Fifty years ago Monday, Dolly records “Just Because I'm a Woman,” the title cut from her first RCA album; released as a single six months later, the song peaks at No. 17 to become her third country solo chart single. Thirty-six years ago Tuesday, Dolly records “Single Women,” composed by Saturday Night Live writer Michael O'Donoghue, for her Heartbreak Express album; it peaks at No. 8 country. Thirty years ago Tuesday, Rainbow debuts on the album charts; the pop album reaches No. 18 country, No. 153 pop. That same day, the album's first single, “The River Unbroken,” debuts on the charts; it reaches only No. 63 country. Fifty years ago Wednesday, Dolly records “False Eyelashes” for Just Because I'm A Woman. Forty-nine years ago Wednesday, Porter & Dolly record “Yours Love” for their Always, Always album; released as a single three months later, it peaks at No. 9. Twenty-seven years ago Thursday, ABC airs Dolly Parton: Christmas At Home. Twenty-seven years ago Friday, 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. Forty years ago Sunday, 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-four years ago Sunday, 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.
U.S., Dec. 23 edition:
I Believe In You No. 43 country albums sales chart (up from No. 49; ninth chart week; peaked at No. 10)
Once Upon A Christmas No. 35 holiday albums (up from No. 36); No. 24 holiday albums sales (up from No. 25); No. 6 country catalog albums (no change); No. 65 top album sales (up from No. 77); No. 26 top country albums (no change); No. 34 Canadian albums (up from No. 45); No. 170 top 200 (up from No. 197); No. 50 catalog albums (re-entry)
U.K., Dec. 17 edition:
I Believe In You No. 16 country albums (no change; ninth week; peaked at No. 4)
The Complete Trio Collection No. 4 country compilation (no change; 66th week; peaked at No. 1 for 23 weeks)
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
Dec. 18, 10 p.m., ABC, The Year In Memoriam (re-runs 2 p.m. Dec. 23)
Overseas Chart Updates Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady on the British country compilation albums chart in 66th chart week at No. 4, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, 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) holds steady at No. 11 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) stays at No. 18. Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, holds steady at No. 16 U.K. country albums.
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Dec. 15: Watch Dolly's 'Sprout House' Special
The "Day With Dolly" special episode of Universal Kids' Sprout House show aired Tuesday and was added to the network's YouTube channel on Thursday afternoon. Watch it here.
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly's children's album I Believe In You sold 1,100 copies last week to pass 15,000 units since release and gain six places on the Dec. 23 Billboard charts released Tuesday to No. 43 country album sales in its ninth chart week. Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers rises 27 to No. 170 top 200, one to No. 35 holiday albums, one to No. 24 holiday album sales, 11 to to No. 34 Canadian pop albums and 12 to No. 65 top 100 album sales, while holding steady at No. 6 country catalog and No. 26 top country albums but re-entering pop catalog albums at No. 50. "Hard Candy Christmas" by Dolly dips 14 spots on the holiday digital songs chart and holiday digital songs sales chart to No. 40 on each. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," slips 19 to No. 105 Hot 200 pop albums in its 17th chart week and falls 20 to No. 99 current albums. Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, with Dolly on the duet "Rainbowland," falls off the charts after eighth weeks, down from No. 199 top 200 pop albums and No. 87 top 100 current albums.
Dec. 12: Dolly Special Premieres On Universal Kids Tuesday Universal Kids, formerly PBS' Sprout cable network, will premiere a new Dolly children's special on Tuesday to promote her kids' album, I Believe In You, NBC Universal announced Monday. A Day With Dolly airs at 11:05 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday on the channel with repeats at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday before being added to the Sprout YouTube channel on Thursday. In the show, Dolly visits the Sprout House with its host, Carly, and her puppy puppet, Snug, and sings several tracks from the album including "A Friend Like You," "You Can Do It" and "Together Forever." She also recently spoke with Hello Giggles about the album here.
Dec. 11: Dolly Center Of New Dollywood Commercial
Dollywood last week began broadcasting a new television commercial featuring Dolly to promote the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. Watch it on Facebook here or in the media player above.
Webster Scandal Takes New Turn The scandal surrounding Dolly's former publicist Kirt Webster took a most unusual turn last week. First, The Tennessean reported last Monday here on several additional accusers who had come forward, and then on Wednesday a national public relations group, PR News, named him its Publicist of the Year at its 2017 PR People Awards at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The award was presented because "no other publicist this year excelled as a brand advocate and crafted more positive media coverage than Kirt Webster," according to the announcement, which focused mostly on his role with Dolly helping organize and publicize last year's Smoky Mountains Rise wildfire relief telethon. Within minutes, several media outlets had contacted the organization to inquire about the scandal and the fact that he closed his PR company and disappeared from public view once the news broke, so the organization immediately rescinded the honor explaining no one there was aware of the allegations when the decision was made to honor him four months ago and they had not seen coverage of them since then. As a reminder, Webster is accused of sexual harassment in the workplace by a couple dozen former employees, sexual misconduct by a couple of former clients and of using his position with Dolly to allegedly trade sexual favors for meet-and-greets with her during her several recent concert tours. Read more from USA Today here and WSMV here .
U.S., Overseas Charts Dolly's children's album I Believe In You loses seven spots on the Dec. 16 Billboard charts released Tuesday to drop to No. 49 country album sales in its eighth chart week. Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers re-enters the top 200 at No. 197 and dips three to No. 36 holiday albums, inching down two to No. 6 country catalog, while holding steady at No. 25 holiday album sales and gaining 19 to No. 77 top 100 album sales and 19 to No. 26 top country albums and 19 to No. 45 Canadian pop albums. "Hard Candy Christmas" by Dolly jumps up 24 places on the holiday digital songs chart and holiday digital songs sales chart to No. 26 on each. Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, with Dolly on the duet "Rainbowland," earns an eighth chart week losing nine to No. 199 top 200 pop albums list and rising five to No. 87 top 100 current albums. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," loses 10 to No. 86 Hot 200 pop albums in its 16th chart week and re-enters the current albums tally at No. 85, while falling off the Canadian pop albums chart, down from No. 79. Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls one on the British country compilation albums chart in 65th chart week to No. 4, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises two to No. 11 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses one to No. 18. Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, inches up one to No. 16 U.K. country albums.
'9 To 5' Writer Talks Sexual Harassment Speaking of harassment 9 To 5 writer Patricia Resnick has been doing several interviews about how the movie remains relevant today in the current environment. Check out pieces from Tablethere and Workhere.
Dolly's Website Accepts Cryptocyber Currency Dolly is one of 45 musicians whose websites are selling merchandise this holiday season and accepting the cryptocyber currency Monero, Forbes announced here. Project Coral Reef has a list and notes Dolly' site is giving a 15 percent holiday discount to buyers in addition to the currency they use.
Fonda Turns 80 Dolly pal Jane Fonda over the weekend held her 80th birthday party as a fundraiser for her teen-pregnancy prevention charity in Atlanta and raised $1.3 million. Although co-star Dolly couldn't be there in person, she sent a video greeting, according to media reports like People magazine here.
Dollypalooza Raising Money With Raffle The New York Dolly tribute Dollypalooza didn't return this year but founder Bevin wanted to continue raising money to support her Imagination Library so this year they are offering a raffle. Tickets are $5 for two and are being sold online at Dollypalooza.com. Winners will be drawn live on Bevin's Facebook at 5:30 p.m. Pacific time Saturday. Prizes include Dollywood tickets, prints of Dolly-centered original artwork and Dolly-themed candles, mugs and other items. See the full list on their website and buy tickets there.
Dec. 4: Dolly Chosen For Regional Emmy Award Dolly has been selected for a regional honorary Emmy Award for her humanitarian work. Nominees and special honorees were recently announced by the Midsouth Emmy Awards, headquartered in Nashville. Dolly on Jan. 20 will be presented the 2018 Governors' Award which is "given in recognition of achievements by individuals, organizations, or companies, which do not fall within the structure of the Chapter's regular categories . . . for truly outstanding and unique accomplishments and achievements of some duration and durability." Dolly will receive an actual Emmy statuette award for the honor and was chosen for her community contributions including Imagination Library, the Dolly Parton Scholarship, support of LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville and the Smoky Mountains Rise telethon/My People Fund to support wildfire recovery. Coincidentally Dolly is also nominated for a regular Regional Emmy for the first time ever at the same awards as co-producer for the Smoky Mountains Rise telethon for Outstanding Community Service Program, which she shares with Nicholas E. Dugger, Danny Nozell, Pete Owens, Scott Durand, Shanna Strassberg, Edie Lynn Hoback and John Zarling. They are competing against WTVI for PBS Charlotte's Cyberchase Step It Up Challenge, WHNT for The Distracted Driving Project and WZTV for The Opioid Epidemic In Tennessee.
Wildfires Anniversary Chat On TV On the one-year anniversary of the Smoky Mountain wildfires last week, Dolly spoke with Nashville station WSMV on her thoughts and observations of recovery. Watch the interview here.
Dolly Honors Chasing Rainbows Winner While Dolly was recently at Dollywood to open the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival she also recognized this year's Chasing Rainbows Award honoree Gabe Brown of Maryville, Tenn. A former teacher in East Tennessee who overcame severe speech problems as a child, he eventually retired from teaching to become a pastor. Read more from The Maryville Daily Timeshere and The Knoxville News-Sentinelhere.
Overseas Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe loses the top spot on the British country compilation albums chart in 64th chart week, it was announced Friday, dropping to No. 3. On the same tally, 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) fallss one to No. 13 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains two to No. 17. Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, inches down one to No. 17 U.K. country albums.
Nov. 29: Grammys Snub Dolly's Children's Album, Duets Dolly's recordings over the past year were snubbed Tuesday for the 2018 Grammy Awards. The Tennessean noted here that her most recent release, I Believe In You, was "unexpectedly absent" from the Best Children's Album category (which featured nods for Gustafer Yellowgold, Lisa Loeb, Justin Roberts, Alphabet Rockers and Ladysmith Black Mambazo). The album was released digitally two days prior to the Grammy deadline, presumably to make it eligible for this year's honors. Neither of her high-profile duets released during the eligibility period with Miley Cyrus or Kesha received nods either nor did her critically-acclaimed contribution of "The Story" to the Brandi Carlile anniversary album Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child . Cyrus' album, Younger Now, released the same day as Dolly's, was also snubbed entirely, but Kesha took home two nominations: one for a solo single and one for Best Pop Vocal Album where Rainbow, which includes the Dolly collaboration "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," is competing against Coldplay, Lana Del Rey, Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga and Ed Sheeran. Beyonce, who received one nomination, extended her lead over Dolly as the most-nominated woman in Grammy history. She passed Dolly's record with her 47th nomination in 2014 and today holds the record over Dolly with 63 career nods compared to Dolly's 47. Dolly won her eighth regular Grammy last year for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with Pentatonix for "Jolene" (her ninth including her Lifetime Achievement Grammy).
Dolly Reads Another BBC Children's Story The BBC announced Tuesday that Dolly's second storybook reading appearance on their children's network CBeebies for the nightly Bedtime Stories program will come on New Year's Eve, as she reads Stuck in the Mud by Garry Parsons and Jane Clarke. Learn more here . She previously appeared on the program in October.
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly's children's album I Believe In You moved 900 copies in its eighth week of sales to collect cumulative sales of 12,900 units since its release. That allowed the album to remain steady at No. 42 country album sales in its seventh chart week on that tally but fall off the top 25 kids albums chart after six weeks, down from No. 22 last week, the Dec. 9 Billboard charts released Tuesday confirmed. Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers falls nine to No. 33 holiday albums and six to No. 25 holiday album sales, holding steady at No. 4 country catalog and dipping 21 to No. 96 top 100 album sales while gaining four to No. 45 top country albums and 12 to No. 64 Canadian pop albums. "Hard Candy Christmas" by Dolly re-enters the holiday digital songs chart and holiday digital songs sales chart at No. 50 on each. Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, with Dolly on the duet "Rainbowland," earns a seventh chart week re-entering the top 200 pop albums list at No. 190 and top 100 current albums chart at No. 92. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," loses 10 to No. 76 Hot 200 pop albums in its 15th chart week and 11 to No. 79 Canadian pop albums, falling off current albums, down from No. 87.
Dolly To Celebrate Glen Campbell On ABC ABC has announced Dolly is interviewed for its The Year In Memoriam on Dec. 18 at 10 p.m. Eastern hosted by Robin Roberts. The program looks at icons who passed away during the year and will feature Dolly, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker sharing stories about Glen Campbell.
Dollywood Food Lauded By Magazine One travel writer recently went to Dollywood looking for good food and found it according to Food And Wine magazine. Read his review here .
Nov. 28: 'Islands In The Stream' Goes Gold In U.K. Thirty-four years after release, Dolly and Kenny Rogers' 1983 hit "Islands In The Stream" this month received another gold album award, this time from the U.K.'s BPI. The song received a gold award for sales of more than 400,000 digital copies on Nov. 17. It had previously been awarded British silver status for 200,000 digital units back in 2013 (while the original vinyl 45 single was certified silver back in 1984 for physical sales of more than 200,000 copies). In the U.S., the song was originally certified platinum for sales of more than 2 million copies and more recently received a digital gold album award from America's RIAA for more than 500,000 U.S. downloads back in October.
Wildfires Anniversary Sparks Recaps At the one-year anniversary of the Gatlinburg-area wildfires, many media outlets are taking a look back, including at Dolly's fundraising efforts to help those who lost everything. She spoke to The Knoxville News-Sentinelhere. The paper also recapped the story here, as did WBIR here.
Dolly Signs New Overseas Song Publishing Deal Dolly this week announced she has signed with Concord Music to handle her international music publishing rights for her Velvet Apple Music songwriting catalog, primarily in the U.K., Germany, France and Latin America. Read more from Music Rowhere.
Dolly Remembers Mel Tillis Music legend Mel Tillis was laid to rest on Monday, and while Dolly did not attend the ceremony Pam Tillis read a letter she wrote about her friend, according to The Tennesseanhere.
Dolly Guitar Up For Auction Thanks to a mutual friend who provided the backstory for some Dolly items being sold for charity. Sherry Gilleland runs an all-volunteer organization called Dream Home Charities in Woodriver, Ill., that is collecting two semi trucks full of supplies for local charities to use at Christmas and she met Dolly in Pigeon Forge in August and shared her story with her. To her surprise Dolly followed up their meeting with the donation of an autographed guitar, autographed dulcimer and autographed jacket. The guitar is currently being auctioned on ebay here and the other two items will follow soon. The guitar auction ends on Thursday.
U.K. Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds onto the top spot on the British country compilation albums chart in 63rd chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises one to No. 12 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) slips three to No. 19. Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, holds steady at No. 16 U.K. country albums.
Singer Recounts Meeting Dolly Cindy Wilson of the B52s recently shared her experience meeting Dolly backstage as reported by The Inquisitrhere.
Stella Continues To Sound Alarm On Sexual Harassment Although Dolly has yet to say more than that she hopes the allegations are not true her sister Stella continues to shout loud about sexual harassment in Music City and chastises that no one else is willing to keep Dolly's former publicist Kirt Webster or other alleged sexual harassers in Nashville in the news. She took her complaints to Billboard magazine last week here.
Nelons Cover Dolly's Signature Song Gospel group The Nelons have released their new album The Americana Sessions featuring a cover of Dolly's "Coat Of Many Colors." Get your copy here!
Nov. 22: Dolly 'Forbes' No. 6 Female Music Earner Forbes magazine on Monday released its list of the 10 highest-paid female musicians from summer 2016 to summer 2017, and Dolly came in at No. 6 with $37 million of estimated net income during that period. As was previously reported here when the magazine first released its top 100 entertainers list back in June, she ranked No. 71 worldwide, No. 4 for country entertainers and No. 1 for female country entertainers as the only woman in country's top 10 for the year. She's the only country artist in the all-genre female top 10 following No. 1 Beyonce, Adele, Taylor Swift, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez while coming in ahead of Rihanna, Brittany Spears, Katy Perry and No. 10 Barbara Streisand. As was originally explained back in June, a little less than half of her income was estimated to have come from her touring during that period and a little more than half from her business interests including Dollywood and Dixie Stampede. Check out the top 10 here.
U.S. Chart Updates Dolly's children's album I Believe In You loses six to No. 22 kids albums and holds steady at No. 42 country album sales in its sixth chart week, the Dec. 2 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed. Once Upon a Christmas with Kenny Rogers falls three to No. 24 holiday albums and two to No. 19 holiday album sales, gaining one to No. 4 country catalog and 16 to No. 75 top 100 album sales while re-entering the top country albums chart at No. 49. After six weeks, Miley Cyrus's Younger Now, with Dolly on the duet "Rainbowland," falls off the charts, down from No. 133 top 200 pop albums, No. 80 Canadian pop albums and No. 82 current albums. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," dips five to No. 66 Hot 200 pop albums in its 14th chart week, rising one to No. 87 current albums and four to No. 68 Canadian pop albums.
Dolly Chats With CBN On Kids' Album Another Dolly interview to promote I Believe In You was released this week, this one with faith broadcaster CBN. Read it here.
Nov. 20: Dolly Releases Cartoon Videos For Kids' Album
Dolly on Friday released animated lyric videos for each of the tracks off her children's album . I Believe In You. Check out the one for the title track here or in the media player above and check out the full list of videos here.
British Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe regains the top spot on the British country compilation albums chart in 62nd chart week moving up one spot to No. 1, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, 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. 13 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) holds steady at No. 16. Dolly's children's CD, I Believe In You, loses five places to No. 16 U.K. country albums.
Dolly Duets With Ronnie Millsap Ronnie Millsap let slip in an interview last week that he is recording a duets album of his past hits and his favorite track is "Smoky Mountain Rain" with Dolly. Read more here.
Dolly's Parade Set For May 4 Dollywood has released its schedule for the 2018 season which shows opening day next year will be a Friday (March 16) and that Dolly's Homecoming weekend will be May 4 and 5 with her annual Pigeon Forge parade on May 4. In other park news, the 2017 season has been extended two days into Jan. 2 and 3, and the park is up for USA Today's Top 10 Christmas theme park festivals. Vote here!
Canadian Library Passes 1 Million Books Dolly's Imagination Library program across the border to our north passed 1 million books delivered to Canadian children this month. Read more from a press release here.
Study Looks At Dolly's Wildfire Fund A University of Tennessee study into the effectiveness of Dolly's My People Fund to help with wildfire recovery released preliminary findings last week that the direct payments to families had a greater impact than other forms of assistance. A more detailed report on the findings is expected in the future. Read more here.
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