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This week in Dolly history
Forty-six years ago Monday, The Best of Dolly Parton, her first greatest hits collection, debuts on the country album charts; it would peak at No. 12. Thirty-nine years ago Tuesday, Dolly's first appearance in a Barbara Walters interview network special airs. Twenty-five years ago Tuesday, White Limozeen is certified gold for sales in excess of 500,000 copies, Dolly's 10th. Thirty-seven years ago Wednesday, Dolly records “Starting Over Again;” released as a single three months later, the Donna Summer-penned ballad becomes her 12th country No. 1 and peaks at No. 36 pop. Thirty-three years ago Wednesday, “Islands in the Stream” is certified platinum for sales in excess of 2 million copies to become the year's biggest-selling single of all music genres and the sole multi-platinum single of Dolly's career. Forty-two years ago Friday, Dolly records several cuts for her 1975 Dolly album including “The Seeker” and “We Used To;” released as singles seven and 10 months later, respectively, they reach No. 2 (for two weeks) and No. 9 to become Dolly's 20th and 22nd Top 10 country hits. Twenty-seven years ago Friday, with the label forced to release it as a single after a slew of radio requests following her performance of it on the CMA Awards, the gospel song “He's Alive” debuts on the country charts; it reaches only No. 39. Thirty-nine years ago Saturday, “Here You Come Again” enters its second of five weeks atop the country singles charts (Dolly's seventh); it would peak at No. 3 pop to become Dolly's first pop Top 40 hit. Thirty-four years ago Sunday, “Everything's Beautiful (In Its Own Way),” a duet with Willie Nelson using new vocals by him and Dolly's mid-'60s Monument vocals, debuts on the charts; it would reach No. 7 to become Dolly's 40th Top 10 country hit and also peak at No. 102 pop and No. 19 adult contemporary. That same day, the album from which the song is released, The Winning Hand, debuts on the album charts; it would peak at No. 4 country, No. 109 pop. Twelve years ago Sunday, “Baby It's Cold Outside” with Rod Stewart debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; the duet reaches No. 2 to be Dolly's biggest AC hit since “Islands In The Stream” more than two decades earlier.
In-person Dolly (scheduled live
appearances, some are tentative)
Pure & Simple Tour
Dec. 9, Winstar World Casino and Resort, Thackerville, Okla.
Dec. 10, Winstar World Casino and Resort, Thackerville, Okla.
U.K., Dec. 4 edition:
Pure & Simple No. 4 country (down from No. 5; 15th week; peaked at No. 1 for three weeks)
The Complete Trio Collection No. 1 country compilation (no change; 12th week; peaked at No. 1 for 10 weeks)
Australia, Dec. 5 edition:
Pure & Simple No. 22 country (down from No. 18; 15th week; peaked at No. 1)
My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection No. 3 country (no change; 12th week; peaked at No. 1 for three weeks)
U.S., Dec. 17 edition:
Pure & Simple No. 29 country (up from No. 34; 15th week; peaked at No. 1), No. 4 Americana/folk (up from No. 11; 15th week; peaked at No. 1); No. 94 current albums (re-entry; 10th week; peaked at No. 6)
Dolly on Thursday announced new performers and broadcasters for next week's Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon organized by Dolly to benefit the Dollywood Foundation's efforts to help victims of last week's Smoky Mountains wildfires. In addition to previously-announced headliners Dolly, Reba, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss, they have added Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson and Montgomery Gentry. Also, new broadcast partners AXS TV, RFD-TV, The Heartland Network, and USA Today's website (and its affiliate newspaper websites) were revealed, as well as Dolly's Facebook page. “I'm truly honored that these artists are giving their time and energy to help us raise money for everyone affected by the wildfires,” Dolly said in a press release. “I've got so many great friends in the industry, and I'm so proud that they were so ready to step up and help me help my people in the Smoky Mountains through this telethon and the My People Fund.” GAC had previously been announced as the primary broadcast network for the telethon. According to WBIR here, more than 700 families have already applied for assistance, which would total up to $4.3 million of need at $1,000 per month per family for six months. In related news, Verizon has announced a $50,000 donation to the effort, to which Dolly responded in a press release: "I'm honored by Verizon's support of our My People Fund. The outpouring of support to help families in my hometown is truly humbling for me."During the telethon, donations will be accepted at 1-866-CAREMORE. Tax-deductible gifts may also be made online at dollywoodfoundation.org or by mail to My People Fund, c/o Dollywood Foundation, 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. Fans are encouraged to help spread the word by using the hashtags #MyPeopleFund and #someplacespecial.
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Dec. 8: Smokies Telethon To Air On GAC Dec. 13 Dolly on Wednesday announced the first new details on her telethon to support the Dollywood Foundation's My People Fund, which will provide $1,000 per month for up to six months to each family left homeless after the Smoky Mountain fires last week. Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund will air live at 8 p.m. Eastern Tuesday, Dec. 13, on Great American Country (GAC) for three-hours. Headliners will be Dolly, Reba, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss. Additional performers are expected to be announced in coming days. The telethon will also be simulcast across multiple radio chains including iHeart Media's digital and select on-air platforms, Cumulus Media's NASH Nights LIVE, TuneIn's Country Roads channel, and several other networks to be announced. During the telethon, donations will be accepted at 1-866-CAREMORE. Tax-deductible gifts may also be made online at dollywoodfoundation.org or by mail to My People Fund, c/o Dollywood Foundation, 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. Fans are encouraged to help spread the word by using the hashtags #MyPeopleFund and #someplacespecial. The special will be executive produced by Dolly, manager Danny Nozell, publicist Kirt Webster, Dollywood public relations director Pete Owens and Dollywood marketing director Scott Durand. It will be produced by Edie Hoback, Jeremy Westby, Shanna Strassberg, Nic Dugger and Shantel Klinger. In related news, Knoxville area native Kenny Chesney has also asked fans to support Dolly's charity and her fundraising efforts to assist the area, according to a report here.
'Pure & Simple' Sales Updates Dolly's Pure & Simple saw a two-thirds increase in sales for last week to 3,900 units thanks to her appearances and television movie, giving the CD 15-week cumulative sales to date of 88,800 copies since release, updated sales data released Wednesday showed.
Tour Earns More Rave Reviews From Press The end of Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour is only days away, and the praise continues from the press. Saturday's Dallas-area show is reviewed by Red Dirt Reporthere while Tuesday's Austin engagement lands a gallery from Austin 360here and review here as well as reviews from The Austin Chroniclehere and Austin Statesmanhere.
Indie Dolly Birthday Bash Returns Organizers have announced that the Indianapolis Dolly Birthday Bash is returning for a sixth year on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Forty Five. The 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. event features live performances and prize drawings as well as a Dolly look-a-like contest judged by drag performer Dolly Woods. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door with proceeds to benefit The Good House, a home that shelters patients visiting the area for bone marrow transplants. The event's Facebook page is here.
Dec. 7: 'Jolene' Collaboration Earns Grammy Nomination Dolly on Tuesday earned her 47th career Grammy nomination, scoring a nod with Pentatonix for their collaboration on "Jolene" for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. The recording faces off at the Feb. 12 ceremony with Dierks Bentley and Elle King's "Different for Girls," Brothers Osborne for "21 Summer," Kenny Chesney and Pink for "Setting the World on Fire" and Chris Young and Cassadee Pope for "Think of You." Pentatonix member Kevin Olusola commented via Twitter "AHH A GRAMMY NOM!! BEST. NEWS. EVER!!!" The band had previously been nominated twice for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or Acapella, winning both times. Beyonce led total nominations for the year with nine nods, bringing her career total to 62 and extending her lead over Dolly for the most nominations by a woman, a record she took from Dolly two years ago. This marks Dolly's fourth Grammy recognition for the song, having previously been nominated for Female Country Vocal Performance for the original 1974 studio version and a 1975 live recording prior to the original version being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014.
Dolly Had Three Of Week's Top 10 Programs Dolly and football managed to give NBC its best non-Olympics/non-Super Bowl week in nearly two decades, the week's ratings released on Tuesday revealed, with Dolly on three of the week's top 10 programs. Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love was the week's No. 6 program with 11.6 million viewers, The Voice with two guest performances by Dolly ranked No. 7 with 10.6 million viewers and Christmas In Rockefeller Center with one performance by Dolly ranked No. 9 with 10.5 million viewers. In related news, Dolly gave an interview to Rolling Stone about her next NBC movie project, "Jolene," here.
Houston Tour Date's Reviews Released As Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour nears its end this week, the rave reviews continue. Her Monday Houston show was reviewed by Houstonian Maghere, About Onlinehere, Houston Culturemaphere and The Houston Chroniclehere.
U.S. Chart Updates Several Dolly projects saw improved sales last week thanks to her appearances to promote her TV movie. Her Pure & Simple was the Americana/folk albums chart's Greatest Gainer for the week, moving up seven to No. 4, the Dec. 17 Billboard charts showed. The CD gains five to No. 29 country in its 15th chart week, while it re-enters the overall top 100 current album sales tally at No. 94 for a 10th chart week. Her collaboration of "Jolene" with Pentatonix, which they performed on The Voice, re-entered the Hot Country Songs chart at No. 40 and digital country sales chart at No. 16. Her "Hard Candy Christmas" rises 13 on the holiday digital songs list to No. 27, while Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers slips one to No. 30 holiday albums, holds steady on the country catalog albums chart at No. 2 and on the overall catalog albums tally at No. 12, gaining 15 on the Canadian pop albums chart to No. 41, shooting up 31 places to No. 68 on the top 100 overall album sales chart, and re-entering the pop Hot 200 chart at No. 115. The "Forever Country" mash-up with Dolly gains seven to No. 12 country digital songs and holds steady at No. 31 hot country songs.
Dec. 6: Dolly Added To Pentatonix Special Next Week Although she was not previously announced as a guest like Reba and Kelly Clarkson, commercials are now airing showing Dolly among the guests for NBC's Pentatonix Christmas special at 8 p.m. Eastern Wednesday, Dec. 14. In addition, although a network-wide announcement has yet to be made, two NBC affiliates have revealed a 9 p.m. Eastern repeat of Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love on Dec. 23.
Dallas Loves Dolly, Fans Plan Okla. Surprise The Dallas Observer loved Dolly's show at the Verizon Theatre, publishing a review here. The tour moves on to Austin, San Antonio and then two nights in Thackerville, Okla. Fans Amy Partin and Carrie Easterly Reinig are trying to get fans to hold up small butterflies (the casino has asked for a six-inch maximum size per butterfly) during her encore of "I Will Always Love You." They plan to bring 500 with them to share with others. Learn more by messaging Amy on her Facebook page here or posting to the concert event page here.
Dec. 5: Dolly Plans Dec. 13 Telethon For Fire Victims Dolly has expanded the outreach for her My People Fund to help those who lost their homes in the recent Sevier County wildfires. She is organizing a three-hour telethon for Dec. 13 in Nashville to raise additional funds for the project. All donations raised will go to the fund with no deductions for fundraising costs. Details on who will perform, where, and what partners will air the telethon have yet to be announced. The fund, operated by the Dollywood Foundation, raised more than $1 million in its first 36 hours, including a gift from goddaughter Miley Cyrus' Happy Hippie Foundation. Coverage included The Tennesseanhere while Cyrus' involvement was covered by several outlets including Music Newshere. Those needing assistance may seek first distributions at the LeConte Events Center Dec. 15-16 and Dec. 19-20. Those needing help in the application process for assistance may call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD. Donations may be made here.
Pure & Simple Tour Nears End The final stretch of Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour starts out Monday night in Houston, moving to Austin on Tuesday, San Antonio on Thursday and then two nights in Thackerville, Okla., Friday and Saturday. Photos from Friday's show in Corpus Christi appeared over the weekend in The Callerhere.
U.K., Aussie Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week holds steady at No. 1 British country compilation albums chart in its 12th week, giving the CD 11 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the tally, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) drops three to No. 12, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) dips six to No. 13, and Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls back out of the top 20, down from No. 18. On the overall country albums chart, Dolly's Pure & Simple inches down one to No. 5 country in its 15th week. Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt holds steady at No. 3 on the Australian country albums chart in its 12th week, it was announced Sunday, while Dolly's Pure & Simple dips four to No. 22 country in its 15th chart week.
Dec. 2: 'Colors' Attracts 11.5 Million Viewers Preliminary ratings show 11.5 million people tuned in for Wednesday night's broadcast of Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love on NBC, making it the night's most-watched show, the second-most-watched broadcast non-musical movie in America in four and a half years (behind only last year's 13 million live viewers for Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors). Final live ratings take another day or two for calculation, and then final plus DVR ratings take several more days (last year's film picked up a record 3 million delayed DVR viewers). The movie was the first program this season to beat FOX's Empire and gave NBC its highest Wednesday night non-Olympics audience in nine years. Its rating/share with the coveted 18-49 demographic was 1.7/6. Reviews came from CNN here and The St. Louis Post-Dispatchhere as well as an interview with The Daily Beasthere. NBC 4 noted here that in addition to her other projects, there is a possibility that her 9 To 5: The Musical could make its way to NBC's series of live musicals. The network's president of entertainment, Robert Goldblatt, was Dolly's co-producer on the Broadway musical.
Dolly's Fire Fund Gets Coverage Dolly's announcement of the My People Fund at her Dollywood Foundation to help those displaced by this week's Sevier County fires was covered virally on Thursday. Examples of the media coverage include CNN here and USA Todayhere. And the Catholic Diocese of Lexington, Ky., is lending a hand in appreciation for Dolly's fundraisers for the local Catholic charities there, according to WKYT here. Donate to Dolly's fund here. More details about the fund are to be released Friday.
Tour Receives More Great Reviews Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour continues this weekend and earned rave reviews from The Baton Rouge Advocatehere and New Orleans Times Picayunehere as well as The Pensacola News Journalhere.
Dec. 1: Dolly Announces My People Fund For Fire Relief
Dolly on Wednesday night announced she will lend a personal hand to the efforts to rebuild the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area after Monday night's devastating wildfires by creating the My People Fund at her Dollywood Foundation to provide a $1,000-per-month stipend for six months to help families that lost everything in the fires. More details on the fund are to be announced on Friday, but donations may be made here. Dolly released a video announcing the effort here or in the media player above. As of press time, the death toll had risen to seven and hundreds of homes and businesses had been damaged or destroyed.
Nov. 30: Dolly 'Heartbroken' Over East Tenn. Fires
Dollywood and Dolly's other Pigeon Forge attractions narrowly averted tragedy Monday night when hundreds of homes and businesses in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area were destroyed by wind-fueled wildfires in chronic drought conditions. Ironically, less than 36 hours before the natural disaster, the USDA Forest Service had issued a new public service announcement featuring Dolly and Smoky the Bear urging caution due to the risk of fire in the Great Smoky Mountains. Watch it here or in the media player above. After the fires died down some on Tuesday and it appeared the threat to her properties had passed, she released the following statement: "I have been watching the terrible fires in the Great Smoky Mountains and I am heartbroken. I am praying for all the families affected by the fire and the firefighters who are working so hard to keep everyone safe. It is a blessing that my Dollywood theme park, the DreamMore Resort and so many businesses in Pigeon Forge have been spared." Dollywood, which remained closed on Tuesday, announced late in the day that while it had suffered no damage to the park, it would remain closed until 2 p.m. Friday to focus on supporting the community. Likewise, no damage was reported to DreamMore Resort, which had evacuated about 50 rooms Monday night but re-opened on Tuesday, or Lumberjack Adventure or Dixie Stampede. However, 19 Dollywood cabins were evacuated on Monday night and by Tuesday more than a dozen of the park's rental cabins had suffered fire damage or been destroyed. The park encourages donations to the American Red Cross, 800-Red-Cross or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Throughout the area, hundreds of homes, businesses and rental units were destroyed and as of press time three deaths had been confirmed. Coverage of the fire was all over national media. One example that focused on Dolly was Billboardhere.
'Circle Of Love' Premiere Nears
The wait is nearly over, as the highly-anticipated Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love premieres Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern on NBC. Reviews of the film have been mixed and include The Washington Posthere, USA Todayhere, Yahoo here, Paradehere and The New York Posthere. Dolly promoted the show, as was announced here several weeks ago, with a Tuesday performance on NBC's The Voice to perform "Jolene" with Pentatonix and Miley Cyrus and the project's theme song, "Circle Of Love," with Jennifer Nettles and the top 10 finalists from The Voice (due to her tour stop in Florida on Tuesday night, she taped her performances with Monday night's live audience on the program instead of performing live on Tuesday). Watch those performances here and here or in the media players above and below. Dolly also appears on the syndicated The Real on Wednesday. Print, television and online interviews about the project appeared in recent days in The Los Angeles Timeshere, Sounds Like Nashvillehere and here, 11 Alive News here, Timehere, E! Onlinehere, The Huffington Posthere, CBS 8 here, Uproxxhere, Reuters here, Rotten Tomatoeshere, AOL's The Boothere and The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journalhere. Digital downloads of the film should be available here starting Thursday, while the DVD will be released here and Blu-Ray here, both Dec. 20. Last year's Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors was re-ssued on Blu-Ray here on Tuesday.
Tour Moves Through Gulf Coast Meanwhile, Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour resumed its final leg post-Thanksgiving with shows Saturday in Tampa, Sunday in Sunrise, Fla., and Tuesday in Pensacola. The tour moves to New Orleans Wednesday night before starting its series of Texas dates on Friday and Saturday. Reviews of the Tampa show were released by Creative Loafing Tampahere and The Tampa Bay Timeshere. Dolly also participated in a Q&A with journalists, part of which made The Pensacola News Journal in advance of her show there here.
U.S., Aussie Chart Updates Just 14 weeks after release, Dolly's Pure & Simple has passed 85,000 copies sold in the U.S. Last week's sales of about 2,400 units allowed the album to slip one to No. 11 on the Americana/folk albums chart and five to No. 34 country albums, the Dec. 10 Billboard numbers released Tuesday showed. Her Oct. 1 and 2 dates at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles made the magazine's Box Score for the week at No. 4, grossing $2.5 million with 89 percent of the 31,957 available tickets sold. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" slips seven on the holiday digital songs list to No. 40, while Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers rises two to No. 29 holiday albums, five on the country catalog albums chart to No. 2, 15 on the overall catalog albums tally to No. 12, and eight on the Canadian pop albums chart to No. 56, while re-entering the top 100 overall album sales chart at No. 99. The "Forever Country" mash-up with Dolly loses four to No. 19 country digital songs and three to No. 31 hot country songs, falling off the Canadian digital songs, down from No. 38, Canadian country airplay, down from No. 44, and Canadian pop songs, down from No. 83. Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt loses one to No. 3 on the Australian country albums chart in its 11th week, it was announced Sunday, while Dolly's Pure & Simple dips two to No. 18 country in its 14th chart week.
Nov. 26: Dolly: Remaining NBC Projects -- 'Jolene,' Christmas Special So what will follow Wednesday's Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love with Dolly's NBC partnership? She told The Tennesseanhere that the project fulfils the second movie obligation in her four-picture deal with the network. The two remaining projects will be an adaptation of "Jolene" and a variety show Christmas special next year to tie in with her holiday album to be released in 2017. However, if next week's movie has ratings similar to the record-breaking ones for last year's Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors, several key cast members have committed for a potential weekly series that would be called Life Of Many Colors. Apparently, previously-announced future adaptations of "The Seeker" and "Here You Come Again" won't be pursued at this time.
U.K. Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week holds steady at No. 1 British country compilation albums chart in its 11th week, giving the CD 10 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the tally, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) drops four to No. 9, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) dips one to No. 7, and Harris' 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. 18. On the overall country albums chart, Dolly's Pure & Simple inches down one to No. 4 country in its 14th week, falling off the physical CD sales tally, down from No. 94.
Nov. 25: 'Circle Of Love' Promotions Heat Up
NBC on Wednesday released a sing-along teaser for Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love with Dolly and a choir performing an excerpt from the main theme song "Circle Of Love." Watch it here or in the media player above. On Thursday, Dolly's publicist announced her schedule of TV appearances to promote the film, all of which except one have already been reported here: a Nov. 30 stop by the syndicated program The Real. In addition, they revealed she will appear on the syndicated radio program Keep The Faith on Sunday. The previously-reported other appearances include Friday's Today show, Tuesday's The Voice and Wednesday's Christmas In Rockefeller Center immediately prior to the broadcast of the movie. Newspaper insert Parade features her as the cover girl this weekend, at left. Check out their profile here. In related news, additional coverage of the Dollywood red carpet premiere came from USA Todayhere, Local 8 News here and The Knoxville News-Sentinelhere. Somewhat related, interviews that focused more on her current tour but mentioned the project came out this week from AOL's The Boothere and In Weeklyhere.
Dolly On Trump: Change 'Scary' But We'll 'Be Fine' What does Dolly think of President-Elect Donald Trump. After earlier in the campaign saying nice things about Hillary Clinton's qualifications and the prospect of the first female president when asked (she was not asked about her opinion of Trump at that time) , although she quickly clarified it was not an endorsement, and then in another interview calling both candidates "nuts," Phoenix station 12 News asked for her post-election assessment here: "Give yourself and everyone else a chance. We have a new president coming in and it's scary to have this much change all of a sudden but I think we're going to be great, and we'll be greater still. . . This is the land of opportunity and I believe we'll always fight for it. No matter who we have to fight for it, we'll make sure to keep our values and principals. I think we're going to be fine."
Dolly, Stella On BBC Radio 2 For Christmas BBC Radio 2 has announced a Dolly special for Christmas Eve. She and her sister Stella recount their favorite Appalachian Christmas memories that evening.
U.S. Chart Updates In its 13th week, Dolly's Pure & Simple sold another 2,200 units to total 82,500 U.S. sales since release, allowing it to remain in the top 10 Americana/folk albums and top 30 country albums. On Billboard's Dec. 3 country tally, the set dips two to No. 29, while on the Americana list it inches down one to No. 10. Her Nov. 18 Charleston concert comes in at No. 13 on the week's Box Score list with a gross of $610,275 off of 85 percent of the venue's 7,992 available seats sold. "Jolene" by Penatonix with Dolly falls off the country songs tally, down from No. 50. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" gains three on the holiday digital songs list to No. 33, while Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers rises two to No. 31 holiday albums, one on the country catalog albums chart to No. 6 and seven on the overall catalog albums tally to No. 27 while re-entering the Canadian pop albums chart at No. 64. "When I Get Where I'm Going" with Brad Paisley falls off the Christian digital songs chart, down from No. 49. The "Forever Country" mash-up with Dolly loses five to No. 15 country digital songs, 11 to No. 38 Canadian digital songs, four to No. 44 Canadian country airplay, three to No. 28 hot country songs and 15 to No. 83 Canadian pop, falling off digital songs, down from No. 49.
Nov. 22: NBC Releases 'Circle Of Love' First Look
NBC on Monday released a new behind-the-scenes "First Look" at Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love, which airs Nov. 30 and has a red carpet premiere at Dollywood on Tuesday. Check it out on YouTube here. In related news, a Jennifer Nettles interview with The Gwinnet Daily Post about the project was posted here and Dolly chatted with AOL's The Boot on the project here.
New Interviews Released As Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour takes a Thanksgiving break, several local media interviews for upcoming concerts were released with The Charlotte Observerhere, South Florida.comhere, WBIR here and The Tampa Herald Tribunehere.
NBC on Tuesday released a new, longer trailer for Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love as its Nov. 30 premiere approaches. Watch it here or in the media player above. In related news, Dolly has been announced as a guest on the Friday, Nov. 25, Today show on NBC, presumably to promote the movie. She'll appear during the 7 a.m.-9 a.m. segment. Just Jared shared some behind-the-scenes photos here. Also, a limited-edition "Coat Of Many Colors" Christmas ornament has been sold the last few weeks at Dollywood and is available online here.
Pigeon Forge Show Opens Tour's Final Leg Dolly was spectacular Tuesday night in a sold-out 10,000-person hometown crowd in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., to open the fourth and final leg of her Pure & Simple Tour, a charity concert that raised $500,000 for her Imagination Library charity. Look for photos here soon! She debuted some new jokes (such as talking about her husband's asphalt business when he was flirting with the bank teller who inspired "Jolene" and if he didn't stop it would be "his ass and his fault"), laughed when some Apple product tied into the sound system announced "Siri is not available," cried as she spoke of her father in introducing "Smoky Mountain Memories," featured screens on the sides of the stage (that showed her on stage for what I believe was the first time on the tour) and saw her premiere a new segment to her encore: between "I Will Always Love You" and "Hello God"/"He's Alive," she recited most of the lyrics to her song "In The Meantime" and then sang a chorus of "Farther Along," which I understand she also did in Huntsville the following night. Also during the concert, she made her first public statements about her Library recently passing the milestone a few weeks ago of enrolling more than 1 million children in a single month worldwide, meaning the program placed its first million-book order for one month. She revealed that one recent enrollee, 2-year-old Evey Johns of Conway, Ark., would receive a $30,000 contribution into a college savings plan that will result in a $50,000 scholarship- when she enters college, in celebration of the growth, which a press release noted now makes her charity the largest early childhood literacy program in the world. Coverage of the concert is available from Local 8 News here, WATE here, and The Knoxille News-Sentinelhere. The tour continued to Alabama on Wednesday, with reviews from Huntsville by CMT.com here and Sounds Like Nashvillehere, while Far Out Magazine raved about her recent San Diego performance here.Interviews came from Charlotte Magazinehere in advance of Saturday's show there and LGBT publication Watermarkhere before her post-Thanksgiving show in Tampa and Pensacola's NPR station WUWF here.
Dolly Tree Part Of Opryland Parade Dolly once again has donated a tree to Opryland Hotel's Parade of Trees. The "Coat Of Many Colors"- inspired tree features Dolly family photos and wheels of patchwork fabric. The auction winner also receives a two-night stay in Dolly's DreamMore penthouse with a $200 spa credit, admission for two to Dollywood, two tickets to Dixie Stampede, two "Coat Of Many Colors" ornaments, two signed copies of the Coat Of Many Colors children's book and two signed DVDs of Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors. The value of the package is $2,000 and bids remain open until 11 a.m. Central time Jan. 1. As of press time, the bidding was at $1,500. Learn more here.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week holds steady at No. 1 British country compilation albums chart in its 10th week, giving the CD nine nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the tally, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains four to No. 5, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) moves up one to No. 6, and Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) moves up two to No. 18. On the overall country albums chart, Dolly's Pure & Simple holds steady at No. 3 country in its 13th week, losing 19 to No. 94 physical CD sales and falling out of the top 100 overall sales and Scottish albums, down from No. 94 and No. 82, respectively. Stateside, the No. 26 Billboard tallies released Tuesday had Dolly's Pure & Simple gain four to No. 27 country albums and one to No. 9 Americana/folk albums in its 12th week. "Jolene" by Penatonix with Dolly earns a fifth chart week dipping one to No. 50 country songs and off the country digital downloads list, down from No. 48. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" moves up one on the holiday digital songs list to No. 35, while Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers rises eight to No. 33 holiday albums and 10 on the country catalog albums chart to No. 7 while re-entering the overall catalog albums tally at No. 27. "When I Get Where I'm Going" with Brad Paisley loses seven on the Christian digital songs chart to No. 49 and falls off the Christian/gospel digital songs chart, down from No. 43. The "Forever Country" mash-up with Dolly slides one to No. 10 country digital songs, one to No. 27 Canadian digital songs, five to No. 40 Canadian country airplay, seven to No. 25 hot country songs, 13 to No. 49 digital songs and seven to No. 68 Canadian pop.
Dolly Up For People's Choice Award Dolly on Tuesday was nominated for a 2017 People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Country Artist, facing off against Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert and Reba at the Jan. 18 awards live on CBS. You may vote daily for her here.
Team Miley Sings Dolly On 'Voice' Team Miley on Tuesday sang Dolly's "There'll Always Be Music" on NBC's The Voice. Check out the performance here.
Australian Chart Update My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt holds steady this week at No. 3 on the Australian country albums chart in its ninth week, it was announced Sunday, with the collection dropping falling out of the top 50 pop albums, down from No. 45, while Dolly's Pure & Simple dips three to No. 20 country in its 12th chart week.
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