Seventy-five years ago Tuesday, Dolly Rebecca Parton is born in the Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee. Forty-four years ago Tuesday, Dolly spends her 31st birthday in Los Angeles making her first solo appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, where she performs “Higher and Higher” and “Me and Little Andy” (she had been on once before with Porter). Forty years ago Tuesday, Dolly and her co-stars from 9 to 5 appear on the cover of People. Forty-two years ago Wednesday, “I Really Got The Feeling” becomes her 10th No. 1 country hit, while its flip-side, “Baby I'm Burning” becomes a disco dance club hit and makes it to No. 25 on the pop charts. Fifty-four years ago Thursday, Dolly debuts on the country singles charts for the first time with “Dumb Blonde,” which peaks at No. 24. Forty-three years ago Thursday, 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. Twenty years ago Saturday, Little Sparrow is released. Forty years ago Sunday, “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.
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In Memoriam: Randy Parton, 67 The Parton family is in mourning this week following the death of Dolly's brother, Randy Parton, from cancer on Thursday. He was 67.
Dolly announced his passing in a statement on social media which read:
“My brother Randy has lost his battle with cancer. The family and I are grieving his loss but we know he is in a better place than we are at this time. We are a family of faith and we believe that he is safe with God and that he is joined by members of the family that have gone on before and have welcomed him with joy and open arms.
Randy was a great singer, writer, and entertainer. He sang, played guitar and bass in my band for many years. He headed his own show at Dollywood since it opened in 1986. He's had several chart records of his own, but his duet with me on “Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You” will always be a highlight in my own career.
“You Are My Christmas,” our duet on my latest Christmas album, joined with his daughter Heidi, will always be a favorite. It was his last musical recording and he shined on it just like he's shining in heaven now.
He is survived by his wife Deb, his daughter Heidi, son Sabyn, grandsons Huston and Trent.
We will always love him and he will always be in our hearts,
Dolly Parton and Family”
Heidi Parton, who performed with her father in the My People show at Dollywood, released her own statement via social media:
”God is faithful and my dad is no longer in pain. I know he and my sister are having a great day and man that choir just got got a whole lot better. Life will never be the same tho and I'm dying inside. I love you dad and miss you already. ????, until I see you again. #restpinpeacedaddy #ipromiseillmakeyouproud”
In a press release later in the day, Paige Bales, Director of Dollywood Entertainment, said: “Randy was a creative force and a good friend. He has left a lasting legacy at Dollywood with his talent, his creativity and his leadership. We will all miss him but heaven has gained another star.”
The passing marked the third of Dolly's 11 siblings for her to lose: baby Larry as an infant in 1955, youngest brother Floyd in December 2018 from cancer at age 61, and now Randy, who himself was preceded in death by his other daughter, Tever Parton, who died in 2017 at age 36.
The family has asked that memorials be made to Dolly's Imagination Library in tribute to both Randy and their father, Lee Parton.
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Jan. 21: Gibb Album Makes Top 15 U.S. Charts
Barry Gibb's Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), featuring his collaboration with Dolly on the Bee Gees' classic "Words," debuts at No. 15 on the U.S. Top 200 albums chart dated Jan. 25 and released a day late on Wednesday due to the holiday on Monday. The album was actually the week's No. 2 best-selling CD and download -- as evidenced by its No. 2 album sales and No. 2 current album sales positions -- while taking the No. 3 country albums position and No. 1 Americana/folk albums place. Gibb on Tuesday released studio footage here or in the media player above of the two recording their duet. Elsewhere on the charts, A Holly Dolly Christmas drops 38 spaces to No. 82 current album sales. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" gains one to No. 6 Hot Christian Songs and holds steady at No. 6 Christian streaming songs and No. 5 Christian digital sales singles.
Dolly Calls For Love, Kindness On Birthday Dolly's 75th birthday rolled around on Tuesday, and many tributes poured out on social media. Dolly herself acknowledged the day with a special greeting to fans:
Well, another year has rolled around and what a year it has been. Like everyone else, it is now my turn for a COVID covered birthday. So what do you do? What do you want? Should you even celebrate?
I am choosing the quiet path so I can stay close to the ones I love to count my blessings and think hard about what this new year will bring.
However, I do have a birthday wish that I want to share with you. My wish is that everyone does something a little different today. Let's call it a call for kindness. If you want to donate to your favorite cause, then donate. If you want to give an old friend a call during these lonely times, give them a call. If you can safely volunteer, then raise your hand to do so. If you decide that today is the day you get a dog, then run down to the shelter and find your new buddy. The choices are limitless.
I always encourage people to dream big but I also take great care to follow that up with the message to work hard. We can't just hope for a brighter day, we have to work for a brighter day. Love too often gets buried in a world of hurt and fear. We have to work to dig it out so we can share it with our family, our friends and our neighbors. So today, January 19th, let's get to unearthing love. Love is more contagious than a virus so let your best self shine in a glorious light and others will be inspired by you.
This is my birthday wish and may your birthday wishes also come true.
Jan. 18: Gibbs' 'Greenfields' Hits Pole Position Down Under Barry Gibb's Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), featuring his collaboration with Dolly on the Bee Gees' classic "Words," was announced Saturday as this week's No. 1 album in Australia. The album also made it to No. 1 in the U.K., it was revealed Friday, but in the U.S. Billboard over the weekend reported it won't break the top 10.
Jan. 16: Two New Gold Singles For Dolly Dolly ended last year and started this year by adding to her collection of gold and platinum honors, it has been revealed. The Recording Industry Association of America on Wednesday certified the digital single of her collaboration with Zach Williams on "There Was Jesus" as a gold record for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. The award followed a Christmas Day certification by the BPI of the digital single for "I Will Always Love You" having sold 200,000 units in the U.K. since its release for download in 2004, earning it the British silver record certification.
'People' Debuts Special Dolly Birthday Issue In honor of Dolly's 75th birthday on Tuesday, People magazine has this week issued a special stand-alone issue dedicated to her life and career featuring a new interview with her, an overview of her style with her personal designer, and coverage of her from the magazine's archives over the past several decades. It is available now wherever magazines are sold, and a preview was posted online Friday here.
Dolly Holiday Airings Brought Good Ratings Dolly's holiday wrap-up appearances on television still brought in the viewers, ratings afterwards showed. A repeat of her new CBS concert special A Holly Dolly Christmas to promote the album of the same name aired Dec. 23 and was the evening's No. 1 most-watched program, drawing 3.3 million viewers and a 0.4 share, compared to 6.2 million when it first aired Dec. 6. Then on Dec. 28, a repeat of the 2016 NBC movie Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love was the night's No. 5 program, with an audience of 2.6 million viewers and a 0.3 share, which compared to 3.1 million who watched its companion film, 2015's Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors, repeat on the network Dec. 17.
Dolly May Get Tennessee Capitol Statue A state legislator in Dolly's home state of Tennessee made national news this week for introducing legislation to add a statue in her honor on the Capitol grounds in Nashville. If approved, funds would be raised for the statue rather than use any public dollars, and it would face the Ryman Auditorium, former home of The Grand Ole Opry. Read more from WKRN here.
Dolly On U.K.'s No. 1 Album This Week Before the year ended, Dolly and Barry Gibb released a single version of their collaboration on the BeeGees' classic "Words" a week before Gibb's full-length country tribute album to the band's old songs came out, Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1). Well, the Official British Charts Company on Friday announced that the CD which features the Dolly duet is this week's No. 1 album across the pond. On the British country compilation chart, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 and The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe hold steady at No. 6 and No. 8, respectively, while Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains eight to No. 9, The Essential Dolly Parton rises one to No. 11 and Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains three to No. 16. In the U.S., the Jan. 16 charts released Tuesday confirmed A Holly Dolly Christmas tumbles 28 spots to No. 44 current album sales and has fallen off all other tallies with the passing of the holidays, while Ultimate Dolly Parton re-enters the top 50 country albums at No. 48. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" rises two to No. 7 Hot Christian Songs, five to No. 6 Christian streaming songs and three to No. 5 Christian digital sales singles. And since this site wasn't updated last week, the magazine's final holiday charts of the season, dated Jan. 9, had Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" lose five to No. 29 holiday digital single sales and A Holly Dolly Christmas drop seven to No. 27 Top Holiday Albums.
Dolly Remembers 2020 On Twitter Dolly said goodbye to 2020 with a brief year-in-review video she shared to social media here. Watch it below.
Through all of the darkness, I've tried my best to spread some light in 2020. Thank you for coming along for the ride ?? See you all in 2021! pic.twitter.com/3c3R57J88X
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Dec. 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Here's Dollymania.net's annual Merry Christmas wish: a 1969 holiday special featuring Dolly, Porter Wagoner, The Wilburn Brothers, Loretta Lynn, Jim Ed Brown, Del Reeves and more. Enjoy here or in the media player above. (Also, please keep your webmaster and my family in your prayers this holiday as we are currently ill with COVID-19 and under quarantine until New Year's.)
Dolly Extends More Grammy Records This Year All four artists with the greatest number of years they have received Grammy nominations added to their records this year, including Dolly. Composer John Williams increased his number of nominated years to 40 to hold onto his No. 1 spot, pianist/composer Chick Corea and Dolly each scored noms to increase their No. 2 tie from 32 to 33 years, and former Beetle Paul McCartney's nod brought his up from 31 to 32 years. Dolly holds the record for the vocalist with the most years to be nominated, the woman with the most years, and the country artist with the most years.
Dec. 23: Dolly In AC Top 10 For First Time In 16 Years The Dec. 26 Billboard charts released Tuesday revealed Dolly is back in the top 10 of the Adult Contemporary singles chart for the first time since "Baby It's Cold Outside" went to No. 2 with Rod Stewart in 2004 as "Cuddle Up and Cozy Down Christmas" with Michael Buble gains two in its fifth week to No. 10 Adult Contemporary Songs. It marks just her fifth top 10 on the chart, following "Outside" and No. 2 "Here You Come Again" in 1977 and No. 1s "9 To 5" and "Islands In The Stream" in 1981 and 1983, respectively. The track shoots up 13 places to No. 6 Canadian Adult Contemporary Songs. Meanwhile, "I Still Believe," her new single added to a bonus digital version of the album, drops off after one week on the country digital single sales list at No. 22 and No. 32 holiday digital single sales, while "Mary, Did You Know?" from the album drops off the Hot Christian Songs tally after one week at No. 49 and off the digital Christian single sales chart after two weeks, down from No. 18. The full album remains steady at No. 4 independent label albums and No. 3 country albums while losing two to No. 5 current album sales and No. 5 overall album sales, dropping six to No. 26 on the all-genre top 200 albums chart, falling two to No. 10 Christmas albums and 16 to No. 30 Canadian albums. And Dolly descends 16 to No. 42 on the Artist 100. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers falls 33 to No. 95 album sales, two places to No. 28 country albums, and two places to No. 47 Christmas albums. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" re-enters the Christmas digital song sales chart at No. 41. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" falls off the Hot Christian Songs chart, down from No. 9, while losing three to No. 18 Christian streaming songs and two to No. 16 Christian digital song sales chart.
Dolly Releases Another Animated Video In these times where coronavirus restrictions make filming music videos difficult, Dolly on Tuesday released her third animated video from A Holly Dolly Christmas, this one for her duet with Willie Nelson on his classic composition "Pretty Paper." Watch it here for U.S. Facebook audiences, before it is released worldwide on all platforms Wednesday.
Dec. 22: 'Trio' Makes Grammy Hall Of Fame 2021 The original 1987 Trio album by Dolly, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris is among next year's inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday. Also being inducted will be Ronstadt's Canciones de Mi Padre, giving her three titles in the Hall of Fame (as Heart Like A Wheel made it in 2018). It marks Emmylou Harris' first Grammy Hall of Fame entry and Dolly's fifth, as she was honored with her 1974 original of "I Will Always Love You" being inducted in 2008, her 1974 original of "Jolene" in 2014, "I Will Always Love You" as the songwriter of Whitney Houston's 1992 cover in 2018, and "Coat Of Many Colors" in 2019, but is her first full-length album to be honored in this way.
'Songteller' Remains On Best Seller Lists Songteller continues to impress, gaining two last week to No. 6 in its fourth week on the New York Times Best Seller List. It holds steady at No. 9 nonfiction on the Publisher's Weekly Best Seller List. And The Independent Booksellers of America have it at No. 13 nonfiction.
Aussie Chart Updates, Christmas Interview, Review A Holly Dolly Christmas gets a second week on the Australian top 40 all-genre album chart this week, inching down one to No. 38 Down Under. In other holiday news, The Sunday Post interviewed her about the season here, and Netflix's web series Trixie and Katya Like To Watch watched Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Squarehere over the weekend.
Stella Slams Politicians, Televangelists Over COVID Dolly's sister Stella is not one to shy away from controversy and she went viral in recent days for criticizing politicians and televangelists for not personally contributing like Dolly did to help fund the vaccine. See what she had to say here.
Dec. 19: Dolly's Vaccine Gains FDA Approval "Dolly's vaccine" for COVID-19 was approved by the FDA for use in the United States Friday evening. Moderna is expected to begin shipping the vaccine immediately. The early research on what would become Moderna's vaccine was conducted using Dolly's $1 million gift to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which researchers there said sped up the process literally tenfold and attracted grant funding months before the U.S. government's Operation Warp Speed began funding the clinical human trials for the vaccine. Read more from The Huffington Posthere. Business Insider this week profiled Moderna chairman and co-founder Noubar Afeyan, who lauded Dolly's gift in the interview, explaining here he listened to her music growing up and his favorite Dolly track was "9 To 5." Of her donation, he said: "I think that's a terrific thing. It's a great act of generosity and providing resources to what's otherwise one of the important projects of our times."
'Holly Dolly' Sales Updates, U.K. Charts In an article on this week's U.S. sales chart here, Billboard noted as of Dec. 10 the album A Holly Dolly Christmas had sold 26,000 that week (although it had 31,000 album equivalent credits for the other charts, meaning 5,000 were streaming credits instead of sales or downloads, and since it takes 1,500 streams to credit as one album equivalent, that represents 7.5 million streams of the album for the week.) The article noted since release the set has sold 171,000 units, making it her biggest-selling album since 2008's Backwoods Barbie, which has moved 281,000. Preliminary sales estimates through Dec. 18 show it sold 23,000 copies this week and about 4,000 streaming album equivalents for a total of 27,000 credits for next week's charts. That would put it at about 194,000 copies sold total. In other news from the album, its single "Cuddle Up And Cozy Down Christmas" with Michael Buble gains 19 to No. 71 in its third chart week on the British pop singles chart. The album stays steady at No. 20 all-genre pop albums chart, sliding eight spots to No. 23 downloads, one spot physical sales to No. 16, and two places to No. 17 sales. On the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 falls two to No. 8 in its 153rd week, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe loses one to No. 9, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls four to No. 19 and The Essential Dolly Parton inches up one to No. 17.
Dolly & Willie Broke Records This Year Dolly and Willie Nelson were No. 6 on Billboard's list of the 20 top record-breaking chart achievements of the year, with Willie becoming the first in July and Dolly second artist and first woman in October to have top 10 albums in all seven decades of the Top Country Albums tally: the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s.
Another Publication Says Dolly Is Center Another publication is calling Dolly the country's unifying factor, with a piece in The New Republichere.
Rob Thomas Covers 'I Believe In Santa Claus' Former Matchbox Twenty front man Rob Thomas this week released a cover of Dolly's "I Believe In Santa Claus" as a duet with Abby Anderson. He Tweeted after its release that his "little brain is freaking out a bit" following the receipt of "a sweet note" from Dolly about the cover. Listen on YouTube here or in the media player below, or order the song from Amazon here.
Dec. 14: Many 'Holly Dolly' Songs Make The Charts Signifying the diversity of the project, three different songs from Dolly's current holiday album this week are on the charts across four different genres, the Dec. 19 Billboard charts released Tuesday revealed. "I Still Believe," her new single added to s bonus digital version of the album, debuts at No. 22 country digital single sales and No. 32 holiday digital single sales, while "Mary, Did You Know?" debuts at No. 49 Hot Christian Songs and gains two to No. 18 digital Christian single sales and "Cuddle Up and Cozy Down Christmas" with Michael Buble gains one in its fourth week to No. 12 Adult Contemporary singles in the U.S. and No. 20 Canadian Adult Contemporary singles. With 31,000 album-equivalent credits including streaming, A Holly Dolly Christmas, remains steady at No. 20 on the all-genre top 200 albums chart, No. 3 current album sales, No. 3 overall album sales, No. 4 independent label albums and No. 3 country albums while slipping one to No. 8 Christmas albums and gaining six to No. 14 Canadian albums. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers re-enters the top 100 album sales chart at No. 62 and shoots up 22 to No. 26 country albums while gaining one to No. 45 Christmas albums. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" falls off the Christmas digital song sales chart, down from No. 47. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" inches up one to No. 9 Hot Christian Songs while losing one to No. 15 Christian streaming songs and seven to No. 14 Christian digital song sales chart, but falling off the Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart, down from No. 9.
Dolly Loved 'SNL' Impersonation Dolly on Monday responded publicly to Melissa Villaseñor's impersonation of her on Saturday Night Live, Tweeting: "I was flattered and I never looked and sounded so good!"
Dolly Helps Spread Cheer To Sick This Holiday Musicians On Call this week announced a star-studded concert that is accessible throughout December at more than 5,000 American Hospital Association facilities nationwide to entertain those confined to hospitals over the holidays and their caretakers. Dolly is among the celebrities who recorded special holiday greetings for the program alongside Kelly Clarkson, Billie Eilish and others, while people such as Leslie Odom Jr., Meghan Trainor, Josh Groban and Pentatonix perform during the virtual show.
SNL Cast Member Offers New Dolly Impersonation
Comedienne Melissa Villaseñor debuted her Dolly impersonation during the "Weekend Update" segment of this week's Saturday Night Live on NBC, turning in a pretty good Dolly. Watch it here or in the media player above.
Watch Dolly Perform On Lauper's Fundraiser Dolly performed "Christmas Is" for Cyndi Lauper's annual True Colors Fund Home For The Holidays concert this weekend, which you may watch on Facebook here. Dolly's appearance is around the 45-minute mark. To support Lauper's charity, which helps alleviate homelessness among LGBTQ+ youths, visit TrueColorsUnited.org or text TRUECOLORS to 24365.
Catch Two Re-Airings Of 'Holly Dolly' CBS Special If you missed the Holly Dolly Christmas special on CBS earlier this month, you have two more chances to catch a broadcast without subscribing to the network's streaming platform, where it is currently accessible. It was announced over the weekend that CBS will repeat it as part of its holiday programming at 8 p.m. Eastern Wednesday, Dec. 23, and that CMT will give it a cable premiere at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 (following showings of Unlikely Angel at noon and Steel Magnolias at 2 p.m.). Meanwhile, another interview promoting all of her winter products got noticed over the weekend, from PrideSourcehere.
'Holly Dolly Christmas' Debuts Down Under And the album A Holly Dolly Christmas made its Australian debut this week, entering the top 40 at No. 37 on the all-genre album chart Down Under, up from No. 73 the previous week.
In Memoriam: Charlie Pride Country Music legend Charlie Pride died Saturday at age 86 due to complications from COVID, his family announced. They revealed he had entered the hospital in late November with COVID symptoms and finally succumbed to the virus. The family noted in the statement "he would want his fans to take this virus very seriously." Dolly, who worked with him many times when the two were labelmates at RCA throughout the 1970s, commented on social media: "I'm so heartbroken that one of my dearest and oldest friends, Charley Pride, has passed away. It's even worse to know that he passed away from COVID-19. What a horrible, horrible virus. Charley, we will always love you. Rest In Peace. My love and thoughts go out to his family and all of his fans. – Dolly"
Dec. 12: 'Cuddle Up' Makes British Chart, 'Holly Dolly' Sets High U.S. Sales "Cuddle Up And Cozy Down" with Michael Buble entered the British overall pop singles chart this week at No. 80, the Official Chart Company announced, as Dolly's A Holly Dolly Christmas slips four spots in its fifth week on the overall U.K. pop albums chart to No. 20 while taking straight No. 15s across the board for downloads (down three), physical sales (down one), and overall sales (down one) in its ninth week on each. It gets a third week on the vinyl sales tally, gaining three to No. 14. It marks just Dolly's 11th appearance on the British pop singles chart, her first since "Together You & I" went to No. 67 in 2011. In the U.S., it may have reached a new sales peak, with sales in excess of 26,000 for the week plus streaming equivalents that give it more than 30,000 units for the albums charts that will be published by Billboard on Tuesday, the preliminary sales estimates from Hits Daily Double indicated on Friday. (And in the U.K., sales data included in an interview with Music Week noted the project had sold 18,852 copies across the pond through November.) On the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 holds steady at No. 6 in its 152nd week, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains one to No. 8, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls back 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 by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) loses two to No. 15 and The Essential Dolly Parton re-enters the top 20 at No. 18.
Dolly Still In Best Seller List Top 10s After two weeks at No. 3 on the New York Times Best Seller List, Dolly's Songteller slides five in its third week to reach No. 8 nonfiction and slips three in its second week on the Publisher's Weekly sales chart to come in at No. 9 nonfiction.
Dolly Announces New Fragrance Line Coming In Spring Edge Beauty Inc. on Friday announced they had inked a long-term agreement with Dolly for creation, development and distribution of her own signature fragrance line with the first collection to launch in spring 2021. In a press release, Dolly offered: "Fragrance has always played a major role in my life – I wear my own combination of scents every day. I am so excited to share this dream with my fans. Developing my own brand and scent with Edge Beauty has been an amazing experience, and I am looking forward to becoming a big part of the fragrance community."
'Billboard' Presents Hitmaker Award To Dolly Dolly was presented the Hitmaker Award from the 2020 Billboard Women In Music Ceremony Thursday night by goddaughter Miley Cyrus and performed a remote rendition of "9 To 5," which you may watch on Billboardhere.
Podcast Nominated For More Awards The in-depth podcast Dolly Parton's America has been nominated by the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards for both Music Podcast of the Year and overall Podcast of the Year, the latter of which is voted on by the public by visiting the final nomination page here and clicking on Dolly's entry to post your vote via a Tweet.
Dolly To Present Lily Tomlin PETA Award Dolly will appear Saturday on PETA's 40th anniversary party livestreaming at 8 p.m. Eastern to present the PETA Humanitarian Award to Lily Tomlin, it was announced this week. Others participating in the event include Sir Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, Belinda Carlisle, Chrissie Hynde, Iggy Pop, Pamela Anderson, Joaquin Phoenix and Bill Maher. Individual tickets to access the livestream begin at $40 each and are available here.
Dolly The Lifesaver Going Viral The chorus singer/dancer little girl from Christmas On The Square whom Dolly saved from running in front of a car on set is going viral with her tale. Check out a version of it from Vanity Fair this week here.
British Interview Confuses Fans As Tour, Album NOT Announced An interview with a British music publication caused a stir among Dolly fans this week due to summaries from other media outlets that suggested a stadium tour was happening next year, even though it was the same news as was reported months ago that the tour remains in planning stages on hold until coronavirus restrictions are lifted. The news came from an in-depth interview with industry magazine Music Week in which manager Danny Nozell repeated what he told Billboard in Dolly's cover story from back in August (and was reported here) that they were planning a DollyFest worldwide stadium tour to celebrate her 75th birthday next year but plans remain on hold indefinitely due to coronavirus. The only difference was he said 12 stadiums in the Billboard interview and 15 stadiums in the new interview. Industry observers have said traditional concerts will not likely return until well after COVID restrictions are lifted once widespread immunity is achieved through vaccination and that this probably won't occur until late in 2021 at the earliest, perhaps not until 2022, so I wouldn't look for any such tour until then. However, a couple of other music publications picked up on a summary of the behind-the-paywall full interview and characterized it as more of a done deal to happen in 2021, getting many fans' hopes up on social media. The interview also noted Nozell saying Dolly would in the near future be planning another major book release, more feature films, a Broadway musical, and future albums. Although the summaries made it sound like all of these projects would be coming out in 2021, the actual article mentioned no timeline, so it's likely they could take a few years to come to fruition. In addition, the summaries noted she'd release a new album next year with 12Tone, the label that put out her holiday collection, but Nozell actually said she has only "written" several other albums but hasn't said she has recorded any of them yet, and he noted they only signed a one-album deal with 12Tone for the Christmas record, but he added he expected they likely will sign future contracts to release additional albums through the label because the experience on this project has been so positive, so there likewise was no timeline given for when any new music may be forthcoming either. The story also delved into the fact that she is considering selling the publishing and songwriting copyrights of her songs, much like Bob Dylan did for $300 million a few days ago. She noted in the interview as long as she still gets credit for writing the songs, she wouldn't care if she didn't earn royalty payments on them in the future. (A couple of weeks ago, Billboard had included that possibility in one of its industry bulletins, saying she has been considering such a sale and that given that the industry has been valuing catalogs at between 16 and 23 times their annual income, their experts valued hers at between $96 million and $184 million for such a sale. However, in the new interview, Nozell said he wanted "an iconic price for an iconic catalog," so their asking price may be significantly higher.) Although the main article is behind a paywall for subscribers only, excerpts available to the public include a profile of Nozell's management of her career here and an examination of the song catalog sale discussion here.
Imagination Library Documentary Premieres Dolly's Imagination Library on Wednesday night premiered the documentary The Library That Dolly Built on Facebook, where as of press time Friday night the video had been viewed nearly 1 million times. Unfortunately, given the surge of COVID infections, Dolly decided it was unsafe to bring in a crew to make her planned live fan Q&A possible following the streaming of the film but she voice-called in instead to explain her decision to fans and thank them for watching. They then played a pre-recorded performance of the Library's theme song, "Try." You may watch the film on Facebook here or in the media player below.
Dec. 9: Buble Duet Enters Adult Contemporary Top 15 Dolly is back in the top 15 of the Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles Chart this week, the Dec. 12 numbers showed Tuesday, as "Cuddle Up And Cozy Down Christmas" with Michael Buble rises 11 places to No. 13 this week. The song also moves up six to No. 21 Canadian Adult Contemporary singles. The album that contains the song, A Holly Dolly Christmas, drops four to No. 20 on the all-genre top 200 albums chart and remains steady at No. 3 current album sales and No. 3 overall album sales while advancing one to No. 3 country albums and slipping four to No. 7 Christmas albums, while it loses two to No. 4 independent label albums and gains three to No. 20 Canadian albums. It falls off the vinyl albums list, down from one week at No. 25, while Dolly slips seven to No. 28 Artist 100. Another track, "Mary Did You Know?," debuts at No. 20 on the Christian digital song sales chart. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers falls back off the top 100 album sales chart after one week No. 100 but re-enters the country albums chart at No. 44 and loses seven to No. 46 Christmas albums. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" increases two to No. 47 on the Christmas digital song sales chart. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" falls two to No. 10 Hot Christian Songs, six to No. 14 Christian streaming songs, one to No. 7 Christian digital song sales chart, and one to No. 9 Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart.
Dec. 8: 6 Million Watch 'Holly Dolly Christmas' On CBS
A Holly Dolly Christmas on CBS won the non-sports ratings for the evening, pulling in 6.2 million viewers Sunday night and a 0.7 rating for 18-49, Variety reported here. It was followed by NCIS: Los Angeles on the network with 4.2 million viewers and a 0.4 rating. On ABC, Supermarket Sweep led with 2.8 million viewers and a 0.6 rating, followed by Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Card Sharks and America's Funniest Home Videos with respective audiences of 2.9 million/0.5 rating, 1.8 million/0.3 rating, and 4.7 million/0.6 rating. FOX's animation night saw The Family Guy bring in 1.4 million viewers and a 0.6 rating, followed by The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers and Bless The Harts with respective audiences of 1.6 million/0.5 rating, 1.2 million/0.5 rating, 1.1 million/0.4 rating. NBC won sports programming with a Kansas City vs. Denver game having 14 million viewers and a 3.8 rating. Fans loved the show, noting the tears when Dolly became emotional telling a story about a Christmas grab bag event at church she had not shared publicly before (viewable here or in the media player above) and when she closed with her new inspirational song "I Still Believe," viewable here or in the media player below. The special remains available for streaming on the premium CBS All Access service.
'Holly Dolly' CD Still Among Week's Best Sellers Dolly's continued promotions have kept sales strong for A Holly Dolly Christmas, preliminary estimates show. Hits Daily Double estimates it sold about 24,000 more copies last week, its ninth since release, plus about 3,000 streaming equivalents for a total of 27,000 credits for the charts this week that will be announced on Tuesday and close to 150,000 copies sold since release. In addition, Amazon on Monday announced yet another exclusive version of the project: a transparent white vinyl release solely available from the retailer here. In further promotions, a nice interview with RuPaul was released Monday as the cover story of the new digital issue of Marie Claire magazine here and the BBC took a look here at how she became one of the most beloved celebrities in the world.
'Songteller' Remains Steady On Best Seller Chart Meanwhile, her new book Songteller remains steady at No. 3 nonfiction on the New York Times Best Seller List and debuts at No. 6 nonfiction in Publisher's Weekly and No. 11 all titles at Barnes & Noble.
Dolly Joins Lauper's Homeless LGBTQ Youth Fundraiser Cyndi Lauper announced Monday that Dolly, Cher, Phoebe Bridgers, Brandi Carlisle, Adam Lambert, and Jackson Browne will perform on her annual "Home for the Holidays" benefit concert for homeless LGBTQ youths. The virtual concert will premiere on TikTok at 8 p.m. Eastern Friday and then repeat at 8 p.m. Eastern Sunday on YouTube and Facebook.
Dec. 5: Dolly Puts Out Surprise Single, 'I Still Believe'
Dolly on Friday released a surprise bonus track to her holiday album. The song, "I Still Believe,", resulted in retailers issuing a special second downloadable version of the album called A Holly Dolly Christmas Bonus Version" that adds the track, which is also available for sale separately at your favorite music download service, including Amazon here. The song is also available for listening on your favorite streaming service, including YouTube here and in the media player above. She will premiere the song on television during Sunday night's CBS Special A Holly Dolly Christmas, which People magazine previewed here. Check out the network's commercial for the special here or in the media player below, and be sure to watch Dolly's takeover of its sister network CMT all day and night Saturday!
Dolly Continues Interviews, Promotions For CD, Special, Book In other Dolly holiday promotion, she has a fairly observant interview with The Australianhere, an interview with Apple Music Country's LGBTQ podcast Proud Radio which premieres on the service at 5 p.m. Eastern Sunday and about which AOL writes here, Ireland's Late, Late Show Country Special announced her as a guest Dec. 11, The New York Times offered yet another interview, this one a Q&A on her reading habits for its book review section, here, Billboard provided an interview on her songwriting in its "Women In Music" issue in honor of her selection as this year's Hitmakers Award recipient here, she announced on Instagram here she is working with other artists on the "Jingle Challenge" to try and send 10,000 holiday messages to children at Vanderbilt's Children's Hospital in Nashville, and the Tennessee Titans announced she will serve as their honorary "12th Titan" for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns (although she won't attend in person, she will provide a pre-recorded video address for fans).
U.K. Chart Updates Across the pond, A Holly Dolly Christmas remains on the top 100 pop British albums for a fourth week, rising nine places to a new peak at No. 16, while gaining six in its eighth week on the overall sales chart to No. 14, five to No. 14 physical sales, and 12 to No. 12 downloads, re-entering the vinyl sales chart at No. 17 for a second week. On the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 rises three to No. 6 in its 151st week, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe slips one to No. 9, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 20, and Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls one to No. 13.
Clinton Backs Dolly Getting Medal Of Freedom, Too Hillary Clinton has added her encouragement to the chorus of officials asking President-Elect Joe Biden to honor Dolly with the Presidential Medal of Freedom early in his term, Oregon Live reported here.
Dec. 2: Obama Says Biden Should Give Dolly Medal
Major Dolly fan Stephen Colbert interviewed former President Barack Obama this week and asked him why Dolly had not received the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, during his term. He replied: "That's a mistake. I'm, shocked . . .Actually, that was a screwup. I'm surprised. I think I assumed that she had already gotten one, and that was incorrect." He added: "She deserves one. I'll call Biden," indicating he will encourage President-Elect Joe Biden to honor her with the medal during his term. Read more from The Hillhere and watch the clip here on YouTube or in the media player above.
'Holly Dolly Christmas' Continues Chart Dominance Dolly this week sees her A Holly Dolly Christmas rise to recapture its previous peak at No. 16 on the all-genre top 200 albums chart, the Dec. 5 Billboard charts showed. The project remains steady at No. 3 current album sales and advances one to No. 3 overall album sales, slipping one to No. 4 country albums and two spots to No. 3 Christmas albums, while it gains two to No. 2 independent label albums and 10 places to No. 23 Canadian albums. It debuts at No. 25 vinyl albums, while Dolly rises three to No. 21 Artist 100. "Cuddle Up And Cozy Down Christmas" with Michael Buble gains three to No. 24 Adult Contemporary singles and advances five to No. 27 Canadian Adult Contemporary singles but falls off the holiday digital singles chart, down from No. 26. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers re-enters the top 100 album sales chart for the first time this season at No. 100 while it falls four to No. 39 Christmas albums. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" tumbles 27 to No. 49 on the Christmas digital song sales chart. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" loses five to No. 8 Hot Christian Songs, down two to No. 8 Christian streaming songs, two to No. 6 Christian digital song sales chart, and three to No. 8 Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart.
New Dolly Interview Published Dolly has a new interview in Sounds Like Nashville about everything currently going on in her career. Read it here, and The Guardian offered an opinion piece about what a wonderful human being she is here. And don't forget her appearance on NBC Wednesday night for the Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony!
Get PBS Special On Exclusive DVD Various PBS stations nationwide this week are showing Dolly Parton: I Will Always Love You hosted by Pam Tillis and featuring several classic Dolly performances as part of the network's "My Music" series as part of pledge week, and the network has produced an exclusive DVD of the special not available in stores which is only sold as a thank you gift for PBS donors. In most markets, a gift of $150 will be eligible for the DVD and the previously-released two-disc set Dolly Parton And Friends featuring episodes of her 1976-77 variety series. You may wish to check the donations page of your local PBS station to see if they are offering the package as a thank you gift for contributions.
Dec. 1: 'New York Times' Style Mag Profiles Dolly, Barbra, Patti The New York Times' style magazine T profiles "three divas" as its cover story this month: Dolly, Barbra Streisand and Patti LaBelle. Check out the in-depth interview with Dolly and new photos here and a side piece on each of the three artists' most memorable performances (Dolly's were with her family on the Thanksgiving episode of her ABC 1987-88 Dolly series and her first-ever public performances with Kenny Rogers and Linda Ronstadt/Emmylou Harris on her 1976-77 syndicated series Dolly!) here.
CMT Gives More Dolly Take-Over Details That Dolly was doing a CMT takeover this weekend was first reported here a little over a week ago and more detail with the scheduling of a Dolly movie marathon reported here half a week ago, but now the full details have been announced by the channel here. As was expected, Dolly was interviewed by Katie Cook for CMT Hot 20 Countdown airing at 9 a.m. Saturday. Newly known is she is the weekend's sole guest, with interview clips and stories throughout the entire episode. CMT will also show classic music videos of hers throughout the day and teases for her CBS special Sunday night. Also, some of the Dolly films will repeat the night of Dec. 10.
'LA Times' Looks At Old Dolly Death Ballads The Los Angeles Times offered a great deep dive into Dolly's "sad ass songs" of her early years when she was strongly influenced by the Old World death ballads that she learned from her mountain family members as a child and how her new lyrics memoir Songteller brings some of them to the forefront. Read it here.
BBC Radio 2 Announces Dolly Holiday Special BBC Radio 2 has announced Dolly will present an hour-long radio special Dolly's Christmas Good List at 9 p.m. U.K. time Saturday, Dec. 19, where she speaks with Claudia Winkelman about life, career, and loves as seen through memories of Christmas, from her childhood in Tennessee to the height of superstardom. She also selects her favorite festive songs and why she holds them dear and plays tracks from her new holiday CD.
Little Fan Charms 'Ellen' With 'Jolene' Ellen had a little girl Dolly fan on her program Monday singing "Jolene." Check out the clip here.
Nov. 30: 'Songteller' Makes Top Three 'New York Times' Best Sellers Dolly's Songteller book is officially a Best Seller. The tome debuts this week at No. 3 nonfiction hardcover and No. 3 combined nonfiction hardcover and e-books on the venerable New York Times Best Seller List. It also comes in at No. 10 out of all genres of books on the USA Today/Associated Press Best Seller List, No. 9 nonfiction on The Washington Post Best Seller List and in Canada No. 10 nonfiction in The Toronto Star Best Seller List. According to the New York Times archives search, Dolly hasn't been on their Best Seller list since her first autobiography made the hardcover list for several weeks in 1994-1995 and the paperback list in 1995.
'Holly Dolly Christmas' Passes 100,000 Sales, Possibly New Best Week Dolly's promotions continue to pay off for A Holly Dolly Christmas, as sales through last Friday jumped again and may have surpassed the 26,000 units it sold in its first week. Hits Daily Double is estimating 25,820 units moved (about 24,000 hard copies and full downloads sold, 200 album-equivalent download singles, and more than 1,600 album-equivalent online streams), but their number reported last week was actually quite a bit lower than the actual sales for the week (18,500 versus an actual count of 21,000), so it's possible the album may have a new sales highwater mark. Either way, it has passed the 100,000 sales milestone during the week with approximately 115,000-120,000 copies sold since release.
U.K. Chart Updates Across the pond, A Holly Dolly Christmas remains on the top 100 pop British albums for a third week, slipping eight places to No. 25, while losing eight in its seventh week on the overall sales chart to No. 20, seven to No. 19 physical sales, nine to No. 24 downloads, falling off the vinyl sales chart from No. 18 for one week and coming in at No. 5 independent label albums. On the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 loses two to No. 9 in its 150th week, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe slips three to No. 8, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls out of the top 20, down from No. 17, and Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains two to No. 12.
Library Gets Coverage In Colorado, Ohio Dolly recently celebrated statewide initiatives in her Imagination Library early childhood literacy program with interviews in the local media. She chatted with The Denver Post this week here about the state recently allocating funds to take the program statewide in Colorado, while she spoke with The Columbus Dispatchhere about the state successfully launching the final county in the program to make available to all children statewide in Ohio.
Dolly Leads Thanksgiving Parade Entertainment Dolly's holiday appearances continue with a remote stop at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday viewable here or in the media player below. Vulture called the appearance "socially distant but emotionally necessary" here and several media observers noted it was the morning's highlight performance. She gave an interview to The Tennesseanhere about her various projects and she and Christine Baranski spoke with NBC Palm Springs here about Netflix's Christmas On The Square, which Stylist magazine said is "the only holiday film to watch this year" for its campy fun here, although several other reviewers didn't like it much. Director Debbie Allen spoke with a few outlets as well, including this interview with Oprah Magazinehere. Dolly still has Wednesday's Christmas In Rockefeller Center for NBC, her Pandora streaming special Friday, a new CBS special Sunday, Graham Norton appearance in the U.K. on Friday and the U.S. the following Friday, and Saturday's CMT Take Over, among other appearances.
Nov. 25: 'There Was Jesus' Earns Dolly's 50th Grammy Nomination Dolly received her career 50th Grammy nomination on Tuesday, earning a nod for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for "There Was Jesus" with Zach Williams. She won the category last year for "God Only Knows" with For KING & Country. This year she faces off against Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes and Elevation Worship for "The Blessing;" Lecrae and Kirk Franklin for "Sunday Morning;" We The Kingdom for "Holy Water;" and Tauren Wells and Jenn Johnson for "Famous For (I Believe)." Dolly reacted on social media saying: "I was honored to hear that "There Was Jesus" is nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song at this year's #GRAMMYs ?? So proud to be a part of this song with Zach Williams! I am so happy that it has touched the hearts of so many!" Also nominated with a Dolly connection was Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice documentary for Best Musical Film which features an interview with Dolly. Winners will be announced Jan. 31 on CBS. Dolly's new nomination keeps her second place role behind Beyonce for the most-nominated women of Grammy history, as Beyonce's nine nominations increases her career total to 79, tying Paul McCartney for second-most nominations of all artists (behind her husband Jay-Z and Quincy Jones with 80 each).
'Cozy Up' Debuts On Adult Contemporary Chart Dolly has a new song on the Billboard charts released Tuesday. "Cuddle Up And Cozy Down Christmas" with Michael Buble debuts at No. 27 Adult Contemporary Singles and No. 26 holiday digital singles on the Nov. 28 tallies. It marks her first time on the Adult Contemporary Chart since the remake of "Smoky Mountain Rain" with Ronnie Millsap went to the same position on the list last year. The album that contains the song, A Holly Dolly Christmas, sees a huge leap thanks to Dolly's massive promotional push over the previous week, with a 90 percent sales increase to 21,000 copies. That pushes it up 41 spots to No. 20 Hot 100, three to No. 3 current album sales, one to No. 4 overall album sales, three to No. 3 country albums, seven to No. 4 independent albums chart, back to No. 1 Holiday Albums, and up 61 to No. 33 Canadian albums, while Dolly rises eight to No. 24 Artist 100. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers inches up four to No. 35 Christmas albums. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" gains 11 to No. 22 on the Christmas digital song sales chart. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" finally drops from its No. 2 position on the Hot Christian Songs chart down to No. 3, down two to No. 6 Christian streaming songs, two to No. 4 Christian digital song sales chart. It also holds steady at No. 5 Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart but falls off the Christian airplay list, down from No. 10.
New E-Cards For Dolly Holidays Released As part of Dolly's holiday product placement and her deal with American Greetings, a series of new holiday e-cards featuring tracks from her new album were announced this week. They're accessible here.
Director Talks New Dolly Special It was previously reported here that PBS stations will begin airing a new Dolly music documentary Dolly Parton: I Will Always Love You (My Music) this coming weekend, and The Albuquerque Journal interviewed the director here.
Dolly The Good Lauded Columnist Leonard Pitts lauded Dolly's goodness as the antithesis of Gordon Gekko's "Greed Is Good" philosophy of the 1980s in his column this week, available here. Similarly, a columnist from CNN said "Just let Dolly Parton rule the world already" here.
'Christmas On The Square' Does Well Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square premiered on Netflix Sunday and quickly became the No. 4 movie on Monday and No. 8 overall program of the day, falling out of the top 10 overall shows on Tuesday but only dipping one to No. 5 movie. Reviews have been mixed, but those who knew what to expect in advance as a campy, sentimental, unbelievable, silly holiday tall tale were kinder. For example, the venerable New York Times opined in a largely positive review here: "It's bad, the sort of bad that knows what it is — campy rather than camp. 'Campy' is camp with a diploma and a martini. And 'Christmas on the Square' is a drunk."
Library Announces Premiere, Q&A, Concert Dec. 9 Dolly's Imagination Library on Monday made its big announcement, which was the official premiere of the documentary The Library That Dolly Built at 7 p.m. Eastern Dec. 9 on Facebook. The actual premiere information had already been released in a trailer for the project that the Library had posted to YouTube a month and a half ago and was reported here at the time, but this reveal included the addition that the movie will be followed by a conversation with Dolly and then a live acoustic performance. Then on Dec. 11 the film and conversation will be released nationwide as a Watch Now @ Home Cinema Release followed by an early 2021 release across multiple platforms. In a press release, Dolly said: "I am so excited that we can finally tell the whole story of the Imagination Library. It is certainly not just about me. Our story is the story of children, of families and communities who all share the dream to inspire kids to love to read and to love to learn. My hope is this documentary will encourage more towns, more states and even more countries to jump onboard. One thing is for sure, I think this is the best investment I have ever made!"
Australian Film Featuring Dolly Music In Production Several years ago, Australian actress Rose Byrne revealed she had purchased the rights to produce a musical dramedy about a Dolly impersonator filled with Dolly music and was placing the movie into development, and The Music reports here that shooting on the film has finally begun in Australia. Seriously Red will star Krew Boylan as the impersonator named Red an also features Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Daniel Webber, Celeste Barber, Jack Thompson and Nell Campbell. The production summary states: "A vivacious and hilarious redhaired woman grappling with high expectations and low self-esteem, she pours herself a cup of ambition and trades her 9 to 5 career in real estate for a life under the spotlight as a Dolly Parton impersonator. After misreading her work party's dress code, Red tumbles outta bed into a new world of tribute artists and impersonators in her wild and messy journey that includes romancing a Kenny Rogers impersonator. Red has to lose herself in order to find herself. As Dolly Parton says, 'Be yourself because, everyone else is taken.'" It is expected to be released in Australia in 2021.
Dollywood Gets New President After 10 years leading Dollywood, The Dollywood Company President Craig Ross will take a new position at parent company Herschend Family Entertainment, it was announced this week, promoting vice-president of parks operation Eugene Naughton to the role of President. Learn more from The Knoxville News-Sentinelhere.
Nov. 21: A Very Dolly Week In a week that began with release of Dolly's new lyrics book/autobiography Songteller (although the CD version of the audiobook has been delayed until possibly early December) and ending Sunday with Netflix's premiere of Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square, Dolly was everywhere this week promoting both projects plus her holiday album and a ton of other appearances announced this week. Developments included:
Drugmaker Moderna announced its COVID-19 vaccine was 94.5 percent effective, and within days news went viral that – as had been reported here several times in recent months – Dolly's $1 million Vanderbilt University Medical Center donation for coronavirus research had paid for the initial study into the new vaccine, which officials at the hospital said allowed research on it to progress up to 10 times faster than applying for an waiting on government funding. Coverage included The Guardianhere, Billboardhere (which quoted her appearance on BBC's The One Show saying: "I'm a very proud girl today to know that I had anything at all to do with something that's gonna help us through this crazy pandemic.") and The Independenthere, which interviewed Vanderbilt researcher Dr. Naji Abumrad, her friend in whose honor she made the donation, discussing her intelligence and curiosity that led her to make the gift. She was informed on NBC's Today of her connection to the vaccine.
Billboard announced Dolly will be honored with its 2020 Hitmakers Award at the 15th annual Women in Music Event, which will stream virtually Dec. 10. The award honors her as a songwriter and is given to an artist "whose compositions have significantly impacted culture," The Boot reported here.
NBC officially announced Dolly and Jimmy Fallon performing as part of the Christmas In Rockefeller Center special and announced it will air at 8 p.m. Dec. 2, although Fallon had already let that cat out of the bag.
Pandora streaming radio announced Dolly will host a special at 9 p.m. Dec. 4 on the service where she'll perform cuts from her CD and welcome special guests Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Brett Eldredge and Carly Pearce. Billboard reported on the announcement here.
Additional appearances announced include a Dolly Takeover Weekend on CMT Dec. 5 and 6 and The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon Dec. 7.
Interviews included PBS's Newshour here, Broadway.comhere, Yahoo here, Delilah's "Love Someone" podcast here, a Vanity Fair interview over her entire career highlights here, Magic 106.7 here and The Sydney Morning Heraldhere.
TMZ reported here that Playboy is interested in Dolly's offer to be a cover girl for her 75th birthday in January.
CMT shared her letter to Santa published by Good Housekeeping magazine here.
Dolly Earns First Double-Platinum U.K. Album BPI, the British record industry group, this week certified the 2007 collection Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 double-platinum for U.K. sales in excess of 600,000 units, her career first album to reach that milestone there. The album recently re-entered the charts due to renewed attention because of its first-ever vinyl release.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's promotions for all of her products results in a 38 percent increase last week in sales for A Holly Dolly Christmas to 11,000 in its sixth week of release, up from 8,000 the previous week, Billboard confirmed this week and in Tuesday's charts. I'd expect her continued appearances this week will increase its sales again for next week's charts, too. As of last Thursday, it had sold approximately 75,000 copies in the U.S. since release. The Nov. 21 charts showed it jumping up 50 places to No. 61 Top 200, six to No. 6 current albums, eight to No. 5 overall album sales, two to No. 6 country albums, seven to No. 11 independent albums, one to No. 4 Christmas albums, and steady at No. 94 Canadian albums, while Dolly gains 17 to No. 32 Artist 100. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers slips eight to No. 39 Christmas albums. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" loses 20 to No. 33 on the Christmas digital song sales chart. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remains steady yet another week at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart, falls one to No. 4 Christian streaming songs, loses four to No. 10 Christian airplay and after 17 weeks at No. 1 dips one to No. 2 Christian digital song sales chart. It also holds steady at No. 5 Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart. Across the pond, A Holly Dolly Christmas on Friday re-enters the top 100 pop British albums chart at No. 17, shooting up 35 points to No. 12 overall sales, 83 spots to No. 15 downloads and 33 to No. 12 physical CD sales. It debuts at No. 18 vinyl sales. On the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 dips three to No. 7 in its 149th week, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe stayed at No. 5, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) slips three to No. 17, and Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) slips eight to No. 14.
British Library Plans Dolly Interview Fundraiser The U.K. arm of Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy program has announced a live virtual interview online that fans may watch as a fundraiser for the charity. BBC interviewer Sara Cox will question Dolly for an hour starting at 7:30 p.m. British time. Fans who buy tickets for £5 each here will be sent a link in advance to watch live and may access the interview for 48 hours. Stateside, the program announced it will share "BIG NEWS" on Monday, Nov. 23.
'Christmas At Dollywood' Heading To General Release DVD After being available for a while as a Wal-Mart exclusive DVD, last year's Hallmark holiday movie Christmas At Dollywood will get a general DVD release Jan. 5, it was announced this week. Reserve your copy here.
Andy Cohen's Kid Thinks Dolly Is God Andy Cohen shared a photo to Instagram that went viral this week of his son seeing an Andy Warhol painting of Dolly and asking "Is she God, Daddy?" See it here.
Nov. 13: Macy's Parade, CBS Special, Apple TV Interview, Graham Norton Stop Coming
Cracker Barrel on Wednesday announced in the video here or in the media player above that Dolly will perform "A Holly Jolly Christmas" during the restaurant's float time during the socially distant Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade airing on NBC at 9 a.m. Nov. 26 and also revealed they are accepting entries for 10 lucky fans to enjoy the show from home with VIP Watch Party Packages of the limited-edition pink Cracker Barrel rocking chair signed by Dolly, a copy of her holiday album, and gift cards to Macy's and Cracker Barrel ($100 for each card for nine winners, $250 for Macy's and $650 for Cracker Barrel to represent free meals for a year for the grand prize winner). To enter, visit crackerbarrel.com/vip through Tuesday and share your favorite holiday tradition. A panel of reviewers will choose the winners based half on creativity and originality and half on descriptive language.
But that's not the only TV appearance revealed on Wednesday, as CBS announced Dolly has inked a deal for an hour-long A Holly Dolly Christmas television special at 8:30 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Pacific Dec. 6 (also streaming on CBS All Access starting that night). Described as "an intimate, candlelit set of faith-filled hymns and holiday classics" plus "Christmas stories and faith-based recollections of the holiday season," Dolly said in a press release: "I am so proud to be a part of the CBS family this holiday season with my new Christmas special."
Dolly's other appearances continue to multiply as she promotes her various winter projects. It was announced Thursday she had taped an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Apple TV+'s The Oprah Conversation to premiere on the streaming subscription service on Friday. Check out an excerpt from Todayhere.
She also was announced Thursday as the musical guest for the BBC's Graham Norton Show at 10:45 UK Time Dec. 4 to perform "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." (The show repeats a week later, 11 p.m. Eastern Dec. 11, on BBC America.)
USA Today shared an Associated Press interview about Netflix's Christmas On The Squarehere, and another remote interview with Christine Baranski about the project came from Dewayne Hamby here. She made an appearance on GQ here answering social media posts about her and appeared remotely on Good Morning Britainhere. She also spoke with In Style magazine about her holiday fashion sense here. And don't forget about her holiday concert on Amazon at 1 p.m. Eastern Friday.
Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas Profiled Dollywood has launched this year's Smoky Mountain Christmas, and The Knoxville News Sentinel profiled the festival here.
Dolly Fans Interviewed About Show Dolly fans Harrel Gabehart and Patric Parkey were interviewed this week live on Facebook by Williamson Source about Sunday's MeTV broadcast of Collector's Call about their huge Dolly collection which will feature a remote appearance by Dolly herself. Check out the interview here.
Nov. 11: Promotions Begin For Netflix Holiday Film
Dolly and Christine Baranski were making the rounds this week to promote the Nov. 22 premiere of Christmas On The Square, with Dolly chatting with News Channel 9here and the pair being interviewed by New Now Nexthere or in the media player below and Pridesourcehere. They and several others involved in the project were interviewed by Theatremania for a piece available here and in the media player above.
Dolly Promotes Christmas Album Meanwhile, she promoted her holiday album and Friday's Amazon concert in an interview with Elle magazine here. And a couple of line dance enthusiasts informed me they choreographed a line dance to the album's track "Christmas On The Square" which is available here for folks to learn.
'Holly Dolly Christmas' Still In Top 15 Bestsellers A Holly Dolly Christmas continued to sell well in its fifth week of release, coming in as the country's 14th-best-selling album of the week even though low streaming numbers push it much further down the charts, the Nov. 14 numbers from Billboard released Tuesday showed. The album slipped three to No. 12 current albums, four to No. 14 overall album sales, 24 spots to No. 111 Top 200, one to No. 8 country albums, one to No. 18 independent label albums, four to No. 5 Christmas albums and 48 places to No. 94 Canadian albums, while Dolly moves up five digits to No. 49 Artist 100. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers loses eight to No. 31 Christmas albums. Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas" falls six to No. 13 on the Christmas digital song sales chart. Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remains steady yet another week at No. 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart, gains one to No. 3 Christian streaming songs, loses one to No. 56Christian airplay and remains steady at No. 1 Christian digital song sales chart, its 17th week atop that list. It also holds steady at No. 5 Adult Contemporary Christian Singles chart and falls back off overall all-genre digital songs chart, down from No. 43.
Nov. 10: Christmas Concert, Fan Q&A On Amazon Friday
Amazon on Monday announced Dolly will hold a pre-recorded virtual concert Friday to promote A Holly Dolly Christmas and then answer fan questions live (questions must be submitted in advance to Facebook here). Hosted by uberfan Leslie Jordan, Comin' Home For Christmas will air at noon Central (10 a.m. Pacific, ,1 p.m. Eastern) on Amazon Live here as well as Amazon's Twitch channel, Amazon Music's mobile app and Amazon Music's live streaming function.
Kroger Gets First Dolly Homewares Products Dolly's new line of homeware products began appearing over the weekend in their first stores nationwide, Kroger groceries. Serving bowls and boards, measuring cups and mixing bowls, fruit bowls, mugs, and more – some in music-related shapes, some with music or butterfly emblems, some with Dolly quotes, and some with no apparent Dolly connection other than her face on the box – showed up on store shelves nationwide. It appears these are the first items from her Tabletops Unlimited partnership that was announced a month ago. No retailers for the products were announced at that time but the manufacturer also supplies stores such as Macy's, Bed Bath & Beyond and Wayfair. Thanks to Coleman Jarrett for submitting the below photo.
Dolly Discusses Her Most Iconic Albums Pitchfork Magazine shared a video Monday of Dolly breaking down her most iconic albums. Watch it on YouTube here.
BMI Asks Other Country Stars About Dolly The Songteller BMI, the songwriting rights organization to which Dolly belongs, honored her this week with a series of videos called Songteller To Songteller of modern country artists discussing her composing artistry: Luke Bryan on Dolly in general, Kane Brown on "9 To 5," Brandi Carlisle on "Coat Of Many Colors," Ashley McBryde on "These Old Bones," Scotty McCreery on "My Tennessee Mountain Home," Thomas Rhett on "Jolene" and Carrie Underwood on "I Will Always Love You." Watch them courtesy Music Rowhere.
Dolly's Imagination Library Goes Statewide In Ohio Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine, who has been promoting Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy program in her state for the past year, announced over the weekend that the final two counties have signed on to declare the program is now available statewide, she wrote in The Fairborn Daily Heraldhere. She also revealed that she will release a cookbook combining recipes from her previous Family Favorites cookbook and Dolly's out-of-print Dixie Fixin's cookbook in a new publication to fundraise for the program in the state.
Doctor Suggests Dolly Be Vaccine Spokesperson With news that a vaccine from Pfizer may be effective against COVID-19, one medical expert thinks a unifying celebrity should publicly be inoculated once a vaccine has been approved by the FDA, recalling how Elvis Presley publicly took the polio vaccine to help convince the public of its safety. Dr. Charles Stoecker from Tulane University recommended to WWL TV here that Dolly as the best celebrity to fill that role. (Although Dolly was not involved in the Pfizer research – the company and German investors funded their vaccine independently from any U.S. funding to avoid politicization of the effort – she did fund early research into one of the other leading vaccine candidates currently being examined in human trials by pharmaceutical company Moderna as part of her $1 million gift to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.)
Dolly Collectors On TV This Weekend Record-setting Dolly collectors Harrel Gabehart and Patric Parkey will be profiled on the MeTV series Collector's Call at 10 p.m. Eastern Sunday night with a special video appearance from Dolly herself. Watch a preview here. The couple is also expected to do a live Facebook interview with the program sometime on Tuesday although the time was not set as of press time Monday night. Find your local MeTV channel here.
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