This week in
Dolly history
Forty-six years ago Tuesday, RCA signs Porter Wagoner to co-produce all of Dolly's solo albums with Bob Ferguson, although he doesn't get producing credit until 1975's Best of Dolly Parton. Thirty-seven years ago Wednesday, “Two Doors Down” debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; it would peak at No. 12 adult contemporary and No. 19 pop while its flip-side, “It's All Wrong, But It's All Right,“ would reach No. 1 country. Twenty-seven years ago Thurday, “Wildflowers,” the final single from the Trio album, debuts on the country singles chart, where it peaks at No. 6. Twenty-five years ago Friday, Dolly is the guest speaker at the National Dropout Prevention Conference in Nashville, where she is lauded for the highly successful education efforts of The Dollywood Foundation. Five years ago Friday, Dollywood opens for its 25th season. Forty-five years ago Saturday, Porter Wayne and Dolly Rebecca debuts on the albums charts; it would peak at No. 4 country, No. 137 pop. Thirty-six years ago Saturday, Variety reports Porter Wagoner has filed a $3 million breach of contract suit against Dolly; it is later settled out of court for $1 million. Thirty-four years ago Saturday, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs marks its seventh of 10 weeks at No. 1 on the country album charts (Dolly's fourth and longest stay atop the chart); it also reaches No. 11 pop and gold status for more than 500,000 copies sold (Dolly's fifth). Twenty-eight years ago Saturday, Trio debuts on the albums charts; it would spend five weeks at No. 1 on the country chart, reach No. 6 on the pop chart and sell more than 1 million copies to be certified platinum. Forty years ago Sunday, “The Bargain Store” becomes Dolly's sixth country No. 1, the fifth in a string of five consecutive No. 1 singles over a 13-month period.


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

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

  • May 1-2, 2015, Dollywood Homecoming

  • Aug. 8-9, 2015, Dollywood Concerts


    Charts

  • U.K., March 28 edition:
          Blue Smoke No longer in top 100 pop albums (down from No. 64; 40 weeks; peaked at No. 2), No. 1 country compilation albums (no change; 41st week; peaked at No. 1)


    Upcoming television appearances
    (All times Eastern unless noted)
  • March 28, noon, CMT, Reba
  • March 29, 6 a.m., Showtime, Straight Talk
  • April 1, 3:30 p.m., ABC Family, Reba
  • April 6, 8 a.m., LOGO, Dolly Parton: Live at the Glastonbury Festival
  • April 7, 6 p.m., LOGO, Dolly Parton: Live at the Glastonbury Festival
  • April 8, 6:30 p.m., Showtime, Straight Talk


    Upcoming or recent releases

  • 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

    Dollywood Coverage Continues: Wigs Coming, 'People' Marvels

    Dolly Parton has some exciting news! See it below and hear more Saturday at 9a/8c on a NEW #CMThot20.

    Posted by CMT Hot 20 Countdown on Thursday, March 26, 2015

    As video of Dolly's Make A Wish visit with a Down syndrome child continued to go viral throughout the week (with appearances on The Huffington Post and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's official Facebook feed, among others), additional coverage surfaced from Dolly's stop at Dollywood last weekend to open the park for its 30th season. CMT posted a video from an interview conducted last weekend for the CMT Hot 20 Countdown in which she revealed she will once again be launching a wig line soon. Watch it here or in the media player above. Also, People magazine had her pose on the park's carousel wearing the same yellow top she donned for their cover story in 1986 on the park's opening, incredulously asking how she looks “the same” 30 years later. Check that out here. Finally, the next gallery of photos from your Dollymania.net coverage of the weekend has been added to that section of the site here.



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    Past news

    March 25:
    Down Syndrome Video Goes Viral
    The video shown on this site Sunday night of Dolly visiting with Down syndrome child Gage Blackwell over the weekend at Dollywood's 30th season opening has gone viral, showing up Tuesday on Taste Of Country here, Entertainment Tonight here, She Knows here, The Inquisitr here, The Knoxville News Sentinel here, People magazine here and The Today Show here, to which the child's mother noted: "Dolly made him feel like the most important person in the room. She was so amazing to just embrace him the way she did. He will never forget her kindness and, as his mother, I will always be grateful for the love she showed to my wonderful son." In related news, your Dollymania.net coverage continues tonight with the first couple of photo galleries from Dolly's Friday morning announcements during the park's 30th anniversary celebration, including the photo at right. Check those out here. Also, while exact details for Dolly's August concerts she announced at the event are still being worked out, organizers tell me that the four shows will be two afternoons and two evenings Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8 and 9. The date when tickets go on sale has yet to be determined, but as was previously reported here season passholders will have first access, followed by the general public afterward if tickets remain available. Image above is copyright ©2015 T. Duane Gordon/Dollymania.net and may not be reproduced without prior written permission. All rights reserved.

    Vegas Remembers Dolly Performance
    The Vegas News is counting down the historical highlights of the Las Vegas Riviera Hotel and Casino as it nears its May scheduled closing, and this week they celebrated when Dolly signed a three-year deal in 1980 to perform at the casino starting in 1981 for $350,000 per week, making her the highest-paid Vegas entertainer in history at that time. Read more here.

    Rapper Azalea Wants Dolly Duet
    Rapper Iggy Azalea would love to collaborate with Dolly on a duet, she told Vogue magazine, as was retold by several media outlets, including Bustle here.

    Cooper Guesses Dollywood On TV
    Bravo's Andy Cohen recently put CNN anchor Anderson Cooper to the test with "Adventures with Anderson," where he had to guess the background behind him based only on clues given by Ellen Barkin. He got Dolly's theme park from the clue Sandy Gallin, her former manager and business partner. Watch the game in the media player below.


    March 23:
    Dollywood Opening Weekend Coverage Continues


    One of Dolly's activities over Dollywood's 30th season opening was her regular breakfast with children facing serious illnesses and their families, usually in connection with the Make A Wish Foundation and similar organizations. Although she never publicizes the private event, occasionally parents will release photos or videos, as occurred with a young man with Down's Syndrome who met her this weekend. Gage Blackwell has a Facebook fan page on which his family shared several videos from the breakfast, including the one viewable in the media player above. Click here for more videos. In related news, your Dollymania.net coverage continues with the posting of the weekend's audio files for your listening enjoyment here. Finally, Knoxville television station WBIR continued its coverage with a story on 30 years of memories here and a web-exclusive interview with Dolly here.

    'Blue Smoke,' 'Very Best' Fall On Overseas Charts
    After 40 weeks in the British top 100 pop albums chart, Dolly's platinum-selling Blue Smoke, the highest-charting British album of her career with its No. 2 peak position, has fallen off of the 100-position tally, down from No. 64, Sunday's update revealed. However, the CD remains at No. 1 for a 41st consecutive week on the British country compilation albums chart, and Dolly keeps two albums in the pop top 100: The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 dips 28 to No. 67 for a 33rd chart week, while The Real Dolly Parton drops 48 places to No. 100 in its 12th week. Down Under, The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 falls back off the top 40 Australian country albums chart, down from No. 39 in its 349th chart week since release. Elsewhere on the British country compilations list, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) slides seven to No. 14 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. 7 and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) jumps up five to No. 8.

    Dolly Party Makes Toronto List
    Toronto's Blog To on Sunday picked the five best "tribute music nights" of the year in the city and included "Steers And Queers: Night Of A Thousand Dollys," which takes place at the Gaystone Hotel during June's gay pride festival with burlesque performers, look-a-like contests, a Dolly choir and more. See the full list here.


    March 21:
    Dolly Announces Concerts, 'Coat' Movie, New Website
    Dolly welcomed season passholders to Dollywood's annual preview day on Friday in advance of the park's official season opening to the general public on Saturday. She greeted the crowd at DP's Celebrity Theatre, where they saw excerpts from three groups performing at this year's Festival of Nations, and she announced the return of the Showcase of Stars concert series, which has been absent from the park since 2003, and that she herself will perform the first shows, her first full concerts at the park since 2005. She will offer two shows a day Aug. 8 and 9, followed by a yet-to-be-announced number of shows by yet-to-be-revealed stars and closing sometime in September with a concert by Kenny Rogers. Proceeds from all concerts will benefit her Imagination Library early childhood literacy program, and the goal is to raise $1 million. Season passholders will be the first to be offered tickets for sale at a yet-to-be-determined date via an e-mail link. She also answered in response to your webmaster's questioning that while she is not planning to tour this year, she may do a few charity events, allowing time off to work on her recently-announced series of NBC movies of the week, announcing that the first project is a two-hour movie based on her song "Coat Of Many Colors" to air this Christmas and she will be doing some production work with her new company, Dixie Pixie Productions. She also announced the launch of her new DollyParton.com website, which serves as a comprehensive archive of her life and career. "It's kind of like a museum," she said. "It's kind of like the history of my life in music. It's all about our businesses. All about my personal stuff. And you can get all of that information scattered around here and there but with this you can get all of it anytime, so that's what Duane was talking about, DollyParton.com." She performed "Rocky Top" with several guests from the Festival of Nations and then popped in for appearances with the shows from Argentina and Canada, singing "Rocky Top" again with the Canadians. Unfortunately, weather resulted in the cancellation of her planned park tour Friday afternoon. She is expected to return to the park on Saturday for the general opening with additional appearances at various shows throughout the day and an afternoon park tour. Coverage from Friday is available from The Johnson City Press here, WLOS here, The Knoxville News-Sentinel here, WATE here, WCYB here, WRCB here, Local 8 here, and WBIR here and here. She also appeared Friday morning on FOX And Friends, where she talked about not wearing sweatpants, a fashion decision which caught the attention of People magazine here. The park's official Livestream footage of the ceremony is available here or in the media player below. Look for complete coverage of the weekend over the next several days on Dollymania.net including video reports, audio from Dolly's appearances, photo galleries and more! Image above is copyright ©2015 T. Duane Gordon/Dollymania.net and may not be reproduced without prior written permission. All rights reserved. Click on the picture for a larger view.

    See Dolly Fan Art At Knoxville Exhibit
    A Dolly-themed art exhibition opened Thursday at Pioneer House in Knoxville. "Tease it to Jesus" will travel to Athens, Ga., April 4 and Dallas later in the year. The show was highlighted on The Huffington Post this week here and prints of the pieces contained in the show are available online here.

    Herschend CEO Leaving For SeaWorld
    Joel Manby, CEO of Dollywood parent company Herschend Family Entertainment, surprised the business world on Thursday with the announcement that he is leaving Dolly's partners in the park to helm SeaWorld as the new CEO of that scandal-plagued company. Read more here.


    March 19:
    Dollywood Season Opening Weekend Approaches
    Dolly will be on park at Dollywood on Friday for the season passholder preview day and Saturday for the park's official opening day for the general public of the 2015 season, and as was previously reported here she is expected to make some major announcements that morning. You'll be able to watch the announcement live via online streaming video Friday morning at 10:10 a.m., the park's has revealed. A link to the Livestream feed will be posted to the park's Facebook page here Friday morning. Your webmaster will also be in attendance for the event and will be reporting over subsequent days here and live blogging via my personal Facebook page here during the event.

    Site: 'Rainbow' One Of Country's Sexiest Covers
    Taste Of Country this week celebrated country music's 10 sexiest album covers of all time, placing Dolly's 1987 Rainbow at No. 5. Check out the list here.

    Grohl Talks Of Extended Dolly Chat On DVD
    Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl spoke with Billboard this week about the April 7 DVD release of their HBO series Sonic Highways, noting, as was previously reported here, that it features the extended interview with Dolly. He said: "There's additional interview footage, like the bulk of the conversation with Dolly Parton and President Obama and maybe Willie [Nelson]. That stuff is fun to watch, especially someone like Dolly, she's a great storyteller, engaging and fun and cool." Read the full interview here and get the DVD here.


    March 16:
    'Blue Smoke,' 'Very Best' Rise On Overseas Charts
    The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 this week re-enters both the British and Australian charts: re-entering the U.K. pop top 100 tally at No. 100 for a 32nd chart week and the top 40 country list Down Under at No. 39 for a 349th chart week since its 2007 release. Her Blue Smoke rebounds 35 spots on the British pop albums chart, its 40th week on the U.K. tally, coming in at No. 64, while the album maintains its No. 1 position on the country compilations album tally for a 40th consecutive week. The Real Dolly Parton shoots up 29 places to No. 52 British pop albums in its 12th week. 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) gains four 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) loses two to No. 9 and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls five to No. 13.

    'Coat' Makes U.K. Mother's Day List
    Mother's Day in the U.K. was this weekend (in the U.S. it's two months later), and The Guardian chose Dolly's "Coat Of Many Colors" among the top 10 best mother songs ever released. See the full list here.

    Parsons' First Music Purchase Was Dolly LP
    The Daily Mail interviewed The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons for his first album purchase, and he replied Dolly's greatest hits on vinyl. Read the full interview here.

    Reynolds Sang Dolly Music At Movie Photo Shoot
    Actor Ryan Reynolds recently tweeted that he had a photo shoot for the upcoming Deadpool X-men movie that featured a certain songbird in the background: "Curiously, the best thing about a #Deadpool photoshoot, is singing Dolly Parton songs full blast while heavily, HEAVILY armed. Unexpected." Read more here.


    March 14:
    DreamMore Trolleys Unveiled At Dollywood


    Employees at Dollywood on Friday were given a few tidbits of news about the new season, including word that the Backstage Restaurant will be returning to a full-service restaurant this season with a full menu including appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and deserts. They were also shown images of the new trolley that will ferry guests from the new DreamMore Resort to the theme park and water park. While these new vehicles, seen above, are just for the resort, word is that plans are to replace the tram fleet for the regular parking lot next year.

    British Actress Wants To Play Dolly
    British actress Sheridan Smith this week won the Broadcasting Press Guild award for Best Actress for playing singer Cilla Black in a biopic on ITV, and the media picked up on her desire to play Dolly. "If I had the breasts Dolly Parton would be one I liked to play, but I'd need a lot of padding," she said. "They'd have to do some work, big hair, talon nails, I'd love it. It would be camp. I'm a big fan." Read more here .


    March 11:
    'The Grass Is Blue' Vinyl Release Confirmed
    The 2015 Record Store Day release announcement came Tuesday confirming rumors (previously reported here) that Dolly's Grammy-winning 1999 project The Grass Is Blue will be released on April 18 for the national celebration as a vinyl album for the first time ever. The full list of RSD exclusives is available here and Sugar Hill Records shared the news on its Facebook page here. And while rumors that it would be released on blue colored vinyl persist, the official listing just says 12-inch vinyl instead of "colored vinyl," so the disc may not be blue after all.

    DreamMore Resort Reservations Officially Announced
    Although the news had already been reported here nearly a week ago, Dollywood on Tuesday made the official announcement that reservations are being taken now for its DreamMore Resort for stays beginning Aug. 18. They are available at DollywoodsDreamMore.com or by calling 800-365-5996. The Resort's general manager, Kevin Osborn, said in a statement: "Our goal is to bring new visitors to the beautiful Smokies and have Dollywood's DreamMore Resort guests experience special privileges that aren't available anywhere else. With rooms starting at $179, these benefits give families more of what they want in a Dollywood vacation – more play, more time and more value." Guest privileges announced Tuesday include complimentary TimeSaver Passes to bypass attraction lines at the park, early entry on Saturdays, complimentary resort shuttles from the hotel to Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country, a resort guests-only separate entrance for the parks, complimentary to-room delivery of shopping purchases in the parks and more. The final opening date will be announced later in the spring, the press release noted, suggesting that it will actually be open sometime prior to Aug. 18.

    GAC Celebrates Dolly Among Country's Best Women
    To celebrate Sunday's International Women's Day, Great American Country (GAC) on Monday chose the 10 most influential women in the history of country music, ranked roughly in the order of their rise to prominence: Maybelle Carter, Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Dottie West, Tammy Wynette, Dolly, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Reba and Shania Twain. Check out what they had to say about each one here.

    ACM CD Track Listing With Dolly Released
    You may recall it reported here a few weeks back that Dolly was among the artists on the March 31 two-CD collection Now! That's What I Call ACM Awards 50 Years. The track listing for the project was revealed on Tuesday, and it features 50 songs – one for each year of the awards show. Dolly's entry represents 1983: "Islands In The Stream" with Kenny Rogers. Get the CD here!

    'Dear Dolly' Song Getting Noticed
    Singer and fiddler Natalie Stovall recently released a great song paying tribute to Dolly called "Dear Dolly." Watch it on YouTube here or in the media player below.


    March 9:
    Dolly Slides On U.K. Charts
    Dolly's Blue Smoke loses 18 places this week on the British pop albums chart, its 39th week on the U.K. tally, coming in at No. 99, while the album maintains its No. 1 position on the country compilations album tally for a 39th consecutive week. The Real Dolly Parton falls eight spots to No. 81 in its 11th week. On the 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) drops six to No. 11 while her 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. 7 and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses one to No. 8.

    Billboard Looks At Country's British Popularity Last Year
    In related news, Billboard over the weekend posted a story here about how country music resurged in popularity last year in the U.K., taking 2.3 percent of the album market, its highest level in seven years there. They give a lot of various reasons why, mentioning near the end almost only in passing that Dolly's massively-popular Glastonbury Festival performance last year was also a contributing factor. While the story doesn't go into any further detail, Dolly's Blue Smoke was solely responsible for about 20 percent of the U.K.'s 2 million country albums sold last year, as it was the 13th best-selling album of the year in the U.K., the only country title to break the top 40 best-selling albums of the year list there and the only country title released in 2014 to be certified platinum in Britain last year.


    March 7:
    Dollywood 30th Anniversary Kick-Off Coming

    We're now just two weeks away from the start of Dollywood's  30th anniversary season, and it has been revealed that Dolly will kick off the celebration with a special Festival of Nations showcase in D.P.'s Celebrity Theater during the season passholder preview day on Friday, March 20. Doors open for the theater at 9:45 a.m. that morning and a free 30th anniversary commemorative mug will be given away while supplies last. Dolly is slated to make an "exciting announcement" during the performance. She is also scheduled to return for park appearances on Saturday, March 21, which is the first day the park is open to the general public this season. In addition, the park has released a promotional video viewable in the media player above or by clicking here.

    Order Foo Fighters DVD With Dolly
    The Foo Fighters' HBO music series Sonic Highways has been added to Amazon.com for ordering as a home video release hitting shelves on April 7 and featuring an extended version of the interview with Dolly that appeared in the Nashville episode. Get it on BluRay here and DVD here.


    March 6:
    Reports: 'The Grass Is Blue' Heading To Record Store Day
    Several lists of reported exclusive releases for this year's National Record Store Day state that Dolly's 1999 bluegrass masterpiece The Grass Is Blue will be released on vinyl for the first time ever as part of the April 18 event. No official announcement of the release has been made, so the lists are unconfirmed. Check one list out here.

    First U.K. Imagination Library Closing
    News that Rotherham, England, the first U.K. affiliate of Dolly's Imagination Library, is shuttering the program made international headlines on Thursday. Active since 2008, the program has mailed 950,000 books to local children there, reaching 85 percent of the city's population under age 5. However, as officials announced £23 million in cuts from the city budget for next year (about $35 million U.S.), among the ended programs were Dolly's book project, which cost the city about £200,000 (about $300,000 U.S.) per year. In a statement, Dolly's charity said: "It is an honour and pleasure for us to serve the children of Rotherham so we are most disappointed about the proposal to cease the Imagination Library in Rotherham. The programme has been successful and we hope parents and caregivers who value the programme will share their feelings with the council. May all of Rotherham's children continue to have every opportunity to dream more, learn more, care more and be more." Dolly's literacy project has spread to 62 cities across the U.K. Read more from The Star here, the BBC here and Yahoo U.K. here. (And in reading overseas coverage, keep in mind that in British English, "scheme" just means "project" or "plan" rather than the negative connotations that the word has in American English.)


    March 4:
    DreamMore Resort Opens Aug. 18, Taking Reservations
    Dollywood's DreamMore Resort this week revealed that it will open Aug. 18 and began taking reservations for stays starting on that date. The hotel resort adjacent to Dolly's theme park and water park was originally scheduled for a May opening but suffered construction delays.

    Clarkson, Fallon Sing Duet Classics
    Kelly Clarkson stopped by The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon this week and performed a "history of duets" with the host, including Kenny & Dolly's "Islands In The Stream." Watch the sketch here.

    Canadian Paper Remembers Dolly Concert From 39 Years Ago
    The Edmonton Journal this week reprinted a Dolly concert review from 1976 which described her as "with her push 'em up bra pushing 'em up, her store-bought hair piled high on her head and her chubby little body packed into an almost-bursting-at-the-seams glass-studded jumpsuit, Dolly Parton cut an impressive figure at the Jubilee Auditorium. She looked like a truck driver's dream. Gone wild. A living, breathing kewpie doll from the top of her fake platinum blond to the tip of her open-toed, silver high heels ... she seemed to be a throwback to the days before women's lib when most assets were her obvious." Read more here.

    Night Of 1,000 Dollys Welcomes Guest Performers
    Plans are coming together for May 2nd's Night of 1,000 Dollys, returning for the sixth year to Knoxville's Club XYZ. Venue owner Richard Cameron, also known as The Outrageous Raz, who hosts the evening, announced that professional Dolly impersonators Jason CoZmo and Cloe Richards will perform this year, as will XYZ cast members Vanity Love and Trixie Lynn. "Since 2010 we have delighted in celebrating our love of Dolly Parton," he added. "We will have our annual Best Dolly contest and Imagination Library Raffle." The event is not affiliated with Dolly Parton, Dolly Parton Enterprises or Dollywood, Inc. Click on the image below for a larger view.


    March 2:
    'Blue Smoke' Rises On U.K. Charts
    Dolly's Blue Smoke rebounds 11 spots this week on the British pop albums chart, its 38th week on the U.K. tally, coming in at No. 81, while the album maintains its No. 1 position on the country compilations album tally for a 38th consecutive week. The Real Dolly Parton re-enters the top 100 pop albums at No. 73 in its 10th week. On the country albums tally, the re-issue of her Dolly boxed set, falls back off the top 20, down from No. 18. On the 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 down 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) holds steady at No. 8 and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) holds steady at No. 7.

    'Jolene' Makes Top Karaoke Songs Of Year Overseas
    Thanks to her Glastonbury appearance and the success of her most recent album, Dolly's "Jolene" was the 10th most-performed karaoke song in the U.K. last year, a new survey has found. "Let It Go" was No. 1. Read more from Entertainmentwise here.

    Dolly Named To Top 50 Living Musicians List
    The Best Schools has identified the 50 "most important living musicians," which includes Dolly. Read the list here.

    Union Sings Dolly's '9 To 5' On 'The Tonight Show'
    Gabrielle Union was on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last week and named Dolly's "9 To 5" as one of her go-to karaoke songs, treating the audience to her Dolly impersonation. Watch it here.

    Stampede Makeover Gets 'Times' Coverage
    The renovations to Dolly's Dixie Stampede dinner theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., made The New York Times last week. Read the story here.

    Miley Alters Dolly, Madonna Pictures
    Dolly goddaughter Miley Cyrus last week released photos of her face superimposed over the bodies of Madonna and Dolly. See her photoshop work here.


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