Fifty-one years ago Monday, Porter & Dolly record “Tomorrow is Forever;” released as a single two months later, it would reach No. 9. Thirty-five years ago Monday, "Think About Love" debuts on the singles charts; three months later it would become her 20th country No. 1 hit. Twenty years ago Monday, The Grand Ole Opry: A Celebration hosted by Dolly and Vince Gill is broadcast on CBS in observance of the music institution's 75th anniversary. Fifty-three years ago Wednesday, Porter & Dolly's first duet, "The Last Thing On My Mind," debuts on the country singles charts; it would reach No. 7. Thirty-six years ago Wednesday, CBS premieres Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember. Forty-three years ago Thursday, "Here You Come Again" begins its first of five weeks at the No. 1 spot on the country charts, Dolly's seventh; it would also peak at No. 3 pop to become her first Top 40 hit and first gold single for sales in excess of 1 million copies. Forty-one years ago Thursday, Porter & Dolly in separate studios record new overdub vocals for "Making Plans," "If You Go I'll Follow You" and other previously unreleased songs re-recorded for their court-settlement Porter & Dolly album; released as their last two duet singles six and 11 months later, respectively, they peak at No. 2 and No. 12. Thirty-six years ago Thursday, the day after their network special, Kenny & Dolly's Once Upon a Christmas album is simultaneously certified gold (+500,000 copies) and platinum (+1 million copies) to become Dolly's second platinum and seventh gold album; it would reach double platinum status (+2 million copies) five years later. That same day, Kenny's What About Me, which features his cover of the Dolly original “The Stranger” (which she never released herself), is certified platinum. Forty-six years ago Friday, Dolly records "The Bargain Store;" released as a single nearly two months later, it would become her sixth country No. 1 and the last of her string of five consecutive No. 1 hits for 1974-75. Forty-one years ago Friday, Dolly records "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You" for Dolly, Dolly, Dolly; released as a single seven months later, it would become her 13th country No. 1. Sixteen years ago Friday, “Viva Las Vegas” with The Grascals debuts on singles sales charts, reaching No. 3 country sales and No. 27 pop sales. Fifty years ago Saturday, The Best of Dolly Parton, her first greatest hits collection, debuts on the country album charts; it would peak at No. 12. Forty-three years ago Sunday, Dolly's first appearance in a Barbara Walters interview network special airs. Twenty-nine years ago Sunday, White Limozeen is certified gold for sales in excess of 500,000 copies, Dolly's 10th. On Sunday, A Holly Dolly Christmas airs on CBS.
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
Week of Nov. 30, PBS, check local listings, Dolly Parton: I Will Always Love You (My Music)
Dec. 2, 1 p.m., FLIX, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (re-runs 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 2:45 a.m. Dec. 13)
Dec. 2, 8 p.m., NBC, Christmas In Rockefeller Center
Dec. 4, 10:45 p.m. UK, BBC One, The Graham Norton Show
Dec. 5, 9 a.m., CMT, CMT Hot 20 Countdown
Dec. 5, noon, CMT, Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors (re-runs 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 8 p.m. Dec. 10)
Dec. 5, 2 p.m., CMT, Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love (re-runs 9 p.m. Dec. 5, 10 p.m. Dec. 10)
Dec. 11, 11 p.m., BBC America, The Graham Norton Show
U.K., Nov. 30 edition:
Holly Dolly Christmas No. 25 pop (down from No. 17; third week), No. 24 downloads (down from No. 15; seventh week), No. 19 physical sales (down from No. 12; seventh week), No. 20 overall sales (down from No. 12; seventh week), No longer vinyl sales (down from No. 18, one week)
U.S., Dec. 5 edition:
Holly Dolly Christmas No. 4 country (down from No. 3; eighth week), No. 3 Christmas (down from No. 1; eighth week), No. 16 pop (up from No. 20; eighth week), No. 3 current album sales (no change; eighth week), No. 3 all album sales (up from No. 4; eighth week), No. 2 independent albums (up from No. 4; eighth week); No. 25 vinyl (debut)
Once Upon A Christmas No. 39 Christmas albums (down from No. 35); No. 100 all album sales
"Cuddle Up And Cozy Down Christmas" with Michael Buble No. 24 Adult Contemporary (up from No. 27; second week), No longer on holiday digital songs (down from No. 26; one week)
In-person Dolly (scheduled live
appearances, some are tentative)
Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. UK Time, An Evening With Dolly Parton virtual interview live
Dec. 9, virtual premiere, Facebook, The Library That Dolly Built
Dec. 10, Billboard Women in Music Event
April 11, Ole Miss Women's Council for Philanthropy, Oxford, Miss.
Major Dolly fan Stephen Colbert interviewed former President Barack Obama this week and asked him why Dolly had not received the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, during his term. He replied: “That's a mistake. I'm, shocked . . .Actually, that was a screwup. I'm surprised. I think I assumed that she had already gotten one, and that was incorrect.” He added: “She deserves one. I'll call Biden,” indicating he will encourage President-Elect Joe Biden to honor her with the medal during his term. Read more from The Hillhere and watch the clip here on YouTube or in the media player above.
'Holly Dolly Christmas' Continues Chart Dominance Dolly this week sees her A Holly Dolly Christmas rise to recapture its previous peak at No. 16 on the all-genre top 200 albums chart, the Dec. 5 Billboard charts showed. The project remains steady at No. 3 current album sales and advances one to No. 3 overall album sales, slipping one to No. 4 country albums and two spots to No. 3 Christmas albums, while it gains two to No. 2 independent label albums and 10 places to No. 23 Canadian albums. It debuts at No. 25 vinyl albums, while Dolly rises three to No. 21 Artist 100. "Cuddle Up And Cozy Down Christmas" with Michael Buble gains three to No. 24 Adult Contemporary singles and advances five to No. 27 Canadian Adult Contemporary singles but falls off the holiday digital singles chart, down from No. 26. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers re-enters the top 100 album sales chart for the first time this season at No. 100 while it falls four to No. 39 Christmas albums. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" tumbles 27 to No. 49 on the Christmas digital song sales chart. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" loses five to No. 8 Hot Christian Songs, down two to No. 8 Christian streaming songs, two to No. 6 Christian digital song sales chart, and three to No. 8 Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart.
New Dolly Interview Published Dolly has a new interview in Sounds Like Nashville about everything currently going on in her career. Read it here, and The Guardian offered an opinion piece about what a wonderful human being she is here. And don't forget her appearance on NBC Wednesday night for the Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony!
Get PBS Special On Exclusive DVD Various PBS stations nationwide this week are showing Dolly Parton: I Will Always Love You hosted by Pam Tillis and featuring several classic Dolly performances as part of the network's “My Music” series as part of pledge week, and the network has produced an exclusive DVD of the special not available in stores which is only sold as a thank you gift for PBS donors. In most markets, a gift of $150 will be eligible for the DVD and the previously-released two-disc set Dolly Parton And Friends featuring episodes of her 1976-77 variety series. You may wish to check the donations page of your local PBS station to see if they are offering the package as a thank you gift for contributions.
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Dec. 1: 'New York Times' Style Mag Profiles Dolly, Barbra, Patti The New York Times' style magazine T profiles "three divas" as its cover story this month: Dolly, Barbra Streisand and Patti LaBelle. Check out the in-depth interview with Dolly and new photos here and a side piece on each of the three artists' most memorable performances (Dolly's were with her family on the Thanksgiving episode of her ABC 1987-88 Dolly series and her first-ever public performances with Kenny Rogers and Linda Ronstadt/Emmylou Harris on her 1976-77 syndicated series Dolly!) here.
CMT Gives More Dolly Take-Over Details That Dolly was doing a CMT takeover this weekend was first reported here a little over a week ago and more detail with the scheduling of a Dolly movie marathon reported here half a week ago, but now the full details have been announced by the channel here. As was expected, Dolly was interviewed by Katie Cook for CMT Hot 20 Countdown airing at 9 a.m. Saturday. Newly known is she is the weekend's sole guest, with interview clips and stories throughout the entire episode. CMT will also show classic music videos of hers throughout the day and teases for her CBS special Sunday night. Also, some of the Dolly films will repeat the night of Dec. 10.
'LA Times' Looks At Old Dolly Death Ballads The Los Angeles Times offered a great deep dive into Dolly's "sad ass songs" of her early years when she was strongly influenced by the Old World death ballads that she learned from her mountain family members as a child and how her new lyrics memoir Songteller brings some of them to the forefront. Read it here.
BBC Radio 2 Announces Dolly Holiday Special BBC Radio 2 has announced Dolly will present an hour-long radio special Dolly's Christmas Good List at 9 p.m. U.K. time Saturday, Dec. 19, where she speaks with Claudia Winkelman about life, career, and loves as seen through memories of Christmas, from her childhood in Tennessee to the height of superstardom. She also selects her favorite festive songs and why she holds them dear and plays tracks from her new holiday CD.
Little Fan Charms 'Ellen' With 'Jolene' Ellen had a little girl Dolly fan on her program Monday singing "Jolene." Check out the clip here.
Nov. 30: 'Songteller' Makes Top Three 'New York Times' Best Sellers Dolly's Songteller book is officially a Best Seller. The tome debuts this week at No. 3 nonfiction hardcover and No. 3 combined nonfiction hardcover and e-books on the venerable New York Times Best Seller List. It also comes in at No. 10 out of all genres of books on the USA Today/Associated Press Best Seller List, No. 9 nonfiction on The Washington Post Best Seller List and in Canada No. 10 nonfiction in The Toronto Star Best Seller List. According to the New York Times archives search, Dolly hasn't been on their Best Seller list since her first autobiography made the hardcover list for several weeks in 1994-1995 and the paperback list in 1995.
'Holly Dolly Christmas' Passes 100,000 Sales, Possibly New Best Week Dolly's promotions continue to pay off for A Holly Dolly Christmas, as sales through last Friday jumped again and may have surpassed the 26,000 units it sold in its first week. Hits Daily Double is estimating 25,820 units moved (about 24,000 hard copies and full downloads sold, 200 album-equivalent download singles, and more than 1,600 album-equivalent online streams), but their number reported last week was actually quite a bit lower than the actual sales for the week (18,500 versus an actual count of 21,000), so it's possible the album may have a new sales highwater mark. Either way, it has passed the 100,000 sales milestone during the week with approximately 115,000-120,000 copies sold since release.
U.K. Chart Updates Across the pond, A Holly Dolly Christmas remains on the top 100 pop British albums for a third week, slipping eight places to No. 25, while losing eight in its seventh week on the overall sales chart to No. 20, seven to No. 19 physical sales, nine to No. 24 downloads, falling off the vinyl sales chart from No. 18 for one week and coming in at No. 5 independent label albums. On the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 loses two to No. 9 in its 150th week, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe slips three to No. 8, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls out of the top 20, down from No. 17, and Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains two to No. 12.
Library Gets Coverage In Colorado, Ohio Dolly recently celebrated statewide initiatives in her Imagination Library early childhood literacy program with interviews in the local media. She chatted with The Denver Post this week here about the state recently allocating funds to take the program statewide in Colorado, while she spoke with The Columbus Dispatchhere about the state successfully launching the final county in the program to make available to all children statewide in Ohio.
Dolly Leads Thanksgiving Parade Entertainment Dolly's holiday appearances continue with a remote stop at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday viewable here or in the media player below. Vulture called the appearance "socially distant but emotionally necessary" here and several media observers noted it was the morning's highlight performance. She gave an interview to The Tennesseanhere about her various projects and she and Christine Baranski spoke with NBC Palm Springs here about Netflix's Christmas On The Square, which Stylist magazine said is "the only holiday film to watch this year" for its campy fun here, although several other reviewers didn't like it much. Director Debbie Allen spoke with a few outlets as well, including this interview with Oprah Magazinehere. Dolly still has Wednesday's Christmas In Rockefeller Center for NBC, her Pandora streaming special Friday, a new CBS special Sunday, Graham Norton appearance in the U.K. on Friday and the U.S. the following Friday, and Saturday's CMT Take Over, among other appearances.
Nov. 25: 'There Was Jesus' Earns Dolly's 50th Grammy Nomination Dolly received her career 50th Grammy nomination on Tuesday, earning a nod for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for "There Was Jesus" with Zach Williams. She won the category last year for "God Only Knows" with For KING & Country. This year she faces off against Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes and Elevation Worship for "The Blessing;" Lecrae and Kirk Franklin for "Sunday Morning;" We The Kingdom for "Holy Water;" and Tauren Wells and Jenn Johnson for "Famous For (I Believe)." Dolly reacted on social media saying: "I was honored to hear that "There Was Jesus" is nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song at this year's #GRAMMYs ?? So proud to be a part of this song with Zach Williams! I am so happy that it has touched the hearts of so many!" Also nominated with a Dolly connection was Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice documentary for Best Musical Film which features an interview with Dolly. Winners will be announced Jan. 31 on CBS. Dolly's new nomination keeps her second place role behind Beyonce for the most-nominated women of Grammy history, as Beyonce's nine nominations increases her career total to 79, tying Paul McCartney for second-most nominations of all artists (behind her husband Jay-Z and Quincy Jones with 80 each).
'Cozy Up' Debuts On Adult Contemporary Chart Dolly has a new song on the Billboard charts released Tuesday. "Cuddle Up And Cozy Down Christmas" with Michael Buble debuts at No. 27 Adult Contemporary Singles and No. 26 holiday digital singles on the Nov. 28 tallies. It marks her first time on the Adult Contemporary Chart since the remake of "Smoky Mountain Rain" with Ronnie Millsap went to the same position on the list last year. The album that contains the song, A Holly Dolly Christmas, sees a huge leap thanks to Dolly's massive promotional push over the previous week, with a 90 percent sales increase to 21,000 copies. That pushes it up 41 spots to No. 20 Hot 100, three to No. 3 current album sales, one to No. 4 overall album sales, three to No. 3 country albums, seven to No. 4 independent albums chart, back to No. 1 Holiday Albums, and up 61 to No. 33 Canadian albums, while Dolly rises eight to No. 24 Artist 100. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers inches up four to No. 35 Christmas albums. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" gains 11 to No. 22 on the Christmas digital song sales chart. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" finally drops from its No. 2 position on the Hot Christian Songs chart down to No. 3, down two to No. 6 Christian streaming songs, two to No. 4 Christian digital song sales chart. It also holds steady at No. 5 Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart but falls off the Christian airplay list, down from No. 10.
New E-Cards For Dolly Holidays Released As part of Dolly's holiday product placement and her deal with American Greetings, a series of new holiday e-cards featuring tracks from her new album were announced this week. They're accessible here.
Director Talks New Dolly Special It was previously reported here that PBS stations will begin airing a new Dolly music documentary Dolly Parton: I Will Always Love You (My Music) this coming weekend, and The Albuquerque Journal interviewed the director here.
Dolly The Good Lauded Columnist Leonard Pitts lauded Dolly's goodness as the antithesis of Gordon Gekko's "Greed Is Good" philosophy of the 1980s in his column this week, available here. Similarly, a columnist from CNN said "Just let Dolly Parton rule the world already" here.
'Christmas On The Square' Does Well Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square premiered on Netflix Sunday and quickly became the No. 4 movie on Monday and No. 8 overall program of the day, falling out of the top 10 overall shows on Tuesday but only dipping one to No. 5 movie. Reviews have been mixed, but those who knew what to expect in advance as a campy, sentimental, unbelievable, silly holiday tall tale were kinder. For example, the venerable New York Times opined in a largely positive review here: "It's bad, the sort of bad that knows what it is — campy rather than camp. 'Campy' is camp with a diploma and a martini. And 'Christmas on the Square' is a drunk."
Library Announces Premiere, Q&A, Concert Dec. 9 Dolly's Imagination Library on Monday made its big announcement, which was the official premiere of the documentary The Library That Dolly Built at 7 p.m. Eastern Dec. 9 on Facebook. The actual premiere information had already been released in a trailer for the project that the Library had posted to YouTube a month and a half ago and was reported here at the time, but this reveal included the addition that the movie will be followed by a conversation with Dolly and then a live acoustic performance. Then on Dec. 11 the film and conversation will be released nationwide as a Watch Now @ Home Cinema Release followed by an early 2021 release across multiple platforms. In a press release, Dolly said: "I am so excited that we can finally tell the whole story of the Imagination Library. It is certainly not just about me. Our story is the story of children, of families and communities who all share the dream to inspire kids to love to read and to love to learn. My hope is this documentary will encourage more towns, more states and even more countries to jump onboard. One thing is for sure, I think this is the best investment I have ever made!"
Australian Film Featuring Dolly Music In Production Several years ago, Australian actress Rose Byrne revealed she had purchased the rights to produce a musical dramedy about a Dolly impersonator filled with Dolly music and was placing the movie into development, and The Music reports here that shooting on the film has finally begun in Australia. Seriously Red will star Krew Boylan as the impersonator named Red an also features Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Daniel Webber, Celeste Barber, Jack Thompson and Nell Campbell. The production summary states: "A vivacious and hilarious redhaired woman grappling with high expectations and low self-esteem, she pours herself a cup of ambition and trades her 9 to 5 career in real estate for a life under the spotlight as a Dolly Parton impersonator. After misreading her work party's dress code, Red tumbles outta bed into a new world of tribute artists and impersonators in her wild and messy journey that includes romancing a Kenny Rogers impersonator. Red has to lose herself in order to find herself. As Dolly Parton says, 'Be yourself because, everyone else is taken.'" It is expected to be released in Australia in 2021.
Dollywood Gets New President After 10 years leading Dollywood, The Dollywood Company President Craig Ross will take a new position at parent company Herschend Family Entertainment, it was announced this week, promoting vice-president of parks operation Eugene Naughton to the role of President. Learn more from The Knoxville News-Sentinelhere.
Nov. 21: A Very Dolly Week In a week that began with release of Dolly's new lyrics book/autobiography Songteller (although the CD version of the audiobook has been delayed until possibly early December) and ending Sunday with Netflix's premiere of Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square, Dolly was everywhere this week promoting both projects plus her holiday album and a ton of other appearances announced this week. Developments included:
Drugmaker Moderna announced its COVID-19 vaccine was 94.5 percent effective, and within days news went viral that – as had been reported here several times in recent months – Dolly's $1 million Vanderbilt University Medical Center donation for coronavirus research had paid for the initial study into the new vaccine, which officials at the hospital said allowed research on it to progress up to 10 times faster than applying for an waiting on government funding. Coverage included The Guardianhere, Billboardhere (which quoted her appearance on BBC's The One Show saying: "I'm a very proud girl today to know that I had anything at all to do with something that's gonna help us through this crazy pandemic.") and The Independenthere, which interviewed Vanderbilt researcher Dr. Naji Abumrad, her friend in whose honor she made the donation, discussing her intelligence and curiosity that led her to make the gift. She was informed on NBC's Today of her connection to the vaccine.
Billboard announced Dolly will be honored with its 2020 Hitmakers Award at the 15th annual Women in Music Event, which will stream virtually Dec. 10. The award honors her as a songwriter and is given to an artist "whose compositions have significantly impacted culture," The Boot reported here.
NBC officially announced Dolly and Jimmy Fallon performing as part of the Christmas In Rockefeller Center special and announced it will air at 8 p.m. Dec. 2, although Fallon had already let that cat out of the bag.
Pandora streaming radio announced Dolly will host a special at 9 p.m. Dec. 4 on the service where she'll perform cuts from her CD and welcome special guests Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Brett Eldredge and Carly Pearce. Billboard reported on the announcement here.
Additional appearances announced include a Dolly Takeover Weekend on CMT Dec. 5 and 6 and The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon Dec. 7.
Interviews included PBS's Newshour here, Broadway.comhere, Yahoo here, Delilah's "Love Someone" podcast here, a Vanity Fair interview over her entire career highlights here, Magic 106.7 here and The Sydney Morning Heraldhere.
TMZ reported here that Playboy is interested in Dolly's offer to be a cover girl for her 75th birthday in January.
CMT shared her letter to Santa published by Good Housekeeping magazine here.
Dolly Earns First Double-Platinum U.K. Album BPI, the British record industry group, this week certified the 2007 collection Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 double-platinum for U.K. sales in excess of 600,000 units, her career first album to reach that milestone there. The album recently re-entered the charts due to renewed attention because of its first-ever vinyl release.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's promotions for all of her products results in a 38 percent increase last week in sales for A Holly Dolly Christmas to 11,000 in its sixth week of release, up from 8,000 the previous week, Billboard confirmed this week and in Tuesday's charts. I'd expect her continued appearances this week will increase its sales again for next week's charts, too. As of last Thursday, it had sold approximately 75,000 copies in the U.S. since release. The Nov. 21 charts showed it jumping up 50 places to No. 61 Top 200, six to No. 6 current albums, eight to No. 5 overall album sales, two to No. 6 country albums, seven to No. 11 independent albums, one to No. 4 Christmas albums, and steady at No. 94 Canadian albums, while Dolly gains 17 to No. 32 Artist 100. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers slips eight to No. 39 Christmas albums. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" loses 20 to No. 33 on the Christmas digital song sales chart. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remains steady yet another week at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart, falls one to No. 4 Christian streaming songs, loses four to No. 10 Christian airplay and after 17 weeks at No. 1 dips one to No. 2 Christian digital song sales chart. It also holds steady at No. 5 Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart. Across the pond, A Holly Dolly Christmas on Friday re-enters the top 100 pop British albums chart at No. 17, shooting up 35 points to No. 12 overall sales, 83 spots to No. 15 downloads and 33 to No. 12 physical CD sales. It debuts at No. 18 vinyl sales. On the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 dips three to No. 7 in its 149th week, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe stayed at No. 5, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) slips three to No. 17, and Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) slips eight to No. 14.
British Library Plans Dolly Interview Fundraiser The U.K. arm of Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy program has announced a live virtual interview online that fans may watch as a fundraiser for the charity. BBC interviewer Sara Cox will question Dolly for an hour starting at 7:30 p.m. British time. Fans who buy tickets for £5 each here will be sent a link in advance to watch live and may access the interview for 48 hours. Stateside, the program announced it will share "BIG NEWS" on Monday, Nov. 23.
'Christmas At Dollywood' Heading To General Release DVD After being available for a while as a Wal-Mart exclusive DVD, last year's Hallmark holiday movie Christmas At Dollywood will get a general DVD release Jan. 5, it was announced this week. Reserve your copy here.
Andy Cohen's Kid Thinks Dolly Is God Andy Cohen shared a photo to Instagram that went viral this week of his son seeing an Andy Warhol painting of Dolly and asking "Is she God, Daddy?" See it here.
Nov. 13: Macy's Parade, CBS Special, Apple TV Interview, Graham Norton Stop Coming
Cracker Barrel on Wednesday announced in the video here or in the media player above that Dolly will perform "A Holly Jolly Christmas" during the restaurant's float time during the socially distant Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade airing on NBC at 9 a.m. Nov. 26 and also revealed they are accepting entries for 10 lucky fans to enjoy the show from home with VIP Watch Party Packages of the limited-edition pink Cracker Barrel rocking chair signed by Dolly, a copy of her holiday album, and gift cards to Macy's and Cracker Barrel ($100 for each card for nine winners, $250 for Macy's and $650 for Cracker Barrel to represent free meals for a year for the grand prize winner). To enter, visit crackerbarrel.com/vip through Tuesday and share your favorite holiday tradition. A panel of reviewers will choose the winners based half on creativity and originality and half on descriptive language.
But that's not the only TV appearance revealed on Wednesday, as CBS announced Dolly has inked a deal for an hour-long A Holly Dolly Christmas television special at 8:30 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Pacific Dec. 6 (also streaming on CBS All Access starting that night). Described as "an intimate, candlelit set of faith-filled hymns and holiday classics" plus "Christmas stories and faith-based recollections of the holiday season," Dolly said in a press release: "I am so proud to be a part of the CBS family this holiday season with my new Christmas special."
Dolly's other appearances continue to multiply as she promotes her various winter projects. It was announced Thursday she had taped an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Apple TV+'s The Oprah Conversation to premiere on the streaming subscription service on Friday. Check out an excerpt from Todayhere.
She also was announced Thursday as the musical guest for the BBC's Graham Norton Show at 10:45 UK Time Dec. 4 to perform "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." (The show repeats a week later, 11 p.m. Eastern Dec. 11, on BBC America.)
USA Today shared an Associated Press interview about Netflix's Christmas On The Squarehere, and another remote interview with Christine Baranski about the project came from Dewayne Hamby here. She made an appearance on GQ here answering social media posts about her and appeared remotely on Good Morning Britainhere. She also spoke with In Style magazine about her holiday fashion sense here. And don't forget about her holiday concert on Amazon at 1 p.m. Eastern Friday.
Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas Profiled Dollywood has launched this year's Smoky Mountain Christmas, and The Knoxville News Sentinel profiled the festival here.
Dolly Fans Interviewed About Show Dolly fans Harrel Gabehart and Patric Parkey were interviewed this week live on Facebook by Williamson Source about Sunday's MeTV broadcast of Collector's Call about their huge Dolly collection which will feature a remote appearance by Dolly herself. Check out the interview here.
Nov. 11: Promotions Begin For Netflix Holiday Film
Dolly and Christine Baranski were making the rounds this week to promote the Nov. 22 premiere of Christmas On The Square, with Dolly chatting with News Channel 9here and the pair being interviewed by New Now Nexthere or in the media player below and Pridesourcehere. They and several others involved in the project were interviewed by Theatremania for a piece available here and in the media player above.
Dolly Promotes Christmas Album Meanwhile, she promoted her holiday album and Friday's Amazon concert in an interview with Elle magazine here. And a couple of line dance enthusiasts informed me they choreographed a line dance to the album's track "Christmas On The Square" which is available here for folks to learn.
'Holly Dolly Christmas' Still In Top 15 Bestsellers A Holly Dolly Christmas continued to sell well in its fifth week of release, coming in as the country's 14th-best-selling album of the week even though low streaming numbers push it much further down the charts, the Nov. 14 numbers from Billboard released Tuesday showed. The album slipped three to No. 12 current albums, four to No. 14 overall album sales, 24 spots to No. 111 Top 200, one to No. 8 country albums, one to No. 18 independent label albums, four to No. 5 Christmas albums and 48 places to No. 94 Canadian albums, while Dolly moves up five digits to No. 49 Artist 100. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers loses eight to No. 31 Christmas albums. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" falls six to No. 13 on the Christmas digital song sales chart. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remains steady yet another week at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart, gains one to No. 3 Christian streaming songs, loses one to No. 56Christian airplay and remains steady at No. 1 Christian digital song sales chart, its 17th week atop that list. It also holds steady at No. 5 Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart and falls back off overall all-genre digital songs chart, down from No. 43.
Nov. 10: Christmas Concert, Fan Q&A On Amazon Friday
Amazon on Monday announced Dolly will hold a pre-recorded virtual concert Friday to promote A Holly Dolly Christmas and then answer fan questions live (questions must be submitted in advance to Facebook here). Hosted by uberfan Leslie Jordan, Comin' Home For Christmas will air at noon Central (10 a.m. Pacific, ,1 p.m. Eastern) on Amazon Live here as well as Amazon's Twitch channel, Amazon Music's mobile app and Amazon Music's live streaming function.
Kroger Gets First Dolly Homewares Products Dolly's new line of homeware products began appearing over the weekend in their first stores nationwide, Kroger groceries. Serving bowls and boards, measuring cups and mixing bowls, fruit bowls, mugs, and more – some in music-related shapes, some with music or butterfly emblems, some with Dolly quotes, and some with no apparent Dolly connection other than her face on the box – showed up on store shelves nationwide. It appears these are the first items from her Tabletops Unlimited partnership that was announced a month ago. No retailers for the products were announced at that time but the manufacturer also supplies stores such as Macy's, Bed Bath & Beyond and Wayfair. Thanks to Coleman Jarrett for submitting the below photo.
Dolly Discusses Her Most Iconic Albums Pitchfork Magazine shared a video Monday of Dolly breaking down her most iconic albums. Watch it on YouTube here.
BMI Asks Other Country Stars About Dolly The Songteller BMI, the songwriting rights organization to which Dolly belongs, honored her this week with a series of videos called Songteller To Songteller of modern country artists discussing her composing artistry: Luke Bryan on Dolly in general, Kane Brown on "9 To 5," Brandi Carlisle on "Coat Of Many Colors," Ashley McBryde on "These Old Bones," Scotty McCreery on "My Tennessee Mountain Home," Thomas Rhett on "Jolene" and Carrie Underwood on "I Will Always Love You." Watch them courtesy Music Rowhere.
Dolly's Imagination Library Goes Statewide In Ohio Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine, who has been promoting Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy program in her state for the past year, announced over the weekend that the final two counties have signed on to declare the program is now available statewide, she wrote in The Fairborn Daily Heraldhere. She also revealed that she will release a cookbook combining recipes from her previous Family Favorites cookbook and Dolly's out-of-print Dixie Fixin's cookbook in a new publication to fundraise for the program in the state.
Doctor Suggests Dolly Be Vaccine Spokesperson With news that a vaccine from Pfizer may be effective against COVID-19, one medical expert thinks a unifying celebrity should publicly be inoculated once a vaccine has been approved by the FDA, recalling how Elvis Presley publicly took the polio vaccine to help convince the public of its safety. Dr. Charles Stoecker from Tulane University recommended to WWL TV here that Dolly as the best celebrity to fill that role. (Although Dolly was not involved in the Pfizer research – the company and German investors funded their vaccine independently from any U.S. funding to avoid politicization of the effort – she did fund early research into one of the other leading vaccine candidates currently being examined in human trials by pharmaceutical company Moderna as part of her $1 million gift to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.)
Dolly Collectors On TV This Weekend Record-setting Dolly collectors Harrel Gabehart and Patric Parkey will be profiled on the MeTV series Collector's Call at 10 p.m. Eastern Sunday night with a special video appearance from Dolly herself. Watch a preview here. The couple is also expected to do a live Facebook interview with the program sometime on Tuesday although the time was not set as of press time Monday night. Find your local MeTV channel here.
Nov. 7: Barry Gibb Duet Previewed
Former Bee-Gees lead singer Barry Gibb on Friday announced he will on Jan. 8 release a country covers album of Bee-Gees songs with guest artists from Nashville, including Dolly, who sings with him on the band's first U.S. single, "Words." The original track was their first to perform on American television, on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1968, and peaked at No. 15 here, while hitting No. 1 in several European countries and No. 8 U.K. This isn't the first time the two have worked together, as the Bee-Gees wrote her first Kenny Rogers duet, "Islands In The Stream," and Barry Gibb co-produced the album. Watch a preview of the new project in the media player above or by visiting YouTube here. Dolly's track will be available here, the MP3 of the album Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1) is available for pre-order here, and vinyl here.
U.K. Chart Updates A Holly Dolly Christmas on Friday lost another five places in its fifth week to No. 47 overall British album sales, dipped six to No. 45 physical CD sales, and 12 to No. 98 download album sales. On the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 remained steady at No. 4 in its 148th week, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe stayed at No. 5, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gained two to No. 14, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) shot up 13 to No. 6, and Ultimate Dolly Parton fell back out of the top 20, down from No. 20.
Katie Couric Profiles Dolly Katie Couric profiled Dolly this week in the 20th episode of her online series See Her. Catch it from People Magazine here.
Gorillaz Want To Sing With Dolly Animated band Gorillaz have put out into the universe that they want to record their next song with Dolly and have written one for her, DIY Magazine reported this week here.
New Duet Video, Promotions For 'Christmas' Dolly on Friday morning released the official animated video for her Michael Buble duet "Cuddle Up and Cozy Down Christmas" exclusively on Facebook. Watch it here. Meanwhile, she this week was up for a new interviews to promote her holiday album including with Elvis Duran and The Morning Showhere or in the media player below and Morning MAGIChere. She also was interviewed by American Songwriterhere.
Nov. 4: 'Holly Dolly Christmas' Still Top 10 Selling Album A Holly Dolly Christmas remained America's 10th-best-selling album of the week once again in its fourth week of release, but once more its lack of online streams kept it low in charts that add streaming data. The Billboard Nov. 7 numbers see the record dip one to No. 9 current albums, hold steady at No. 10 overall album sales, gain 55 places to No. 87 Top 200, move up seven to No. 7 country albums, and add a dozen digits to No. 17 independent label albums. The set recaptures the No. 1 holiday albums spot, up from two weeks at No. 2, and rises 15 spots to No. 46 Canadian albums, while Dolly inches up three to No. 52 Artist 100. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers drops five to No. 23 Christmas albums. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" loses one to No. 7 on the Christmas digital song sales chart. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remains steady yet another week at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart, No. 4 Christian streaming songs, No. 5 Christian airplay and No. 1 Christian digital song sales chart, its 16th week atop that final list. It falls two to No. 5 Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart and inches up two to No. 43 overall all-genre digital songs chart.
Dolly Gets Moss Named After Her Researchers have discovered a new fossilized species of moss in rocks near to Dolly's hometown in East Tennessee and chose to name it after her, an article from the University of Oregon noted here. Dollyphyton boucotii was discovered in an Ordovician rock deposit from Douglas Dam in Tennessee.
'Christmas' Gets Another Vinyl Version Yet another special release of A Holly Dolly Christmas has been announced. Vinyl collectors' club Magnolia Record Club has announced a red and green swirl vinyl will be an exclusive for its members available in their November bundles. You must join by November 30 to get the bundle. A general release on red vinyl is available at retailers including Amazon here), coming out Nov. 13, while Amazon is also offering an exclusive cassette tape and 8-track, each also delayed to Nov. 13 and with a bonus track each, and a streaming version for its Music Unlimited streaming service with both of the bonus tracks included here. Also, her official online store sold exclusive white, green, and gold vinyl versions of the album, all of which are sold out.
Dolly Chats With 'Bustle' With Songteller about to be released, promotions continue including an interview with Bustle released on Tuesday here.
Miley: Dolly Brought Sexy To Country Dolly goddaughter Miley Cyrus says Dolly made country music sexy for the first time with her image and personality in an interview highlighted by The Cheat Sheet this week here.
Oct. 31: PBS Announces Dolly Special For November
PBS this week announced it will premiere a new Dolly special called Dolly Parton: I Will Always Love You (My Music) starting Nov. 28. Check local listings for broadcast dates and times. Narrated by Pam Tillis, the special focuses on the first two decades of her career from her start in country music through her crossover to pop superstardom. Watch the trailer on YouTube here or in the media player above. Songs featured with performances in the show include:
"Here You Come Again"
"The Last Thing On My Mind" - with Porter Wagoner
"Coat Of Many Colors"
"Love Is A Like A Butterfly"
"We'll Sing In The Sunshine"
"Silver Threads and Golden Needles"
"Great Balls Of Fire"
"To Know Him Is To Love Him" - with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris
"Islands In The Stream" - with Kenny Rogers
"Two Doors Down"
"Hard Candy Christmas"
"9 To 5"
"I Will Always Love You"
"In The Sweet By And By" - with The Parton Family
Dolly Wins First Dove Award Dolly on Thursday won her first-ever Dove Award for Christian music, taking home Short Form Video of the Year for "God Only Knows" with For KING & Country. The duo also took home Artist of the Year. Her other recent collaborator, Zach Williams, who co-wrote their duet "There Was Jesus," won Songwriter of the Year and the album containing the track won Recorded Music Packaging of the Year and had been nominated for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. Dolly's previous Dove nominations were for Country Recorded Song of the Year in 2004 for "Stand By The River" with Dottie Rambo and 2006 for "When I Get Where I'm Going" with Brad Paisley as well as a 2015 nod as songwriter of "Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man" for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year thanks to a cover by Volume Five featuring Rhonda Vincent.
'Parade' Has Dolly On Cover This Weekend The Sunday newspaper insert Parade will feature Dolly on its cover this weekend to promote her upcoming lyrics book. Check out a story here and a Facebook posting of the cover photo here.
'Christmas At Dollywood' DVD Hits Wal-Mart Wal-Mart has released an exclusive DVD of last year's Hallmark film Christmas At Dollywood, which is available in stores or online here.
Poetry Magazine Seeks Dolly-Inspired Work Online poetry magazine Limp Wrist is planning a Dolly tribute issue on Dolly's 75th birthday Jan. 19 and is seeking submissions of poems about or inspired by her at https://www.limpwristmagazine.com/dollytribute. Poets from the tribute will also be featured Jan. 19 on the Zoom-based poetry series Wild & Precious Life Series.
Leslie Jordan Meets Dolly Emmy-award-winning actor Leslie Jordan has had a dream of meeting Dolly for years, even appearing as her in drag in the film A Very Sordid Wedding and having been cast as her brother in Heaven's To Betsy but the show was dropped before taping any episodes with his character. Well, his dream finally came true on Thursday and he met her in Nashville. (He had hinted on Entertainment Tonight a few days earlier that he is working on an album of hymns and might have her guest on it.) Check out pictures from their meeting on Facebook here or in the media player below.
Oct. 28: Fallon: He, Dolly To Appear At Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Jimmy Fallon was on NBC's Today show Tuesday morning and let slip that he and Dolly will be "doing something together" for the annual Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony, presumably singing their duet on "All I Want For Christmas Is You." The date for this year's tree lighting has yet to be announced, nor has its broadcast day, but it normally takes place the first weekend of December and features an array of live and pre-recorded musical performances. Check out his appearance here.
'Holly Dolly Christmas' Continues To Sell Well A Holly Dolly Christmas remained America's 10th-best-selling album of the week but its lack of online streams saw it drop below the No. 100 position on the all-genre Top 200 albums. In its third week, the Billboard Oct. 31 tally sees the record slips three to No. 8 current albums, four to No. 10 overall album sales, 47 to No. 142 Top 200, four to No. 14 country albums, and 15 to No. 29 independent label albums. The set re-enters the top 100 Canadian albums at No. 61 and remains steady at No. 2 holiday albums, while Dolly loses 21 to No. 55 Artist 100. Ultimate Dolly Parton falls back off the top 50 country albums chart, down from No. 49, while Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers slides one to No. 18 Christmas albums. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" debuts at No. 6 on the first Christmas digital song sales chart of the season. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remains steady yet another week at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart, No. 4 Christian streaming songs and No. 1 Christian digital song sales chart, its 15th week atop that final list. After seven weeks at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart, it loses two to No. 3, while it falls one to No. 5 Christian airplay. The track re-enters the overall all-genre digital songs chart at No. 45. Overseas, A Holly Dolly Christmas on Friday remained steady at No. 36 overall album sales, gained three spots to No. 34 physical CD sales, and lost 20 places to No. 84 download album sales on the British albums charts. On the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 lost the No. 1 spot again, dipping two to No. 3 in its 146th week, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inched down one to No. 4, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gained four to No. 10, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) re-enters the top 20 at No. 19 and The Essential Dolly Parton re-enters at No. 20.
'IWALY' Passes 1 Billion Views On YouTube Whitney Houston's cover of the Dolly-composed "I Will Always Love You" has joined an elite club of only four 1990s songs to pass the 1 billion view mark on YouTube, it was announced this week. The track is the first solo recording from the decade to reach the milestone, with the others being Guns N' Roses' "November Rain" (1.45 billion), Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (1.14 billion), and the Cranberries' "Zombie" (1.05 billion). Next on the list is 4 Non Blondes with "What's Up" at 925 million views (the band's lead singer and songwriter, Linda Perry, recently teamed up with Dolly for the Golden Globe-nominated and Grammy-nominated Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). Read more from Varietyhere.
Solo Songwriters Celebrated By 'Billboard' Billboard noted in a story here about the most prolific solo songwriters on the Hot 100 singles chart that Diane Warren, who is tied with Lionel Richie for first place, is the only female songwriter with three or more solo-written No. 1 Hot 100 songs to her credit, followed by Dolly, Gloria Estefan and Debbie Gibson with two each – who are in a 29-way tie for sixth place.
Dolly COVID Donation Highlighted In 'NY Times' A New York Times op-ed Tuesday took a look at COVID plasma treatment studies, including the one initially funded by Dolly's contribution to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Read it here. (The newspaper corrected an error in listing Dolly's Imagination Library book total at 150,000 instead of nearly 150 million after being made aware of the error that morning by this website.)
Could Netflix Get Dolly Another Oscar Nod? Awards watching website Gold Derby has put Dolly's "Christmas On The Square" as a potential Oscar nominee this year. Check out the discussion here.
Oct. 23: 'Christmas On The Square' Trailer Drops
Netflix on Thursday dropped the first trailer for Dolly's Christmas musical film Christmas On The Square, premiering on the streaming service Nov. 22. Watch it here or in the media player above.
Dolly Chats With Knoxville TV Dolly did a remote interview this week with Knoxville television station WATE, which has posted excerpts here, here and here.
Dolly Goes Viral For Making Colbert Cry Dolly appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Tuesday and went viral Wednesday for moving the host to tears when she sang an a capella verse and chorus of "Bury Me Beneath The Willow." Check out a story about the appearance from USA Todayhere.
Dolly Loses Quarantine Video Of The Year Granger Smith's "Don't Cough On Me!" beat Dolly's "When Life Is Good Again," and several other nominees, Wednesday night to win the CMT Video Music Awards' Quarantine Video of the Year.
Oct. 21: 'Pink' Song Released For Susan G. Komen Foundation
At midnight Wednesday, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation released a new song "Pink" featuring Dolly, Monica, Jordin Sparks, Rita Wilson and Sara Evans. The song is reportedly to be featured Wednesday morning on Good Morning America and Today with Hoda and Jenna. Actress/songwriter Rita Wilson teased the project here on Facebook, as did songwriter Victoria Shaw, whose publicist noted it would be revealed Wednesday morning on the two morning programs. The Komen Foundation released a video for the song to YouTube at midnight here and in the media player above. The song is available for purchase from digital music retailers including Amazon here.
'Holly Dolly Christmas' Sells Well But Dips On Charts As was predicted by the sales projections, the Oct. 24 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed A Holly Dolly Christmas had very strong sales its second week but lack of online streams caused it to tumble down the charts. Even though it only lost one place to No. 5 current album sales and two spots to No. 6 overall album sales, it plummeted 80 places to No. 95 on the all-genre Top 200 albums chart. Last week's No. 1 country and No. 1 holiday album, the title was the week's second-best-selling album in both genres and while it slid only one to No. 2 holiday albums (which is a sales-based chart) it lost nine to No. 10 country albums (which is a combined sales and streaming chart). It slipped a dozen digits to No. 14 independent albums and out of the top 100 Canadian albums chart, down from No. 57, while Dolly lost 13 to No. 34 on the Artist 100 tally. Ultimate Dolly Parton re-entered the top 50 country albums chart at No. 49, while Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers dipped two to No. 17 Christmas albums. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remained steady yet another week at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart and lost one to No. 4 Christian airplay. The track snagged a seventh week at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart and a 14th week at No. 1 on the Christian digital song sales chart. It held steady at No. 4 Christian streaming songs.
Oct. 20: Vote For Dolly For CMT Quarantine Video Award The 2020 CMT Music Awards last week announced a new special fan-voted category which includes Dolly. An award for Quarantine Video Of The Year will be announced Wednesday. To vote, you must visit CMT's INSTAGRAM Story here on Tuesday and watch the nominees, swiping up on the one you want to win. The nominees are Dolly's "When Life Is Good Again," Big & Rich's "Stay Home," Brad Paisley's "No I In Beer," Carly Pearce's "It Won't Always Be Like This," Charlie Worsham and Friends' "With A Little Help From My Friends," Dave Haywood and Kelli Haywood's "Just Another Day In Quarantine," Granger Smith's "Don't Cough On Me!," Luke Combs' "Six Feet Apart," Tenille Townes and Friends' "Lean On Me," and Thomas Rhett and Friends' "Be A Light."
Catch Dolly On 'Colbert' Tuesday Night CBS has announced that Dolly will be the main guest Tuesday night for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, which will also feature a performance by Ty Dolla $ign.
Dolly To Talk 'Songteller' Friday Online Dolly announced on Monday she will offer a preview of her upcoming lyrics autobiography Songteller Friday at 6 p.m. Eastern on the retail site talkshoplive here. She added that due to the lack of book signings at present that an unannounced number of books sold through talkshoplive will be randomly selected to be autographed copies.
Oct. 19: 'Chrstmas' Sales Still Strong In Second Week Showing just how important streaming services are now to charts, it appears according to projected sales positions from Alpha Data that the second week of release for A Holly Dolly Christmas in the U.S. was likely the fourth-highest-selling physical CD and 41st highest-selling digital download album of the week, combining for the fifth-highest-selling overall position of the week, yet it is not expected to break the top 50 overall albums chart for the week, down from its No. 16 Hot 100, No. 1 country debut the previous week. (The expected No. 1 album for the week overall only sold about 600 actual copies but had almost 100 million on-demand song streams for the week, which equaled 65,000 "album sales equivalents" for chart purposes.) The projection puts Dolly's CD at No. 15 country albums for the week even though it was the second or third best-selling country album for the week as well. Its sales chart position suggests it likely sold about 10,000 copies in its second week for a two-week total of around 36,000 units.
U.K. Chart Updates A Holly Dolly Christmas on Friday tumbled off the top 100 U.K. pop albums chart, down from one week at No. 32. It lost 22 places to No. 36 overall album sales, 19 spots to No. 37 physical CD sales, and 53 digits to No. 64 download album sales. On the British country compilation albums chart, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 regained the No. 1 spot in its 145th week, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inched up one to No. 3, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gained four to No. 14, and Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) fell off the top 20, down from No. 19.
Oct. 14: Dolly's Fashions Land 'Vogue' Video
Vogue magazine this week took Dolly though a jog down memory lane of some of her most iconic looks as she recalled the designers and others who helped her with her own unique fashion style. Watch in the media player above or by visiting here.
More Chart Data On 'Holly Dolly Christmas' As was confirmed by Billboard on Monday, the Oct. 17 charts released Tuesday had A Holly Dolly Christmas at No. 1 country, No. 1 Christmas, and No. 16 all-genre Hot 200 pop albums. In addition, the set was No. 4 for current album sales, No. 4 all album sales, No. 2 independent label albums and No. 57 Canadian albums. Sales data for Friday through Sunday from Alpha Data shows the title could plummet all the way down to No. 41 country next week. Elsewhere on the charts, Once Upon A Christmas, re-issued this chart week on vinyl, increased 33 places to No. 15 Christmas albums. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remains steady yet another week at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart and falls two to No. 3 Christian airplay after five weeks at No. 1. The track snags a sixth week at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart and a 13th week at No. 1 on the Christian digital song sales chart. It holds steady at No. 4 Christian streaming songs.
'Jolene' Getting Another CD Re-Issue Netherlands vault label Music On CD is reissuing the 2007 edition of Jolene with its four bonus tracks ("Cracker Jack," "Another Woman's Man," "Last Night's Lovin'" and "Barbara On Your Mind") on Nov. 13. Get your copy here.
Win Dolly's Sparkling Guitar My friend artist Paul Richmond has put together a virtual benefit this Saturday honoring his late childhood art teacher Linda Regula, co-founder with him of the anti-bullying project You Will Rise, to start a scholarship fund in her memory. Dolly has donated a signed guitar from her collection, pictured below, for which bidding is now open here. The event takes place 1-5 p.m. Saturday on Facebook and YouTube.
Oct. 13: Billboard Confirms No. 1 Country, Holiday Albums For 'Christmas' As was first reported on Dollymania.net Friday night based on sales tracker projections, Billboard on Monday confirmed that this week's charts will see A Holly Dolly Christmas debut at No. 1 country and No. 1 holiday albums as well as No. 16 pop with 26,000 units sold and 1,000 album equivalents in streams/individual single downloads, compared to the sales tracker projections of No. 15 pop with just over 25,300 units sold and about 500 album equivalent streams/single sales. Full charts will come out on Tuesday. Dolly told the publication: "I am so proud and humbled to have my album reach No. 1 on the Billboard country and holiday charts. Boy, what a great early Christmas present for me! Thanks to Billboard and the fans." The magazine noted here its Dolly's first No. 1 on the holiday albums tally and her eighth on the Top Country Albums list since that one debuted in 1964, the first time in the chart's history where a Christmas collection replaced another holiday album at No. 1. It also marked Dolly's achievement as the first female artist to have charted a top 10 album in each of the chart's seven decades, a feat Willie Nelson had achieved in July. The magazine noted it is her 46th career Top Country Albums Top 10 – a record for a female artist and second only to Nelson's 54. (The publication also has increased each of those artists' career totals by one since they last reported it, as they changed the credit on their 1984 collaborative album The Winning Hand from "Various Artists" to Dolly, Willie, Kris Kristofferson and Brenda Lee individually.) Dolly scored four top 10 albums in the 1960s, 18 in the 1970s, 11 in the 1980s, five in the 1990s, three in the 2000s, four in the 2010s and this is her first in the 2020s. Meanwhile, sales for Friday and Saturday showed it dropping to possibly as low as No. 27 on the country charts next week. And some reviews have started coming in. The Torch, the student newspaper at Valparaiso University, absolutely loved the CD here but Britain's The Daily Mail hated it here, giving it one star and calling it all "schmaltz" and "no personality." That reviewer, however, may not be the most reliable as he thought "A Holly Jolly Christmas," which opens the album, was a new Dolly original song and was unaware it is one of the holiday's most popular classic tunes or was written by Johnny Marks in 1962 and made most famous with the 1964 recording by Burl Ives.
Another Homegoods Company Reveals Dolly Line Home goods company Tabletops Unlimited (TTU) on Monday announced it has entered into a deal with Dolly to release a new lifestyle collection of dinnerware, serveware, glassware, cookware, bakewear and hydration products. While no details were given of how or where the items will go on sale – through partner retailers or through TTU's online store – it was noted each item is inspired by her country roots and personal style, and many contain her witty quotes and/or images that represent her legacy. "Dolly wanted to create and introduce a new home collection for her brand," said TTU Vice President of Sales and Product Development Bonnie Farias in a press release. "We were approached by her team and presented with the opportunity to collaborate on this collection. We jumped on the opportunity as we all know Dolly as an icon and living legend. Not only is she beloved around the world, her country roots and style fit well into the farmhouse trend that is popular across the country." The "vast collection" will feature a wide variety of products from assorted platters and bowls with floral and plaid designs to wood serving boards and chip/dip sets shaped like guitars or butterflies as well as cereal bowls featuring Dolly sayings, wicker basket white bakers, water bottles and a tea kettle. The price range is expected to be within the "good" and "better" assortment ranges and each item's packaging will prominently feature Dolly. "Dolly is very involved in this collection, as she reviews and approves every single item in the line. So, that ensures the collection is directly representative of Dolly's style," Farias added.
'Dolly Parton's America' Wins Murrow Award The public radio podcast Dolly Parton's America over the weekend won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for contributions to the field of American journalism as the year's Best Podcast, WVLT reported here. Judges said the podcast was unlike anything they had ever heard before and was "blazing with an energy and enthusiasm."
Gospel Hall Of Fame Leaving Dollywood The Southern Gospel Music Association announced Monday on Facebook that its SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum at Dollywood will be closing after 21 years at that location due to the park choosing not to renew the lease on its building. The park has not indicated what may be going into the building in its place, but SGMA President Arthur Rice thanked Dolly, Dollywood and her partners, the Herschends, "for giving us a home for 21 years. We could not have done it without you." In related news, the park revealed on Facebook Monday that for the third time in six days they reached capacity as other area schools took fall break and had to turn away guests at the entry gates who did not have pre-purchased, dated tickets or reservations for admission with their season passes. The park continues to operate under reduced capacity limits as part of the Tennessee Pledge to responsibly operate attractions and reduce guest exposure to coronavirus.
Oct. 10: 'Christmas' Gets Top 40 UK Debut, Eyes Top 25 US A Holly Dolly Christmas on Friday made a top 40 debut across the pond in the U.K. and looks poised for a top 25 U.S. debut on Tuesday, projections show for first week sales stateside. On the U.K. albums charts, the title debuts at No. 32 pop for combined sales and streaming, No. 11 download sales, No. 18 physical copy sales and No. 14 combined overall sales. The British charts did not classify it as a country album, so it is not on their country charts. In the U.S., Alpha Data projects the album will debut around No. 25 pop for combined sales and streaming, No. 2 country, No. 1 Christmas, No. 2 physical sales, No. 6 digital sales, and No. 4 overall combined sales but too low to score in the top 50 of individual song downloads or top 50 streaming albums for the week. The combined sales and streaming album chart from Hits Daily Double, has it at No. 15 pop and No. 1 country with 25,314 CDs and downloads sold, 190 album equivalent individual song downloads, and 381 album equivalent streams. Also overseas, on the British country compilation albums chart saw Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 hold steady at No. 2 in the album's 144th week, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gain five to No. 4, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) drop three to No. 18, and Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) fall seven to No. 19. In related news, she did an interview about the holiday album with Fox Newshere.
Dolly Honors Biscuit At Banjo Hall Of Fame The American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame has announced that Dolly will appear in its virtual ceremony on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. Central Time, to honor one of this year's inductees, Gary "Biscuit" Davis, who has played in her band off and on for years and is resident banjo picker in the house band at her Pigeon Forge flagship location of Dolly's Stampede dinner theatres. The ceremony will be streamed on their website.
Get Two New Dolly Books Next Week As has been previously reported here, next week brings the release of two new books on Dolly and her music: the scholarly retrospective Unlikely Angel: The Songs Of Dolly Parton arrives Monday from University of Illinois Press (look for a review here soon) with hardcover priced at $125 and paperback at $20. That will be followed by the Scribner release She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs on Tuesday. That second book had previously been published as a four-part series in The Journal of Roots Music, No Depression.
Imagination Library Documentary Premiere Officially Announced Although it has already been reported here because word got out after they notified local affiliates of the upcoming event, the Dollywood Foundation on Thursday officially announced the virtual premiere information for the Imagination Library documentary The Library That Dolly Built, which has been postponed since April due to coronavirus. They made the reveal by posting the project's trailer to YouTube here or in the media player below with the notation that its world premiere will take place on Facebook at 7 p.m. Eastern Dec. 9, followed by a European premiere at 7 p.m. GMT Dec. 10 and Australian premiere at 7 p.m. AET Dec. 11.
Oct. 8: Amazon Adds Unlimited Exclusive Christmas Tracks Amazon on Tuesday released an exclusive streaming-only version of A Holly Dolly Christmas for subscribers to its Amazon Music Unlimited service that includes the ability to play – but not download – the cassette and 8-track bonus tracks: "Three Candles" and "The Wish Book," respectively. If you are a subscriber, you may listen to the tracks here. In addition, it was announced she will appear Thursday morning at 8:40 a.m. on iHeart Radio's Bobby Bones Show to promote the album. In addition, updated sales estimates from Alpha Data that include sales from Friday through Monday saw the new album drop to No. 30 overall and No. 3 country from No. 18 overall and No. 1 country. Next week's full charts will be based on sales through Thursday.
Netflix Releases 'Square' Promo Photos Netflix on Wednesday released the first set of still photos from the upcoming holiday musical Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square, which premieres Nov. 22. See them in Vulturehere.
Dollywood Hits Capacity Wednesday For what I believe was the first time since opening for its 2020 season in June, Dollywood on Wednesday reached its Tennessee Pledge voluntarily limited capacity to help prevent COVID spread and had to turn away guests for a few hours until other guests left the park and opened up capacity, according to its Facebook post here. Since opening for the year after a three-month COVID-induced closure, crowds at the park have mostly been reported as rather sparse, but this week brings fall break for many schools in that area of the state, which is believed to have contributed largely to an influx of customers this week.
Oct. 7: 'Jesus' Stays At No. 1, No. 2, 'Christmas' Heading To Top 20 Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remains steady yet another week at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart, the Oct. 10 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed. The track earns a fifth week at No. 1 each on the Christian Airplay chart and Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart and a 12th week at No. 1 on the Christian digital song sales chart. It holds steady at No. 4 Christian streaming songs and falls off the overall top 50 digital single sales chart, down from No. 47. The annual holiday albums chart makes its first re-appearance of the season, with Kenny Rogers and Dolly's Once Upon A Christmas at No. 48. That title may be higher next week since RCA Legacy re-issued it on vinyl on Friday. Meanwhile, the Alpha Data preliminary sales charts updated through Sunday showed the new A Holly Dolly Christmas still at No. 18 in overall sales but up one thus far in the sales week to the No. 1 country sales album. Sales will continue through Thursday for next week's charts.
Oct. 6: 'Holly Dolly Christmas' Hits Stores A Holly Dolly Christmas hit stores on Friday, and preliminary sales data for Friday and Saturday from tracker Alpha Data on Monday had the album at No. 18 for all-genre sales and No. 2 country sales. Promotions included an "Internet's most asked questions" interview from Wiredhere, a radio interview where she noted she is still discussing a possible "tasteful" Playboy spread, a profile among the "100 women who have helped shaped America" from The Hillhere, formal announcement of her upcoming Netflix film Christmas On The Square (although it didn't include any new information that hadn't previously been reported here), and official announcement of her Williams Sonoma holiday collection here. Unfortunately, the vinyl issues planned for October have been delayed to mid-November. Spotify has an enhanced album here, and her official website posted some interviews about the project here and here.
In Memoriam: Mac Davis Dolly's dear friend Mac Davis passed away last week at age 78. Dolly released a statement: "Many hearts are broken today, including my own, with the death of one of my dearest friends, Mac Davis. We lost one of the world's greatest writers, singers, and entertainers. My love and sympathy goes out to Lisë, his precious wife, his children, and his grandchildren. Rest in peace, my friend. I will always love you, Dolly" When Dolly left Porter's management and branched into pop, she sought advice from Mac, who introduced her to his management team. Sandy Gallin from that team planned her crossover and made her a worldwide star. The two appeared together on a few television specials, and they also co-wrote several songs together throughout the 1990s. She most recently brought him out of retirement to appear in last year's Dolly Parton's Heartstrings on Netflix.
U.S., U.K., Aussie Chart Updates Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 holds steady at No. 2 on the British country compilation albums chart last week, the album's 143rd overall, Friday's numbers showed. On the same chart, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe dropped three to No. 9, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) inched down four to No. 15, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) inches down one to No. 12, and Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 falls out of the top 20, down from No. 20. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) slips three to No. 18. In the U.S., Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remains steady yet another week at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart, the Oct. 3 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed. The track earns a fourth week at No. 1 each on the Christian Airplay chart and Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart and an 11th week at No. 1 on the Christian digital song sales chart. It holds steady at No. 4 Christian streaming songs and slips 10 to No. 47 overall digital single sales.
Sept. 28: Holiday Retro Tapes Set, Hallmark Goes To Amazon, Netflix Poster Dolly is truly going back to nostalgia with her upcoming holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas. It was announced over the weekend that in addition to the previously-known MP3, CD, and vinyl versions, special edition retro versions will come out Oct. 30 on cassette tape and 8-track tape. This will mark Dolly's first commercial 8-track since 1982 (although club-only versions continued to be released through 1985) and first cassette release since 2002. Although both formats practically ceased production years ago, cassettes, like vinyl, have been making a comeback of sorts the past couple of years with a couple hundred titles released last year (out of the tens of thousands of new albums and reissues released worldwide in other formats) and a much smaller group of 8-tracks, usually just a dozen or so titles, have been coming out in small batches each year. The cassette tape will feature the bonus track "Three Candles" and the 8-track will feature the bonus track "The Wish Book." In related holiday news, Amazon has announced the Hallmark film Christmas At Dollywood will be available for purchase from the streaming service starting Oct. 27, and Netflix released the artwork to promote Dolly's holiday film Christmas On The Square, pictured at left, which it was previously reported here stars Christine Baranski, Jennifer Lewis, and Dolly, was directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, uses new songs composed by Dolly, and premieres on the streaming service Nov. 22.
Dollywood Shuts Down Lightning Rod For 2020 Dollywood last week put up a sign at its Lightning Rod wooden roller coaster entrance letting attendees know the ride is closed for the remainder of the year. The sign reads: "Lightning Rod is closed for balance of 2020 as it receives an upgrade from its manufacturer Rocky Mountain Construction." It then mysteriously adds: "In 2021, lightning strikes twice." No details have been announced as to what upgrades the ride will offer next year. Likewise, no announcement of any new attractions for 2021 has been made either – Dolly was supposed to unveil a second resort earlier in the year, but that announcement was scrapped due to COVID-19, and with the park's lower attendance this year due to the pandemic it is unknown whether that project will proceed as planned or not. The previous recession postponed her DreamMore Resort for several years.
R&B Singer Gets Dolly Song To Record Celebrity Insider reports here that Dolly has written a new song for R&B singer K. Michelle to use on a new country-inspired album.
Time-Life Half-Hour Infomercial Airs For 'Dolly' Time-Life over the weekend began airing the late-night half-hour infomercial for their upcoming DVD series Dolly: The Ultimate Collection. Although it aired several times over the weekend on various cable channels, the only broadcast I see remaining unaired as of press time Sunday night is 1 a.m. Friday morning on FOX Business Channel, but other airings are likely on other channels over coming weeks. If you missed it, a fan recorded it and posted it to YouTube on Sunday here or in the media player below. Also, Dolly shared to social media a different cut of the three-minute commercial for the product, which you may see here.
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