This week in
Dolly history
Forty-seven years ago Tuesday, Porter & Dolly's “The Right Combination” debuts on the pop charts (their only pop chart single); it peaks at No. 106 but makes it to No. 14 country. Forty-six years ago Tuesday, Porter & Dolly record “Say Forever You'll Be Mine,” which three years later becomes the title cut from their final duet album of the 1970s; released as a single, it peaks at No. 5. Forty-three years ago Thursday, “The Seeker” debuts on the pop charts; Dolly's sixth time on the pop side of Billboard, she lasts only one week at No. 105, but the song goes to No. 2 on the country singles chart. Twenty-one years ago Thursday, Dolly's techno remix of “Peace Train” debuts on the dance club play chart, peaking at No. 23. Thirty-three years ago Friday, Kenny & Dolly's “Real Love” hits the No. 1 spot on the country chart, No. 91 pop, to become Dolly's 19th of her record 25 country No. 1 hits. Forty-two years ago Saturday, Variety reports the duo team of Porter & Dolly has dissolved. Forty years ago Sunday, the single “Heartbreaker” debuts on the pop and adult contemporary charts, where it would peak at No. 37 and No. 12, respectively, while spending three weeks at No. 1 on the country charts. Twenty-nine years ago Sunday, “Yellow Roses” debuts on the country chart; three months later it would become Dolly's 23rd country No. 1. Two year ago Sunday, Pure & Simple debuts at No. 1 country, No. 2 pop on the British charts.


  • U.K., Aug. 19 edition:
          The Complete Trio Collection No. 2 country compilation (no change; 101st week; peaked at No. 1 for 27 weeks)

    Upcoming television appearances
    (All times Eastern unless noted)
  • Aug. 21, 6:30 a.m., HBO Signature, 9 To 5 (re-runs 7:05 p.m. Aug. 24, 4:50 a.m. Aug. 31)
  • Aug. 30, 11:30 a.m., Freeform, Reba
  • Sept. 1, 1:30 a.m., Bravo, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (re-runs noon Sept. 1)
  • Sept. 16, 11 p.m., GET TV, Mac Davis: Sounds Like Home featuring Dolly, Tom Jones, and Donna Summer
  • Sept. 17, midnight, GET TV, Dolly: Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris
  • Sept. 17, 12:30 a.m., GET TV, Dolly: Kenny Rogers
  • Sept. 17, 1 a.m., GET TV, Dolly: Stella Parton and Randy Parton
  • Sept. 17, 1:30 a.m., GET TV, Dolly: Tennessee Ernie Ford
  • Sept. 17, 2 a.m., GET TV, Dolly: Lynn Anderson

    Upcoming or recent releases

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Dolly afterword, Oct. 9

  • King Of The Road Roger Miller tribute with Dolly performance, Aug. 31

  • Frank McKlusky, C.I. Blu-Ray release (and DVD re-release) July 17

  • The Faith of Dolly Parton June 12 book

  • What Would Dolly Do? April 24 book

  • Straight Talk Special Edition, Blue-Ray and DVD re-issue, April 17

  • Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin April 6

  • Dolly Parton, Gender and Country Music Jan. 6 book

  • Next New Heartbreak, Brad Hudson CD Nov. 3 with Dolly duet

  • I Believe In You kids' CD Oct. 13 on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville, Sept. 29 digital download

  • Younger Now, Sept. 29, Miley Cyrus CD with Dolly duet

  • Woman Walk The Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives Sept. 20 book

  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends DVD set Sept. 19

  • Simple Dreams, 1977 Linda Ronstadt album on CD with Dolly duet, Sept. 15

  • Just Because I'm A Woman 1968 vinyl re-issue, Sept. 8

  • A Real Live Dolly, 1970 album on CD, Sept. 1

  • Rainbow, Kesha CD with Dolly duet, Aug. 11

  • Born Again Wildflower, by Debbie Cochran (with Dolly duet on "Born Again Wildflower"), June 16

  • Hee Haw: Pfft! You Were Gone! DVD with Dolly performance of "Coat of Many Colors" and "The Right Combination," Time-Life, June 13

  • Dolly On Dolly: Interviews and Encounters With Dolly Parton May 1 book

  • Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child , features Dolly's performance of "The Story," May 5 (also available on vinyl here)

  • Just Between You And Me, 1968 album with Porter Wagoner download, March 3

  • Songs Of Cinema, Michael Bolton (duet with Dolly), Feb. 10

  • Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love DVD and Blu-Ray Dec. 20

  • Once Upon A Christmas, vinyl, 1984 album, Dec. 2

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors Blu-Ray release, Nov. 29

  • Coat Of Many Colors Oct. 18, children's book

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas Oct. 11 "Pop Art Cover" DVD re-issue

  • "Jolene" with Pentatonix, Sept. 16

  • Hits Made Famous by Country Queens, Sept. 14, reissue

  • The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe Sept. 9, three-CD set (and My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection one-CD version, vinyl release of Trio II, and vinyl two-LP set of bonus tracks as Farther Along)

  • On Top Of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music, CD with Dolly track, Aug. 19

  • Pure & Simple, solo CD, Aug. 19 (U.K. import with live CD from 2014 Glastonbury set available as import here)

  • Golden Streets of Glory 1971 album digital download

    My Tennessee Mountain Home 1973 album digital download

  • Country Girl In The Big Apple. vinyl, 1977 concert, June 24

  • Smart Blonde, biography re-issue, June 7

  • Dolly Parton: Queen Of Country April 5 digital release of hourlong documentary

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors May 3 DVD release

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (BluRay release), March 8

  • Coat Of Many Colors Feb. 12 vinyl re-issue

  • Mountain Songbird: A Sister's Tribute Stella Parton tribute CD to Dolly, Jan. 19

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors (2015 movie), Dec. 21 download

  • Rhinestone (1984), Dec. 4 download

  • Joshua (1971), Dec. 4 download

  • The Great Pretender (1984), Dec. 4 download

  • Hello I'm Dolly (1967), Dec. 4 download

  • Here You Come Again (1977), Dec. 4 download

  • Jolene (1974), Dec. 11 download

  • The Collection, Dec. 4 download of 10 Dolly albums

  • Christmas Time, Rhonda Vincent CD with Dolly guest appearance, Oct. 30

  • The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton Oct. 2

  • Cass County, Sept. 25 Don Henley CD with Dolly duet

  • Picking Up The Pieces, Sept. 11, Jewel CD with Dolly duet

  • Platinum Blonde Australian DVD, Sept. 11 (import)

  • The Blacklist: Music From The Television Series Aug. 21 CD with "Slow Ass Jolene" by Dolly

  • Jolene Aug. 3 vinyl re-issue

  • Live From The Bottom Line, July 24 CD

  • Midnight Special DVD set with two Dolly songs, May 12

  • Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited CD with Dolly performing "When They Ring Those Golden Bells," May 12

  • Sonic Highways DVD with Dolly interview, April 7

  • Lifetime Holiday Triple Feature DVD with A Country Christmas Story featuring Dolly, Nov. 4

  • Touch Your Woman digital re-issue of 1972 album, Oct. 22

  • 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

    YouTube Kids Uses Dolly For Reading Month

    YouTube Kids has selected Dolly as spokesperson for its second annual Reading Month, and she has posted a reading list of videos to the service. Check out a story on the announcement from People magazine here and watch her welcome video here or in the media player above.

    Dolly Updates Projects
    The USA Today Network last week published a new interview with Dolly here listing her current projects. She noted that her first Netflix movies based on her songs won't air until 2019, the Dumplin' movie and soundtrack should be out sometime later this year, she wants to record an updated version of “9 To 5” for that movie's sequel and she may have a new Christmas musical out as early as sometime next year. While the article says no additional information is available on the Christmas musical, had actually reported on it back in May when the season schedule for the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., was released. The theatre on Nov. 17 znd 18 will host three concert-style world premiere performances of Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, which features an original score by Dolly resetting the classic Dickens story in a mining camp in the Smokies owned by Ebenezer Scrooge. Dolly, who the theatre notes in its promotional materials is not expected to attend the concerts, last week released a personal invitation video for the production. Watch it here and get more information or tickets here. It is common for new musicals to be “workshopped” or tested before live audiences in a concert-style performance in a medium-sized city for changes to be made prior to a more staged test run in a larger city prior to the official premiere of its final version on Broadway or in a major city theatre market or national tour. There is no word on what the plan for Dolly's new holiday musical – whether it is headed to Broadway or off –Broadway or national tour or somewhere else.

    Overseas Chart Update
    Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) regains one this week on the Australian country albums chart to No. 19 in its 361st chart week since its original 2007 release. The British country compilation albums chart was not updated for the week on Friday.

    Dolly Remembers Aretha Franklin
    Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin died Thursday, prompting tributes from many, including Dolly, who said in a statement: “I'm one of the lucky ones to have seen Aretha perform in the very beginning of her career. She was amazing then and just became greater through the years. Talk about R.E.S.P.E.C.T., we have it for you, Aretha. You will never be forgotten.”

    Dollywood On FOX News
    FOX News' Fox & Friends last week profiled Dollywood as “good old fashioned country fun.” Check out their story here.

    Dolly Records Duet For 'Special'
    She didn't give any hints as to what the project is, but vocalist Joyce Sanders on Wednesday shared to Facebook here that she recorded a duet with Dolly for a song to be included in “a new special” Dolly “is working on.” “Holy Cow, Y'all,” she wrote. “Dolly. And Me.”

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    Past news

    Aug. 15:
    Forbes: Dolly Was Last Year's Top Earning Country Music Woman
    For the second consecutive year, Dolly was country music's top-earning female entertainer, Forbes magazine revealed Tuesday, as she was the only woman on the publication's top 10 list of income for the year from June 1, 2017, to June 1, 2018. She is also by far the oldest person on the list, at 72, 15 years older than No. 9 Toby Keith and 14 years older than No. 2 Garth Brooks. The average age of the top 9 artists is just 44. This was her third year on the tally, thanks to a rule change three years ago that added non-entertainment/non-endorsement business income as well as removed additional scoring for online popularity and magazine covers, both of which tended to help younger stars rank higher on the list. She dropped significantly from last year's ranking at No. 4 for country performers (and No. 71 for all entertainers) with $37 million down to No. 10 country (but not in the top 100 for all entertainers, which had a $35 million cut-off) with $19 million in estimated earnings. The 2016-17 tally included an album release and one of the most successful concert tours of her career, accounting for about $18 million of her total that year, while her business interests (Dollywood; Stampede, Celebration, and Pirate's Voyage dinner theatres; DreamMore Resort; and production companies) brought in about $19 million. For the past year, she did not tour and did not release a commercial album (putting out only the children's CD I Believe In You from which all proceeds were donated to her Imagination Library charity, which would not count toward her income here), so nearly the entire $19 million total for 2017-18 came from her business holdings instead of her music career. She first showed up on the list at No. 13 country for 2015-16 (she was No. 3 country female, as Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood had ranked higher) with $19 million from her business income. This year's No. 1 country artist was Luke Bryan with pre-tax income of $52 million. Read more here.

    N.C. Police Lipsynch To Dolly Tune
    Another police department has turned to Dolly for its entry in the lipsynch challenge. The Kill Devil Hills, N.C., force filmed themselves and others in town to Dolly's cover of "Put A Little Love In Your Heart." Check it out from Outer Banks Voice here.

    Aug. 13:
    Dolly Scores First U.K. Platinum Single
    Dolly on Friday earned her career-first platinum single in Great Britain, with "9 To 5" picking up the digital award for downloads in excess of 600,000 copies. The song had previously been certified silver (200,000 downloads) in 2013 and gold (400,000 downloads) in 2016. Her only other single certifications from BPI for UK sales are digital silver and gold status for "Jolene" and two silver awards – one for physical 45s when originally released and one for digital downloads – for "Islands In The Stream" with Kenny Rogers. "9 To 5" earned a digital platinum award in the U.S. for more than 1 million downloads and/or 100 million streaming plays in September.

    Leadership Tennessee Names Award In Dolly's Honor
    That was not Dolly's only honor of the weekend, as Leadership Tennessee on Saturday presented her with the first Dolly Parton Excellence In Leadership Award in a ceremony held at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. NewsChannel 5 reports here that the award was for "her selfless work to improve lives across Tennessee." Dolly commented: "My dream was to make as many people happy as I could in this life, and I am grateful to Leadership Tennessee and First Lady Crissy Haslam for recognizing our work done to improve the lives of all Tennesseans. Even more humbling is for decades to come the future leaders of Tennessee will receive an award with the Parton family name attached to it, and for that I am truly honored and thankful." Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam added: "Tennessee has many talented sons and daughters, but there are few who are as beloved as Dolly Parton. And while she may be most known for her music, she has undoubtedly proved to be an exemplar of leadership through her generosity, humility, inclusiveness, expertise, and passion. As a state, we are indebted to all that Dolly has done for Tennessee and its people; there is no one better suited for the very first Excellence in Leadership Award."

    'Trio' Celebrates 100 Weeks On U.K. Chart
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week scores its 100th week on the top 20 British country compilation albums chart, gaining one to No. 2. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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 Ronstadt) dips two to No. 12, while Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) fall out of the top 20, down from No. 9 and No. 16, respectively. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) slips seven this week on the Australian country albums chart to No. 20 in its 360th chart week since its original 2007 release.

    Dolly Records Gershwin Duet With Michael Feinstein
    Dolly has recorded a duet with legendary artist Michael Feinstein for an album of Gershwin songs as collaborations with country artists, he revealed this week. Although the title of the track was not announced, Feinstein said it is the only one recorded thus far, although he has commitments from Jennifer Nettles, Brad Paisley and Martina McBride to also appear on the project. Learn more from The Daily Herald here.

    Stella Interviewed Overseas
    The Daily Mail in London gave a great interview to Dolly's sister Stella in advance of her appearance later this month on the BBC's Celebrity Masterchef. They focused primarily on what it is like being Dolly's sister. Check it out here.

    Aug. 6:
    Further Coverage Of Dolly's Dollywood Announcement
    Special thanks to correspondents Jason and Daniel Worley for their report on Dolly's Friday appearance at Dollywood to reveal the park's $37 million 2019 expansion with the new Wildwood Grove section. Their story has been uploaded to the site here with several photos from the announcement, including the one at left. Dolly was back on park Saturday, greeting fans at her revamped "My People, My Music" show with her family members (sitting in the audience to watch it) as well as her planned afternoon park tour parade.

    'Very Best' Hangs On Down Under
    The "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) holds steady this week on the Australian country albums chart at No. 13 in its 359th chart week since its original 2007 release.

    Aug. 4:
    Dolly Announces Wildwood Grove For 2019

    Dolly was all giggles and smiles on Friday to announce the largest-ever expansion of her Dollywood theme park with 2019's addition of Wildwood Grove, a $37 million new themed area. Alyvia Alyn Lind, who played little Dolly in the Coat Of Many Colors movie series, was on hand to play "Rebecca," the girl who "discovers" this magical land in the mountains. She and Dolly lip-synched to a re-written "Love is Like A Butterfly" for which Dolly changed the lyrics to reflect the attractions in the new area, and they sang live on "My Tennessee Mountain Home." Dolly also had an afternoon park tour for fans.

    Visitors will enter the new area through the hollow trunk of a fallen tree and will immediately notice the centerpiece, the 55-foot Wildwood Tree, towering over the landscape covered in a green, leafy canopy but also adorned with thousands of butterflies that dance in the breeze. At night, the butterflies come to life with a unique light show of color. And it is set upon a stone stage for live music performances.

    Other attractions include:

  • The Dragonflier suspended family roller coaster which boasts being the fastest and longest of its class of coasters in the world.
  • Black Bear Trail, which takes riders for a trek through the woods on the back of a bear-shaped car.
  • Sycamore Swing, which is a pirate ship-style ride which the park is calling a "leaf boat" swinging back and forth like a leaf falling from a giant sycamore tree.
  • Treetop Tower, a family tower that takes riders 40 feet into the air seated in giant acorns to spin around the top of an oak tree.
  • The Mad Mockingbird ride, which sees giant birds take flight in a circle around a tall tree where riders control their ride experience by moving a sail.
  • Frogs and Fireflies kiddie ride chasing each other around a lily pad.
  • The Hidden Hollow 4,000-square-foot indoor play space with climbing structures, slides and games.
  • Wildwood Creek splash pad.
  • A Southwestern-style restaurant, Till & Harvest, featuring burritos, salads, churros, ice cream and more but with a Southern twist.

    In a press release, Dolly noted: "I've told you before about how I'd let my imagination roam free when I'd be out exploring in the hills around our home in the Smoky Mountains. I'd pretend that the frogs and butterflies were my friends. I'd imagine about what it'd be like to fly with a dragonfly or to follow a bear family through the woods. Now all these things are coming true for our guests to experience in Wildwood Grove; it may be my new favorite part of Dollywood! This area is going to give families a place to explore, play and imagine together—but more importantly—it's a place where they can spend more time together. I believe everyone has a song in their heart that needs to be set free. Wildwood Grove will be a place where families can learn together about what their heart song truly is."

    Dollywood Company President Craig Ross added: "I think our guests are going to be excited about the diverse combination of attractions they will find in Wildwood Grove. It continues our commitment to provide guests a variety of unique experiences and attractions that every visitor to the park can enjoy. We've also incorporated many of their requests for certain amenities that help make their visit more enjoyable. In Wildwood Grove, you'll find more charging stations, a climate-controlled indoor space for play, larger respite locations, additional play areas which are more inclusive for everyone, and more entertainment opportunities for every member of the family. We have continued to expand and develop Dollywood over the last several years but Wildwood Grove is the first expansion of the park's footprint since we added Wilderness Pass in 2008. It is rare in our industry that a park adds a new land in its entirety. Attendance has continued to increase—we've set attendance records each of the last six years and we're having a strong season this year—so this new area helps satisfy consumer needs as guests have more room to spread out, imagine and explore another chapter in the epic Dollywood story."  

    To promote the new addition, the park has a special limited-time offer through September 2 to pre-sell 2019 season passes at the 2018 rate with extended nine-month payment plans, exclusive first access to the new area and three Bring-A-Friend-Free tickets.

    Dolly is scheduled to remain on park Saturday and has a second park tour, weather permitting, planned for 4 p.m. that day.

    Watch the full announcement on YouTube here or in the media player above. Check out coverage of the announcement from Dolly's official website here and here, People here, WBIR here, USA Today here and The Knoxville News-Sentinel here. An artist's rendering of the area entrance is viewable below.

    Dolly Makes 'Billboard' All-Time Chart
    In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, several all-time countdowns were released Friday by the magazine, such as the top 60 women based on chart performance, top 100 artists, top songs that never made it to No. 1, and more. One of the lists was the top 600 songs of all time based on chart performance, and Dolly makes three appearances: one as a songwriter only and two as a performer. Whitney Houston's mega-hit cover of her classic "I Will Always Love You" ranked at No. 54, because even though it is one of the longest-running No. 1 songs of all time, the rankings take into account the length of the entire chart run of a song. Her duet of "Islands In The Stream" with Kenny Rogers made it at No. 238, while her "9 To 5" clocked in at No. 468.

    Overseas Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week dips one on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 3 in the album's 99th chart week. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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 Ronstadt) loses one to No. 10, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) slips one to No. 9, and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) drops two to No. 16.

    Aug. 2:
    Aniston: Watch For 'Dumplin'' Later This Year
    Dumplin' star and producer Jennifer Aniston is the cover girl for September's In Style magazine and gave an update that the film and Dolly's soundtrack album for it should be out before the end of the year. She also recounted watching the final cut of the film with her: "When Dolly and I watched the movie together, we were in a theater full of people who didn't know we were sitting in the back. During one of the funnier parts, she's stifling her laugh and whispers to me, 'They can't hear my laugh. They'll know my laugh.' A couple of minutes later I look over and she's crying, and she says, 'But they don't know my tears.'"
    Read more here.

    Dollywood Appearance Reminder
    Don't forget to tune in online here at 11 a.m. Friday for Dollywood's "biggest announcement ever" of its 2019 expansion, "Wildwood Grove." For those able to make it in person, I understand that the first 1,100 season passholders who get a wristband that morning (presumably at the front gate, just like at season opening) will be able to join the media and VIPs for the announcement at DP's Celebrity Theatre. Later in the day, weather permitting, Dolly will have a park tour from Showstreet Palace Theater to Heartsong Theater at 4 p.m. She will repeat the park tour, weather permitting, on Saturday as well.

    Price, Carlile Duet On '9 To 5'
    Singers Margo Price and Brandi Carlile appeared at the Newport Folk Festival over the weekend and covered Dolly's "9 To 5" as a duet. Check out footage from Wide Open Country here.

    July 30:
    'Very Best' Remains On Australian Chart
    The "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) gains one this week on the Australian country albums chart to No. 13 in its 358th chart week since its original 2007 release.

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