Forty-six years ago Monday, “Please Don't Stop Loving Me,” Porter & Dolly's sole Billboard No. 1 duet, debuts on the country charts. Forty-one years ago Tuesday, “You're the Only One” spends its second of two weeks at No. 1 on the country charts, Dolly's 11th No. 1 and fourth multi-week No. 1; it also makes it to No. 59 pop and No. 14 adult contemporary. Twenty-eight years ago Tuesday, Dolly's album Eagle When She Flies is certified platinum, her fifth, signifying sales of more than 1 million copies. Thirty-one years ago Tuesday, “Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That” reaches the top of the country charts, Dolly's 22nd of her record 25 country No. 1s. Fifty years ago Saturday, A Real Live Dolly debuts on the album charts, reaching No. 32 country and No. 154 pop. Forty-five years ago Sunday, Best of Dolly Parton debuts on the country album charts; it would reach No. 5 and three years later reach gold status (+500,000 copies sold).
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
Aug. 7, 4 p.m., RFD-TV, The Porter Wagoner Show (re-runs 10:30 a.m. Aug. 9)
Aug. 8, 6 a.m., GET-TV, Dolly: Ronnie Millsap
Aug. 10, 8:30 p.m., Freeform, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (re-runs 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11)
Aug. 14, 4 p.m., RFD-TV, The Porter Wagoner Show (re-runs 10:30 a.m. Aug. 16)
Aug. 15, 6 a.m., GET-TV, Dolly: Chuck Woolery
Aug. 21, 4 p.m., RFD-TV, The Porter Wagoner Show (re-runs 10:30 a.m. Aug. 22)
Aug. 22, 6 a.m., GET-TV, Dolly: Tom T. Hall
Aug. 28, 4 p.m., RFD-TV, The Porter Wagoner Show (re-runs 10:30 a.m. Aug. 30)
Aug. 22, 6 a.m., GET-TV, Dolly: Mel Tillis
In-person Dolly (scheduled live
appearances, some are tentative)
April 11, Ole Miss Women's Council for Philanthropy, Oxford, Miss.
Dolly's Ole Miss Award Ceremony Rescheduled For April Dolly's acceptance of the Legacy Award from the Ole Miss Women's Council for Philanthropy has been rescheduled for April 11 at The Jefferson Oxford in Oxford, Miss., and will include a literacy event where she will read to children at the University of Mississippi's Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, it was announced Tuesday. “For the 20th anniversary year of the Ole Miss Women's Council and the 10th anniversary of the Legacy Award, we are honoring Dolly Parton who has a national and international reach,” said Mary Donnelly Haskell, of Oxford, the Legacy Award event chair, and wife of Dolly's recent movie co-producer Sam Haskell. “When I think of the positive influence Dolly continues to have on her home state of Tennessee, as well as children and adults around the globe, it is clear she is a perfect choice for this distinguished award. Dolly's extraordinary legacy spans from her enrichment of our lives through entertainment, to the many generous humanitarian acts she carries out to support people all over the world. Our goal is for our OMWC scholarship recipients to become servant leaders who truly make a difference in society, and my dear friend Dolly lives that life daily.” Sponsorships, which include a meet-and-greet with Dolly, are sold out. The event was originally scheduled for April of this year but was postponed due to COVID-19.
U.S., U.K., Aussie Chart Updates Dolly's "There Was Jesus" with Zach Williams earns a fourth week at No. 1 of the Christian digital songs sales chart, the Aug. 8 Billboard numbers released Tuesday showed. The song may have stopped its advance on the Hot Christian Songs chart, losing one to No. 3 from its peak position at No. 2. On the Christian airplay list it rises one to No. 3, on the Christian streaming chart it holds steady at No. 7, and on the all-genre digital sales chart it falls seven to No. 46. Across the pond, for the fifth week in the row, the vinyl release of Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 keeps Dolly on the top spot on the British country compilation albums chart, the album's 134th overall chart week, Friday's tallies revealed. On the same chart, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains three to No. 4, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) holds steady at No. 11 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) dips two to No. 10. Essential Dolly Parton re-enters the top 20 at No. 19. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) slips six to No. 15 its 463rd chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
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July 31: Hear Dolly's 2019 Newport Folk Festival Set Friday
The Newport Folk Festival has announced Newport Folk Radio will be available this weekend including Dolly's set as last year's surprise headliner. Dolly's set with female country supergroup The Highwomen and several other female artists curated by Brandi Carlisle, which they've titled "She's An Eagle," will be available at 6:15 p.m. Eastern Friday. You may listen on TuneIn here or the media player above, by asking Alexa or Siri to "play Newport Folk Radio" or by listening to WFUV in New York City, WMVY in Newport, or WEXT in Albany.
Dolly Announces Album Title, Guest List, Another Book Dolly called in Wednesday for Eddie Stubbs' final broadcast on WSM Radio in Nashville at his retirement from the station and as announcer for The Grand Ole Opry for an on-air interview. She repeated a lot of information that was already released in past interviews, including that she'll be releasing her Christmas album this fall, was going to announce the groundbreaking for a second Dollywood resort but postponed it due to COVID, and that she will soon launch her lifestyle brand with perfume, wigs, cosmetics, clothing and more. New details about the previously-announced projects included that the holiday album will be titled A Holly Dolly Christmas and will feature the song "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and collaborations with Michael Buble, Randy Parton and Heidi Parton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon, and Miley Cyrus (she noted it will also include "Circle Of Love" but that had been announced a couple of years ago when she started working on the album) and that the park's new resort will be a "lodge." She noted she is continuing to work on her Broadway musical of her life she has been writing for a couple of decades now and expressed hope that the theme park would be back to normal by its Smoky Mountain Christmas festival in November. The only completely new announcement was that she is working with author James Patterson on a collaborative mystery novel set in Nashville (he frequently collaborates with others, including a thriller he co-wrote with former President Bill Clinton). Audio of the interview was posted by the station to its SoundCloud account here but had been deleted by mid-afternoon.
'Heartstrings' Wins GLAAD Media Award The "Two Doors Down" episode of Dolly's Netflix anthology Dolly Parton's Heartstrings on Thursday won a GLAAD Media Award for Best Individual Television Episode (for a show without a recurring LGBTQ character), besting episodes of Drunk History, Law & Order: SVU, Easy and Watchmen for the honor. The awards celebrate positive LGBTQ representation in popular media. As the ceremony was held virtually, she accepted via video, thanking everyone associated with making the episode and ending by singing a chorus of "Two Doors Down." Watch here or in the media player below. The awards repeat on Logo at 8 p.m. Monday.
July 29: 'Heartstrings' Earns Emmy Nomination For Dolly Dolly on Tuesday was nominated for the third time for a Primetime Emmy Award, her second as executive producer of a film up for Outstanding Television Movie, as the one movie-length episode of her Netflix anthology series Dolly Parton's Heartstrings, "These Old Bones," received the nod. It competes against HBO's Bad Education and Neflix's American Son, El Camino and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend. Winners will be announced on ABC Sept. 20. Dolly was previously nominated as executive producer of NBC's Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love in 2017 and for Best Supporting Actress in a Variety Show for her 1978 appearance on Cher . . . Special. (She has won two regional Emmy Awards from the Nashville chapter: a Lifetime Achievement Emmy and a competitive Emmy for Outstanding Community Service Program for her wildfires telethon in 2018.)
Paley Center Moves Dolly Panel To Virtual The Paley Center for Media announced this week that its PaleyFest LA will be held virtually for the first time ever. Panels, including Dolly's roundtable on her television career plus her Netflix Heartstrings anthology series, will be taped remotely between now and early August and then become available for Paley Center members and Citi credit card holders starting Aug. 7 and to the general public on the Paley Center's YouTube page starting Aug. 10. Dolly's panel will be moderated by TV Guide West Coast Bureau Chief Jim Halterman and also feature co-executive producer Sam Haskell and "These Old Bones" actors Kathleen Turner and Ginnifer Goodwin. Dolly's session, which had originally been scheduled for March 14, was one of the first major entertainment events in the U.S. cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.
'There Was Jesus' Remains No. 1 Christian Sales Dolly's "There Was Jesus" with Zach Williams earns a third week at No. 1 of the Christian digital songs sales chart, the Aug. 1 Billboard numbers released Tuesday showed. The song also continues to advance on the Hot Christian Songs chart, gaining one to No. 2. On the Christian airplay list it rises two to No. 4, on the Christian streaming chart it inches up one to No. 7, and on the all-genre digital sales chart it slips one to No. 39.
July 27: Dolly Leads U.S. Christian Sales, UK Country Comp Charts "There Was Jesus" with Zach Williams holds steady at the No. 1 song on the Christian digital song sales chart for the second consecutive week, the July 25 Billboard charts released Tuesday revealed. The song, her first No. 1 on that tally, also continues advancing on the Hot Christian Songs overall chart, where it's her first top 10, and gains one to No. 3. On the Christian airplay list it rises one to No. 6 and on the Christian streaming chart it shoots up 13 places to No. 8. Across the pond, for the fourth week in the row, the vinyl release of Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 kept Dolly on the top spot on the British country compilation albums chart, the album's 133rd overall chart week, Friday's tallies revealed. On the same chart, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe slips two to No. 7, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) holds steady at No. 11 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) rises two to No. 8. The new four-on-two-CD re-issue of We Found It/Porter 'N' Dolly/Say Forever You'll Be Mine/Porter & Dolly, Dolly's Gold and Essential Dolly Parton all fall off of the top 20, down from No. 15, No. 18, and No. 20, respectively. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) inches up one to No. 9 its 462nd chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
CDC Recommends Tenn. Use Dolly To Encourage Mask Use A federal public health report to Tennessee recommended recruiting trusted celebrities from the state to promote the message of mask-usage to reduce COVID-19 infections including specifically suggestions of using Dolly, Taylor Swift, Chris Blue and University of Tennessee coaches, WBIR reported here. Dolly has previously encouraged her fans to wear masks in her music video for the COVID-inspired "When Life Is Good Again" single and requires mask usage at her Dollywood theme park and associated other businesses. Meanwhile, CBS's The Late Show With Stephen Colbert used "Jolene" and footage of Dolly singing it to a new recording of an anonymous singer pleading with "Karen" to please wear her mask in a music video during his show available here or in the media player below.
July 20: Dolly's Wal-Mart Greeting Cards Debut Wal-Marts around the country over the weekend started rolling out American Greetings' store-exclusive set of Dolly greeting cards. It appears there are 20 cards included in the debut collection, although only three are sold online via the store's website. Some feature Dolly photos or cartoons, and others feature generic art with Dolly quotes.
July 16: 'There Was Jesus' Tops Christian Digital Sales Dolly this week earns her first No. 1 on the Christian digital song sales chart as "There Was Jesus" with Zach Williams advances one to the top spot for the week in the July 18 charts released Tuesday. (For King & Country reached No. 1 on the chart in September with "God Only Knows" thanks in large part to a re-release of the song as a collaboration with Dolly, but Billboard chose not to list the charted version with her name as a featured artist even though they counted the sales of her version toward the No. 1 because the majority of sales of the song that week were the original version without her, the magazine explained.) Her Williams duet continues to climb the Hot Christian Songs chart, gaining three to No. 4, while it inches up one to No. 7 Christian airplay and re-enters the Christian streaming chart at No. 21. Across the pond, the vinyl release of Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 kept Dolly on the top spot on the British country compilation albums chart for a second week, the album's 131st overall chart week, Friday's tallies revealed, although the set fell off the top 40 vinyl sales chart, down from one week at No. 24. The new four-on-two-CD re-issue of We Found It/Porter 'N' Dolly/Say Forever You'll Be Mine/Porter & Dolly also garnered a second week on the country compilation tally, gaining six spots to No. 9 while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe held steady at No. 4 on the same chart, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) lost two to No. 15, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gained three to No. 13 and Essential Dolly Parton re-entered the top 20 at No. 17. Down Under, the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) lost four to No. 14 its 460th chart week on the Australian country albums chart since its original 2007 release.
Two More Dolly COVID-19 Vaccine Studies Published Two additional studies funded in part by Dolly to combat the COVID-19 crisis have shown promise, reports indicate this week. Studies made possible in part by her $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center were published this week in the journal Nature showing antibodies collected from two of the earliest cases in North America protected monkeys from infection, FOX 17 reported here, and in the New England Journal of Medicine finding a different potential vaccine showed no serious safety concerns in the first round of clinical trials, Out and About Nashville noted here.You may recall it reported here last week that another study Dolly helped fund which was published in the journal Cell Reports had shown promise in using the drug remdesivir to treat infected patients.
Dolly Wal-Mart Cards Available By Month's End Dolly's new line of Wal-Mart-exclusive greeting cards through American Greetings will be available later this month, she announced on social media this week.
Colorado Goes For Dolly's Library Colorado is the latest state to sign on for a statewide public-private partnership for Dolly's Imagination Library, with Gov. Jared Polis getting a video thank you from Dolly herself for signing legislation providing matching state dollars for communities that launch the program in the state, Denver's CBS Local reported here. Tennessee was the first to take the program statewide using this method, followed by Ohio. North Carolina, Arkansas and Deleware.
July 10: Dolly Gets First Christian Top 10 Single Dolly this week notched her first top 10 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart with her first song to chart on the tally, "There Was Jesus" with Zach Williams. The song advances six spots to No. 7 on that chart for July 11, it was announced Tuesday, while also gaining four to No. 8 Christian airplay (where she had previously charted once with "God Only Knows" at No. 41 in September). The song loses two on the Christian digital sales chart to No. 4, where it had peaked at No. 2 both in November and again last week, when it tied "When I Get Where I'm Going" and "From Here To The Moon And Back" as her third No. 2 on that list. Billboard noted the achievement in a subscriber-only article here.
Dolly To Appear On GLAAD Awards GLAAD announced Thursday that they will present the 31st Annual GLAAD Awards Media Ceremony virtually and that Dolly will make an appearance. The program, hosted by comedians Fortune Feimster and Gina Yashere, will stream on GLAAD's Facebook and YouTube channels at 8 p.m. Eastern July 30 with a repeat on Logo at 8 p.m. Aug. 3. Dolly is nominated for Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character) for the "Two Doors Down" installment of her Heartstrings anthology series. She previously appeared at the GLAAD Awards in 2011 to introduce honoree and 9 To 5: The Musical co-producer Robert Greenblatt. She was previously nominated for an appearance on the premiere episode of So Graham Norton in 2002.
Sevier Co. Announces Masks At Dolly Statue Sevier County, Tenn., where Dolly was raised and where Dollywood is located, this week announced it will require those in public to wear masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and made the announcement on the Sevier County Courthouse lawn in front of Dolly's statue, which was adorned with a mask. Watch a report here. Dolly's theme park has been requiring masks since opening.
Dolly-Funded COVID Study Finds Potential Treatment A new study published this week in the Journal Cell Reports funded partly by The Dolly Parton COVID-19 Research Fund at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has provided "the first rigorous demonstration" that the drug remdesivir can block COVID-19 in mice and therefore be a possible treatment for humans, Eureka Alert reported here.
Special With Dolly Might Get Emmy Nod Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical director Jeff Calhoun spoke with Broadway World about how his Covenant House gala, which included an appearance by Dolly, came to be and is now an Emmy contender. Read it here.
Dolly Pinball, Dress On Display In New York The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame pinball exhibit which features Dolly's 1978 Bally pinball machine and the dress she wore on the backglass will be open at Universal Preservation Hall in Sarasota Springs, N.Y., July 26-Sept. 26 for those who wish to see it, the Saratoga Today newspaper reported here.
July 7: 'TV Guide' Interviews Dolly TV Guide posted a new interview with Dolly about her Netflix Heartstrings series on its "TV Insider" website here Monday as campaigning for Emmy nominations continue.
'Biography: Kenny Rogers' Coming To DVD Lionsgate has announced it will release a DVD of A&E's recent Biography: Kenny Rogers on Aug. 18. The two-hour special features interviews with many of his friends and associates, including Dolly, as well as extensive footage from his 2017 farewell tribute concert including his final performance with Dolly. Reserve your copy here!
In Memoriam: Charlie Daniels Legendary country performer Charlie Daniels died Monday at age 83. Dolly commented via social media: "Well, the devil went down to Georgia, but Charlie went straight to heaven. My heart, like many millions of others, is broken today to find out that we've lost our dear friend Charlie Daniels. It was such a shock. He was one of the great people in the business and one of the greatest entertainers ever. He will live on in our hearts. Rest in peace, Charlie."
July 2: Dolly Participates In Netflix Pride, Mattel Sings 'Barbie'
As LGBTQIA Pride Month came to a close Tuesday, Dolly was among the participants in a virtual Pride celebration courtesy Netflix. At about the one hour and 14 minute mark, she talks about Pride and introduces drag queen Trixie Mattel, who performs a cover of her "Backwoods Barbie." Watch here or in the media player above.
'Goodnight With Dolly' Returns For Two Months Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program on Wednesday announced that thanks to viewer requests, Penguin Random House has agreed to extend the licenses to allow Dolly's reading of 10 books from the early childhood program to remain available for online viewing through Aug. 31. Check out "Goodnight With Dolly" here.
'Heartstrings' Nominated For Campiness Dolly's Netflix series Heartstrings captured a nomination this week from GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics for their inaugural Dorian TV Awards. It is up for "Campiest TV Show" against fellow Netflix offerings AJ and the Queen starting RuPaul and Tiger King as well as VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race and Hulu's The Great.
Nina West Chats Dolly Collab In 'Nerdist' Drag Queen Nina West spoke with The Nerdist this week about her "Kindness Is Queen" collection with Dolly. Read the interview here.
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly's duet with Zach Williams, "There Was Jesus", gains three to No. 12 Christian airplay and holds steady at No. 2 Christian digital single sales and No. 13 Hot Christian Songs but falls off the Christian streaming songs down from one week at No. 24, the July 4 Billboard charts released Tuesday noted.
June 29: Miley Covers Dolly's Version Of 'Help'
Miley Cyrus on Saturday covered Dolly's bluegrass-inspired arrangement of The Beatles' "Help" for an international concert against social injustice and to fight COVID-19, "Global Goal: Unite For Our Future." She performed in an empty Rose Bowl Stadium wearing a flowing blue outfit which she told Voguehere was inspired by the band's oversized blue shirts on the original album cover art as seen through a glam lens of David Bowie with a splash of Dolly, on whose 1979 cover version she added hers was based. Watch the performance on YouTube here or the media player above.
June 27: 'Peace Train' Dance Remix Available Online The 1997 house music remix of Dolly's cover of the classic Cat Stevens song "Peace Train" by DJ Junior Vasquez was released for digital download and streaming for the first time at midnight Friday. Thanks, David and Greg! Producer John Michael Di Spirito shared the story behind its re-issue on Facebook: He was working with exercise company Peloton to create four Dolly playlists released this week in its Artist Series and asked her management why the tracks weren't available. They didn't know and contacted the label, which said the masters had been lost years ago in a fire (presumably the infamous Universal Studios fire of 2008 which it was revealed a decade later destroyed more than 500,000 masters of songs in the Universal family of labels including undisclosed Dolly tracks, although she had only recorded a handful of projects for Universal labels, including this collection). Well, Di Spirito happened to have copied the master files when he worked with Vasquez prior to the fire and still had them in his collection, so he provided them to Dolly's management, which forwarded them to the label, which released them this week.
The original release made it to No. 19 on the Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart (or No. 119 pop), No. 23 dance club play songs, and No. 4 dance singles sales. That version included one Junior Vasquez remix (Junior's Arena Anthem) and additional remixes by three other DJs. A second Junior Vasquez remix was included in 1999 when the songs were reissued on the Walking On Sunshine EP. The new version features seven Vasquez remixes of the song, five of which have never before been released. Download it from Amazon here or stream on Spotify here.
The track listing is:
1. Junior's Arena Anthem with Reprise (13:43)
2. Junior's Tribal Beats (2:38)
3. Junior's 7" (4:43)
4. Junior's Instrumental (12:32)
5. Junior's Riff Dub (5:50)
6. Junior's Arena Dub (7:40)
7. Junior's Arena Anthem (12:32)
More Emmys Chatter At 'Gold Derby' After Dolly spoke with Gold Derby this week about Emmy possibilities for Heartstrings, her co-producer Sam Haskell interviewed remotely with them as well. Watch his chat here.
Dolly Recording With Billy Ray Cyrus Thanks to Chuck for alerting me that Billy Ray Cyrus shared on Instagram Thursday that he apparently was in the studio with Dolly that day. He posted here: "Best day in a long time. Got to sing with Dolly today! Can't wait for you to hear it!"
Dolly Writing New Music For '9 To 5' Documentary The documentarians behind the upcoming film Still Working 9 To 5 announced on Facebook Friday that both Dolly and musician Shane McAnally are creating new music for the project, which is expected to be released sometime after coronavirus lessens.
U.K. Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady at No. 3 on the British country compilation albums chart, it was revealed Friday, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) also stands still at No. 13 on the same chart and Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains two to No. 14.
Music Video For Spanish 'Jolene' Released A music video for the new Spanish-language cover of Dolly's "Jolene" by Chiquis and Becky G. was released this week, The artists filmed it in COVID isolation, according to Billboardhere. Watch it on YouTube here or in the media player below.
June 24: 'Goldderby' Interviews Dolly On Emmys
Award watching site Goldderby on Tuesday released a new interview with Dolly here about her Netflix series Heartstrings (as the "These Old Bones" episode has been submitted to the Emmys for consideration as a possible Best TV Movie nominee), losing Kenny Rogers, why Mac Davis should be in the County Music Hall of Fame, and re-opening Dollywood. Check it out on YouTube here or in the media player above.
Dolly To Participate In Netflix Pride Netflix has announced Netflix Pride will start at 4 p.m. June 30 on Netflix YouTube featuring "digitally programmed moments of reflection" to celebrate queer artists and performers and to motivate viewers to take further action for the LGBTQ community. Dolly, Tituss Burguss, Goldie Hawn, Chaka Khan, the Queer Eye guys, Trixie Mattel and more are scheduled to appear. The event benefits OutRight, the Marsha P. Johnson Institute and Trans Justice Funding Project.
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly's duet with Zach Williams, "There Was Jesus", gains two to No. 15 Christian airplay, holds steady at No. 2 Christian digital single sales and No. 13 Hot Christian Songs while debuting at No. 24 Christian streaming songs.
June 23: Dolly Narrates Inspirational Nashville Tourism Video
A new promotional video premiered late last week from the Nashville tourism bureau, Visit Music City, under the title "Nashville's Next Hit." The inspirational piece features a voiceover by Dolly reading a script about her adopted hometown and its resilience through disaster and disease with the theme of Nashville Strong as Tim McGraw's "Humble & Kind" plays in the background. Watch the moving tribute to Music City here or in the media player above.
'Songteller' Audiobook Date Changes Amazon on Monday updated its audiobook listing for Dolly's upcoming song-autobiography on 175 of her compositions, Songteller to show it will be released Nov. 17 just like the hardcover and kindle versions instead of the previously-announced October release for the CDs.
Stampedes Open July 1 In Mo,. July 3 In Tenn. Dolly's Stampede dinner theatres will open their Branson, Mo., location July 1, Ozarks First reported here, and their Pigeon Forge, Tenn., location July 3. In a press release for the Pigeon Forge opening, CEO of Dolly's World Choice Investments LLC, parent company of her dinner theatres, said: "We are excited to have our longest-running dinner show open on July 3 as our area celebrates the biggest holiday weekend of the summer and as we get back to entertaining families with this unique show. Like our other operations, we will be observing the guidelines provided by the Tennessee Pledge." Like Dollywood and other locations, the restaurant will be practicing social distancing and requiring patrons to wear masks except while eating and drinking. A video on the COVID-19 restrictions is available here.
Dolly On Platinum Single Music Row reported here this week that For King & Country have received a platinum digital single award for 1 million download equivalents of their single "God Only Knows," apparently including the remixes with Dolly and with Echosmith. There's no word if either remix artist was included on the certification, as the RIAA hasn't announced its June certifications.
'Christmas At Dollywood' Airing Next Month Hallmark Channel has announced its annual Keepsake Christmas movie marathon for "Christmas In July," which kicks off at noon Friday, July 10, with an airing of Christmas At Dollywood featuring Dolly herself. The movie repeats at 10 a.m. July 19 during the 17-day marathon.
Dolly Sings 'Try' For Netflix Dolly recorded a message of encouragement to customers of Netflix this week, performing her song "Try," which the network made available on Facebook here.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's COVID-19-inspired new single, "When Life Is Good Again," falls off the June 20 Billboard charts released Tuesday, after one week at No. 11 country digital song sales and No. 31 on the all-genre digital song sales chart. Her duet with Zach Williams, "There Was Jesus", holds steady at No. 17 Christian airplay and No. 2 Christian digital single sales while re-entering the Hot Christian Songs chart at No. 13. Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe loses two to No. 3 on the British country compilation albums chart, it was revealed Friday, while Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls two to No. 13 on the same chart 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. 16.
Dolly Statue In Tennessee Proposed Even The New York Times this week picked up the story of a movement to replace Confederate statues in Tennessee with those of Dolly with a story here. . A Change.org petition here had 19,000 signatures as of press time. The movement was started months ago by a Republican state legislator who proposed replacing a statue of KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest in the State Capitol with one of Dolly but has gained newfound attention in light of the national outrage at institutional violence aimed at African-Americans.
'Songteller' Book Officially Announced Although all of the details of the book had been reported here a month ago, Dolly and Chronicle Books on Tuesday officially announced the upcoming release of her collection of 175 song lyrics, stories behind the songs, and never-before-seen photos written with Robert K. Oermann and called Songteller
. Pre-orders for the Nov. 17 tome are available for the hardcover copy here and Kindle version here. Amazon still shows the audio version coming out Oct. 6 here but that could change. Check out a video of the announcement on Facebook in the media player below or here.
June 15: Dollywood Opens Back Up Dollywood opens to passholders on Monday and then to the public for the first time this year on Wednesday with new health regulations in place. Since originally making the announcement that masks will be required, the park announced for media tours on Friday that "rest areas" have been added to the theme park where tables have been placed six feet apart under umbrellas so that guests may take a break without their masks on, although other than while eating/drinking or riding thrill rides, masks will remain required at the park for guests age 3 and up. Parks staff told media that they don't want to say hosts will be "enforcing" the mask policy but that instead each person caught not wearing their masks will be "reminded" and "encouraged" to put their masks back on or be escorted to one of the maskless rest areas. They did, however, change the mask policy at Splash Country, since masks were not required on any rides, to expand the maskless policy there to the entire park except for the few places where social distancing isn't possible such as the entrance area and food queue lines. They also announced that the health screenings including touchless temperature taking will be done at the parking lot's tram stops so that if anyone has a temperature of 100.4 or higher their party will know before entering the park and will be able to leave immediately with a raincheck (anyone who traveled in the same vehicle with a person with a fever is also denied admission that day).
'Cher . . . Special' Coming To DVD Time Life has announced that 1978's Cher . . . Special featuring Dolly and Rod Stewart, for which Dolly received her first Emmy nomination, is included in their new set The Best Of Cher available here. Two versions are being released: a 9-DVD version with 10 episodes of Cher, her two network specials from the 1970s, and two concert specials plus a documentary with her mother, and an 18-CD set featuring 18 additional episodes of Cher, a special on her years with Sonny Bono, and bonus appearances. The special featured Dolly performing "Two Doors Down" as well as an angel/devil medley with Cher and appearing in a skit with Cher where they spoke entirely in song lyrics. Thanks, Al!
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