This week in
Dolly history
Twenty-four years ago Monday, Dolly's trio collaboration with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, Honky Tonk Angels, debuts on the album charts; it would peak at No. 6 country, No. 42 pop, and sell more than 500,000 copies to go gold. Ten years ago Wednesday, Dolly leads the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York performing “Better Get To Livin'” on the first float of the day. Fifteen years ago Thursday, “Hello God,” debuts on the charts; it spends one week at No. 60 on the country singles chart. Thirty-nine years ago Saturday, “I Really Got the Feeling”/”Baby I'm Burning” from Heartbreaker debuts on the singles charts; in January, “I Really Got the Feeling” becomes Dolly's 10th country No. 1, while the flip-side, “Baby I'm Burning” hits country No. 48, adult contemporary No. 11 and pop No. 25 (her fourth Top 40) as the disco-flavored song becomes a dance remix club hit. Twenty-eight years ago Saturday, “Yellow Roses” from White Limozeen becomes Dolly's 23rd of her record 25 country No. 1 hits.

Charts

  • U.S., Nov. 25 edition:
          I Believe In You No. 42 country albums sales chart (down from No. 25; fifth chart week; peaked at No. 10); No. 16 kids albums chart (down from No. 10; fifth chart week; peaked at No. 3)
          Once Upon A Christmas No. 21 holiday albums (down from No. 18); No. 17 holiday albums sales (down from No. 15); No. 5 country catalog albums (down from No. 4); No longer on pop catalog albums (down from No. 35)

  • U.K., Nov. 19 edition:
          I Believe In You No. 16 country albums (down from No. 11; fifth week; peaked at No. 4)
          The Complete Trio Collection No. 1 country compilation (up from No. 2; 62nd week; peaked at No. 1 for 23 weeks)


    Upcoming television appearances
    (All times Eastern unless noted)
  • Nov. 24, 9 a.m., CMT, Pickler & Ben (repeat; re-runs 2 a.m. Nov. 25)
  • Nov. 24, 4 p.m. , POP, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 7 p.m. Nov. 24)
  • Dec. 6, 10 p.m., Get TV, Dolly: with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris (re-runs 12:30 p.m. Dec. 17)


    In-person Dolly
    (scheduled live appearances, some are tentative)

  • May 4, Dolly Parade, Pigeon Forge
  • May 4-5, Dollywood Homecoming


    Upcoming or recent releases

  • The Faith of Dolly Parton May 22 book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • "Jolene" with Pentatonix, Sept. 16

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

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

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

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

  • Golden Streets of Glory 1971 album digital download

    My Tennessee Mountain Home 1973 album digital download

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

  • Smart Blonde, biography re-issue, June 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Rhinestone (1984), Dec. 4 download

  • Joshua (1971), Dec. 4 download

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

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

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

  • Jolene (1974), Dec. 11 download

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

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

  • The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton Oct. 2

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

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

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

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

  • Jolene Aug. 3 vinyl re-issue

  • Live From The Bottom Line, July 24 CD

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

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

  • Sonic Highways DVD with Dolly interview, April 7

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

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

  • Early Morning Breeze DVD August 12

  • 2015 Official Dolly Calendar July 15

  • Trio, vinyl reissue of 1987 album with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, July 7

  • Bridges Mary Sarah (with Dolly duet on "Jolene") July 8

  • Blue Smoke U.S. release, May 13 (get the vinyl release here)

  • Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-76 Porter & Dolly six-CD boxed set, May 13

  • "Home" U.S. digital single release, April 22

  • Who Is Dolly Parton? children's illustrated biography book April 3

  • Love Is Like A Butterfly 1974 album available for digital download March 21

  • "Blue Smoke" U.S. digital single release, March 18

  • Blue Smoke U.S. import of Aussie release, Feb. 4

  • The Box Set Series four-CD set, Jan. 28

  • The Very Best Of Dolly Parton: Australian Tour Edition U.S. import of Aussie release, Dec. 31

  • The Bargain Store, 1975 album available for digital download Dec. 23

  • Dream More: Celebrate The Dreamer In You paperback edition of Dolly's book Nov. 512:30 a.m.

  • Divided & United Civil War music CD with Dolly duet of "Listen To The Mockingbird" Nov. 5

  • My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy, 1969 album available for digital download Oct. 22

  • To All The Girls Willie Nelson CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 15

  • You Can't Make Old Friends Kenny Rogers CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 8

  • Rhinestone DVD re-issue Aug. 6

  • Heartbreak Express, 1982 album available for digital download July 16

  • Under The Influence Straight No Chaser CD (with Dolly guest vocals) May 7

  • Duets Paul Anka CD (with Dolly duet) April 9

  • Unsung Hero: A Tribute To The Music of Ron Davies (features Dolly track) March 25

  • At Last Lulu Roman CD (with Dolly duet) Jan. 15

  • Dream More book (Putnam) Nov. 27 (audio book available here)

  • Hollywood To Dollywood DVD (Breaking Glass Pictures), Nov. 6

  • Playlist: The Very Best of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton (Sony Legacy) Oct. 9

  • Joyful Noise Songbook (Hal Leonard) May 30

  • Joyful Noise DVD (Warner Brothers) May 1

  • Joyful Noise Soundtrack (Watertower) Jan. 10

  • Bill Anderson: The First 10 Years: 1956-1966, Bill Anderson (previously unreleased duet "If It's All The Same To You") (Bear Family Records), Nov. 22

  • Les Grands Espaces, Isabelle Boulay, Nov. 15, duet on "True Blue"

  • "He's Everything", single from Joyful Noise soundtrack, Oct. 28

  • Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three, Oct. 4, duet on "Wonderful Christmas Time" (Chicago II)

  • First Dog DVD (features original songs by Dolly) Sept. 6

  • The Words and Music of Dolly Parton, July 31 (The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection)

  • The Tour Collection, July 26 (re-issue via Sony UK)

  • Better Day, June 28 (Dolly Records) (Vinyl version available here Aug. 16)

  • Straight Talk, May 10 (Mill Creek Entertainment) Blu-Ray disc release

  • . Hannah Montana Forever: Final Season, The Ultimate Fan Experience, March 8 (Disney DVD)

  • The Grascals, Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin (Cracker Barrel exclusive) Jan. 10

  • Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical songbook Jan. 5

  •  Wanted Dec. 14, seven previously unreleased Monument-era songs (Jukebox Records)

  • Super Hits/Heartbreaker, Nov. 9, re-issue (Sony)

  • Dolly Parton Triple Feature, Vol. 2, Nov. 9, re-issue of Coat of Many Colors, My Tennessee Mountain Home and Jolene (Sony)

  • Playlist: The Very Best Gospel Of Dolly Parton, Oct. 12 (RCA/Legacy)

  • Taken Rhonda VIncent (with Dolly duet), Sept. 21 (Upper Management)

  • Desgining Women: Season Four DVD, Sept. 14 (Shout)

  • "Made For Loving You" (digital single) (duet with Curly Putman) Aug. 31

  • Fairest Of Them All/My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner Aug. 17 (Omni; re-issue)

  • Brother Clyde (CD by Billy Ray Cyrus' new band, Brother Clyde, featuring a Dolly duet) Aug. 10 (Disney)

  • The Essential 3.0 Dolly Parton (compilation) June 15 (Sony Legacy)

  • Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith and Inspiration May 4 (RCA)

  • A Real Live Dolly March 19 (RCA, download only)

  • Country's Greatest Stars Live Vol. 1 Jan. 26 (Shout! Factory)

  • "Comin' Home For Christmas" (single only) Dec. 1 (Dolly Records)

  • Dolly: Live From London (DVD and CD concert set) Nov. 10 (Dolly Records) (DVD portion available for downloading from Amazon here)

  • Dolly (four-CD boxed set) Oct. 27 (Sony Legacy)

  • Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years (three-CD boxed set with new Dolly duet) Oct. 27 (Time Life Records)

  • "Change It" (single) July 28 (Dolly Records)

  • 9 To 5: The Musical (Soundtrack) July 28 (Dolly Records)

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    Today's Dolly Parton news

    Dolly Releases Cartoon Videos For Kids' Album


    Dolly on Friday released animated lyric videos for each of the tracks off her children's album . I Believe In You. Check out the one for the title track here or in the media player above and check out the full list of videos here.

    British Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe regains the top spot on the British country compilation albums chart in 62nd chart week moving up one spot to No. 1, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, 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) falls two to No. 13 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) holds steady at No. 16. Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, loses five places to No. 16 U.K. country albums.

    Dolly Duets With Ronnie Millsap
     Ronnie Millsap let slip in an interview last week that he is recording a duets album of his past hits and his favorite track is “Smoky Mountain Rain” with Dolly. Read more here.

    Dolly's Parade Set For May 4
    Dollywood has released its schedule for the 2018 season which shows opening day next year will be a Friday (March 16) and that Dolly's Homecoming weekend will be May 4 and 5 with her annual Pigeon Forge parade on May 4. In other park news, the 2017 season has been extended two days into Jan. 2 and 3, and the park is up for USA Today's Top 10 Christmas theme park festivals. Vote here!

    Canadian Library Passes 1 Million Books
    Dolly's Imagination Library program across the border to our north passed 1 million books delivered to Canadian children this month. Read more from a press release here.

    Study Looks At Dolly's Wildfire Fund
    A University of Tennessee study into the effectiveness of Dolly's My People Fund to help with wildfire recovery released preliminary findings last week that the direct payments to families had a greater impact than other forms of assistance. A more detailed report on the findings is expected in the future. Read more here.



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    Past news

    Nov. 16:
    'Believe' Still On Country Sales, Kids' Charts
    Dolly's children's album I Believe In You sold 1,100 copies last week, giving the charity project a six-week cumulative sales total of 11,100 units. This allowed the Nov. 24 Billboard charts released Tuesday to have the CD fall six to No. 16 kids albums and 17 spots to No. 42 country album sales. Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers drops two to No. 21 holiday albums, two to No. 17 holiday album sales and one to No. 5 country catalog, falling off the overall catalog albums chart, down from No. 34. For its sixth week, Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, with Dolly on the duet "Rainbowland," gains 42 to No. 133 top 200 pop albums and five to No. 80 Canadian pop albums, re-entering current albums at No. 82. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," loses seven to No. 61 Hot 200 pop albums in its 13th chart week, three to No. 72 Canadian pop albums, 38 to No. 88 current albums and 17 to No. 21 vinyl albums, falling off album sales, down from No. 52, and the Internet chart, down from No. 19.

    More On UT Library Documentary
    WBIR reported a little more this week on the University of Tennessee documentary project on Dolly's Imagination Library. Check out the story here and donate to the project here.

    Stella Speaks Out
    Dolly's sister Stella continued Wednesday to chastise Music City stars and executives for not speaking out against sexual assault and harassment in light of the allegations against Dolly's publicist Kirt Webster. See what she had to say to Nashville television station WSMV here.

    Robbie Williams Covers Dolly
    British rocker Robbie Williams on Wednesday revealed he has covered Dolly's "9 To 5" for his upcoming album. Check out a sample on Facebook here or in the media player below.


    Nov. 13:
    British Chart Updates
    Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, dips one spot this week to No. 11 U.K. country albums, it was announced Friday. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady at No. 2 on the British country compilation albums chart in 61st chart week. On the same tally, 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 one to No. 11 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 16.

    Dolly Tributes Coming To Charleston, St. Louis
    Two cities are gettin' their Dolly on in coming weeks with tributes to the music of the legend. First up is Charleston, S.C., which has temporarily switched its "Women &" Series (where female artists cover the hits of male entertainers such as Bob Dylan or David Bowie or Tom Waits) at the Charleston Music Hall to "Dudes &," and has selected Dolly as the inaugural female performer to be spotlighted. "Dudes & Dolly" takes place at 7 p.m. Sunday and is divided into two halves: one spotlighting her bluegrass-inspired work and one spotlighting her pop crossover music. Read more from The Post & Courier here. Then on Dec. 1, "Coat Of Many Colors: A Tribute To The Music Of Dolly Parton" takes place at Off Broadway in St. Louis. Check out that event's Facebook page here.

    Dollywood Distributing Children's CD With Passes
    Dollywood last week announced that all 2018 child season passes will include a free copy of Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, proceeds of which benefit her Imagination Library charity. In related news she sat down with Yahoo.com to talk about the messages behind some of the album's songs last week. Watch those clips here.

    Library Documentary Coming From UT
    A film instructor at the University of Tennessee is using his students to create a documentary about Dolly's Imagination Library called 100 Million Stories: A Documentary, according to The Mountain Press here.

    Drag Queen Does Great Dolly
    Britain's The Daily Mail recently profiled a drag queen who does amazing celebrity transformations including Dolly here.


    Nov. 9:
    New Dolly Book On Faith Arrives May 22
    The Faith of Dolly Parton , a new book about Dolly's Christian faith and 10 beliefs that have influenced her career and philanthropy, will hit bookshelves in May from Zondervan publishing, it has been announced. Reserve your copy here!

    More On Webster Scandal
    The sex scandal involving Dolly's former publicist Kirt Webster continues to heat up this week. His original accuser has lawyered-up and his attorney, recognized primarily as Nashville's top divorce lawyer, says she's ready to bring Webster to justice. Read more from WKRN here. (And since police have confirmed the statute of limitations has expired, that likely means a civil lawsuit seeking monetary damages.) Stella Parton, herself an abuse survivor and advocate for victims, stepped into the situation this week and told The Tennessean here that she is offended no one in Music City has spoken out to say "if" the allegations are true that this behavior is condemned. (Of Webster's more than 70 clients, the vast majority of whom are country artists, only one, rock star Kid Rock, has publicly condemned the behavior if the allegations are true.) She also suggested Dolly's brief statement ("I've worked with Kirt Webster for many years and he has done a wonderful job. I am hoping that the accusations are not true.") is inadequate. "I think she (Dolly) needs to condemn this type of behavior, whether he is guilty or not," she told the newspaper. "I know for a fact she would not support that type of behavior and I know she's probably extremely shocked that this has in any way implicated her in this . . . I am very hurt, offended, shocked and disgusted that we have this kind of thing going on right under the noses of people who work for my sister. After all these years of building the career she has and to have this attached to her has totally blindsided me." She had encouraged on Facebook that any fans who had been victimized by Webster to e-mail her their stories and she would ensure they are forwarded to Dolly's attorneys. She told the newspaper she had received several responses including two "very disturbing" ones. Over the past week and a half, two male former Webster clients, one male reporter, one male former intern, and between 17 and 21 former Webster employees (a mixture of both men and women) have come forward to media outlets to allege he sexually assaulted or sexually harassed them, and several of the former employees have claimed that he used his position as Dolly's publicist to barter sexual favors from her fans in exchange for meet-and-greet opportunities with her on tour.

    'Believe' Press Spawns Two Stories
    Two more interviews Dolly did recently to promote her children's CD, I Believe In You, came out this week: a piece on the holidays with Southern Living magazine here and an article in Reverb magazine about her first guitar here.


    Nov. 8:
    'Believe' Nears 10K Units Sold Since Release
    Dolly's children's album I Believe In You saw a nearly 50 percent drop in sales last week to move 1,400 copies, down from the previous week's 2,600, giving the charity project a five-week cumulative sales total of 9,900 units. This allowed the Nov. 18 Billboard charts released Tuesday to have the CD fall five to No. 10 kids albums and nine places to No. 25 country album sales as it drops back off internet albums, down from No. 23, current albums, down from No. 63, and album sales, down from No. 72. Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers drops seven to No. 19 holiday albums and holds steady at No. 15 holiday album sales while gaining three to No. 4 country catalog and re-entering the overall catalog albums chart at No. 34. For its fifth week, Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, with Dolly on the duet "Rainbowland," dips 42 to No. 175 top 200 pop albums and 30 to No. 85 Canadian pop albums, falling off current albums, down from No. 83, and album sales, down from No. 97. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," dips three to No. 54 Hot 200 pop albums in its 12th chart week and six to No. 69 Canadian pop albums while a vinyl edition release raises it 31 to No. 50 current albums, 42 to No. 52 album sales and allows it to re-enter the Internet chart at No. 19 and debut on the vinyl albums chart at No. 4.

    Dolly Chats With 'She Knows'
    In related news, a mini-interview with Dolly promoting her children's album appeared this week on She Knows. Watch it here.

    NPR Profiles Dolly's Library
    NPR this week offered a fairly lengthy examination of the positive impacts of Dolly's Imagination Library charity. Learn more here.

    Smoky Mountain Adventure Goes Holiday
    Dolly's Smoky Mountain Adventures switched to a new Christmas show on Friday which continues through Dec. 31. The new show features holiday music, a mischievous elf, a series of "reindeer games," a moving live nativity, an ice skating spectacular, and more set in a small town that's hit by a major snowstorm, which leaves the fate of the town's Christmas celebration in the balance. The menu has also changed for the season to a special holiday soup recipe, homemade buttery biscuits, spiral ham, pan fried chicken, old fashioned Southern dressing, a sweet potato treat, buttery corn on the cob, and Southern Peach Pie for dessert.


    Nov. 6:
    More Of Dolly's Weekend Park Visit
    Dolly made a couple of appearances during shows plus a park tour Saturday at the first day of Dollywood's annual Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. Check out coverage of her weekend appearances from The Kingsport Times News here, Knoxville News Sentinel here, Knoxville's Local 8 News here and here and WBIR here. And a Dollymania.net gallery from Friday's media appearance has been added here..

    More Webster Sexual Harassment Scandal Fallout
    Fallout continued over the weekend from the sexual misconduct scandal surrounding Kirt Webster, who has worked for about the past eight years as Dolly's publicist. Three of his former employees spoke to FOX News here and repeated accusations that he traded oral sex from Dolly fans in exchange for meet-and-greet opportunities with her. They added that to their knowledge she was unaware of the alleged quid pro quo but claimed that it continued through her most recent Pure & Simple Tour. In addition, three more former employees detailed allegations of rampant office sexual harassment to The Tennessean here, which had already received and reported such allegations from 14 other former Webster employees, and The New York Post's "Page Six" celebrity column here interviewed a reporter who alleged sexual harassment by Webster and said that he was known in journalism circles as "Dirt Webster" due to his reputation. One client however is standing by her man as Janie Frickie told Nashville's WSMV here that she does not believe the allegations.

    NPR Looks Back At '9 To 5'
    NPR's "Movies You Missed" series over the weekend profiled Dolly's 1980 classic 9 To 5 and how the film remains relevant today. Take a listen or read the transcript from WCBE here.

    Australian Chart Updates
    Dolly's I Believe In You falls off the top 40 Australian country albums chart this week after just two weeks on the tally Down Under, down from No. 22 last week, while Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, featuring Dolly on the track "Rainbowland," also drops off the top 50 Australian pop albums chart, down from No. 40 in its fourth week Down Under.


    Nov. 4:
    Dolly Teases 2018 Dollywood 'Season Of Showstoppers'


    Dolly appeared for employees and media at Dollywood on Friday to unveil 2018 as the "Season Of Showstoppers" at the park, which is increasing its annual entertainment budget by $1 million next year and adding a new entertainment area in the former location of the River Battle ride. New to the season is a series of concerts called the Spring Mix music series April 11-29 featuring Suzy Bogguss, T.G. Sheppard, Pam Tillis, Crystal Gayle, Connie Smith, Shenandoah, Amy Grant, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Larnelle Harris, David Phelps, comedienne Chonda Pierce, Marshall Tucker Band, The Drifters, Debby Boone, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Firefall, and Al Stewart. (Dollymania.net had previously reported Tillis' April 18 show as well as Gayle's April 11 engagement and Janie Frickie's April 13 concert.) The Festival of Nations (March 17-April 9) will be headlined by Ladymith Black Mambazo with whom Dolly had previously recorded "Peace Train" and "Knockin' On Heaven's Door." Rhonda Vincent & The Rage return to headline Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 25-June 10). DRUMLine Live and iLuminate visit during the Summer Celebration. TobyMac and Crowder headline Rock the Smokies Aug. 25. Great Pumpkin LumiNights expands to more of the park Sept. 28—Nov. 3. Then the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival wraps up the year. Dolly on Friday introduced a video outlining the various guest artists before announcing the addition of the new outdoor performance area The Plaza at Wilderness Pass, which will house different events throughout the year to correlate to each major festival for an "immersive" experience. (Concept images were released of its Christmas theme and general appearance. See them here and here.) Dolly wrapped up her appearance by performing "Circle Of Love" live with her family members from the "My People" show. Watch the appearance in the media player above or by clicking here. Dolly opens this year's Christmas festival on Saturday. Look for more coverage here from Friday's appearance over the next few days.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, loses five places this week to No. 10 U.K. country albums, it was announced Friday. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe slips one to No. 2 on the British country compilation albums chart in 60th chart week. On the same tally, 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) rises two to No. 10 as her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls back off the top 20, down from No. 19.


    Nov. 3:
    Music City Rocked By Dolly Publicist Sex Scandal
    Webster Public Relations, which has handled Dolly's publicity for the past several years, suffered a very quick and very public meltdown over the past several days, placing Dolly on the edge of Music City's gay version of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment scandal. At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, nearly a week after the first word of part of the scandal became known and after both Dolly and her management declined to respond to numerous publications' requests for comment, she released the following brief statement via her social media outlets and official website: "I've worked with Kirt Webster for many years and he has done a wonderful job. I am hoping that the accusations are not true."

    The situation began last Friday when former Webster PR client Austin Rick, who recorded as Austin Cody when Kirt Webster was his publicist in 2008, detailed claims of alleged sexual harassment and assault by Webster during their time working together. Webster responded with a statement that their brief relationship was consensual and denied any wrongdoing. Rick proceeded to give multiple interviews where he repeated his accusations and the story expanded over the next few days from a local interest piece in Nashville to a national interest piece in the context of Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and others accused of similar actions in Hollywood in recent weeks.

    As the story heated up, The Tennessean interviewed 10 former employees of the company who detailed additional allegations of sexual harassment being common in the office and accused Webster of soliciting explicit photographs and sexual favors from gay Dolly fans in exchange for meet-and-greets with her at concerts (a claim that a former employee repeated to Nashville television station NewsChannel 5). Webster shut down all of his social media accounts with the exception of Facebook and on Wednesday posted a statement to his official website that the firm was shutting down. That was later retracted and a statement released saying that Webster was stepping down as CEO "to focus on combating the egregious and untrue allegations made against him" and that senior vice president Jeremy Westby would be taking over and re-branding the firm Westby PR. However by Thursday Westby said his firm is a brand new company and not a rebrand of Webster PR. (Webster PR vice president Scott Adkins also left the company on Wednesday and launched his own separate new firm, Adkins Publicity, which on Thursday announced the signing of former Webster clients Naomi Judd and Billy Ray Cyrus.)

    By Thursday morning, stars' names were being deleted from the Webster PR artist roster on their official website, which the press took as signs that those entertainers, including Dolly, had severed ties with the firm and requested their names be removed after each presumably fired Webster. By mid-morning the list of clients had dropped from 72 to 37 and was eventually removed from the site entirely. (Shortly thereafter, Westby launched his website which lists 14 former Webster clients, but not Dolly, to whom Billboard magazine referred as Webster PR's "flagship client.")

    Also by Thursday five additional accusers had come forward with similar stories of sexual assault or sexual harassment allegations against Webster. The Tennessean uncovered three of them – a former household contractor, a former personal assistant and a former office manager. FOX News found a former intern who made similar accusations. And Nashville's FOX 17 interviewed another singer-songwriter former client who made similar accusations. Also, Nashville police announced that the statute of limitations on Rick's allegations expired last year, so no criminal charges could be brought against Webster at this time for those accusations. Webster has not responded to the five additional accusers or the allegations of the 10 former employees.

    Dolly has not announced her plans for publicist services for the immediate future. She is at Dollywood this weekend to reveal next year's addition to the park at a media event on Friday and kick off the annual Smoky Mountain Christmas festival on Saturday.

    Get New Dolly Duet Today
    Brad Hudson's new album, Next New Heartbreak, featuring a duet with Dolly on her "Smoky Mountain Memories," came out Friday. Get yours here (or download the Dolly duet here)!


    Nov. 1:
    Matt Laurer Dons Dolly Drag For Halloween


    Today host Matt Lauer on Halloween dressed up as Dolly even getting a few tips from Dolly herself on how to do her. Check out the segment from the show here or in the media player above.

    'Believe' Falls Off Country Chart
    Dolly's children's album I Believe In You appears to be done on the main country and pop charts, both of which mix actual album sales with downloads and streams now to calculate the national charts as the project falls off the all-genre top 200 pop albums tally down from No. 173 for one week and the Hot Country Albums list down from No. 20 for one week. The CD loses two to No. 5 kids albums, six spots to No. 16 country album sales, six to No. 23 internet albums, 28 to No. 63 current albums and 35 to No. 72 album sales the Nov. 11 Billboard charts showed on Tuesday. Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers loses two to No. 12 holiday albums, four to No. 15 holiday album sales and four to No. 7 country catalog albums while Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" falls off the holiday digital songs list. For its fourth week, Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, with Dolly on the duet "Rainbowland," loses 54 places to No. 133 top 200 pop albums, 20 to No. 55 Canadian pop albums, 39 to No. 83 current albums and 39 to No. 97 album sales. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," dips three to No. 51 Hot 200 pop albums in its 11th chart week, 14 to No. 81 current albums, 19 to No. 94 album sales and 15 to No. 63 Canadian pop albums.


    Oct. 31:
    Dolly Dresses For Halloween On 'Harry'


    Dolly will be Veruca Salt to Harry Connick Jr.'s Willie Wonka on Tuesday's Halloween episode of Harry. Check out a promo here or in the media player above.

    Oct. 30:
    Sales Data For 'Believe' CD Obtained
    Billboard over the weekend looked at the notable new entries from last week's charts here and included Dolly's No. 173 pop debut with her new children's album, I Believe In You, adding that it made it to No. 3 on the kid album chart and debuted at No. 20 country albums, giving her a 78th career entry on that tally (I count 84 albums but some of those Billboard doesn't credit her with because they're movie soundtracks or otherwise various artist collections not listed on the charts as being by her by name). In addition, Dollymania.net was able to obtain sales data to shed light on the album's first three weeks' performance. When it debuted on the kids albums chart at No. 11, digital-only downloads the first week (to meet this year's Grammy nomination eligibility deadline) sold 900 copies that first week (not enough to make the Top Country Albums top 50 although it was enough to make No. 37 on country album sales). The second week of digital-only release saw no charts reached and just 200 copies sold. The first week of physical CD sales saw 4,800 units sold bringing the cumulative three-week total to 5,900.

    Australian Chart Updates
    Dolly's I Believe In You loses 20 spots in its second week Down Under at fall to No. 22 on the Australian country albums chart, while Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, featuring Dolly on the track "Rainbowland," falls 22 places to No. 40 pop albums in its fourth week in Australia.

    Kenny & Dolly Make TwinZZone
    Thanks to Hollywood To Dollywood stars Larry and Gary Lane for sharing a couple of photos from the red carpet at Kenny Rogers' recent retirement concert taping with Dolly. Look at them here and here. When she saw them she explained to Kenny they had done the documentary and called them "my twins." They explained they were interviewing them for their new TwinZZone website because Dolly has siblings who are twins and Kenny has sons who are twins.

    More Spring Dollywood Concerts Confirmed
    Two more concerts at Dollywood next year have been confirmed on artists' websites, adding to the evidence that the Showcase of the Stars or a similar concert series is coming to the park next season. In addition to the Pam Tillis show reported here Friday night for April 16, Dollymania.net can report an April 11 engagement for Crystal Gayle and April 13 for Janie Frickie.


    Oct. 28:
    Dolly To Visit Dollywood Christmas Next Weekend


    For the first time in several years, Dolly will be on hand next weekend to open Dollywood's annual holiday festival Smoky Mountain Christmas. First, she'll do a media appearance on Friday when the park is closed to the public at which she is expected to announce the park's 2018 addition ("how an impressive investment will ensure Dollywood remains the home of the best theme park entertainment in America," according to a media advisory, which sounds like possibly a new theatre) and preview the Christmas festival. She plans to stick around for some appearances for the public the next day when the holiday fest opens to the public on Saturday, a park spokesperson confirmed to Dollymania.net on Friday. Smoky Mountain Christmas features 4 million lights, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and his friends, the Mistletoes, the nightly Parade Of Many Colors and holiday shows Christmas In The Smokies, It's A Wonderful Life, Appalachian Christmas, Christmas With The Kingdom Heirs, O Holy Night and 'Twas The Night Before Christmas and runs Nov. 4 through Jan. 1. In other news, it appears the park's Showcase of the Stars concert series may be returning next year as entertainer Pam Tillis has an April 16 concert listed on her official website's itinerary for the park's DP's Celebrity Theatre.

    BBC Storytime Features Dolly


    Dolly on Wednesday night made her premiere on the BBC children's channel CBeebies as a storyteller for its CBeebies Bedtime Stories reading Dog Loves Books. Watch it here or in the media player above.

    Kenny & Dolly Mic Drop At His Retirement Show
    "Let's go out like rock stars ," Dolly prompted longtime duet partner Kenny Rogers Wednesday night after they performed their final song together at the conclusion of his retirement concert in Nashville. Then, holding out their arms, they both dropped their microphones to the floor, turned and walked off stage arm in arm.

    Numerous artists throughout the evening paid tribute to Rogers by performing his hits before a video of his and Dolly's second No. 1, "Real Love," played on the screen. The duo then emerged and told several stories of their time recording and touring together over the years before performing their most recent collaboration "You Can't Make Old Friends." Dolly then performed "I Will Always Love You" for him before they joined together for "Islands In The Stream" as the finale. The last duet received the end-of-broadcast final story on ABC's World News Tonight Thursday here while some rehearsal footage was shared by a FOX affiliate here. Sample coverage of the show is available from The Tennessean here while the pair appeared on NBC's Today here prior to the concert.

    At rehearsal, she and Kenny were presented here the official plaques for digital gold award for "Islands In The Stream" (a development which Dollymania.net was the first media outlet to report a week and a half ago). Other tidbits included Taste Of Country here where she said she hopes to write songs with him and Sounds Like Nashville profiled her meeting at the concert Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman and her daughter, who was named after Dolly here. Photo at left courtesy Jeremy Westby. Click on it for a larger view.

    Dolly Appears On 'Dr. Oz'
    A snippet from Dolly's Thursday appearance on Dr. Oz about her mother's sewing her toes back on earned a lot of attention this week. Check it out via Entertainment Tonight Canada here.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, slips one spot this week to No. 5 U.K. country albums, it was announced Friday. Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, featuring Dolly on the track "Rainbowland," falls off the top 100 pop albums list, down from No. 58 pop albums in its third week, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inches up one to retake the No. 1 place on the British country compilation albums chart in 59th chart week. On the same tally, 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) loses one to No. 12 as her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) re-enters the top 20 at No. 19.

    'Coat,' 'Christmas' Movies Coming On DVD Again
    Warner Brothers has announced it will re-release Dolly's two childhood movies from the last two years in a two-DVD set next month. The two-movie version of Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors/Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love hits stores Nov. 7. Reserve yours here!

    Billboard Names Country's Saddest Songs
    Billboard on Friday shared its critics' picks for the 10 saddest songs of country music and Porter & Dolly's "Jeannie's Afraid Of The Dark" ranked at No. 8. See the full list here.

    Cam Releases Answer To 'Jolene'
    Newcomer Cam on Friday released a new single, "Diane," which she says is Jolene's apology to the wronged wife in Dolly's classic song. Take a listen via Rolling Stone here.

    Dixie Stampede Christmas Show Beginning
    Dolly's Dixie Stampede dinner theatre transitions Wednesday to its annual holiday show with a full-scale living nativity, a Nutcracker scene and Santa. The Christmas show runs through Jan. 2.


    Oct. 25:
    'Believe' Debuts At No. 20 Country, No. 173 Pop


    Dolly's children's album for charity, I Believe In You, saw its real chart debuts in the Nov. 4 Billboard tallies released Tuesday for the first week of sales of the physical CD for the album, which had previously been available for two weeks as a digital download. The project re-enters the kids' albums chart at No. 3, besting its previous one week at No. 11 for digital sales, and the country album sales list at No. 10, besting its previous one week at No. 37 for digital sales. Unfortunately, the official Top Country Albums chart is now a combination of sales track-equivalent albums, sales and streaming-equivalent albums instead of the former straight sales chart, which results in a No. 20 debut there, preventing her from adding to her female record for the most top 10 country albums, which is currently a total of 45 Top Country Albums top 10s (second only to Willie Nelson's 50 top 10 country albums). Elsewhere on the charts, the album debuts at No. 173 all-genre top 200 albums (which chart-watchers noted was her lowest-charting studio album since 1999's The Grass is Blue stalled at No. 198), No. 17 internet albums, No. 35 current albums and No. 37 album sales. Dolly continued promoting the project this week with a live reading of her Coat Of Many Colors children's book on Facebook Tuesday night here or in the media player above and an announcement that she'll appear on Dr. Oz Thursday (the program is syndicated so check local listings).

    Holiday, Cyrus, Kesha Updates On Charts
    Elsewhere on the charts, Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers gains four to No. 14 holiday albums, three to No. 11 holiday album sales and eight to No. 11 country catalog albums while Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" rises 11 to No. 35 holiday digital songs and her Home For Christmas falls off the holiday album sales list after one week at No. 45. For its third week, Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, with Dolly on the duet "Rainbowland," loses 48 places to No. 79 top 200 pop albums, 13 to No. 35 Canadian pop albums, 27 to No. 44 current albums and 29 to No. 48 album sales, falling off digital sales, down from No. 19, and Internet albums, down from No. 20. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," dips two to No. 48 Hot 200 pop albums in its 10th chart week, six to No. 67 current albums, six to No. 75 album sales and 18 to No. 48 Canadian pop albums.

    Dolly Gives Music For Another Movie
    Dolly has contributed another song for a project by filmmaker Bryan Michael Stoller. According to a press release this week, Dolly, John Schneider and the legendary team of Leiber & Stoller have contributed original songs for his new project, Santa Stole Our Dog , a direct-to-DVD/digital/On Demand release coming Dec. 5 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Dolly had previously provided and recorded several songs used in his movie First Dog . That movie followed a little boy on an adventure trying to reunite the President of the United States with his lost dog, while the new movie stars Ed Asner as Santa Claus and follows a family on an adventure trying to find their lost dog that Santa accidentally brought back to the North Pole with him at Christmas. Reserve your copy here!

    Heidi Album Release Celebrated
    Dolly's niece Heidi Parton this week held an album release party for her debut CD, This Kind Of Love, at her aunt's DreamMore Resort and The Knoxville News-Sentinel was there to cover it here.

    Drag Queens Channel '9 To 5'
    Rupaul Drag Race alums Willam, Alaska and Courtney Act, now on tour as The AAA Girls, have added a live cover of Dolly's "9 To 5" to their show complete with costumes as Dolly (Willam), Lily Tomlin (Alaska) and Jane Fonda (Courtney), New Now Next reports here. Watch the performance on YouTube here or in the media player below.


    Oct. 23:
    'Believe' Debuts At No. 2 Country Down Under
    Dolly's I Believe In You debuts this week at No. 2 on the Australian country albums chart but didn't sell enough copies in its first week Down Under to break the top 50 pop albums tally, where Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, featuring Dolly on the track "Rainbowland," dips four spots to No. 18 pop albums in its third week in Australia.

    BBC Business Interview Posted
    Dolly's promotions for I Believe In You continued Sunday with an interview featured by BBC Business here.

    Price Features Dolly Album In Essential Five
    Country newcomer Margo Price celebrated her new CD by telling Billboard here her five "essential" country albums which include Dolly's Trio with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris as well as Country Funk Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, the latter of which includes Dolly's "Getting Happy."

    My People Senior Center Coming
    The Sevier County, Tenn. , senior center has almost finalized accepting a naming rights purchase by Dolly to rename it the My People Senior Activities Center after her charitable fund she established to help after last year's Smoky Mountain wildfires, The Mountain Press reports here.

    Watch Dolly's CMT PSA
    Check out Dolly's PSA for CMT's One Country charity campaign from the iSpot commercial archives here or in the media player below.


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