This week in
Dolly history
Fifty-two years ago Monday, Dolly debuts on the country singles charts for the first time with “Dumb Blonde,” which peaks at No. 24. Forty-one years ago Monday, Here You Come Again marks its fifth of nine weeks atop the country album charts (Dolly's second); it also reaches No. 20 pop and becomes her first platinum album for sales in excess of 1 million copies. Eighteen years ago Wednesday, Little Sparrow is released. Thirty-eight years ago Thursday, “9 to 5" hits the No. 1 spot on the country singles charts, Dolly's 14th; the single, which is nominated for an Academy Award and wins two Grammy Awards, also becomes her first pop No. 1 and second gold single for sales in excess of 1 million copies, plus tops the adult contemporary chart as well. Forty-eight years ago Friday, Dolly records “My Blue Tears” for Coat of Many Colors; it peaks at No. 17. That same day, she records “Comin' For To Carry Me Home,“ her arrangement of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot;” apparently the song was meant to be included on her Golden Streets Of Glory gospel album later that year, but although released as a single, hitting No. 23 country, it is left off the full-length album when it comes out a month later. Forty-four years ago Friday, “The Bargain Store” debuts on the country singles charts; two months later it would become her sixth No. 1 country hit and the fifth consecutive Dolly single to go to No. 1 in a 13-month period. Twenty-seven years ago Friday, “Country Road” debuts on the country singles chart; it would peak at No. 46. Forty-eight years ago Saturday, Dolly records “Daddy's Moonshine Still” for Joshua. Forty-five years ago Saturday, “Jolene,” already a country No. 1 and on its way and to No. 44 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart, debuts on the U.S. pop charts; it peaks at No. 60 to become Dolly's first cut to break the “Hot 100;” the song would later make the top 10 pop chart in Britain. Thirty-four years ago Saturiday, “Don't Call It Love” debuts on the country singles charts; it peaks at No. 3 to become Dolly's 45th country Top 10 hit.

Charts

  • U.S., Jan. 19 edition:
          Dumplin' No longer in top 50 country albums (down from No. 37; four weeks; peaked at No. 16), No longer top 25 Americana albums (down from No. 9; five weeks; peaked at No. 4), No longer top 25 soundtrack albums (down from No. 14; five weeks; peaked at No. 7)
          Ultimate Dolly Parton No. 10 country albums (re-entry; 45th week; peaked at No. 10), No. 112 top 200 (re-entry; third week; peaked at No. 112), No. 14 digital albums (debut), No. 26 catalog albums (debut), No. 33 album sales (re-entry; third week; peaked at No. 33)

  • U.K., Jan. 21 edition:
          Dumplin' soundtrack No. 2 country albums (no change; seventh week; peaked at No. 2), No. 18 soundtracks (down from No. 17; seventh week; peaked at No. 8)
          The Complete Trio Collection No. 4 country compilation (no change; 123rd week; peaked at No. 1 for 30 weeks)

  • Australia, Jan. 21 edition:
          Dumplin' soundtrack No. 26 country albums (down from No. 24, seventh week, peaked at No. 9)


    Upcoming television appearances
    (All times Eastern unless noted)
  • Jan. 28, 6 a.m., Get TV, Dolly: Mel Tillis
  • Jan. 28, 11 a.m., REELZ, Revealed: Dolly Parton (re-runs 3 p.m. Jan. 28)
  • Feb. 1, noon, CMT, Reba


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

  • Feb. 8: MusiCares Person Of The Year Gala, Los Angeles
  • Feb. 10: 61st Annual Grammy Awards, Los Angeles
  • Oct. 12: Grand Ole Opry, Nashville


    Upcoming or recent releases

  • Ronnie Milsap: The Duets, with Dolly on "Smoky Mountain Rain," Jan. 18

  • The Right Combination/Burning The Midnight Oil 1972 album, digital release, Jan. 4

  • Together Always, 1972 album, digital release, Jan. 4

  • Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD version here or the digital version here, featuring 12 Dolly tracks, Nov. 30

  • Dolly: The Seeker/We Used To Dolly album from 1975, digital release, Nov. 23

  • As Long As I Love Dolly album from 1970, digital release, Nov. 23

  • "Jolene" Dolly song from Dumplin' soundtrack, Nov. 16

  • "Girl In The Movies" Dolly song from Dumplin' soundtrack, Nov. 2

  • The Sounds Of Christmas, Dailey & Vincent CD with Dolly collaboration on "Road To Bethlehem," Oct. 12

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Dolly afterword, Oct. 9

  • Porter Wayne And Dolly Rebecca 1970 album with Porter Wagoner, Sept. 28

  • Once More 1970 album with Porter Wagoner, Sept. 28

  • Porter 'N' Dolly 1974 album with Porter Wagoner, Sept. 28

  • A Woman's Right Dolly track from 27: The Most Perfect Album, Sept. 18

  • "Here I Am" Dolly duet with Sia from Dumplin' soundtrack, Sept. 14

  • King Of The Road Roger Miller tribute with Dolly performance, Aug. 31

    Just The Two Of Us 1968 album with Porter Wagoner, Aug. 17

  • 1927 Jubilee: The New Bristol Sessions , with Dolly track "Something More," July 30

  • Frank McKlusky, C.I. Blu-Ray release (and DVD re-release) July 17

  • The Faith of Dolly Parton June 12 book

  • What Would Dolly Do? April 24 book

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

  • Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John And Bernie Taupin April 6

  • 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

    Dolly Fails To Get Third Oscar Nomination
    Third time won't be a charm, as Dolly did not earn her third Academy Award nomination Tuesday. Most insiders expected a nomination with co-writer Linda Perry for Best Song for “Girl In The Movies” from Dumplin'. Instead, the nominees are – as almost everyone predicted – “Shallow” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt from A Star Is Born, “All The Stars” by Kendrick Lamar, Al Shux, Sounwave, SZA and Anthony Tiffith from Black Panther, “I'll Fight” by Diane Warren from RBG and “Trip A Little Light Fantastic” by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman from Mary Poppins Returns plus the surprise inclusion of “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, which only a handful of critics expected would take the spot all of the others had expected would be Dolly's. Dolly was previously nominated for “9 To 5” and “Travelin' Thru” and was a performer for the nominated song “The Day I Fall In Love” with James Ingram, but she didn't write it so she isn't credited with the nomination. Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be eligible for next year's Grammy Awards, though, since it was released after the cut-off date for this year's honorees. The selected song was nominated for a Golden Globe, Critics Choice Award and Georgia Film Critics Award, losing all three to “Shallow.” It competes Feb. 13 for the Guild Of Music Supervisors Awards.

    Maybe Dolly Has NBC Special In The Works?
    Could Dolly be working with an old pal for a live holiday musical on television? Dolly had said in a recent podcast interview, Taste Of Country Nights With Sam Alex, that she was hoping to have a holiday special on television next year for which she wrote all of the music called Christmas On The Square. And Bob Greenblatt, who just retired as entertainment head of NBC, said in an interview this weekend with The Hollywood Reporter here that “we have an idea for a live musical for Christmas, but I can't talk about that yet” for NBC. Although nothing has been published to connect the two, Greenblatt has a history of working with Dolly, having developed the Broadway 9 To 5: The Musical with her as well as Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love and Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors.



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    Past news

    Jan. 21:
    Hollywood Reporter: Dolly Likely To Get Oscar Nod


    The Hollywood Reporter over the weekend released its final Academy Award nomination predictions, and its critic picked the same five songs to compete for the Oscar for Best Original Song as Variety predicted Friday: Dolly and Linda Perry for "Girl In The Movies" from Dumplin', "All The Stars" from Black Panther, "Trip A Little Light Fantastic" from Mary Poppins Returns, "I'll Fight" from RBG and "Shallow" from A Star Is Born. See the magazine's full list of expected nominees here and tune in at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday live here or the media player above to learn if the predictions hold true.

    Aussie Chart Updates
    Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack loses two spots to No. 26 in its seventh week on the Australian country albums chart, it was revealed Sunday, while the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) falls seven to No. 17 in its 383rd chart week since its original 2007 release.


    Jan. 19:
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DOLLY!
    Happy 73rd birthday, Dolly! Several media outlets celebrated with photo galleries and lists, but two of the most impressive featured previously unpublished shots: The Knoxville News Sentinel took images from its photographer Michael Patrick from the past 41 years and selected several "never-before-seen" images posted here, while The Tennessean opened its archives to share behind-the-scenes images for the 40th anniversary of filming Carol & Dolly In Nashville here. And a few more birthday parties showed up in the press Friday: the fifth annual Dolly Disco on Saturday to benefit the local Imagination Library in Vermillion, S.D., here, a series of parties throughout the Knox County Public Library System on Friday here and a Dolly Roller Skating Party in Duluth, Minn., here.

    Variety: Dolly Likely To Get Oscar Nod
    With Oscar nominations coming out on Tuesday, Variety on Friday released its final predictions for who will receive a nod, including Dolly and Linda Perry for "Girl In The Movies." Also expected by the publication for nominations are "All The Stars" from Black Panther, "Trip A Little Light Fantastic" from Mary Poppins Returns, "I'll Fight" from RBG and "Shallow" from A Star Is Born. See their full list here.

    'Dumplin'' Still Strong On U.K. Charts
    In its seventh week on the charts across the pond, Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack holds steady at No. 2 British Country Albums and inches down one to No. 18 British Soundtrack Albums Chart. In other overseas chart news, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt holds steady at No. 4 British country compilation albums chart in its 123rd chart 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) holds steady at No. 8, while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) stays in place at No. 10, and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses one to No. 13.

    Dolly, Ronnie Duet Released
    Ronnie Milsap's The Duets hit stores Friday featuring his new version of "Smokey Mountain Rain" with Dolly and her re-written "answer" lines. Take a listen on YouTube here or the media player below. And download the track from Amazon here or the full album here.


    Jan. 17:
    Sales: 'Ultimate' Was Really No. 1 Country Album For Week
    Although it only ranked No. 10 on the country albums chart for the week due to inclusion of streaming data in compiling the charts, Ultimate Dolly Parton was actually last week's biggest-selling country album by far, according to SoundScan reports, with about 8,000 copies moved compared to just 3,200 units sold of the next-biggest selling title of the week, which ranked on the top of the chart once streaming data was added. For comparison, the No. 9 album only sold 2,000 CDs and downloads for the week, but streaming equivalents placed it one place above Dolly's 8,000 paid downloads on the tally. (Although Billboard changed the chart methodology a few years ago to include streaming data, which prevented Dolly from being No. 1 this week, it also allowed catalog albums to chart, so under the old rules where the chart was based on actual sales and downloads alone her album wouldn't have been shown, instead ranking on the country catalog albums tally.) The counts also showed Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which has fallen off the chart, sold 1,200 copies for the week to bring its cumulative sales total to 19,200 units. Over on the top 30 country song downloads list, Dolly had the most entries for the week with three songs (compared to just one on the 25-position Billboard chart). "Jolene" sold 4,000 downloads, bringing its digital total to 875,000, while "Here You Come Again" and "9 To 5" each sold 3,000 downloads, bringing their digital totals to 262,000 and 491,000 units each, respectively. In addition, "Islands In The Stream" sold 1,000 downloads for the week, bringing its digital total to 834,000. Observers credited the influx of Dolly tracks to her Applebee's commercial featuring "Here You Come Again" and the popularity of the Netflix film Dumplin' featuring her music.

    Linda Perry: Dolly Skipped Globes For Family
    Gossip magazine Closer Weekly caught up with Dolly's "Girl In The Movies" co-writer Linda Perry at the Golden Globes and asked why Dolly wasn't there with her to celebrate their nominated song, to which she replied: "There's family stuff going on, and her brother just passed away. There's some stuff going on health-wise with her family – that's why she's not here." Read more here.

    Party For Dolly In Portland, Durham, Austin
    Several additional communities across the country are planning to celebrate Dolly's 73rd birthday this weekend, according to media reports. The Portland Mercury notes here that The Fixin' To in Portland will host Dolly birthday parties both Friday and Saturday nights. Indy Week reports here that The Pinhook in Durham, N.C., will celebrate Friday night. And Austin 360 says here that Barracuda will party Saturday.

    Keanu Talks Of Wearing Dolly's Clothes
    The Daily Mail reported this week on Keanu Reeves' recent appearance on The Talk where he discussed wearing Dolly's Playboy cover bunny outfit for Halloween as a 16-year old. (His mother was a seamstress working in the entertainment industry at the time and sewed several of Dolly's outfits, including the bunny costume.) He had previously told the story a few years ago on The Graham Norton Show while on a visit to the U.K. Read more here.

    Knoxville Shop To Hold Dolly Art Show
    Knoxville artist shop Rala has put out a call for artists to submit works for a Dolly-inspired art show this spring, television station WBIR reported here.


    Jan. 16:
    'Ultimate' Becomes Dolly's 44th Top 10 Album
    Thanks to Applebee's, a 16-year-old Dolly compilation is in the top 10 on the Billboard charts released Tuesday and dated Jan. 19, Dolly's 73rd birthday. With 8,000 album unit equivalents sold in the past week, a 172 percent increase over the previous week, 2003's Ultimate Dolly Parton re-entered the country albums chart at No. 10, besting its 2003 peak at No. 20 to earn a 45th week on the tally, and the all-genre top 200 albums chart at No. 112 for a third week, besting its 2003 peak at No. 130. The collection also debuts on the digital albums chart at No. 14 and catalog albums chart at No. 26 while re-entering the overall album sales list at No. 33 for a third week. Pushing the album is a revived interest in Dolly's first million-selling single, 1977's "Here You Come Again," which Applebee's is using for its all-you-can-eat promotion commercial. While the song itself didn't make the top 25 country digital song sales chart, it came close by selling 3,000 downloads for the week, a 39 percent increase. The album's performance increases her record for the most top 10 country albums for a female artist with 44 credited titles, Billboard noted here, and second only to Willie Nelson with 51 top 10 albums. (In May, Dollymania.net notified the magazine they were incorrectly stating Dolly's total at 40 instead of 43 due to mistakes in their online database identifying two top 10 Porter & Dolly duet albums as Porter solo albums and combining two top 10 Porter & Dolly duet albums with similar titles into one listing. This is the first news article where the record has been mentioned since that notification, and the total has been corrected. The magazine does not include two multi-artist Dolly albums that were listed on the charts as "various artists:" 1982's The Winning Hand with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Brenda Lee and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas soundtrack, which would raise her total to 46 and Nelson's to 52.) Dolly's current album, the Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, falls off the top 50 country albums chart, down from No. 37 in its fourth chart week, the top 25 soundtrack albums, down from No. 14 in its fifth week, and top 25 folk/Americana albums, down from No. 9 in its fifth week. "Jolene" re-enters the top 25 country digital singles sales chart at No. 24, while Dailey & Vincent's The Sounds Of Christmas, featuring a Dolly collaboration on "Road To Bethlehem," loses one to No. 2 Bluegrass Albums in its 13th week after 12 weeks at No. 1.

    Final Chance To Enter Dolly Meet-And-Greet Contest
    Thursday is the final day to enter Dolly's contest to win a meet-and-greet with her and VIP status for March's Dollywood season opening weekend. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest once, but "bonus" entries are available in exchange for charitable donations to support her Imagination Library early childhood literacy program. For example, a $25 donation earns 250 extra entries, while $50 gets 1,000 extra entries and $5,000 provides 50,000 extra entries. The winner and one guest receive airfare to Knoxville and ground transportation to Pigeon Forge, two nights in Dolly's Suite at DreamMore Resort, admission to Dollywood with front-of-line access for rides and shows, free spa treatments and two daily meals at DreamMore, passes to Pirate Voyage and Stampede, a private tour of Dolly's Suite by Dolly herself, and a photograph with her. The winner will be announced on or around Jan. 31. Learn more here.

    '9 To 5' London Cast Change Announced
    Officials with Dolly's London version of 9 To 5: The Musical announced Tuesday that Caroline Sheen, who has played the West End in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Witches Of Eastwick, will replace the injured Louise Redknapp in the lead as Violet from previews starting Jan. 28 until the end of March, when Redknapp is expected to return.


    Jan. 14:
    Dolly Still Strong On Chart Down Under
    Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack regains two spots to No. 24 in its sixth week on the Australian country albums chart, it was revealed Sunday, while the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) loses two to No. 10 in its 382nd chart week since its original 2007 release.

    Lady Gaga Wins Critics Choice Award Over Dolly
    "Shallow" from A Star Is Born won Best Song at the Critics' Choice Awards Sunday night, besting Dolly and Linda Perry's "Girl In The Movies" from the Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, "All The Stars" from Black Panther, "I'll Fight" from RBG, "The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns and "Trip A Little Light Fantastic" from Mary Poppins Returns.

    Bay St. Louis Dolly Party Returns
    Television station WLOX reports that the Mississippi Gulf Coast's Dolly pre-birthday bash returned this year with the fourth annual Dolly Should Festival in Bay St. Louis over the weekend featuring a Dolly look-a-like contest. Check out their coverage here.

    George Takei Celebrates Dolly
    George Takei Presents on Thursday posted a video overview of Dolly's life and career. Watch it on Facebook here or in the media player below.


    Jan. 12:
    Linda Talks About Working With Dolly On 'Dumplin''


    Linda Perry on Friday chatted with Gold Derby about her work with Dolly on the Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, giving insight into how the project came to be, how it developed, and their reactions to the award nominations it has received. Watch on YouTube here or on Gold Derby here. In related news, thanks to Christian for pointing out a Dolly interview on the This Week In Country Music podcast here.

    Dolly Re-Wrote 'Smoky Mountain Rain'
    ABC News reports that Ronnie Milsap invited Dolly to write new lyrics to his hit "Smoky Mountain Rain" so that her lines would be answer lyrics from the woman his character in the song is chasing when the two recorded the song for Milsap's upcoming album Duets coming out next Friday, Jan. 18. Read more here.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    In its sixth week on the charts across the pond, Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack holds steady at No. 2 British Country Albums and falls six to No. 17 British Soundtrack Albums Chart. In other overseas chart news, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt holds steady at No. 4 British country compilation albums chart in its 122nd chart 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) loses one to No. 8, 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 three to No. 10, and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises five to No. 12.


    Jan. 11:
    Dolly Talks New Book, Christmas Special, More In Podcast Interview


    Thanks to Greg for pointing me to another recent Dolly interview to promote Dumplin', the Taste Of Country Nights With Sam Alex podcast, which also touched on a few noteworthy other items. She said in the interview that she is writing a follow-up to her autobiography, she explained she had sold her home on the ocean in Malibu and therefore wasn't impacted directly by the recent fires there, and she is hoping to have a holiday movie on television next year for which she has written all of the music titled Christmas On The Square. Listen here or in the media player above.

    Columnist Wants Dolly As Oscar Host, Song Get Another Nom
    With The Academy Awards reportedly going ahead without a host, a critic for Esquire magazine published a column Thursday calling on them to tap Dolly for hosting duties. Read his well-reasoned argument here. In related news, the Guild Of Music Supervisors on Thursday released its nominees for its awards to be presented in Los Angeles Feb. 13 and Dolly and Linda Perry scored a nod for Best Song/Recording Created For A Film for "Girl In The Movies" from the Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. It faces off against Golden Globe winner "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, "All The Stars" from Black Panther, "Trip A Little Light Fantastic" from Mary Poppins Returns and "Sunflower," the only track to be nominated by the Guild not on the Oscar's shortlist for possible nominations, from Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. The film Dumplin' also received a nomination for Buck Damon for Best Music Supervision For A Film Budgeted Under $25 Million along with Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Green Book, Love, Simon and The Hate U Give.

    London '9 To 5' Loses Lead Actress After Accident
    Unfortunately, the lead actress in Dolly's West End production of 9 To 5: The Musical fell on the sidewalk this week on her way to rehearsal and injured her face and wrist, forcing her to pull out of the show temporarily. The production's preview run is Jan. 28-Feb. 16, with its professional run on London's equivalent of Broadway set for Feb. 19-Aug. 31, but Louise Redknapp, who was to play Violet Newstead, will be out until at least late March or early April for recovery, the show's staff told The Sun here. Dolly is expected to be at the show for its official opening night in mid-February, the article added.


    Jan. 10:
    'Dumplin'' CD Passes 18,000, Re-Enters Country Albums Chart
    Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was the nation's 15th-best-selling country music album of last week, according to SoundScan numbers, moving 1,800 units and passing 18,000 units sold in its five weeks of release. However, when individual song downloads and streaming units are added in to create the official Billboard charts for Jan. 12 released on Tuesday, the collection only comes in at No. 37, re-entering the top 50 for a fourth chart week after having dropped off for one week. The album also rebounds eight to No. 14 soundtrack albums and six to No. 9 folk/Americana albums in its fifth week on each of those tallies. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers falls off the 50-position Country Albums Chart, down from No. 46, and top 100 Canadian albums chart, down from No. 96, while the magazine has ended its annual holiday charts, where Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" was No. 40 Holiday Digital Song Sales last week. Dailey & Vincent's The Sounds Of Christmas, featuring a Dolly collaboration on "Road To Bethlehem," earns a 12th consecutive week at No. 1 Bluegrass Albums. And two Dolly tracks just missed the top 25 country digital sales chart by a few hundred downloads last week, with both "9 To 5" and "Jolene" clocking in 3,000 downloads each, bringing the first one's download total in the digital age to 488,000 and the latter's to 872,000.

    Report: Dolly, Other Musicians, Expected Focus Of Hostless Oscars
    The Academy Awards are expected to proceed without a host for the first time in nearly 30 years, according to a report Wednesday from Variety here, relying instead on "a crop of A-listers to introduce various segments" and a focus on "a high-profile year for music in film, thanks to likely nominees Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton and Kendrick Lamar." The awards ceremony will air live Feb. 24. Nominations will be announced Jan. 23. In related news, the lead singer of rock group Dorothy, who appeared on Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for "Two Doors Down" with Dolly and Macy Gray, was interviewed about the project and a few other things by The Orange County Register here, and the album's "Girl In The Movies" was nominated this week for Best Original Song at the Georgia Film Critics Association, facing off against "All The Stars" from Black Panther, "Maybe It's Time" and "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, "The Place Where The Lost Things Go" and "Trip A Little Light Fantastic" from Mary Poppins Returns and "Suspirium" from Suspiria.

    Dolly To Appear In 'J.J. Sneed' Film
    Dolly will act in another of her Heartstrings movies on Netflix, it has been revealed. Showrunner Patrick Sean Smith spoke with a television reporter and most of the information had already been known, but he noted that she will appear as a "balladeer" in the Western adaptation of "J.J. Sneed" set in the 1880s. Read the full article here. Edit: I have been notified by a source who has read the script that instead of acting in the film, Dolly's introduction will be on the movie's set around a campfire as a balladeer telling the story though song, and several times throughout the film it will cut back to her singing at the campfire to introduce different parts of the story. In the other films in the series, she just appears as herself at the beginning and end to introduce them rather than a character telling the story and any singing she does throughout the other films is off camera. Thanks!

    Vice Sings Dolly's Pigeon Forge Praises
    Vice travelled to Pigeon Forge in search of all things Dolly and this week posted a report on Dollywood, her Celebration Dinner Theatre (which closed permanently a few nights ago so it may be renovated and reopen later this year as the second location of her Pirate Voyage dinner theatre), her philanthropy (the wildfire recovery My Peoples Fund, the Dolly Parton Scholarship, the Imagination Library, and her contributions to the local hospital), and the home of uberfans Harrell Gabehart and Patric Parkey. Check out the piece here.

    'Steel Magnolias' Returns To Big Screen In May
    If you want to see Dolly's film Steel Magnolias on the big screen, it has been announced that Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events will include a 30th anniversary nationwide screening in their TCM Big Screen Classics series this year. The series kicks off with the 80th anniversary of The Wizard Of Oz in January and continues with one or two anniversary films every month. Steel Magnolias will be seen May 19, 21, and 22 in 500 cinemas across the country. Tickets are on sale now via Fathom's website here.


    Jan. 7:
    Dolly Loses Best Original Song Golden Globe
    Sixth time wasn't a charm as Dolly and Linda Perry's composition "Girl In The Movies" from the Netflix film Dumplin' lost the Golden Globe Award Sunday from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for Best Original Song. The track was bested by this year's frontrunner, "Shallow" from A Star Is Born written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt. Other nominees were "Requiem For A Private War" from A Private War by Annie Lennox; Kendrick Lamar, Anthony Tiffith, Mark Spears, Solana Rowe and Al Shuckburgh for "All The Stars" from Black Panther; and "Revelation" by Troye Sivan, Jónsi, Jon Thor Birgisson and Brett McLaughlin from Boy Erased.This marked her sixth nomination and third in this category. Her most recent nod for Best Song was in 2005 for "Travelin' Thru," while her first was for "9 To 5" in 1981. Her acting nominations were Best New Film Star in 1981 and Best Actress for 9 To 5 in 1981 and for The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas in 1983. (In addition, a song she performed but didn't write, "The Day I Fall In Love," a duet with James Ingram, was nominated for Best Song in 1994 but since she wasn't a composer on it, she isn't credited with the nomination.) Next up are the Critics Choice Awards Jan. 13, where the tune is also up for Best Song, followed by announcement of Oscar nominations on Jan. 23, where the song is considered by most critics as having a good chance at a nomination, which would be Dolly's third. At a pre-awards party, Perry was introduced to Henry Winkler, nominated for Barry, and realized they had Dolly in common, since his first directing job was her first made-for-television movie, A Smoky Mountain Christmas. Read more about that conversation from The Hollywood Reporter here.

    Movement On Australian Country Albums Chart
    Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack falls seven spaces to No. 26 in its fifth week on the Australian country albums chart, it was revealed Sunday, while the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) inches up one to No. 8 in its 381st chart week since its original 2007 release.

    'Dolly' On Get TV This Month
    The Get TV network on Sunday returned Dolly's 1976-77 series Dolly to regular broadcast this month, with the episode featuring Ronnie Millsaps airing Sunday morning. The program will air at 6 a.m. Eastern each Sunday throughout the month with Chuck Woolery Jan. 13, Tom T. Hall Jan. 20 and Mel Tillis Jan. 28. In addition, the channel will repeat the old Mac Davis: Sounds Like Home special featuring Dolly, Tom Jones, Donna Summer and George Carlin at 11 p.m. Eastern Jan. 13. Thanks, Greg!


    Jan. 5:
    Two Porter & Dolly Albums Issued Digitally For First Time
    Sony Music on Friday released two additional Porter & Dolly duet albums for digital download for the first time ever. The Right Combination/Burning The Midnight Oil and Together Always, both from 1972, were released this week, leaving just four of the duo's 13 albums unavailable digitally (We Found It, Love And Music, Say Forever You'll Be Mine and Porter & Dolly). Since Sony has begun remastering and digitally releasing her back catalog, the label has only a handful of titles in the vault. In addition to the four remaining Porter & Dolly albums, two RCA solo recordings, In The Good Old Days and Bubbling Over, and two Columbia-era solo albums, Slow Dancing With The Moon and Eagle When She Flies, are unavailable digitally. The label owns 52 of her studio, live, and holiday albums released between 1967 and 1995, not counting compilations, and has now made all but eight of them available for download.

    Golden Globe Awards Coming Sunday
    The Golden Globe Awards will be presented Sunday from Los Angeles, and we'll learn whether Dolly will take home a statue for her fifth nomination by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as "Girl In The Movies" from the Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is her third nod for Best Original Song. Entertainment Weekly previewed the nominees in the category with a story here this week, while The Hollywood Reporter opined on the Oscar chances of eligible tracks here. The film in which the song appears opened in South Africa as a theatrical release Friday, according to The South African here.

    Opry 50th Anniversary Observed Friday
    Dolly on Friday celebrated the 50th anniversary of her official induction as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, noting in a statement on social media: "50 years ago today I had the honor of joining the Grand Ole Opry family as an official member, and it's as much a dream come true today as it was back then. I can't wait to see y'all at the Opry in October!" As was previously reported here, the Opry will recognize the anniversary with a week of events in October, culminating in two Opry Saturday night shows featuring Dolly herself. Only seven women have lived long enough to celebrate a half-century of Opry membership: Dolly, Minnie Pearl, Jean Shepart, Wilma Lee Cooper, Loretta Lynn, Connie Smith and Jeannie Seely. The Opry itself recognized the milestone with a posting to Facebook here.

    'Dumplin'' Still Doing Well On British Charts
    In its fifth week on the charts across the pond, Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack holds steady at No. 2 British Country Albums and gains four to No. 11 British Soundtrack Albums Chart. In other overseas chart news, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt drops two to No. 4 British country compilation albums chart in its 121st chart 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) holds steady at 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) re-enters the top 20 at No. 13, and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) loses two to No. 17. The Essential Dolly Parton drops out of the top 20 country compilation tally, down from No. 19.

    Indie Dolly Birthday Bash Returns
    In addition to the previously reported party in Columbus, Ohio, to celebrate Dolly's 73rd birthday on Jan. 19, organizers of the annual Indianapolis bash in her honor notified this site that they will be laughing, and drinking, and having a party for the eighth consecutive year at FortyFive Degrees. The festivities start at 1 p.m. and proceeds from the $10 donation at the door will go to Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program. Performers include the all-female band Crowd Therapy, Light Ministries Gospel Quartet and drag queen Miss Dolly Woods. Dolly and Burt Reynolds look-a-like contests will also take place. The Facebook event page is available here.


    Jan. 3:
    'Dumplin'' Suffers On U.S. Charts
    Unfortunately, it appears the chart run for Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack may be reaching its end. After just three weeks on the top country albums tally, the CD falls out of the top 50 chart in the Jan. 5 numbers released Wednesday, down from No. 28. It loses nine places to No. 15 Americana/folk albums and eight spots to No. 22 soundtrack albums in its fourth week on each list. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers drops six on the Country Albums Chart to No. 46 and re-enters the top 100 Canadian albums chart at No. 96, while Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" dips four to No. 40 Holiday Digital Song Sales Chart. Dailey & Vincent's The Sounds Of Christmas, featuring a Dolly collaboration on "Road To Bethlehem," earns an 11th consecutive week at No. 1 Bluegrass Albums.

    Columbus Gets Dolly Art Exhibit
    Dolly fans in the central Ohio area will want to check out the exhibit "Diamond In A Rhinestone World: A Dolly Parton Art Show," open this month at Wild Goose Creative at 2491 Summit Street in Columbus. Featuring several works by artists inspired by Dolly, a portion of any sales will be donated to local LGBTQ youth charity Kaleidoscope Youth Center. Events include an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, and a Dolly birthday dance party with DJ, drag, and costume contests on her 73rd birthday Jan. 19. Learn more from Columbus Alive here or Priz News here and check out the opening reception's Facebook event page here.


    Jan. 2:
    Dolly Gets 'Heartstrings' Story In 'TV Guide'
    The new Jan. 7-20 issue of TV Guide features a full-page story and picture promoting Dolly's 2019 Netflix series Heartstrings. There's also a photo of her in the table of contents. The issue has Game Of Thrones on the cover in its 2019 season preview. Thanks, Greg!

    Globes Prediction Thinks Dolly Will Win
    Too Fab released its Golden Globe predictions and for Best Song its critics think "Shallow" by Lady Gaga "should win" but that Dolly "will win" with her "Girl In The Movies." Read the full article here.


    Jan. 1:
    Applebee's Uses Dolly In New Ad


    Applebee's on Monday released a new ad for its All You Can Eat promotion featuring Dolly's classic "Here You Come Again." Check out the commercial here or in the media player above.

    Dollywood Coaster Among Most Anticipated
    USA Today on Monday included Dollywood's 2019 addition of the Dragon Flyer suspended roller coaster to the nation's 13 most anticipated new coasters for the new year. Read the piece here.


    Dec. 31:
    Chart Updates Down Under For 'Dumplin',' 'Very Best Of'
    Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack loses eight spots to No. 19 in its fourth week on the Australian country albums chart, it was revealed Sunday, while the "gold series" re-issue of The Very Best Of Dolly Parton (Australian Tour Edition) holds steady at No. 9 in its 380th chart week since its original 2007 release.

    'Jolene' Cover Receives Grammy Nomination
    Although Dolly wasn't nominated for a Grammy this year, one of her songs is. A jazz version of "Jolene" arranged by Dan Pugach and Nicole Zuratis is nominated for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals, at this year's ceremony. Art Voice notes here that while the couple has been working together professionally for a decade, they recently married. The song appeared on the Dan Pugach Nonet album Plus One featuring Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, Zuratis on vocals and Pugach on drums.


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