Time Life Records)

  • "Change It" (single) July 28 (Dolly Records)

  • 9 To 5: The Musical (Soundtrack) July 28 (Dolly Records)

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    Today's Dolly Parton news

    'Blue Smoke' Nearing 200K In U.K.
    Dolly's Blue Smoke sold about 6,000 copies last week in Britain, giving it cumulative sales of just under 196,000 in its 15 weeks of release overseas.

    Dolly Makes Cover Of 'First' Magazine
    Dolly is October's cover girl for First magazine with a story on her positive attitude and beauty secrets. The issue is on newsstands now.

    Fonda Repeats: No Dolly For New Show
    Jane Fonda this week repeated her insistence that Dolly won't be on her new show with their 9 To 5 co-star Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie. She told Atlanta Magazine here as she has said to other reporters that that would only happen if the show runs for multiple seasons and then Dolly would have to guest star as herself having a chance encounter with the two lead characters, explaining: “We have to create an identity independent of 9 to 5. That would be damaged in some way if we brought Dolly in.”



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    Past news

    Sept. 15:
    'Blue Smoke' Still In U.K. Top 15
    Although mid-week sales updates indicated Dolly's Blue Smoke was on track in this week's U.K. charts to dip seven spots to No. 18, it only loses two places to No. 13 in its 15th week of sales in the Britain, Sunday's charts show. In addition, The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 re-enters the top 100 pop albums chart overseas to come in at No. 94 in the U.K. Smoke retains its top position on the country compilations chart for a 15th week in a row, where Ultimate inches down two to No. 20, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls two to No. 11 and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) slips five to No. 15 on that list. In the States, "Home" from Blue Smoke regains another four to No. 12 on the Great American Country (GAC) top 20 countdown in its 12th chart week there.


    Sept. 12:
    'Southern Living' Talks With Dolly
    Dolly has a wonderful interview with several beautiful new pictures in the new issue of Southern Living magazine. Check out the story online here.


    Sept. 11:
    Midweek Charts Show Drop For 'Blue Smoke'
    Sales charts for the first half of the new week across the pond have Dolly's Blue Smoke down seven spots to No. 18 in its 14th week in the U.K. pop albums list. The full chart reflecting the entire week's sales will be released on Sunday, and for most of the album's chart run, it has tended to come in one or two slots higher than the mid-week number suggested.


    Sept. 9:
    'Blue Smoke' Approaches 190,000 Sales In U.K.
    The drop of Dolly's Blue Smoke out of the British top 10 pop albums chart after 12 weeks to No. 11 was due to sales of 6,062 copies last week, bringing its cumulative total sales over 13 weeks in the U.K. to 189,961. It should pass the 200,000-mark there before the end of this month.

    Dolly Thrilled With Weekend's Golden Ticket Honors
    Dolly on Monday responded to Dollywood's previously-reported four first place Golden Ticket Awards and six additional top five finishes. In a press release, she said: "It truly is an honor for Dollywood to win four more Golden Ticket Awards this year. When I started dreaming up Dollywood all those years ago, even I couldn't have imagined how much people would love it! We celebrate our 30th anniversary next year, and these awards prove that our guests absolutely love what we've been doing for all these years! They also show how dedicated The Dollywood Company team is to giving our guests a great experience when they visit us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!" The 10 top-five finishes this year was a record-setter for any theme park in the history of the Golden Ticket Awards.

    Dolly Reserves .Country Domain Names
    Dolly is one of the first entertainers to take advantage of the new .country top-level domain (TLD) being released this month, reserving queenof.country, dolly.country, dollyparton.country, 9to5.country and Dollywood.country for her websites. Luke Myszka, Digital Strategist for CTK Management/Dolly Records, said in a release: "We are honored and thrilled to have Dolly Parton be a part of the ground-breaking launch of the .country TLD (top level domain) with dolly.country! It's wonderful to have our artists on the cutting-edge of the digital marketplace, and we look forward to participating in this partnership for years to come."

    Dolly And Judy's Friendship Lauded
    The Huffington Post this week looked at Dolly and Oprah, contrasting their lifetime best-friendships with Judy and Gayle, respectively, as revolutionary in their own sense even if they aren't lesbian relationships like the tabloids allege. Read more here.


    Sept. 8:
    Dollywood Tops Four Golden Ticket Categories
    Dollywood over the weekend took home four first place Golden Ticket Awards, the amusement industry's annual honors often referred to as the "Oscars for theme parks." The park won Best Shows (sixth consecutive first place win), Best Christmas Event (seventh consecutive first place win), Friendliest Park (third year in a row) and Best Food (third year in a row). In addition, the park this year placed second for Cleanest Park, third for Best Park (an improvement over its No. 4 spot last year, this year coming behind Europa-Park and Cedar Point – the first time in 17 years the Ohio theme park was not No. 1 – and ahead of Knobels and Disneyland), third for Best Water Park, fifth for Best Landscaping, fifth for Best Wooden Roller Coaster (Thunderhead) and fifth for Best Water Ride (Mountain Sidewinder). In each of the past two years, the park won five Golden Ticket first place awards (the same four as this year plus best new ride in 2012 and best new water park ride in 2013).

    'Blue Smoke' Drops Out Of Top 10 Overseas
    After an impressive 12 weeks of being in the top 10 pop albums chart in Britain, Dolly's Blue Smoke loses one spot this week to No. 11 for its 13th week across the pond, maintaining its No. 1 position on the U.K. country compilations chart. Also on the compilations list, her Ultimate dips five to No. 18, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains one to No. 9 and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) rises five to No. 10 on that list.

    Dollypalooza Takes Place In New York City
    New York's Dollypalooza tribute show garnered a photo gallery from The Village Voice Sunday. Rupaul's Drag Race season 6 contestant Milk did a Dolly routine and Nath Ann Carrera focused on her more gothic work, among other entertainters paying tribute. Check it out here.


    Sept. 6:
    GA Candidate Confuses Dolly And JQ Adams
    Television host Stephen Colbert on Thursday poked fun at Georgia congressional candidate Jody Hice for ignorant comments he made about gays, women and Muslims and the fact that Buzzfeed found eight examples of misattributed quotes on his website, including a Dolly quote that he claimed was said by President John Quincy Adams ("If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader." – Although several websites attribute the quote to Adams, Quote Investigator found here that the earliest published version of the quote was Dolly's in 1997 while the first published attribution to Adams was in 2002.) Salon.com has a clip from the show here.

    'Home' Rises On GAC Chart
    Dolly's music video for "Home" from Blue Smoke regains two places to No. 16 on the Great American Country (GAC) top 20 countdown in its 11th chart week there. You may vote once per day for the video here. In Ireland, The Real Dolly Parton dips 30 digits on the top 100 pop albums chart to No. 53.

    Destin Dolly Property Sees Movement
    Dolly's property company affiliated with her Dixie Stampede is demolishing a former bank building on a property it owns in Destin, Fla., The Destin Log reported here Friday, fueling speculation that a Stampede or Pirates' Voyage will be coming to that location in the near future. A spokesperson says nothing is planned at this time and that her company continues to examine options in Destin and other cities.


    Sept. 5:
    Dolly: Rivers's Memory Will Keep Us Smiling
    Comedienne Joan Rivers died on Thursday, and Dolly released a statement about her friend, who was 81: "Though her death is no laughing matter, Joan Rivers' life was nothing but. I know she would want us all to keep smiling. And I know we always will when we think of her. Rest in peace, Joan. We will always love you."

    Our Lady J Hits Provincetown, Mass.
    Dolly fans in Provincetown will want to check out Our Lady J's The Gospel Of Dolly show, which will be part of this year's Afterglow Festival. The tribute concert is next Thursday night, Cape Cod Online reported here.

    Dolly DVD Drops Back Off Of The Charts
    Dolly's 2012 Cracker Barrel exclusive DVD/CD set An Evening With . . . Dolly falls back out of the top 40 music DVD chart this week, the Sept. 13 Billboard charts released Thursday showed. The set had re-entered the tally at No. 39 for a 48th week last week.


    Sept. 4:
    Dolly Receives 44th CMA Award Nomination
    Dolly received her 44th career Country Music Association Awards nomination on Wednesday, the fifth she shares with Kenny Rogers, when their duet "You Can't Make Old Friends" received a nod for Musical Event of the Year. The duo competes against "Bakersfield" by Vince Gill and Paul Franklin "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, "Something Bad" by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood and "We Were Us" by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert. In a press release, Dolly commented: "I'm so honored to be nominated for CMA Musical Event of the Year with one of my absolute best friends, Kenny Rogers! It really is true that 'You Can't Make Old Friends'." Rogers added: "Whether we win or not, it was an event for me being back together with my good friend, Dolly Parton. I have great respect for everyone in this category and there's no way you can lose being in that group." Dolly's most recent previous CMA nominations were in 2006 for "When I Get Where I'm Going" with Brad Paisley, which was up for Musical Event of the Year (which it won, her most recent award from the CMA), Single of the Year and Video of the Year. In addition to the Paisley win, she previously won in this category and its predecessor, Vocal Event of the Year, in 1998 with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris and 1996 with Vince Gill. It marks her eighth nomination in the category or its predecessor, having also previously received nods with Norah Jones in 2004, Ronstadt and Harris in 1999, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn in 1994 and Ricky Van Shelton in 1991. Her previous nominations shared with Rogers came in Single of the Year for "Islands In The Stream" in 1984 and Vocal Duo of the Year in 1984, 1985 and 1986, although they did not win any of those. Her 44 nominations are second only to Reba McEntire, who has 49 nods. Dolly has won nine regular CMA Awards plus two special honors for a total of 11 awards. She is the only artist to win CMA trophies in each of the first five decades of the awards (1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s) but has yet to win one for the awards' sixth decade. Winners will be revealed on ABC on Nov. 5.

    U.K. Mid-Week Numbers Suggest No. 12 For 'Blue Smoke'
    Mid-week album sales in Britain have Dolly's Blue Smoke slipping out of the top 10 by falling two spots to No. 12. Full charts will be out on Sunday reflecting the entire week's sales. Last week, the mid-week numbers indicated it would fall to No. 11, but it dipped only to No. 10 when the final tally was released on Sunday. The album has remained in the U.K. pop top 10 for the entire 12 weeks of its release overseas.


    Sept. 2:
    'Blue Smoke' Passes 180,000 Copies In Britain
    Dolly's slide from No. 7 to No. 10 on this week's U.K. pop albums chart with Blue Smoke was due to the sale of 7,738 copies the previous week, bringing the CD's cumulative sales over 12 weeks of release overseas to 183,899 units.

    Don't Forget New York's Dollypalooza
    The Brooklyn Paper on Monday reminded folks to head out to Littlefield in Gowanus on Friday night for Dollypalooza. Read more about the Dolly tribute concert here.


    Sept. 1:
    Dolly Safe In U.K. Top 10 This Week
    Dolly managed to stay in the British top 10 pop albums this week even though, as was reported here, mid-week sales tallies indicated she would likely drop to No. 11 for the week. Instead, her Blue Smoke dips three places to No. 10 pop in its 12th week of sales across the pond, also maintaining its No. 1 position on the U.K. country compilations chart. Also on the compilations list, her Ultimate re-enters the top 20 at No. 13, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises four to No. 10 and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) slips six to No. 15 on that list. Down Under, The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 falls out of the top 40 Australian country albums chart, down from No. 39 in its 344th week, while her The Box Set Series also falls out of the top 40, down from No. 40. In Ireland, The Real Dolly Parton re-enters the top 100 pop albums chart at No. 53. And in the U.S., Dolly's music video for "Home" from Blue Smoke falls three more spots to No. 18 on the Great American Country (GAC) top 20 countdown in its 10th chart week there. You may vote once per day for the video here.

    Watch Dolly's Glastonbury Set On Palladium HD
    Those who have only watched Dolly's Glastonbury Festival appearance on YouTube in the U.S. will get an opportunity this week to see it on television in high definition. Footage from the festival will air starting Monday night in a five-part series on Palladium HD. Excerpts from Dolly's set will be highlighted in the third one-hour segment, which premieres at 9 p.m. Eastern Monday and repeats several times during the week. (See complete TV listings on the left-hand side of the news page.)


    Aug. 29:
    Dolly Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


    Dolly doused her wig with water and ice Thursday as she accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge. She noted she had been challenged by several individuals, most notably duet partner Kenny Rogers, who said she would never agree to do it and dared her to. She removed her scarf and earrings, joking when it was suggested that she remove her shoes: "My shoes are plastic but then again so's the rest of me!" She said the challenge was for a "good cause and a good laugh."Her nieces dumped the water on her head, and she exclaimed: "And yes I have on a bra. Kenny, you gotta pay extra for the wet t-shirt contest!" In a press release, she added: "Although, I didn't challenge anyone, I do challenge everybody to make a generous donation like I did!" News of her challenge was covered by numerous media outlets, including USA Today here. Watch the video on YouTube here or in the media player above. (Also, your webmaster accepted the challenge. Watch that video on YouTube here or in the media player below.)

    DVD Re-Enters 'Billboard' Music Video Chart
    Dolly's 2012 Cracker Barrel exclusive DVD/CD set An Evening With . . . Dolly re-enters the top 40 music DVD chart at No. 39 for a 48th week, it was announced Thursday in the Sept. 6 Billboard charts. Unfortunately, her Blue Smoke falls back off the top 50 country albums chart, down from No. 47 last week, its 13th on the tally.

    '9 To 5' Tops 'Billboard' Work Song List
    In observance of Labor Day coming up on Monday, Billboard posted a playlist of 20 work-related songs, choosing Dolly's "9 To 5" as the No. 1 song. Read more here.


    Aug. 28:
    'Blue Smoke' Passes 175,000 Overseas
    Mid-week sales updates from across the pond indicate that Dolly's Blue Smoke may fall out of the U.K. pop top 10 albums chart this weekend. As of Wednesday, the album had slipped four spots to No. 11 based on the first few days of sales this week. Last week, the CD was No. 7 pop with 8,940 copies sold, bringing its total cumulative sales during its 11 weeks in the top 10 thus far to 176,161 in Britain. The full charts reflecting the entire week's sales will be released on Sunday.

    Library Celebrates 10 Years Of Tennessee Foundation
    To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Gov. Phil Bredesen's creating the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation to fulfill a campaign pledge to provide funding to help take Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program statewide in Tennessee, a bus tour will visit more than 50 counties throughout the state over coming weeks, ending at the state Capitol in Nashville on Sept. 30. Bredesen celebrated creation of the Foundation with Dolly at Dollywood in June 2004. The program reached all of the state's counties in 2006 and since inception in 1996 has distributed 20 million books in the state. In a press release, current First Lady Crissy Haslam said: "This is truly an amazing state-wide outreach effort that will celebrate and build awareness for Books from Birth. It is critical that our children are exposed to books and reading at the earliest possible age. Tennessee's Imagination Library program, supported by the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation, is a proven and essential component of our state's early childhood development initiatives." In the same release, current Gov. Bill Haslam said: "This program has made a significant impact in Tennessee over the past decade, especially due to the loyal support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers in each county. The First Lady and I encourage communities across the state to celebrate their hard work, which has made the program's 10th anniversary possible."


    Aug. 26:
    Dollywood Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


    Dollywood on Monday posted video of its management staff accepting the ALS ice bucket challenge from Holiday World amusement park. They, in turn, challenged Herschend Family Entertainment (Dolly's partners in the theme park), the staff at Dolly's Dixie Stampede dinner theatre and the Wilderness of the Smokies attraction. Some could say the staff cheated since they used a water feature at Dollywood's Splash Country water park to complete the challenge, and it did not appear to include any ice :) Watch the splash in the media player above or by visiting YouTube here.

    GAC Schedules More 'Backstory' Showings
    Although its Aug. 29 repeat was already revealed here in the TV listings on the left-hand side of the news page, Great American Country (GAC) has revealed additional showings of Dolly's Backstory episode, which originally aired Aug. 2. In addition to the previously-announced 5 p.m. Eastern repeat Friday, it will be broadcast at 2 p.m. Sept. 10, 10 p.m. Sept. 20 and 2 a.m. Sept 21.

    American Airlines Highlights Dolly's CD
    Thanks to Carrie for letting me know that American Airlines passengers may select Dolly's Blue Smoke among the current offerings for the airline's seat back player entertainment.  

    Dolly Covers 'Gay UK' Magazine
    Gay UK magazine has issued its fifth edition, for August and September, featuring Dolly on the cover and an interview that promises to touch on "her gay fans, 'Jolene' and why she's a gypsy at heart."


    Aug. 25:
    'Blue Smoke' Slips On U.K. Tally
    As was predicted by mid-week sales updates, Dolly's Blue Smoke loses four places this week to No. 7 on the U.K. pop albums chart in its 11th week there. Previously, it peaked for three weeks at No. 2 pop in Britain. The album remains at No. 1 for an 11th week on the country compilations albums chart, while her Ultimate falls off the top 20 country compilations, down from No. 17, her The Tour Collection falls back out of the top 20, down from No. 18, Emmylou Harris's 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. 14 and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) moves up four to No. 9 on that list. Down Under, The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 drops seven to No. 39 in its 344th week on the top 40 Australian country albums chart while Dolly's The Box Set Series dips three to No. 40 on the same list.

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