Forty-one years ago Monday, “Here You Come Again” enters its second of five weeks atop the country singles charts (Dolly's seventh); it would peak at No. 3 pop to become Dolly's first pop Top 40 hit. Thirty-six years ago Tuesday, “Everything's Beautiful (In Its Own Way),” a duet with Willie Nelson using new vocals by him and Dolly's mid-'60s Monument vocals, debuts on the charts; it would reach No. 7 to become Dolly's 40th Top 10 country hit and also peak at No. 102 pop and No. 19 adult contemporary. That same day, the album from which the song is released, The Winning Hand, debuts on the album charts; it would peak at No. 4 country, No. 109 pop. Fourteen years ago Tuesday, “Baby It's Cold Outside” with Rod Stewart debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; the duet reaches No. 2 to be Dolly's biggest AC hit since “Islands In The Stream” more than two decades earlier. Forty-eight years ago Wednesday, “Joshua” debuts on the singles charts; a month and a half later it would become Dolly's first No. 1 country single and peak at No. 108 pop. Thirty-eight years ago Thursday, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs debuts on the album charts; two months later it would reach No. 1 country, a position it would hold for 10 weeks (Dolly's longest stay), and No. 11 on the pop charts plus go on to gold status for more than 500,000 copies sold (Dolly's fifth). That same day, the single debuts on the adult contemporary charts; it would peak at No. 1 for two weeks there as well as go to No. 1 on the country and pop charts and sell more than 1 million copies to be certified gold. Fifteen years ago Thursday, “Coat Of Many Colors” by Shania Twain with Alison Krauss and Union Station (plus uncredited duet harmonies by Dolly) debuts on the country singles chart from the tribute album Just Because I'm A Woman: Songs Of Dolly Parton; it spends two weeks at No. 57. Forty-eight years ago Friday, Porter & Dolly record “Better Move It On Home” for their Best of album; released as a single two months later, it reaches No. 7 to become their 10th chart duet. Forty-seven years ago Friday, Dolly records “Touch Your Woman;” released as a single three months later, it reaches No. 6. Thirty-three years ago Friday, Once Upon a Christmas makes its second U.S. country album chart debut, reaching No. 30 that year. Thirty years ago Friday, Dolly is the lead guest for Bob Hope's annual network television Christmas special. Twenty-two years ago Friday, Dolly accepts the Harmony Award from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra at its annual Symphony Ball. Thirty-four years ago Saturday, Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers makes its first debut on the album charts; it reaches No. 12 country, No. 31 pop, and sells in excess of 2 million copies to become her sole multi-platinum album. That same day, the Christmas single “The Greatest Gift of All” with Kenny debuts on the charts; it peaks at No. 53 country, No. 81 pop. Forty years ago Sunday, “Baby I'm Burning” debuts on the adult contemporary chart; Dolly's sole disco hit, it would peak at No. 11 while also reaching No. 25 pop and becoming a disco hall favorite.
U.S., Dec. 15 edition:
Dumplin' No. 16 country albums, No. 160 top 200, No. 48 album sales, No. 4 Americana albums, No. 7 soundtrack albums, No. 19 digital albums (debut)
Once Upon A Christmas No. 34 country albums (up from No. 44; 30th week; peaked at No. 12); No. 97 album sales (re-entry); No. 90 Canadian albums (re-entry)
U.K., Dec. 17 edition:
Dumplin' soundtrack No. 2 country albums (no change; second week; peaked at No. 2), No. 12 soundtracks (down from No. 8; second week; peaked at No. 8)
The Complete Trio Collection No. 1 country compilation (no change; 118th week; peaked at No. 1 for 30 weeks)
Australia, Dec. 10 edition:
Dumplin' soundtrack No. 10 country albums (debut)
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
British Charts, 'USA Today' Recognize 'Dumplin'' In its second week on the charts across the pond, Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack holds steady at No. 2 British Country Albums but slides four spots to No. 12 British Soundtrack Albums Chart. In other news, USA Today named the soundtrack here one of the 19 best albums out of Nashville this year, and Glamour Magazine interviewed Dolly and star Jennifer Anniston about the project here. Finally, positive reviews came out Friday from Varietyhere, Autostraddlehere or Harpers Bazaarhere.
Overseas Chart Updates In other overseas chart news, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt remains at No. 1 British country compilation albums chart in its 118th chart week. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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 Ronstadt) inches up one to No. 5, while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) loses six to No. 17 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) moves up three to No. 7.
Kathie Lee Says Dolly Project In The Works In an interview with Entertainment Tonight about her upcoming departure from Today, Kathie Lee Gifford noted she is working with Dolly and Roma Downey for a project together. Read more here. Thanks, Chuck!
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Dec. 13: Drag Queen 'Jolene' Video Premieres
RuPaul's Drag Race alums Ginger, Alaska, Dela, Bebe and Katya take on the remix of "Jolene" that appears on the streaming version of Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Netflix released the music video for the track on Wednesday to continue promotions of the film. Watch it on YouTube here or in the media player above. In other news, Dolly was interviewed about the film by The Hollywood Reporter in a piece published Wednesday here where she discusses why goddaughter Miley Cyrus's vocals had to be removed from the soundtrack (although she believes Miley plans to record her own version of the song sometime in the future) and how she preferred "Red Shoes" for the Oscar campaign but the studio decided "Girl In The Movies" would have a better chance at awards. And The Blast reports here that following the premiere of the movie, Dolly's online music streams shot up 132 percent compared to the previous month and that streams of the film's soundtrack increased a third, so we may see its chart performance increase next week.
Dec. 12: 'Dumplin'' Debuts On Charts In Mid-Level Numbers With first-week sales of about 2,000 units, Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was the week's 48th-biggest-selling album, the Dec. 15 Billboard charts released Tuesday confirmed. The album debuts at No. 16 country albums. Once streaming totals are added in, its No. 48 Album Sales ranking drops to No. 160 on the overall Top 200 albums chart. The set also comes in at No. 4 Americana albums, No. 7 soundtrack albums and No. 19 digital albums. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers gains 10 on the Country Albums Chart to No. 34 and falls off the 50-position overall Holiday Albums Chart, down from No. 48, but it re-enters both the overall top 100 album sales tally at No. 97 and Canadian Albums Chart at No. 90, while Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" re-enters the 50-position Holiday Digital Song Sales Chart at No. 43. Dailey & Vincent's The Sounds Of Christmas, featuring a Dolly collaboration on "Road To Bethlehem," earns an eighth consecutive week at No. 1 Bluegrass Albums.
Dolly, Family React To Brother's Death Dolly on Tuesday addressed the passing of her brother, Floyd, which was reported here Monday evening, releasing a statement on behalf of her family: "Dolly, and the entire Parton Family, wish to thank everyone for their kindness. Yesterday, we laid our sweet baby brother to rest. We all sang his lovely song, 'Rocking Years,' together as a family at the service to say goodbye to him. He lived a short life of love and beautiful songs. Friends, fans and family may make a donation in his honor to the My People Senior Activity Center in Sevierville, Tennessee. Thank you, The Parton Family." Several national media outlets on Tuesday shared news of his passing.
Dec. 11: 'Girl' Nominated For Critics Choice Award The Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association on Monday announced nominations for the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards, another precursor to the Academy Awards, and Dolly and Linda Perry scored a nod for "Girl In The Movies" from the Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. It will compete for Best Song against "All The Stars" from Black Panther, "I'll Fight" from RBG, "The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns, "Shallow" from A Star Is Born and "Trip A Little Light Fantastic" from Mary Poppins Returns. Winners will be revealed live on the CW Network Jan. 11. Also, reviews came Monday from The Young Folkshere and Culturess here as well as interviews with star Danielle Macdonald in The Hollywood Reporterhere and director Anne Fletcher with Bustlehere.
In Memoriam: Floyd Parton The Parton family is mourning the death of Dolly's youngest brother, Floyd Estel Parton, who passed away Thursday at age 61. The twin to Freida Parton, he dabbled in entertainment like many of his siblings, mainly as a songwriter. Under the pen name Floyd Estel, he co-wrote with Dolly the song "Nickels & Dimes," which Dolly released in 1978 and performed again in the NBC movie Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love and has been covered by several artists including Buck Owens and George Burns. Using the Parton name, he wrote Dolly's No. 1 track "Rockin' Years" as well as the song "Tennessee, I Long To See You" which their brother, Randy, performed on Dolly's 1976-1977 variety show. He also performed the Dolly-penned "Waltz Me To Heaven" on the Rhinestone soundtrack and appeared in the film as a musician. Although unconfirmed word of his passing, including many notes of condolence from fans, began circulating on social media Friday morning, the family waited until Monday afternoon to release his obituary after a private funeral service had already been held. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the My People Senior Activity Center, 1220 West Main Street, Sevierville, TN 37862.
Reba Sings 'Hard Candy Christmas' Reba hosted and performed on the CMA Christmas special Monday night, offering fans her cover of the Dolly holiday classic "Hard Candy Christmas." Check it out courtesy of Rolling Stonehere.
Dolly Christmas Special From 1969 Available For Viewing In 1969, Porter & Dolly were featured in a holiday special that also included the Wilburn Brothers, Loretta Lynn, and other Grand Ole Opry stars. Your webmaster came across a copy of An Old-Time Country Christmas and uploaded it to YouTube for your enjoyment. Watch here or in the media player below. Merry Christmas!
Dec. 10: 'Dumplin'' CD Debuts Down Under, Film Gets More Reviews
Coverage of the film continued over the weekend with an NPR interview with Dolly here and in the media player above, an interview by Danielle Macdonald with Teen Voguehere and another clip of Dolly and Jennifer Anniston on Entertainment Tonight which is available here.
Additional reviews came out from Hypablehere, Pajibahere, IndieWirehere and The Mary Suehere.
Although Dolly didn't get a Grammy nomination on Friday, her producer Linda Perry did. She became the first woman since 2014 nominated for Producer of the Year. In an interview about the nomination with Rolling Stonehere, she noted she is doing another session in the studio with Dolly, Sheryl Crowe and Grimes.
Chinese Theatres posted to YouTube a video from Thursday night's premiere of the film at their Hollywood location. Check it out here or in the media player below. Thanks, Greg!
Dec. 8: First 'Dumplin'' Chart Positions Revealed, Tons Of Reviews U.S. charts won't come out until Tuesday, but preliminary sales estimates from Hits Daily Double's Building Sales Chart show Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack should debut on the American charts somewhere around No. 3 country albums sales and No. 31 overall all-genre sales. Once streaming counts are added, which are included as part of the official Billboard Top 200 albums chart, the collection doesn't enter the top 50. Overseas, Friday's British charts see the CD debut at No. 8 soundtracks and No. 2 country albums but doesn't make the top 100 overall album sales chart or top 100 albums once streaming counts are added. In other news:
The film's Friday debut spawned numerous reviews, mostly positive with good marks for the lead actors and Dolly's music but less enthusiasm for its sentimentality and script. These included Polygonhere, Slatehere, The Wraphere, The Strangerhere, Voxhere, The Chicago Sun Timeshere, The Knoxville News-Sentinelhere, The Los Angeles Timeshere and Screen Ranthere.
Some interviews included star Danielle Macdonald with Timehere and Dolly with the Associated Press here, The Los Angeles Timeshere, Ellehere and Kix Brooks Radio here.
The picture had a premiere at Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theatre Thursday night, and The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Dolly and producer Linda Perry from the red carpet here and pictures from Lainey Gossiphere.
Dolly and Jennifer Anniston's appearance on The Late, Late Show With James Corbin was recapped by Radiohere.
Dolly promoted the picture Friday with a social media posting of her famous chicken and dumplings recipe, which WBIR noted here.
Variety noted Dolly and Perry want to perform their nominated song, "Girl In The Movies," on the Golden Globes Awards next month here but added that producers say no performances are planned at this time. And Entertainment Tonight shared Dolly's nomination reaction here.
Trio Recaptures British Chart No. 1 Spot In other overseas chart news, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week moves up two to recapture the No. 1 spot on the British country compilation albums chart in its 117th chart week. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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 Ronstadt) inches up 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) gains two to No. 11 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 10.
Producers: No Grammy Nom, But Dolly Will Appear On Awards Although the Grammy performers have not yet been announced, and Dolly did not pick up any nominations on Friday, Music Academy President Neil Portnow has announced she is expected to appear on the Feb. 10 broadcast in her role as 2019's MusiCares Person of the Year honoree, KIII reported here.
New Dolly Doll Released By Dollywood Dollywood has a new $100 Dolly doll modeled after her NBC Coat Of Many Colors movies, and it's flying off the shelves, WBIR reports here.
Dolly's LGBTQ Advocacy Lauded The Advocate on Friday shared eight times Dolly "cemented her status as an LGBTQ icon." Check them out here.
Sleep 'With' Dolly In These Awful Adult Onesies Some truly, um, interesting-looking sleepwear has been released featuring Dolly. Check out these adult onesies here.
Dec. 7: 'Dumplin'' Movie Arrives, Soundtrack Sales Solid, Globes Reaction
The Netflix movie Dumplin' arrives for streaming today (Friday)! Dolly and Linda Perry reacted with glee to their Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song from the project on Thursday, with Dolly saying in a brief social media video available here or in the media player above: "We're so excited that we've got our Golden Globe nomination for 'Girl In The Movies' that we wrote together. Thank you!" In other news:
In what could be a sign of much better-than-expected sales, Amazon.com sold out of physical CD copies of Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack in less than one week of release. The online retailer on Thursday began showing a two-to-four-week delay in shipping the CD due to being out of stock. Meanwhile, the Hits Daily Double Building Charts of preliminary sales information has the soundtrack at No. 1 country, No. 18 all-genre overall for sales with 55 percent of retailers reporting as of press time Thursday.
Dolly and Jennifer Anniston stopped by Ellen on Thursday, and you may watch the clip of Dolly performing "Girl In The Movies" with Linda Perry here or in the media player below. Also, their Good Morning America segment together aired Thursday and is viewable from ABC here. Their promotions tour continues with The Late, Late Show With James Corden Friday morning and Dolly on The Talk Friday afternoon.
Variety is among those that covered the Globe nomination with a story here which noted that in a change this year, the Oscars will require eligible music nominees to be reduced from all possible entries to just 15 finalists to be announced on a shortlist Dec. 17 and from which the final nominees will be chosen, but that all five Globes nominees for Best Original Song are expected to be on the Academy's shortlist as well.
Billboard on Thursday exclusively premiered a behind-the-scenes video from Netflix of Dolly talking about working on the music for the project. Check it out here.
Other interviews included Anniston on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, a recap from which is available here from Billboard, and USA Todayhere, while costar Danielle Macdonald spoke with The New York Posthere.
The movie earned a review from CNN here, while the soundtrack received four out of five stars from Metro Weeklyhere.
Billboard Lauds Dolly's 'Jingle Bells' Billboard on Thursday included Dolly's version of "Jingle Bells" from her 1990 Home For Christmas among the 10 best recordings of the holiday classic ever. Check out who else made their list here.
Dec. 6: UPDATE: Dolly Snags Golden Globe Nomination For 'Dumplin'' Dolly and Linda Perry's composition "Girl In The Movies" from the Netflix film Dumplin' was nominated Thursday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for a Golden Globe Award in the Best Original Song category. The track faces off against this year's juggernaut, "Shallow" from A Star Is Born written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt as well as "Requiem For A Private War" from A Private War, which is Annie Lennox's first new music in eight years; Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Tiffith, Mark Spears, Solana Rowe and Al Shuckburgh for "All The Stars" from Black Panther; and "Revelation" by Troye Sivan, Jónsi, Jon Thor Birgisson and Brett McLaughlin from Boy Erased.Winners will be revealed Jan. 6. While Dolly has yet to win a Golden Globe, often seen as a predictor of the year's most likely Oscar contenders, this marks her sixth nomination and third in this category. Her most recent nod for Best Song was in 2005 for "Travelin' Thru," while her first was for "9 To 5" in 1981. Her acting nominations were Best New Film Star in 1981 and Best Actress for 9 To 5 in 1981 and for The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas in 1983. (In addition, a song she performed but didn't write, "The Day I Fall In Love," a duet with James Ingram, was nominated for Best Song in 1994 but since she wasn't a composer on it, she isn't credited with the nomination.) Next up are Grammy nominations on Friday, but due to release date eligibility, only the single "Here I Am" with Sia is eligible for consideration (likely for Best Country Duo/Group Performance) this year from the soundtrack.
'Dumplin'' Press Intensifies As Premiere Draws Near With Netflix premiering Dumplin' on Friday, Dolly's appearances are heating up. Her Good Morning America stop got bumped Wednesday for coverage of President George H.W. Bush's funeral, but the pre-recorded spot is slated for broadcast Thursday on ABC with her and Jennifer Anniston interviewing each other. Appearances remain scheduled for Thursday's Ellen, Thursday night/Friday morning's The Late, Late Show With James Corden and Friday's The Talk.
The two were also interviewed by Access and Entertainment Tonight. Access shared footage to YouTube of their interview being interrupted by Sandra Bullock with cocktails here, while Entertainment Tonight talked about Anniston's reaction to recording with Dolly in the studio here.
E! got Anniston's reaction to Dolly's threesome joke on The Tonight Showhere, as did USA Todayhere.
Dolly spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the project here.
Reviews came out from Deadlinehere, The New York Timeshere and Pittsburgh City Paperhere.
Finally, Golden Globe nominations come out Thursday, and The Wrap noted here they expect Dolly's "Girl In The Movies" to get a nod alongside "All The Stars" from Black Panther, "The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns, "Requiem For A Private War" from A Private War and "Shallow" from A Star Is Born.
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly's annual holiday chart return continues this week, the Dec. 8 Billboard holiday charts showed. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers re-enters the Country Albums Chart at No. 44 and slips four to No. 48 on the overall Holiday Albums Chart, while Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" falls off the 50-position Holiday Digital Song Sales Chart, down from No. 48.
Dec. 4: 'GMA' Appearance Announced, Others Coming Up ABC announced Monday that Dolly and Jennifer Anniston will appear on Wednesday's Good Morning America to promote Dumplin', which Netflix premieres Friday. As was previously reported here, they will also appear on Ellen Thursday (which is syndicated, so check local listings for time and channel) and The Late, Late Show With James Corden Thursday night/Friday morning, while Dolly will appear on The Talk Friday. Dolly's official social media on Monday posted a photo to advertise the appearances this week but listed all of them as airing a day earlier than they actually will. The posting was up a few hours before someone realized the mistake and deleted it without replacing it. In related news, the film's director spoke with Colliderhere about the project, including how they got Dolly involved, and The San Francisco Chronicle's "Datebook" reviewed the film as "sentimental and bland" here.
Dec. 3: Watch Dolly's 'Tonight Show' Performance NBC on Saturday posted the video of Dolly's performance of "Girl In The Movies" from The Tonight Showhere. Also, over the weekend Refinery 29 shared a review of Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrackhere.
Dolly's publicity train to promote Friday's release of Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack rolled into New York City, where she had a morning interview and performance on Today (check out a story about that appearance here) and interview on Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda as well as interview, medley of Christmas carols with host Jimmy Fallon (viewable on YouTube here or in the media player below), and performance of "Girl In The Movies" on The Tonight Show. A story and clip about the appearance is available from Taste Of Countryhere focusing on a joke she told about her husband fantasizing about a three-way with her and Jennifer Anniston. Her appearance was almost cut short due to a special news report about the death of former President George H.W. Bush at the age of 94, but NBC pre-empted the night's second guest's entire appearance for its special coverage of Bush's life and presidency, leaving Dolly's portion of the show intact. In other publicity:
Forbes talked with the CD's producer, Linda Perry, here.
CMT posted the entire episode of Dolly & Friends: The Making Of A Soundtrack to its website here, but your cable or satellite package must carry CMT for you to log in and view it.
First day sales of the album had it at No. 14 all genres, No. 2 country, on iTunes and No. 15 all genre downloads, No. 25 physical CD sales, No. 2 country downloads, No. 6 soundtrack physical CD sales on Amazon.
Finally, the streaming version of the album also became available Friday featuring remixes of "Here You Come Again" and "Jolene" from the film not included on the download or physical CD of the album as well as her original studio recordings of nine songs that appear in the film: the original versions of five out of the six songs re-recorded for the album as duets (missing is "Here I Am") plus "9 To 5," "Just Because I'm A Woman," "Better Get To Living" and "High And Mighty." Stream it from Amazon here or in the media player above as an Amazon Music Unlimited customer.
Dolly Breaks Opry Ticketing System The Grand OIe Opry apparently had no idea the interest that a 50th anniversary celebration of Dolly's membership in the institution nearly a year away on the calendar would have when it was announced Thursday and tickets went on sale Friday because their infrastructure was ill-equipped to handle the demand when the sale began. The massive number of fans seeking tickets caused the Opry's ticketing system servers to constantly crash for several hours and its box office phone lines to malfunction. As was reported here Thursday night, the Opry will celebrate Dolly's half-century milestone with four shows in October, the last two of which will feature her as a performer. However, when tickets went on sale Friday at noon Eastern, fans were met with busy signals on the phone and error messages on the Internet. Numerous fans posted to social media complaints about half-hour to one-hour hold times once their calls finally went through to the box office and online orders cancelling themselves due to server crashes. Your webmaster can personally attest to probably 2,000 attempts during an hour to purchase tickets online which resulted in only eight successes in reaching the actual ticketing queue, half of which then ended due to server crashes prior to reaching the ticketing process and the other half of which ended due to server crashes during the ticket selection process, with one ending due to a server crash during the check-out process. I also logged more than 100 calls in the first half-hour before a call went through and placed me in the telephone ordering queue, with a 32-minute hold time before an order could be placed. The fan complaints led to the Opry releasing a statement via social media: "Our sincerest apologies for the ticketing issues experienced on our site today. Guest satisfaction is always our top priority, and we truly appreciate your patience. We look forward to celebrating Dolly Parton's 50th Opry Anniversary with you all next October!"
Gerland McRaney, Delta Burke In Dolly's Anthology Series Deadline on Friday revealed the cast for another of Dolly's Netflix Heartstrings movie anthologies: If I Had Wings. The project will star Gerald McRaney and bring his wife, Delta Burke, out of retirement to play his girlfriend (she hasn't acted in seven years). Brooke Elliott from Drop Dead Diva, Ben Lawson from Designated Survivor and Michele Weaver from Love Is _________ play his estranged children who return to their Mississippi farm for his 70th birthday to "test the bonds of blood and issues of faith, all to confront the sins of their father." Tim Reid of Greenleaf also appears as McRaney's character's best friend. Jim Strain wrote and Timothy Busfield directs. Of course, Dolly made a famous guest appearance spot on Burke's series Designing Women in 1989, and Burke also guest-starred on Dolly's 1987-88 variety series. McRaney recently played Dolly's grandfather, the Rev. Jake Owens, in the two Coat Of Many Colors movies on NBC. Read more here.
London '9 To 5' Gets Another Cast Member Dolly on Friday announced a cast addition to the London West End production next year of her 9 To 5: The Musical with a video on Facebook here. Bonnie Langford, a former Doctor Who companion, who played Roz in the U.K. national touring company version of the show, will reprise the role for England's equivalent of Broadway.
Overseas Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week moves up four at No. 3 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 116th chart week. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, 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 Ronstadt) gains five 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) loses two to No. 13.
Nov. 30: Opry To Celebrate Dolly's 50 Years In October The Grand Ole Opry on Thursday announced it will celebrate Dolly's 50th anniversary year as an Opry member in October with a full week of activities culminating in her appearing in both Saturday night shows that week. Dolly became an Opry member in January 1969 thanks to duet partner Porter Wagoner and often appeared with him on the show for the next several years. The week begins with an Oct. 10 Opry Country Classics show at the Ryman auditorium hosted by Larry Gatlin celebrating her No. 1 hits and continues Oct. 11 at the Opry House with a concert of Dolly's Mountain Soul: Bluegrass, Americana and Roots Music. Tickets are on sale for both events now, but performers have yet to be announced. Then Dolly will be recognized during both regular Opry shows on Oct. 12 and is scheduled to appear on both programs that evening. Tickets for those shows will go on sale at 11 a.m. Central (noon Eastern) Friday here.
Two More 'Dumplin'' Appearances Planned Next Week Two additional television appearances to promote Friday's release of Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and next week's Netflix premiere of the movie were revealed Thursday. Dolly was announced as a guest for CBS' The Talk next Friday, Dec. 7, and the network's The Late, Late Show With James Cordin next Thursday night/Friday morning (which she will tape on Wednesday). In related news, an interview promoting the project and other activities in Dolly's career appeared Thursday from Varietyhere. As was previously reported here, she will appear on NBC's Today and Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda Friday morning, NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Friday night and the syndicated Ellen next Thursday. And if you missed her CMT special about the soundtrack recording Thursday night, it repeats at noon Eastern Saturday.
More Performers Join Dolly MusiCares Show The Grammys on Thursday announced additional big-name entertainers who will perform as part of Dolly's tribute concert as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year for her artistic achievement and philanthropic efforts. Vince Gill, Don Henley of the Eagles, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson and Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack guest Mavis Staples and soundtrack producer Linda Perry will all perform during the ceremony in addition to previously-announced guests Dolly, Pink, Shawn Mendes, Chris Stapleton, Norah Jones, Mark Ronson, Leon Bridges and Lauren Daigle. The concert takes place Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.
Nov. 29: 'Dumplin'' Soundtrack Promotional Appearances Near Don't forget to tune in Thursday night to CMT at 9 p.m. for the special Dolly & Friends: The Making Of A Soundtrack. If you miss it, the network will repeat it at noon Saturday. Then be sure to watch Today and Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda Friday morning and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Friday night to see Dolly perform and promote Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which comes out Friday. In promoting the project, a new interview with Dolly appeared Wednesday from The Knoxville News-Sentinel, although it contains no new information she had not already said in other recent interviews. Check it out here. And she appeared on Cody Alan's After Midnight CMT Radio program Tuesday night, a clip of which he released online here.
A Dolly Jolly Christmas On The Charts Dolly's annual holiday chart return has started, the Dec. 1 Billboard holiday charts showed. "Hard Candy Christmas" re-enters the Holiday Digital Song Sales Chart at No. 48 and Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers re-enters the Holiday Albums tally at No. 44.
Report: New Dinner Theatres Will Continue Through 2019 Another TV station this week confirmed Dolly's World Choice Investments would be purchasing Fee/Hedrick Entertainment Group and its multiple dinner theatre attractions in Pigeon Forge. The story from WVLT here noted that employees were told the Fee/Hedrick properties would continue operating as normal through their 2019 seasons.
Nov. 28: Dollywood VIP, Dolly Meet-And-Greet Contest Announced In honor of Giving Tuesday, Dolly on Tuesday announced a contest to win a meet-and-greet with her and VIP status for next year's Dollywood season opening weekend. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest once, but "bonus" entries are available in exchange for charitable donations to support her Imagination Library early childhood literacy program. For example, a $25 donation earns 250 extra entries, while $50 gets 1,000 extra entries and $5,000 provides 50,000 extra entries. The winner and one guest receive airfare to Knoxville and ground transportation to Pigeon Forge, two nights in Dolly's Suite at DreamMore Resort, admission to Dollywood with front-of-line access for rides and shows, free spa treatments and two daily meals at DreamMore, passes to Pirate Voyage and Stampede, a private tour of Dolly's Suite by Dolly herself, and a photograph with her. Entries will be accepted through Jan. 17 and the winner announced on or around Jan. 31. Learn more here.
Dolly Booked For Friday's 'Today' Show As part of Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack press tour, NBC has announced she will appear and perform on Friday's Today (the 7 a.m.-9 a.m. Eastern program) and Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda (10 a.m.-11 a.m. program) the day the album is released. This comes in addition to the previously-announced CMT special about the album's recording on Thursday night, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon appearance Friday night and Ellen appearance next week to promote the project.
Report: Dolly Dinner Theatre Empire To Expand Soon, Dolly will own what seems to be most of the dinner theatres in Pigeon Forge, a report from WBIR indicated on Tuesday. The station cited several sources in saying that employees of Dolly's World Choice Investments, which owns her Stampede and Celebration (formerly Lumberjack Feud and soon-to-be Pirates Voyage) dinner theatres in Pigeon Forge, and employees of Fee/Hedrick Entertainment Group, which owns the city's Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud, Smoky Mountain Opry (soon to be Pirate's Revenge), Comedy Barn and Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Café, were informed that morning that Dolly's company will finalize the purchase of all four Fee/Hedrick properties later this year. Back in October, Dolly announced that Celebration would become her second Pirates Voyage location next year and on the same day Fee/Hedrick announced that Smoky Mountain Opry would become a very similar Pirate's Revenge dinner theatre. No word on what WCI plans to do with the four theatres. Read the WBIR report here.
Nov. 27: New 'Dumplin'' Video, 'Ellen' Booking Announced
Dolly on Monday released a music video for her new recording of "Jolene" with a string orchestra from Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack using footage taken from Thursday's previously-announced CMT special, Dolly & Friends: The Making Of A Soundtrack, which as it was reported here airs at 9 p.m. Eastern. Watch the video here or in the media player above. CMT, meanwhile, on Monday posted the weekend's Hot 20 Countdown with Dolly, which you may watch here, and posted a story here about Thursday night's upcoming special. The Tennessean also previewed the special with an interview and story here. And in related news, Ellen announced Monday that Dolly has been scheduled as a guest on her program Dec. 6, the day before the film premieres on Netflix and in limited theatrical release.
Nov. 26: Classic 1970's 'As Long As I Love' Released For Download Sony Music over the weekend released yet another classic Dolly album for digital download for the first time: 1970's As Long As I Love, which was released by Monument Records after she had left the label. The collection consisted primarily of unreleased tracks she had recorded which didn't make her debut album for the label, 1967's Hello, I'm Dolly, but also included some previously-released singles and B-sides and was meant to capitalize on her early success with RCA Records and The Porter Wagoner Show after switching labels two years earlier. The two albums have been re-released over the years under the title The World Of Dolly Parton and Hello, I'm Dolly/As Long As I Love, and eight tracks from the former and five tracks from the latter were combined with five singles and B-sides from her Monument years for the CD The Little Things, which became available for download in 2009. However, this marks the first time all 12 songs from the album have been available digitally and comes the same weekend as 1975's Dolly, also known as The Seeker/We Used To. Get your copy here!
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