Fifty-two years ago Monday, Dolly's cover of Elvis' “In The Ghetto” debuts on the country charts; it reaches only No. 50. Fifty-three years ago Tuesday, Porter & Dolly's third duet single, “We'll Get Ahead Someday,” debuts on the country charts; it peaks at No. 5. Nineteen years ago Tuesday, Dolly's Halos & Horns debuts at No. 4 country, No. 58 pop, No. 3 independent label albums, No. 11 Internet album sales and No. 2 bluegrass, its peak position on each chart. Forty-two years ago Wednesday, “You're the Only One” spends its first 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. Thirty-seventh years ago Wednesday, the Rhinestone soundtrack debuts on the album charts; although it spawns one No. 1 and one Top 10 for Dolly, the album itself fizzles at No. 32 country, No. 135 pop. Fifty years ago Saturday, The Best of Porter and Dolly debuts on the country album charts; it would reach No. 7. Forty-five years ago Saturday, “All I Can Do” debuts on the country charts; it would reach No. 3. Thirty-nine years ago Saturday, Dolly's second version of “I Will Always Love You” debuts on the country charts; two and a half months later it would become her 17th No. 1; it also peaks on the pop charts at No. 53 and No. 17 adult contemporary. Fifty-one years ago Sunday, Porter & Dolly's “Daddy Was an Ole Time Preacher Man,” based on Dolly's grandfather, debuts on the country charts; it would peak at No. 7 and earn them their second Grammy nomination as a duo.
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
July 31, 9 a.m., Hallmark, Christmas At Dollywood
Aug. 5, 1:01 a.m., Starz, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 9 p.m. Aug. 5)
In-person Dolly (scheduled live
appearances, some are tentative)
Sept. 25-26, Ole Miss Women's Council for Philanthropy, Oxford, Miss.
Dolly Sells Nearly $3 Million In Perfume Wednesday On HSN Dolly took over the Home Shopping Network (HSN) on Wednesday with her new “Scent From Above” fragrance, seeing nearly $3 million in sales for its release day. The network said it sold 30,000 sets of the full-sized bottle plus a smaller roll-on for $61 each, indicated that there were about 15,000 body creams sold for $20 each, and more than 11,000 additional single full-sized bottles for $54 each they obtained after the sets allocated for the day's sales had sold out, which totals about $2.7 million at their initial offering special prices. By Friday, the network had re-stocked and was again selling the individual full-sized bottles but for $59 each. HSN has an exclusive sales agreement for the product for 30 days, after which time it will be available starting Aug. 28 on distributor Scent Beauty.com's website and sometime after that should begin to appear in major retail stores across the country, although the debut dates for individual stores have not been announced yet. Dolly appeared live on the network six times throughout the day to promote the perfume at midnight here, 10 a.m. here, 1 p.m. here, 6 p.m. here, 9 p.m. here and 11 p.m. here, taking calls from fans each time and answering questions. Among the new information she announced was she does not plan to tour “anytime soon” although she will be performing a charity concert here and there over the next year or two, she plans to film several additional TV movies this year, and she will have new music out in the near future. On Bravo's Watch What Happens Live Thursday night she added that the new country/bluegrass album just finished recording but won't be released until 2022, that she and Reba recently recorded a new version of “Does He Love You” for Reba's next album, that she has been present with goddaughter Miley Cyrus many times when Miley has smoked a joint although she did not partake herself, she hopes Brittney Spears' conservatorship case works out for the best and she identifies with someone trying to control your career through litigation from when Porter Wagoner sued her, and that Porter used to prefer to wear women's perfume. On the after-show, available here, she also confirmed she will definitely appear on Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's Grace and Frankie on Netflix during its final season but isn't sure yet what part she'll play. She also appeared on Good Morning America on Tuesday promoting the perfume but that interview had been filmed at Dollywood back in May.
Dolly's Nephew Releases EP With Updated '9 To 5' Dolly's nephew, rapper Sabyn, on Friday released a new EP featuring his rapping over the original recording of his aunt's 1980 hit “9 To 5” and a revised version of one of his father Randy Parton's original songs with his singing and rapping over his deceased dad's original vocals. Check out the track with Dolly, “9 To 5 To 9” about hustling with a side gig after one's normal 9-to-5 job, on YouTube here or buy it on Amazon here. And check out a profile from Hip Hop Scriptureshere.
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July 27: Dolly Releases New Single, Readies Perfume This Week
Dolly at midnight Tuesday released her new single, "Sent From Above," to promote her perfume of the same name. Download it from Amazon here or listen on YouTube here or in the media player above. As was previously reported here, Dolly will appear on Tuesday's Good Morning America on ABC to promote the song and perfume and on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live Thursday night. The perfume is initially available through HSN only and they will promote it and sell it starting at midnight Wednesday morning. A special promoting the Scent from Above perfume is scheduled on HSN to premiere at midnight with repeats at 2 a.m., 3 a.m., 4 a.m., 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m., all times Eastern. The schedule notes Dolly will be the special guest for the midnight, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. showings (which suggests perhaps she will be live in person or remotely during those times and perhaps just pre-recorded during the other showings). In addition, the channel's listings show her as a guest appearing during the 10 a.m. "Wake Up Beautiful" hour and 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. hours with a "Celebration With Dolly." The channel also posted a brief video Monday promoting the perfume here or in the media player below. No dates have yet to be announced for the full-sized perfume to be available at retailers other than HSN, although it is expected to eventually be sold online through its distributor Scent Beauty's website as well as in stores such as Wal-Mart and Walgreen's.
July 24: New Dolly Track Appears In Streaming Film 'Foster Boy' Streaming services including Amazon recently added a new movie which features a new Dolly recording as the final track playing over its credits. Dolly covered the gospel artist Kirk Franklin's tune from almost 25 years ago, "Lean On Me," to serve as the official theme song for World Orphans Day. The charity working on World Orphans Day, The Stars Foundation in Nashville, is also involved in promoting the film Foster Boy, which premiered in Nashville in late 2019, saw a very limited theatrical release in 2020, and first reached a true national audience in February on the BET Network before being released to streaming services including Amazon here, which uses an abbreviated version of Dolly's recording for the final two minutes of the movie's credits. Dolly's longtime producer and band leader Kent Wells produced the track, which was supposed to be released through an independent label in March but for unknown reasons wasn't released and all mentions of it were scrubbed from the label's website and it hasn't been announced when the single will be available for purchase. A second multi-artist version of the song is also supposed to be recorded and released in the future alongside Dolly's solo version. The Stars Foundation will host a reception at the United Nations in New York to observe International Day of Peace, Sept. 17, and also hold a press event at the event announcing activities for World Orphans Day on Nov. 8. The event will also feature the formal announcement that Dolly will receive the Global Alliance for Orphans' 2021 Flame of Peace Award in recognition of her recording of the song.
Dolly On 'WWHL' Thursday, 'GMA' Tuesday Dolly should have a busy week next week, as in addition to her previous announced HSN launch of her Scent from Above perfume on Wednesday (and release of her single of the same name the day before), she was announced Friday as the guest for Thursday night's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen at 9:30 p.m. (it's the week's only prime time broadcast of the show, which for all other nights next week will air at 3:30 a.m. instead). It was also announced Friday that she will appear on Tuesday's Good Morning America on ABC.
Tim McGraw Interviews Dolly For Apple Music Dolly appeared on Tim McGraw's video podcast series on Apple Music this week (available to subscribers only), and an 8-minute excerpt was shared to YouTube here focused mostly on her film career.
Tig Notaro Gets Animated With Dolly Comedian Tig Notaro has a new comedy special premiering on HBO Saturday night at 10 p.m. Eastern which will feature Dolly's song "Two Doors Down" and her animated likeness (the program is the network's first fully-animated stand-up special). The bit about a road trip set to Dolly's classic tune closes the show, and Notaro spoke with The Washington Posthere and Forbeshere about the program, including getting Dolly's approval to use her song and image.
Dolly Using New Streaming Merch Sales Integration Dolly has signed up for a new social marketing service called NOWwith that aims to seamlessly merge merchandise selling and video content with social media accounts, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Read more here.
Austin Gets Dolly Tribute Charity Show Austin club Stubb's will host a Dolly tribute show to benefit charity Front Steps on Sunday night featuring local artists in two sets with a Dolly drag queen crew performing at halftime. Read more from Austin 360here.
July 21: Dolly Does 'Playboy' For Hubby's Birthday
Tuesday was the 79th birthday of Dolly's husband, Carl Dean, and she celebrated by having her 1978 Playboy costume re-created and a photo session to copy the original cover, which she presented as a framed gift to him for his special day. Watch her video explaining what she did, which ends with a photo of her presenting it to him, on Facebook here or in the media player above.
Deluxe 'Songteller' Revealed Here In May Finally Announced Dolly on Tuesday officially announced this fall's limited deluxe edition of Songteller that was originally revealed in a report on Dollymania.net back in May. As was previously reported here, the deluxe edition comes with a 45 pink vinyl single of two previously unreleased Dolly demo recordings ("I Don't Care" and "The Fall"), a clamshell box wrapped in denim, gilded page edges and a ribbon bookmark. As was previously also reported, this version will be released in October. Pre-order from the publisher here for $250 each. In addition, 150 copies with Dolly's signature on the vinyl sleeve will be sold in October for $350 each. Check out the announcement video here.
Sign Up For Dolly's July 28 Single Dolly on Tuesday also announced a sign-up to be the first on July 28 to be able to listen to her new single "Scent From Above" to coincide with the HSN release of the full-sized bottles of her perfume of the same name. Sign up here.
Warner Gets Indie Label That Released 'Holly Dolly' Warner Music Group has acquired the independent label, 12Tone Music, through which Dolly's Butterfly Records co-released her most recent album, A Holly Dolly Christmas. Dolly's agreement at the time was for just the one album, similar to her album-by-album contracts with Sugar Hill/Vanguard Music in the 2000s, so it is not known whether her next country/bluegrass album she is currently recording and has said may be released later this year or sometime next year will be co-released through them, now part of the Warner empire, or another label. Read more about the acquisition here.
U.S. Chart Update Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" rises three this week at No. 19 Christian streaming songs on the July 24 Billboard charts released Tuesday and slips one to No. 23 Christian digital song sales.
July 20: DreamMore Wins 'USA Today' Award As Best Park Resort Readers of USA Today this month named Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa the No. 1 amusement park hotel in the country in its 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. The park's Dollywood Cabins also made the top 10, coming in at No. 7. Six of the 10 finalists were Disney resorts in Orlando, Fla., while Cedar Point and Legoland each took one spot on the list. The top 10 were:
1. Dollywood: DreamMore Resort and Spa
2. Cedar Point: Hotel Breakers, Sandusky, Ohio
3. DisneyWorld's Swan and Dolphin Resort, Orlando
4. Disney's Port Orleans Resort, Orlando
5. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando
6. Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Orlando
7. Dollywood Cabins
8. Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Orlando
9. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Orlando
10. Legoland Hotel, Winter Haven, Fla.
DreamMore is also nominated in the newspaper's poll for America's Best Family Resort, for which you may access voting here through Aug. 16. The park also received several top 10 honors in the publication's polls in June: Aunt Granny's as the No. 1 amusement park restaurant, Dreamland Drive-In as No. 3 amusement park entertainment, Dollywood as No. 5 amusement park, Splash Country as the No. 5 outdoor water park, and Lightning Rod as the No. 5 amusement park roller coaster.
'Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol' Heads To Vancouver Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol set in a Smoky Mountain mining town with music and lyrics by Dolly, will open the 2021-22 season at Vancouver, B.C.'s, Arts Club Theatre Company, Straight.com reported here on Monday. The show will run Nov. 18 to Jan. 2 there. The show had its first staged reading in Minnesota in 2018 and its world premiere in Boston in 2019. This marks its third production in some form. Dolly has not revealed her plans for the show, whether it will be performed in other theatres around the country or head to Broadway or Off-Broadway or on tour.
'Paste' Names 'Coat' Among Best 1971 Albums Paste magazine on Monday released its list of the 30 best albums of 1971 celebrating their 50th anniversaries this year and chose Dolly's Coat Of Many Colors as the only country album on the list here. She is also just one of three solo female performers on the list, and one of only four women total on the list including the duo of Paul and Linda McCartney. Coming in at No. 30, the project has some impressive company such as Joni Mitchell's Blue, Led Zeppelin IV, The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers, Carole King's Tapestry, John Lennon's Imagine, Elton John's Madman Across The Water, The Doors' LA Woman and No. 1 pick Marvin Gaye's What's Going On.
July 17: Sam Williams Taps Dolly For Debut CD Newcomer Sam Williams, son of Hank Williams Jr. and grandson of country music legend Hank Williams Sr., on Friday announced his debut album Glasshouse Children, will hit stores Aug. 20 and features Dolly singing on the chorus of the track "Happy All The Time." The album also features a guitar solo by Keith Urban on another song. Watch an interview with Apple Music here about the project and how he went about asking Dolly to sing with him.
Abbreviated Time-Life Dolly Set Coming In Sept. Nearly one year after its release by Time-Life, an abbreviated version of Dolly: The Ultimate Collection will be issued this fall, it was announced this week. Although details on exactly which shows will be included on the set has not been revealed, the six DVD "Collectors' Edition" will be sold at all major retailers with a suggested price of $50 and contain 13 hours and 45 minutes of content (compared to 23 hours on 11 DVDs in the original regular edition and 35 hours on 19 DVDs in the original deluxe edition). It comes out Sept. 21. Amazon is taking advance orders with a 40 percent discount to $30 here. Thanks, Chuck!
New Dolly Lullaby CD Coming Music label Rockabye Baby, which releases lullaby versions of popular music, announced this week they will be releasing their second collection of Dolly lullabies. Their first collection was released under their Hushaby Baby line here in 2009. The new version, which drops July 30 on CD here and MP3 here, contains several of the same tracks as the first one but also some new. (Missing from the first CD are "More Where That Came From," "Hush A Bye Hard Times," "My Blue Tears" and "Love Is Like A Butterfly" but new to this version are "Hard Candy Christmas," "Dumb Blonde," "The Bridge," "The Grass Is Blue" and "Islands In The Stream.") The full track listing of Lullaby Renditions of Dolly Parton are:
July 14: 'Christmas On The Square' Gets Two Emmy Nods Netflix's Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square received two Emmy nominations on Tuesday, one for Outstanding Television Movie and a second for director/choreographer Debbie Allen for Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming. In the TV film category, the project competes against HBO's Oslo, Lifetime's Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia and Amazon's Sylvie's Love and Uncle Frank. This marks Dolly's fourth Emmy nomination, her third in five years as a producer of an Outstanding Television Movie nominee (having previously lost with the "These Old Bones" episode of Dolly Parton's Heartstrings: Season 1 from Netflix and NBC's Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love; she had previously been nominated for Best Supporting Guest Actress In A Variety Show for 1978's Cher . . . Special). While she has yet to win a Primetime Emmy, she does have two regional Emmys (one a competitive MidSouth Emmy for her My People telethon and the other a MidSouth Emmy for lifetime achievement).
Allen's nomination is the 19th of her career but her first Emmy nod in 22 years. She is being recognized for the routines Christmas Is The Time, Dance Studio, High School Dance, and Christmas On The Square Finale. She faces off against Dondraico Johnson for National Geographic's Genius: Aretha, Brooke Lipton for Netflix's Lucifer, Mandy Moore and Luther Brown for Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist on NBC and Moore by herself for additional routines in Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist.
Allen has previously been nominated for choreography 10 times and won three Emmys in this category (1982 and 1983 for Fame and 1991 for Motown 30: What's Going On). She has also been nominated twice for Best Actress in a Variety Program, Best Director of a Variety Program, Best Song, and four times as Best Actress in Drama for Fame, for which she was the first African-American nominated in the category.
In addition to these two categories, the movie was submitted but failed to receive nominations in the TV movie categories for lead actress (Dolly and Christine Baranski), lead actor (Treat Williams), supporting actress (Jenifer Lewis, Jeanine Mason, and Mary Lane Haskell), supporting actor (Josh Segarra and Matthew Johnson), director (Debbie Allen), writing, casting, cinematography, hairstyle, costumes, makeup, editing, music direction, music supervision, production design, sound editing, and sound mixing.
Dolly had submitted two songs for consideration for Best Song, "When An Angel Knows Your Dreams" from Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square and "I Still Believe" (written with Kent Wells) from CBS's A Holly Dolly Christmas, but neither one was nominated. (Variety shared a story here about the major superstars snubbed in that category), and presumably CBS submitted her Christmas special for Outstanding Variety Special (pre-recorded), but it likewise wasn't nominated. Netflix also submitted Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute for Outstanding Variety Special (pre-recorded) and all of the variety special technical categories (directing, writing, editing, lighting, music direction, production design, sound editing, and sound mixing), but it didn't receive any nominations. Finally, Tina Fey, who was favored by critics to get a Guest Actress nomination for playing a hallucinated version of Dolly in the Peacock series Girls5Eva was not nominated either.
Voting for the awards beings Aug. 19 and winners will be announced Sept. 18.
U.S. Chart Update Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remains steady this week at No. 22 Christian streaming songs on the July 17 Billboard charts released Tuesday and inches up one to No. 22 Christian digital song sales.
July 13: 'Goodnight With Dolly' Wins Four Telly Awards Dolly's pandemic storytelling series Goodnight With Dolly has won four Telly Awards: Gold for nonscripted online Webseries and Silver for music online Webseries, education and discovery online series, and media and entertainment social video series. The 10-episode series, available on the YouTube channel here for Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program, has seen more than 13 million views and originally ran weekly from April to early June. The Telly Awards recognize excellence in video and television across all screens, including online. In a press release, Dolly said: "We really wanted to do something special for kids and families while we were all hunkered down at home because of the pandemic and I thought, why not read bedtime stories from my Imagination Library! I'm thrilled for everyone who had a hand in making Goodnight with Dolly a success, and I'm over the moon about receiving the Telly Awards!" Jacob Timmons of producers S.D. Professionals added: ""Dolly always comes through as a shining light in some of our darkest times, and we're honored to be a part of that journey. It's always nice to be recognized by our peers when working on a project so close to our hearts. It was also an epic adventure working with everyone at the foundation and Abramorama to help get this series in front of as many families around the globe as possible."
'Hollywood Reporter': Expect Dolly To Get Emmy Nod With Emmy nominations coming Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter on Monday released its critics' final predictions, and they think Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square from Netflix will snag one of the five spots for Best TV Movie. The other four they predict are Amazon's Sylvie's Love and Uncle Frank, HBO's Oslo and Lifetime's Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia. Check out their full list of major categories here. The movie has also been submitted in the TV Movie technical and acting categories, including best director and best actress, although it isn't expected to garner any of those nominations, and Dolly has submitted one song from it and one from her CBS Christmas special for best song written for television.
July 10: Library Doc Released For Digital Rent, Purchase
Dolly's Imagination Library documentary The Library That Dolly Built, which previously had premiered on Facebook for local affiliates to use temporarily to promote fundraising, has now been released digitally nationwide on all major streaming services. The film, narrated by author/actress Danica McKellar, became available on Amazon here Friday to rent for $4 or purchase digitally for $10. Watch the trailer in the media player above or by visiting YouTube here.
'9 To 5' Becomes Dolly's First Double-Platinum U.K. Single Dolly has earned her very first double-platinum single award in the U.K. BPI announced last week that on June 25 it had certified "9 To 5" double-platinum in Britain, signifying sales exceeding 1.2 million digital downloads since it was re-released digitally in 2007. The track had reached silver status in 2013, gold in 2016, and became her first U.K. platinum single in 2018. "Jolene" and "Islands In The Stream" were certified as her second and third platinum U.K. singles in 2019 but this is her first double-platinum single there.
Dolly Coming To 'WWHL' Soon Dolly will appear soon on an episode of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, it has been revealed. Cohen's official Facebook feed began asking Thursday for questions to ask Dolly on the show here. She is not included in next week's released schedule of guests, so perhaps she will appear later in the month, likely to promote her perfume's wide release closer to that time.
Dollywood Plans Six Resorts, New Coaster, New Restaurant Dollywood recently revealed some of the park's long-term plans for development in a presentation to the Pigeon Forge City Commission covered by Pigeon Forge Newshere. Among the tidbits:
As soon as the recently-announced HeartSong Resort opens in 2023 to the southeast of DreamMore, construction will begin on a third resort immediately east of DreamMore.
Longer-term plans include a fourth resort, which appears to consist of multiple small buildings, to the immediate east of HeartSong, a fifth resort to the northeast of that resort, and a sixth "outdoor" resort north of that one along Jayell Road.
A new multigenerational coaster built along the current exterior border of Wildwood Grove will open in 2023.
What appears to be a new road from the second resort to the park's parking lot will improve transportation for resort guests to the park. (And additional parking areas will also be added in the future.)
$15 million in restaurant improvements are coming including Hickory House closing in August for renovations, two other restaurants being remodeled during the January-March offseason, and a new restaurant being built to open in 2023.
Dollywood Insiders Applications Available Dollywood has opened it annual application period for members of its Insiders panel of promoters. The roles blogging, vlogging, and otherwise promoting unique perspectives of the park and its offerings are unpaid, although participants receive a free season pass, behind-the-scenes access to some areas and invitations to media events. Applications are due noon Monday, July 19, and more information is available here.
Lionsgate To Remake 'Blue Valley Songbird' Filmmaker Lionsgate on Friday announced a new deal with MarVista Entertainment to remake for digital release over 100 classic made-for-TV movies owned by Hearst Entertainment, including Dolly's 1999 Lifetime film Blue Valley Songbird. Deadline reported here that the plans are to champion new voices and emerging talent, so the films will be remade with new casts of mostly unknown or little-known actors.
Funky Dolly Song Joins Compilation Light in the Attic Records last week announced a third installment of its "Country Funk" various artist compilations series and that it will feature Dolly, Conway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap, Jerry Reed, and Eddie Rabbit, among others. Country Funk Vol. 3, 1975-1982 will include Dolly's disco/funk track "Sure Thing" from 1978's Heartbreaker. The collection will be released Aug. 6. The second installment in the series, 2014's Country Funk Vol. 2, 1967-1974, included Dolly's "Getting Happy" from 1974's Love Is Like A Butterfly.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remained steady this week at No. 22 Christian streaming songs on the July 10 Billboard charts released Wednesday and dropped three to No. 23 Christian digital song sales. Overseas, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 gained one Friday to No. 98 all-genre streaming albums and moved up one to No. 8 U.K. country compilation albums for the week, it was revealed Friday. Elsewhere on the British country compilation albums tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inched up one to No. 10 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) fell seven to No. 13. Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), with its Dolly collaboration on "Words," rose one to No. 23 on the U.K. Americana chart.
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June 25: 'Coat Of Many Colors' 50th Anniversary Vinyl Coming Vinyl album monthly subscription service Vinyl Me Please on Thursday revealed here this quarter's country genre selections that will be produced in limited editions guaranteed for its members and then sold to the public if any copies are remaining and that one of them is a Dolly classic. A 30th anniversary edition of Reba's For My Broken Heart on magenta galaxy vinyl is July's title, followed a 50th anniversary edition of Dolly's Coat Of Many Colors on clear rainbow splatter vinyl for August, and Emmylou Harris' Pieces Of Sky (which contains her 1975 cover of "Coat Of Many Colors") on gold nugget vinyl for September. Subscriptions for the service are sold on a one, three, six, or 12-month basis, guaranteeing you the title in your preferred genre for each month for that length of time. Reba's album, which will ship in mid-July, is available for sign-ups now, while Dolly's will be automatically ordered for those who sign up for three months or longer now in the country genre or for those who sign up with a one-month membership starting July 27, and Emmylou's will be available for one-month memberships starting Aug. 26.
June 24: Dolly Welcomes Carly Pearce To Opry
The Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday announced former Dollywood performer Carly Pearce had been invited to be its newest member and shared a video filmed last week where Dolly herself surprised her during an interview to extend the official invitation. Watch it here or in the media player above.
Two Dolly Songs Up For Emmy Consideration Variety reports here that Dolly has submitted two songs for consideration for this year's Emmy nominations for best song written for television: "When An Angel Knows Your Dream" from the finale of her Netflix film Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square and "I Still Believe," from her CBS holiday special A Holly Dolly Christmas. Her Netflix film is also a critic favorite to snag a nomination for Best Television Movie, for which she had previously been nominated twice. Nominations will be announced July 13.
Watch Tina Fey And Karen From Accounting Do Dolly Pedestrian pitted SNL alum Tina Fey from her new streaming series Girls5Eva and drag queen Karen from Finance from RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under for which provided the better Dolly impersonation. Check out clips they compared here.
Library Movie Heading To Stream July 9 Dolly's Imagination Library has announced that their recent documentary The Library That Dolly Built will be released for rental July 9 through major streaming services including Apple TV, Amazon Prime and Google Play. In related news, Australia has gotten its first statewide chapter, with the government of New South Wales investing $8 million in partnership with the local United Way to offer it to all children in the state there, 10 First News reported here.
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" holds steady this week at No. 20 Christian streaming songs on the June 26 Billboard Christian streaming songs chart released Tuesday and loses seven to No. 22 Christian digital song sales.
June 19: Dolly's 'Greatest Hits' Gets U.K. Silver Certification Dolly earned yet another sales award from BPI, which issues British silver, gold, and platinum album plaques, with her 1982 RCA Greatest Hits collection passing the silver award mark on June 11 for selling 60,000 copies since its 1992 re-release in the U.K. (A different compilation CD released by Sony's Camden label in 2002 under the same name Greatest Hits was certified silver in 2013.)
'People': Dolly One Of Reasons To Love America People magazine this week issued its list of "100 Reasons To Love America in 2021," and Dolly came in at No. 3, thanks to her involvement in creating the No. 2 item on the list, the COVID-19 vaccine. Dewayne "The Rock" Johnson was No. 1. Check out the entire list here.
Charlie Daniels CD Has Old Dolly Duet Wal-Mart this week announced an exclusive posthumous Charlie Daniels duets album, Duets, coming to the store July 16 featuring several artists including Dolly. Although all media reports I've seen have stated it is a new album consisting of previously-unreleased recordings, that is not true. It is a re-issue of his 2007 duets album Deuces, which featured the Dolly collaboration, plus six bonus tracks that appear to have been previously unreleased (but don't include Dolly).
Dolly Shot Included In Hollywood Warhol Exhibit A new photo exhibit of Andy Warhol images opened last week at the Neuehouse in Hollywood, Calif., and continues through July 9 featuring at least one image of Dolly with artist Keith Haring standing poolside in 1985.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" inches up one this week to No. 20 Christian streaming songs on the June 19 Billboard Christian streaming songs chart released Tuesday and five to No. 15 Christian digital song sales. Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe loses two spots to No. 8 on the British country compilations albums chart, it was announced Friday. Elsewhere on the compilations tally, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 gains one to No. 10 (while it falls eight to No. 97 streaming albums), 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 four to No. 12, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) drops three to No. 18 and Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls out of the top 20, down from No. 18. Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1) loses five to No. 20 Americana chart.
June 9: 'There Was Jesus' Earns K-Love Song Of The Year Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" over the weekend was named Song of the Year at the K-Love fan-voted Christian music awards. In addition, the track gains two to No. 20 on the June 12 Billboard Christian streaming songs chart released Tuesday and one to No. 20 Christian digital song sales.
'Variety,' 'Reporter' Think Dolly Will Get Emmy Nom Two Emmy watchers have both predicted Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square will nab Dolly's third Emmy nomination for Best Made for Television Movie. The critics picking The Hollywood Reporter's choices here and Variety's choices here have both chosen the Netflix musical and Amazon's Sylvie's Love and Uncle Frank, HBO's Oslo and Lifetime's Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia as the five films most likely to get nods. Nomination voting runs June 17-28 with nominations announced July 13.
U.K. Chart Updates Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe dips three places to No. 6 on the British country compilations albums chart, it was announced Friday. Elsewhere on the compilations tally, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 loses two to No. 11 (while it rises 10 to No. 89 streaming albums), 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. 8, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) dips one to No. 15 and Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) inches up one to No. 18. Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1) remains at No. 15 Americana chart.
June 4: Dolly Announces New Dollywood HeartSong Lodge & Resort
Dollywood on Thursday revealed plans for a second resort hotel, dubbed the HeartSong Lodge & Resort, which will be built adjacent to the park's DreamMore Resort & Spa and kick off a 10-year, half-a-billion-dollar investment in expanding Dolly's theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The new resort, which will boast 302 rooms and be themed after the surrounding beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, is expected to open in two years and is named after the song she wrote for her 1994 live album recorded at the park and a corresponding video presentation of the same name the park has shown over the years since then.
The park released a video announcement (available here or in the media player below) of Dolly and Dollywood President Eugene Naughton revealing plans for the expansion that they filmed when she was last on the park grounds about three weeks prior. Dolly also took the opportunity to briefly discuss her involvement in developing the Moderna vaccine, Covid-prevention changes to the park's operations, her upcoming branding products (which she said in addition to her perfume coming next month will also soon include wigs and cosmetics), and recording a "country bluegrass album" that may be released later this year or early next year. She also conducted a Q&A with the park's Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Pete Owens, which is viewable here or in the media player above. In addition to the park's video announcement, interviews she had conducted were released Thursday by Knoxville News Sentinelhere and Travel and Leisurehere.
In a statement, Dolly explained: "I'm always dreaming and coming up with new ideas and things I want our guests to experience. We wanted to talk about this last year, but with everything going on, we knew we needed to pause because it just wasn't the right time to do it. Things are looking brighter and with the popularity of the Smokies soaring, there are more people than ever wanting to visit our area. I'm so proud of this place that we've been able to build here in the Smokies. I always dreamed of accomplishing two things with Dollywood. I wanted to give jobs to the folks who live here and I wanted to give visitors another reason to come and experience the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. We celebrated our 35th season last year, so I think it is fair to say we've been able to do that. I'm so happy with what we are doing to make sure our guests have a great season this year, and being able to announce the new HeartSong Lodge & Resort is just one more way we're going to be able to help families reconnect, explore and discover together. I truly believe the natural beauty of the Smokies and the warmth of this special place will inspire every guest to nurture the 'heartsong' within them."
The new resort will bill itself as a "reimagined lodge" with high ceilings, exposed beams and natural layered textures. The five-story building will feature themed suites and loft rooms tucked into the dormers, a four-story window in the atrium, two-story eternal flame fireplace, acoustics music room inspired by Dolly, indoor and outdoor pools, and an outdoor cove with family gathering space, firepit, and screened in porch. A two-story events center will have 26,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space for gatherings of up to several hundred guests with a 7,500-square-foot ballroom and 2,500-square-foot junior ballroom. The building will also feature a 195-seat signature restaurant, 40-seat private dining room, lobby lounge, Wildflower Market Grab and Go Eatery, and Honeysuckle & Pine Storied Goods Mercantile shop.
When DreamMore was first announced, Dolly explained that she had always wanted the park to feature resort hotels and kept pushing her partners, Herschend Family Entertainment, to add them. They finally agreed and DreamMore was originally to be announced in 2008 but the Great Recession halted those plans, pushing the announcement to 2013 after the economic recovery and the opening to 2015. At the time, she added it was intended to be the first phase of several resort hotels to eventually be built on the property if the first turned out to be successful. Since then, it has remained almost always fully booked, and Dolly let the cat out of the bag in several interviews in late 2019 that the second resort would be announced in 2020. Unfortunately, the pandemic delayed that announcement for more than a year until this week.
The park's Flower & Food Festival closes Monday and is followed by the Summer Celebration June 25-July 31, Harvest Festival Sept. 24-Oct. 30 and Smoky Mountain Christmas Nov. 6-Jan. 2. Renderings and videos courtesy Dollywood. Photos by Curtis Hilbun. Courtesy Dollywood.
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" gains one to No. 22 on the June 5 Billboard Christian streaming songs chart released Wednesday, while losing three to No. 21 Christian digital song sales.
Dolly Opening iHeartMedia's Pride Special iHeartMedia on Thursday announced Dolly will open their Can't Cancel Pride special by welcoming viewers to the 9 p.m. Friday program on iHeartRadio stations, Roku Channel, iHeartRadio's TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook, PrideRadio.com, and iHeartRadio app. The hour-long show will remain on demand on YouTube, Facebook, Roku Channel, Revry, and iHeartRadio through month-end. Others appearing on the show include Brandy Carlisle, Kylie Minogue, Leslie Odom Jr., Years & Years Olly Alexander, Bebe Lexia, Brothers Osborne, P!NK, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Elton John and more. CMT Radio with Cody Alan premiered what appears to be part of Dolly's appearance on Facebook here Thursday and in the media player below.
June 2: Full-Sized Dolly Perfume Coming July 28 Dolly's full-sized Scent from Above fragrance will debut on HSN July 28, beauty industry publication WWD reported here this week. In addition to the previously announced eau de parfum, the article noted her Scent Beauty line will feature another eau de parfum (for a total of two), a body cream, an eau de toilette, and a body mist and that they will be available in Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Scent Beauty's website and an Instagram store. Prices will range from $40 to $65. The line will expand to international sales and may also expand to include other products such as hair mists and home fragrances. A male scent is also expected to be developed. Dolly also wrote a song for the launch, "Scent from Above," so I expect we'll hear her perform it as she promotes the products. She added that she's also working on new music and other projects to come out at the end of the year.
Dolly Talks Make-Up, Clothes With WSJ Wall Street Journal Magazine interviewed Dolly this week about her style and make-up habits. Read it here.
Early Songs Compilation Heading To Vinyl Goldenlane Records has announced a colored vinyl release of Dolly's 1959 Goldband single and 1962 Somerset recordings titled Early Dolly which Amazon shows coming out July 23. Pre-order here.
Study: Imagination Library More Powerful With Another Program The American Academy of Pediatrics this week published a new study from Cincinnati Children's Hospital researchers showing the impact of the very successful Dolly Imagination Library literacy program and the very successful doctor-office-based literacy program Reach Out And Read were both increased when offered together in a combined effort. The study is available here.
UK Chart Updates Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe loses the top spot on the British country compilations chart, it was announced Friday, sliding two to No. 3. Elsewhere on the compilations tally, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 dips one to No. 9 (while it holds steady at No. 99 streaming albums), 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 four to No. 6, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls nine to No. 14 and Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) drops three to No. 19. Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1) remains at No. 15 Americana chart.
'9 To 5' Tour Snags West End Lead The British touring company of Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical have made their first casting announcement, with West End's Violet joining the company for all but the first two and last two shows currently scheduled in the tour that starts in August across the pond. Broadway World reports here that Dolly said in a statement: "I am so proud that 9 to 5 will be coming back soon to theatres all across the UK. Louise has been wonderful since she led the show in the West End and we're all so excited to give audiences the best night out after we have all waited so long!". The article added that Dolly Records and Sony Music are planning to re-release the 2008 9 To 5: The Musical Original Broadway Cast Album to coincide with the tour.
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