Sixteen years ago Monday, Halos & Horns is released. Sixteen years ago Tuesday, Dolly in New York City kicks-off her first U.S. tour in a decade; all dates on the 13-city tour to promote the Halos & Horns album sell out completely. Thirty-six years ago Wednesday, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas premieres in Austin; the film becomes one of the highest-grossing musicals in cinema history ($70 million U.S., about $145 million adjusted for inflation) and brings two Dolly hits from its soundtrack, her second recording of “I Will Always Love You” (country No. 1, pop No. 53) and “Hard Candy Christmas” from the original Broadway score (country No. 8). Forty-three years ago Thursday, Porter & Dolly's duet “Say Forever You'll Be Mine” debuts on the county charts; it would peak at No. 5, the 12th of their 14 Top 10 hits. Twenty-one years ago Thursday, Dolly's techno remix of “Peace Train” debuts on the dance singles sales chart; it would peak at No. 4. Thirty-one years ago Saturday, Trio is certified simultaneously gold (+500,000 copies sold) and platinum (+1 million copies sold). Sixteen years ago Saturday, Halos & Horns debuts at No. 1 country, No. 37 pop and No. 11 indie on the British albums chart; it reigns at No. 1 on the country side for 10 weeks.
U.K., July 8 edition:
The Complete Trio Collection No. 1 country compilation (no change; 95th week; peaked at No. 1 for 25 weeks)
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
July 12, 6 a.m., HBO2, 9 To 5
July 14, 8:30 a.m., Showtime2, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 2:15 p.m. July 20)
July 14, 2 p.m., E!, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (re-runs noon July 15)
July 16, 4 a.m., Showtime, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 5:30 p.m. July 16, 10:30 a.m. July 23)
July 17, 12 p.m., Freeform, Reba
July 17, 7 p.m., REELZ, Revealed: Dolly Parton (re-runs 11 p.m. July 17)
Rock Hall Of Fame Features Dolly Pinball The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland this week announced a new exhibit which features Dolly. “Part Of The Machine: Rock and Pinball” opens Wednesday in the Main Exhibit Hall of the museum and includes playable pinball machines dedicated to artists including Dolly and her 1979 Bally machine as well as Elton John, Guns N' Roses, Alice Cooper, KISS, and The Who. The display also features related memorabilia including the dress Dolly wore which inspired the backglass art of her pinball machine, the drum set of Peter Criss from KISS, the guitar on which The Who's Pete Townshend composed “Pinball Wizard,” Alice Cooper's electric chair prop from his 1971 tour and an Andy Warhol piece titled “Little Electric Chair.” Attendees will receive a limited number of complimentary tokens upon entry to the Hall of Fame to play the pinball machines and will be able to purchase additional tokens for a fee. Those playing the games will be able to tweet their high scores with the hashtag #pinballwizard to be featured on the leaderboard of high scores. An end date for the exhibit has not been announced. Learn more from the Hall of Fame's website here.
Witherspoon Show Includes Dolly Actress Reese Witherspoon on Tuesday announced she is launching a new interview series on trailblazing women titled Shine On With Reese, which will premiere next week on a Hello Sunshine Video On Demand channel on AT&T's DirecTV (channel 1112), DirecTV Now and U-Verse (channel 1530). Among the early interviewees in the series are Dolly, director Ava DuVernay, author Glennon Doyle and World Cup champion Abby Wambach. Read more from Deadlinehere.
Dolly Caught Out In LA Dolly was out and about in Los Angeles this week and got caught by paparazzi. Media who shared the photos misidentified her gloves as medical bandages for an injury and misidentified a longtime employee as her husband. Check out the images from Britain's The Daily Mailhere.
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July 9: Dolly Chats With 'Nash News'
Nash Country Daily last week released a new Dolly interview conducted a few weeks back in which she talks about running her theme park, her career, the current ladies of country music and her desire to work with Reba McEntire musically or on film. Take a listen to the interview with Elaina Smith from the site's "Women Want To Hear Women" podcast here or in the audio player below or watch the video portion in here or in the video player above.
'Trio' Stays No. 1 Overseas This Week The Trio of Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week see a 25th non-consecutive week for The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe to sit at No. 1 on the British country compilations albums chart, remaining steady in the album's 95th chart week. The Deadpool 2 soundtrack with Dolly's "9 To 5" slips 12 to No. 29 on the U.K. soundtrack albums chart in its seventh 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 three to No. 3, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises three to No. 10, and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 inches up one to No. 9.
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July 4: Trio Tops U.K. Chart Once Again Presumably due to a sales bump following news of their selection for a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week, the Trio of Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt this week saw their The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe rebound nine places in its 94th chart week since release to capture a 24th week at No. 1 on the British country compilations albums chart. The Deadpool 2 soundtrack with Dolly's "9 To 5" gains three on the U.K. soundtrack albums chart in its sixth week but falls off both the U.S. top 200 pop albums chart, down from No. 197 in its fifth week, and top 50 Australian pop albums chart, down from No. 39 in its fifth 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) slides one to No. 6, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) dips two to No. 13, and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 gains four to No. 10.
Dollywood Makes Two Best Of Lists Dollywood made two lists this week: Architectural Digest's 11 Most Breathtaking Amusement Parks in the World here and Money magazine's 10 Best Amusement Parks in the U.S., coming in at No. 6 here. The park's Star-Spangled Summer continues through Aug. 5 with 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. extended hours, nightly fireworks and more. Several rising country stars perform each Thursday in July for "America's New Faces of Country," the American Eagle Foundation will offer meet-and-greets with several of their featured bald eagles at the Plaza at Wilderness Pass, and iLuminate headlines with dazzling lights and glow-in-the-dark costumes.
'Straight Talk' Re-Issue Reviewed DVD Talk this week reviewed April's Blu-Ray re-issue of Dolly's film Straight Talk. Check it out here.
June 27: Dolly Gets Second Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce this week announced Dolly will next year receive her second star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, this time for the all-female supergroup Trio she formed with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, making her the first female to receive a second star on the Walk since the start of the 21st Century. She joins a group of about 50 women who received more than one star in the 20th century. Her first star was presented in 1984. Check out Dolly's video reacting to the announcement here and in the media player above, while media coverage included Varietyhere.
LA Press Honors Dolly For Humanitarian Work The Los Angeles Press Club over the weekend presented Dolly with its 2018 Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award for Contributions to Civic Life at the 60th SoCal Journalism Awards Gala in recognition for her Imagination Library program and Smoky Mountains wildfire recovery efforts. The honor was presented by her production partner Sam Haskell. Check out coverage from California Rockerhere and watch the Press Club's video of her acceptance speech here.
U.S. Chart Update The Deadpool 2 soundtrack with Dolly's "9 To 5" drops 71 places to No. 197 in its fifth week on the U.S. top 200 pop albums chart, the June 30 Billboard tallies released Tuesday revealed.
June 25: 'Pure & Simple' Certified Silver In U.K. Just shy of two years after its U.K. release, Dolly's album Pure & Simple (released overseas with a bonus album Live from Glastonbury 2014) on Friday was certified silver for British sales of more than 60,000 copies, BPI has announced.
Overseas Chart Updates The Deadpool 2 soundtrack with Dolly's "9 To 5" loses 12 to No. 39 pop in its fifth week on the Australian pop albums chart, while in the U.K. it falls eight to No. 20 soundtracks in its fifth week. The remastered re-issue of 1985's The Ballad Of Sally Rose by Emmylou Harris featuring Dolly and Linda Ronstadt harmonies throughout falls off the top 20 British country albums tally, down from No. 13 in its second week, while the U.K. country compilation albums chart sees The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe dip one in its 93rd chart week to No. 10, 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) hold steady at No. 5, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) hold steady at No. 11, and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 slide two to No. 14.
June 21: 'These Old Bones' Heads To Netflix Dolly's first movie in her eight-picture Netflix deal may be getting started soon. @CastingAbout tweeted Tuesday that Patrick Rush, who cast Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors and Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love, is casting a Netflix project called "These Old Bones," which focuses on "in 1945, a legal battle ensues over land in Tennessee between two young lawyers and an elderly woman named Old Bones who is determined not to let the city folks have their way." Dolly had previously sold a movie based on the song "These Old Bones" to CMT, her staff had revealed and it was reported on Dollymania.net last year, but the network never announced the project, so presumably they decided to not film it – like what happened with NBC and "Jolene" – so the project appears to have moved to her Netflix deal instead.
Dolly Joins 'Hungry Caterpillar' Anniversary Edition Penguin Publishers imprint Philomel Books has announced a special 50th anniversary edition of Eric Carle's beloved children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be released Oct. 9 featuring a new afterward by Dolly – or as the promotional materials for the hardcover release call it, an "appreciation by prominent children's literacy advocate Dolly Parton." Additional bonus material will include an essay on the history and significance of the Caterpillar including some of Carle's original sketches and historic photos as well as a new introduction letter by Carle. Reserve your copy here!
Roger Miller Tribute Coming Aug. 31 Producers on Wednesday revealed a Roger Miller tribute album, King Of The Road, will be released Aug. 31 featuring a Dolly appearance. She performs "The Last Word In Lonesome Is Me" as a duet with Alison Krauss. Others on the project include Brad Paisley, Kasey Musgraves, Willie Nelson (in a trio with Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard in one of Haggard's final recordings), Loretta Lynn, Ringo Starr and more. Two songs, "You Can't Rollerskate In A Buffalo Herd" and the title track, are listed as "various artists," so they may feature multiple artists from the project, although whether Dolly is among those is not yet known. Read more from The Tennesseanhere.
U.S, Chart Update The Deadpool 2 soundtrack with Dolly's "9 To 5" falls 37 spots to No. 126 in its fourth week on the U.S. top 200 pop albums chart, the June 23 Billboard tallies released Tuesday revealed.
June 18: 'Faith Of Dolly' Reviewed By Christian Magazine After being delayed a month by the publisher, The Faith of Dolly Parton hit stores last week, and Christianity Today reviewed the tome here, finding the book too worshipful of Dolly rather than focusing on how to find God through her story.
U.S., Overseas Chart Updates The Deadpool 2 soundtrack with Dolly's "9 To 5" drops 41 places to No. 89 in its third week on the U.S. top 200 pop albums chart, it was announced Tuesday. Down Under, it loses nine to No. 27 pop in its fourth chart week, while in the U.K. it slips six to No. 12 soundtracks in its fourth week and falls off the compilation albums list, down from No. 73 in its third week. The remastered re-issue of 1985's The Ballad Of Sally Rose by Emmylou Harris featuring Dolly and Linda Ronstadt harmonies throughout inches up one to No. 13 British country albums in its second week, while the U.K. country compilation albums chart sees The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gain one in its 92nd chart week to No. 9, 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) rise four to No. 5, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) hold steady at No. 11, and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 2 move up four to No. 12.
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