This week in
Dolly history
Forty-four years ago Monday, Porter & Dolly announce the breakup of their duo. Thirty-seven years ago Monday, “9 to 5" is certified as Dolly's second gold single for sales in excess of 1 million copies. Twenty-five years ago Monday, Whitney Houston's cover of Dolly's "I Will Always Love You" tops the Billboard pop charts for the 14th week -- breaking the record for longest-running No.1 single in history at that time. Twenty-four years ago Monday, “The Day I Fall In Love” with James Ingram debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; it peaks at No. 36. Thirty years ago Tuesday, Porter & Dolly perform together on the stage of The Grand Ole Opry for her ABC television series, the first time the two sing together publicly since 1974. Thirty-seven years ago Wednesday, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs marks its second of 10 weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts (Dolly's fourth time at the top and longest stay there); it also reaches No. 11 pop and gold status for more than 500,000 copies sold (Dolly's fifth). The same day, “9 to 5" reaches No. 1 on the pop charts. Thirty-one years ago Wednesday, “To Know Him Is To Love Him” with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris debuts on the country singles charts; three months later it would become Trio's sole No. 1, Dolly's 21st of her record 25 times atop the country singles charts, Emmylou's fifth and most recent No. 1, and Linda's second and most recent country No. 1. Seventeen years ago Wednesday, Dolly wins her sixth Grammy Award, this time for Best Bluegrass Album for The Grass is Blue. Forty-three years ago Thursday, “The Bargain Store” debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; the No. 1 country single would peak at No. 35 AC. Thirty-three years ago Friday, “Don't Call It Love” debuts on the adult contemporary chart; the song would peak at No. 12 adult contemporary and No. 3 country. Eighteen years ago Friday, Dolly picks up her fifth Grammy Award, Best Country Vocal Collaboration, for “After The Goldrush,” the second she shares with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris as The Trio. Thirty-six years ago Saturday, Dolly wins two Grammy Awards for “9 to 5” -- Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song; the hit was also up for overall Song Of The Year and Best Album From A Motion Picture.


  • U.K., Feb. 18 edition:
          The Complete Trio Collection No. 10 country compilation (no change; 75th week; peaked at No. 1 for 23 weeks)

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

  • Feb. 27: Library of Congress
  • March 16-17: Dollywood opening weekend

    Upcoming or recent releases

  • The Faith of Dolly Parton May 22 book

  • Straight Talk Special Edition, Blue-Ray and DVD re-issue, April 17

  • Dolly Parton, Gender and Country Music Jan. 6 book

  • Next New Heartbreak, Brad Hudson CD Nov. 3 with Dolly duet

  • I Believe In You kids' CD Oct. 13 on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville, Sept. 29 digital download

  • Younger Now, Sept. 29, Miley Cyrus CD with Dolly duet

  • Woman Walk The Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives Sept. 20 book

  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends DVD set Sept. 19

  • Simple Dreams, 1977 Linda Ronstadt album on CD with Dolly duet, Sept. 15

  • Just Because I'm A Woman 1968 vinyl re-issue, Sept. 8

  • A Real Live Dolly, 1970 album on CD, Sept. 1

  • Rainbow, Kesha CD with Dolly duet, Aug. 11

  • Born Again Wildflower, by Debbie Cochran (with Dolly duet on "Born Again Wildflower"), June 16

  • Hee Haw: Pfft! You Were Gone! DVD with Dolly performance of "Coat of Many Colors" and "The Right Combination," Time-Life, June 13

  • Dolly On Dolly: Interviews and Encounters With Dolly Parton May 1 book

  • Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child , features Dolly's performance of "The Story," May 5 (also available on vinyl here)

  • Just Between You And Me, 1968 album with Porter Wagoner download, March 3

  • Songs Of Cinema, Michael Bolton (duet with Dolly), Feb. 10

  • Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love DVD and Blu-Ray Dec. 20

  • Once Upon A Christmas, vinyl, 1984 album, Dec. 2

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors Blu-Ray release, Nov. 29

  • Coat Of Many Colors Oct. 18, children's book

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas Oct. 11 "Pop Art Cover" DVD re-issue

  • "Jolene" with Pentatonix, Sept. 16

  • Hits Made Famous by Country Queens, Sept. 14, reissue

  • The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe Sept. 9, three-CD set (and My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection one-CD version, vinyl release of Trio II, and vinyl two-LP set of bonus tracks as Farther Along)

  • On Top Of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music, CD with Dolly track, Aug. 19

  • Pure & Simple, solo CD, Aug. 19 (U.K. import with live CD from 2014 Glastonbury set available as import here)

  • Golden Streets of Glory 1971 album digital download

    My Tennessee Mountain Home 1973 album digital download

  • Country Girl In The Big Apple. vinyl, 1977 concert, June 24

  • Smart Blonde, biography re-issue, June 7

  • Dolly Parton: Queen Of Country April 5 digital release of hourlong documentary

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors May 3 DVD release

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (BluRay release), March 8

  • Coat Of Many Colors Feb. 12 vinyl re-issue

  • Mountain Songbird: A Sister's Tribute Stella Parton tribute CD to Dolly, Jan. 19

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors (2015 movie), Dec. 21 download

  • Rhinestone (1984), Dec. 4 download

  • Joshua (1971), Dec. 4 download

  • The Great Pretender (1984), Dec. 4 download

  • Hello I'm Dolly (1967), Dec. 4 download

  • Here You Come Again (1977), Dec. 4 download

  • Jolene (1974), Dec. 11 download

  • The Collection, Dec. 4 download of 10 Dolly albums

  • Christmas Time, Rhonda Vincent CD with Dolly guest appearance, Oct. 30

  • The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton Oct. 2

  • Cass County, Sept. 25 Don Henley CD with Dolly duet

  • Picking Up The Pieces, Sept. 11, Jewel CD with Dolly duet

  • Platinum Blonde Australian DVD, Sept. 11 (import)

  • The Blacklist: Music From The Television Series Aug. 21 CD with "Slow Ass Jolene" by Dolly

  • Jolene Aug. 3 vinyl re-issue

  • Live From The Bottom Line, July 24 CD

  • Midnight Special DVD set with two Dolly songs, May 12

  • Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited CD with Dolly performing "When They Ring Those Golden Bells," May 12

  • Sonic Highways DVD with Dolly interview, April 7

  • Lifetime Holiday Triple Feature DVD with A Country Christmas Story featuring Dolly, Nov. 4

  • Touch Your Woman digital re-issue of 1972 album, Oct. 22

  • Early Morning Breeze DVD August 12

  • 2015 Official Dolly Calendar July 15

  • Trio, vinyl reissue of 1987 album with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, July 7

  • Bridges Mary Sarah (with Dolly duet on "Jolene") July 8

  • Blue Smoke U.S. release, May 13 (get the vinyl release here)

  • Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-76 Porter & Dolly six-CD boxed set, May 13

  • "Home" U.S. digital single release, April 22

  • Who Is Dolly Parton? children's illustrated biography book April 3

  • Love Is Like A Butterfly 1974 album available for digital download March 21

  • "Blue Smoke" U.S. digital single release, March 18

  • Blue Smoke U.S. import of Aussie release, Feb. 4

  • The Box Set Series four-CD set, Jan. 28

  • The Very Best Of Dolly Parton: Australian Tour Edition U.S. import of Aussie release, Dec. 31

  • The Bargain Store, 1975 album available for digital download Dec. 23

  • Dream More: Celebrate The Dreamer In You paperback edition of Dolly's book Nov. 512:30 a.m.

  • Divided & United Civil War music CD with Dolly duet of "Listen To The Mockingbird" Nov. 5

  • My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy, 1969 album available for digital download Oct. 22

  • To All The Girls Willie Nelson CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 15

  • You Can't Make Old Friends Kenny Rogers CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 8

  • Rhinestone DVD re-issue Aug. 6

  • Heartbreak Express, 1982 album available for digital download July 16

  • Under The Influence Straight No Chaser CD (with Dolly guest vocals) May 7

  • Duets Paul Anka CD (with Dolly duet) April 9

  • Unsung Hero: A Tribute To The Music of Ron Davies (features Dolly track) March 25

  • At Last Lulu Roman CD (with Dolly duet) Jan. 15

  • Dream More book (Putnam) Nov. 27 (audio book available here)

  • Hollywood To Dollywood DVD (Breaking Glass Pictures), Nov. 6

  • Playlist: The Very Best of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton (Sony Legacy) Oct. 9

  • Joyful Noise Songbook (Hal Leonard) May 30

  • Joyful Noise DVD (Warner Brothers) May 1

  • Joyful Noise Soundtrack (Watertower) Jan. 10

  • Bill Anderson: The First 10 Years: 1956-1966, Bill Anderson (previously unreleased duet "If It's All The Same To You") (Bear Family Records), Nov. 22

  • Les Grands Espaces, Isabelle Boulay, Nov. 15, duet on "True Blue"

  • "He's Everything", single from Joyful Noise soundtrack, Oct. 28

  • Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three, Oct. 4, duet on "Wonderful Christmas Time" (Chicago II)

  • First Dog DVD (features original songs by Dolly) Sept. 6

  • The Words and Music of Dolly Parton, July 31 (The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection)

  • The Tour Collection, July 26 (re-issue via Sony UK)

  • Better Day, June 28 (Dolly Records) (Vinyl version available here Aug. 16)

  • Straight Talk, May 10 (Mill Creek Entertainment) Blu-Ray disc release

  • . Hannah Montana Forever: Final Season, The Ultimate Fan Experience, March 8 (Disney DVD)

  • The Grascals, Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin (Cracker Barrel exclusive) Jan. 10

  • Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical songbook Jan. 5

  •  Wanted Dec. 14, seven previously unreleased Monument-era songs (Jukebox Records)

  • Super Hits/Heartbreaker, Nov. 9, re-issue (Sony)

  • Dolly Parton Triple Feature, Vol. 2, Nov. 9, re-issue of Coat of Many Colors, My Tennessee Mountain Home and Jolene (Sony)

  • Playlist: The Very Best Gospel Of Dolly Parton, Oct. 12 (RCA/Legacy)

  • Taken Rhonda VIncent (with Dolly duet), Sept. 21 (Upper Management)

  • Desgining Women: Season Four DVD, Sept. 14 (Shout)

  • "Made For Loving You" (digital single) (duet with Curly Putman) Aug. 31

  • Fairest Of Them All/My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner Aug. 17 (Omni; re-issue)

  • Brother Clyde (CD by Billy Ray Cyrus' new band, Brother Clyde, featuring a Dolly duet) Aug. 10 (Disney)

  • The Essential 3.0 Dolly Parton (compilation) June 15 (Sony Legacy)

  • Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith and Inspiration May 4 (RCA)

  • A Real Live Dolly March 19 (RCA, download only)

  • Country's Greatest Stars Live Vol. 1 Jan. 26 (Shout! Factory)

  • "Comin' Home For Christmas" (single only) Dec. 1 (Dolly Records)

  • Dolly: Live From London (DVD and CD concert set) Nov. 10 (Dolly Records) (DVD portion available for downloading from Amazon here)

  • Dolly (four-CD boxed set) Oct. 27 (Sony Legacy)

  • Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years (three-CD boxed set with new Dolly duet) Oct. 27 (Time Life Records)

  • "Change It" (single) July 28 (Dolly Records)

  • 9 To 5: The Musical (Soundtrack) July 28 (Dolly Records)

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    Today's Dolly Parton news

    Library Of Congress To Celebrate 100 Millionth Dolly Book
    The 100 millionth book distributed by Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy program will be inducted into the national archives of the Library of Congress, The Mountain Press reported here on Sunday. The 10 a.m. Feb. 27 ceremony is just Dolly's latest recognition by the U.S. Library of Congress, which previously named her a Living Legend in 2004, placed her “Coat Of Many Colors” in the National Recording Registry in 2012 and honored Imagination Library with a Literacy Award in 2014. According to the article, Dolly is expected to be in attendance at the ceremony.  

    Overseas Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady on the British country compilation albums chart in its 75th chart week to No. 10, 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) gains two to No. 9 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) holds steady at No. 15 and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises three to No. 11.

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    Feb. 16:
    Rick, Stella Bring Back Up Webster Scandal
    The first accuser of Dolly's former publicist, Kirt Webster, this week lashed out at Dolly's response to Nashville's installment of the #MeToo sexual assault scandals, and Dolly's sister continued to speak out, while Dolly and her team maintained their silence. Austin Rick – whose accusation that Webster forced him into a sexual relationship in exchange for helping him start a country music career led to at least one other client, one reporter, one intern and more than 20 former employees of Webster's, both male and female, to come forward with accusations he had either sexually assaulted or sexually harassed them as well – told The Nashville Scene here: "Dolly's take on this makes me sad. For all the good she's done during her career, it's ironic to me that she draws her morality line at sexual abuse. Apparently that's not important enough for Dolly to want to get to the bottom of. The only comment she's given is to say that she hopes I'm a liar. She hopes that myself and Kirt's at least 24 other victims are all conspiring to peddle terrible falsehoods — all so that she doesn't have to think any differently about her 'friend' — who has been maliciously exploiting her all along to get his twisted jollies off." When news of the scandal first broke and after multiple former Webster employees told multiple media outlets that he regularly exchanged meet-and-greet passes at Dolly's past several tours for oral sex from gay fans who wanted to meet her and other employees went public with tales of constant sexual harassment in his workplace, Dolly released a statement which many fans –and even her own sister – thought was inadequate: "I've worked with Kirt Webster for many years and he has done a wonderful job. I am hoping that the accusations are not true." Dolly has made no further comment since and that continued this week when her sister, Stella, continued to sound the alarm on the situation to FOX News here saying: "It's a good ol' boys town and it's always been a good ol' boys town. They hide behind their religion, all of them, a bunch of Southern Baptist hypocrites." She added that while Dolly "does not condone" the behavior she has "always been very selective about talking about stuff like that. I don't know why she can't speak out, but I will." She added she has spoken to her sister about the allegations but would not disclose what Dolly told her. FOX News noted Dolly has not hired a new publicist since firing Webster in November, instead using her management staff and Dollywood's media relations staff. When asked for comment on the FOX News story, her rep referred the network to her previous statement, and her manager and record label both declined to return repeated requests from the network for comment.

    'Dumplin'' Soundtrack Adds Macy Gray
    Another guest on the Duplin' soundtrack with Dolly is now known. R&B star Macy Gray posted photos of herself in the studio with Dolly producer Linda Perry and Mavis Staples working on the project for the upcoming Jennifer Anniston film.

    Dolly Lobbys For Pre-1972 Recordings
    Dolly this week joined 212 other artists asking Congress in a print advertisement to pass the CLASSICS Act, which would add federal copyright protection to songs recorded before Feb. 15, 1972. Under current law, a loophole allows streaming internet-based services to play recordings made before that date without paying any royalties to the performers. The bill before Congress would close the loophole.

    Feb. 13:
    First Look At 'Dumplin'' Soundtrack

    Rhonda Vincent on Monday gave fans the first look at the behind-the-scenes action of Dolly's work on the soundtrack for the film adaptation of the novel Dumplin' produced by and starring Jennifer Anniston. Vincent went live on Facebook here (or in the media player above) to show Dolly and the film's music director Linda Perry (former lead singer of 4 Non Blondes and wife to actress Sara Gilbert) at the control board as gospel legend Mavis Staples records vocals for a Dolly duet. Vincent gushes about the soundtrack and that she had just finished playing and singing on the track. Unfortunately fan comments alert Vincent to the death reported Monday morning of singer Daryle Singletary with whom Vincent recorded a duets album last year.

    Feb. 12:
    New 'Straight Talk' Blu-Ray Coming
    Kino Lorber Studio Classics on Wednesday announced a special edition re-release of Dolly's 1992 film Straight Talk. The new version, coming out April 17, will be available both on Blu-Ray and DVD and feature audio commentary by director Barnet Kellman as well as the original theatrical trailer. The movie was previously released on Blu-Ray, but without any special features, in 2011. The new release will also for the first time feature the original film artwork from the theatrical run for the cover art of the disc case, seen at left. List price will be $20 for the Blu-Ray and $12 for DVD. Reserve your copy from Amazon here!

    Adams Does Dolly, Warhol, Others For Magazine Shoot
    Actress Amy Adams recently recreated several of Andy Warhol's famous Polaroid images he took to create celebrity portrait paintings, including Dolly's, for a cover story in Garage magazine. Check out the photos in The Hollywood Reporter here.

    Dolly Look-A-Like Contest Coming To New York
    Time Out magazine reports that New York's Mable's Smokehouse in Williamsburg will host a Dolly-themed night and Dolly look-a-like contest "Hello Dollies!" Feb. 23. The 9 p.m. event will feature a $10 cover for non-contestants. Learn more here.

    Overseas Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains one on the British country compilation albums chart in its 74th chart week to No. 10, 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) dips one to No. 11 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses three to No. 15 and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises three to No. 14.

    Feb. 4:
    Overseas Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains two on the British country compilation albums chart in its 73rd chart week to No. 11, 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) dips two to No. 10 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses one to No. 12 and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) holds steady at No. 17.    

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    Jan. 31:
    '9 To 5' Used In New IBM CommercIal

    IBM at Sunday's Grammy Awards premiered a new commercial set to Dolly's "9 to 5." Watch it on YouTube here or in the media player above.

    Adele Shows Off Her Inner Dolly
    Pop darling Adele caused a little stur on Tuesday when she posted a photo of herself dressed as a mid-1970s Dolly to Instagram with the tribute: "The effortless queen of song, Dolly Parton! We love you! We wish We could possess an ounce of your ability. You were the hero of our night! A hero of my life. I'll always love you." Given the past tense of part of the comment some fans feared Dolly had died but Dolly herself soon acknowledged the posting with her message: "I will always love you, too" followed by several hearts. Read more from The Daily Mail here.

    Dolly Tribute Going On U.K. Nationwide Tour
    After a sold-out run at Edinburgh Fringe and the booking of a month-long run at London's Soho Theatre, Sh!t Theatre's irreverent tribute to Dolly titled DollyWould has announced a nationwide U.K. tour from March through June. See the list of performances from Broadway World here.

    Dolly Art Exhibit Opening In London
    Also overseas, artist Waynedidit will exhibit six paintings inspired by Dolly's time on the silver screen titled "Dolly At The Movies" showing Feb. 5-28 at Greenwich Picturehouse in London.

    U.S. Chart Updates
    The Feb. 3 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," inches down five spots to No. 127 Hot 200 pop albums in its 24th chart week.

    'Drag Race' Features Dolly Drag Thursday
    "Dolly" will appear on Thursday's RuPaul Drag Race All Stars on VH1 or rather contestant Trixie Mattel will portray her in a competition to dress as entertainment's biggest gay divas. Mattel cites Dolly as her hero and the biggest inspiration for her drag persona, which includes a big blonde wig, tight jumpsuits and folk music a la circa 1976 Dolly. See a preview from YouTube here or in the media player below.

    Jan. 29:
    Overseas Chart Updates
    The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe loses five on the British country compilation albums chart in 72nd chart week to No. 13, 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) gains five to No. 8 as Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) moves up one to No. 11 and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) inches up one to No. 17.                

    News On Library's Blind Program
    WDRB offers an update on the Braille book partnership of Dolly's Imagination Library program in a piece here which notes the books are made by prisoners in Kentucky's only women's penitentiary.

    Still No Dolly On 'Grace And Frankie'
    Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin may have convinced producers to let Dolly appear on their Netflix series Grace and Frankie but they have yet to work out the scheduling to try and get her on the show and whenever it is worked out they won't tell other actors according to an interview with co-star Brooklyn Decker here.

    Jan. 26:
    Dolly Ends Annual Pigeon Forge Parade
    After 32 years of consecutive annual appearances in the City of Pigeon Forge parade known officially as the "Dolly Parade" during Dolly's "Homecoming Weekend" at Dollywood, the city and theme park jointly announced Thursday that Dolly is stepping down as Grand Marshal. Those duties will be filled this year at the May 4 event instead by National Baseball Hall of Fame member Cal Ripken Jr., founder of the $22.5 million Ripken Experience youth baseball facility which opened in the city last year. The parade will also be renamed "Music In The Mountains Spring Parade."
          In a press release, Dolly explained: "For 32 years, it's been my honor and privilege to serve as the grand marshal. In that time, Pigeon Forge has grown so much and so many new businesses and attractions have come to town, everyone agrees that this is the perfect time for me to step aside and share the spotlight with some other folks. Dollywood has hogged the spotlight long enough!"
          Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster added: "We want to thank Dolly for all that she has done, and we are so very grateful for the kindness and generosity she has shown to both our visitors and our residents. Given Pigeon Forge's progress and unprecedented growth during the last three decades, both Dollywood and Pigeon Forge city officials recognized that we have so much to celebrate with our parade."
          As fans accused the city of playing politics and forcing Dolly out, the city's tourism department responded on Facebook: "it was a mutual decision between Dollywood theme park and the city of Pigeon Forge to have someone new in the grand marshall role."
          The parade started in 1986 to celebrate the season opening of Dollywood and kick off the Pigeon Forge tourism season. Most years, Dolly rode atop a float designed to reflect the theme of the park's addition for the new season. As the park began opening earlier in the year in cooler temperatures and the park's opening weekend moved from April to March in 2008, the parade moved from April to May in the hope of better weather but it still often operated in cold rain under the new rebranding of "Dolly's Homecoming."
          When the first 2018 season calendar for Dollywood was released online in November, it contained the Dolly Parade in Pigeon Forge on May 4 and Dolly's Homecoming Weekend May 4 and 5 at the park, but when the calendar was updated online in December or early January those two items were removed.
          When asked if she would be making any appearances for her traditional Homecoming Weekend with the parade development, a park spokesperson on Thursday declined to comment and reiterated the park's general policy of not revealing Dolly's calendar of appearances at the park in advance, so it is unknown whether or not she plans to visit in May. However, the spokesperson did confirm to that she plans to be on park for opening weekend, which takes place March 16-17.

    U.S. Chart Updates
    Playlist: The Very Best Of Dolly Parton earns a third consecutive week on the Jan. 27 Billboard country catalog albums chart, slipping one to No. 9, it was revealed Tuesday. Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," drops 25 to No. 122 Hot 200 pop albums in its 23rd chart week, falling back out of the Canadian top 100, down from No. 99, and top 100 current albums, down from No. 70.

    Jan. 22:
    Midsouth Emmys Recognize Dolly

    Dolly took home two Emmy honors Saturday night from the 32nd Annual Midsouth regional Emmy Awards. She and co-producers Nicholas E. Dugger, Danny Nozell, Pete Owens, Scott Durand, Shanna Strassberg, Edie Lynn Hoback and John Zarling were honored for Outstanding Community Service Program for last year's wildfires telethon Smoky Mountains Rise. Dolly then was presented with the 2018 Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement for her philanthropic efforts. Dollywood Foundation President David Dotson accepted the award on her behalf at the ceremony and she provided a videotaped acceptance speech as well. The introductory clip for her award was posted to Dollywood's Facebook page here and in the media player above. The ceremony was streamed over Livestream here.

    Stampede Protesters Complain Of Name Change
    About a dozen protesters upset about Dolly removing the word "Dixie" from the name of her Stampede chain of equestrian-themed dinner theatres as they plan to expand them outside of the South while also dealing with changing majority attitudes toward things seen as celebrating the Confederacy came out to Pigeon Forge Saturday to let their opinions be known and saw coverage from WBIR in Knoxville here.

    Minogue Compared To Dolly
    Aussie singer Kylie Minogue is being criticized by fans that her newest music sounds too much like Dolly having released a dance record, which happens to be the exact flavor she told fans the new album would have, as she is a huge Dolly fan. Read more from The Daily Mail here.

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