This week in
Dolly history
Forty-three years ago Monday, Dolly records “To Daddy” for All I Can Do but removes it when friend Emmylou Harris expresses interest in covering the song; Emmy's version, released two years later, peaks at No. 3 on the country singles chart; Dolly's original isn't released until The Essential Dolly Parton Vol. 1 comes out in 1995. Forty-one years ago Monday, Here You Come Again marks its final of nine weeks atop the country album charts (Dolly's second); it also reaches No. 20 pop and becomes her first platinum album for sales in excess of 1 million copies. Thirty-five years ago Monday, The Great Pretender debuts on the album charts; it reaches No. 7 country, No. 71 pop. Forty-five years ago Tuesday, Porter & Dolly announce the breakup of their duo. Thirty-eight years ago Tuesday, “9 to 5" is certified as Dolly's second gold single for sales in excess of 1 million copies. Twenty-six years ago Tuesday, Whitney Houston's cover of Dolly's "I Will Always Love You" tops the Billboard pop charts for the 14th week -- breaking the record for longest-running No.1 single in history at that time. Twenty-five years ago Tuesday, “The Day I Fall In Love” with James Ingram debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; it peaks at No. 36. Thirty-one years ago Wednesday, Porter & Dolly perform together on the stage of The Grand Ole Opry for her ABC television series, the first time the two sing together publicly since 1974. Thirty-eight years ago Thursday, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs marks its second of 10 weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts (Dolly's fourth time at the top and longest stay there); it also reaches No. 11 pop and gold status for more than 500,000 copies sold (Dolly's fifth). The same day, “9 to 5" reaches No. 1 on the pop charts. Thirty-two years ago Thursday, “To Know Him Is To Love Him” with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris debuts on the country singles charts; three months later it would become Trio's sole No. 1, Dolly's 21st of her record 25 times atop the country singles charts, Emmylou's fifth and most recent No. 1, and Linda's second and most recent country No. 1. Eighteen years ago Thursday, Dolly wins her sixth Grammy Award, this time for Best Bluegrass Album for The Grass is Blue. Forty-four years ago Friday, “The Bargain Store” debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; the No. 1 country single would peak at No. 35 AC. Thirty-four years ago Saturday, “Don't Call It Love” debuts on the adult contemporary chart; the song would peak at No. 12 adult contemporary and No. 3 country. Nineteen years ago Saturday, Dolly picks up her fifth Grammy Award, Best Country Vocal Collaboration, for “After The Goldrush,” the second she shares with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris as The Trio. Thirty-seven years ago Sunday, Dolly wins two Grammy Awards for “9 to 5” -- Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song; the hit was also up for overall Song Of The Year and Best Album From A Motion Picture.

Charts

  • U.S., Feb. 23 edition:
          Ultimate Dolly Parton No. 17 country albums (up from No. 48; 49th week; peaked at No. 10), No. 117 pop (re-entry; fourth week; peaked at No. 112)
          Dolly: No. 65 Artist Top 100 (re-entry; fifth week; peaked at No. 46), No. 28 Social 50 (re-entry; second week; peaked at No. 28)
          "Jolene" No. 11 digital country songs (re-entry; fifth week; peaked at No. 11)

  • U.K., Feb. 18 edition:
          Dumplin' soundtrack No. 6 country albums (down from No. 5; 11th week; peaked at No. 2), No. 27 soundtracks (down from No. 24; 11th week; peaked at No. 8)
          The Complete Trio Collection No. 3 country compilation (no change; 127th week; peaked at No. 1 for 30 weeks)


    Upcoming television appearances
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  • Sept. 15-18 and 22-25, 8 p.m., PBS, Country Music


    In-person Dolly
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  • Oct. 12: Grand Ole Opry, Nashville


    Upcoming or recent releases

  • We Found It 1973 Porter & Dolly album, digital release, Feb. 1

  • Hungry Again 1998 album, digital release, Jan. 25

  • Ronnie Milsap: The Duets, with Dolly on "Smoky Mountain Rain," Jan. 18

  • The Right Combination/Burning The Midnight Oil 1972 album, digital release, Jan. 4

  • Together Always, 1972 album, digital release, Jan. 4

  • Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD version here or the digital version here, featuring 12 Dolly tracks, Nov. 30

  • Dolly: The Seeker/We Used To Dolly album from 1975, digital release, Nov. 23

  • As Long As I Love Dolly album from 1970, digital release, Nov. 23

  • "Jolene" Dolly song from Dumplin' soundtrack, Nov. 16

  • "Girl In The Movies" Dolly song from Dumplin' soundtrack, Nov. 2

  • The Sounds Of Christmas, Dailey & Vincent CD with Dolly collaboration on "Road To Bethlehem," Oct. 12

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

  • Porter Wayne And Dolly Rebecca 1970 album with Porter Wagoner, Sept. 28

  • Once More 1970 album with Porter Wagoner, Sept. 28

  • Porter 'N' Dolly 1974 album with Porter Wagoner, Sept. 28

  • A Woman's Right Dolly track from 27: The Most Perfect Album, Sept. 18

  • "Here I Am" Dolly duet with Sia from Dumplin' soundtrack, Sept. 14

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

    Just The Two Of Us 1968 album with Porter Wagoner, Aug. 17

  • 1927 Jubilee: The New Bristol Sessions , with Dolly track "Something More," July 30

  • 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

    Fred Foster, Producer Of Dolly's First Album, Dies At 87
    Fred Foster, founder of Monument Records and Combine Music and the man who launched Dolly's music career in Nashville, died Wednesday after an illness. He was 87 years old. In a statement on social media, Dolly reacted, saying: “I am heartbroken that my friend Fred Foster has passed on. Fred was one of the very first people to believe in me and gave me chances no one else would or could. We've stayed friends through the years and I will miss him. I will always love him.” Foster created the label and publishing house in 1958, moving to Nashville two years later. In 1965, one year after she moved to Nashville, Dolly was signed by Foster as a singer and songwriter for both companies. Foster also signed Willie Nelson for one song before he switched labels, produced most of Kris Kristofferson's hits (including co-writing “Me And Bobby McGee” with him), and produced most of Roy Orbison's hits. He initially promoted Dolly as a bubblegum pop singer, with only one track, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby,” seeing much airplay, making it to No. 108 on the pop charts. After four singles, he switched her to the country format following the success of “Put If Off Until Tomorrow,” a top 10 country duet she co-wrote for Combine Music with her uncle, Bill Owens, and sang as a duet with Bill Phillips on a competing label. In 1967, he produced her debut album, Hello, I'm Dolly, which went to No. 11 on the country albums chart and yielded the top 25 single “Dumb Blonde” and top 20 single “Something Fishy.” That success brought Dolly to the attention of Porter Wagoner, who signed her to his television and touring show and eventually signed her to his label, RCA Records, when her Monument contract expired in late 1967. Foster released an album of her previously-unreleased country tracks under the title As Long As I Love in 1970 after she had begun to see more success at RCA. Both albums were re-issued in full by Monument under the title The World Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 in 1972 (re-released once more in 1988 and then again in 1993) and selections from them were compiled onto In The Beginning in 1978. Some tracks from the albums and several of her bubblegum pop singles and B-sides were released on the compilation The Little Things in 1998 on the Country Stars label in Europe. In the 1980s, a banking investment in which Foster was a major funder went bad, wiping him out. He got Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Brenda Lee together in 1982 to record new songs and add their vocals to some of Dolly's 1960s masters for an album of duets, The Winning Hand. Although it was a significant success and included a television special to promote it, it wasn't enough to keep the label open for long, and he was forced to sell the company in 1990 to avoid bankruptcy. Dolly attempted to buy it herself at the time but was outbid by her own label, CBS/Columbia. (Coincidentally, both CBS/Columbia and RCA Records were later taken over by Sony Music, consolidating all of Dolly's career recordings from 1965 to 1996 on one label with the exception of her Trio albums and a few guest appearances on others' recordings.) His obituary from The Tennessean is available here.

    Camilla Reads To Children For Dolly's Library
    Her Royal Highness Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, joined Dolly's Imagination Library this week in Liverpool, England, to read to children in celebration of the program reaching 1,000 children in the community. Dolly joined the event via video. Check out the program's Facebook posting here or below.



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    Past news

    Feb. 21:
    Post-Grammy Sales Push 'Ultimate' Back To Top 20
    Unfortunately, Dolly's post-Grammys sales bump wasn't enough to bring her Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack back onto the Feb. 23 charts Billboard released Wednesday, but her tribute segment as MusiCares Person of the Year did result in significant sales increases for the 2003 compilation Ultimate Dolly Parton, which shoots up 31 places to No. 17 country albums in its 49th week, also re-entering the top 200 pop albums chart at No. 177 for a fourth week. Dolly herself re-enters the Artist 100 chart at No. 65, and her original recording of "Jolene" re-enters the top 25 digital country songs chart at No. 11. Finally, Dolly re-enters the Social 50 chart for social media activity at No. 28 for a second week and a new peak.

    U.K. Charts List Dolly's Top Streaming Songs
    With Dolly's media appearances overseas to promote the London opening of her 9 To 5: The Musical, The U.K. Official Chart Company here released a list of her 20 most streamed songs in the U.K. since the British charts began tracking online streams in 2014. The actual numbers for only her top two songs were publicly noted in the article: over the past five years, "9 To 5" has been streamed 33.4 million times and "Jolene" has seen 29.5 million. The full top 20, with year of release as singles in the U.K., were as follows:
    1. "9 To 5," 1981
    2. "Jolene," 1976
    3. "Islands In The Stream" with Kenny Rogers, 1983
    4. "I Will Always Love You," 1974
    5. "Here You Come Again," 1984
    6. "Coat Of Many Colors," 1971
    7. "Jolene" with Pentatonix, 2016
    8. "Rainbowland" with Miley Cyrus, 2017
    9. "Love Is Like A Butterfly," 1974
    10. "Baby I'm Burning," 1978
    11. "The Bargain Store," 1975
    12. "Blue Smoke," 2014
    13. "My Tennessee Mountain Home," 1973
    14. "Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That," 1989
    15. "Two Doors Down," 1978
    16. "Applejack," 1977
    17. "Silver Threads And Golden Needles" with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, 1993
    18. "Try," 2014
    19. "In The Ghetto," 1969
    20. "Dumb Blonde," 1967

    Dollywood Previews Wildwood Grove Site
    Dollywood this week held a media tour of the construction grounds for its 2019 expansion area, Wildwood Grove, confirming it won't open until May. Check out pictures from The Knoxville News-Sentinel here.


    Feb. 19:
    Watch Dolly's 'Lorraine' Interview Online


    Britain's Lorraine show on Monday posted its interview with Dolly to promote her London opening of 9 To 5: The Musical. Watch it here or in the media player above. In related news, it has been announced that the play's Amber Davies has been filming a behind-the-scenes series on the making of a musical which will feature how she researched for the role and traveled to Nashville to meet with Dolly when she started rehearsing the show and interviewed her again while she was in Nashville. Amber and Dolly: 9 To 5 will air in the U.K.'s ITVBe network. Learn more from The Daily Mail here.

    'Blue Smoke' Re-Issue On Blue Vinyl Coming
    Music On Vinyl, the boutique European label which has reissued several classic Dolly albums on vinyl (Just Because I'm A Woman, Coat Of Many Colors and Jolene) as well as the European vinyl edition of Blue Smoke back in 2014, has announced here that it will re-issue Dolly's Blue Smoke album on vinyl March 8 limited to 1,000 numbered copies on "blue smoked vinyl" (transparent blue vinyl with black marbling). They will be available only in stores, such as The Sound Of Vinyl here.

    Dolly's Branson Stampede Turns 25
    Dolly's Branson location of her Stampede dinner theatre has announced it will welcome its 10 millionth visitor during this, its 25th year operating in the city. Learn more of the venue's plans for its anniversary season here.


    Feb. 18:
    '9 To 5: The Musical' Gets London Opening


    Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical had its invitation-only opening night gala and press performance evening Sunday in London's West End, Britain's version of Broadway. The new version of the show has moved "I Just Might" to after "Backwoods Barbie" and replaced the four marijuana fantasy numbers ("The Dance Of Death," "Cowgirl's Revenge," "Potion Notion" and "Joy To The Girls") with a new song, "Hey Boss," which appears between "Heart To Hart" and "Shine Like The Sun." Dolly was among the stars on the red carpet and joined the cast on stage for the curtain call to speak briefly and acknowledge the team that put the show together. Coverage included some additional interviews in advance of the official opening, such as with Smooth Radio here and BBC Newsnight as summarized by The Independent here. Opening night coverage, mainly from the red carpet, included The Irish Independent here, Broadway World here, Sky here and here and here and Reuters here. Since the show marked the end of previews and the first official performance, reviews could now be published, and they for the most part mirrored reviews of the 2008 original Broadway production, which is likeable but mediocre. They included three stars from each The Guardian here which found it slick and stylish and cliched but said he couldn't help but like it, Time Out here which said it was a "willfully preposterous crowd pleaser," The Times here which called it a "feelgood feminist classic," London Theatre here which said there are some catchy musical numbers to enjoy in a slick and spirited production, and The Telegraph here which called it a feelgood but flimsy musical, and two star reviews from Metro here and Broadway World here which called it a considered combination of sugar and steel.

    'Very Best' Remains Steady Down Under
    The "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) holds steady at No. 11 in its 387th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release, it was revealed Sunday.


    Feb. 16:
    Dolly Promotes '9 To 5' In London


    Dolly has landed in London and begun her campaign to promote the West End engagement of her 9 To 5: The Musical. She appeared Friday night on BBC's The One Show, where the cast performed the main theme and Dolly remained to sit on the couch and chat with the hosts throughout the program. Watch the opening performance via Facebook here or in the media player above, and the rest of the program via YouTube here or in the media player below. She was also interviewed on BBC Radio 2. She is expected to appear next week on ITV's Lorraine program, although the exact date has not been announced, and she is expected to be in attendance at Sunday night's official "opening night" performance of the musical at the Savoy Theatre.

    Dolly Items For Auction To Help Grammys
    Thanks to Christian for alerting me that the Grammy Foundation is currently auctioning off two items with Dolly autographs to benefit the MusiCares program and Grammy Museum. Both auctions end next Thursday evening. An autographed Gibson guitar is available here and at press time the bidding was at $2,675, and the awards ceremony's Green Room Guestbook, signed by Dolly and many other stars, is available here and as of press time the bidding was at $4,550.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    In its 11th week on the charts across the pond, Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack inches down one to No. 6 British Country Albums and down three to No. 27 British Soundtrack Albums. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt holds steady at No. 3 British country compilation albums chart in its 127th 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) falls three to No. 8, while her 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. 13, and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) moves up one to No. 7.


    Feb. 15:
    Dolly Wins Biggest Post-Grammy Streaming Bump
    Dolly's song "Red Shoes" from her Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack saw the greatest post-Grammys bump in streaming listens to songs performed on the telecast, Billboard reported Thursday. The track, included in her MusiCares Person of the Year tribute segment, was up 526 percent to 36,000 streams Feb. 10-11 compared to Feb. 8-9, it was reported here. In addition, the Trio's version of "After The Goldrush" saw the sixth-biggest increase at 263 percent to 20,000 streams, while "Here You Come Again" was ninth at 43 percent to 151,000 streams, "Jolene" was 10th with 33 percent to 379.000 steams and "9 To 5" was 11th with 21 percent to 324,000 streams, just edging out the percentage increase of No. 12 "Shallow" by Lady Gaga with 19 percent to 2.3 million streams for the two-day period.

    'Shallow' Bests 'Girl' At Music Supervisors Guild Awards
    The Guild of Music Supervisors Awards were held in Los Angeles on Wednesday night and Lady Gaga's "Shallow" from A Star Is Born continued its steamroll over the competition, winning yet another Best Song award over Dolly and Linda Perry's "Girl In The Movies" from the Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Perry was on hand as a presenter during the ceremony. Ed Note: This report originally misidentified the entity giving the award as the Producers Guild instead of the Guild of Music Supervisors. Thanks to Jay for notifying us of the error.

    Imagination Library Expands To Ireland
    Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy program is expanding to yet another country, it was announced on Thursday. The book-a-month from birth to age 5 project is launching in Tallaght in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, with plans to expand nationwide later in the year. Read more from The Irish Examiner here. Operating primarily in the U.S., the program distributes more than 1 million books per month and has sent out more than 100 million books since inception in 1995. Today, it reaches children throughout America as well as Canada, Great Britain, Australia and Ireland.

    Australian Town Plans Big Dolly Fest Next Year
    The small town of Narromine in New South Wales, Australia, has announced that it will celebrate all things Dolly in a two-day Dolly Parton Festival April 17 and 18, 2020. Read more from The Nyngan Observer here.

    Paper Previews Wildwood Grove At Dollywood
    USA Today on Wednesday previewed Dollywood's Wildwood Grove expansion set to open this spring. Check out the story here.


    Feb. 13:
    Ratings: Dolly Was Most-Watched Part Of Grammy Telecast
    According to Nielsen fast national data, Sunday's Grammy broadcast saw a slight increase over the previous year's audience, 19.9 million viewers versus 19.8 million, average over the more than three hours of the entire program, but the numbers showed that the largest audience of the evening was only watching for the segment featuring Dolly's tribute, which means several hundred thousand people likely turned their sets to the program just before her tribute and turned away just after because that was the only portion they were interested in watching. Read more from Ad Age here. The program, however, got one set of anchors in trouble Down Under, as two of the male on air team members of Australia's Today found themselves in hot water after making a couple of boob jokes about Dolly on their program the next morning: with one saying she was "age defying and defying gravity" and the other joking about her duet with goddaughter Miley Cyrus: "seeing those two on stage, I thought, fantastic. And, Miley, of course." Read more from The West Australian here.

    Catch Dolly On BBC One Friday Night
    I understand that Dolly is scheduled as a guest on BBC One's The One Friday evening, presumably to promote next week's official opening of her 9 To 5: The Musical on London's West End. The program airs at 7 p.m.

    'Ultimate' Back On U.S. Charts, 'Dumplin'' Falls Again
    The 2003 compilation Ultimate Dolly Parton re-enters the top 50 country albums chart at No. 48 in its 48th week, the Feb. 16 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed. Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack falls back off the U.S. charts this week after a sixth week on the top 25 soundtrack albums list at No. 16 and sixth week on the 25-position Americana/folk albums list at No. 20, but I expect the post-Grammy sales bump to bring the album back to the charts next week. Dailey & Vincent's The Sounds Of Christmas, featuring a Dolly collaboration on "Road To Bethlehem falls off the top 25 Bluegrass Albums Chart, down from No. 12 in its 16th week.


    Feb. 12:
    Netflix Details Remaining 'Heartstrings' Episodes
    Netflix on Monday announced the remaining installments in Dolly's Heartstrings anthology movie series in The Hollywood Reporter here. In addition to the previously detailed "Jolene" with Julianne Hough as the hussy nightclub singer, Dolly as her boss and Kimberly Williams-Paisley as her best friend; the 1940s-set "These Old Bones" with Kathleen Turner as the mountain fortune teller; 1880s Bonnie-and-Clyde-type Western "J.J. Sneed" with Colin O'Donoghue and Willa Fitzgerald plus Mac Davis; and "If I Had Wings" featuring Gerald McRaney and wife Delta Burke in her first role in many years as a couple dealing with his estranged children on his 70th birthday, the following plot lines and cast were revealed:

  • "Cracker Jack" starring Sarah Shahi, Rochelle Aytes, Jessica Collins and Tammy Lynn Michaels; written by Lisa Melamed and directed by Liesl Tommy, about the power of unconditional love between a girl and her dog told in two time periods, the past as a child and the present as an adult questioning what her life means when faced with her greatest fear.
  • "Sugar Hill" starring Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig, Virginia Gardner and Tom Brittney; written by Thomas Ian Griffith and Mary Page Keller and directed by Lev L. Spiro, following a married couple in their twilight on a road trip back to where they first fell in love, revisiting the history of their love story along the way.
  • "Down From Dover" starring Holly Taylor, Shane McGhie, Robert Taylor, Bellamy Young, Camryn Manheim and Mary Lane Haskell; written by John Sacret Young and directed by Erica Dunton, about a pregnant teen who finds a home for unwed mothers after being shunned by her pious widowed father as she hopes for the safe return of the young man she loves from the Vietnam War.
  • "Two Doors Down" starring Melissa Leo, Ray McKinnon, Andy Mientus, Katie Stevens and Michael Willett; written by Mark B. Perry and directed by Wendey Stanzler, as a family's lifetime of secrets come bursting out during a chaotic and comedic New Year's Eve wedding weekend.

    More From Grammy Tribute Responses
    The world was tuned to Dolly on Monday as viewers reacted to her stunning tribute on Sunday night's Grammy Awards recognizing her as MusiCares Person Of The Year. Vanity Fair said here that she "stole the show in her own Grammy ensemble tribute" and The Huffington Post opined here that her performance in her own tribute "shut down the Grammys." Billboard ranked the segment the best of all of the night's musical performances in a critique here and included it as one of the night's "best moments" in its top 10 best and worst list from the ceremony here. USA Today said here that the tribute was "worthy of Dolly's presence" and that she taught "the younger girls how it's done" in a medley in which "every segment was better than the one before" leading up to her triumphant "Red Shoes" and celebratory "9 To 5." It wasn't all positive, as several fans online and several media outlets criticized Katy Perry's over-singing the first number in the tribute, "Here You Come Again," such as this summary of those dislikes from The Daily Mail here. But the tribute had a positive impact on Dolly's bottom line, as the five songs featured in the medley saw a 718 percent increase in one-day download sales from about 1,000 downloads on Thursday to 6,000 collectively on Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter here.

    Watch Classic Dolly On Carson Via YouTube
    Someone on Monday posted to YouTube Dolly's original first and second solo appearances to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson from January and February 1977. Watch them here and here before they get taken down by the Carson estate for copyright!


    Feb. 11:
    Grammys Honor Dolly Again And Again This Week


    A spectacular performance and tribute on the Grammy Awards telecast capped Dolly's Grammy week Sunday night as this year's MusiCares Person Of The Year in honor of her lifetime of career achievements and her record of philanthropic work. Kasey Musgraves and Katy Perry kicked off the second hour of the ceremony with "Here You Come Again," as Dolly joined them halfway through the song. Next, she performed "Jolene" with Miley Cyrus and then "After The Goldrush" with Miley and Maren Morris. Little Big Town came out to join her for "Red Shoes," and then everyone returned for "9 To 5." Watch it here! The performance followed Friday night's star-studded full-length concert for the MusiCares Award, which ended with a surprise appearance by Trio partners Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris to honor her with the actual award. She called the two over for a photo with the award, and Linda, unstable on her feet due to advanced Parkinson's Disease, knocked the statuette off the pedestal and broke the tip. She looked extremely embarrassed but Dolly assured her it was her own fault for making her come over there and she'd just glue that little piece back on. Dolly's acceptance speech, which you may watch here or in the media player above, was heartfelt and sincere but also was full of punchlines, most notably that watching the other stars perform her songs was kind of like watching porn because you're not directly participating in it "but you still get off." The concert, which raised $6.7 million for the Grammys' MusiCares charity, featured the following line-up:
  • P!nk — "Jolene"
  • Brandi Carlile and Willie Nelson — "Everything's Beautiful (In Its Own Way)"
  • Lauren Daigle — "The Seeker"
  • Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes & Mark Ronson — "Islands in the Stream"
  • Chris Stapleton — "9 to 5"
  • Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves — "Here You Come Again"
  • Norah Jones and Puss N Boots — "The Grass Is Blue"
  • Don Henley and Vince Gill — "Eagle When She Flies"
  • Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood — "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You"
  • Mavis Staples, Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste — "Not Enough Love"
  • Yolanda Adams — "I Will Always Love You"
  • Jennifer Nettles, Cam and Margo Price –  "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind"
  • Dolly and Linda Perry —  "Coat of Many Colors"

    And, of course, the two evenings followed Tuesday's opening of the exhibit on Dolly's costumes at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, which was previewed with a Q&A Linda Perry hosted with Dolly on Monday. Coverage of the exhibit included AV Club here, The Los Angeles Times here and Billboard here.

    Coverage of the tribute concert included The Grammys here, Stereogum here, Billboard here and here, Variety here, USA Today here and Yahoo here. Some clips from rehearsals were provided by Sounds Like Nashville here, and Linda Perry had a pre-Grammy interview with Entertainment Weekly here.

    Check out Dolly on the red carpet for Sunday's awards show here.

    CBS, which broadcast the Grammy Awards (no announcement yet on when or where the MusiCares concert may later be broadcast or released for DVD sale), also featured Dolly on its Sunday Morning news program with an interview here or in the media player below.

    U.K., Aussie Chart Updates
    The "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) rebounds a dozen digits this week to No. 11 in its 386th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release, it was revealed Sunday. Also overseas, in its 10th week on the charts across the pond, Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack loses one to No. 5 British Country Albums and holds steady at No. 24 British Soundtrack Albums. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt regains four to No. 3 British country compilation albums chart in its 126th 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) holds steady at No. 5, while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls two to No. 11, and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains six to No. 8.

    Dolly Chats About '9 To 5' Legacy
    I'm told Dolly herself sat down while in Los Angeles this week to chat with the documentarians behind From Hollywood To Dollywood for their new project analyzing the continuing impact that her 1980 film 9 To 5 has on American culture and its many spin-offs (the TV series and Broadway and West End musicals), Still Working 9 To 5. Check out a photo from their Facebook page here. And speaking of the musical's London opening, check out a couple of new articles about it from Playbill here and London Theatre here. Now that her Grammy duties are completed, Dolly is expected to travel in the next few days to London, where she'll be involved in the final preview performances of the musical and promotions for its official opening night in a little over a week.


    Feb. 6:
    Grammy Tribute Details Confirmed
    Although the Recording Academy's President revealed two months ago that Dolly would appear on Sunday's Grammy Awards ceremony telecast in her role as MusiCares Person of the Year and the vice president of CBS a week ago said the tribute to her would serve as the major "tentpole" segment for one of the broadcast's hours, and Linda Perry – who arranged the tribute for the ceremony – let the details out of the bag on Monday at the Grammy Museum's town hall, the Grammys on Tuesday officially announced Dolly's tribute segment for Sunday's awards show broadcast. They confirmed Dolly will perform songs from her Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Dolly's first time since singing "Travelin' Prayer" on the 2001 show the year she won Best Bluegrass Album – and classic hits from her career will be performed by Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry. (Linda Perry had listed all of these except Maren Morris and had said Miley Cyrus was performing in the tribute as well, but she was not listed in the Grammy announcement so either she is to be a "surprise" or her schedule has changed.) In related news, Billboard recapped the town hall meeting here, as did New Now Next here, and Billboard also spoke with the Grammy's vice president in charge of MusiCares about the charity and Dolly's selection for its honor this year here.

    'Dumplin'' Returns To U.S. Charts
    Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack re-enters the U.S. charts this week to mark a sixth week on the top 25 soundtrack albums list at No. 16 and sixth week on the 25-position Americana/folk albums list at No. 20 in the Feb. 9 tallies. The 2003 compilation Ultimate Dolly Parton falls off the top 50 country albums chart, down from No. 39 in its 47th week, while Dailey & Vincent's The Sounds Of Christmas, featuring a Dolly collaboration on "Road To Bethlehem," drops four to No. 12 Bluegrass Albums in its 16th week.


    Feb. 5:
    Grammy Tribute Details Revealed At Town Hall


    Linda Perry hosted the Dolly Town Hall meeting at the Grammy Museum to open their exhibit on her costumes in advance of Friday's MusiCares Person of the Year concert tribute to her and Sunday's Grammy Awards. The two chatted about several subjects and even brought a young girl up from the audience to interact with Dolly and sing a little bit of "Jolene." The biggest news to come from the discussion was at the very end when Perry announced she and Dolly will be closing out the MusiCares concert on Friday with just the two of them performing "Coat Of Many Colors" and that she had put together the Grammy Awards performance in Dolly's honor which will feature a medley that includes "9 To 5," "Red Shoes" and "Jolene" with performers including Katy Perry, Little Big Town, Miley Cyrus and Casey Musgraves. Putting the tribute together was stressful, Perry noted, "that's like heavy fucking duty shit!" Watch the full hour-long talk courtesy Billboard's Facebook page here or in the media player above, and check out some shots of Dolly looking at the exhibit from the Grammy Museum Facebook page here. In related news, Billboard chatted with Perry about several things, including what she learned from Dolly, here.

    Kathie Lee Says She's Doing Movie With Dolly
    Kathie Lee Gifford returned to NBC's Today Monday and said while she was off for the month of January she was "supposed to" film a movie with Dolly but the script wasn't ready in time, so it will have to be done later in the year. No other details were revealed about the project.


    Feb. 4:
    Grammy Museum Exhibit Opens
    Dolly's costume exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles opens this week, but some people got a preview a few days early, including one who posted photos and video to Facebook here. As was previously reported, Dolly and Linda Perry will hold an 8 p.m. Eastern Town Hall Meeting Monday about the exhibit to be livestreamed on Billboard's Facebook page here. Also, thanks to Todd for alerting me that Sunday's Parade newspaper insert featured Dolly and Lady Gaga on the cover with a photo promoting next Sunday's Grammy Awards telecast and asking which one has the most Grammy Awards. Inside, it notes Gaga, with six statues, is a big nominee for "Shallow," while Dolly, with eight wins, is being recognized as the MusiCares Person of the Year.

    'Dumplin'' Falls Off The Australian Tallies
    After eight weeks on the country chart Down Under, Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack this week falls out of the top 40 Australian County Albums Chart, down from No. 36, it was revealed Sunday, while the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) loses seven to No. 23 in its 385th chart week since its original 2007 release.

    Mindy Smith Debut Re-Issued On Vinyl
    To celebrate its 15th anniversary. Mindy Smith's groundbreaking debut album One Moment More featuring her cover of Dolly's "Jolene" with guest vocals from Dolly herself was issued about a week ago on vinyl for the first time ever. Get your copy on an 180 gram LP from Craft Recordings here.

    Ronstadt Appears On CBS 'Sunday'
    Linda Ronstadt, whose Parkinson's Disease has continued to progress since her retirement from music, was interviewed by CBS News Sunday Morning this weekend and, of course, the Trio came up. Watch the interview here.

    London '9 To 5' Developments Reported
    Louise Redknapp, the actress in the London production of Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical who had to miss the preview performances due to injuries from a fall, has shared her recovery with The Mirror here and announced she expects to soon return to the show and replace her understudy. In related news, Broadway World spoke with the show's Doralee, Natalie McQueen, here.


    Feb. 2:
    Dolly Grammy Week Begins With 'Billboard' LiveStream


    Dolly's big Grammy week begins on Monday with the Town Hall Meeting to discuss her costumes and open the Grammy Museum's exhibit "Diamond In A Rhinestone World: The Costumes Of Dolly Parton," which opens to the public Tuesday and runs through March 17. It was announced Friday here that Monday's 8 p.m. Eastern Town Hall Meeting will be moderated by Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack producer Linda Perry and will be livestreamed on Billboard's Facebook page here. In addition, Apple Music on Friday unveiled "What Would Dolly Do?," a playlist curated by Dolly and Apple Music's editors to look at country music's past, present and future, which will be updated on a weekly basis as part of the Grammy celebrations surrounding her honor this year as their MusiCares Person of the Year. Listen to it here or in the media player above. The Grammys also released an interview with Dolly on Friday via its website here. Things continue Friday with the MusiCares gala featuring an all-star concert in tribute to Dolly, complete with a headlining performance by Dolly herself, and a segment in tribute to her on next Sunday night's live Grammy Awards telecast.

    'We Found It' Released For Download For First Time
    Yet another classic Porter & Dolly album was released for the first time ever digitally on Friday: 1973's We Found It. Sony Music has for the past several months been releasing titles from Dolly and Porter & Dolly's back catalog on RCA Records, and this latest release leaves just three duet albums (Love And Music, Say Forever You'll Be Mine and Porter & Dolly) and two solo albums (In The Good Old Days and Bubbling Over) unavailable for download from her RCA period. Get the latest release here!

    Dolly Completes Purchase Of Competing Pigeon Forge Theatres
    Dolly's World Choice Investments, which operates her dinner theatres Stampede and Pirates Voyage, announced this week it had completed its purchase of competitor Fee/Hendrick, which operated several other Pigeon Forge dinner theatres including The Comedy Barn,, Smoky Mountain Opry (which was to become a pirate-themed theatre), Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud (formerly Black Bear Jamboree) and Magic Beyond Belief, which had first been announced back in November. While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, Fee/Hendrick announced at Christmas that it had provided all employees a Bahamas cruise and bonuses that totaled $5 million. As was revealed at the time, Dolly's company plans to continue operating the venues as normal for the 2019 season, but what happens to them after the end of this year has not been announced. In a press release, Dolly said: "My theater production company just purchased Fee Hedrick Entertainment, and I am so excited to have more family entertainment to present to our guests in Pigeon Forge. In 2019, we'll operate Comedy Barn, Hatfield & McCoy and Smoky Mountain Opry in the same way folks have come to remember them. David, Jim and their team have done a great job with these shows through the years and, for now, we don't plan to change anything. They are fun family entertainment, and that is the business I'm in."

    Buy '9 To 5' London Merch Online
    The UK version of Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical continues its previews this week prior to its official opening night on London's version of Broadway, the West End, but its posters, t-shirts and other memorabilia are now available online via the show's official store at West End Merch here.

    Ginger Minj Chats About Dolly
    Drag queen and Dumplin' stress Ginger Minj this week spoke with Logo about her experience on the film here and played a game to guess whether quotes were said by Dolly or RuPaul here.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    In its ninth week on the charts across the pond, Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack loses one to No. 4 British Country Albums and rebounds seven places to No. 24 British Soundtrack Albums. In other overseas chart news, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt loses three to No. 7 British country compilation albums chart in its 125th 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) advances three to No. 5, while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) holds steady at No. 9, and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls five to No. 14.

    Dolly Party Coming To Charleston For Valentine's
    Thanks to Dustin for alerting me that the gay bar Dudley's On Ann in Charleston, S.C., will host a Night Of 1,000 Dollys evening for Valentine's Day Feb. 14 hosted by Patti O'Furniture to raise money for Palmetto Community Care and The Ryan White Wellness Center. A Dolly look-a-like contest will take place as well as Dolly music all night from guest Jamie Monroe and other entertainers. Learn more from the event's Facebook listing here.

    PBS 'Country Music' Doc Airing In September
    PBS has announced that Ken Burns' long-anticipated eight-part, 16-hour documentary Country Music, which will profile the genre's top stars including Dolly, the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and more, will premiere Sept. 15 and run nightly at 8 p.m. Eastern through Sept. 18 and Sept. 22-25. A 30-city tour to screen parts of the documentary and host discussion groups will precede its premiere, and a companion book will be released Sept. 10 here. Sony Music plans to release a suite of soundtracks in the fall, PBS will launch an interactive website, and the network will release it on DVD and BluRay upon airing. Check out a clip they released Friday featuring Dolly here or in the media player below.


    Jan. 30:
    'Ultimate' Earns Another Week In Country Top 40 Chart
    The 2003 compilation Ultimate Dolly Parton inches down two spots on the Feb. 2 Billboard charts released Tuesday to No. 39 on the country albums tally to mark a 47th week, while Dailey & Vincent's The Sounds Of Christmas, featuring a Dolly collaboration on "Road To Bethlehem," loses two to No. 8 Bluegrass Albums in its 15th week.

    Perry Talks To 'Rolling Stone' About Dolly Work
    Rolling Stone spoke with producer Linda Perry about the 15 songs that encapsulate her career, including the Dolly collaborations "Girl In The Movies" and "Here You Come Again" from the Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, and her discussion on each song, including what it was like to work with Dolly and how it changed her as a person. Check out the article here.

    In Memoriam: James Ingram
    Legendary R&B singer James Ingram died this week at the age of 66. He earned an Academy Award nomination as co-writer of "The Day I Fall In Love," a duet he recorded with Dolly for the soundtrack of the film Beethoven's Second. His obituary is available from Billboard here.


    Jan. 29:
    First Details On Dolly's Grammy Tribute
    The tribute segment to Dolly as MusiCares Person of the Year during the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards will be that hour of the program's "big tentpole," according to the head of CBS Entertainment's executive vice president of specials, noting each hour of the awards ceremony will have one of these special segments "to bring special people into the building." Another segment to anchor another hour of the program will be a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, according to Billboard here. The main, night-long tribute to Dolly, however, will be two days earlier at the MusiCares gala. No announcement has been made yet as to whether that concert will air later on television or be issued on DVD.

    '9 To 5: The Musical' Begins London Previews
    The London West End production of Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical on England's version of Broadway began its previews Monday in anticipation of its official opening Feb. 19. The Daily Mail caught actress Amber Davies leaving the theater after the show here and interviewed actress Bonnie Langford here.


    Jan. 28:
    'Hungry Again' Re-Issued For Digital Download
    MCA Nashville on Friday released Dolly's 1998 critically-acclaimed album Hungry Again digitally for the first time in several years. Download the collection here!

    Overseas Chart Updates
    Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack drops 10 places to No. 36 in its eighth week on the Australian country albums chart, it was revealed Sunday, while the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) inches up one to No. 16 in its 384th chart week since its original 2007 release. In its eighth week on the charts across the pond, Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack loses one to No. 3 British Country Albums and 13 spots to No. 31 British Soundtrack Albums Chart. In other overseas chart news, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt holds steady at No. 4 British country compilation albums chart in its 124th 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) holds steady at No. 8, while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) drops seven to No. 17, and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) moves up four to No. 9.


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