Fifty years ago Monday, Dolly is hired for The Porter Wagoner Show. Thirty-five years ago Monday, Dolly's second version of “I Will Always Love You” reaches the No. 1 spot on the country charts eight years after her first did the same and 10 years before Whitney Houston's pop smash version; Dolly's peaks at No. 53 on the pop charts. That same day, her Greatest Hits album debuts on the charts; it would reach No. 7 country and No. 77 pop, sell more than 1 million copies to be certified platinum and remain on the country charts for 96 weeks. Forty-nine years ago Wednesday, Porter & Dolly pick up their first CMA Group of the Year Award (when the Vocal Duo award is created two years later, they would win it two years in a row). Forty-eight years ago Wednesday, “My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy” debuts on the country charts; it would 30reach only No. 45. Thirty-four years ago Wednesday, Kenny & Dolly's “Islands in the Stream” is certified gold, or more than 1 million copies sold; it would become the year's biggest-selling single two months later with more than an additional 1 million copies sold for platinum status. Twenty-six years ago Thursday, “Eagle When She Flies” debuts on the country singles chart; it would peak at No. 33. Forty-seven years ago Saturday, Dolly records her first No. 1 country single, “Joshua;” it also peaks at No. 108 pop. Thirty-nine years ago Saturday, Heartbreaker enters its seventh of nine weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts; it reaches No. 27 pop. Forty years ago Sunday, “Here You Come Again” debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; it would reach No. 1 country (a position it holds for five consecutive weeks, Dolly's longest stay atop the singles chart), No. 3 pop and No. 2 adult contemporary and become her first gold single for selling more than 1 million copies. Thirty-four years ago Sunday, “Islands In The Stream” enters its second of four weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart.
U.S., Oct. 28 edition:
I Believe In You No longer on the country albums chart (down from No. 37; one chart week; peaked at No. 37); No longer on the kids albums chart (down from No. 11; one chart week; peaked at No. 11)
Once Upon A Christmas No. 18 holiday albums (down from No. 16); No. 14 holiday albums sales (down from No. 11); No. 19 country catalog albums (re-entry)
Home For Christmas No. 45 holiday album sales (debut)
"Hard Candy Christmas," No. 46 holiday digital songs (down from No. 41)
U.K., Oct. 22 edition:
I Believe In You No. 4 country albums (debut)
The Complete Trio Collection No. 2 country compilation (no change; 58th week; peaked at No. 1 for 21 weeks)
In-person Dolly (scheduled live
appearances, some are tentative)
Dolly To Gift 500,000 Books To Hurricane Relief Dolly this week revealed her Imagination Library would be donating 500,000 children's books through First Book to families impacted by the recent hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas. The Foundation also donated $90,750 to cover postage costs for delivering the first 165,000 books to be delivered immediately and is working to raise another $184,250 to cover postage on the remaining 335,000 books that will be coming. To donate, click here. In addition she announced she was making a gift for an undisclosed amount to the One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief Fund established by former presidents Barak Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter to support recovery efforts from the three hurricanes. In a press release, Dolly noted: “After the tremendous outpouring of support my hometown received last winter after the wildfires raged through the area, I want to do my part to help other areas affected by natural disasters. I admire and respect this effort led by our Presidents so it is an honor for me to contribute to their work. I know in the immediate aftermath of a disaster books are not the first thing people need or miss. But I also know from our past experience that after some time has passed, families, schools and libraries are eager to replenish their shelves, and their hearts, with books. First Book asked us to join with them to get the right books in the right hands at the right time and we were pleased to do so.” Coverage included USA Todayhere.
Children's Book Reading Airs Wednesday
The BBC's children's network CBeebies this week released a preview of Dolly's upcoming children's storybook reading on CBeebies Bedtime Stories. Check it out here or in the media player above. Dolly's first story, Dog Loves Books, airs at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday with a second book to come soon.
'Believe' Debuts At No. 4 U.K. Country Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, debuts this week at No. 4 U.K. country albums, it was announced Friday, but the release did not sell enough copies to break the pop top 100 chart. Elsewhere in Britain, Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, featuring Dolly on the track "Rainbowland" which they co-wrote, falls 30 places to No. 58 pop albums in its third week while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady at No. 2 on the British country compilation albums chart in 58th chart week. On the same tally, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls back out of the top 20, down from No. 15, 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) drops three to No. 11.
More Coverage Of 'Believe' CD Meanwhile coverage of her new children's album included two recaps of a multi-journalist virtual telephone press conference with perspectives from The Eugene Weeklyhere and The Leavenworth Timeshere.
Dolly Appears In CMT PSA CMT this week broadcast its CMT Artists of the Year celebration and included three public service announcements for its CMT One Country's campaign to support victims of recent tragedies and featured Dolly and Blake Shelton, among others, in the spots.
DNR Smokies Vacation Planned The Derek and Romaine radio show has released a little more detail on the LGBT show's fan vacation to the Pigeon Forge area Sept. 21-24. The hosts were inspired by Dolly's work in recovery following last year's wildfires and want to encourage tourism to the area to help the local economy. (While it appears the groups will stay at several hotels in the area including the DreamMore Resort and visit several area attractions including Dollywood and Dixie Stampede the vacation is not arranged by nor endorsed by any of the attractions they plan to visit.) Click here for more information.
Hear Snippet Of New 'Memories' Duet Bluegrass artist Brad Hudson has released a preview video for his new album Next New Heartbreak coming out Nov. 3 with a Dolly duet on a new recording of “Smoky Mountain Memories.” Check it out here or in the media player below.
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Oct. 18: Dolly Blankets TV For 'Believe' Promotions The Dolly promotions train to talk about her first-ever children's album I Believe In You continued Monday and Tuesday with numerous TV appearances. Check out clips of her on ABC's The Chewhere and here, Do You Remember here, NBC's Todayhere, here and here, ABC's The Viewhere, FOX Business's Varney & Co.here and here, and FOX News's Fox & Friendshere.
'Islands' Goes Gold Again Dolly has earned yet another RIAA award for an old RCA release, this time "Islands In The Stream" with Kenny Rogers. Already certified platinum for 2 million sales in its original release (today's amount for double-platinum status), the single on Oct. 6 was certified digital gold for downloads of 500,000 copies and/or 50 million online streaming video/audio plays.
'Believe' Temporarily Leaves The Charts On the charts just one week for digital-only sales, Dolly's new children's album, I Believe In You, proceeds from which will benefit her Imagination Library literacy program, falls off the tallies this week on the Oct. 28 Billboard charts released Tuesday, down from No. 37 country albums and No. 11 kids' albums. The set should re-enter the charts next week at higher numbers based on last week's release of the physical CD version and Dolly's promotion of it. Elsewhere on the charts, Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers slips two to No. 18 holiday albums and three to No. 14 holiday album sales, re-entering the country catalog albums chart at No. 19 while Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" dips five to No. 46 holiday digital songs and her Home
For Christmas debuts on the holiday album sales list at No. 45. For its second week, Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, with Dolly on the duet "Rainbowland," tumbles 31 spots to No. 36 top 200 pop albums, 16 to No. 19 digital sales, 19 to No. 22 Canadian pop albums, seven to No. 20 Internet albums, 14 to No. 17 current albums and 15 to No. 19 album sales. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," loses 12 to No. 46 Hot 200 all-genre pop albums in its ninth chart week, 20 to No. 61 current albums, 22 to No. 69 album sales and nine to No. 30 Canadian pop albums.
Oct. 16: Dolly Releases CD, Donates $1 Million To Kids' Hospital Dolly on Friday released the CD version of her first-ever children's CD, I Believe In You, proceeds from which benefit her Imagination Library children's literacy program, and to celebrate she brought her sister Rachel and niece Hannah to Vanderbilt University's Children's Hospital in Nashville, where Hannah had been treated for leukemia as a young child. While visiting patients, Dolly announced a $1 million gift for the hospital in her niece's honor. The Knoxville News-Sentinel posted video to Facebook of the gift announcement here, and The Tennessean covered the announcement here. While there, she also conducted a live radio interview which her official Facebook page broadcast live here. Other coverage of the album's release featuring Dolly interviews include Ask Anything Chathere, The Blair Garner Showhere, The Huffington Posthere, AOL's The Boothere, Rolling Stone (in which she again addresses the Emmy controversy and defends her friends' right to say what they want politically and her right to remain silent) here, The Toronto Sunhere, Peoplehere, ABC News here, Australia Broadcasting Company (in which she was asked about that country's upcoming public vote on marriage equality and repeated her support for same-gender marriage) here, Ty, Kelly, And Chuckhere and Perez Hiltonhere. She appeared on the Jesus Calling podcast which became available Thursday on iTunes, SoundCloud, Spotify and other services. Finally, in addition to previously-announced stops by Today and The View on Monday, it was revealed she'll appear on ABC's The Chew at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Fox & Friends Monday and The 700 Club Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Five Dolly Performances On CMA Awards Set Time-Life last week announced the upcoming release of the 10-DVD CMA Awards Live "early next year" to feature 127 performances from 50 years of the annual broadcasts including five from Dolly: "Love Is Like A Butterfly" and "Here You Come Again" from the 1974-77 DVD, "Island In The Stream" with Kenny Rogers on the 1978-84 DVD and "Silver Threads And Golden Needles" with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette and "I Will Always Love You" with Vince Gill on the 1992-95 DVD. In addition, a featurette titled "Entertain 'Em, Dolly" appears on the bonus material disc. Pre-orders are available here.
More 'Dolly' Coming To Get TV Get TV has announced their airings of the 1976-77 Dolly series through at least next month with Sunday night episodes featuring Mel Tillis Nov. 5, Chuck Woolery Nov. 12 and the first-ever public appearance of the Trio with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris on Nov. 19. The network has previously shown the Trio episode when they began airing limited episodes of the show a couple of years ago but the Tillis and Woolery episodes haven't been broadcast since the syndication of the show ended in the early 1980s and were not on the six-show DVD from 2006. This brings the total episodes aired on Get TV the past few years to 10. As was previously announced, the episode with Freddy Fender airs next Sunday.
British, Down Under Chart Updates Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, featuring Dolly on the track "Rainbowland" that they wrote together, falls a dozen digits to No. 14 pop albums in its second week in Australia. In the U.K., the album loses 20 spots to No. 28 pop albums in its second week there as well. Elsewhere across the pond, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady at No. 2 on the British country compilation albums chart in 57th chart week. On the same tally, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses three to No. 15 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) inches down one to No. 8.
New Houston 'I Will Always Love You' Coming Arista Records and Legacy Recordings last week announced the upcoming Nov. 17 release of I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard, which will feature three previously unreleased versions of Whitney Houston's cover of Dolly's "I Will Always Love You." The 25th anniversary CD will include an alternate mix of the original soundtrack recording, the film version which didn't appear on the original soundtrack and a live recording of the song. Check out a story from Rolling Stonehere and get your copy here!
'Dolly' Helps Woman Win 'Jeopardy' A 12-time Jeopardy champion was knocked off his throne Thursday night by an East Tennessee housewife who was helped with an entire category she dominated which was dedicated to questions about Dolly. Learn more from The Knoxville News-Sentinelhere.
Dolly Naming Hometown Senior Center Dolly apparently will be buying naming rights for the Sevier County Senior Center, The Mountain Press reportshere.
Heidi Parton Track Listing Announced The track listing has been released for Dolly's niece Heidi Parton's debut album, This Kind Of Love, coming out digitally on Saturday, and it contains three songs her famous aunt has previously recorded: the No. 1 "Think About Love," the Rachel Parton-written "I Am Ready" and "Circle Of Love," which Dolly wrote for Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love and which Jennifer Nettles recorded last year and Dolly had recorded for Christmas album she had planned to release this year but which has apparently been delayed at least until next year (since holiday albums traditionally are released in October and November, and since one hasn't been announced yet it almost certainly won't be out this year). Pre-order Heidi's album here!
Derek And Romaine Heading To Dollywood LGBT online radio program Derek And Romaine is planning a Pigeon Forge getaway in September for their listeners. Known for special listener cruises and theme park-centered vacations, they note here in a call for e-mail sign-ups for notifications that some ticketed events for the group will be limited from as small as 50 people to as large as 400 people.
Aunt Vancie Heading To Cincinnati A leading Dolly impersonator is coming to Cincinnati next month. Unwind Wine Bar will host "Darrick's Dolly Night" with Vancie Vega performing at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Nov. 4 and taking photos with guests before each show. Seats are by reservation only and there is no admission or cover, although a 20 percent gratuity will be required.
Oct. 11: 'Believe' Debuts At No. 37 Country Based on just one week of digital-only sales, Dolly's new children's album, I Believe In You, proceeds from which will benefit her Imagination Library literacy program, allowed the collection to debut Tuesday at No. 37 country albums and No. 11 kids' albums on the Oct. 21 Billboard charts. I would expect the positions to improve in a couple of weeks once this Friday's release of the physical CD can be added into the totals. Elsewhere on the charts, Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers makes its annual return to the charts, coming in at No. 16 holiday albums and No. 11 holiday album sales, while Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" shows up at No. 41 holiday digital songs. As was previously reported here, Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, with Dolly on the duet "Rainbowland," debuts at No. 5 top 200 pop albums chart. The collection also debuts at No. 3 digital sales, No. 3 Canadian pop albums, No. 13 Internet albums, No. 3 current albums, No. 9 Italy and No. 4 album sales. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," dips 12 to No. 34 Hot 200 all-genre pop albums in its eighth chart week, two to No. 41 current albums, eight to No. 47 album sales, and nine to No. 30 Canadian pop albums lists.
'Believe' Promotions Continue Dolly is all over the place this week promoting Friday's CD release of her I Believe In You children's CD. Sounds Like Nashville had a review of the project here. She called in for Sirius/XM's Andy Cohen, who posted clips about her talking about the passing of Sandy Gallin here and Tom Petty here as well as the Emmy controversy here. On Monday, both Today In Nashville posted an interview here and The Bobby Bones Show shared video of an in-studio interview here. Songwriter's Univere put out an interview here and Peoplehere.
Dolly To Read Kids' Book On British Children's Programming. The BBC has announced Dolly is the next celebrity to join their program CBeebies Bedtime Story on the BBC's children's channel, CBeebies. She will read "Dog Loves Books" on Oct. 25 and a future book that has yet to be announced. Read fhe announcement here.
Dolly Featured On New Book A new book was released last week looking at the 20 best cover songs of music, and of course Whitney Houston's version of the Dolly classic "I Will Always Love You" is on the tally. Get Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Timehere!
Stampede Brought Up Again Dolly's Dixie Stampede dinner theatre made HBO's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver in a segment about the removal of Confederate war memorials. Watch it here.
Oct. 9: Miley Debuts No. 5 U.S., No. 2 Down Under Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, featuring Dolly on the track "Rainbowland" that they wrote together, will debut at No. 5 on the Hot 200 all-genre album chart on Tuesday, Billboard announced Sunday on first-week sales of the album of 33,000 CDs and downloads plus 12,000 album credits for single-song downloads and online streams. The album debuts at No. 2 pop in Australia.
Dolly Chats With 'The Mirror' Dolly recently sat down with British newspaper The Mirror and chatted about her husband, her career, her fans and more. Read the interview here.
Dolly goddaughter Miley Cyrus this week had a week-long residency on NBC's The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and mid-week took to the stage to re-create Dolly's classic 1983 Country Music Association Awards appearance with Kenny Rogers to perform "Islands In The Stream" about two and a half weeks before the song hit No. 1. Dressed up in wigs, stuffing and costumes to match the 1983 appearance (complete with a re-created backdrop), Fallon sang as Kenny and Miley sang as Dolly. The performance got a lot of attention online and even prompted Billboard to share all of the Dolly/Miley crossover appearances over the years here. Watch the impersonation here or in the media player above (and see the 1983 original here or in the media player below).
Dolly To Visit 'Today' This Month Dolly has been announced as a guest during the 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. segment of NBC's Today on Monday, Oct. 16, to promote the physical CD release of her children's album I Believe In You the Friday prior to the appearance. It has also been announced that goddaughter Miley Cyrus and her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, will also appear on the program that day, but there's no word whether Dolly and Miley will sing their duet "Rainbowland" from Miley's Younger Now album. The appearance comes just hours before she joins ABC's The View at 11 a.m., an appearance Dollymania.net was the first media outlet to report. In related news, Dolly's publicist this week promoted the partnership with Pledge Music for special bundle packages of autographed materials and now sold-out voice mail outgoing messages from Dolly which were originally reported here nearly three weeks ago, garnering a handful of stories online including one from CMT.com here.
Fox News Covers Dolly's Emmy Response Dolly repeated her no-politics policy to FOX News this week when they asked about last month's Emmy backlash from her being on stage when Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin made a political joke at the expense of President Donald Trump. "I don't voice my political opinions," she explained to the conservative network. "I just get out there and entertain. To me, that's what I do. I don't condemn them." She added: "When all else fails, do a boob joke!" Check out the story here.
Dolly Tells More To 'People' Magazine When was Dolly latest star struck? When was her latest fashion disaster? And more quick questions came from People magazine and Toyota here this week.
Miley CD Makes U.K. Top 10 Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, featuring the Dolly duet "Rainbowland," debuts at No. 8 on the British pop albums chart released Friday. Elsewhere on the tallies, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady at No. 2 on the British country compilation albums chart in 56th chart week. On the same tally, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises one to No. 12 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 four to No. 7. On the main country albums chart, the 40th anniversary re-issue of Ronstadt's Simple Dreams falls off the top 20, down from No. 16.
Another Live White Stripes 'Jolene' Coming Out An early live version of The White Stripes' cover of Dolly's "Jolene" will be made available to subscribers of Jack White's vinyl album distribution service, it has been announced. Three White Stripes hometown concerts in Detroit early on in their career will be released on vinyl, the second of which, recorded at Magic Stick in August 2000, will feature "Jolene," according to Gigwisehere. The concert came a few weeks before a studio recording of the cover was released as the B-side to the vinyl single "Hello Operator." The former husband-wife duo later recorded and released live versions of the song in 2004 and 2010.
Oct. 4: 'I Can't Worry About All That,' Dolly Says Of Emmy Backlash Dolly has given her first response to the conservative outcry against her for standing by and looking uncomfortable on the Emmys while Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin hinted without saying it directly that President Donald Trump is a "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" like Mr. Hart from their film 9 To 5, which resulted in thousands of Trump trolls vehemently attacking her on her Facebook page and clickbait fake news articles calling her un-American, un-Christian and brainwashed. Interviewed last week during promotions for her children's album I Believe In You, all proceeds from which are being donated to charity, a reporter for People magazine asked about the controversy. "They're Lily and they're Jane and I'm Dolly. So, they did their thing, I did mine," she replied. "Oh, we got a little flack from it, but you know, I can't worry about all that . . . I don't do politics. I'm an entertainer. When I'm out there, if all else fails, I just do a boob joke." See the interview here.
Estimated 5,000 Saw Saturday's Surprise Concert More coverage came out Monday and Tuesday on Dolly's surprise concert appearance in Arkansas on Saturday. Texarkana Gazette reports here the free concert is estimated to have attracted 5,000 attendees, some of whom were chosen from the audience for meet-and-greet photos with Dolly. Shreveport television station KTAL reported on her appearance here.
Dolly And Miley Make 'Billboard' Pride List Billboard on Tuesday released its October Pride playlist of LGBT songs, including Dolly and Miley Cyrus' "Rainbowland." Check out the list here.
U.S. Chart Updates The Oct. 7 Billboard charts released Tuesday show Linda Ronstadt's 40th anniversary re-issue of Simple Dreams with the Grammy-nominated Dolly duet "I Never Will Marry" falls off the top 20 country catalog albums chart, down from one week at No. 16. Elsewhere on the charts, Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," rises five to No. 22 Hot 200 all-genre pop albums in its seventh chart week, seven to No. 39 current albums, eight to No. 39 album sales, and four to No. 21 Canadian pop albums lists.
Oct. 2: Dolly Charms Wells' Arkansas Crowd
Dolly lit up the stage in rural Arkansas Saturday night paying tribute to longtime co-producer and band leader Kent Wells in his hometown. She appeared before a sold out 600-person banquet to honor him in his high school cafeteria, stayed for an hour taking photos with fans in the school library according to media reports, then headlined a concert in his honor that evening in an airport hangar. Facebook posts from attendees, such as the clip above also available here, indicated she performed at least three songs: "Jolene," "Coat Of Many Colors" and "I Will Always Love You," all sung entirely live. Coverage included Texarkana Todayhere and The Texarkana Gazettehere
Three More 'Dolly' Shows Coming To Get TV Get TV has announced October will bring three "new" classic episodes of Dolly's 1976-77 syndicated variety show back to television for the first time since its repeat syndication deal ended in the early 1980s. An episode featuring Ronnie Milsap airs at 10 p.m. Eastern Oct. 8, one with Tom T. Hall comes at 10 p.m. Oct. 15, and one with Freddy Fender wraps up the month at 10 p.m. Oct. 22. In addition, the network will repeat Mac Davis's 1977 NBC special Sounds Like Home with Dolly, Tom Jones, Donna Summer and George Carlin at 11 p.m. Oct. 15 which they had previously aired in March and July. In the past, Get TV began airing six other episodes of Dolly back in 2015 in various weekly broadcasts throughout the year, gathering them together for one-night marathons the past two Independence Days: shows with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, Lynn Anderson, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and the Parton Family. (Half of those six episodes were on the six-episode DVD from the series Dolly Parton & Friends released in 2007. Only one of the "new" three episodes appeared on the DVD set.)
'Taste Of Country' Names Dolly Country's 'Most Powerful' Woman Music website Taste Of Country over the weekend completed the countdown of its Most Powerful Female Country Singers Of All Time, placing Dolly at No. 1 here.
Dolly Chats With 'Closer' Dolly has an interview from an Emmy party in the new Closer Weekly which boils down to her words of wisdom from a 50-year-plus career: more wigs :) Read it here.
Australian Chart Update Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," loses 11 places in its seventh week on the Australian albums chart to No. 49, it was announced Sunday.
Sept. 30: Free Arkansas Dolly Concert Set For Tonight Dolly will headline a free concert in rural Arkansas Saturday night to honor her longtime co-producer and band leader Kent Wells, Texarkana FYI reported here on Thursday following a report the previous day from radio station KQDN here announcing she would be in town Saturday to recognize Wells at the sold out Ashtown High School Alumni Banquet, where he is their annual award winner. The jam session concert, dubbed Wells Family and Friends Ashdown High School Reunion Jam, will follow at 9 p.m. in a hangar at Garrison's Air Strip located between Ashdown and Wilton, Ark., located at 482 U.S. Hwy. 71. The concert is free but parking will be $10 per car. In addition to Dolly and Wells, the show is set to feature Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artemis Pyle and unnamed Nashville "legends." Proceeds from both events fund alumni association scholarships.
Dolly Earns Four New Gold, Platinum Awards Now that Dolly is once again associated with RCA Nashville Records, which released this week's I Believe In You and last year's Pure & Simple in partnership with her own Dolly Records, the label is interested in certifying her music for gold and platinum awards. Three old RCA singles on Monday were awarded RIAA Awards for digital sales: gold records for her original 1973 recordings of "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You" for more than 500,000 downloads each and a platinum record for 1980's "9 To 5" having 1 million downloads. This is the first U.S. certification for Dolly's versions of "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You" but "9 To 5" had previously been certified gold for selling 1 million 45 rpm singles in its original release (although now that gold singles are 500,000 and platinum singles 1 million, the physical single should be classified as platinum and if the two were conbined it would be double platinum). In addition, the RIAA's British equivalent, BPI, earlier this month certified "Jolene" gold for 400,000 downloads overseas.
Dolly Prepping New Film Soundtrack For 'Dumplin'' Adaptation While doing promotions for her new children's CD, Dolly let news slip to E! Onlinehere about her involvement in the film Dumplin' which Jennifer Anniston is currently filming based on the bestselling book about a woman with an overweight daughter who is a huge Dolly fan and lives her life through her music. Dolly noted that the film will use several of her classic hits but she has also been asked to write and record the movie's theme song and several additional songs for the film soundtrack.
Miley Duet Came Out Friday Miley Cyrus's highly anticipated album Younger Now hit stores Friday featuring the Dolly co-written duet "Rainbowland," which garnered a lot of media attention. By days' end, the album was ranked No. 1 on iTunes and No. 6 at Amazon. Coverage and reviews included The Houston Chroniclehere, USA Todayhere, The Cleveland Plain Dealerhere, E! Onlinehere, The Guardianhere, NMEhere, Refinery 29here and The Times Of Indiahere.
Dolly Children's Album Hits Downloads Also released Friday was the digital download version of Dolly's new children's album to benefit her Imagination Library literacy program, I Believe In You, which was ranked No. 32 iTunes albums and No. 135 Amazon albums (No. 15 Amazon digital albums). Songs from it took the top spots on the iTunes children's downloads chart. The physical CD, available here, comes out Oct. 13.
Dolly Song Wins Bluegrass Award Dolly on Thursday night won her fourth International Bluegrass Music Award when "Sacred Memories" by Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White Skaggs won Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Dolly wrote and recorded the song back in 1974, and the award is presented to the song's performers, producers and composers. She previously won Album of the Year in 2000 for The Grass Is Blue and Recorded Event of the Year in 2002 and 2004 as part of the various artist projects Clinch Mountain Sweethearts and Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers.
New 'Appalachian Memories' Duet Coming Dolly has recorded a new version of her classic "Appalachian Memories" with singer Brad Hudson, who will include the collaboration on his next album, Next New Heartbreak, coming out Nov. 3. Get the CD here and download here.
Pigeon Forge Mayor, Family Channel Dolly The mayor of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and his family have taken carpool karaoke to the next level, TV station Local 8 Now reported here, noting their favorite is Dolly.
'Vogue' Recreates '9 To 5' Opening With Models Vogue magazine this week celebrated the end of New York Fashion Week by gathering models including Kate Upton and Sara Sampaio to lipsynch to Dolly's "9 to 5" and re-create the opening scene from the movie. This prompted the publication to post several Dolly-themed articles to go along with the video: one on her marriage wisdom here, one on her hair here, one on her guide to Tennessee travel here, one on her style here and one on the feminist stance of the movie here.
Seely Talks To 'Mr. Nashville' Former Dottie Rambo manager Larry Ferguson has a new YouTube series called Mr. Nashville Talks which recently interviewed Jeannie Seely, who chatted about Norma Jean and Dolly on The Porter Wagoner Showhere plus a bonus clip here.
U.S., British Charts Updated The Oct. 7 Billboard charts released Tuesday show Linda Ronstadt's 40th anniversary re-issue of Simple Dreams with the Grammy-nominated Dolly duet "I Never Will Marry" debuts at No. 16 country catalog albums. Elsewhere on the charts, Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," loses 11 to No. 27 Hot 200 all-genre pop albums, 13 to No. 46 current albums, 13 to No. 47 album sales, and one to No. 25 Canadian pop albums lists, dropping off the digital albums list, down from No. 19. Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains three to No. 2 on the British country compilation albums chart in 55th chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises six to No. 13 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) re-enters the top 20 at No. 11. On the main country albums chart, Ronstadt's Simple Dreams rises two to No. 16.
President Donald Trump's internet trolls and legion of ignorant minions set their sights last week firmly on Dolly to condemn her standing next to legendary actors and liberal activists Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda during the Emmy telecast as they made a joke about the villain in the trio's 1980 hit film 9 To 5. Fonda noted they refused in 1980 to submit to the film's famous phrase of a "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot," and Tomlin added that in 2017 they still refuse to submit to a "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" as Dolly's eyes grew wide and she added she thinks they were talking about the fictional Mr. Hart from the movie. (Tomlin noted on her Facebook page that since they never identified Trump by name in their joke that his fans must know in their hearts that the statement of him being a "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" is true or they could not have taken offense at what was said.) Immediately, Trump fanatics headed over to Dolly's Facebook page to insult her, calling her "unchristian" and "a traitor" and "un-American" and claiming they'd never buy another album or visit Dollywood again – although I'd bet almost not a single person who made those claims has ever actually visited the park or bought a Dolly album in the past couple of decades, and certainly none of them were actually Dolly fans, even though several media reports misidentified these literally thousands of Trump trolls as her fans. (Even this website received a handful of hate e-mails directed at Dolly personally in response to her apparance.) A typical post on Dolly's Facebook page gets between 200 and 700 comments, although occasionally one will see 1,000 or more. However, last week one about her upcoming children's album to benefit her early childhood literacy charity saw over 2,200 comments and more than 10,000 reactions – the comments were mostly negative while the reactions were almost all positive (9,600 loves or likes versus 290 hates, sads, or surprises). Similarly, a post about her recent ACM humanitarian award saw over 5,100 comments, mostly negative, and 18,000 reactions (again almost all positive: 17,000 likes and loves versus 620 hates, sads, or surprises). Other than gaining some press, no impact appears to have occurred from the outburst of stupidity by the president's supporters. Her number of Facebook followers remained relatively unchanged at about 4 million. Liberals tended to defend Dolly, saying either the joke was honest and funny so no one should be offended or that she didn't participate in it and obviously looked uncomfortable with it on stage, and some conservatives also stood up for her, most notably avid Trump supporter and Straight Talk co-star James Woods, as Biz Pac Review noted here. Some liberals also attacked her, such as this column from The Huffington Posthere that criticized her silence as an endorsement and normalization of Trump's extreme fringe behaviors. General coverage included The Advocatehere, conservative publication Western Journalismhere, The New Yorker (which called their appearance and actor Alexander Skarsgård's acceptance speech immediately afterward the telecast's "strangest five minutes") here, The Tennesseanhere and Inside Editionhere. Even Facebook god George Takei shared a story about the backlash by the end of the week. The best reaction to the whole thing came from comedian Loretta Jenkins, who records tongue-in-cheek "drunken" rants about various subjects, this time slaying conservative snowflakes, defending Dolly and parodying the famous "Leave Brittney Alone" video from a decade ago. Watch it here or in the media player above. In non-controversial news, Dolly spoke to the Emmy "Thank You Cam," interview footage is available here, and actresses Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski gushed to Todayhere that seeing Dolly at the awards was their personal highlight of the evening.
'The View' Apparance Added To Promote 'Believe' Dolly has been added as a guest for the Oct. 16 taping of ABC's The View in what is her first known promotional appearance to celebrate the physical CD release of her children's album I Believe In You to benefit her Imagination Library, which hits stores Oct. 13. Tickets for the show are available for free here. The album comes out in digital format this Friday. Get your download here! (That's the same day that goddaughter Miley Cyrus will see her Younger Now hit stores, featuring the Dolly duet "Rainbowland" which they wrote together. Reserve your copy of that album here, and hear a snippet of the song in a Miley interview with NPR from over the weekend here!)
Dolly Honors Reba At Grand Ole Opry Forty years ago, Dolly surprised the audience by showing up at the Grand Ole Opry to perform unexpectedly, taking one song from the two-song-set for a young singer making her Opry debut that night, Reba McEntire. Celebrating her 40th Opry debut anniversary at the country music institution Friday night with a special concert featuring friends Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill, Reba was surprised once again with an unannounced drop-in by Dolly, who led the singing of "Happy Anniversary To You" in Reba's honor. The Opry instagrammed a photo of the pair backstage here Friday night. Coverage is available from many sources, including The Tennesseanhere and Taste Of Countryhere.
U.S., Overseas Chart Updates Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," dips four spots in its sixth week on the Australian albums chart to No. 38, it was announced Sunday. Elsewhere overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inches up one on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 5 in 54th chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains one to No. 19. On the main country albums chart, Ronstadt's 40th anniversary remastered reissue of her Simple Dreams album with the Grammy-nominated Dolly duet "I Never Will Marry," debuts at No. 18. In the U.S., the Sept. 30 Billboard tallies released Tuesday showed Kesha's album falls 12 to No. 16 Hot 200 all-genre pop albums, 15 to No. 19 digital albums 27 to No. 33 current albums, 28 to No. 34 album sales, and 13 to No. 24 Canadian pop albums lists, dropping off the Internet albums list, down from No. 19.
Dollywood Preps Fall Festival The new Great Pumpkin LumiNights during Dollywood's Harvest Festival opens Friday and runs through Oct. 28 with the first time the park has opened every day during the fall and the first time it has stayed open past dark in the fall. In addition to whimsical fall family activities (such as intricately-carved lighted pumpkin displays, a glow maze and a nightly dance party) and special food, the festival features more than 500 performances in its Southern Gospel Jubilee. "Fall truly is the most beautiful time of year here in the Smokies," Dolly said in a press release. "I love coming home to see the amazing masterpiece God has painted across the mountains. Our folks at Dollywood always do a great job of making sure the park looks stunning with those fall colors as a backdrop. You also know that Southern gospel music holds a very special place close to my heart. I guess you could say my singing career really got started in that kind of music because our family would visit churches and sing about God's love for us. This year we're adding even more fun to the festival with Great Pumpkin LumiNights, and I know families are going to love all those glowing pumpkin displays up through Timber Canyon. I used to love sitting around with my brothers and sisters during the fall carving pumpkins and tellin' stories, but I don't think our pumpkins turned out quite the same as these though!" A new Dolly-narrated commercial for the festival premiered last week and is viewable in the media player below.
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