www.dollymania.net News Oct. 23, 2014
Today's Dolly Parton news
'Touch Your Woman' Available In U.S.
A week and a half after its release overseas for download, Dolly's remastered 1972 album Touch Your Woman became available for U.S. download from retailers including Amazon and iTunes on Wednesday. Get your copy here!
U.K. Mid-Week Chart Update
U.K. mid-week sales updates have Dolly's Blue Smoke slipping out of the top 40 pop albums charts in its 20th week of release overseas, down from No. 35 last week. Full charts come out Sunday reflecting the entire week's sales, and in the past her position has tended to lower less than the mid-week numbers indicated. For example, last week the mid-week numbers had it falling to No. 40 when it only lost one to No. 35.
Dollywood Adds DreamMore Resort Spire
Dollywood on Wednesday placed the final spire on the roof of its new DreamMore Resort hotel as construction on the facility adjacent to Dollywood's Splash Country water park continues for its anticipated May 2015 opening. Check out a story from Knoxville's WBIR here.
LGBT Website Promotes Dollywood Vacations
Gay Star News this week profiled Tennessee as an LGBT vacation spot, highlighting Dollywood as the top draw for gay tourists. Read the piece here.
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Dolly Up For People's Choice Award
You may now vote for Dolly as Favorite Female Country Artist at this year's People's Choice Awards. She is one of the 12 initial nominees. Final nominees will be announced for public voting starting Nov. 4. Cast your ballot here!
'Blue Smoke' Sold 2,400 Overseas Last Week
Dolly's Blue Smoke last week sold about 2,400 copies in the U.K., bringing its 19-week cumulative sales total to about 218,000 units.
Dr. Robert F. Thomas Remembered
The Daily Star in Oneonta, N.Y., caught up with local resident Vern Thomas, son of the famed Dr. Robert F. Thomas, the Methodist missionary doctor who delivered Dolly and her siblings and whom she immortalized in song, who informed the paper's columnist of his father's famous connections. Read more here.
'Blue Smoke' Remains In U.K. Top 35 This Week
Although mid-week sales updates indicated Dolly's Blue Smoke was on track in this week's U.K. charts to fall six spots to No. 40, it only inches down one place to No. 35 in its 19th week of sales in Britain, Sunday's charts show. The album retains its top position on the country compilations chart for a 19th week in a row, where Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) loses six to No. 18 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 one to No. 19 on that list.
Dolly Gets Honored With New Opera
Chamber opera ensemble Rhymes With Opera has a new Dolly-themed show opening its new season Nov. 14 and 15 at HB Playwrights Theater in New York City. Heartbreak Express In Concert, a concert presentation of excerpts from a new opera by composer George Lam and librettist John Clum, follows four Dolly fans as they prepare to meet their idol: a pair of sisters who won an essay contest to meet her, and a gay couple who have amassed a huge Dolly collection and are seeking Dolly's permission to manufacture a new Dolly doll they designed. Between the original opera movements, a vocal trio called Siren will perform classic Dolly covers. Learn more here.
'The Voice' Star Shares Love For Dolly
Former The Voice contestant RaeLynn says Dolly is a dream duet partner, telling The Atlanta Journal-Constitution here: "If I ever got to sing with her, that would be ridiculous. I can't even talk about meeting her, I'll throw up. She's everything. She's funny, she doesn't care what anyone thinks about her, she has awesome style … she's just Dolly."
Foo Fighters Star Loves Her, Too
Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl has a similar opinion, telling The Leader Post while promoting his new HBO series Sonic Highway, which features her in a future episode: "Man, nobody is cooler than Dolly Parton. And her story is amazing." Check out the story here.
Mid-Week Numbers Suggest No. 40 For 'Blue Smoke'
British mid-week sales charts show Dolly's Blue Smoke losing six spots to No. 40 pop in its 19th week of sales overseas. Full charts come out Sunday reflecting the entire week's sales, and in the past her position has tended to lower less than the mid-week numbers indicated.
Classic Dolly Added To YouTube
Vevo has acquired the rights to post clips from the 1978 NBC special Fifty Years of Country Music (which was released on DVD a few years ago as Country's Greatest Stars Live), adding to its Dolly page her duet of "Mule Skinner Blues" with Bill Monroe, ""Cowgirl and the Dandy" and an abbreviated version of ""All I Can Do" (which she performed as part of a medley of her biggest hits on the program). Click on each link to watch the recently-posted clips.
Magazine: Dolly Did It Before Taylor
Mic magazine corrects people who think Taylor Swift invented the country-pop crossover, saying that was Dolly in 1973. Read the piece here.
Home Not Owned By Dolly Gets Attention
The Press Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., has a tale this week of how locals still misidentify a home there as being built and owned by Dolly (she once rented a home in the community and owns a small house in nearby Idyllwild which is currently on the market but had no connection to this particular house) and includes a few stories about her time in town. Read more here.
Sing A Dolly Song In British Commercial
Amateur singers and choirs are being encouraged to participate in a British store's holiday advertisement singing Dolly's song "Try." Visitors may upload their versions to a "Donate Your Voice" website Oct. 18-28, and then a producer will combine them into one performance for the commercial. Learn more from The Daily Mail here.
'Jolene' Performed On 'The Voice'
Monday's The Voice saw Gwen Stefani select Dolly's "Jolene" for her two contestants to sing on the program in a head-to-head competition. Check it out here or in the media player below.
'Blue Smoke' Sells Another 3,000 Overseas
Dolly's Blue Smoke last week sold about 3,000 copies in the U.K., bringing its 18-week cumulative sales total to about 215,500 units.
'Unlikely Angel' Returns To ABC Family This Season
ABC Family on Monday announced its annual 25 Days of Christmas programming schedule Dec. 1-25, including Dolly's film Unlikely Angel at 7 a.m. Dec. 13.
Graham Norton Recalls Working With Dolly
Britain's The Daily Mail on Monday released an excerpt from Graham Norton's new memoir, The Life and Loves of a He Devil, which comes out in the U.S. on Oct. 23. The selected section features a story about his TV special with Dolly, concluding with the phrase: "Dolly casts a spell stronger than even she is aware of. So much of her is a frothy façade — the high hair, the pink nails, the giant bosoms, but behind it all is a brain the size of a planet and a heart that beats for the world." Read more here and order your copy of the book here.
'Touch Your Woman' Coming To Digital Release
Dolly's 1972 classic Touch Your Woman is the latest in Sony Legacy's digital re-release series to be released. Amazon shows the album becoming available for download in Europe on Monday, although U.S. availability has yet to be confirmed. However, previous releases in the series have become available stateside the same week as overseas in the past. Since the releases (voted on by fans here) started coming out the middle of last year, Dolly has seen re-issues of 1974's Love Is Like A Butterfly in March, 1975's The Bargain Store in December 2013, 1969's My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy in October 2013 and 1982's Heartbreak Express in July 2013. The latest release features the title track, which went to No. 6 on the country singles chart and earned Dolly her seventh Grammy nomination (her third consecutive nod for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female), in addition to "Will He Be Waiting," "The Greatest Days Of All," "A Lot Of You Left In Me," "Second Best," "A Little At A Time," "Love Is Only As Strong (As Your Weakest Moment)," "Love Isn't Free," "Mission Chapel Memories" and "Loneliness Found Me."
Dolly Still In U.K. Top 40
Although mid-week sales updates indicated Dolly's Blue Smoke was on track in this week's U.K. charts to fall 16 places to No. 36, it loses 14 to No. 34 in its 18th week of sales in Britain, Sunday's charts show. The album retains its top position on the country compilations chart for an 18th week in a row, where Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) holds steady at 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) drops five to No. 20 on that list. Stateside, the music video for Dolly's "Home" from her Blue Smoke falls off the Great American Country (GAC) top 20 countdown, down from No. 9 in its 16th chart week. The song has been removed from the network's weekly ballot for fan voting on the countdown.
Annual Fan Gathering Finalized For May
The unofficial annual Dolly fans' dinner for her Homecoming weekend in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has been scheduled, organizers have informed Dollymania.net. The fifth annual event will take place the evening of Dolly's May 1 parade through town and will be at Riverstone Resort on Dollywood Lane. Tickets for the 8 p.m. party will be available at www.fandinner.com starting Nov. 1. Prices are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
London Concert Grossed $3.4 Million
Almost four months after the concert took place, Live Nation on Thursday released the data from Dolly's June 27 and 28 engagements at London's O2 Arena from her Blue Smoke World Tour, the first British date to disclose its gross. The two nights ranked as the No. 11 concert of the week's reporting on the Billboard Box Score, grossing $3.4 million in ticket sales and selling 27,627 seats, or 89 percent of the 31,180 seats available.
Video From March Released
Blue Ridge Country Mag this week released a brief video taped from Dolly's appearances at Dollywood in March to open it for the new season. Check it out here.
UK Mid-Weeks Show Dolly Falling To No. 36
British mid-week sales charts show Dolly's Blue Smoke tumbling 16 places to No. 36 pop in its 18th week of sales overseas. Full charts come out Sunday reflecting the entire week's sales, and in the past her position has tended to slip much less than the mid-week numbers suggested.
Foo Fighters' Show Schedule Starting
Although the air date for the Nashville episode of the Foo Fighters' HBO series Sonic Highway which features Dolly has yet to be announced, we now know it won't be in the eight-episode program's first two weeks. The show will premiere Oct. 17 with Chicago, followed Oct. 24 by Washington, D.C. The shows airs weekly on Friday nights on the cable network.
Win Dolly-Signed Guitar In Charity Auction
Dolly has donated an autographed guitar for a charity auction to benefit the Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park in Nashville and its Musicians Corner, a series of 18 free family events each year in Centennial Park. As of press time, her guitar was at $750. The auction, here, ends Oct. 28.
'SNL' Star Dratch Recalls Work With Dolly
Former Saturday Night Live cast member Rachel Dratch chatted with Seth Meyers on Late Night Monday about her career, including her appearances with Dolly as an extra in her 1992 film Straight Talk. They showed a quick clip from the movie and a couple of still pictures of her in the background and Dolly in the foreground. Watch here or in the media player below.
Vote For Kenny & Dolly In 'Boot' CMA Poll
AOL's The Boot is polling readers on which song should win the CMA's Musical Event of the Year. As of press time Tuesday evening, Dolly and Kenny Rogers were in fourth place of the five nominees with "You Can't Make Old Friends." Vote here.
'Blue Smoke' Sells Another 4,500 Overseas
Dolly's Blue Smoke last week sold about 4,500 copies in the U.K., bringing its 17-week cumulative sales total to about 212,500 units.
Bentley Records His Dog's Encounter With Dolly
Dierks Bentley shared his six biggest "fan girl moments" with Rolling Stone, saying one was Dolly and Alison Krauss. He recalled: "Alison Krauss is probably my Number One. She came into the studio to sing on my first record. Dolly Parton was there, too. My dog Jake ran up to Dolly Parton and he put his nose up her skirt. We were like, 'Oh my God, don't do that.' I didn't know Dolly and she said, 'Watch out there little doggie, don't start something you can't finish.'" Read the full list here.
'Blue Smoke' Stays In U.K. Top 20 Pop Albums
Although mid-week sales updates indicated Dolly's Blue Smoke was on track in this week's U.K. charts to fall 10 places to No. 26, it only dips four spots to No. 20 in its 17th week of sales in the Britain, Sunday's charts show. The album retains its top position on the country compilations chart for a 17th week in a row, where her Ultimate falls out of the top 20, down from No. 20, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) loses three 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) inches down one to No. 15 on that list. Stateside, the music video for Dolly's "Home" from her Blue Smoke moves back into the top 10 of the Great American Country (GAC) top 20 countdown, regaining three to No. 9 in its 16th chart week. You may vote once per day for the video here.
RCA Studio A Appears To Be Saved
A last-minute bid by a noted preservationist and property developer interested in promoting tourism centered around the development of roots music during the history of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans as the "American Music Triangle" signed an agreement to purchase the famed RCA Studio A, where several hits including Dolly's "Jolene" were recorded. As was previously reported, a developer had purchased the property and planned to demolish the studio for condominiums, resulting in a grassroots effort to save the historic studio. Organizers of the effort had been citing "Jolene" as the most iconic recording to come out of the studio and as an example of the history that would be lost by razing it. The new agreement provides AMT Trust, a nonprofit organization, time to create a preservation plan prior to closing the actual sale of the property to them by year's end. Read more from The New York Times here.
Marie Osmond Dons Dolly Drag For Vegas Show
Marie Osmond for several weeks has been releasing teaser videos of her transformation into several icons for photographs that will be used in a "Showstoppers" segment in her new Las Vegas show with brother Donnie. Earlier icons included Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and the Bride of Frankenstein, but Friday's teaser was Dolly. The video was available for a few days, with Marie's official Facebook page even sharing it over the weekend, but by Sunday evening it had been deleted from both Facebook and YouTube.
'Blue Smoke' Comes In At No. 12 For Year Overseas
The Official U.K. Charts Company on Thursday revealed its list of the best-selling titles for the quarter and for thus far in the year, and Dolly's Blue Smoke ranks No. 4 for the quarter and No. 12 for the year with 208,000 copies sold through last week. Hers is the highest-ranked album of the year by a performer classified as a "vintage artist." See the full top 40 for the year here.
Magazine Praises Porter & Dolly Boxed Set
Mojo included the Porter & Dolly boxed set Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-76 in its list of the third quarter's 10 best re-issues. Check out the full list here.
Paper Discusses Long-Term Impact Of Dolly Movie
The Shreveport Times looks at the lasting impact of the filming of Dolly's movie Steel Magnolias in Natchitoches, La., more than a quarter-century ago. Read it here.
Storytellers Coming To Dollywood's New Resort
The International Storytelling Center has announced a partnership with Dollywood's DreamMore Resort to highlight the art of storytelling. Read more from The Johnson City Press here. Thanks, Chris!
Dolly Helps Scotch Music Book With Story, Song
Dolly has written the forward and contributed a previously-released song to a new book on Old World music's move to her homeland, Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage From Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia. The book is by NPR The Thistle and Shamrock host Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr. A companion CD included with the book contains Dolly's 1994 live recording of "Barbara Allen" with Altan. Check out a story on the book from NPR's Wednesday episode of Here And Now here, which reprints Dolly's forward, and order your copy here.
British Mid-Week Chart Update
Midweek sales charts show Dolly's Blue Smoke overseas dropping 10 places to No. 26 on the U.K. pop albums charts in its 17th week of sales. The full chart will come out on Sunday reflecting the entire week's sales, and most weeks since its release the CD's final chart number has been higher than its midweek position.
Win Dollywood Trip For Your Baking Skills
Want to win a trip to Dollywood? Then get out your baking pans! The creators of the new Baked Occasions cookbook coming out next week are having a contest to celebrate their favorite singer. Create a birthday cake for Dolly, photograph it, post it to Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #BakedforDolly and tags @brooklynbaker and @abramsbooks, and fill out the entry form here through Oct. 31. One grand prize winner will be chosen based on originality, creativity and ability to be replicated and will receive airfare for two, accommodations for two nights at a Dollywood property, two tickets to Dollywood, two tickets to Dixie Stampede, a signed copy of the cookbook and a package of goodies from Baked NYC. Two runners-up will receive the baked goods and autographed cookbook.
Dolly, Governors Celebrate 10 Years Of Tennessee Library
Dolly joined the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation anniversary bus on Tuesday for the final stop in its statewide tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her Imagination Library going statewide in partnership with the foundation. Also on hand were First Lady Crissy Haslam, who has been leading the tour for the past several weeks, current Gov. Bill Haslam and former Gov. Phil Bredesen, who originally campaigned for office on the promise to take Dolly's program statewide and created the foundation to do so, among other dignitares. Coverage of the appearance, including the little boy who upstaged Dolly during the ceremony, is available from WKRN here and The Tennessean here. Dolly's complete remarks are available from Channel 5 here and in the media player below. The official Imagination Library's Facebook page posted some photos from the ceremony here, as did the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation here and here.
'Blue Smoke' Sold Another 6,000 In U.K. Last Week
Dolly's Blue Smoke sold about 6,000 units overseas last week to bring its cumulative British sales in 16 weeks of release to about 208,000 copies.
Dolly Drag For A Good Cause
A Murfreesboro, Tenn., charity that helps adults with intellectual disabilities has a unique contest fundraiser, having had a local well-known person dress up in drag as Dolly and residents pay to guess who it is. Check out a story from the Daily News Journal about the Journeys In Community Living contest here.
More Imagination Library Tennessee Anniversary News
The president of the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation in Tennessee is lauding the 10th anniversary of Dolly's Imagination Library going statewide in her native Tennessee and the 20 million books distributed over that time in the state with an opinion piece in The Tennessean here.
'9 To 5' Gets Irish 'X Factor' Contestant Sent Home
Dolly's "9 To 5" may have been good to a quartet on X Factor U.K. over the weekend, but it wasn't for a contestant on X Factor Ireland, with Ben Quinlan asked by judges to stop singing well before the song was even over. Read about his ordeal here or watch it on YouTube here.
RCA A Group Uses Dolly Picture In Fight
The group working to preserve RCA's former Studio A recording studio, where Dolly recorded "Jolene," have taken the Dolly connection one step further in their campaign, issuing a press release that uses a vintage Dolly picture (below; image courtesy PRNewsPhoto/Save Studio A) as its illustration. Learn more at Save Studio A.com.
Dolly's Former Recording Studio Is No More
Fireside, the recording studio Dolly and Porter Wagoner built in 1972, was recently demolished to make way for a new 153-unit apartment complex that will cover several parcels along 18th Avenue South in Nashville. The revelation came in a New York Times article over the weekend here that focused on the controversy surrounding a similar fate planned for RCA Studio A, opponents of which are using the fact that Dolly recorded "Jolene" in that RCA studio as an example of the history being lost by the former RCA facility's planned renovation into luxury condominiums. The story starts with an advocate for the studio playing Dolly's iconic 1973 recording and the piece also uses a picture of the track listing sheet from the day of the recording (during which, it shows, she also recorded "Bubbling Over") as an illustration for the story. Buried within its text is a note that Fireside, which it calls "a studio once owned by Porter Wagoner, Ms. Parton's frequent duet partner," was recently razed (although the link embedded in that line of the story references a different building on another street being torn down for a different project, but a story on the development, which doesn't mention any history on the building, appeared in July 2013's Nashville Post here). The studio, which was originally co-owned by Porter and Dolly, was built using several construction workers from Dolly's own family and opened in 1973. It also housed their jointly-owned publishing company, Owepar, in addition to the offices of Dolly Parton Enterprises and Porter Wagoner Enterprises. Although Dolly apparently never recorded there, she and Porter continued to co-own it after the break-up of their duet partnership until he turned over his share of Owepar to her and she turned over her share of the studio ownership to him in 1979 as part of the $1 million settlement of his breach-of-contract lawsuit against her. Porter continued to operate it for several years, eventually selling it, although it remained an active studio into the early 2010s. It closed around late 2012 and its equipment was sold to other studios in early 2013. The property sold last year to the investors planning the development, and a demolition permit was issued in late July 2013.
British, Aussie, GAC Charts Updated
Although mid-week sales updates indicated Dolly's Blue Smoke was on track in this week's U.K. charts to dip five spots to No. 19, it only loses two places to No. 16 in its 16th week of sales in the Britain, Sunday's charts show. In addition, The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 falls back off the British 100 pop albums chart overseas, down from No. 87. Smoke retains its top position on the country compilations chart for a 16th week in a row, where her Ultimate inches down one to No. 20, Emmylou Harris's 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. 9 and Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) inches up one to No. 14 on that list. The four-CD Sony Dolly boxed set drops off the top 20 country albums tally after one week at No. 15 following its re-issue overseas. Down Under, The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 falls back off the top 40 Australian country albums chart, down from No. 39 for a 345th chart week since its 2007 release. Stateside, the music video for Dolly's "Home" from her Blue Smoke moves back out of the top 10 of the Great American Country (GAC) top 20 countdown, dipping four to No. 12 in its 14th chart week. You may vote once per day for the video here.
'X Factor' U.K. Gets A Taste Of '9 To 5'
The British version of The X Factor saw some Dolly as the vocal quartet Only The Young chose her "9 To 5" for their performance on the show's Boot Camp, which kept them active in the competition. Check out a clip here.
Dolly Fan Launches Anti-Bullying Initiative
Dolly fan Logan Slaughter is working on an anti-bullying program partly inspired by Dolly. Check out a story on it from The Harrison Daily here.
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