This week in
Dolly history
Twenty-four years ago Monday, Dolly's Home for Christmas album debuts on the country charts; although it reaches only No. 74, it earns gold status four years later for more than 500,000 copies sold. Thirty-seven years ago Wednesday, Here You Come Again marks its first of nine weeks atop the country album charts (Dolly's second); it also reaches No. 20 pop and becomes her first platinum album for sales in excess of 1 million copies. That same day, the single “Here You Come Again” enters its fourth of five weeks at No. 1 on the country charts (Dolly's seventh); it would peak at No. 3 pop to become Dolly's first pop Top 40 hit. Thirty-one years ago Wednesday, Dolly's cover of “Save the Last Dance for Me” debuts on the singles charts; it would reach No. 3 country, No. 45 pop and No. 12 adult contemporary. Thirty-two years ago Thursday, “Everything's Beautiful (In Its Own Way)“ with Willie Nelson debuts on the adult contemporary chart; it would peak at No. 19 adult contemporary, No. 102 pop and No. 7 country. Twenty-one years ago Thursday, “Silver Threads And Golden Needles” with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette debuts on the country singles chart; it would peak at No. 68. Sixteen years ago Friday, Dolly's 1984 recording of “Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride” debuts on the country singles chart when re-issued by RCA; it reaches No. 70 some 14 years after it was recorded. Thirty-seven years ago Saturday, Here You Come Again is certified gold for more than 500,000 copies sold (Dolly's first); four months later it would be certified as platinum. Twenty-eight years ago Saturday, Once Upon a Christmas, her double platinum album with Kenny Rogers, makes its third annual debut on the country album charts, reaching No. 68. Twenty years ago Saturday, Home for Christmas is certified gold four years after its initial release. Seventeen years ago Saturday, “Hard Candy Christmas” makes its second debut on the country singles chart, this time, 15 years after it reached No. 8, the single tops out at No. 73.


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

  • March 21, 2015, Dollywood season opening

  • May 1, 2015, 30th annual Dolly Parade, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.


    Charts

  • U.K., Dec. 27 edition:
          Blue Smoke No. 15 pop albums (up from No. 15; 28th week; peaked at No. 2), No. 1 country compilation albums (no change; 27th week; peaked at No. 1)


    Upcoming television appearances
    (All times Eastern unless noted)
  • Dec. 23, 2:10 p.m., HBO Family, The Beverly Hillbillies (re-runs 12:50 p.m. Dec. 27, 5:25 p.m. Dec. 29)
  • Dec. 25, 9 a.m., Ovation, Unlikely Angel
  • Dec. 26, 3 p.m., GAC, Backstory
  • Dec. 27, 11:25 a.m., HBO Comedy, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (re-runs 9:50 a.m. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Dec. 31)
  • Dec. 27, 6 p.m., Palladium HD, Glastonbury Festival Hour 3
  • Dec. 28, 9 a.m., CMT, Hot 20 Countdown
  • Dec. 30, 6:45 a.m., HBO2, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous
  • Jan. 1, 4 p.m., AMAX, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous


    Upcoming or recent releases

  • 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

    'Blue Smoke' Sells Another 40,000 Overseas
    In its 28th week of sales overseas, Dolly's Blue Smoke had its best sales week ever, moving about 40,000 copies for its No. 15 pop albums position thanks to Christmas sales. The CD's cumulative total since release is about 344,000 units.

    In Memoriam: Chip Young
    Legendary session guitarist and producer Chip Young died Saturday at the age of 76. Among his classic recordings were most tracks on Dolly's My Tennessee Mountain Home, Jolene and Dolly albums from 1973 through 1975. These included the No. 1 hits “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene,” on which he plucked the song's signature guitar lick that Dolly composed for it and taught him. Read obituaries from The Tennessean here, The Nashville Scene here and CMT here.

    Forbes: Put Dolly In Rock Hall of Fame
    Another critic is calling on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to induct Dolly into its ranks, this time in Forbes magazine. Read more here.

    Dollywood Gets Sued
    TMZ is reporting that a Tennessee couple has filed suit against Dollywood alleging rain caused the Waltzing Swinger swings to become slippery, allowing the wife to slip out of her seat and fall 10 feet to the concrete below head-first. They are demanding $475,000 in damages. Read the story here, which mistakenly includes video footage of the park's much higher-flying Sky Rider attraction instead of the lower Waltzing Swinger.



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    Past news

    Dec. 22:
    Another Meet-And-Greet Auction Available
    The annual Evergreen Ball to benefit the Friends of the Smokies charity has announced that its Jan. 31 live auction at the Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville will feature a Dolly package with a meet-and-greet. Similar to the package offered at this year's Evening of Elegance to benefit the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation back in August, the prize features a three-night stay for four guests in Dolly's personal 2,200-square-foot suite at her DreamMore Resort, four Dollywood admissions with a Q-Bot, four Dollywood's Splash Country admissions with Time Saver and a Riverside Retreat, four tickets to Dolly's Dixie Stampede dinner theatre, meals for four at the theme park and water park and resort, transportation to each attraction, an in-suite welcome gift from Dolly and the meet-and-greet (described as "a special, exclusive Dolly Parton experience"). Scheduling of the meet-and-greet is dependent upon Dolly's schedule, but the winner will be able to request the date. In a statement, Dolly said: "Of course, I know how spectacular Dolly's Suite Dreams is going to be because I'm helping with the design, selecting this and that to help decorate and make it feel like home. So I'm actually going to be the very first person to spend the night there and then I'll welcome this lucky winner and his or her friends as my official guests.  I guarantee it will be the experience of a lifetime at my new Dollywood DreamMore Resort.  And knowing that this helps the Friends of the Smokies makes it special to me." Learn more about the fundraiser here. Tickets to the event, $300 per person, are available from 800-845-5665. Thanks, Chuck! In related news, don't forget that Dolly's tree to benefit her Imagination Library which also includes a separate meet-and-greet remains open for bidding in Gaylord Opryland Resort's annual Parade of Trees here. That auction concludes 10 p.m. New Year's Eve and as of press time bids for the tree were at $4,510.

    'Blue Smoke' Gains One On U.K. Chart
    Dolly's platinum-selling Blue Smoke this week regains one digit to No. 15 in its 28th week on the British pop albums chart, it was revealed Sunday. The CD also maintains its No. 1 position on the country compilations album tally for a 28th consecutive week. On the British country chart, the Dolly boxed set slips one to No. 6, and on the U.K. country compilations chart, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) inches up one to No. 7 while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls back off the top 20, down from No. 15.


    Dec. 20:
    'Hard Candy Christmas' Back On U.S. Chart
    Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" this week re-entered the top 50 holiday digital songs tally at No. 49 for a 28th week, the Dec. 27 Billboard charts showed. Her holiday collection with Kenny Rogers, Once Upon A Christmas, lost three spots to No. 16 country catalog albums in its sixth week on that chart this season, its 97th chart week on that tally since release. "When I Get Where I'm Going" by Dolly and Brad Paisley falls off the Christian digital songs chart and Christian/gospel digital songs chart, down from No. 15 on each

    Dolly Claims U.K.'s Top Pop Music Moment Of 2014
    A national survey in Britain has named Dolly's Glastonbury festival performance the year's favorite pop music moment. No. 2 was the reunion of Fleetwood Mac, followed by Sam Smith's performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. Read more from The Gay Times here.

    Dolly Turns Down Kelly's Concert
    The fact that Dolly prefers to communicate via faxes fascinates Kelly Clarkson, who said Dolly's response turning down her invitation to perform at a charity holiday show she was organizing was the first fax she had ever received. Why Dolly couldn't join her? She asked just a few days prior to the show, and Dolly already had plans for that evening. However, Dolly told her she'd love to perform if she holds the fundraiser next year. Clarkson's mother-in-law, Reba, is headlining the show with guests Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride and more. Read coverage from People here and USA Today here.

    Emmy, Wainwrights Sing Dolly
    I understand Dolly's Trio pal Emmylou Harris joined Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright this week at New York's Town Hall to perform Dolly's "Coat Of Many Colors" as a trio with the siblings at their holiday Noel show. Thanks, Stan!

    Another Story On NYC Dolly Party
    New York Magazine has noted V Magazine's coverage of Dolly's dresses from the recent Dolly-themed party in New York. Check out the piece here.


    Dec. 18:
    'Blue Smoke' Looks Steady, Dolly Reacts To Platinum
    Mid-week U.K. sales updates have Dolly's Blue Smoke retaining its No. 16 pop albums position for another week in its 28th chart week overseas. Last week, the album had its biggest sales week since release, moving about 30,000 units during holiday sales. As was first reported here on Dollymania.net on Friday night, those sales pushed the album past the 300,000 mark for platinum certification in Britain on Friday. Dolly on Wednesday reacted to that news in a press release which also revealed that her CD is Britain's biggest seller of the year by a female international artist, saying: "I was so happy when Blue Smoke went Silver, so excited when it went Gold and now I'm over the moon to hear that we have gone Platinum. Thanks to the fans and to everybody who made this happen." In related news, Vice.com named the album among the year's best here.

    Magazine: Put Dolly In Rock Hall Of Fame
    Bustle.com included Dolly among its legends that should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, noting that while she is identified as a country artist her music has influenced generations of performers in other genres. Read more here.

    Dolly Named Among Year's 'Coolest Straight Entertainers'
    In its year-in-review, national LGBT magazine The Advocate has named Dolly among 2014's 10 "coolest straight people in entertainment." Read what they had to say about her here.

    More Shots From Dolly Party
    Another media outlet this week offered a look at Dolly's costumes from the recent Dolly-themed party in New York. See the pictures here.


    Dec. 16:
    OutQ Talks To Dolly About, Well, Almost Everything
    Sirius XM satellite radio's LGBT channel, OutQ, in recent days made available an interview which the network ran with Dolly for its Iconography series, although it sounds like it was taped several months ago (if not a year or two ago) since her most recent album was never mentioned. It was, however, a very in-depth and insightful interview which covered a variety of topics and provoked from her a few longer answers than she usually gives to questions. An article is available here with three out of the four parts embedded. The audio of the full episode is available in four parts here or listenable in the below embedded players: one, two, three, four.




    Poll: Dolly Among Top 15 Most Liked Celebrities In U.S.
    Dolly was 2014's 15th most liked celebrity, a new poll finds and USA Today reported here Monday. Her No. 15 ranking is one behind Eddie Murphy and one above Nicolas Cage. Dolly was the sixth most popular woman on the list. No. 1 overall was Morgan Freeman, followed by Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. Most of the list are actors, with Dolly being the only singer other than No. 20 Taylor Swift. Some of her co-stars also make the cut, with Steel Magnolias' Julia Roberts at No. 8 and Rhinestone's Sylvester Stallone at No. 19.

    Watch Kylie And Jake Crank Out Some Dolly Tunes
    More coverage of Friday night's Chandelier Creative party with the Dolly theme is popping up. Gothamist here had a slew of pictures of her costumes that were on display for the evening and a couple of quick Instagram videos from the guest performances of Dolly numbers. Longer clips have been posted to YouTube of Kylie Minogue and Scissor Sisters front man Jake Shears duetting on an excerpt from "9 To 5" here, an excerpt from "Baby I'm Burning" here and all of "Islands In The Stream" here. To my knowledge, no video has surfaced yet of Rufus Wainwright performing, although Gothamist had a photo of him on stage at the event. The auction associated with the party to benefit Dolly's Imagination Library continues through Jan. 9 here.

    Dolly On Cover Of New 'Country Weekly' Magazine
    I forgot to report this in Sunday night's update, even though your webmaster picked up a copy of the magazine earlier that day, but Dolly is this week's cover girl for Country Weekly magazine with a story focusing on her holiday traditions. The edition is on newsstands now.

    Time Warner Cable Chats Dolly's Film Career
    A Time Warner Cable column, "Derailed Film Stars," which "retraces" the best films of an actor, took on Dolly and her celluloid career this week. See what they had to say here.

    Website Reviews Pigeon Forge Dixie Stampede
    Roads and Kingdoms this week reviews Dolly's Dixie Stampede dinner theatre here.


    Dec. 15:
    'Blue Smoke' Re-Enters British Top 20
    It was previously reported here that Dolly's Blue Smoke sold enough copies last week to pass the 300,000 mark overseas and be certified Friday as her third British platinum album, and the charts released on Sunday see those sales push it up five spots to No. 16 in its 27th chart week on the pop albums tally there, also retaining the No. 1 country compilations album for a 27th consecutive week. On the British country chart, the Dolly boxed rises two to No. 5, and on the U.K. country compilations chart, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) holds steady at No. 7 while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) slips one to No. 15.

    HuffPo Loves Dolly's 'Christmas Carol'
    The Huffington Post over the weekend singled out the best holiday attractions at theme parks and included Dollywood's A Christmas Carol, which features a Dolly hologram. Read more here.


    Dec. 13:
    'Blue Smoke' Certified Platinum In U.K.
    Dolly's Blue Smoke on Friday was certified as platinum in the U.K. by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales in excess of 300,000 units over the past 26 weeks of release overseas. It marks just her third platinum album in Britain, as both 2003's Ultimate and 2007's The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Vol. 1 were certified platinum in July of last year.

    Dolly Dress Up For Auction
    Creative agency Chandelier Creative on Friday night held a Dolly-themed holiday party in New York featuring tribute performances by Rufus Wainwright and Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters, among others, an exhibit of her various costumes (including several she has worn at Dollywood), a Nathan Brown-directed video set to a Todd Terje remix of "Jolene" and more. The event was previewed Friday by The New York Times Magazine here (which includes an abbreviated version of the video). The agency is also hosting an auction here to benefit the New York affiliate of her Imagination Library which features a dress designed by her team to be worn for a photo shoot with celebrity photographer Terry Richardson before being placed in the charity auction, a photo from the shoot signed by the photographer, a couple of pieces of Dolly-themed art and several other luxury items without a Dolly connection such as vacations, shoes and tours. The auctions end Jan. 9. And an Instagram video from the organizers featuring Dolly teasing the auction is available here. Finally, a selection of the photos taken by Richardson were posted to his website on Friday here.

    Dolly Talks To 'The Mirror'
    Another British interview hit the press on Friday with a chat in The Mirror here.

    Our Lady J Brings Dolly Show To LA, NY
    Frontiers Media previews a holiday version of Our Lady J's Gospel of Dolly tribute show at Rockwell in Los Angeles this weekend and then in New York at Joe's Pub. Read it here.

    'Irish Times' Compares Dolly And German Leader
    The Irish Times on Friday compared and contrasted Dolly and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in an interesting piece here.

    Sevierville BBQ Fest Names Headliner
    Bluegrass group the Steep Canyon Rangers have been announced as the headliners for next year's Sevierville Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival May 15. The weekend also features the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition, the only singing contest to rely solely upon songs written by Dolly.


    Dec. 12:
    'Once Upon A Christmas' Rises On U.S. Country Chart
    Dolly's Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers this week regains six places to No. 13 country catalog albums in its fifth week on that chart this season, its 96th chart week on that tally since release, the Dec. 20 Billboard charts released Thursday showed. Her Brad Paisley duet, "When I Get Where I'm Going," gets another week on the charts, slipping four to No. 15 for a 12th week on the Christian digital songs chart and seventh week on the Christian/gospel digital songs chart.

    Dolly Loses BBC Music Award
    Pharrell Williams on Thursday won the inaugural BBC Music Awards' International Artist of the Year trophy over Dolly. The award's other nominees were Taylor Swift, Lorde, Prince and Gregory Porter.


    Dec. 11:
    'Blue Smoke' Could Be In Top 15 U.K. This Weekend
    Mid-week U.K. sales updates released Wednesday have Dolly's Blue Smoke gaining six places to No. 15 in its 27th week of sales overseas. The full week's chart will be released on Sunday.

    Head To Indie To Celebrate Dolly's Birthday
    Some guys in Indianapolis have put together a big Dolly 69th birthday party that will take place at 1 p.m. Jan. 17 at Forty Five Degrees with live performances, prize drawings, $5 Absolute Dolly themed cocktails, $3 domestic longnecks, and more with proceeds (including the $5 suggested donation at the door) to benefit cancer assistance program The Little Red Door Cancer Agency. An after party begins at 4 p.m. at Metro Nightclub. Learn more on Facebook here. Thanks, Adam!

    Dollywood Announces 2015 Schedule
    Dollywood on Wednesday officially made the 30th anniversary season announcement of its $5.5 million improvements that will allow guests to find "larger and more easily navigable parking facilities" and new trams to "more efficiently transport them to the front gate." The festival schedule was also announced for the new year, including a new contemporary Christian music event: Festival of Nations March 21-April 20 with the return of "Rhythm of the Dance" from Ireland, the steel drum band from Trinidad, The Mariachi Divas and Zambian Vocal Group in addition to the new "Timber!" show from French Canada; Barbeque & Bluegrass May 23-June 7, Great American Summer June 13-Aug. 2 with the nightly fireworks reimagined to feature new music and interactive elements, Rock the Smokies contemporary Christian music fest on Labor Day Weekend Sept. 5, National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration Oct. 2-31, and Smoky Mountain Christmas Nov. 7-Jan. 2 with the return of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Dollywood's A Christmas Carol featuring the holographic Dolly. In a press release, Dolly noted: "When we opened Dollywood in 1986, I was just hoping we would have people come through the gate that first day. At the time, even I couldn't dream of how much folks would love visiting my Dollywood. I truly can't think of a better way to celebrate our 30th anniversary than by giving our guests these wonderful festivals, a new music event and, of course, the opening of Dollywood's DreamMore Resort. I'm ready to get started on 30 more years of dreaming!"

    Dollywood Gets Fox News Mention
    FOX News has named Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas among the six most amazing holiday festivals at theme parks across the country. Check out the full list here.

    Dolly Gets Honorary Rotary Membership Overseas
    Dolly has accepted an honorary membership in the Cleethorpes Rotary Club in England, the BBC reported here and The Express reported here. The Club sponsors her Imagination Library early childhood literacy project in the community.

    Our Lady J Gets 'NYT' Profile
    The New York Times on Wednesday profiled trans performer Our Lady J, whose shows often revolve around the theme of performing Dolly covers, here.


    Dec. 10:
    'Blue Smoke' Ranks No. 60 On Year-End Country Chart
    Blue Smoke was America's 60th biggest selling country album of 2014, Billboard revealed Tuesday when the year-end charts came out. Her No. 60 country albums position was the only year-end chart for 2014 on which Dolly appeared. Although official sales figures haven't been available for some time on the album, based on sales weeks that are known and its chart performance, Dollymania.net estimates it has sold about 71,000 copies since release in the U.S. in May. (By contrast, the album is approaching 300,000 copies sold in England since its release there several weeks after its U.S. release.)

    Dolly In The British Media
    Dolly was making some videotaped rounds on British television this week, including ITV's Good Morning Britain, information from which is on their website here and TV 3 here, and Lorraine, a story about which is here.

    Grohl Chats About Dolly On His Show
    Dolly gets a few mentions in an "exit interview" with Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl in Rolling Stone about his HBO series Sonic Highways, on which Dolly appeared for an interview. For example, in explaining his interview process, he said: "When I sit down to interview people, I don't hold questions and I don't know the answers.  They're more like conversations that become lessons. You just keep chasing the carrot and thinking, 'I'm gonna get it. I'm gonna get it.' You never get it. When you're sitting face to face with Dolly Parton, you're not thinking of putting a song together or an editing booth. You're just looking at Dolly Parton and saying, 'Oh my God. I can't believe I'm sitting on her tour bus now.' It's tunnel vision." Read more here.

    Dollywood Readies 2015 Announcement
    Dollywood on Wednesday will be announcing its 30th anniversary changes and additions for 2015, teasing Tuesday on WVLT that they include $5.5 million in parking lot improvements that will help guests enter the park faster and the return of several "guest favorites" from years past that have since been discontinued. These items are in addition to the previously-announced Dream More Resort that opens adjacent to the park in May. Watch the report here.


    Dec. 9:
    'Blue Smoke' Moved Nearly 20,000 In U.K. Last Week
    Even though it went down slightly in chart position, Dolly's Blue Smoke last week saw a 50 percent increase in sales to about 19,500 copies in the U.K., marking its third-best sales week of the 26 weeks it has been available overseas. That brings its cumulative total to 274,000 units. Given the high album sales of the holiday season, the CD could pass the 300,000 British platinum albums mark prior to year-end.


    Dec. 8:
    Dolly Nominated For BBC Music Award
    Dolly has been nominated for one of the three trophies at the inaugural BBC Music Awards to be handed out Thursday, it was revealed Sunday. She, Taylor Swift, Lorde, Pharrell, Prince and Gregory Porter are the nominees for International Artist of the Year. The evening's other honors are British Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. The program will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Radios One and Two. Read more from The Telegraph here.

    'Blue Smoke' Declines Overseas
    Dolly's Blue Smoke this week inches down two places on the British pop albums chart to No. 21 in its 26th week overseas, retaining the No. 1 position on the country compilations albums chart for a 26th week. Down Under, the CD falls back off the Australian top 40 country albums tally, down from No. 40 for a 20th week. Back on the British country chart, the Dolly boxed set slips one to No. 7, and on the U.K. country compilations chart, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) loses one to No. 7 while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains four to No. 14.

    Dolly Interviews Start Hitting British Press
    Dolly had a quite in-depth and lengthy interview in Britain's The Guardian over the weekend here. Some other media outlets overseas recapped an interview with Glamour magazine about fashion and her Glastonbury outfit. Check them out at Contact Music here and The Belfast Telegraph here.

    Cumberbatch Jokes About Playing Dolly
    In one final overseas item, check out an interview here where British actor Benedict Cumberbatch answers the question of what challenging character he'd like to play to win an award and he jokes Dolly. See it around the 47-minute mark of the video.


    Dec. 6:
    Dolly Loses Female Grammy Record Crown
    With six nominations on Friday, Beyonce has passed Dolly's record as the most-nominated female artist in Grammy Awards history. In 2012, the singer tied Dolly's record of 45 nominations, and last year both artists received one nomination each, increasing the tie to 46. As soon as Beyonce received her first nomination on Friday, Billboard reported here on her passing Dolly's record. By the end of the nominations, she had collected six, bringing her total to 52. The change also pushes her up one place to the No. 7 position for most Grammy nominations of all artists, passing now-No. 8 producer David Foster (who produced Kenny & Dolly's Once Upon A Christmas as well as Whitney Houston's cover of Dolly's "I Will Always Love You") with 47 nominations. That also pushes Dolly down from being the No. 8 most-nominated artist ever to No. 9 with her 46 nominations.

    Kenny & Dolly Fall Off Top 200 Pop Chart In U.S.
    After one week on the top 200 pop charts this year, Dolly's Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers this week falls back out of the top 200, down from No. 192 for a 26th chart week since its 1984 release. Elsewhere in the Dec. 13 charts released Thursday, the album slips six spots to No. 19 country catalog albums for its fourth week on that chart this season, its 95th chart week on that tally since release. Her Brad Paisley duet, "When I Get Where I'm Going," gets another week on the Christian digital songs chart, rising five to No. 11 for an 11th week, and Christian/gospel digital songs chart, gaining five to No. 11 for a sixth week. Overseas, mid-week sales updates indicate her Blue Smoke losing four places to No. 23 in its 26th week on the U.K. pop albums chart. The full British charts come out on Sunday reflecting the entire week's sales.

    Tomlin Teases Dolly On Her Netflix Show
    Dolly could be coming to the Jane Fonda-Lily Tomlin Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie if it is renewed for a second season. Previously, Fonda had said Dolly would not appear on the first season of the show next year and if she did appear it would be on a later season and that she would likely appear as herself so as to differentiate the show from their film 9 To 5, but in a new Washington Post interview here, Tomlin says Fonda recently received a text from Dolly saying she'd love to work with them again, to which Tomlin said: "If we get a second season, we'll definitely have Dolly on."

    'Legends' CD Overseas Features Dolly
    Dolly's original recording of "Jolene" is one of 42 songs included on the first classic hits version of the "Now That's What I Call Music" series released this week overseas: Britain's Now That's What I Call Legends. She is the only country artist featured. Others include Queen, Madonna, U2, Bon Jovi, The Police, John Lennon, Elvis, Elton John, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and The Beach Boys, among others.

    'Elle' Names Dolly Among Top 100 Inspiring Women
    Dolly is among the 100 "top inspiring women" listed by Elle magazine in England, The Hertz Advertiser reported here.

    'Cosmo' Names 'Blue Smoke' One Of Year's Best Songs
    Cosmopolitan magazine this week listed its top 50 songs of the year, which included the title track from Dolly's album Blue Smoke, according to Buckeye Country 105 here, which also noted one other country track made their top 50: Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood's "Somethin' Bad."

    Chenoweth Chats About Dolly With Larry King
    Kristen Chenoweth was recently interviewed on Larry King Now talking about Wicked, Glee, possibly playing Dolly in her life story and more. Watch it on Playbill here.

    Lifetime Repeats Last Year's Dolly Holiday Film
    Lifetime this weekend is repeating last year's holiday film which featured Dolly, A Country Christmas Story. The movie airs at 11 a.m. Sunday.

    Martina And Sara Cover 'Jolene' For TV
    The PBS series Front And Center recently filmed several country-themed episodes, including a "Ladies Night Out" that opened with Sara Evans and Martina McBride dueting on Dolly's "Jolene."

    Reba, Not Dolly, Heading To Vegas
    It was previously reported here that Dolly was among the female country legends being touted recently as possible replacements for Shania Twain once her Las Vegas run ends this month. This week, it was announced that instead the new headliner will be a show by Reba with Brooks & Dunn.


    Dec. 2:
    'Blue Smoke' Passes 250,000 Copies Overseas
    Dolly's Blue Smoke last week sold about 13,000 copies overseas, giving it a 25-week sales total in the U.K. of about 254,500 units. Given that the U.K. has about one-fifth the population of the U.S., that is roughly the equivalent of selling about 1.27 million copies stateside. The album, which was certified silver and gold overseas over the summer, is only about 45,000 copies short of the British platinum mark of 300,000 units, and if she can maintain her current sales rate for the next few weeks, she could see her second-ever career platinum album in the U.K. by the start of the new year.

    Dolly Opens Instagram Account
    Dolly has apparently joined social media site Instagram. Check out her account here.

    CMT Finishes Top 40 All-Time Countdown
    The Bakersfield Californian on Monday revealed here that CMT on Tuesday will unveil Merle Haggard as the No. 1 artist on its "All Time Top 40" countdown of the most influential artists of all time as chosen by dozens of country stars. That means the final top 10, which has Dolly as the highest-ranking woman, is:

  • 10. George Jones
  • 9. Reba McEntire
  • 8. Johnny Cash
  • 7. Willie Nelson
  • 6. Garth Brooks
  • 5. George Strait
  • 4. DOLLY
  • 3. Elvis Presley
  • 2. Hank Williams
  • 1. Merle Haggard

    Don't Forget To Vote For Dolly In People's Choice
    Thursday night is the deadline to vote for Dolly as Favorite Female Country Artist at the 2015 People's Choice Awards. Cast your ballot daily here!


    Dec. 1:
    'Blue Smoke' Re-Enters U.K. Top 20


    Dolly's Blue Smoke this week re-enters the British top 20 pop albums, gaining seven spots to No. 19 in its 25th week on the U.K. tally. The album, the British commercial for which has begun airing re-edited for the holidays here or in the media player above, retains its No. 1 spot on the U.K. country compilation albums chart for a 25th week and slips 11 places on the Australian top 40 country albums tally to No. 40 in its 20th week Down Under. On the main U.K. country albums list, her boxed set Dolly rises one to No. 6, and on the U.K. country compilations chart, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) rises one to No. 6 while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) re-enters the top 20 at No. 18.

    'Billboard' Loves Kenny & Dolly Holiday Classic
    Billboard over the weekend celebrated the five "essential" country holiday albums over history and there are two Dolly connections: one album is 1984's Once Upon A Christmas by Dolly and Kenny Rogers, about which the publication notes: "what really sets this album apart are the original songs here, many of which were written by Parton -- a true testament to her songwriting genius." In addition, they chose Patty Loveless' Bluegrass, White Snow - A Mountain Christmas from 2002, which featured Dolly harmony on the title track. The other choices in their top five were by Elvis Presley, Faith Hill and Trace Adkins. Read more here.

    Alaska Library Passes 1 Million Books
    The Alaskan chapter of Dolly's Imagination Library literacy project recently celebrated delivery of its 1 millionth book, The Juneau Empire reported here.


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