July 24: New Dolly Track Appears In Streaming Film 'Foster Boy' Streaming services including Amazon recently added a new movie which features a new Dolly recording as the final track playing over its credits. Dolly covered the gospel artist Kirk Franklin's tune from almost 25 years ago, "Lean On Me," to serve as the official theme song for World Orphans Day. The charity working on World Orphans Day, The Stars Foundation in Nashville, is also involved in promoting the film Foster Boy, which premiered in Nashville in late 2019, saw a very limited theatrical release in 2020, and first reached a true national audience in February on the BET Network before being released to streaming services including Amazon here, which uses an abbreviated version of Dolly's recording for the final two minutes of the movie's credits. Dolly's longtime producer and band leader Kent Wells produced the track, which was supposed to be released through an independent label in March but for unknown reasons wasn't released and all mentions of it were scrubbed from the label's website and it hasn't been announced when the single will be available for purchase. A second multi-artist version of the song is also supposed to be recorded and released in the future alongside Dolly's solo version. The Stars Foundation will host a reception at the United Nations in New York to observe International Day of Peace, Sept. 17, and also hold a press event at the event announcing activities for World Orphans Day on Nov. 8. The event will also feature the formal announcement that Dolly will receive the Global Alliance for Orphans' 2021 Flame of Peace Award in recognition of her recording of the song.
Dolly On 'WWHL' Thursday, 'GMA' Tuesday Dolly should have a busy week next week, as in addition to her previous announced HSN launch of her Scent from Above perfume on Wednesday (and release of her single of the same name the day before), she was announced Friday as the guest for Thursday night's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen at 9:30 p.m. (it's the week's only prime time broadcast of the show, which for all other nights next week will air at 3:30 a.m. instead). It was also announced Friday that she will appear on Tuesday's Good Morning America on ABC.
Tim McGraw Interviews Dolly For Apple Music Dolly appeared on Tim McGraw's video podcast series on Apple Music this week (available to subscribers only), and an 8-minute excerpt was shared to YouTube here focused mostly on her film career.
Tig Notaro Gets Animated With Dolly Comedian Tig Notaro has a new comedy special premiering on HBO Saturday night at 10 p.m. Eastern which will feature Dolly's song "Two Doors Down" and her animated likeness (the program is the network's first fully-animated stand-up special). The bit about a road trip set to Dolly's classic tune closes the show, and Notaro spoke with The Washington Posthere and Forbeshere about the program, including getting Dolly's approval to use her song and image.
Dolly Using New Streaming Merch Sales Integration Dolly has signed up for a new social marketing service called NOWwith that aims to seamlessly merge merchandise selling and video content with social media accounts, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Read more here.
Austin Gets Dolly Tribute Charity Show Austin club Stubb's will host a Dolly tribute show to benefit charity Front Steps on Sunday night featuring local artists in two sets with a Dolly drag queen crew performing at halftime. Read more from Austin 360here.
July 21: Dolly Does 'Playboy' For Hubby's Birthday
Tuesday was the 79th birthday of Dolly's husband, Carl Dean, and she celebrated by having her 1978 Playboy costume re-created and a photo session to copy the original cover, which she presented as a framed gift to him for his special day. Watch her video explaining what she did, which ends with a photo of her presenting it to him, on Facebook here or in the media player above.
Deluxe 'Songteller' Revealed Here In May Finally Announced Dolly on Tuesday officially announced this fall's limited deluxe edition of Songteller that was originally revealed in a report on Dollymania.net back in May. As was previously reported here, the deluxe edition comes with a 45 pink vinyl single of two previously unreleased Dolly demo recordings ("I Don't Care" and "The Fall"), a clamshell box wrapped in denim, gilded page edges and a ribbon bookmark. As was previously also reported, this version will be released in October. Pre-order from the publisher here for $250 each. In addition, 150 copies with Dolly's signature on the vinyl sleeve will be sold in October for $350 each. Check out the announcement video here.
Sign Up For Dolly's July 28 Single Dolly on Tuesday also announced a sign-up to be the first on July 28 to be able to listen to her new single "Scent From Above" to coincide with the HSN release of the full-sized bottles of her perfume of the same name. Sign up here.
Warner Gets Indie Label That Released 'Holly Dolly' Warner Music Group has acquired the independent label, 12Tone Music, through which Dolly's Butterfly Records co-released her most recent album, A Holly Dolly Christmas. Dolly's agreement at the time was for just the one album, similar to her album-by-album contracts with Sugar Hill/Vanguard Music in the 2000s, so it is not known whether her next country/bluegrass album she is currently recording and has said may be released later this year or sometime next year will be co-released through them, now part of the Warner empire, or another label. Read more about the acquisition here.
U.S. Chart Update Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" rises three this week at No. 19 Christian streaming songs on the July 24 Billboard charts released Tuesday and slips one to No. 23 Christian digital song sales.
July 20: DreamMore Wins 'USA Today' Award As Best Park Resort Readers of USA Today this month named Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa the No. 1 amusement park hotel in the country in its 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. The park's Dollywood Cabins also made the top 10, coming in at No. 7. Six of the 10 finalists were Disney resorts in Orlando, Fla., while Cedar Point and Legoland each took one spot on the list. The top 10 were:
1. Dollywood: DreamMore Resort and Spa
2. Cedar Point: Hotel Breakers, Sandusky, Ohio
3. DisneyWorld's Swan and Dolphin Resort, Orlando
4. Disney's Port Orleans Resort, Orlando
5. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando
6. Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Orlando
7. Dollywood Cabins
8. Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Orlando
9. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Orlando
10. Legoland Hotel, Winter Haven, Fla.
DreamMore is also nominated in the newspaper's poll for America's Best Family Resort, for which you may access voting here through Aug. 16. The park also received several top 10 honors in the publication's polls in June: Aunt Granny's as the No. 1 amusement park restaurant, Dreamland Drive-In as No. 3 amusement park entertainment, Dollywood as No. 5 amusement park, Splash Country as the No. 5 outdoor water park, and Lightning Rod as the No. 5 amusement park roller coaster.
'Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol' Heads To Vancouver Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol set in a Smoky Mountain mining town with music and lyrics by Dolly, will open the 2021-22 season at Vancouver, B.C.'s, Arts Club Theatre Company, Straight.com reported here on Monday. The show will run Nov. 18 to Jan. 2 there. The show had its first staged reading in Minnesota in 2018 and its world premiere in Boston in 2019. This marks its third production in some form. Dolly has not revealed her plans for the show, whether it will be performed in other theatres around the country or head to Broadway or Off-Broadway or on tour.
'Paste' Names 'Coat' Among Best 1971 Albums Paste magazine on Monday released its list of the 30 best albums of 1971 celebrating their 50th anniversaries this year and chose Dolly's Coat Of Many Colors as the only country album on the list here. She is also just one of three solo female performers on the list, and one of only four women total on the list including the duo of Paul and Linda McCartney. Coming in at No. 30, the project has some impressive company such as Joni Mitchell's Blue, Led Zeppelin IV, The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers, Carole King's Tapestry, John Lennon's Imagine, Elton John's Madman Across The Water, The Doors' LA Woman and No. 1 pick Marvin Gaye's What's Going On.
July 17: Sam Williams Taps Dolly For Debut CD Newcomer Sam Williams, son of Hank Williams Jr. and grandson of country music legend Hank Williams Sr., on Friday announced his debut album Glasshouse Children, will hit stores Aug. 20 and features Dolly singing on the chorus of the track "Happy All The Time." The album also features a guitar solo by Keith Urban on another song. Watch an interview with Apple Music here about the project and how he went about asking Dolly to sing with him.
Abbreviated Time-Life Dolly Set Coming In Sept. Nearly one year after its release by Time-Life, an abbreviated version of Dolly: The Ultimate Collection will be issued this fall, it was announced this week. Although details on exactly which shows will be included on the set has not been revealed, the six DVD "Collectors' Edition" will be sold at all major retailers with a suggested price of $50 and contain 13 hours and 45 minutes of content (compared to 23 hours on 11 DVDs in the original regular edition and 35 hours on 19 DVDs in the original deluxe edition). It comes out Sept. 21. Amazon is taking advance orders with a 40 percent discount to $30 here. Thanks, Chuck!
New Dolly Lullaby CD Coming Music label Rockabye Baby, which releases lullaby versions of popular music, announced this week they will be releasing their second collection of Dolly lullabies. Their first collection was released under their Hushaby Baby line here in 2009. The new version, which drops July 30 on CD here and MP3 here, contains several of the same tracks as the first one but also some new. (Missing from the first CD are "More Where That Came From," "Hush A Bye Hard Times," "My Blue Tears" and "Love Is Like A Butterfly" but new to this version are "Hard Candy Christmas," "Dumb Blonde," "The Bridge," "The Grass Is Blue" and "Islands In The Stream.") The full track listing of Lullaby Renditions of Dolly Parton are:
July 14: 'Christmas On The Square' Gets Two Emmy Nods Netflix's Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square received two Emmy nominations on Tuesday, one for Outstanding Television Movie and a second for director/choreographer Debbie Allen for Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming. In the TV film category, the project competes against HBO's Oslo, Lifetime's Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia and Amazon's Sylvie's Love and Uncle Frank. This marks Dolly's fourth Emmy nomination, her third in five years as a producer of an Outstanding Television Movie nominee (having previously lost with the "These Old Bones" episode of Dolly Parton's Heartstrings: Season 1 from Netflix and NBC's Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love; she had previously been nominated for Best Supporting Guest Actress In A Variety Show for 1978's Cher . . . Special). While she has yet to win a Primetime Emmy, she does have two regional Emmys (one a competitive MidSouth Emmy for her My People telethon and the other a MidSouth Emmy for lifetime achievement).
Allen's nomination is the 19th of her career but her first Emmy nod in 22 years. She is being recognized for the routines Christmas Is The Time, Dance Studio, High School Dance, and Christmas On The Square Finale. She faces off against Dondraico Johnson for National Geographic's Genius: Aretha, Brooke Lipton for Netflix's Lucifer, Mandy Moore and Luther Brown for Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist on NBC and Moore by herself for additional routines in Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist.
Allen has previously been nominated for choreography 10 times and won three Emmys in this category (1982 and 1983 for Fame and 1991 for Motown 30: What's Going On). She has also been nominated twice for Best Actress in a Variety Program, Best Director of a Variety Program, Best Song, and four times as Best Actress in Drama for Fame, for which she was the first African-American nominated in the category.
In addition to these two categories, the movie was submitted but failed to receive nominations in the TV movie categories for lead actress (Dolly and Christine Baranski), lead actor (Treat Williams), supporting actress (Jenifer Lewis, Jeanine Mason, and Mary Lane Haskell), supporting actor (Josh Segarra and Matthew Johnson), director (Debbie Allen), writing, casting, cinematography, hairstyle, costumes, makeup, editing, music direction, music supervision, production design, sound editing, and sound mixing.
Dolly had submitted two songs for consideration for Best Song, "When An Angel Knows Your Dreams" from Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square and "I Still Believe" (written with Kent Wells) from CBS's A Holly Dolly Christmas, but neither one was nominated. (Variety shared a story here about the major superstars snubbed in that category), and presumably CBS submitted her Christmas special for Outstanding Variety Special (pre-recorded), but it likewise wasn't nominated. Netflix also submitted Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute for Outstanding Variety Special (pre-recorded) and all of the variety special technical categories (directing, writing, editing, lighting, music direction, production design, sound editing, and sound mixing), but it didn't receive any nominations. Finally, Tina Fey, who was favored by critics to get a Guest Actress nomination for playing a hallucinated version of Dolly in the Peacock series Girls5Eva was not nominated either.
Voting for the awards beings Aug. 19 and winners will be announced Sept. 18.
U.S. Chart Update Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remains steady this week at No. 22 Christian streaming songs on the July 17 Billboard charts released Tuesday and inches up one to No. 22 Christian digital song sales.
July 13: 'Goodnight With Dolly' Wins Four Telly Awards Dolly's pandemic storytelling series Goodnight With Dolly has won four Telly Awards: Gold for nonscripted online Webseries and Silver for music online Webseries, education and discovery online series, and media and entertainment social video series. The 10-episode series, available on the YouTube channel here for Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program, has seen more than 13 million views and originally ran weekly from April to early June. The Telly Awards recognize excellence in video and television across all screens, including online. In a press release, Dolly said: "We really wanted to do something special for kids and families while we were all hunkered down at home because of the pandemic and I thought, why not read bedtime stories from my Imagination Library! I'm thrilled for everyone who had a hand in making Goodnight with Dolly a success, and I'm over the moon about receiving the Telly Awards!" Jacob Timmons of producers S.D. Professionals added: ""Dolly always comes through as a shining light in some of our darkest times, and we're honored to be a part of that journey. It's always nice to be recognized by our peers when working on a project so close to our hearts. It was also an epic adventure working with everyone at the foundation and Abramorama to help get this series in front of as many families around the globe as possible."
'Hollywood Reporter': Expect Dolly To Get Emmy Nod With Emmy nominations coming Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter on Monday released its critics' final predictions, and they think Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square from Netflix will snag one of the five spots for Best TV Movie. The other four they predict are Amazon's Sylvie's Love and Uncle Frank, HBO's Oslo and Lifetime's Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia. Check out their full list of major categories here. The movie has also been submitted in the TV Movie technical and acting categories, including best director and best actress, although it isn't expected to garner any of those nominations, and Dolly has submitted one song from it and one from her CBS Christmas special for best song written for television.
July 10: Library Doc Released For Digital Rent, Purchase
Dolly's Imagination Library documentary The Library That Dolly Built, which previously had premiered on Facebook for local affiliates to use temporarily to promote fundraising, has now been released digitally nationwide on all major streaming services. The film, narrated by author/actress Danica McKellar, became available on Amazon here Friday to rent for $4 or purchase digitally for $10. Watch the trailer in the media player above or by visiting YouTube here.
'9 To 5' Becomes Dolly's First Double-Platinum U.K. Single Dolly has earned her very first double-platinum single award in the U.K. BPI announced last week that on June 25 it had certified "9 To 5" double-platinum in Britain, signifying sales exceeding 1.2 million digital downloads since it was re-released digitally in 2007. The track had reached silver status in 2013, gold in 2016, and became her first U.K. platinum single in 2018. "Jolene" and "Islands In The Stream" were certified as her second and third platinum U.K. singles in 2019 but this is her first double-platinum single there.
Dolly Coming To 'WWHL' Soon Dolly will appear soon on an episode of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, it has been revealed. Cohen's official Facebook feed began asking Thursday for questions to ask Dolly on the show here. She is not included in next week's released schedule of guests, so perhaps she will appear later in the month, likely to promote her perfume's wide release closer to that time.
Dollywood Plans Six Resorts, New Coaster, New Restaurant Dollywood recently revealed some of the park's long-term plans for development in a presentation to the Pigeon Forge City Commission covered by Pigeon Forge Newshere. Among the tidbits:
As soon as the recently-announced HeartSong Resort opens in 2023 to the southeast of DreamMore, construction will begin on a third resort immediately east of DreamMore.
Longer-term plans include a fourth resort, which appears to consist of multiple small buildings, to the immediate east of HeartSong, a fifth resort to the northeast of that resort, and a sixth "outdoor" resort north of that one along Jayell Road.
A new multigenerational coaster built along the current exterior border of Wildwood Grove will open in 2023.
What appears to be a new road from the second resort to the park's parking lot will improve transportation for resort guests to the park. (And additional parking areas will also be added in the future.)
$15 million in restaurant improvements are coming including Hickory House closing in August for renovations, two other restaurants being remodeled during the January-March offseason, and a new restaurant being built to open in 2023.
Dollywood Insiders Applications Available Dollywood has opened it annual application period for members of its Insiders panel of promoters. The roles blogging, vlogging, and otherwise promoting unique perspectives of the park and its offerings are unpaid, although participants receive a free season pass, behind-the-scenes access to some areas and invitations to media events. Applications are due noon Monday, July 19, and more information is available here.
Lionsgate To Remake 'Blue Valley Songbird' Filmmaker Lionsgate on Friday announced a new deal with MarVista Entertainment to remake for digital release over 100 classic made-for-TV movies owned by Hearst Entertainment, including Dolly's 1999 Lifetime film Blue Valley Songbird. Deadline reported here that the plans are to champion new voices and emerging talent, so the films will be remade with new casts of mostly unknown or little-known actors.
Funky Dolly Song Joins Compilation Light in the Attic Records last week announced a third installment of its "Country Funk" various artist compilations series and that it will feature Dolly, Conway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap, Jerry Reed, and Eddie Rabbit, among others. Country Funk Vol. 3, 1975-1982 will include Dolly's disco/funk track "Sure Thing" from 1978's Heartbreaker. The collection will be released Aug. 6. The second installment in the series, 2014's Country Funk Vol. 2, 1967-1974, included Dolly's "Getting Happy" from 1974's Love Is Like A Butterfly.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly and Zach Williams' "There Was Jesus" remained steady this week at No. 22 Christian streaming songs on the July 10 Billboard charts released Wednesday and dropped three to No. 23 Christian digital song sales. Overseas, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 gained one Friday to No. 98 all-genre streaming albums and moved up one to No. 8 U.K. country compilation albums for the week, it was revealed Friday. Elsewhere on the British country compilation albums tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inched up one to No. 10 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) fell seven to No. 13. Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), with its Dolly collaboration on "Words," rose one to No. 23 on the U.K. Americana chart.
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