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This week in
Dolly history
Fifty-two years ago Monday, “Lost Forever In Your Kiss” debuts on the country singles chart; it peaks at No. 9. Fifty-one years ago Tuesday, Dolly records a second version of her song “Travelin' Man,” this time for her album Bubbling Over; released as a single one month later, it peaks at No. 20. Forty-seven years ago Tuesday, “Light of a Clear Blue Morning,” Dolly's first post-Porter single, debuts on the single charts; it reaches No. 11 country, No. 87 pop. Fifty-three years ago Wednesday, “Comin' For To Carry Me Home,” Dolly's arrangement of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” debuts on the country singles chart; it reaches No. 23. Forty-three years ago Thursday, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs marks its ninth of 10 weeks at No. 1 on the country album chart (Dolly's fourth and longest stay atop the chart); it also reaches No. 11 pop and gold status for more than 500,000 copies sold (Dolly's fifth). That same day, “But You Know That I Love You” debuts on the country singles chart one week after its pop debut and one week before its adult contemporary debut; it peaks at No. 41 pop, No. 14 adult contemporary and No. 1 country. Forty-one years ago Thursday, Kenny Rogers begins recording “Islands In The Stream;” during the five-day recording session, he decides to bring Dolly in to sing with him; released as a single five months later, the duet spends two weeks atop both the country and pop charts, four weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart, reaches No. 7 on the U.K. pop chart and sells more than 2 million copies in the U.S. alone to become the biggest-selling song of the year in any genre and one of the biggest-sellers of all time. Thirty-two years ago Thursday, “Straight Talk” debuts on the country singles chart; the title song from Dolly's film would peak at No. 64. Fifty-five years ago Friday, “Daddy” debuts on the country singles charts; it reaches No. 40. Fifty-six years ago Friday, “Holdin' On To Nothin',” Dolly's second duet single with Porter, debuts on the country singles chart; it peaks at No. 7. Forty years ago Sunday, Dolly's cover of Petula Clark's “Downtown” debuts on the adult contemporary singles chart; it reaches No. 36 country, No. 80 pop and No. 20 adult contemporary. Twenty years ago Sunday, Dolly receives the Living Legend Award from the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington, D.C

Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
  • April 11, 5 p.m., FM, The Dolly Parton Story: Rags To Rhinestones
    Upcoming or recent releases

  • Good Lookin' Cookin' Sept. 17

  • "Southern Accents" from Tom Petty tribute Petty Country, April 5

  • Cowboy Carter, Beyonce, March 29

  • "Lookin' For You" duet with Zack Williams, March 8

  • "Midnight Blue" duet with Melissa Manchester, Feb. 23

  • "Puppy Love" (Billy's version), Feb. 21

  • "Powerful Women" duet with Pitfull, Feb. 16

  • Anthems: Honoring The Music Of Lynyrd Skynyrd Atrimus Pyle Band with Dolly performance, Feb. 1

  • Rockstar: Deluxe Jan. 19

  • "Hard Candy Christmas" duet with Rachel Edge, Nov. 24

  • Rockstar, Dolly CD, Nov. 17

  • Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas, DVD Oct. 31

  • A Tribute To The Judds, Oct. 27

  • Behind The Seams: My Life In Rhinestones, Oct. 17 (audiobook here)

  • Not That Fancy, Reba album with Dolly duet, Oct. 6

  • "Step By Step" with Natalie Grant, Aug. 4

  • "Forever Young" with Daniel Grindstaff and Paul Brewster, July 25

  • Life Is Like A Song Kenny Rogers CD with "Tell Me That You Love Me" duet, June 2

  • "21 Forever" single with Chris Jansen and Slash, May 5

  • Bebe, Bebe Rexha album with Dolly collaboration, April 28

  • Billy The Kid, new children's book, April 25

  • Run, Rose, Run paperback, April 11

  • A Way To Make A Living: The Dolly Parton Songbook, March 31

  • "Peace Like A River," Dionne Warwick duet, Feb. 24

  • "Jolene" with Olivia Newton-John, Feb. 17

  • "The Last Thing On My Mind," Feb. 16

  • Gonna Be You” single with Belinda Carlisle, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, and Debbie Harry, Jan. 20

  • Don't Make Me Have To Come Down There,” single, Jan. 19

  • "Bets On Us" duet with Cheat Codes, Jan. 6

  • Dolly Parton's Heartstrings Nov. 29 DVD release

  • Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection, Nov. 18 on CD and double vinyl.

  • "Almost Too Early For Christmas", Nov. 4, duet with Jimmy Fallon

  • Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square Nov. 1 DVD release

  • Songs That Pulled Me Through The Tough Times, Becky Isaacs Bowman CD with Dolly duet, Oct, 28

  • A Holly, Dolly Christmas Ultimate Deluxe Edition Oct. 14 on CD and vinyl

  • Home For Christmas vinyl reissue, Oct. 7

  • Jubilation. Oct. 7 CD with Dolly duet

  • "9 To 5" with Kelly Clarkson, Sept. 9 single

  • "A Smoky Mountain Christmas", Aug. 29 single

  • "Someday It'll All Make Sense" (bluegrass remix), with Bill Anderson, Aug. 19

  • Dolly: Live From London 2022 digital reissue of 2008 concert

  • Dolly and Friends: The Making of a Soundtrack 2022 digital reissue of documentary

  • Positive Vibrations: Country Goes Reggae, Dolly re-recording of "Two Doors Down" with reggae musicians, July 22

  • As Far As I Can See: The Best Of Bill Anderson, two Dolly duets, June 10

  • All In For the Gambler Kenny Rogers tribute CD/DVD, May 20

  • Hymns: Some of Old, Some of New Julie & Dan, CD with Dolly on "The Seeker," April 22

  • Gershwin Country, Michael Feinstein album with Dolly collaboration, March 11

  • Run, Rose, Run, novel by Dolly and James Patterson, March 7 (audio play starring Dolly here)

  • Run, Rose, Run Dolly CD, March 4 (digital album here, vinyl here)

  • Dance With Dolly EP 12-inch single digital release, Sony/RCA, Feb. 18

  • Potential New Boyfriend EP 12-inch single digital release, Sony/RCA, Feb. 18

  • "Jolene" Destructo Remix, RCA, Nov. 13

  • Country Legends: Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner & Friends Oct. 19 two-DVD set

  • Reba: Revived, Remixed, Revisited, includes duet on “Does He Love You,” Oct. 8

  • My Little Golden Book About Dolly Parton, Sept. 21

  • Dolly: The Ultimate Collection, Collectors' Edition 6-DVD abbreviated edition Sept. 21

  • "Eagle When She Flies" duet with Jose Feliciano, Sept. 17

  • Glasshouse Children Sam Williams CD with Dolly duet, Aug. 20

  • "In The Sweet By and By" new single, Aug. 13

  • "Sent From Above," new single, July 27

  • Early Dolly vinyl album of Goldband/Somerset 1959-1962 recordings, July 23

  • The Library That Dolly Built, documentary, streaming rent/purchase, July 9

  • Dolly Parton & Friends: 50 Years At The Opry U.S. DVD release (PBS), May 11

  • "One Angel" single with Rory Feek, April 23

  • "Hand Me Downs" single with Janelle Arthur, April 21

  • Company's Comin', Dolly duet on Leslie Jordan album, April 2

  • Female Force: Dolly Parton comic book, March 31: kindle edition, hardcover, and paperback

  • Dolly Parton's Heartstrings: Season 1 Netflix series available for Amazon Prime Video purchase, March 22

  • ”There Was Jesus (Piano Version)”, remix of Zach Williams duet, Feb. 19

  • 5 To 9," single, Feb. 2

  • Eagle When She Flies, digital re-release of 1991 album, Jan. 22

  • Greenfields: The Gibbs Brothers Songbook (Vol. 1), Jan. 8, Barry Gibb album with Dolly duet

  • Christmas At Dollywood, DVD, Jan. 5

  • A Holly Dolly Christmas Amazon transparent white vinyl exclusive, Dec. 7

  • "I Still Believe,", single, Dec. 4

  • It's Never Too Late: Make the Next Act of Your Life the Best Act of Your Life, Kathie Lee Gifford book with Dolly foreword, Dec. 1

  • Songteller autobiography hardcover, kindle version, audiobook, Nov. 17

  • Jolene CD re-issue, Nov. 13

  • Everything I Need To Know I Learned From Dolly Parton: Country Wisdom For Life's Little Challenges book, Nov. 3

  • "Pink" featuring Dolly, Monica, Jordin Sparks, Rita Wilson and Sara Evans song for Susan G. Komen Foundation, Oct. 21

  • She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton, The Great Unifier book, Oct. 13

  • Unlikely Angel: The Songs Of Dolly Parton book Oct. 12

  • Dolly: The Ultimate Collection Time-Life DVD set, Oct. 5

  • A Holly Dolly Christmas MP3 (CD version here and a red vinyl format here), Oct. 2; retro releases Oct. 30: cassette tape and 8-track

  • Once Upon A Christmas, vinyl re-issue, Oct. 2

  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” single from Christmas album, Sept. 15

  • The Dolly Parton Story: From Rags To Riches, streaming documentary, Sept. 15

  • Dolly: 50 Years At The Opry DVD import, Sept. 11

  • "Faith" (Misha K. Remix) with Galantis ft. Mr. Probz, Aug. 28

  • "Mary, Did You Know?" single from Christmas album, Aug. 21

  • Biography: Kenny Rogers DVD Aug. 18

  • "Peace Train" Remixes, 1997 album, digital download, June 26

  • Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 2-LP vinyl release of 2007 compilation, June 26

  • We Found It/Porter 'N' Dolly/Say Forever You'll Be Mine/Porter & Dolly four-on-two CD, June 26

  • When Life Is Good Again,” single, May 28

  • Little Sparrow, 2001 album, digital download, April 10

  • Halos & Horns, 2002 album, digital download, April 10

  • For God & Country, 2003 album, digital download, April 10

  • Live & Well, 2004 album, digital download, April 10

  • Those Were The Days, 2005 album, digital download, April 10

  • Better Day, 2011 album, digital download, April 10

  • Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline with forward by Dolly, April 7

  • Unlikely Angel DVD re-issue, April 7

  • The Little Engine That Could 90th anniversary edition with Dolly introduction, April 7

  • Live At The Bottom Line 1977 digital download of New York concert, March 30

  • The Winning Hand, 1982 album, digital download, Feb. 28

  • Just Between You And Me/Always, Always/Porter Wayne And Dolly Rebecca/Love And Music four-on-two CD, Feb. 14

  • 9 To 5: The Musical London West End Cast Recording, Feb. 7; CD here, March 27

  • Church, Galantis album with Dolly collaboration on "Faith," Feb. 7

  • Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice documentary, Dec. 3

  • "Faith" with Swedish duo Galantis and Danish rapper Mr. Probz, Oct. 25; (Galantis & Bali Bandits VIP Mix, Dec. 27; Acoustic mix, Jan. 10; six-remix EP, Jan. 24

  • Spartanburg Blues, Buck Trent (duet with Dolly on "Carrol County Accident")

  • "There Was Jesus" duet with Zach Williams, Oct. 4

  • For The Girls duet of "I Will Always Love You" on Kristin Chenoweth's CD, Sept. 27

  • Ken Burns' Country Music, Blu-Ray,Sept. 17

  • "God Only Knows" with For King & Country, Aug. 30

  • Ken Burns' Country Music Soundtrack Deluxe Edition, five-CD set, Aug. 30

  • Straight Talk, Aug. 23, Hollywood Records digital reissue

  • Jolene, Aug. 23, Sony Legacy vinyl reissue

  • "I Will Always Love You" with Kristin Chenoweth, single, Aug. 9

  • Once More/Two Of A Kind/Together Always/The Right Combination, Burning The Midnight Oil four-on-two CD, Aug. 2

  • In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) 1969 album, digital release, July 26

  • Treasures 1996 album, digital release, July 19

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas 1982 soundtrack, digital release, July 19

  • Steel Magnolias Blu-Ray release, May 28

  • Bubbling Over, 1973 Dolly album, digital release, May 17

  • Say Forever You'll Be Mine 1975 Porter & Dolly album, digital release, April 19

  • The RCA Sessions (1968-1976), 22-song digital collection of rare Porter & Dolly songs first released on the 2014 complete recordings boxed set, April 5

  • Love & Music 1973 Porter & Dolly album, digital release, March 29

  • We Found It 1973 Porter & Dolly album, digital release, Feb. 1

  • Hungry Again 1998 album, digital release, Jan. 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Faith of Dolly Parton June 12 book

  • What Would Dolly Do? April 24 book

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

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

  • Dolly Parton, Gender and Country Music Jan. 6 book

  • Next New Heartbreak, Brad Hudson CD Nov. 3 with Dolly duet

  • I Believe In You kids' CD Oct. 13 on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville, Sept. 29 digital download

  • Younger Now, Sept. 29, Miley Cyrus CD with Dolly duet

  • Woman Walk The Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives Sept. 20 book

  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends DVD set Sept. 19

  • Simple Dreams, 1977 Linda Ronstadt album on CD with Dolly duet, Sept. 15

  • Just Because I'm A Woman 1968 vinyl re-issue, Sept. 8

  • A Real Live Dolly, 1970 album on CD, Sept. 1

  • Rainbow, Kesha CD with Dolly duet, Aug. 11

  • Born Again Wildflower, by Debbie Cochran (with Dolly duet on "Born Again Wildflower"), June 16

  • Hee Haw: Pfft! You Were Gone! DVD with Dolly performance of "Coat of Many Colors" and "The Right Combination," Time-Life, June 13

  • Dolly On Dolly: Interviews and Encounters With Dolly Parton May 1 book

  • Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child , features Dolly's performance of "The Story," May 5 (also available on vinyl here)

  • Just Between You And Me, 1968 album with Porter Wagoner download, March 3

  • Songs Of Cinema, Michael Bolton (duet with Dolly), Feb. 10

  • Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love DVD and Blu-Ray Dec. 20

  • Once Upon A Christmas, vinyl, 1984 album, Dec. 2

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors Blu-Ray release, Nov. 29

  • Coat Of Many Colors Oct. 18, children's book

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas Oct. 11 "Pop Art Cover" DVD re-issue

  • "Jolene" with Pentatonix, Sept. 16

  • Hits Made Famous by Country Queens, Sept. 14, reissue

  • The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe Sept. 9, three-CD set (and My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection one-CD version, vinyl release of Trio II, and vinyl two-LP set of bonus tracks as Farther Along)

  • On Top Of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music, CD with Dolly track, Aug. 19

  • Pure & Simple, solo CD, Aug. 19 (U.K. import with live CD from 2014 Glastonbury set available as import here)

  • Golden Streets of Glory 1971 album digital download

    My Tennessee Mountain Home 1973 album digital download

  • Country Girl In The Big Apple. vinyl, 1977 concert, June 24

  • Smart Blonde, biography re-issue, June 7

  • Dolly Parton: Queen Of Country April 5 digital release of hourlong documentary

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors May 3 DVD release

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (BluRay release), March 8

  • Coat Of Many Colors Feb. 12 vinyl re-issue

  • Mountain Songbird: A Sister's Tribute Stella Parton tribute CD to Dolly, Jan. 19

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors (2015 movie), Dec. 21 download

  • Rhinestone (1984), Dec. 4 download

  • Joshua (1971), Dec. 4 download

  • The Great Pretender (1984), Dec. 4 download

  • Hello I'm Dolly (1967), Dec. 4 download

  • Here You Come Again (1977), Dec. 4 download

  • Jolene (1974), Dec. 11 download

  • The Collection, Dec. 4 download of 10 Dolly albums

  • Christmas Time, Rhonda Vincent CD with Dolly guest appearance, Oct. 30

  • The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton Oct. 2

  • Cass County, Sept. 25 Don Henley CD with Dolly duet

  • Picking Up The Pieces, Sept. 11, Jewel CD with Dolly duet

  • Platinum Blonde Australian DVD, Sept. 11 (import)

  • The Blacklist: Music From The Television Series Aug. 21 CD with "Slow Ass Jolene" by Dolly

  • Jolene Aug. 3 vinyl re-issue

  • Live From The Bottom Line, July 24 CD

  • Midnight Special DVD set with two Dolly songs, May 12

  • Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited CD with Dolly performing "When They Ring Those Golden Bells," May 12

  • Sonic Highways DVD with Dolly interview, April 7

  • Lifetime Holiday Triple Feature DVD with A Country Christmas Story featuring Dolly, Nov. 4

  • Touch Your Woman digital re-issue of 1972 album, Oct. 22

  • Early Morning Breeze DVD August 12

  • 2015 Official Dolly Calendar July 15

  • Trio, vinyl reissue of 1987 album with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, July 7

  • Bridges Mary Sarah (with Dolly duet on "Jolene") July 8

  • Blue Smoke U.S. release, May 13 (get the vinyl release here)

  • Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-76 Porter & Dolly six-CD boxed set, May 13

  • "Home" U.S. digital single release, April 22

  • Who Is Dolly Parton? children's illustrated biography book April 3

  • Love Is Like A Butterfly 1974 album available for digital download March 21

  • "Blue Smoke" U.S. digital single release, March 18

  • Blue Smoke U.S. import of Aussie release, Feb. 4

  • The Box Set Series four-CD set, Jan. 28

  • The Very Best Of Dolly Parton: Australian Tour Edition U.S. import of Aussie release, Dec. 31

  • The Bargain Store, 1975 album available for digital download Dec. 23

  • Dream More: Celebrate The Dreamer In You paperback edition of Dolly's book Nov. 512:30 a.m.

  • Divided & United Civil War music CD with Dolly duet of "Listen To The Mockingbird" Nov. 5

  • My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy, 1969 album available for digital download Oct. 22

  • To All The Girls Willie Nelson CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 15

  • You Can't Make Old Friends Kenny Rogers CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 8

  • Rhinestone DVD re-issue Aug. 6

  • Heartbreak Express, 1982 album available for digital download July 16

  • Under The Influence Straight No Chaser CD (with Dolly guest vocals) May 7

  • Duets Paul Anka CD (with Dolly duet) April 9

  • Unsung Hero: A Tribute To The Music of Ron Davies (features Dolly track) March 25

  • At Last Lulu Roman CD (with Dolly duet) Jan. 15

  • Dream More book (Putnam) Nov. 27 (audio book available here)

  • Hollywood To Dollywood DVD (Breaking Glass Pictures), Nov. 6

  • Playlist: The Very Best of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton (Sony Legacy) Oct. 9

  • Joyful Noise Songbook (Hal Leonard) May 30

  • Joyful Noise DVD (Warner Brothers) May 1

  • Joyful Noise Soundtrack (Watertower) Jan. 10

  • Bill Anderson: The First 10 Years: 1956-1966, Bill Anderson (previously unreleased duet "If It's All The Same To You") (Bear Family Records), Nov. 22

  • Les Grands Espaces, Isabelle Boulay, Nov. 15, duet on "True Blue"

  • "He's Everything", single from Joyful Noise soundtrack, Oct. 28

  • Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three, Oct. 4, duet on "Wonderful Christmas Time" (Chicago II)

  • First Dog DVD (features original songs by Dolly) Sept. 6

  • The Words and Music of Dolly Parton, July 31 (The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection)

  • The Tour Collection, July 26 (re-issue via Sony UK)

  • Better Day, June 28 (Dolly Records) (Vinyl version available here Aug. 16)

  • Straight Talk, May 10 (Mill Creek Entertainment) Blu-Ray disc release

  • . Hannah Montana Forever: Final Season, The Ultimate Fan Experience, March 8 (Disney DVD)

  • The Grascals, Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin (Cracker Barrel exclusive) Jan. 10

  • Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical songbook Jan. 5

  •  Wanted Dec. 14, seven previously unreleased Monument-era songs (Jukebox Records)

  • Super Hits/Heartbreaker, Nov. 9, re-issue (Sony)

  • Dolly Parton Triple Feature, Vol. 2, Nov. 9, re-issue of Coat of Many Colors, My Tennessee Mountain Home and Jolene (Sony)

  • Playlist: The Very Best Gospel Of Dolly Parton, Oct. 12 (RCA/Legacy)

  • Taken Rhonda VIncent (with Dolly duet), Sept. 21 (Upper Management)

  • Desgining Women: Season Four DVD, Sept. 14 (Shout)

  • "Made For Loving You" (digital single) (duet with Curly Putman) Aug. 31

  • Fairest Of Them All/My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner Aug. 17 (Omni; re-issue)

  • Brother Clyde (CD by Billy Ray Cyrus' new band, Brother Clyde, featuring a Dolly duet) Aug. 10 (Disney)

  • The Essential 3.0 Dolly Parton (compilation) June 15 (Sony Legacy)

  • Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith and Inspiration May 4 (RCA)

  • A Real Live Dolly March 19 (RCA, download only)

  • Country's Greatest Stars Live Vol. 1 Jan. 26 (Shout! Factory)

  • "Comin' Home For Christmas" (single only) Dec. 1 (Dolly Records)

  • Dolly: Live From London (DVD and CD concert set) Nov. 10 (Dolly Records) (DVD portion available for downloading from Amazon here)

  • Dolly (four-CD boxed set) Oct. 27 (Sony Legacy)

  • Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years (three-CD boxed set with new Dolly duet) Oct. 27 (Time Life Records)

  • "Change It" (single) July 28 (Dolly Records)

  • 9 To 5: The Musical (Soundtrack) July 28 (Dolly Records)

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    Today's Dolly Parton news

    Dolly Makes R&B Chart Debut, Hits 111 Country Chart Singles
    Dolly is all over the April 13 Billboard charts released Tuesday thanks to Beyonce's Cowboy Carter including her first-ever performer appearance on the R&B charts. While the introduction to “Jolene,” a spoken interlude titled “Dolly P.,” didn't chart due to the magazine's restrictions on interludes and very short tracks being ineligible for chart consideration, her even shorter introduction at the start of the track “Tyrant” is included in the track itself, allowing her to be credited as an official artist on the track.

    ”Tyrant” debuts at No. 44 on the Hot 100 – marking Dolly's 21st career Hot 100 single and her first since “When I Get Where I'm Going” in 2005 – but the magazine classified it as both a country and rhythm & blues song so that it also comes in at No. 2 R&B digital songs, No. 3 R&B streaming songs, No. 5 Hot R&B Songs, No. 18 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, No. 15 streaming R&B/Hip-Hop songs, No. 5 digital R&B/Hip-Hop songs, No. 12 Hot Country Songs (marking Dolly's 111th chart country single and her first since 2021, when “Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas” with Michael Buble and “Does He Love You” with Reba both made the lower 40s), No. 14 country streaming songs, No. 12 country digital sales, No. 37 all-genre streaming, and No. 71 Canadian Hot 100. It marks her first appearance on the R&B charts, although she had debuted a few weeks ago on its sister chart, rap singles, for her collaboration with Pitbull.

    Dolly also returns to the Artist 100 at No. 94, while her Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection re-enters the Country Albums Chart at No. 44, and "Lookin' For You" with Zach Williams earns a fourth week on the Hot Christian Song chart, dipping three to No. 41.

    In addition to the chart positions released early and reported in Sunday and Monday nights' updates here, Beyonce's cover of “Jolene” also debuts at No. 6 streaming songs, No. 2 digital song sales, No. 3 country streaming songs, No. 2 country digital song sales, and No. 19 Canadian Hot 100, while the album also debuts at No. 1 Canadian Top 200, current albums, streaming albums, and vinyl albums.



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    Past news

    April 9:
    'Jolene' Hits Top 10 Country, Pop Singles
    Beyonce's cover of Dolly's "Jolene" from Cowboy Carter will debut at No. 3 Hot Country Songs with 22.4 million streams and No. 7 all-genre Hit 100 pop singles chart. The album's "Texas Hold 'Em" rebounds to No. 2 pop and No. 1 country while Miley Cyrus' duet "II Most Wanted" hits No. 2 country, No. 6 pop. Dolly's original was a No. 1 country hit and her first entry in the pop Hot 100, coming in at No. 60.


    April 8:
    Dolly's Tom Petty Tribute Released As Single


    Big Machine Records on Friday unexpectedly released the second single from this summer's tribute album Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration Of Tom Petty, premiering a music video available here or in the media player above of Dolly's gorgeous contribution to the project, a cover of the title track to Petty's sixth studio album, originally released in 1985. Petty often referred to the song as his favorite of all of those he had written, and it is an origin story referencing his mother, similar to Dolly's own favorite composition, "Coat Of Many Colors." Buy the song for download here! The full album comes out June 21.

    'Cowboy Carter' To Dominate All Charts This Week
    Beyonce's Cowboy Carter dominates the charts this week. Billboard reports it will debut at No. 1 all-genre Top 200 albums, Top Country Albums, Americana/Folk Albums and Top Album Sales charts while her cover of Dolly's "Jolene" will debut at No. 56 on the Country Airplay charts, recognizing almost 1 million listeners on broadcast country radio nationwide in its first week of availability. The magazine says Dolly's original of "Jolene" saw a 43 percent increase in streaming last week (1.24 million streams vs. 871,000 the previous week). Full U.S. charts will be released Tuesday, but the magazine usually releases some advanced information about singles performance on Monday. Hits Daily Double projected the album would see 418,000 credited U.S. units made up of 171,000 sales and downloads of the full album, 7,000 track-equivalent-albums (TEA) for downloads of individual tracks, and 240,000 credited streaming albums. Billboard reported Sunday their trackers recorded 407,000 units with 168,000 copies sold (62,000 of which were vinyl), 7,000 TEA units, and 232,000 credited streams for over 300 million streams in its first week of release.

  • Controversy continues with Joy Behar of The View saying she likes Beyonce's version over Dolly's because she finds Dolly's "anti-feminist," something Reba laughed at but otherwise refused to share her opinion of when asked by TMZ. Documentarian Ken Burns, who delved deep into the African-American roots of country music in his PBS documentary series about the genre but also featured Dolly in the program more than any other artist, offered his educated opinion about Beyonce's place in today's country music and its history with an interview in Billboard here and an op-ed piece in The Washington Post here.
  • Down Under, Cowboy Carter debuts at No. 1 on both the Australian all-genre albums chart and country albums chart, while the Aussie all-genre singles chart sees "Texas Hold 'Em" rebound to No. 2, "II Most Wanted" with Dolly goddaughter Miley Cyrus enter at No. 16, and her cover of Dolly's "Jolene" enter at No. 24, compared to Dolly's own 1974 peak at No. 99 on the pop charts Down Under and Olivia Newton-John's No. 29 peak for her cover in 1976. Also on the Australian charts, Dolly's own Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection rises five to No. 15 country albums.
  • Across the pond, the album's 40,000 units credited allowed it to debut at No. 1 all-genre albums, Scottish albums, streaming albums, download albums, album sales, physical sales, country albums, vinyl albums, and Americana albums. On the all-genre singles chart, "Texas Hold 'Em" returns to No. 1 while "Jolene" debuts at No. 8 and "II Most Wanted" at No. 9 (Dolly's original "Jolene" went to No. 7 pop in the U.K., her first major hit there; other covers that charted in the U.K. included The White Stripes going to No. 16, Strawberry Switchblade at No. 53, and Queenadreena at No. 100). Beyonce's version of "Jolene" also debuts at No. 9 streaming songs, No. 9 audio streaming, No. 10 video streaming for the official lyric video, No. 5 sales, and No. 5 downloads. Her "Tyrant" featuring a spoken into from Dolly and therefore credited to both artists debuts at No. 96 audio streaming, No. 100 sales, and No. 96 downloads in the U.K. Dolly's original recording of the song re-enters the British charts at No. 94 sales and No. 90 downloads.
  • Elsewhere on the British charts, Dolly's Rockstar: Deluxe regains 10 to No. 28 in its 20th week on the U.K. Americana albums charts while Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 remains steady at No. 1 on the British country compilations albums chart as The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe loses four to No. 12, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection falls two to No. 6, and the Original Album Series sees Emmylou Harris' first volume inch down one to No. 13 and Linda Ronstadt's dip three to No. 19.

    April 3:
    Beyonce Country Album Remains In Headlines
    Beyonce continues to dominate the news and music since last week's release of her new country album, Cowboy Carter, for which Dolly provides two interlude introductions and wrote one song, a cover of her classic "Jolene." Among the newsworthy items:

  • Beyonce revealed while being honored at the I Heart Music Awards over the weekend that none other than Stevie Wonder plays harmonica on "Jolene." Read more from Variety here.
  • Many media outlets, including US Magazine here, suggested this week that when she posted a clip from her performing "Pissant Country Place" from The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas on Facebook Reels here Dolly was telling off fans who had complained on her social media in recent days about the "Jolene" cover with some comments containing racist undertones. The section in question went: "Are you listening good? Keep them leeches and bloodsuckers off the back rows, I know how to use a gun. And nobody messes with my girls. And any questions you might have about the way I run this place, don't gripe and whine behind my back. Just tell me face to face. I'm open minded. Say it all then go upstairs and pack. The door's that-a-way!"
  • Rolling Stone reported here that all artists associated with the project have seen skyrocketing streaming attention in recent days, with Dolly's Spotify streams doubling. Her original "Jolene" saw the biggest jump, increasing 11,610 percent. Willie Nelson saw a 190 percent increase in overall streaming, with the largest being a 4,800 percent rise for his most recent duet with Dolly, "From Here To The Moon And Back". And Linda Martell saw a 1,270 percent improvement in her streams over the weekend.
  • Several media outlets noticed the album's liner notes gave Dolly sole songwriting credit for "Jolene" even though Beyonce completely re-wrote almost every line of each verse of the song. This means Dolly will not have to share any songwriting royalties for the cover with Beyonce and reflects what Dolly herself has done throughout her career. Fond of changing lyrics slightly in many covers she records, Dolly never takes lyrical credit and instead only credits the original writers unless it's a pubic domain traditional song. Whether she changes just a few lines like her 2002 version of "Stairway To Heaven" or re-writes almost the entire verses as she did with her 2014 cover of "Lay Your Hands On Me," just as Beyonce did with "Jolene," she gives the original writers sole credit. Check out some commentary on that from NME here and IMDb here.
  • A Billboard charts podcast pondered whether the album will win Beyonce her long-denied Album of the Year trophy at the Grammys and what song may be the next single, perhaps "Jolene"? Listen here.

    Williams Duet Still On Christian Song Chart
    "Lookin' For You" with Zach Williams earns a third week on the Hot Christian Song chart, holding steady at No. 38, the April 6 Billboard charts released Tuesday revealed. Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection falls off the 50-position Country Albums chart, down from No. 49 in its 26th chart week.


    April 1:
    'Jolene' Tops iTunes U.S. Singles Chart
    Beyonce dropped Cowboy Carter on Friday featuring Dolly and "Jolene," and it was an immediate hit. On Saturday, the album set the year's Spotify record of the most one-day streams for an album at 76 million, with "Jolene" reaching No. 2 on the U.S. Spotify chart that day. By Saturday night, "Jolene" had reached No. 1 on the Apple Music charts (with the album's Miley Cyrus duet "II Most Wanted" at No. 2, "Texas Hold 'Em" at No. 3, and "Blackbird" with Tanner Adell, Brittney Spencer, Tiera Kennedy & Reyna Roberts  at No. 4). Hits Daily Double expects the set to debut at No. 1 with more than 350,000 unit credits for the week (up to 300,000 of which would be credits for streaming). After the album was released, Dolly responded via social media: "Wow! I just heard Jolene. Beyonce is giving that girl some trouble and she deserves it! Dolly P." Dolly has a spoken appearance on the track "Dolly P.," an interlude which serves as an introduction for "Jolene." She also has a much briefer introduction at the start of the track "Tyrant," and Marie Claire reported here that Beyonce played her nails as percussion on the track "Riverdance" in tribute to Dolly. However, it's not all roses, as critical comments posted by some fans on Dolly's social media, many of which contained hints of racism, generated clickbait stories of Dolly fans being angry over the cover. Several other articles analyzed the lyrics which Beyonce re-wrote to threaten Jolene with harm if she touches her man, as opposed to the vulnerability of Dolly's pleading with Jolene not to take him.

    Dolly Book Made Official Tenn. Book
    A classic tale from Dolly's childhood is about to become part of her home state's history. Her 2016 children's book adaptation of her classic song Coat Of Many Colors is joining nine other titles as the first-ever Official Books of the State of Tennessee. Dolly's is the most recently-published book on the list of literary works of "historic, social and cultural importance to the Volunteer State." The other nine titles are: Farewell Address to the American People by George Washington, Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, The Aitken Bible, The Papers of Andrew Jackson, Roots by Alex Haley, A Death in the Family by James Agee, All the King's Men" by Robert Warren, American Lion by Jon Meacham, and The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote. The bill passed the House last month and the state Senate last week. It awaits the governor's signature to become law.

    U.K., Aussie Chart Updates
    Across the pond, Dolly's Rockstar: Deluxe drops 16 places to No. 38 in its 19th week on the U.K. Americana albums charts. Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 remains steady at No. 1 on the British country compilations albums chart while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls six to No. 8 and Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection inches down one to No. 4, and the Original Album Series sees Emmylou Harris' first volume gain three to No. 12 and Linda Ronstadt's lose three to No. 16 as Emmylou Harris's second volume falls back out of the top 20, down from No. 16. Down Under, Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection holds steady at No. 20.

    Special Fan Gets Birthday Greetings
    Superfan Jason Denton attended Dollywood's season opening last month and presented Dolly his usual flower arrangement of yellow roses that he sends her on special occassions, and she returned the favor with a birthday greeting video shared to Facebook here or in the media player below. Happy 50th, Jason!


    March 29:
    Beyonce' Drops 'Jolene' Cover


    Beyonce on Friday released her long-awaited country album, Cowboy Carter, and as Dolly let slip at opening weekend, a cover of "Jolene" is included. The lyrics have been re-written as an angrier, more threatening conversation with the title character, starting off with "Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, I'm warning you don't come for my man." Dolly herself appears on the album in a 23-second spoken track introducing the song. Willie Nelson also appears on two song introductions, and duets with Miley Cyrus, Post Malone, Shaboozey, Linda Martell, and more are also included. Download your copy here and stream the song in the media player above or by visiting YouTube here.

    Dolly Calendar Collection Coming In August
    Andrews McMeel Publishing has announced six new authorized Dolly calendars (click on photo for a larger view) being released for 2025 on Aug. 27 this year:

  • Dolly Parton 2025 Wall Calendar: A Collection of Iconic Album Covers: A year's worth of Dolly Parton's iconic album and single covers over the course of her musical career. The full-color images and QR codes that link to her music make the calendar a wonderful addition to any room or office. Preorder here.
  • Dolly Parton 2025 Mini Wall Calendar: Beautiful black and white photos of Dolly Parton taken throughout her musical career paired with her song lyrics will keep fans inspired and entertained. The calendar includes grid space for notes, appointments, and reminders, and is the perfect size for any small space. Preorder here.
  • Dolly Parton 2025 Monthly Pocket Planner: Perfect for nine-to-fivers, this stylish and petite functional planner is ideal for fans on the go. With Dolly-themed artwork on each page, planning grids for notes, appointments, and reminders, the calendar also features a perforated notes section for to-dos, reminders, and lists, making it a valuable companion. Preorder here.
  • Dolly Parton 2025 Weekly Desk Pad Calendar: With decorative artwork adorning each page, this distinctive desk pad that doubles as a mouse pad will ensure users are organized each week, with tasks in clear view, to-dos checked off, deadlines met, and progress toward goals outlined. Perfect for at home or office use, it provides ample space for recording tasks, appointments, reminders, notes, and a month-at-a-glance on each tear-off weekly page. Preorder here.
  • Dolly Parton: A Year in Songs Deluxe Organizer 2025 Hardcover Monthly/Weekly Planner Calendar:  Style and practicality abound in this fashionable and functional calendar. In an ultra-feminine design complete with iridescent foil accents on the cover, this spiralbound calendar features reinforced monthly tabs, two pockets for storage, pages for notes, and timeless quotes from Dolly Parton songs. Preorder here.
  • Dollyisms 2025 Softcover Monthly/Weekly Planner Calendar: This one-of-a-kind retro spiral-bound planner has plenty of space to jot down appointments, meetings, and activities, and features twelve unique Dollyisms guaranteed to inspire, motivate, and bring fun into your year. Preorder here.

    March 27:
    'Lookin For You' Gets Second Chart Week
    "Lookin' For You" with Zach Williams earns a second week on the Hot Christian Song chart, losing 13 places to No. 38, the March 30 Billboard charts released Tuesday revealed. The song falls off the 15-position Christian Digital Song Sales chart after one week at No. 7. Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection dips two to No. 49 for a 26th chart week.

    Vinyl Me Parton Project Concludes
    Vinyl Me Please on Tuesday revealed it will not be continuing its Vinyl Me Parton record club for a second year. "Thank you for spending this last year celebrating Dolly with us, it made this year more fun, and more pink!, than we could have imagined back in 2021," the company said in an email to Vinyl Me Parton subscribers. However, they noted: "Just because Vinyl Me, Parton is ending, doesn't mean we'll never have Dolly records again. We will!"

    Dollywood Nominated For 'USA Today' Awards
    Dollywood has been nominated in several categories for USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. The park is up for Best Theme Park, Lighting Rod for Best Roller Coaster, DreamMore and HeartSong each for Best Theme Park Hotel, Aunt Granny's for Best Theme Park Restaurant, and Splash Country as Best Outdoor Water Park. Vote once per day through April 22 here.


    March 25:
    Dolly's Rap Chart Run Ends
    After three weeks on the rap charts, Dolly is there no more as "Powerful Women"with rapper Pitbull falls off the 10-position rap digital song sales chart, down from No. 8 in its third week, the March 23 Billboard charts released Tuesday revealed. Elsewhere on the charts, "Lookin' For You" with Zach Williams debuts at No. 25 Hot Christian Songs and No. 7 Christian Digital Song Sales.  Dolly's Rockstar also falls off the 50-position current albums sales chart after 16 weeks of charting, suggesting it has fallen to around 1,000 copies sold per week and about 262,000 units sold since release, and Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection re-enters the 50-position country albums chart at No. 47 for a 25th chart week. Across the pond, Dolly's Rockstar: Deluxe holds steady at No. 22 in its 18th week on the U.K. Americana albums charts. Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 remains steady at No. 1 on the British country compilations albums chart while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe and Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection switch places at No. 2 and 3, respectively, and the Original Album Series sees three collections with Dolly on the top 20 as Linda Ronstadt gains two to No. 13, Emmylou Harris's first volume rises two to No. 15, and Harris' second volume re-entering the top 20 at No. 16. Down Under, Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection loses three to No. 20.

    'Honky Tonk Angels' On Vinyl From VMP
    Honky Tonk Angels, Dolly's 1993 trio project with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, has been released on vinyl by Vinyl Me Please as a bonus in addition to its Vinyl Me Parton series of 12 Dolly albums, the last of which was released this month. The new LP is limited to 2,000 copies and is available here

    Chicago Dolly Tribute Show Coming
    Those in the Chicago area should pop in to "Great Moments In Vinyl" on April 4 for their tribute to Dolly at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. Read more from Broadway World here.

    Patterson Talks Dolly Collaboration
    Author James Patterson talked again last week about working with Dolly on their novel Run, Rose, Run. He appears on the ABA Journal podcast here to discuss his new book, about a lawyer on trial for murder. He mentions the Dolly collaboration a couple of times throughout the interview but is asked to discuss it in more detail about 25 minutes in. He also repeats the note that the strikes delayed the film adaptation of the novel and that he doesn't know if that will happen or not. "We'll see," he said.

    Dollywood Makes Top 100 'USA Today' Employers
    USA Today last week named Dollywood one of its Top Workplaces USA award winners, placing 86th on the national list of companies with more than 2,500 employees, the only theme park to make the list.


    March 17:
    More Dollywood Opening Weekend Coverage


    The Dollymania Facebook live feeds from Dollywood's 2024 season opening and an additional video clip have been posted and are available here and here or in the media players above and below. In addition, the third Dollymania gallery from the weekend's appearances has been posted to that section here.

    Dolly Promotes Cookbook With Rachel


    Dolly and her sister Rachel celebrated St. Patrick's Day on social media promoting their upcoming cookbook Good Lookin' Cookin' with a clip of them making an Irish feast on social media here or in the media player above.  

    Lodge Cast Iron Line Announced
    Dolly last week announced her latest homegoods deal with a line of custom cast iron pans from Lodge. Learn more from Food and Wine here.

    Dolly Singing Contest Returns For 20th Year
    The annual Dolly singing competition in her hometown, the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition in Sevierville, Tenn., returns this year for its 20th offering. Contestants must upload an audition video of them performing a song written by Dolly and upload it by April 12. A total of 20 finalists 13 and up and 10 in the 12-and-under category will perform at the May 18 Bloomin' BBQ Music & Food Festival. Prizes include autographed Dolly guitars and a recording session. More information here. Contestants may refer to the list of Dolly-penned songs on Dollymania here.

    U.K., Aussie Chart Updates
    Across the pond, Dolly's Rockstar: Deluxe holds steady at No. 22 in its 17th week on the U.K. Americana albums charts. Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 and Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection remain steady at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the British country compilations albums chart, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe shoots up 17 places to No. 3 and the Original Album Series from Linda Ronstadt re-enters the top 20 at No. 15, and volume 1 in the series by Emmylou Harris gains one to No. 17 (both collections contain collaborations with Dolly), while re-enters the top 20 at No. 20. Down Under, Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection holds steady at No. 17.


    March 13:
    'Rockstar' Gets Gold Record Award From RIAA
    Dolly's Rockstar has gone gold. The RIAA certified the album for half a million credited units on Tuesday. As Dollymania reported, sales data indicated it met the RIAA criteria for gold certification in early January after seven or eight weeks of sales, but the certification wasn't issued until this week. Normally, one album sale counts as one unit, but since the project featured two CDs or cassettes and four vinyl albums, each CD or cassette set sold counted as two units toward the gold status and each album set sold counted as four units, allowing it to meet the 500,000-unit threshold after selling just about 240,000 total copies. This marks Dolly's first studio album released since Trio II in 2001 to go gold. (Since then, she's had three gold album certifications but they were compilations released in 2003 that took 19 years to reach gold and released in 1999 that took 24 years to reach gold plus her studio album Jolene, which was certified gold 49 years after release.) In a press release, Dolly celebrated: ""When I set out to make my rock album, I always hoped it would be embraced by my fans as well as people who may not listen to my music.  I am thrilled to receive this Gold record!  Thank you to everyone who was a part of this project. I guess I can now officially say I am a rockstar!"

    Dolly's Rap Single Gets Third Chart Week
    Dolly has earned a third week on the rap charts, as "Powerful Women"with rapper Pitbull regains one digit in its third week on the rap digital song sales chart to No. 8, the March 16 Billboard charts released Tuesday revealed. Elsewhere on the charts, Dolly's Rockstar sold about 1,500 copies to reach about 261,000 sold as it holds steady at No. 45 current album sales in its 16th week there.

    Another Dollywood Opening Gallery Posted
    The second Dollymania gallery from the weekend's Dollywood season opening appearance has been posted to that section here.


    March 12:
    Dollywood Opening Gallery Posted
    The first Dollymania gallery from the weekend's Dollywood season opening appearance has been posted to that section here.


    March 11:
    Dolly Opens Dollywood For 2024 Season


    Dolly returned home to Dollywood to open the park's 39th season with appearances at passholder preview day on Friday and public opening day Saturday to kick off the 2024 season and "I Will Always Love You" Music Festival. The festival returns for its second year and welcomes three new shows: From The Heart: The Life & Music of Dolly Parton, Sing-A-Long With Dolly, and Trio, Again.

    On Friday, she and Dollywood President Eugene Naughton welcomed fans in a media event at Celebrity Theater and previewed the three new shows, including Dolly joining in on the sing-a-long to her "Two Doors Down" as well as in the Heart inclusion of the Broadway adaptation of her "9 To 5." She also toured the park in her Dewitt vehicle that afternoon. On Saturday, she made unannounced pop-ins at the Heart show and Trio show to welcome the crowds. Dollymania.net footage from the media event is available on YouTube here or in the media player above.

    The park was named last week to Southern Living's "South's Best Attractions" list in its The South's Best Awards and an article headlined "Why Dollywood is Better than Any Other Theme Park."

    From The Heart in Celebrity Theater will run through both the "I Will Always Love You" Music Festival (now-April 14) and Flower & Food Festival (April 19-June 9). Narrated by Dolly, the show summarizes her childhood in the Smoky Mountains, her teenage travels to Music City and work on Knoxville's Cas Walker Show, her time on Monument Records after moving to Nashville following high school, her years with The Porter Wagoner Show, her breaking out on her own, her pop crossover, her collaborations, her return to her roots, her witty "Dollyisms," and her songs. The cast is stellar, with multiple spectacular singers taking on Dolly's classics. The stage is amazing with a turntable and set pieces shooting across the stage carrying cast members behind them to appear "out of nowhere." The "Coat Of Many Colors" segment is particularly moving, as is the ending when Dolly herself sings "Smoky Mountain Memories" swathed in light on video. Costumes are gorgeous. My only critiques are the wigs were a bit messy, the Porter Wagoner offered an interesting interpretation of Porter as influenced by Elvis Presley, and for someone so well-known for her figure, it was a bit odd for the actresses playing her to not be padded to suggest her famous silhouette. But overall it is a wonderfully-entertaining and adequately reverent tribute to a legend and one of the best productions ever at the park.

    Sing-A-Long With Dolly at Back Porch Theater features three hosts dressed in 60s-inspired costumes leading the crowd in watching an animated Dolly on screen with the lyrics of her biggest hits and a bouncing butterfly to follow as the audience sings along. The brief show is a fun romp through Dolly's catalog.

    Trio, Again at Showstreet Palace Theater features Three Times A Lady, consisting of Nashville singer-songwriters Lauren Mascitti, Kenney Scott and Hannah Blaylock, performing songs from the three Trio albums Dolly recorded with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris. The three ladies possess powerful voices and have learned how to closely harmonize so tightly they really do replicate the Trio's unique sound. The ones singing Emmy's and Linda's parts are fortunate to have natural voices in similar registers as the originals, allowing them to more easily imitate each performer's unique vocal characteristics in order to sound very much like them. The Dolly performer's voice isn't in as high of a natural register, given that particular characteristic of Dolly's voice is very rare, but she effectively employs her signature trills and tonal qualities to sound similar on the upper harmony parts even if her solos, while absolutely gorgeous, aren't as reminiscent of Dolly as the other two are of their originals. Overall, the show is a master class in live performances including a really tight band.  

    Dolly said: "I'm so excited for everything we have in store for our guests in 2024. We're investing a lot of time and money into our entertainment this year, and I think the work we've put into these shows really is going to be noticed. One of those new shows is 'From the Heart.' It is a Broadway-style production about my music and my life, and John Dietrich (co-writer/director) and I can't wait to hear what guests think about it. We also have 'Trio, Again featuring Three Times A Lady' to celebrate the Trio albums I did with my good friends Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Those were such fun albums to make so I'm glad we are going to have a show to remember those. And you know, the last show might be my favorite. I always hear people everywhere I go singing my songs, so we thought it would be good to give folks a place to come and do it with their friends. We're doing a show called 'Sing-a-long with Dolly' so guests can come to the park and sing along to my songs as loudly as they want. I'm sure it will be a joyful noise! But if Eugene is leading the singing, it might just be noise."

    Dolly teased the Dolly Parton Experience to open May 24 with the entire Adventures in Imagination area transformed into an interactive storytelling experience of Dolly's life and career to replace the Chasing Rainbows Museum. That date will also see the opening of a revamped family show called Heidi Parton's Kin & Friends. She also said the park's largest-ever sit-down restaurant is being added, and the plans are continuing for several more resorts on the property after opening the second, HeartSong Lodge, last year.

    After the flower festival will come the Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration June 15-Aug. 11, Harvest Festival with Great Pumpkin LumiNights Sept. 9-Oct. 28, and Smoky Mountain Christmas Nov. 1- Jan. 5.

    Other coverage included Kyle Grainger's interview with Dolly on WVLT here and a story on Friday's media event from them here, a livestream of the entire press event from The Knoxville News-Sentinel here and story here, and stories from WJHL here, WBIR here and WATE here.

    New Zach Williams Duet Drops


    Dolly and Zach Williams on Friday released their second duet, "Lookin' For You", which is available for streaming on YouTube here or in the media player above,. Download it from your favorite retailer including Amazon here.

    Amazon Gets Exclusive Glitter Funko Pop
    Amazon on Friday released an exclusive "Diamond" glitter version of the orange Dolly Funko Pop with a banjo. Get the special release here.

    U.K., Aussie Chart Updates
    Across the pond, Dolly's Rockstar: Deluxe holds steady at No. 22 in its 16th week on the U.K. Americana albums charts. Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 and Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection remain steady at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the British country compilations albums chart, while Original Album Series from Linda Ronstadt falls out of the top 20, down from No. 20, and volume 1 in the series by Emmylou Harris slips one to No. 18 (both collections contain collaborations with Dolly), while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe re-enters the top 20 at No. 20. Down Under, Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection gains one to No. 17.


    March 6:
    'Powerful Women' Remains On Rap Chart
    Dolly has earned a second week on the rap charts, as "Powerful Women"with rapper Pitbull loses five spots in its second week on the rap digital song sales chart to No. 9, the March 9 Billboard charts released Tuesday revealed. The rapper met Dolly in person in Nashville last week (click on photo at left for larger version) and gushed about her on stage in his next concert (watch in a Facebook Reel here. Elsewhere on the charts, Dolly's Rockstar sold about 1,500 copies to reach about 260,000 sold as it dips two digits to No. 45 current album sales in its 15th week there.


    Dolly, Rachel Cookbook Coming Sept. 17
    While Dolly has teased it a few times in interviews over the past few months, Penguin Random House on Tuesday officially announced she and her sister Rachel will release a cookbook called Good Lookin' Cookin' in hardcover, ebook, and four-hour audio book on Sept. 17 from their Ten Speed Press imprint which has released Dolly's recent coffee table books. (For comparison, this book will be 272 pages and weigh just over a pound versus about 350 pages for the coffee table books that weigh over five pounds each.) Get the hardcover book here or audio book here. The publisher promotional copy reads:

    You're invited to pull up a chair to a year of meals, friends, and fun with the Partons, as Dolly and her sister (and favorite cook) Rachel share beloved, crowd-pleasing recipes and family stories.

    "Hey, good lookin'—what ya got cookin'?"

    This is what Dolly Parton sings to her sister Rachel Parton George whenever she walks into her kitchen. It's what you do when a love for good music and good food runs in the family. 

    In Good Lookin' Cookin' Dolly and Rachel share tips for hosting events all year long, including twelve multi-course menus of cherished recipes for New Year's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more. You'll learn how much butter or whipped cream goes into a "Dolly Dollop," what condiment is almost always on the table at Parton family meals, and what special dish Rachel makes at Dolly's request every year for her birthday. Recipes include American classics such as Country Ham and Biscuits, Barbecue Spare Ribs, Family Favorite Meatloaf, Slaw of Many Colors, Watermelon Fruit Salad, Mac and Cheese, and Strawberry Shortcake.

    Filled with more than 80 delicious dishes as well as photographs of Dolly and Rachel cooking and hosting all year long, Good Lookin' Cookin' is a treasured cookbook that will make you feel like part of the Parton family. With their trademark warmth and sisterly love, Dolly and Rachel remind you that cooking doesn't need to be serious – it should be fun! And always good lookin'!

    Dolly Does Another Duncan Hines Video


    Duncan Hines this week released a video promoting Dolly's new Banana Nut Muffin Cake Mix. Check it out here or in the media player above.

    Williams Duet Drops Friday
    Zach Williams announced this week that his remix of "Lookin' For You" as a duet with Dolly will be released with a music video on Friday.

    Pennsylvania Considering Statewide Imagination Library
    Pennsylvania legislators introduced a bill this week in honor of Read Across America Week to provide state funds to take Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy program statewide there if passed.

    Viral Fan Serenaded By Dolly Passes Away
    LeGrand Gold, the fan who went viral a few weeks ago for a video of Dolly singing to him over the phone in the hospital, has died of cancer at the age of 48. Read more here.


    March 4:
    Get Dolly Media Event Tickets Monday For Dollywood
    Dollywood announced last week that the gold and diamond passholder access for limited tickets to Dolly's media event to open the new season at the theme park on Friday will become available at 11 a.m. Eastern Monday. As has been the case the past couple of years, free ticketing for the event will be handled via Eventbrite. The link to begin ordering tickets will be posted to the park's website on the page about Friday's Passholder Preview Day here at 11 a.m. Monday. The media event is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Celebrity Theater and tickets are only available to gold and diamond passholders, Pre-K Imagination passholders accompanying a gold or diamond passholder parent, or unticketed children age 3 and under accompanying a gold or diamond passholder parent. Silver passholders, regardless of age, and Bring-A-Friend ticket holders attending that day are ineligible for admission to the media event. All attendees must have event tickets to enter. Check-in will be 8:30-10 a.m. Friday at the main gate, and those checking in after 10 will not be admitted.

    Dolly On Petty Tribute Coming May 31
    Big Machine Label Group, which released Dolly's rock album with her own label, Butterfly Records, will on May 31 drop Petty Country, a country artist tribute to the late Tom Petty. Dolly will perform his "Southern Accents" on the compilation.

    West Hollywood Honors Dolly
    West Hollywood, Calif.., celebrates Women's Month with a series of street pole banners honoring significant women in history and on Monday will debut this year's two new banners. The West Hollywood City Council will unveil banners of Dolly and trans pioneer Marsha P. Johnson, who is often credited with throwing the first brick at the Stonewall riot that kick-started America's modern LGBTQ rights movement. The banners will be unveiled in Council Chambers at 6 p.m. local time.

    U.K., Aussie Chart Updates
    Across the pond, Dolly's Rockstar: Deluxe drops two to No. 22 in its 15th week on the Americana albums charts. Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 and Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection remain steady at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the British country compilations albums chart, while Original Album Series from Linda Ronstadt slips six to No. 20 and volume 1 in the series by Emmylou Harris re-enters the top 20 at No. 17 (both collections contain collaborations with Dolly). Down Under, Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection holds steady at No. 18.


    Feb. 28:
    Dolly Charts First Rap Hit
    Dolly has made her debut on the rap charts. "Powerful Women," her collaboration with rapper Pitbull, debuts on the March 2 Billboard rap digital song sales chart released Tuesday at No. 4. Elsewhere on the charts, Dolly's Rockstar sold about 1,250 copies to reach about 258,000 sold as it falls five places to No. 43 current album sales in its 14th week there.


    Feb. 26:
    'Midnight Blue' With Melissa Manchester Released


    As promised, Melissa Manchester on Friday released her re-recording of her hit "Midnight Blue," this time as a duet with Dolly. Check out the music video of the two friends catching up over drinks and checking out the sites of Nashville here or in the media player above. Download the track from your favorite streaming service including Amazon here. Check out an interview with Manchester and the video's Thursday premiere on Billboard here.

    '9 To 5' Dolly's First Triple-Platinum U.K. Single
    Dolly collected her first-ever British triple-platinum single award this month for her 1980 classic "9 To 5." The song was recognized for the certification on Feb. 16. Since it was made available digitally for download in the UK in 2007, it has sold 1.8 million copies there to reach this level. It became her first double-platinum British single in 2021. She has two other double-platinum British singles: "Islands In The Stream" with Kenny Rogers and "Jolene," with both songs reaching that status in 2022.

    2.2 Million Watch 'Dolly Parton's Pet Gala' On CBS
    Dolly Parton's Pet Gala on Wednesday night ranked 8th of the evening's 13 broadcast network shows with 2.2 million viewers and a 0.2 rating. The special gave CBS a third place finish for the time slot after NBC's 6.5 million and ABC's 2.4 million viewers, besting FOX's 1.7 million and The CW's 370,000 viewers. The show is streaming on Paramount+ including via Amazon here.

    Dolly Congratulates Beyonce On No. 1
    Dolly last week posted her best wishes to Beyonce via social media regarding her country single "Texas Hold 'Em" debuting at No. 1 on the country singles chart. She said here: "I'm a big fan of Beyonce and very excited that she's done a country album. So congratulations on your Billboard Hot Country number one single. Can't wait to hear the full album! Love, Dolly" As of press time, fan reactions were overwhelmingly positive, with the post on Facebook seeing over 280,000 positive reactions (likes, loves, cares) and only about 1,400 negative reactions (laughs, surprise, anger, or sadness), or roughly one-half of one percent.

    35th Anniversary 'Steel Magnolias' 4K Coming
    Blu-Ray.com reported last week that a 35th anniversary 4K Blu-Ray edition of Steel Magnolias will be released April 23 from Sony. The report here indicates the 4K restoration was done from the original camera negatives, it features Dolby Vision/HDR Presentation and new Dolby Atmos Track. Special features will include the 1990 TV pilot of the Steel Magnolias televisions series adaptation and previous special features of director's commentary, In Full Bloom: Remembering Steel Magnolias featurette, 10 deleted scenes, theatrical trailer, and English SDH subtitles.

    Food Line To Add Frozen Pie, Cheesecake, Mac & Cheese
    Some photos have come out indicating additional items to come in Dolly's Conagra Foods line including thaw-and-serve "decedent chocolate pie," thaw-and-serve "original whipped cheesecake," and family-sized frozen "homestyle macaroni & cheese." No release date has been announced. Thanks, Douglas!

    Dollywood Announces End Of 'Dreamland Drive-In'
    Dollywood President Eugene Naughton and Vice President of Marketing and Puiblic Relations Pete Owens last week released a video detailing the new entertainment offerings coming to the park in its 2024 season and announcing the retirement of fan favorite Dreamland Drive-In, which will be replaced with a new show in 2025. Watch the discussion here. As of press time Sunday night, no announcement has been made yet of "Gold Event" passholder admissions for any opening weekend media event as has been the case the past couple of years, but if any announcement is made, it should appear on the park's official Passholder Hub here.

    New Dolly Doc Trailer Released
    EM Productions has released a new trailer for a Dolly documentary called Dolly Parton: Still Rockin'. No word on where the full doc will air. Check out the trailer on YouTube here.

    U.K., Aussie Chart Updates
    Across the pond, Dolly's Rockstar: Deluxe drops four to No. 20 in its 14th week on the Americana albums charts. Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 and Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection each rebound one place to No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the British country compilations albums chart, after a couple of weeks of the late Toby Keith taking the top spot immediately following his death, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls out of the top 20, down from No. 14 and Original Album Series from Linda Ronstadt gains four to No. 14. Down Under, Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection holds steady at No. 18.


    Feb. 22:
    Dog Gala Airs On CBS, 'Puppy Love' Released


    Dolly Parton's Pet Gala aired on CBS Wednesday night, and Dolly celebrated by releasing a new recording of her first single, "Puppy Love," in honor of her goddog, Billy the Kid. Stream it on YouTube here or in the media player above, and download the single here. The show is available for streaming on Paramount+. Three of the costumes dogs wore in tribute to Dolly on the program have been added to ebay in a charity auction to benefit the Nashville Humane Society after Dolly autographed them. The Glastonbury outfit is here, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame outfit here, and angel costume here. Opening bids on each is $500. Thanks, Sheldon!

    'Rockstar' Sells Less Than 2,000 Copies
    Dolly's Rockstar sold about 1,900 copies to reach about 257,000 sold in its first 13 weeks of release. The Feb. 24 Billboard charts announced Wednesday see the album fall off the 50-position album sales chart, down from No. 42, and drops 13 to No. 38 current album sales in its 13th week there.

    'USA Today' Interview Released
    Dolly has a new interview in USA Today. Check out a video version here and text version here.


    Feb. 19:
    Pitbull Duet Drops, Manchester Collab Coming


    Dolly on Friday dropped a surprise collaboration with Latin rapper Pitbull, whose catchphrase happens to be the Spanish exclamation "dale" (pronounced very similarly to "Dolly"). "Powerful Women" mashes up his rapping with a new recording of Dolly's "9 To 5," although she also "raps" a verse herself. The track was part of Pitbull's special EP Daytona 500 Edition Trackhouse, which features additional duets with Tim McGraw, Nile Rogers of Chic, and Vikina. Stream on YouTube here or in the media player above, and download it from Amazon here or from your retailer of choice. It's not the only Dolly duet out soon, as Melissa Manchester announced on Friday that next Friday will see the release of her new album, Re:View, featuring some new versions of her classics including a recording of her 1975 single "Midnight Blue" as a duet with Dolly. The track was co-written by Manchester with legendary composer/lyricist Carole Bayer Sager, who wrote Dolly's hits "Heartbreaker," "You're The Only One," and "The Day I Fall In Love." Pre-order the song here or Manchester's full album here. Check out her Facebook announcement of the collaboration here or in the media player below. Finally, industry insiders claim rumors that Dolly and goddaughter Miley Cyrus may appear on the new country album from R&B icon Beyonce. Check out that story here.

    Almost Time For 'Dolly Parton's Pet Gala' On CBS


    Don't forget to tune in for the first-ever Dolly Parton's Pet Gala Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern on CBS. The network last week released a preview video, viewable on YouTube here or in the media player above, and a slew of still photos available on Broadway World here. The show features many celebrities and their dogs, co-hosts Dolly and Jane Lynch, and performances of "9 To 5" by Dolly and Carly Pearce, "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly and Lainey Wilson, and "Jolene" by Dolly and Carly Pearce in addition to Chris Janson singing "Hound Dog" to an actual dog and songs by Joy Oladokun, Grace Bowers and KC of KC and the Sunshine Band. Check out pink carpet coverage from Womans World here and several sneak peaks from CBS here, here, here, and here.

    Dollywood Readies For 2024 Season


    Dollywood on Thursday hosted a construction update preview for the media (your webmaster was invited but unfortunately had work-related conflicts) that included a preview of the still-under-construction Dolly Parton Experience that is expected to open in late May, announcement that the traditional turnstiles will be removed this season and a new QR-code-based ticketing system used, and that Lightning Rod will re-open in mid-March with a high-speed lift chain instead of its previous launch system that kept malfunctioning since opening.

    The Dolly Parton Experience will revitalize the entire area around her former Chasing Rainbows Museum. The centerpiece exhibit, Songteller, replaces that facility and will include an immersive 200-foot-tall, 360-degree projection mapping space similar to the touring Van Gogh Exhibition from last year around the U.S. The Behind the Seams building will house her costumes and show her style process, rotating out several outfits throughout the year, and showing them in museum-quality environmentally-controlled cases for the first time. DreamSong Theater will receive a $1 million renovation and be redubbed the Sight & Sound Theater with her new kinfolk "From The Heart" show as well as a new stage production of her life story.

    Back Porch Theater will get a new "Sing-a-long with Dolly" show of her biggest hits, while Showstreet Palace Theater will feature "Trio, Again," a tribute to the music Dolly has recorded with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. In addition to the re-opening of her old tour bus for viewing, the area will also feature "Dolly-ized" restrooms and interactive technology such as a smartphone-based digital scavenger hunt. Also, DreamMore Resort & Spa is being renovated. The park added 23 days to its calendar for this season, which kicks off with Season Passholder Day March 8 and public opening March 9. While Dolly's appearances that weekend have yet to be announced, she almost never misses opening weekend. The first festival of the new year is the return of her "I Will Always Love You Music Festival," which runs through April 14. Check out coverage from Attractions Magazine here, The Knoxville-News Sentinel here, WVLT here, WATE here, WJHL here, FOX 17 here, and WBIR here or in the media player above.

    U.K., Aussie Chart Updates
    Across the pond, Dolly's Rockstar: Deluxe falls three to No. 16 in its 13th week on the Americana albums charts. Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 and Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection hold steady at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, on the British country compilations albums chart, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe dips two to No. 14, Original Album Series with Dolly appearances from Linda Ronstadt dips three to No. 18 and from Emmylou Harris her first volume in the series falls out of the top 20, down from No. 16. Down Under, Rockstar falls back off the Australian top 40 country albums chart, down from No. 36, as Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection holds steady at No. 18.

    Estefan Seeks That Dolly Cover
    Gloria Estefan wants Dolly or Kelly Clarkson to record a song she's written, she told People in an interview here.

    Latifah Seeks Dolly On 'Equalizer' Episode
    And Dolly's Joyful Noise co-star Queen Latifah told Entertainment Tonight last week that she almost succeeded in getting Dolly to guest star on her action series The Equalizer last season but it didn't work out, so she's hoping to get her on an episode of season four. Read more here.


    Feb. 15:
    'Rockstar' Sells Another 2,500 Copies
    Dolly's Rockstar sold about 2,500 copies to reach about 255,500 sold in its first 12 weeks of release. The Feb. 17 Billboard charts announced Tuesday see the album lose 21 to No. 42 album sales and eight to No. 25 current album sales in its 12th week on each. Dolly drops off the Artist 100, down from No. 84.

    'Young Sheldon' Uses 'Let It Be'


    The CBS sitcom Young Sheldon returns Thursday and since the Super Bowl has been promoting its premiere with a teaser featuring Dolly's "Let It Be" cover. Watch it here or in the media player above.

    Snoop Wants Dolly Duet
    Snoop Dogg wants to collaborate with Dolly, he said in an interview this week. Read more here.

    Promoting Dolly's 'Pet Gala' Special


    CBS is plugging next week's Dolly Parton's Pet Gala. Check out a promotional video here or in the media player above. And check out an interview from the show's pink carpet on E! where she talks about the special, that the most recent conversation about rebooting Buffy The Vampire Slayer through her production company was a few months ago, and that she had spoken with Elle King following her Opry birthday tribute appearance and repeated the call for fans to forgive and forget her drunken performance. Watch here or in the media player below.

    Feb. 12:
    Dolly Says Leave Elle King Alone


    Extra TV last week became the first to ask Dolly for her reaction to Elle King's drunken and profanity-laiden rant at the Grand Ole Opry celebration almost a month ago for Dolly's 78th birthday, and she responded with her typical grace. Saying King has been "going through a lot of hard things lately" and had too much to drink, Dolly said everyone should "forgive that and forget it and move on, cause she felt worse than anyone every could." King cancelled all appearances scheduled for about one month after the appearance, which prompted the Opry to issue an apology on X in response to an audience member's complaint. Check out the interview here or in the media player above.

    Dolly Museum At Dollywood Previewed
    Dollywood recently sent out photos teasing the new Dolly Parton Experience museum opening at the park this spring, and Knoxville news channel WATE made them into a story here.

    Florida Pirate Voyage Breaks Ground
    Dolly's third Pirate Voyage dinner theatre broke ground last week in Panama City, Fla. Watch a story from WJHG here. Meanwhile, the chain's second restaurant, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., opened for its sixth season Friday. In a press release, Dolly said: "My Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is an unforgettable experience, with incredible performers that bring an exciting adventure to life. I think everyone visiting here in the Smokies is going to love them as much as I do. The pirates and mermaids, the sea lions and all the special effects – there is so much going on in this show that it's hard to figure out where to look!  I love feeling like a kid again watching everything come to life in my Pirates Voyage – no trip to Pigeon Forge is complete without it!" Its original location is in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Dolly Talks To Bloomberg
    Bloomberg Business asked Dolly for her secrets as a successful businesswoman, and that interview is available from The Straits Times here.

    Ohio Celebrates 400K Imagination Library Kids
    Ohio's First Lady last week celebrated Dolly's Imagination Library hitting the milestone of enrolling 60 percent of eligible children in the state, which boasts the largest group of children of any state participating in Dolly's early childhood literacy program: 400,611. A total of 13 million books have been mailed to Ohio children since her efforts on behalf of the program took it statewide in 2019, although a few million books had been sent to children in the state prior to 2019 as several dozen communities launched it independent of the state in those earlier years. In a press release, Dolly added: "Congratulations to First Lady Fran DeWine and to all of our Ohio program partners for reaching these amazing milestones! Thank you for everything you do to support my Imagination Library and inspire a love of reading in children across the state." (Disclosure: Your webmaster ran an affiliate of Imagination Library in Ohio from 2008 to 2018, for about half of that time being the largest individual chapter of the program in the state and helped over two dozen other counties to adopt the program during that time, laying the groundwork for the First Lady's project to sign up the last half of remaining counties in the state when she took on the project.)

    U.K., Aussie Chart Updates
    Across the pond, Dolly's Rockstar: Deluxe slips one to No. 13 in its 12th week on the Americana albums charts. Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 and Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection both lose one to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, as they are unseated at the top of the British country compilations albums chart by a Toby Keith compilation. On the same tally, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains one to No. 12, Original Album Series from Linda Ronstadt loses four to No. 15 and from Emmylou Harris her first volume in the series gains four to No. 16 while her second volume (each of which contains Dolly appearances) falls out of the top 20, down from No. 16. Down Under, Rockstar loses one on the Australian country albums chart to No. 36, as Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection drops two to No. 18.

    Zach Williams Works With Dolly Again
    Zsch Williams told Christian music publication CCM last week that in early March he will release his final single from his current album, which instead of the album version he has re-cut as his second collaboration with Dolly, following up their Grammy-winning duet "There Was Jesus". The new track is called "Looking For You." Check out the interview here. In related news, Williams videoed himself showing Dolly an American Idol audition McKenna Breinholdt performing their first duet and Dolly reaction and released it last week. Watch that video here or in the media player below.


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