Fifty-two years ago Monday, Dolly's version of “Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8),” the Jimmy Rodgers classic, debuts on the country singles charts; it would become her first Top 10 solo hit (she had already had six with Porter) and also gets limited airplay on some alternative rock stations. Nineteen years ago Monday, Dolly headlines the 23rd Annual A Capitol Fourth concert from the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., broadcast live on PBS. Twenty-six years ago Tuesday, Dolly the sheep, the world's first cloned mammal, is born in Scotland and named in honor of Dolly Parton, since she was cloned from a sheep's mammary gland. Twenty years ago Saturday, Halos & Horns is released. Twenty years ago Sunday, Dolly in New York City kicks-off her first U.S. tour in a decade; all dates on the 13-city tour to promote the Halos & Horns album sell out completely.
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
July 5, 5:20 a.m., Cinemax, Joyful Noise (re-runs 1:01 p.m. July 7)
July 7, 10 a.m., Hallmark, Christmas At Dollywood
July 7, 1:10 p.m. FXM, 9 To 5 (re-runs 3 a.m. July 8, 3 a.m. July 11, 1:10 p.m. July 11, 11:05 a.m. July 15)
July 8, 8 p.m., POP, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 5 p.m. July 9)
Dolly's 'Smoky Mt. Christmas Carol' Heads To London
Dolly is getting her second musical on London's equivalent of Broadway, the West End, it was announced last week as a limited engagement of Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol will play at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall Dec. 8 to Jan. 8. The musical, with book by David H. Bell, music and lyrics by Dolly, and adaptation by Bell, former Dollywood entertainment director Paul T. Couch, and Curt Wollan, is produced by Fiery Angel Entertainment and Red Tail Entertainment and follows an extended run pre-pandemic on the West End of her previous Broadway show, 9 To 5: The Musical. The new show has workshopped and had regional theatre productions in the U.S. and Canada each of the past few holiday seasons, but this will mark its largest theatre market engagement to date. Transplanting the classic Dickens tale from London to Dolly's native Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee and moving its time up from the 1840s in the first few years of Queen Victoria's reign to the Great Depression era, Scrooge has also been recast into the greedy owner of a mining company who is visited by the famous spirits who change his heart. In a release, Dolly stated: “Bringing our reimagined Charles Dickens classic to London feels like a homecoming. My songs weave the music of my beautiful Smoky Mountains into this timeless Christmas story, and I can't wait for London audiences to hear them as we tell that story, set in a place that is truly special to me."
'New York Times,' U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly and James Patterson's novel Run, Rose, Run loses two to No. 10 on the New York Times hardcover fiction Best Seller List in its 16th week, it was announced Friday, and the companion album remains steady at No. 2 bluegrass albums on the July 2 Billboard chart in its 16th week of release, while Ultimate Dolly Parton re-enters the top 50 country albums at No. 50. Overseas, Run, Rose, Run dips seven to No. 32 U.K. Americana albums and two to No. 7 U.K. country albums, while the British country compilations albums chart sees The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe fall two to No. 12, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 slide five to No. 20, Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) fall out of the top 20, down from No. 17, and Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 hold steady at No. 8.
Dolly's Library Passes 2 Million Enrollees Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy program announced last week that as of June, the program had passed more than 2 million participating children monthly, meaning a book is distributed by the program every 1.4 seconds. Since inception, the project has distributed over 184 million books to children across the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, and Ireland. Currently, over 2,800 local affiliates operate the program in those countries, sending one free, expert-selected, age-appropriate book monthly to every local child from birth to age 5 whose parents register.
Stampede Debuts New Dolly Song Dolly's Stampede dinner theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has announced a new performance segment has been added to the show to celebrate its 35th anniversary season complete with a new song written by Dolly just for the added segment. The riders begin on horseback of “wild horses” before soaring into the sky above the arena to the music of Dolly's new original song, “Wild Horses.”
Hall Of Fame Looks At Dolly Influences The Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame last week released a new video for this year's inductees looking at each one's influences and those they influenced with their music. Watch Dolly's clip here or in the media player below.
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June 27: Dolly Comes Home To Dollywood
Dolly made a return visit over the weekend to Dollywood to promote the park's next resort hotel currently under construction, her former tour bus hotel room at the current resort, and the park's summer festival. She made a media-only appearance at the new HeartSong resort construction site where she performed her song "Heartsong" and accepted an award on behalf of her late Uncle Bill Owens from the American Chestnut Foundation. She completed park tours on Friday and Saturday and popped in for a performance of her family's show at the park. Coverage included a Conde Nast Traveler story about the tour bus hotel room (which will go for $10,000 for a two-night stay with a portion of the rent going to her Imagination Library charity) here, The Knoxville News-Sentinel with a story here and photo gallery here, WATE here, WBIR here, WVLT here, Times News Onlinehere and in the media player above (plus additional footage here), WCYB here and WJHL here and in the media player below.
AXS To Show Dolly On Independence Day Music network AXS has announced a schedule of programming on musical legenda for Independence Day Weekend, and Dolly kicks off the July 4 shows at 8 a.m. Eastern with a broadcast of her 50 Years at the Opry special from 2019.
'Run, Rose, Run' Chart Updates Dolly and James Patterson's novel Run, Rose, Run slips one to No. 8 on the New York Times hardcover fiction Best Seller List in its 15th week, it was announced Friday, and the companion album gains four to No. 25 U.K. Americana albums and dips one to No. 5 U.K. country albums, while the British country compilations albums chart sees The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady at No. 10, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 falls nine to No. 15, Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) inches up one to No. 17 and Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 rises four to No. 8.
Dolly Teaching Award Given The Dollywood Foundation recently announced the recipient of this year's Dolly Parton's Chasing Rainbows Award for teachers is the first recipient from Sevier County, Tenn., with New Center Elementary School teacher Christy Maples, The Mountain Press reported here.
Dolly Kicks Off Nashville NASCAR Dolly helped welcome NASCAR to Nashville this weekend with a promotional video for NBC in advance of the Ally 400 on Sunday. Watch it here or in the media player below.
June 22: 'Islands' Lands Double-Platinum In U.K. Kenny Rogers and Dolly's 1983 classic duet "Islands In The Stream" was announced this month as Dolly's newest multi-platinum single in the U.K. The BPI issued a double-platinum certification for the track on June 10 recognizing 1.2 million units sold. It had reached platinum status in 2019. This marks her second double-platinum single award from BPI, which certified her 1980 hit "9 To 5" at that level a year ago this month.
RuPaul Celebrates Dolly Drag
After years of fans begging for it, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars last week provided a Dolly-themed category for the runway, with "Night Of 1,000 Dolly Partons." Each contestant had to identify a Dolly costume she has been photographed wearing and replicate that look for the runway. Most opted for recent Dolly appearances in the last two decades, although Jinx Monsoon went back to the "Dolly in London" era early-1980s beaded tour dress Dolly for her look. The top two queens then lip-synched it out to "Why'd Ya Come In Here Lookin' Like That?" Watch the runway walks here or in the media player above.
Dolly Gives Another $1 Million For Health Research Dolly stepped up her philanthropy again last week with an additional $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, this time to support pediatric infectious disease research, including ways to fight COVID-19 in kids. She had previously given the institution $1 million near the start of the pandemic for COVID research which resulted in development of the Moderna vaccine as well as $1 million in 2017 to support its Children's Hospital, where one of her nieces had been treated for leukemia as a child. "We are deeply honored by Dolly's contribution to our research mission," Mark Denison, a professor of pediatrics and director of Vanderbilt's division of pediatric infectious diseases, said of the gift, adding it will "accelerate" the work already being done and "support new ideas." The Hill broke the story here.
'There Was Jesus' Wins BMI Song Of The Year Songwriters' royalty group BMI last week held its annual Christian Awards and "There Was Jesus," as recorded as a duet by Dolly and contemporary Christian artist Zach Williams, was named Song of the Year as the past year's most-broadcasted song in the genre. The song's composers (Williams along with Casey Beathard and Jonathan Smith) received the award. The recording had previously won last year's Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, Dolly's second consecutive win in that category.
Dancers: Audition For Dolly's Holiday Movie Professional dancers interested in appearing in Dolly's upcoming NBC holiday film to be shot at Dollywood have a chance to audition for the project this coming Friday at 8 a.m. at The Ridge Outdoor Resort Event Center at 1250 Middle Creek Road in Sevierville, Tenn. Rehearsals are expected to last July 25 to Aug. 7 with filming Aug. 7-Sept. 1. Vaccination required and masks must be worn for the audition. Questions may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dollywood Wins Nation's Best Theme Park TripAdvisor last week named Dollywood the nation's best theme park based on reviewers' opinions recoded over the past 12 months and the eighth best theme park in the world. Dolly's wonderland bested favorites such as Cedar Park, Disneyland, Disney World, and others for the honor to take home the Travelers' Choice Best of the Best Award in its category. In a press release, Dolly responded: "I'm so proud of the work my people do to make Dollywood such a great place for families. When I started dreaming up Dollywood all those years ago, I hoped it would be somewhere folks were excited to come visit and enjoy time together. To hear that they are leaving so many positive comments about their time here really shows what we're doing is working. In the current world, I want Dollywood to be a place where the light shines every day."
Bill Anderson Dolly Duets Released In publicizing his just-released greatest hits collection, As Far As I Can See: The Best Of Bill Anderson, which features both a new duet with Dolly on "Someday It'll All Make Sense" as well as a 1964 demo with her on his track "If It's All The Same To You" (which had previously been released solely on an expensive boxed set of his music by Bear Family Records a decade ago), Anderson recounted that he first met Dolly at that demo session and his wife sat with her between takes talking and afterward told him that girl knew more dirty jokes than anyone she'd ever met in her life! Read the story from Taste of Countryhere, and buy the album here!
'Skeeter Sings Dolly' Released Digitally Thanks Ashley for alerting me that RCA has finally released Skeeter Davis' 1972 tribute album Skeeter Sings Dolly digitally for the first time ever. Download it here!
'Run, Rose, Run' Gets Sony Distribution, Chart Updates Earlier this month, Sony Pictures announced they will distribute Dolly's upcoming theatrical film adaptation of her and James Patterson's novel Run, Rose, Run in which she will co-star as one of the two female leads. It had previously been announced that the project had been sold to Reese Witherspoon's production company to film. Meanwhile, the book is currently at No. 7 on the New York Times hardcover fiction Best Seller List in its 14th week, and the companion album remains steady at No. 2 bluegrass albums on the June 25 Billboard chart in its 14th week of release. Overseas, the album slips eight to No. 29 U.K. Americana albums and two to No. 4 U.K. country albums, while the British country compilations albums chart sees The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe fall two to No. 10, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 dip three No. 6, Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) tumble eight to No. 18 and Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 gain eight to No. 12.
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June 6: Dolly Salutes The Queen Dolly helped kick off a special event for the Platinum Jubilee celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's 70th year as monarch. Her videotaped remarks started a special concert honoring the Queen. Dolly said: "I want to congratulate you on your Platinum Jubilee and your 70th year as monarch. I just wanted to say thank you for being wonderful, you are more than pearls and you are more than platinum. You have been a shining diamond in this world for so long and everybody loves you. And I will always love you too." She was followed by Barry Gibb, Michael Buble, and Geri Horner and then a live performance from Queen with Adam Lambert. Although not present, the Queen participated herself in a pretaped skit with a CGI Paddington Bear. Read more from The Daily Expresshere.
U.S., U.K., 'New York Times' Chart Updates The book Run, Rose, Run by Dolly and James Patterson inches down one spot to No. 7 on Friday's New York Times Bestseller List for hardcover fiction in its 12th week of release. The audio play reading of the book falls seven to No. 9 audio fiction in its third month. Dolly's Run, Rose, Run album drops off the June 4 Billboard top 100 current albums chart, down from No. 77. It retains its No. 1 spot on the bluegrass albums chart for an 11th nonconsecutive week. Overseas, Run, Rose, Run gains 14 places to No. 10 Americana albums and four places to No. 2 British country albums. On British country compilations, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls two to No. 7, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 dips one No. 2, and Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains one to No. 3.
Church Explores God Through Dolly Songs Chicago's Church of the Three Crosses, a joint United Methodist and United Church of Christ congregation, recently completed a five-part sermon series on "The Gospel According To Dolly," using one of her songs each week to tie to a Biblical lesson and scripture. Songs used were "9 To 5," "Jolene," "My Tennessee Mountain Home," "The 19th Amendment" (a last-minute change from "Coat Of Many Colors" to recognize the Supreme Court leak), and "I Will Always Love You" (a song of forgiveness). Read more here.
Dolly's America In AARP Dolly is among several country artists expressing their American pride in a new issue of AARP's national magazine. Check out Dolly's essay, "We Are Blessed, here.
May 30: Dolly Musical From Bruce Vilanch Premiering
Delaware Theatre Company has announced it will host the world premiere of a new musical, Here You Come Again, focusing on a dozen Dolly songs and written by Emmy-winning comedy writer Bruce Vilanch (who wrote for Dolly's 1987 variety show), Gabriel Barre and Tricia Paoluccio. The show will run there Sept. 14 through Oct. 2. The show focuses on a "has-been-who-never-was stand up comic quarantined in his parents' attic during the early days of the pandemic and his intimate relationship with his imaginary friend, Dolly Parton. Featuring all the Dolly songs you love and a peerless performance by Tricia Paoluccio with a live band. It's a wacky and touching love letter to Dolly, who has always had some profound and funny things to say to us about life, love, sex and how to handle all of them." Check out a clip of the actress singing the title track here or in the media player above.
U.S., U.K., 'New York Times' Chart Updates The book Run, Rose, Run by Dolly and James Patterson loses two places to No. 6 on Friday's New York Times Bestseller List for hardcover fiction in its 11th week of release, falling off the top 15 combined hardcover and e-book fiction chart, down from No. 12 in its 10th week. Dolly's Run, Rose, Run sold about 1,500 copies in its 11th week, chart performance indicated, as it falls off the May 28 Billboard top 100 overall album sales chart, down from No. 83, and dips 26 spots to No. 77 current album sales while retaining its No. 1 spot on the bluegrass albums chart for a 10th nonconsecutive week. Overseas, Run, Rose, Run inches down one each to No. 24 Americana albums and No. 6 British country albums. Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 falls out of the top 20 U.K. country compilation albums, down from No. 14, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe declines one to No. 5, and Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 shoots up 10 spots to No. 1, and Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) re-enters the top 20 at No. 4.
John Oliver Praises Dolly Last Week Tonight host John Oliver recently paid a compliment to Dolly while attacking Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano on his HBO program. In his take-down of the Trump-endorsed candidate who participated in and supported the Jan. 6 attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol to overturn the legitimate American election, he noted that he had chosen someone to appoint to the state's Secretary of State role if elected who is a "world-class person," to which Oliver countered that "the only truly world-class people on the planet are Dolly Parton and, end of list."
Taco Bell Musical Delayed Taco Bell last week announced that in light of the national grief due to the tragic mass murder of 19 fourth graders in Texas, the restaurant felt it was inappropriate to debut its Mexican Pizza: The Musical featuring Dolly and Doja Cat on TikTok at this time, so it will be postponed to a later date instead of last Thursday's planned premiere so that it may be presented "complete with the joy and celebratory spirit in which it was originally created." Responses to the Tweet making the announcement showed many fans misunderstood and thought it meant the restaurant was changing its mind on adding the item to its menu. (It was actually added a few days earlier and quickly sold out at many locations due to unexpected high demand, although restaurants that aren't sold out are continuing to sell it.)
May 23: Dolly Honors Dan Rather With Peabody Award
Dolly last week presented journalist Dan Rather with the Peabody Career Achievement Award for his lifetime of service to the American people in pursuit of the truth. Watch her introduction to him and his acceptance speech here or in the media player above.
'New York Times,' US, UK Chart Updates The book Run, Rose, Run by Dolly and James Patterson slips one spot to No. 4 on Friday's New York Times Bestseller List for hardcover fiction in its 10th week of release, also down two to No. 12 combined hardcover and e-book fiction chart. Dolly's Run, Rose, Run sold about 2,000 copies in its 10th week, chart performance indicated, meaning it should be approaching about 50,000 units sold in the United States, as the May 21 Billboard top 100 overall album sales chart sees it fall 18 places to No. 83 and 18 spots to No. 51 current album sales while retaining its No. 1 spot on the bluegrass albums chart for a ninth nonconsecutive week. Ultimate Dolly Parton falls back off the top 50 country albums chart, down from No. 47. Overseas, Run, Rose, Run drops nine to No. 23 Americana albums and holds steady at No. 5 British country albums. Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 tumbles seven to No. 14 U.K. country compilation albums, where The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inches down one to No. 4, and Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 inches down one to No. 11.
Dolly Praises Return Of Mexican Pizza At Taco Bell Dolly continued to celebrate the return of Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza to its menu last week, sharing a photo with the item to social media and sharing to InstaGram here and in the media player below video of her eating one and saying it was worth the wait. Her appearance in the TikTok musical to promote the pizza is scheduled to premiere on Thursday.
May 17: Dolly's NBC Holiday Film Details Announced Although Dolly revealed the basic plot of her upcoming holiday film for NBC back in March, the network on Monday officially announced the project, which is called Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas. Dolly had previously said the film would show many behind-the-scenes details of making a television special and be taped at Dollywood but she hadn't explained that the scenes would be scripted and fictional, similar to the holiday classic Scrooged. The official description reads: "Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas is the frenetic backstage story and delightful on-camera results of Dolly's desire to uplift an exhausted world's spirits by sharing the unique 'mountain magic' she has always found in and around Dollywood at Christmas. Throughout the movie's production numbers and rehearsal chaos, Dolly finds herself taking a private journey into her past, guided by the mysterious appearances of her personal Three Wise Men. When it's time for her big special to air live, a renewed and inspired Dolly goes rogue and shows the world that the real magic of Christmas lies in the hearts of the children we all once were, the realization that Christmas is about the people we share it with, and how her faith remains the common thread between Christmases past, present, and future." Dolly and partner Sam Haskell will executive produce the film through his Magnolia Hill Productions and her Sandollar Production, just as they have done their recent projects together.
'Run, Rose, Run' Book, Album Chart Updates The book Run, Rose, Run by Dolly and James Patterson slips one spot to No. 3 on Friday's New York Times Bestseller List for hardcover fiction in its ninth week of release, also down one to No. 10 combined hardcover and e-book fiction chart. Overseas, Run, Rose, Run gains three to No. 14 Americana albums and dips one to No. 5 British country albums. Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 falls back off the top 100 British streaming albums, down from No. 97, and inches up one to No. 7 U.K. country compilation albums, where The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls one to No. 3, The Essential Dolly Parton falls back out of the top 20, down from No. 19, and Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 re-enters the top 20 at No. 10.
Dollywood Named Best U.S. Theme Park Congratulations to Dollywood, which on Monday was named the nation's top theme park by the National Amusement Park Historical Association, earning its Favorite Theme Park of 2021 Award in a three-way tie with Disneyland and Busch Gardens. The park had previously won the honor in 2017.
Scent From Above Hits Perfumania Dolly last week announced her perfume Scent from Above had been added to the website Perfumania. Check out the video reveal here.
Catch 'Not' Dolly In Knoxville Legendary Dolly impersonator Vancie Vance will headline her "NOT Dolly Show" in Dolly's turf next month, playing Knoxville's Old City Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 4, as part of Dolly Fest this year. The shows are open to all ages. Performances at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. are $15 each general admission here with a $10 meet-and-greet available. A portion of proceeds will benefit Imagination Library.
May 11: 'Rose' CD, Book, U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's Run, Rose, Run sold about 2,000 copies in its ninth week, re-entering the May 14 Billboard top 100 overall album sales chart at No. 65 and gains 47 places to No. 33 current album sales while rising one to return to the No. 1 spot on the bluegrass albums chart for an eighth nonconsecutive week. Ultimate Dolly Parton re-enters the top 50 country albums chart at No. 47. The book Run, Rose, Run by Dolly and James Patterson recovered one spot to No. 2 on Friday's New York Times Bestseller List for hardcover fiction in its eighth week of release and gains one to No. 9 combined hardcover and e-book fiction chart. The audio book version dipped one to No. 2 on the monthly audio book chart. Overseas, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 re-enters the top 100 British streaming albums at No. 97 and falls five to No. 8 U.K. country compilation albums. Run, Rose, Run drops four to No. 17 Americana albums and two to No. 4 country albums, while the U.K. country compilation albums chart sees The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inch down one to No. 2 and The Essential Dolly Parton re-enters the top 20 at No. 19.
Dolly To Star In Taco Bell Musical Dolly announced Monday she would be performing in a musical commercial for Taco Bell, starring with rapper Doja Cat in Mexican Pizza: The Musical celebrating the return of the fan favorite menu item, which Dolly has praised as one of her favorite fast foods in past interviews. The online musical will premiere at 8 p.m. Eastern on May 26 via TikTok.
Spanish Newspaper Interviews Dolly A new Dolly interview appeared in the English-language version of Madrid, Spain, publication El Pais in which she discusses her political neutrality, among other things. Read it here.
'9 To 5' Documentary Reviewed By 'Variety' The documentary Still Working 9 To 5 earned a very positive review from industry bible Variety on Tuesday here.
Dolly Pays Tribute To Naomi At Funeral CMT reported here on Tuesday about Dolly's involvement in Naomi Judd's private funeral.
DreamMore Named Best Park Hotel Again USA Today last week honored Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa as the No. 1 Amusement Park Hotel in the U.S. for the third time in the past five years. The park's cabins ranked sixth in the same category.
Baby 'Jolene' Locked Up At Zoo An Oregon zoo has named its baby orangutan after Dolly's song "Jolene," the Zoo announced this week. Read more here.
Philosophical Dolly Looked At And Philosophy included a brief analysis this month of Dolly and her philosophic outlook on life. Check it out here.
May 5: Dolly Elected To 2022 Rock Hall Of Fame Class
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced Dolly as a member of its Class of 2022 alongside Eminem, Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, the Eurythmics, and Carly Simon in the performers category. With four of the seven spots going to women or groups containing women, it is the most gender-diverse class in the history of the Hall of Fame, which has been criticized for sexism in not inducting enough women in the past. Dolly released a statement to social media saying: "I am honored and humbled by the fact that I have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Of course I will accept it gracefully. Thanks to everyone that voted for me and to everyone at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I will continue to work hard and try to live up to the honor. Love, Dolly" In addition, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Judas Priest will receive the Musical Excellence Award; Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten will be given the Early Influence Award; and attorney Allen Grubman, record executive/producerJimmy Iovine, and R&B singer/Sugar Hill Records founder Sylvia Robinson will be presented with the Ahmet Ertegun Award. The ceremony is scheduled Nov. 5 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles to air at a later date on HBO. Dolly gave an exclusive interview about the decision to Billboardhere saying she never meant to cause a problem by at first declining the nomination by saying she didn't consider herself a rock artist and then accepting it later after it was explained to her that the Hall of Fame includes country performers. She will become the 12th Country Music Hall of Fame member to also be a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Reviewing the Billboard rock chart performance, Dolly falls in the middle of this year's class. On singles, she is the third most-successful inductee this year with two No. 1s, three top 10s, and 20 total chart singles on the Hot 100 Chart behind only Eminem (five No. 1s, 22 top 10s, 93 total chart singles) and Lionel Richie (five No. 1s, 13 top 10s, and 20 total chart singles). She is pretty much even or just ahead of Carly Simon (one No. 1, five top 10s, 24 total chart singles) and The Eurythmics (one No. 1, three top 10s, 15 total chart singles). Coming in at the bottom were Duran Duran (0 No. 1s, five top 10s, 18 total chart singles) and Pat Benatar (0 No. 1s, four top 10s, 17 total chart singles). On albums, she is the fourth most-successful inductee this year with no No. 1s, two top 10s, and 48 total albums on the Hot 200 Chart behind Eminem (10 No. 1s, 11 top 10s, 11 total chart albums), Duran Duran (two No. 1s, 11 top 10s, 20 total chart albums), and Lionel Richie (three No. 1s, six top 10s, 14 total chart albums). Below her are Carly Simon (one No. 1, 5 top 10, 25 total chart albums), Pat Benatar (one No. 1, three top 10s, 15 total chart albums) and The Eurythmics (0 No. 1s, two top 10s, 10 total chart albums).
May 4: Dolly To Visit Del., Ark. On Thursday
Dolly will be roaming the country Thursday with two public appearances that will livestream, her Imagination Library program announced Tuesday. At noon Eastern, she will be in Dover, Del., where Gov. John Carney, First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney, and State Librarian Dr. Annie Norman welcome her for a celebration of the program going statewide there to stream live on YouTube here and in the media player above, Facebook, and the Library website. Then she'll fly over to Little Rock, Ark., where Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the Arkansas Department of Education, and community leaders welcome her to celebrate the program there as well at 6:30 p.m. Central Time (7:30 Eastern) on YouTube here and the media player below, Facebook, and the Library website. Both appearances will include brief musical performances by Dolly, and the Arkansas one will include a live interview with Arkansas PBS THV 11's Craig O'Neill.
U.S. Chart Updates For 'Run, Rose, Run' Dolly's Run, Rose, Run sold about 2,000 copies in its eighth week, falling off the May 7 Billboard top 100 overall album sales chart, down from No. 52. The album tumbles 52 places to No. 80 current album sales and loses its pole position on the bluegrass albums chart after seven weeks, slipping one to No. 2. Ultimate Dolly Parton falls back out of the top 50 country albums chart, down from No. 46.
Dolly Presents Former Gov. With Award Dolly was in Nashville on Tuesday to present the Dolly Parton Excellence in Leadership Award to former Gov. Bill Haslam and former First Lady Crissy Haslam at the Tennessee State Museum. Check out photos from The Tennesseanhere.
Dolly Remembers Naomi Judd Dolly on Monday released a statement about the recent passing of her friend, Naomi Judd, who passed away from mental illness at age 76. She said she was shocked to hear of her death because they were the same age and very similar, both loving "big hair, makeup, and music." She also congratulated them on the Judds' Country Music Hall of Fame induction, apologizing for missing the ceremony but saying she could hear Naomi saying she was "a day late and a Dolly short." See the full statement here or below.
May 2: Dolly Says Will Accept Rock Hall If Inducted Fan voting ended Friday for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees, and Dolly made the top five, meaning she and the other four artists in the top 5 will each earn one vote toward induction from the public vote, which will be added to about 1,200 ballots from the Hall's voting membership and the top vote-getters from that process are inducted. After ballots were issued, Dolly asked to be removed from consideration because she didn't consider herself a rock artist. However, on the last day of public voting, an interview with NPR's Morning Edition aired here with co-author James Patterson in which she said she changed her mind and if inducted would "accept gracefully." She explained she had misunderstood that the Hall of Fame was only for rock artists but she recently learned the Hall inducts members from all major genres, so she qualifies. The final vote for the top five were Duran Duran at 935,000, Eminem at 685,000, Pat Benatar at 631,000, The Eurythmics at 442,000, and Dolly at 394,000. She was 30,000 votes ahead of No. 6 Judas Priest, 60,000 above No. 7 Carly Simon, and almost 100,000 over No. 8 Lionel Richie.
'Run, Rose, Run' Still On Bestseller List Run, Rose, Run by Dolly and James Patterson lost another spot to No. 3 on Friday's New York Times Bestseller List for hardcover fiction in its seventh week of release, five of which were at No. 1. The title also lost four to No. 10 combined hardcover and e-book fiction chart.
Anderson Reveals New Dolly Duet, Old Duet June 10 Country music legend Bill Anderson announced last week he would be releasing a new career retrospective on June 10 titled As Far As I Can See: The Best Of featuring two Dolly duets. One is a new recording, "Someday It'll All Make Sense," and the other is a demo the two recorded of Anderson's song "IF It's All The Same To You" back in 1964 which had previously been released a decade ago on the previous boxed set Bill Anderson: The First 10 Years: 1956-1966. In a press release, Anderson said: "Needless to say I am thrilled over my new association with UMG. Not only do they have 23 years' worth of my back catalog ready to introduce to the digital world, but I am reuniting with Dolly Parton on this project. Dolly sang some demos for me (and with me) back in the early sixties when she was new in town. One was a duet called, "If It's All The Same To You," which had gone missing for years. UMG has recovered it and included it along with my and Dolly's new duet in this package. That's called connecting the dots across more than fifty years. How cool is that?"
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's Run, Rose, Run sold about 1,500 copies in its seventh week, dropping four to No. 52 overall album sales but gaining six spots to No. 28 current album sales in the April 30 Billboard. It reigns at No. 1 bluegrass albums for a seventh consecutive week. Across the pond, the album falls off the top 100 overall sales, physical sales, and Scottish albums charts, down from No. 57, No. 57, and No. 47, respectively. It slides six to No. 13 Americana albums but rises one to No. 2 UK country albums. The Real Dolly Parton falls off the U.K. physical sales and Scottish albums charts, down from No. 70 and No. 58, respectively, and Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 falls off the top 100 British albums, top sales, and top streaming albums, down from No. 94, No. 84, and No. 87, respectively. On the U.K. country compilations tally, Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 inches up one to No. 3, while The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady at No. 2 and Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls off the top 20, down from No. 11. Back on the U.S. country albums chart, Ultimate Dolly Parton re-enters the top 50 at No. 46.
Dolly's 'Grace & Frankie' Appearance Happens The final 12 episodes of Netflix's Grace & Frankie dropped Friday, including Dolly's cameo as an angel in the final episode. Check out what executive producer Marta Kauffman had to say about the scene from Varietyhere.
'Night Of 1,000 Dollys' Returns This Weekend Knoxville hotspot Club XYZ this weekend will host the 14th annual Night of 1,000 Dollys event and for the first time ever will extend it to two nights. For $10 admission as a fundraiser for Imagination Library, the May 6 and 7 parties will feature Dolly tribute shows at 11:30 and 1 a.m. nightly.
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