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This week in
Dolly history
Fifty-three years ago Monday, Dolly becomes the first in her family to graduate high school. Forty-nine years ago Monday, Porter & Dolly record “We'll Get Ahead Someday;” released as their third duet single two months later, it peaks at No. 5. Fifty-three years ago Tuesday, Dolly boards a bus and moves to Nashville to pursue her dream of becoming a singer-songwriter; she says she met Carl Dean at the Wishy Washy Laundromat later that day. Thirty years ago Tuesday, Trio marks its fourth of five weeks at No. 1 on the country albums chart (Dolly's fifth of her six times there, Emmy's third and most recent time and Linda's fourth and most recent); it sells more than 1 million copies to be certified as Dolly's fourth of her six platinum albums (Emmy's sole and Linda's seventh), and reaches No. 6 on the pop albums chart, Dolly's highest career position there. Eleven years ago Tuesday, “When I Get Where I'm Going” by Dolly and Brad Paisley, earns the pair two Academy of Country Music Awards: Vocal Event of the Year and Video of the Year. Forty-three years ago Wednesday, Porter & Dolly record “Please Don't Stop Loving Me;” issued as a single three months later, it would two months after release become the duo's sole Billboard No. 1. Forty years ago Wednesday, Dolly begins a one-week gig co-hosting The Mike Douglas Show. Thirty-seven years ago Wednesday, “Starting Over Again,” a song co-written by disco diva Donna Summer, becomes Dolly's 12th of her record 25 country No. 1 hits; it peaks at No. 36 pop and No. 35 adult contemporary. Thirty-two years ago Thursday, “Real Love” with Kenny Rogers debuts on the singles charts; three months later it would become Dolly's 19th country No. 1 and peak at No. 91 pop and No. 13 adult contemporary.

Charts

  • U.K., May 28 edition:
          The Complete Trio Collection No. 4 country compilation (no change; 37th week; peaked at No. 1 for 21 weeks)

  • Australia, May 22 edition:
          My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection No. 17 country (down from No. 16; 36th week; peaked at No. 1 for three weeks)


    Upcoming television appearances
    (All times Eastern unless noted)
  • May 27, 5:27 a.m. Starz Kids and Family, The Beverly Hillbillies
  • May 27, 4:56 p.m., Starz Encore Classic, Steel Magnolias
  • May 29, 8:31 a.m. Starz Comedy, The Beverly Hillbillies
  • May 29, 10:07 a.m., Starz Comedy, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 6:17 a.m. May 30)
  • May 30, 6 p.m., Oxygen, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (re-runs midnight May 31)
  • June 1, noon, Freeform, Reba
  • June 4, 3:17 a.m. Starz Encore Family, The Beverly Hillbillies
  • June 8, 3:06 p.m., Starz Encore, Steel Magnolias
  • June 9, 3 p.m., GAC, Backstory: Dolly Parton
  • June 9, 6 p.m., Bravo, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous


    Upcoming or recent releases

  • 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

    HLN Travels To Smoky Mountains


    HLN, formerly known as CNN Headline News, recently returned to the Smokies to follow-up on the recovery after last year's deadly wildfire, including sitting down with Dolly to talk about her role in the effort. Check it out in two parts in the media players above and below or here and here. In related news, Garden & Gun magazine offered an update profile here this week as well.

    In Memoriam: Colleen Owens
    Another longtime Dolly associate has passed away, family members announced on Friday. Colleen Owens, Dolly's aunt by marriage and her professional hairdresser for three decades including styling her wigs for The Porter Wagoner Show, her 1976-77 syndicated variety show and her 1987-88 ABC variety show in addition to numerous concert tours, television specials, movies, album covers and more, has died. Her son, former Dolly band member Richie Owens, who also produced her 1998 album Hungry Again, revealed the passing on his Facebook page Friday morning, announcing: “My heart is broken. After months of failing health my mother is now at peace and with my father who she loved so much. As hard as her life was growing up she overcame so much and made a better life for herself and her family. I owe my creativity and style just as much to her as to my father. I've known this was coming for a while so I've been a little more prepared for it. but it still doesn't make it easy. My love is always with you and you'll always be with me.” Later in the day, he shared a photo of his mother styling his cousin Dolly for an appearance on The Porter Wagoner Show. Colleen was married to Louis Owens, brother to Dolly's mother. Louis and Colleen accompanied Dolly and Uncle Bill Owens to Nashville when a teen-aged Dolly made her first appearance on The Grand Ole Opry. Louis, who passed away in 2014, was a performer at Dollywood. Colleen's passing comes within weeks the deaths of former longtime manager Sandy Gallin, former longtime road manager Don Warden and niece Tever Parton.

    U.S., British Chart Updates
    Playlist: The Very Best Of Dolly Parton holds steady on the country catalog albums tally at No. 22 to mark a third week on the chart, the June 3 Billboard numbers released Tuesday showed. PTX Vol. IV: Classics, featuring Pentatonix's Grammy-award-winning collaboration with Dolly on a cover of her "Jolene," decreases five in its sixth week to No. 47 album sales, one to No. 41 current albums and 23 to No. 149 Hot 200. Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child , the benefit album for War Child UK featuring Dolly's cover of "The Story" as its lead single, falls in its second chart week, losing 11 places to No. 13 Americana/folk album sales, 26 to No. 33 top rock albums and two to No. 4 compilation albums and falls off the following charts after one week each at No. 10 current albums, No. 10 Internet albums, No. 11 top album sales, No. 30 Hot 200 pop albums, No. 9 digital albums, No. 4 Americana/folk albums, No. 16 Tastemakers, No. 4 rock album sales and No. 9 vinyl albums. Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week holds steady on the British country compilation albums chart at No. 4 in its 37th chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) holds steady at No. 12 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises one to No. 13. 

    Dolly's New Restaurant Profiled
    Another media outlet has profiled Dolly's new Smoky Mountain Adventures dinner theatre. Check out the report from Indianapolis' FOX 59 here.

    Miley Covers 'Jolene' On NBC
    Dolly goddaughter Miley Cyrus on Friday made her godmother proud and covered her classic “Jolene” in her concert appearance on NBC's Today show. Check out the performance here.

    Stella Chats With Magazine
     Dolly's sister Stella Parton talks about her career and her famous sibling in an interview with Music Radar here.

    Dollywood Opens Barbeque & Bluegrass Fest
    Dollywood's Barbeque & Bluegrass festival opened Friday. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver appear Sunday, Daily & Vincent on Monday, Steep Canyon Rangers Wednesday and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage June 4 to close out the fest.



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    Past news

    May 22:
    'Cover Stories' Debuts High On Charts
    Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child , the benefit album for War Child UK featuring Dolly's cover of "The Story" as its lead single, had an impressive first week on the charts thanks to 19,000 sales in the U.S. Billboard reports the set debuts at No. 10 current albums, No. 10 Internet albums, No. 11 top album sales, No. 30 Hot 200 pop albums, No. 9 digital albums, No. 7 top rock albums, No. 4 Americana/folk albums, No. 16 Tastemakers, No. 2 Americana/folk album sales, No. 4 rock album sales, No. 9 vinyl albums and No. 2 compilation albums. Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week loses two on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 4 in its 36th chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises four to No. 12 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains five to No. 14. Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt inches down one to No. 17 on the Australian country albums chart in its 36th week, it was announced Sunday.


    May 18:
    More Video From Dolly's Homecoming Appearances


    Your Dollymania.net coverage of Dolly's recent Dollywood Homecoming continues tonight with raw video featuring footage from her new dinner theatre, the park's new ride and short clips from Dolly's various appearances. Watch it in the media player above or by visiting YouTube here.

    U.S. Charts, Sales Updates
    Playlist: The Very Best Of Dolly Parton from 2015 re-enters the country catalog albums at No. 22 this week on the May 27 tally to mark a third week on the list. PTX Vol. IV: Classics, featuring Pentatonix's Grammy-award-winning collaboration with Dolly on a cover of her "Jolene," drops nine in its fifth week to No. 42 album sales, eight to No. 40 current albums, 33 to No. 126 Hot 200 and off the top 100 Canadian pop albums, down from No. 97. And although it's no longer on the charts, SoundScan data show Dolly's Pure & Simple continues to sell about 300 copies a week and last week stood at 117,300 units sold in the U.S. since release.

    Clarkson Plays 'Feud' For Dolly Charity
    Taste Of Country reports here that Kelly Clarkson will battle Amy Schumer on the third season of Celebrity Family Feud playing for Dolly's Dollywood Foundation and its Imagination Library and My People Fund.

    New Dolly Duet Released
    RFD-TV on Tuesday released a new music video by Debbie Cochran featuring a duet with Dolly on "Born Again Wildflower," which will serve as the title track for Cochran's next album, due for a June 16 release. Watch the video on YouTube here or in the media player below.


    May 15:
    More Photos, News From Dollywood Appearances
    Your Dollymania.net coverage of Dolly's recent Homecoming appearances continues tonight with a new photo gallery here from the Dolly's tribute to longtime road manager the late Don Warden. More to come! Also, The Kingsport Times News reviewed the new dinner theatre here and Dollywood's new ride, DropLine, here.

    Aussie Chart Update
    Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt falls three to No. 16 on the Australian country albums chart in its 35th week, it was announced Sunday.


    May 13:
    New Galleries From Dollywood Homecoming
    Your Dollymania.net coverage of last weekend's Homecoming appearances continues tonight with photo galleries here from the opening of Dolly's Smoky Mountain Adventures dinner theatre and her Pigeon Forge parade. More to come! Also, The Knoxville News-Sentinel reviewed the show here.

    Louisiana's Goldband Studios Demolished
    The Lake Charles, La., studio where Dolly recorded her first record, the 1959 single "Puppy Love"/"Girl Left Alone," has been demolished, KPLC reports here. The Goldband Records studio had been founded in 1952 by Eddie Shuler.

    Dolly Track Makes 'RuPaul's Drag Race'
    Dolly's disco hit "Baby I'm Burning" was the "lipsynch for your life" selection at the conclusion of Friday's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race on VH1. Check out the official producers' recap (filled at the end with Dolly references) on YouTube here.

    Overseas Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week inches up one on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 2 in its 35th chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) dips three to No. 16 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses one to No. 19. 

    Ferrell Sings Dolly Song At Speech
    Comedian Will Ferrell gave the commencement address this week at the University of Southern California and chose to end it by singing "I Will Always Love You" a capella. Check it out here or in the media player below.


    May 10:
    'The Story' Music Video Released


    War Child UK on Monday released a video for Dolly's "The Story" from Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child . The clip premiered on NME here. Watch it here or in the media player above.

    Billboard Notes Nelson Record, Miscounts Dolly Total
    Willie Nelson on Tuesday extended his lead over Dolly as the artist with the most top 10 country albums, as his God's Problem Child debuted at No. 1, giving him 50 top 10s. Billboard reports here that Dolly is tied with Loretta Lynn and George Strait at second place with 40 each, although Dolly actually has 44 credited top 10 country albums (45 if you include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas soundtrack, which was credited as various artists on the charts). Elsewhere on the charts, PTX Vol. IV: Classics, featuring Pentatonix's Grammy-award-winning collaboration with Dolly on a cover of her "Jolene," loses 16 to No. 33 album sales, 16 to No. 32 current albums, 40 to No. 93 Hot 200, off the digital sales tally, down from No. 20, and down 13 to No. 97 Canadian pop.

    More From Homecoming Weekend At Dollywood
    Coverage of Dolly's weekend Homecoming appearances continues this week. Look for photos and more from Dollymania.net over the next several days, but some mainstream media coverage includes some parade shots by official Dollywood photographer Curtis Hilbun in Britain's The Daily Mail here, an opinion piece by Dolly for CNN about the wildfire recovery efforts here and a story about a girl who got to meet Dolly briefly at the park on Saturday here. More to come!

    Dollywood's Splash Country Opening Saturday
    Dollywood's Splash Country water park opens Saturday with the debut of the family racing slide TailSpin Racer, preferred parking, walkway misters to cool feet and a new calming area for guests experiencing sensory overload.

    'Lily's Driftwood Bay' Gets UK Repeat
    British audiences will get another chance next week to see Dolly's guest appearance on Lily's Driftwood Bay, where she played Noleen, a singing chicken. The episode repeats at 7 p.m. Monday on Nick Jr. Too in the U.K.

    Dolly Singing Competition Nears
    Sevierville, Tenn.'s Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival takes place in a little over a week, featuring the Dolly-composed-song cover contest the 13th annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition on May 20. Contestants sent their recordings in over several weeks and finalists from around the country were selected to perform at the live event. Learn more here.


    May 8:
    Dolly Visits Fire Victims, Restaurant, Dollywood At Homecoming


    Dolly had an emotional Homecoming to East Tennessee last week. She started on Thursday with a surprise appearance at LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge where she met three families who were collecting their final checks from her My People Fund. Not only did they get a surprise meeting with Dolly, she informed them that all of the more than 900 families assisted by the Fund were receiving a check for $5,000 each, a $4,000 increase from her earlier $6,000-per-family pledge (families had already received five monthly checks for $1,000 each). The increase brought the amount paid to those who lost their homes in November's Sevier County wildfires to $10,000 each and pushed the Fund's total aid distributed directly to impacted families past $9 million. On Friday morning, she officially opened her new Smoky Mountain Adventures dinner theatre and announced that the remaining $3 million that the My People Fund had raised would be contributed to the Mountain Tough Recovery Team to be spent over the next three years providing families impacted by the wildfires with longer-term unexpected needs, such as vehicles or medical expenses. Then Friday afternoon saw her encased in a heated/air conditioned enclosure atop her float for the annual Pigeon Forge Dolly parade due to cold temperatures and rain (the rain cancelled the usual photo shoot she does next to the float before she usually gets on it). On Saturday morning, she paid emotional tribute to former road manager Don Warden, breaking down in tears a couple of times as she remembered her "No. 1 Angel" who passed away in March. Dollywood's new Drop Line drop tower opened to the public Saturday, although the rain cancelled Dolly's scheduled park tour that afternoon. Saturday night saw the annual unofficial Night Of 1,000 Dollys party at Knoxville's Club XYZ. Watch raw video from her appearances on your webmaster's Facebook LiveStream in the media players above and below or here for the Don Warden tribute, here for the start of the parade and here for the Smoky Mountain Adventures opening. Check out coverage of the check presentations from The Knoxville News-Sentinel here, the Mountain Tough donation and restaurant opening from The Tennessean here, WBIR here and Local 8 News here, the overall weekend from The Knoxville News Sentinel here and the Don Warden tribute from WATE here.

    Carlile Project Makes 'People' Magazine
    With last week's release of Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child , featuring Dolly's performance of "The Story," Carlile told a pretty comprehensive story of the project to People magazine here, complete with the goal that she hopes the album raises $1 million for the charity it is supporting, War Child.

    'Dolly On Dolly' Book Gets Noticed
    The Dolly interview collection Dolly On Dolly: Interviews and Encounters With Dolly Parton, which got its wide release last week (and features a back cover blurb by your webmaster), was the focus of dozens of articles last week in the media focused on the more salacious details from a couple of the out-of-print interviews included in the book, primarily that she was suicidal in the mid-1980s following a bad ending to an "affair of the heart." But a piece in the book editor's hometown paper, The Denton Record-Chronicle here, focused more on his story of becoming a Dolly fan.

    Overseas Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe this week dips two on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 3 in its 34th chart week, down from the top spot in its 23rd non-consecutive week atop the chart, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) loses four to No. 13 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls eight to No. 18.  Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt slips seven to No. 13 on the Australian country albums chart in its 34th week, it was announced Sunday.


    May 4:
    Homecoming 2017 Underway This Weekend
    Dolly's new Smoky Mountain Adventures will livestream Dolly's Friday morning appearance at the new dinner theatre on its Facebook page here at 11 a.m. that morning, it has been announced. Dolly will also host her annual Pigeon Forge parade at 6 p.m. Friday and is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. Saturday park tour at Dollywood, but that is weather-permitting and the forecast currently calls for a 90 percent chance of rain. In addition, the new dinner theatre and Dixie Stampede are giving away combo tickets to the two shows Friday by posting selfies from the parade sidelines to Facebook, Google+, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #DollysDinnerShows.

    Carlile Tribute CD Review
    With Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child , features Dolly's performance of "The Story" hitting stores Friday, Paste magazine reviewed the project here gushing about Dolly's contribution.

    U.S. Chart Updates
    On Tuesday's Billboard charts, PTX Vol. IV: Classics, featuring Pentatonix's Grammy-award-winning collaboration with Dolly on a cover of her "Jolene," slips seven to No. 17 album sales, six to No. 16 current albums, 23 to No. 53 Hot 200, off the Internet sales, down from No. 8, 10 to No. 20 digital sales and 25 to No. 84 Canadian pop.


    May 1:
    U.K., Aussie, U.S. Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds on to the No. 1 spot on the British country compilation albums chart in its 33rd chart week, garnering a 23rd non-consecutive week atop the chart, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) holds steady at No. 9, Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls back off the top 20, down from No. 17, and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses three to No. 10.  Down Under, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt inches up one to No. 6 on the Australian country albums chart in its 33rd week, it was announced Sunday. In the U.S., PTX Vol. IV: Classics, featuring Pentatonix's Grammy-award-winning collaboration with Dolly on a cover of her "Jolene," loses eight to No. 10 album sales, eight to No. 10 current albums, 26 to No. 30 Hot 200, two to No. 8 Internet sales, eight to No. 10 digital sales and 51 to No. 59 Canadian pop.


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