www.dollymania.net News Oct. 19, 2016
Today's Dolly Parton news
New 'Coat Of Many Colors' Book Comes Out
Dolly's new Coat Of Many Colors book came out Tuesday and features a free download of her new song, “Makin Fun Ain't Funny.” Download the track here or here and get the book here.
'Pure' Rises Back To Top 5
In its eighth chart week, Dolly's Pure & Simple inches back into the top 5 country albums, the Oct. 29 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed, rising two to No. 5 country and holding steady at No. 7 Americana/folk albums. The set dips 15 places to No. 127 pop, five to No. 46 current albums and four to No. 47 overall album sales. Very preliminary sales numbers show the album could be around No. 50 overall album sales next week. "Forever Country" mash-up with Dolly drops one to No. 16 hot country songs, holds steady at No. 39 country airplay and No. 37 Canadian country airplay while it drops 24 to No. 97 Hot 100 pop singles, 14 to No. 28 digital songs, four to No. 51 Canadian pop, 25 to No. 37 Canadian digital songs, five to No. 13 streaming country songs and one to No. 4 country digital songs. “Jolene" by Dolly re-enters the Spotify Rewind 70s chart at No. 1. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls off the country albums tally, down from No. 49 in its fourth week. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" falls 16 to No. 35 holiday digital songs tally, while Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers slips two to No. 24 holiday albums chart. “When I Get Where I'm Going” with Brad Paisley re-enters the Christian digital songs and Christian and gospel digital songs tallies at No. 43 each.
Watch Dolly Sing 'Dumb Blonde'
Watch Dolly sing “Dumb Blonde” for Fred Foster's Country Music Hall of Fame induction Sunday from One Country here, and check out the Hall of Fame's official recap of the ceremony here.
MTSU Dolly Project Getting CD
The Middle Tennessee State University musicians who for the past year or so have worked on songs inspired by Dolly will release all seven compositions in a CD Inspirations from Tennessee in January, WGNS reported here.
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'Little Dolly' Costume Charms TV Reporters
Video of a little girl planning to trick or treat this Halloween as "Little Dolly" in her "Coat Of Many Colors" made several stations' news reports over the weekend, just days before Dolly's new children's book Coat Of Many Colors hits shelves on Tuesday. Watch the story from Knoxville's WBIR here.
Dolly Sings At Foster's Hall of Fame Ceremony
The Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday held its annual medallion ceremony recognizing this year's inductees, including Monument Records and Combine Music founder Fred Foster, who gave Dolly, Kris Kristofferson, Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson their first big breaks in music, signing Dolly to his label and publishing house in 1965 until she left for RCA in 1968. Dolly performed her first country hit on Monument, "Dumb Blonde," at the ceremony, while Brandy Clark sang Orbison's "Blue Bayou" and Kristofferson offered his "Me and Bobby McGee." Check out a photo from the Hall of Fame's Facebook page here and read a recap from The Tennessean here.
Australian Chart Updates
My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week holds steady at No. 2 on the Australian country albums chart in its fifth chart week, it was announced Sunday, with the collection losing five digits to No. 14 pop albums, while Dolly's Pure & Simple holds steady at No. 7 country in its eighth chart week and tumbles 25 to No. 74 pop.
New 'Christmas Of Many Colors' Ad Released
NBC on Friday released a new image for Nov. 30's broadcast of Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love. Look at it above or visit Dolly's official Facebook page here to see it.
'Pure & Simple' Vinyl Release Coming
Dolly's Pure & Simple appears to be coming out on vinyl. Amazon on Friday added a page for a Dec. 2 release of the album on vinyl as an import. Check it out here!
British Chart Updates
Dolly's Pure & Simple holds steady this week at No. 3 country in its eighth week on the British charts, it was revealed Friday. The album loses 23 spots to No. 89 British pop albums, 11 to No. 52 overall sales, seven to No. 39 physical CD sales, and 23 to No. 48 Scottish albums. The Real Dolly Parton inches down one to No. 99 physical sales and up two to No. 90 Scottish albums chart. Also in the U.K., The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe remains at No. 1 country compilation albums for a fifth consecutive week, Emmylou Harris' 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) gains two to No. 14, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 13 and Harris' 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. 16.
U.S. Chart Updates
After two weeks at No. 1, the "Forever Country" mash-up with Dolly falls 14 spots to No. 15 hot country songs on the Oct. 22 Billboard charts released Tuesday. The track loses seven to No. 39 country airplay and gains two to No. 37 Canadian country airplay while it drops 39 to No. 73 Hot 100 pop singles, 10 to No. 14 digital songs, 16 to No. 47 Canadian pop, eight to No. 12 Canadian digital songs, six to No. 8 streaming country songs and two to No. 3 country digital songs. "Jolene" by Dolly and Pentatonix drops off the Hot Country Songs list, down from No. 34 Hot Country Songs in its second week, also dropping off the digital country songs list from No. 27 and digital pop songs, down from No. 41. Dolly's Pure & Simple in its seventh week inches up one to No. 7 country albums and No. 7 Americana/folk albums, holds steady at No. 112 pop albums, and falls nine to No. 41 current albums and nine to No. 43 overall album sales. Very preliminary sales numbers show the album could be around No. 35 pop, No. 6 country next week. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe in its fourth week dips 16 to No. 49 country albums and falls off the Americana/folk albums chart, own from No. 24. With the return of the annual holiday charts, Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" returns to the holiday digital songs tally at No. 19, while Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers returns to the holiday albums chart at No. 22.
Dolly And Dogg On 'The Voice'?
After Dolly told The Real that she'd like to duet with Snoop Dogg, goddaughter Miley Cyrus has announced she hopes to make the collaboration possible on The Voice finale. Check out her remarks here.
'Winning Hand' On Vinyl
Dolly's 1984 collaboration with Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Brenda Lee, The Winning Hand, has apparently been re-issued on vinyl. Order it here!
A Huffington Post had a roller coaster enthusiast rank the world's best theme parks, and Dollywood came in at No. 3. Read the story and watch a video countdown here.
Trio Collection Still An Aussie Top 2 Album
After three weeks at No. 1 Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week slips one spot to No. 2 on the Australian country albums chart in its fourth chart week, it was announced Sunday, with the collection dropping two places to No. 9 pop albums, while Dolly's Pure & Simple inches down two to No. 7 country in its seventh chart week and loses 19 to No. 49 pop. "Forever Country," the 30-artist mash-up of "I Will Always Love You," "On The Road Again" and "Take Me Home Country Roads" including Dolly as the finale, falls out of the top 50 pop singles list, down from No. 26 in its second week.
'NYT' Tells Story Of Dolly's Character
The New York Times over the weekend profiled Rocky Horror Picture Show remake producer Gail Berman, formerly of Dolly's Sandollar Productions, opening the story with a tale of Dolly personally making right a wrong when she found out her male partners at the production company had not given the woman her fair share of royalty payments off their hit Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Read what she did here.
New Zealand Actor Plays Dolly's Uncle
New Zealand media over the weekend began covering the casting of one of their own, Cameron Jones of Shortland Street, as Dolly's Uncle Bill in Nov. 30's Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love. Read more here.
'Once Upon A Christmas' Vinyl Release Date Updated
Boutique reissue company Friday Music has announced the new release date and details for the vinyl reissue of Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers. As with all of RCA's post-1988 U.S. reissues of the album (they lost the rights to Kenny's solo recordings when he left the label that year), the album will be the nine-track version featuring the six original duets, Dolly's two original solo tracks plus her 1982 recording of "Hard Candy Christmas" which did not appear on the original. The limited-edition pressing will be released on 180 gram audiophile white colored vinyl and feature a gatefold cover. It has been remastered by Joe Reagoso and manufactured at RTI. The album comes out Dec. 2, a delay from its originally-planned Sept. 30 release. Pre-order it here!
British Chart Updates
Dolly's Pure & Simple slips one to No. 3 country in its seventh week on the British charts, it was revealed Friday. The album tumbles 30 spots to No. 66 British pop albums, 15 to No. 41 overall sales, seven to No. 32 physical CD sales, and six to No. 25 Scottish albums. The Real Dolly Parton re-enters the physical sales chart at No. 98 and Scottish albums chart at No. 92. Also in the U.K., The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe remains at No. 1 country compilation albums for a fourth consecutive week, Emmylou Harris' 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) holds steady at No. 16, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls out of the top 20, down from No. 19, and Harris' 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. 20.
U.S. Sales Updates
In the U.S., sales numbers showed "Forever Country" sold another 61,000 copies for its No. 1 country singles position, giving it cumulative sales of 155,000 units since release, while "Jolene" by Dolly with Pentatonix sold 6,000 copies for the week in its No. 27 position, giving it a cumulative total of 24,000 units sold since release. And TV station WUSA talked with members of the band about working with Dolly here. Dolly's Pure & Simple sold about 5,700 copies for a cumulative total of about 58,200 units since release and The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe sold about 1,500 copies for a cumulative total of about 7,100 units since release. Preliminary estimates for seventh week sales of Dolly's Pure & Simple in the U.S. show an increase to about 7,100 copies for the week thanks to her television appearances this week, which should push its total to more than 65,000 units since release. The numbers should move it up to around No. 30 overall sales and around No. 5 country when the charts come out on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the success of "Forever Country" prompted Billboard to again pose the question whether the No. 1 status further proves that "I Will Always Love You," which comprises a third of the song, is "the most enduring hit of the rock era." Read that observation here.
Catch Dolly On Get TV Monday
Get TV is bringing more Dolly back, although instead of her 1970s show of which they have aired several episodes, the network will this Monday broadcast a 1980 appearance on The Merv Griffin Show at 10 p.m. Eastern.
'Billboard' Recognizes Fred Foster
Billboard on Friday highlighted the music industry contributions of Fred Foster, who originally signed Dolly to her first major songwriting and recording contracts, on the occasion of his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame next month. Read it here.
Preview 'The Bodyguard' On Broadway
The Broadway adaptation of The Bodyguard is coming soon and Broadway.com released a preview of the music with performer Deborah Cox including Dolly's "I Will Always Love You." Watch it here.
Jazzy 'Jolene' Cover Released
Jazz artist John Scofield two weeks ago released his new album, Country For Old Men, a collection of jazzed up country classics including Dolly's "Jolene" and Porter & Dolly's "Just Someone I Used To Know." Get it here!
Dolly To Receive CMA Lifetime Achievement Honor
Dolly will on Nov. 2 receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association at the 50th anniversary CMA Awards show on ABC, it was announced Monday night during Dolly's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Dolly now becomes the only artist to be honored by the CMA in all six decades of the awards (Vocal Group of the Year 1968, Vocal Duo of the Year 1970 and 1971, Female Vocalist 1975 and 1976, Entertainer of the Year 1978, Vocal Event of the Year 1988 and 1996, Musical Event of the Year 2006, Lifetime Achievement Award 2016), having previously been the only artist to receive a CMA Award in each of the first five decades of the ceremonies. This marks her 12th CMA Award (this honor, her nine regular awards, and two special awards – 1993's Country Music Honors and 2004's International Artist Achievement Award). In a press release on Tuesday, it was noted that the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award is for an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in country music established to recognize an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level having positively impacted and contributed to the growth of the genre throughout a course of years that have proven to have an unprecedented historical impact on fans and industry alike.CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said in the release: "Dolly epitomizes the very definition of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a trailblazer who continues to enchant and captivate fans around the world, from her latest No. 1 album, to her sold-out tour, and numerous television projects. She is a treasure and deserving of this industry acclaim for her undeniable contributions to the success of Country Music, today." The award was first presented to Nelson in 2012 and then to Kenny Rogers in 2013 and Johnny Cash last year. It was not awarded in 2014.
Dolly Projects Still Riding High On Charts
"Forever Country," the mash-up of "I Will Always Love You" with "Take Me Home Country Roads" and "On The Road Again" by 30 artists including Dolly herself, holds onto the No. 1 spot for a second consecutive week on the Oct. 15 Billboard charts released Tuesday. The track gains one to No. 32 country airplay and six to No. 39 Canadian country airplay while it decreases 24 to No. 27 Spotify viral streaming, 13 to No. 34 Hot 100 pop singles, two to No. 4 digital songs, six to No. 31 Canadian pop, two to No. 4 Canadian digital songs, and one to No. 2 streaming country songs. The song remains steady at No. 1 country digital songs and debuts at No. 8 Spotify Velocity. "Jolene" by Dolly and Pentatonix loses 16 spots to No. 34 Hot Country Songs in its second week, dropping 20 to No. 27 digital country songs and 24 to No. 41 digital pop songs, falling off the streaming country songs, down from No. 4, digital song sales, down from No. 37, Canadian pop songs, down from No. 84, and Bubbling Under the Hot 100, down from No. 1 (No. 101 pop). Dolly's 1973 original recording falls off the Spotify Rewind 1970s streaming chart, down from No. 1, and slips three to No. 46 country digital songs tally. Dolly's Pure & Simple in its sixth week inches down one to No. 8 country albums, six to No. 112 pop albums, two to No. 32 current albums, four to No. 34 overall album sales and two to No. 8 Americana/folk albums. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe in its third week dips six to No. 33 country albums and eight to No. 24 Americana/folk albums.
Catch Backstage Look At Making Dolly Sparkle
The Tennessean on Monday released a video of behind-the-scenes of seamstress Iisha Lemming and niece Rebecca Seaver putting clothes together for her for her video for "Home." Check it out here.
Dolly, Trio Still High On U.K., Aussie Charts
With about 2,100 copies sold in its sixth week (for a cumulative total of about 39,000 since release), Dolly's Pure & Simple holds steady at No. 2 country in its sixth week on the British charts, it was revealed Friday. The album loses nine places to No. 36 British pop albums, eight to No. 26 overall sales, 10 to No. 25 physical CD sales, and six to No. 19 Scottish albums. Also in the U.K., The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 and The Real Dolly Parton fall back off the top 100 physical CD sales list, down from No. 92 and No. 86, respectively. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe remains at No. 1 country compilation albums for a third consecutive week, but the vinyl collection of bonus tracks, Farther Along, falls out of that chart's top 20, down from No. 9 in its second week. Also on the country compilation albums chart, Emmylou Harris' 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) gains four to No. 16, Dolly's The Tour Collection falls back out of the top 20, down from No. 19, and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) inches down one to No. 19. Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt earns a third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Australian country albums chart, it was announced Sunday, with the collection dropping three spots to No. 7 pop albums and off the digital albums list, down from No. 35, while Dolly's Pure & Simple holds steady at No. 5 country in its sixth chart week and dips four to No. 30 pop. "Forever Country," the 30-artist mash-up of "I Will Always Love You," "On The Road Again" and "Take Me Home Country Roads" including Dolly as the finale, rises 17 in its second week to No. 26 pop singles, while "Jolene" by Dolly and Pentatonix falls out of the top 100 pop singles, down from No. 92. Stateside, the Hits Daily Double final sales estimates of the week put Dolly's album at just under 5,800 copies for its sixth week of U.S. sales, which would put it at about 58,000 copies since release here and let it be around No. 31 for overall album sales next week and around No. 7 country, or about steady with where it was for its fifth week. The American charts will be released on Tuesday.
Third Leg Of Tour Comes To A Close
Dolly wrapped up the third leg of her Pure & Simple Tour Sunday night with her second consecutive night at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The tour now goes on break until its fourth and final leg kicks off in her home county on Nov. 15. Wednesday's show in Vina Robles, Calif., was reviewed by The Paso Robles Daily News here, while her first night in LA was praised by both The Los Angeles Times here and The Orange County Register here. The Hollywood show also generated coverage from E! Online about celebrities in the audience here and from several media outlets, including Out In Perth here, which noted Australian star Kylie Minogue met her backstage with her fiancé, British actor Joshua Sasse, who wore a t-shirt he designed for a new campaign to promote legalization of same-gender marriage in Australia. The Daily Mail here in the UK and a few other media outlets noted Katy Perry partied at the show with Dolly backstage and posted about it on social media. Other interviews published in recent days include a kiki with RuPaul in Dazed here and a Q&A with Dolly biographer Alanna Nash in Southern Living here. Finally, don't forget to catch Dolly promoting her album and tour on Monday on CBS's The View and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, as was previously reported here. Over the weekend, it was also announced she will appear on the syndicated program The Real on Wednesday – check local listings for local channels and times.
Dolly Sets New Country Singles Record
With Tuesday's No. 18 debut of "Jolene"with Pentatonix this week with 18,000 downloads and 2.6 million U.S. streams, Dolly is now the only artist to score top 20 or top 40 hits on the country singles chart in all six most recent decades – the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s – according to the lead online story on Billboard's website here Wednesday. The only other artist who could match this feat would be if Willie Nelson, who has had a top 20 in each of the first five decades but not in the 2010s, earns another top 20 by Dec. 31, 2019. Both he and Dolly are featured artists – and co-writers – of this week's No. 1 mash-up "Forever Country" but because it is credited to "Artists of Then, Now & Forever" instead of the 30 participants' actual names, the song does not count toward any of their totals for chart performance. The article noted that George Jones is the only artist to have chart singles in all seven decades of the chart, having also charted songs from 1958 through 2013. Dolly scored her first chart single on the magazine's Bubbling Under the Hot 100 pop singles chart in 1965 when "Happy, Happy Birthday Baby" went to No. 8, and her first country chart single followed 15 months later in 1967 with No. 24-charting "Dumb Blonde." Her total of 74 top 20 singles were nine in the 1960s, 33 in the 1970s, 27 in the 1980s, three in the 1990s, one in the 2000s and one in the 2010s.
Pure Tour Receives More Rave Reviews
Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour continues to earn raves wherever it goes. Entertainment Today gushed about Tuesday's San Diego area engagement here and The Independent praised Sunday's Santa Barbara show here. The album she is promoting, Pure & Simple, earns seven-out-of-10 stars from Star 2 here. Also, Dolly's publicists on Wednesday officially announced her upcoming appearances on Monday on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live and CBS's The Talk. Dollymania.net revealed the Talk appearance on Friday of last week and the Kimmel appearance a week ago Tuesday.
Pre-Order 'Christmas Of Many Colors' DVD Now
Amazon on Wednesday added a pre-order page for Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love DVD, which as has previously been reported here, will be released Dec. 20, following its Nov. 30 premiere on NBC. Get yours here!
Ripley's Gatlinburg Gets Dolly Artwork
The Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum in Gatlinburg is getting its own Dolly-themed piece of art. The Orange Observer reports that an artist who has had 15 pieces in various media displayed at different Ripley's museums over the years has a Dolly portrait made of several pieces of fabric from his grandmother's clothing in homage to Dolly's "Coat Of Many Colors" which will debut at the East Tennessee location in January. Read an interview here.
Dolly Has Two Top 20 Country Hits This Week
Is it 1974? Because Dolly is at No. 1 with "I Will Always Love You" and in the top 20 with "Jolene." It was previously reported here that "Forever Country," the mash-up of "I Will Always Love You" with "Take Me Home Country Roads" and "On The Road Again" by 30 artists including Dolly herself, debuts on the Oct. 8 Billboard charts at No. 1 Hot Country Songs but what was news when the full charts came out on Tuesday was the a capella cover of "Jolene" by Dolly and Pentatonix debuts at No. 18 Hot Country Songs with sales of 18,000 copies, giving Dolly her first chart U.S. country single since "Jesus & Gravity" went to No. 56 in 2008 and first country top 40 since her most recent No. 1, "When I Get Where I'm Going" with Brad Paisley, in 2005. The Pentatonix collaboration also debuts at No. 37 digital song sales, No. 84 Canadian pop songs, No. 7 digital country songs, No. 17 digital pop songs, No. 4 streaming country songs and No. 1 Bubbling Under the Hot 100, meaning it is No. 101 pop and just missed entering the Hot 100 pop singles chart to make Dolly's first appearance there since "When I Get Where I'm Going." The popularity of the new recording also sparked interest in Dolly's 1973 original recording, which debuts at No. 1 on the Spotify Rewind 1970s streaming chart and No. 43 country digital songs tally. "Forever Country" rises six to No. 33 country airplay and also debuts at No. 3 Spotify viral streaming, No. 21 Hot 100 pop singles, No. 2 digital songs, No. 25 Canadian pop, No. 1 country digital songs, No. 2 Canadian digital songs, No. 45 Canadian country airplay and No. 1 streaming country songs. With sales of about 6,000 copies, Dolly's Pure & Simple in its fifth week dips one to No. 7 country albums and gains two to No. 106 pop albums, six to No. 30 current albums, six to No. 30 overall album sales and one to No. 6 Americana/folk albums while it slips 13 to No. 49 in its fourth week on the Canadian pop albums list. Very preliminary sales numbers from Hits Daily Double have it falling about a dozen places on the overall sales tally to No. 42 and down three to No. 10 country in its sixth week; their full projections will be final on Friday. With sales of about 1,400 copies, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls off the pop albums top 200, down from No. 124, overall sales down from No. 40, Internet sales down from No. 13 and current albums own from No. 39. In its second week, it loses 20 places to No. 27 country albums and eight spots to No. 16 Americana/folk albums while
My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection falls off the country albums tally, down from No. 44.
Nevada Readies For Dolly
Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour goes to Laughlin, Nev., on Friday, prompting The Laughlin Event Center to offer an overview of her current career here and noted that Tropicana Laughlin will follow up the night with a Dolly party Saturday featuring a Dolly drag contest here.
New Songs From Flutist's Classical Dolly Project
Nashville Public Radio on Tuesday continued its coverage of flutist Deanna Little's Dolly Project to have area composers write chamber music inspired by Dolly and her "Coat Of Many Colors." A nearly half-hour program this week presented three of the compositions. Take a listen here.
New Dolly, Emmy Trio Podcast
While doing media promotions for their The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe, Dolly and Emmylou Harris were interviewed by artist Laura Marling for her Reversal Of The Muse podcast that explores femininity in creativity. Hear the interview here.
Dolly Classic Tops Chart For Third Time
Dolly's "I Will Always Love You" is at the top of the country charts for a record third time, Billboard revealed on Monday, announcing that its mash-up with "On The Road Again" and "Take Me Home Country Roads" under the title "Forever Country" will debut this week at No. 1, just the third song in history to debut at the top of the country chart. The song also debuts at No. 21 pop on 93,000 downloads, 5.7 million streams and 5.4 million radio impressions. The popularity also gives "Country Roads" a 181 percent increase to about 5,000 downloads for the week, "On The Road Again" a 126 percent increase to about 2,000 downloads and "I Will Always Love You" a 314 percent increase to about 2,000 downloads. Dolly, who sings the final lines of the No. 1, took her original song to No. 1 in 1974 and a new recording of it to No. 1 in 1982 and as a duet with Vince Gill – who also sings a line of it in the new version – to No. 15 in 1995. Because the song is credited to "Artists of Then, Now & Forever," it likely will not count toward the official credited chart-toppers for any of the 30 participating artists. Read more here.
Dolly Remembers Jean Shepard
Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard died this week at age 82 and Dolly on Monday remembered her friend with a video posted to Facebook here.
Sandi Patty Leads Dollywood Gospel Fest
Dollywood's National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration kicks off on Friday and runs through Oct. 29 with legend Sandi Patty headlining opening weekend Friday and Saturday. In a press release, Dolly said: "It's no secret I love singing about the beauty of God's coloring book and viewing the bright fall colors of the Great Smoky Mountains on His pages is so very inspiring. When you mix in all of that great Southern gospel talent, including Sandi Patty, this truly is a great time of year to visit my Dollywood." Patty added: "It is such an honor for me to be performing at Dollywood for this year's National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration. The vision that the legendary Dolly Parton has created in her theme park and Dollywood's DreamMore Resort is evident in the meaningful entertainment that is constantly offered. It is such a special opportunity to spend a few days at Dollywood during my Farewell Tour. I look forward to sharing some of the most well-known songs that I've had the privilege of singing in my career. We're going to have a great time together in worship." The complete performance schedule is available at Dollywood.com/gospel.
Trio, 'Pure' Chart Well Down Under
My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt earns a second consecutive week at No. 1 on the Australian country albums chart, it was announced Sunday, with the collection slipping one to No. 4 pop albums and 27 spots to No. 35 digital albums. Also Down Under, Dolly's Pure & Simple inches up one to No. 5 country in its fifth chart week and slides one to No. 26 pop. "Forever Country," the 30-artist mash-up of "I Will Always Love You," "On The Road Again" and "Take Me Home Country Roads" including Dolly as the finale, debuts at No. 43 pop singles, while "Jolene" by Dolly and Pentatonix debuts at No. 92 pop singles (besting Dolly's own 1974 single week on the chart Down Under at No. 99 but not as high as Olivia Newton-John's cover in 1978, which went to No. 29, and Australian The Voice contestant Celia Pavey's 2013 version, which went to No. 15).
Pure Tour Rolls On Through California
Meanwhile, Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour blew through the San Francisco Bay area on Saturday and greater Los Angeles area on Sunday. The San Jose Mercury News reviewed Saturday's show here, while her recent Vancouver performance is reviewed by Vancouver Weekly here. Promoting the tour and album, Dolly chatted with Indianapolis station WISH here, and newcomer Cam gushed about her recent interview with Dolly for Cracker Barrel's album promotions here.
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