Twenty-two years ago Monday, Little Sparrow is released. Forty-two years ago Tuesday, “9 to 5" hits the No. 1 spot on the country singles charts, Dolly's 14th; the single, which is nominated for an Academy Award and wins two Grammy Awards, also becomes her first pop No. 1 and second gold single for sales in excess of 1 million copies, plus tops the adult contemporary chart as well. Fifty-two years ago Wednesday, Dolly records “My Blue Tears” for Coat of Many Colors; it peaks at No. 17. That same day, she records “Comin' For To Carry Me Home,“ her arrangement of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot;” apparently the song was meant to be included on her Golden Streets Of Glory gospel album the next month, but although released as a single, hitting No. 23 country, it is left off the full-length album when it comes out. Forty-eight years ago Wednesday, “The Bargain Store” debuts on the country singles charts; two months later it would become her sixth No. 1 country hit and the fifth consecutive Dolly single to go to No. 1 in a 13-month period. Thirty-one years ago Wednesday, “Country Road” debuts on the country singles chart; it would peak at No. 46. Fifty-two years ago Thursday, Dolly records “Daddy's Moonshine Still” for Joshua. Forty-nine years ago Thursday, “Jolene,” already a country No. 1 and on its way and to No. 44 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart, debuts on the U.S. pop charts; it peaks at No. 60 to become Dolly's first cut to break the “Hot 100;” the song would later make the top 10 pop chart in Britain. Thirty-eight years ago Thursday, “Don't Call It Love” debuts on the country singles charts; it peaks at No. 3 to become Dolly's 45th country Top 10 hit. Three years ago Thursday, Dolly wins her ninth regular Grammy for “God Only Knows” with For King & Country as Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. Forty-five years ago Saturday, Here You Come Again marks its sixth of nine weeks atop the country album charts (Dolly's second); it also reaches No. 20 pop and becomes her first platinum album for sales in excess of 1 million copies. Fifty-one years ago Sunday, Porter & Dolly's The Right Combination/Burning the Midnight Oil debuts on the country album charts; it would peak at No. 6.
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Dolly delivered double last week, dropping two new singles on successive days during her birthday week. On the day of her big 77th, which she says she sees as special because it is double sevens and seven is the number of God, she delivered the tongue-in-spiritual-cheek warning from God in “Don't Make Me Have To Come Down There,” which she had announced as a birthday gift to her fans just two days before its Thursday release. She said in interviews that week for a new baking line that the idea for the song came to her in a dream. Listen on YouTube here or in the media player below and download the track on Amazon here. Then one day later, the long-anticipated release of “Gonna Be You” came featuring Dolly with Belinda Carlisle, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, and Debbie Harry from the film 80 For Brady hit. In a press release, Dolly said: ““I'm so excited to be a part of '80 for Brady' and the Diane Warren title song for it. Working with Jane, Lily, and Sally Field again, my older pals that are in the movie, and then working with all the wonderful artists on the song and video, like Belinda Carlisle, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan and Debbie Harry was a joy. This is very exciting to me. I love feeling like I'm still part of something great and being with those gals that we know are great was a thrill.” Watch the music video that features each of the ladies (except Harry) on YouTube here or in the media player above and download it from Amazon here.
Dolly Promotes New Duncan Hines Mixes Dolly last week announced the expansion of her Duncan Hines baking line to include brownies, cornbread, and biscuit mix. Although the items had been known as existing for months, thanks to fans in test markets where they appeared on shelves early who had shared their findings on social media, this was the company's first acknowledgement of the product expansion, which is expected nationwide by the end of this month and into February. It expands upon cake mixes and frostings previously released under Dolly's name. A limited-edition boxed set of Dolly Parton's Baking Collection will be sold from Duncan Hines' online store starting Feb. 8 with a pre-sale starting Feb. 1 for the Duncan Hines Baking Community members. The $40 set features an exclusive tea towel, spatula, and recipe cards in addition to the two brownie mixes and buttermilk biscuit and sweet cornbread mixes. In a press release, Dolly said: "I knew Duncan Hines and I were bringing something special to the baking aisle when we launched our partnership last year, and I've been thrilled by the response. I'm really excited to launch more baking mixes steeped in my Southern roots, like Cornbread and Biscuits. I think folks are really going to like them and hope they'll bake up some special memories with family and friends." The launch started with a Facebook announcement here and led to a ton of interviews and appearances to talk about the mixes, her rock album, and her new single including UShere, Forbeshere, E! News here, The Viewhere and Eaterhere, among others. One remaining appearance will be broadcast Tuesday on the syndicated The Rachel Ray Show (check local listings for time and channel). Check out promo photos from the announcement with this article. Click on the thumbnails for larger versions. Images courtesy Conagra Brands.
Billboard Ranks Best Dolly Songs In honor of her birthday, the critics at Billboard magazine ranked Dolly's best songs in their opinion. Check them out here.
Alabama Takes Library Statewide Alabama is the latest state to expand Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy program statewide, Gov. Kay Ivey announced in her second inauguration last week, The Montgomery Advertiser reported here.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates The Jan. 21 Billboard charts released Tuesday see Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection fall back out of the top 200 all-genre pop albums chart combining sales and streams, down from No. 198 in its sixth week. In its eighth chart week, the title slips two to No. 67 overall album sales, nine to No. 29 current album sales and three to No. 23 country albums. Run, Rose, Run dips five to No. 7 bluegrass albums in its 44th chart week. Overseas, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection falls off the overall sales and physical sales charts, down from No. 87 and No. 80, respectively, losing 15 to No. 68 Scottish albums, and holding steady at No. 1 country compilation albums. Run, Rose, Run holds steady at No. 20 on the British country albums chart. The U.K. country compilations albums chart sees 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) gain four to No. 6, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe rise two to No. 9 and Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) tumble nine to No. 17.
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Jan. 16: 'Opry Goes Dolly' For 77th Birthday To celebrate Dolly's 77th birthday on Thursday, The Grand Ole Opry is pulling out all the stops. While Dolly herself will not be present (Opry officials said she will be shooting a feature film – and although they didn't elaborate on which one, the only one she has announced is the Reese Witherspoon-produced film adaptation of her novel Run, Rose, Run in which she is supposed to star), they will have a Dolly impersonator, birthday card, Dolly cover songs, and Dolly cupcakes for her birthday weekend as "The Opry Goes Dolly." In a press release, Opry Executive Producer Dan Rogers explained: "We love an Opry party and everyone around the world loves Dolly! Though Dolly herself can't be with us this year due to her feature film schedule, I think we can all agree Dolly deserves to be celebrated this year and ever year. We're going to have some fun Dolly additions to the great schedule of shows lined up for our January run downtown at the Ryman." The weekend includes:
77 hours of Dolly give-a-ways on Opry social media (they didn't announce when, but presumably Jan. 19-22)
Birthday cupcakes from Dolly's Duncan Hines cake mix for Opry House and Ryman tour guests on Jan. 19 while supplies last
A massive birthday card for fans to sign at the Ryman Jan. 19-21
A Dolly impersonator at Ryman Plaza for photos during the Opry shows Jan. 21
Opry at the Ryman shows Saturday, Jan. 21, featuring Chapel Hart, The Fairfield Four, Caitlyn Smith, Marty Stuart, and Chris Young performing covers of songs from Dolly's first platinum album, 1977's Here You Come Again, in observance of her 77th birthday. $5 from each ticket will be donated to the Opry Trust Fund in Dolly's honor. Tickets for 7 p.m. here and 9:30 p.m. here.
Dollywood Allows BAF For Preview, Finishes Track
Dollywood on Friday surprised season passholders with the announcement here that for the first time ever Bring-A-Friend Passes will be accepted for Season Passholder Preview Day, which as was reported here back in October when it was first announced will be March 10. The announcement was greeted on social media with extreme responses on each side, with some passholders very happy that they may bring friends that day and others very angry that the day will no longer be restricted to passholders only. The announcement followed several weeks of fans arguing on social media whether Bring-A-Friend passes would be honored that day, since the Bring-A-Friend calendar showed that they would be allowed on the day, although the park's official general operating calendar had been corrected a few days prior because it had been mistakenly published in November showing season passholder preview day as a day the park was open to the general public. That confusion had led for months to fans arguing over whether March 10 was passholder preview day as had been announced in October or opening day, also leading into the arguing about whether BAF passes would be honored since the other calendar showed it. The park says if a Gold and Diamond Hour event is added to the preview – such as Dolly welcoming the crowd for preview day – it will be restricted to Gold and Diamond passholders only, not BAF guests or Silver passholders, although Silver passholders may attend preview day (but their BAF passes will not be able to be used that weekend). In other news, the park last week completed the track laying for its 2023 addition, the Big Bear Mountain coaster, which will take families to 48 mph through the rolling hills adjacent to Wildwood Grove to nearly 4,000 feet in search of a legendary bear in the forest. It features three separate launches, multiple airtime hits, high-speed carousel turns and tunnels, including passing behind a waterfall, and it's the park's first ride featuring on-board audio. Check out video of the final piece being put in place here or in the media player above.
Dolly Gets New Billboard The values public service announcement campaign "Pass It On" finally added Dolly to their roster with a new billboard announced last week with her on "kindness" and the quote to "find the good in everybody," It has not been revealed in which cities the new billboard will be placed, but most in the campaign are added to cities across the U.S. Read more here and click on the tumbnail to a larger photo.
Update On Funko Pop Figures As was previously reported here, word leaked that Funko was releasing a new Pop! figurine of Dolly, and the official announcement came last week. While additional figures are expected in the future, the one of Dolly in an orange pantsuit and banjo was announced as well as a Funko.com exclusive second figurine featuring Dolly in a white pantsuit from Glastonbury 2014. Almost immediately, pre-orders sold out from Funko.com for both and Wal-Mart.com for the orange one. I'm told other retailers that carry Funko Pop! figures are taking pre-orders for the orange one, but Funko is also taking reservations to be notified when they have each figure in stock again (orange one here and their Funko web-exlusive silver one here.
Another Dolly Interview Posted A new interview with Dolly was released last week from Salvation Southhere.
'American Songwriter' Giving Away Autographed Magazines It was previously reported here that Dolly is the November/December cover artist for American Songwriter magazine with a new interview, and last week she announces she had personally signed three copies of the issue for them to give away to fans. Enter the contest through Wednesday, Jan. 25, here and see Dolly's video for it here.
'Gonna Be You' Single Drops Friday Don't forget Dolly's new female supergroup single "Gonna Be You" with Gloria Estefan, Debbie Harry, Belinda Carlisle, and Cyndi Lauper from songwriter Diane Warren drops on Friday. She posted a preview last week to her Facebook Reels here.
Dolly Remembers Lisa Marie Presley Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley, died last week and Dolly was among those offering their condolences, releasing a statement here: "Priscilla, I know how sad you must be. May God comfort you at this time. Elvis, I know how happy you must be to finally have her home and to have her back with you. Lisa Marie, may you rest in peace. we all love all of you."
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Billboard magazine reports in the week following broadcast of Dolly and Miley Cyrus's NBC New Year's Eve Party, their duet of "Jolene" bumped its streaming 30 percent to 1.71 million listens for the week and its digital sales by 57 percent, while another of the songs they duetted on, Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" increased 45 percent to 1.79 million streams and increased its digital sales 400 percent. Meanwhile, the magazine's Jan. 14 charts released Tuesday see Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection re-enter the top 200 all-genre pop albums chart combining sales and streams, at No. 198 for a sixth week. In its seventh chart week, the title slips 10 to No. 65 overall album sales but and gains three each to No. 20 current album sales and No. 20 country albums, respectively. Run, Rose, Run gains two to No. 2 bluegrass albums in its 44th chart week. A Holly, Dolly Christmas Ultimate Deluxe Edition falls back off the charts, down from No. 88 overall sales and No. 31 country albums in its 26th week there. Overseas, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection falls off the top 100 all-genre British albums chart, down from No. 82, and off the streaming album chart, down from one week at No. 99, while losing 15 to No. 87 overall sales, dipping 12 to No. 80 physical sales, rising 24 to No. 53 Scottish albums, and holding steady at No. 1 country compilation albums. Run, Rose, Run loses six to No. 20 on the British country albums chart. The U.K. country compilations albums chart sees 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) gain three to No. 10, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe slip two to No. 11 and Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises four to No. 8.
Jan. 9: Cheat Codes Single 'Bet On Us' Released
LA-based EDM trio Cheat Codes on Friday released a new collaboration with Dolly, "Bets On Us," from their upcoming album One Night In Nashville featuring Lady A, Little Big Town, and others. In a press release, the band's Matthew Russell said: "Having Dolly on this album is so surreal and a full circle moment for me, personally. As someone who grew up in the midwest, my family and I would go to her event in the Great Smokey Mountains. Her larger than life photos were everywhere and now having a song with one of the biggest music legends of all time and especially in the country space is incredible." Dolly added: "I love how 'Bets on Us' turned out with Cheat Codes. When I heard this song, I felt like I could contribute something special." Download the track from Amazon here or stream from YouTube here or in the media player above.
Warren Collaboration Coming This Month
That's not the only Dolly pop collaboration coming up, as power ballad composer extraordinaire Diane Warren this week announced she had written "Gonna Be You" for the upcoming Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field movie 80 For Brady and that Dolly had recorded it in collaboration with Belinda Carlisle, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan and Debbie Harry. Warren said the idea for the singers came from the title, which inspired her to ask some of the 1980s top pop performers to sing on the track. From a sample available here or in the media player above from an Estefan fan site, it sounds like Dolly sings lead on the track and the others are featured with her. The song is planned for digital release on Jan. 20. The movie comes out Feb. 3.
Warwick Duet Coming, Too And yet that's also not the only collaboration coming, as pop legend Dionne Warwick revealed exclusively on The Tamron Hall Show that she and Dolly recently recorded a duet of Dolly's gospel song "Peace Like A River," which appeared in the 1990s on one of Dolly's Hallmark greeting cards but which she has never before recorded. Hall said the duet is to be released this month.
'Run, Rose, Run' Sold 515,000 Copies Publishers Weekly last week revealed the year's top-selling books and Dolly and James Patterson's Run, Rose, Run just missed the top 25, thanks to the unusual dominance of author Colleen Hoover, who wrote the three best-selling books of the year and four additional top 25 titles. Selling 515,000 copies in 2022, the book ranked at No. 26, one higher than John Grisham, also shut out of the top 25 when his The Boys From Biloxi sold 495,000. The publication is to be filmed later this year for its movie adaptation, and it hits paperback in April.
'Seriously Red' Trailer Comes Out
Aussie film Seriously Red about a Dolly impersonator comes out Feb. 10 and a new trailer was released last week. Check it out here or in the media player above.
Dolly On 'The View' Jan. 17 TV audience service 1iota has announced Dolly will appear live on ABC's The View on Jan, 17. Tickets are sold out for the broadcast.
Dolly Funko Pop Coming Tchotchke maker Funko on Sunday released the first images of its upcoming authorized Pop figurine of Dolly. Check them out here. Several additional designs are expected soon.
'Here You Come Again' Play Coming To Pittsburgh Bruce Vilanch's Dolly juke box musical Here You Come Again will run at the Pittsburgh Playhouse Thursday through Jan. 29, The Herald Standard reported here.
Dolly No. 27 On 'Rolling Stone' Singers List Rolling Stone last week took a lot of heat for its list of the 200 greatest singers of all time, namely the exclusion of Celine Dion, but Dolly did well as the third-highest-ranked country performer at No. 27.
IFC Birthday Marathon Planned AMC's Independent Film Channel (IFC) will pay tribute to Dolly on her 77th birthday Jan. 19 beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern with Joyful Noise, followed by The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas and Steel Magnolias, with each one then repeating.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection last week fell off the top 200 all-genre pop albums chart combining sales and streams, the Jan. 7 charts released Tuesday showed, falling from No. 141 in its fifth chart week. To show the importance of streams and influence of older titles, it loses 18 to No. 55 overall album sales but is still in the top 60 in its sixth week, and dips nine to No. 23 current album sales, but remains in the top 25 in its sixth week of the measurement that the Top 200 used to use for its charts in the pre-streaming era. The title falls four to No. 23 country albums, and Dolly falls off the Artist 100 chart, down from No. 75. Run, Rose, Run slips one to No. 4 bluegrass albums in its 43rd chart week. A Holly, Dolly Christmas Ultimate Deluxe Edition falls off the top 200, down from No. 180 in its 20th week, and off the top 50 holiday albums chart, down from No. 40 in its 38th week, but re-enters the top album sales chart at No. 88 and loses nine to No. 31 country albums in its 26th week there. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers falls off the 50-position country albums list, down from No. 44, while its track "Hard Candy Christmas" re-enters the holiday digital sales chart for a 93rd week. Overseas, her Michael Buble duet from 2020, "Cuddle Up And Cozy Down With You," falls off the top 100 pop singles chart, down from its new peak at No. 55 in its seventh chart week since release. Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection drops six to No. 82 all-genre British albums, 10 to No. 72 overall sales, 10 to No. 68 physical sales, 41 to No. 77 Scottish albums, and holds steady at No. 1 country compilation albums while debuting at No. 99 top streaming albums. Run, Rose, Run falls eight to No. 14 on the British country albums chart and falls back off the Americana chart, down from No. 36. The U.K. country compilations albums chart sees Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 fall back off the top 20, down from No. 19, while Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls two to No. 13, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains seven to No. 9 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. 12.
Dolly Helps Leslie Jordan Tribute The FOX sitcom Call Me Kat on Thursday night said goodbye to cast member Leslie Jordan, who died recently in a car accident. The show wrote his character off as on vacation in Tahiti with his new boyfriend when they decide to get married and stay there happily ever after. The show closed with the cast watching a laptop slideshow of their trip to Tahiti for his wedding, at the end of which they brought out his set chair, placed his jacket on it, and said while they had given Phil a happy ending they were mourning their friend. After their emotional tribute, Dolly appeared in a video singing "Where The Soul Never Dies," which she had recorded as a duet with Jordan. She spoke to him, saying in most memorials they talk ABOUT someone but she is going to talk TO him because she knows he is on the other side and she'll see him again. After her appearance, she show played a montage of his time on the program underscored by the duet with Dolly. Watch the full tribute on Facebook here or in the media player below or on TV Linehere
Jan. 2: Dolly, Miley Ring In 2023 On NBC
Dolly and Miley Cyrus rang in the new year live from Miami on NBC Saturday night, kicking things off with an opening skit about Miley dressing Dolly (who did wear some surprisingly revealing outfits throughout the evening) here, followed by a duet of "I Love Rock & Roll" here or in the media player above. Between other acts, the duo also performed a stunning mashup of "Wrecking Ball" and "I Will Always Love You" here or in the first media player below before counting down to midnight here and performed in skits about New Year resolutions here, Dolly running away from "writers" here, and their "understudies" for the special here, closing out the show with "Walking After Midnight" and "Jolene" here or in the second media player below.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection regains 27 spots on the Dec. 31 Billboard all-genre top 200 albums chart released Wednesday in its fifth chart week, gaining two to No. 19 country albums, and five to No. 14 current album sales, dipping seven to No. 37 overall album sales. She drops 16 to No. 75 on the Artist 100. Run, Rose, Run slides one to No. 3 bluegrass albums in its 42nd chart week. A Holly, Dolly Christmas Ultimate Deluxe Edition rises five on the top 200 to No. 180 for a 20th week but loses 14 to No. 50 on the all-genre album sales chart in its 32nd week there, sliding one to No. 40 in its 38th week on the top holiday albums chart and inching up one to No. 22 top country albums in its 25th chart week. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers falls off the 50-position top Christmas albums, down from No. 50 in its 43rd week, but re-enters the country albums list at No. 44. Overseas, her Michael Buble duet from 2020, "Cuddle Up And Cozy Down With You," hits a new peak on the top 100 British pop singles chart, shooting up 35 places to No. 55, marking a seventh chart week since release. Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection falls 21 to No. 76 all-genre British albums, 30 to No. 62 overall sales, 27 to No. 58 physical sales, nine to No. 36 Scottish albums, and holds steady at No. 1 country compilation albums. Run, Rose, Run holds steady at No. 6 on the British country albums chart and dips 11 to No. 36 Americana chart. The U.K. country compilations albums chart sees Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 re-enter the top 20 at No. 19, while Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) dips one to No. 11 and The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe remains steady at No. 16.
Dec. 27: 'ET Canada' Highlights Dolly
Entertainment Tonight Canada last week released a 20-minute extended interview with Dolly under its "Icons" series of online videos. Check it out here or in the media player above.
Dolly Joins Hoda, Jenna New Year's NBC announced last week that her co-hosting Miley's New Year's Eve Party won't be Dolly's only appearance on the network for its celebrations that evening, as she will also appear on A Toast To 2022! airing at 8 p.m. Eastern hosted by Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager. Other guests include Cyrus, George Lopez, Kenan Thompson, Samantha Bee, Andrea Canning, Mario Cantone, Dylan Dreyer, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Willie Geist, Lester Holt, Raymond Lee, George Lopez, Mayan Lopez, Howie Mandel, Craig Melvin, Keith Morrison, Wendell Pierce, Amber Ruffin, Martha Stewart, and Lisa Vanderpump. The Miley special live from Miami airs at 10:30 p.m.
AXS Features Country Ladies Next Month Country music's ladies will be celebrated by cable and satellite network AXS on Jan. 7. A day-long "Women of Country" slate of programming will include the documentary The Dolly Parton Story: From Rags To Rhinestones at 2 p.m., followed by Dolly's 2014 interview with Dan Rather on the network's The Big Interview program. (The network also airs Dolly Parton: 50 Years At The Opry separately at noon on New Year's Eve.)
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates "Almost Too Early For Christmas", Dolly's duet with Jimmy Fallon, last week fell off the 30-position adult contemporary singles chart, down from No. 30 for one week, the Dec. 24-datred charts released last Tuesday showed. This week's charts are delayed until Wednesday for release due to the holiday. Her Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection drops 11 places to No. 168 on the top 200 all-genre albums chart , one spot to No. 21 country albums, four to No. 19 current album sales and six to No. 30 overall album sales in its fourth week. She falls five to No. 59 on the Artist 100. Run, Rose, Run adds one to No. 2 bluegrass albums in its 41st chart week. A Holly, Dolly Christmas Ultimate Deluxe Edition dips 26 places on the top 200 to No. 185 for a 19th week, 17 to No. 36 on the all-genre album sales chart in its 31st week there, eight to No. 39 in its 37th week on the top holiday albums chart, and two to No. 23 top country albums in its 24th chart week. Once Upon A Christmas with Kenny Rogers re-enters the 50-position top Christmas albums list at No. 50 to log a 43rd week. Overseas, her Michael Buble duet from 2020, "Cuddle Up And Cozy Down With You," re-enters the top 100 British pop singles chart at No. 89, marking a sixth chart week since release. Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection holds steady at No. 55 all-genre British albums, dips one each to No. 32 overall sales and No. 31 physical sales, gains three to No. 27 Scottish albums, and holds steady at No. 1 country compilation albums. Run, Rose, Run holds steady at No. 6 on the British country albums chart and rises one to No. 25 top 30 Americana chart. The U.K. country compilations albums chart sees Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 fall out of the top 20, down from No. 13, while Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains eight to No. 10 and The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe re-enter the top 20 at No. 16.
Dec. 19: 'Almost' Makes Adult Contemporary Chart Debut Although it had previously popped up for one week on the digital Christmas singles sales chart, Dolly's holiday duet with Jimmy Fallon, "Almost Too Early For Christmas", gets its official airplay chart debut this week coming in at No. 30 on the 30-position adult contemporary singles tally in the Dec. 17 Billboard charts released Tuesday, as that genre switches over to all-seasonal music through Christmas. She was last on the chart in 2020 when "Cuddle Up And Cozy Down With You" with Michael Buble hit No. 10 during that holiday season. Elsewhere on the U.S. charts, her Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection dips four to No. 157 on the top 200 all-genre albums chart and one to No. 20 country albums, rising eight to No. 15 current album sales and 10 to No. 24 overall album sales in its third week. She gains 23 to No. 54 on the Artist 100. Run, Rose, Run increases three to No. 3 bluegrass albums in its 40th chart week. And A Holly, Dolly Christmas Ultimate Deluxe Edition re-enters the top 200 at No. 159 for an 18th week and shoots up 18 to No. 19 on the all-genre album sales chart in its 30th week there, holds steady at No. 31 in its 36th week on the top holiday albums chart, and rises three to No. 21 top country albums in its 23rd chart week. Overseas, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection drops 23 to No. 55 all-genre British albums, 13 to No. 31 overall sales, 12 to No. 30 physical sales, and 14 to No. 30 Scottish albums, holding steady at No. 1 country compilation albums. Run, Rose, Run dips one to No. 6 on the British country albums chart and increases two to No. 26 top 30 Americana chart. The U.K. country compilations albums chart sees Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 lose seven to No. 13, 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) drop three to No. 18 while her Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains two to No. 15.
'Mountain Magic' Expands Audience To 7 Million Delayed viewing for people who DVR-ed Dolly's holiday special this year and those who watched it on demand (non-streaming) in the first week since it aired added a million more viewers to Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas on NBC. The show was the week's No. 9 program for live plus seven viewership with 6.98 million.
Dolly Bio On This Year's List Of Best Screenplays Hollywood producers released this year's "Black List" of the best screenplays being pitched around town that have yet to be picked up for filming, and one focused on Dolly's early career made the tally: Dumb Blonde by Todd Bartles and Lou Howe apparently focuses on her rise through late 1960s Nashville. See the whole list at The Hollywood Reporterhere.
Steve Summers Featured In 'People' Dolly's Creative Director Steve Summers chats with Peoplehere about her costumes.
Dec. 12: New Kids' Book Coming About Dog Dolly last week announced her next children's book, Billy The Kid, about her French bulldog goddog, will be published by Penguin Young Readers on April 25. MacKenzie Haley illustrated the book, and Erica S. Perl co-wrote it. The title tells the story of a dog who loves barking to the beat of country music and sets out to make it big as a country music star in Nashville. But when he encounters some bullies at the Battle of the Bow-wows, he must call on his favorite songs, and the help of some new friends, to regain his self-confidence and be the star he always knew he could be. Dolly said in a statement: "I am so proud to bring this book and the message it conveys to life. Years back I wrote a song 'Makin' Fun Ain't Funny' for my children's album, 'I Believe In You.' I wanted kids to understand how harmful bullying can be to someone. When I launched the Doggy Parton line of pet products earlier this year, my god-dog Billy got to be the star of the show. Since he's a big star now, I knew a story with him at the center could help drive home important messages in a unique way. I hope this is the first of many books with Billy." Pre-order your copy here!
'Forbes' Puts Dolly In World's Most Powerful Women Dolly made this year's list of Forbes' "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women," coming in at No. 96 here for her entertainment career, theme park empire, and philanthropy.
Wal-Mart Chats With Dolly, Patterson Dolly and James Patterson were interviewed last week for Talk Shop Live and Wal-Mart as co-authors of the retailer's Book of the Year, Run, Rose, Run. Check out their 40-minute chat here.
Holiday Programming Update NBC has switched up its holiday broadcast schedule a little from its previously-announced line-up of Dolly. Originally, a repeat of Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas was scheduled at 9 p.m. Dec. 15, but that has been moved to 8 p.m. Dec. 21 instead. Replacing it at 9 p.m. Dec. 15 is Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love, which had originally been scheduled to air Dec. 23 but has been replaced with other specials that evening. No word on whether the network still plans to air Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors at 8 p.m. Dec. 26 as originally announced or not, but she will be co-hosting the network's New Year's Eve show with goddaughter Miley Cyrus live from Miami.
Ill Child Visit Garners News Coverage Dolly recently met with a stage 4 cancer patient teenager from Alabama at her Nashville office through a "Make-a-Wish"-type organization called Magic Moments, WVTM reported here.
Elvis Biopic Originally Had Dolly Song The recent biopic Elvis originally included a scene where the King meets Priscilla in the limo after their divorce and sings a little of "I Will Always Love You" to her and notes Dolly wants her to record it but that the Colonel had messed that up. The story appeared in Varietyhere.
U.S., U.K. Chart Updates Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection earns a second week on the Dec. 10 charts Billboard released Tuesday, tumbles 126 spots to No. 153 on the top 200 all-genre albums chart, 15 places to No. 19 country albums, 17 to No. 23 current album sales, and 27 to No. 34 overall album sales, falling off of the vinyl albums list, down from No. 4. She drops 47 to No. 77 on the Artist 100. Both "Almost Too Early For Christmas" with Jimmy Fallon, and "Hard Candy Christmas" fall off the digital Christmas song sales chart after one week each this season at No. 32 in its first week and No. 48. Run, Rose, Run slips two to No. 6 bluegrass albums in its 39th chart week. And A Holly, Dolly Christmas Ultimate Deluxe Edition rises 10 to No. 37 on the all-genre album sales chart in its 29th week there, loses two to No. 31 in its 35th week on the top holiday albums chart, and rises 18 to No. 24 top country albums in its 22nd chart week. Overseas, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection gains seven to No. 32 all-genre British albums, re-enters the top downloads at No. 67, inches up one to No. 18 overall sales, loses one to No. 18 physical sales, and remains steady at No. 16 Scottish albums and No. 1 country compilation albums. Run, Rose, Run gains two each to No. 5 on the British country albums chart and No. 28 top 30 Americana chart. The U.K. country compilations albums chart sees Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 lose three to No. 6, 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) fall five to No. 15 while her Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) holds steady at No. 17.
Watch Full 'Today' Interview Online NBC last week released the full-length 23-minute interview Koda Hobb conducted with her last month for Today. Watch it here or in the media player below.
Dec. 5: Christmas Special Brings Audience Of 6 Million
Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas was a smash hit for NBC Thursday night, pulling in an audience of 6 million. The night's second-most-watched program was a re-run of Young Sheldon on CBS, which brought in just over half the crowd at 3.9 million. Dolly's special, which includes a dream sequence with the number "Go To Hell" here or in the media player above, repeats at 9 p.m. Eastern next Thursday, Dec. 15.
Dolly on Sunday officially joined the social media app TikTok with the video above or accessible here. Within just a couple of hours, she had more than 30,000 followers, and by press time about nine hours after launch, her page here had 300,000 followers.
Wal-Mart Names Dolly's Novel 'Book Of Year'
Dolly announced last week on social media that her and James Patterson's novel Run, Rose, Run has been selected by Wal-Mart as it's Book of the Year. The retailer will host the pair for a Q&A on its talkshoplive channel Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Eastern here. Watch Dolly's announcement here or in the media player above.
Other Appearances Last Week Dolly's promotion for the Christmas special included stops by The Tonight Show and Kelly Clarkson, on which Clarkson introduced her to several people whose lives she had changed including a blind girl who received Imagination Library books in Braille, a researcher who used her gift to create the Covid vaccine, and a recipient of the Dolly Parton Scholarship in Sevier County who now works with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (prompting a $25,000 gift from one of Clarkson's sponsors which Dolly immediately volunteered to match). Check out part of their interview about some of the songs she has recorded here. On Today, she discussed several items including the loss of friends Naomi Judd, Loretta Lynn and Kenny Rogers here.
New Perfume Debuts On HSN HSN launched Dolly's new Smoky Mountain fragrance this week with special appearances by Dolly. Check out her first Sunday appearance here, second Sunday appearance here, first Saturday appearance here, and second Saturday appearance here.
Dolly Chats On Reba Tribute Thursday ABC has announced Dolly and several other music icons will appear on a new special this week profiling the career of Reba McEntire. Superstar: Reba McEntire premieres 10 p.m. Eastern Thursday.
Win Circle Network Dolly Prize Pack Circle Network has announced the Ultimate Dolly Parton Stocking Stuffer Prize Pack contest with daily entries available here through Dec. 22 for a chance to win several prizes including tote bags, autographed photo, Doggy Parton dog costume, books, vinyl album, CD, perfume, glass, cake mixes, and t-shirts in celebration of its monthlong Dolly holiday programming (which also has been updated for A Smoky Mountain Christmas to air in a full two-hour period each time instead of the one-hour slots originally scheduled.)
U.K. Chart Updates Overseas, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection sees a strong second week gaining one spot to No. 39 British albums but slipping five to No. 19 overall sales, three to No. 17 physical sales, and seven to No. 16 Scottish albums. The collection remains steady at No. 1 country compilation albums but falls off the vinyl sales chart and downloads chart, down from No. 24 and No. 25, respectively. Run, Rose, Run rises four to No. 7 on the British country albums chart and re-enters the top 30 Americana chart at No. 30. The U.K. country compilations albums chart sees Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 fly up six to No. 3, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) slips four to No. 10 while her Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) dips seven to No. 17.
Check Out 'Rockin'' Dolly On HBO YouTube HBO has posted a clip of Dolly performing "Rockin'" at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony to its YouTube page. See her sing a verse and chorus of the song here or in the media player below. And catch repeats of the ceremony on the cable network at 1:50 p.m. Monday and 10:50 p.m. Dec. 14.
Nov. 30: 'Diamonds' Hits Top 30 Pop, Top 5 Country Diamonds must be a girl's best friend because Dolly's new Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection debuts better than expected on the Dec. 3 charts Billboard released Tuesday. Instead of the 18,000 album units credited in preliminary numbers reported here Sunday night, final numbers showed 19,000 units total, of which 15,000 were CDs or paid full album downloads. That was enough for it to come in at No. 4 country albums (instead of No. 6 projected here) and No. 27 all-genre Top 200 Albums (instead of No. 31 projected here) as well as No. 4 vinyl albums, No. 7 overall album sales, and No. 6 overall current album sales. Billboard noted her achievements in an article here (behind a paywall) that repeats as was reported here Sunday night that it marks her 48th country albums top 10, which it notes is a record for a female artist (listing Loretta Lynn with 42 at second place) and second place for all artists (listing Willie Nelson at 53 in first place). It also said she is the only woman with a top 10 album in all seven decades of the chart, from the 1960s through 2020s, with Willie Nelson being the only male. Dolly also re-enters the Artist 100 chart at No. 30. "Almost Too Early For Christmas" with Jimmy Fallon debuts at No. 32 digital Christmas song sales, where "Hard Candy Christmas" re-enters at No. 48 for its 92nd week, first this season. Run, Rose, Run gains one to No. 4 bluegrass albums in its 38th chart week. And A Holly, Dolly Christmas Ultimate Deluxe Edition gains four to No. 47 on the all-genre album sales chart in its 28th week there, holds steady at No. 29 in its 34th week on the top holiday albums chart, and re-enters the top country albums list at No. 42 for a 21st chart week.
More Appearances, Previews, Interviews For 'Magic'
NBC on Tuesday revealed Dolly will guest on Today Thursday morning to promote that night's premiere of Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas on the network, as well as sing her current Christmas single with Jimmy Fallon. A new clip from the movie of Dolly with Miley Cyrus was released Thursday and may be seen here or in the media player above. Dolly spoke with Entertainment Tonight about the program and co-hosting New Year's Eve with Miley here (and about Jeff Bezos' $100 million gift for her to give to charity here). SuperTalk Mississippi interviewed Dolly's co-executive producer Sam Haskell about the project here.
Circle Shows Three Dolly Specials In December Circle Network, which broadcasts The Grand Ole Opry weekly, has announced a Dolly-centered December with her 2020 special A Holly, Dolly Christmas, 1986 TV movie A Smoky Mountain Christmas (which they have somehow cut to one hour of running time instead of its original two hours), and 1990 special Christmas At Home. The three shows air at 8 p.m. each on Dec. 3, 10, and 17, respectively, followed by several repeats over the following week, with A Holly, Dolly Christmas also airing Christmas Eve and all three repeating in a row starting at 4 p.m. Christmas Day. The network is also repeating the special Born In Bristol, on which Dolly also appears, Dec. 1, Dec. 16, and Dec. 26.
Watch Stella's Christmas Film, Too Dolly is not the only Parton with a new film premiering Thursday, as sister Stella Parton co-stars in Merry & Gay debuting on demand and on the new DIVABoxOffice.TV channel. She speaks with Movie Webhere about her role as a meddling mother in a same-sex romance Christmas film.
Nov. 28: 'Diamonds' Headed To Top 10 Country, Top 40 Pop Debut
The official Billboard charts will be released on Tuesday but preliminary sales reports indicate Dolly's new collection Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection will debut as Dolly's 48th top 10 country album, maintaining her record as No. 1 among female artists and No. 2 behind pal Willie Nelson among all artists. It appears the set sold just over 14,000 physical and paid download full albums in its first week of release, about 200 album-equivalent downloads of individual tracks, and streams equal to just under 4,000 album sales to total just over 18,000 units credited toward chart performance. That allows Dollymania to project it to debut around No. 31 on the all-genre Top 200 albums chart and around No. 6 country albums, both of which include streaming data in their measurements. For straight album sales, it should be around No. 5 for the week in all genres and No. 1 country, which would be the positions it would hold on the Top 200 and country albums charts if they were still sales only like they used to be. The collection debuted at No. 1 country compilation albums and No. 40 overall albums in the U.K. on Friday.
'Mountain Magic Christmas' Week Has Arrived!
Dolly's big TV week has arrived, as NBC's new holiday special Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas premieres Thursday night on the network. A behind-the-scenes "first look" video with Dolly was released last week here and in the media player above, which indicates she performs a new version of "Run, Run Rudolph" with Jimmy Allen, her current single with Jimmy Fallon, something that isn't yet known with her sisters Cassie and Rachel, "Go Tell It On The Mountain," her pandemic single "When Life Is Good Again," the platinum single "There Was Jesus" with Zach Williams, the new song she has mentioned in a few interviews "Be That," and several collaborations from her A Holly, Dolly Christmas Ultimate Deluxe Edition including "Pretty Paper" with Willie Nelson, "Christmas Where You Are" with Billy Ray Cyrus, and "Christmas Is" with Miley Cyrus. The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on NBC announced last week she will be his guest on Wednesday night, and as was previously reported here, she will appear on the syndicated Kelly Clarkson Show on Thursday. People magazine last week released preview photos and video of Dolly and Fallon performing "Almost Too Early For Christmas" in the special here. The network also released a Q&A featuring other members of the NBC family here and in the media player below.
Dolly To Co-Host Miley's New Year Special
That's not the only NBC Dolly appearance over the holidays, as she was announced last week as Miley Cyrus' co-host for her second annual New Year's Eve special on the network, which will air live from Miami. Check out the announcement from the pair here or in the media player above. MIley has said in interviews she had hoped to have Dolly on her first year last year but due to the pandemic precautions she wasn't available. (And don't forget NBC is repeating Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love Dec. 23 and Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors Dec. 26.)
New Details On Dolly's HSN Appearances HSN has revealed the schedule for Dolly's appearances on the network next weekend previously reported here to promote her new perfume, Smoky Mountain. She will appear at the 3 p.m. hour with Mario Smith and 6 p.m. hour with Suzanne Runyan on Saturday and 5 p.m. hour with Callie Northagen and 8 p.m. hour with Sarah Anderson on Sunday.
Dolly Says New Museum Coming To Nashville Dolly told The Tennessean in a new interview published Sunday (behind a paywall here) that she plans within the next two years to open a museum in Nashville in addition to Chasing Rainbows at Dollywood. The statement appears to confirm information provided to Dollymania earlier this year by a source who wishes to remain anonymous that Dolly had pulled her personal memorabilia and costumes from the theme park's museum prior to the opening this season so that she could catalog them and store them in Nashville to open a new museum in Music City herself. Chasing Rainbows was closed all season at the theme park, but park officials have maintained it will reopen at some point in the future after being "re-imagined." No details have been released on what the redesign of the Dollywood museum may look like or when it is expected to reopen after the redesign. In the interview, Dolly says she hopes to expand the Nashville museum into a "Dolly center" with a restaurant or bar and grill as well as other attractions. She also repeated her intention to never undertake a full concert tour again but plans to perform at select one-off concerts and festivals in the future, such as her South by Southwest show a few months back or possibly Bonnaroo at some point. Most of the interview focused on Thursday's upcoming NBC holiday special.
'Diamonds & Rhinestones' Debuts Overseas Overseas, Dolly's new Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection released last week debuts at No. 40 British albums, No. 25 downloads, No. 14 overall sales, No. 14 physical sales, No. 24 vinyl sales, No. 9 Scottish albums, and No. 1 U.K. country compilations. Run, Rose, Run moves up one to No. 11 on the British country albums chart, while the U.K. country compilations albums chart sees Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 slips one to No. 9, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls off the top 20 down from No. 10, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains three to No. 6, Original Album Series: Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rises seven to No. 11, and Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring her cover of Dolly's "I Will Always Love You" and her and Dolly's duet on "I Never Will Marry") re-enters the top 20 at No. 16. In the U.S., the re-issue of 2020's A Holly, Dolly Christmas Ultimate Deluxe Edition with bonus tracks slips a little in its fifth week on the charts this season the Nov. 26 Billboard lists released Tuesday showed, with the title inching down one place to No. 51 on the all-genre album sales chart in its 27th week there and losing six spots to No. 29 in its 33rd week on the top holiday albums chart. Run, Rose, Run gains one to No. 5 bluegrass albums in its 37th chart week.
Dolly Mentioned In Bob Dylan Autopen Scandal Bob Dylan, one of Dolly's musical heroes, got in trouble this week with using an autosigning machine to autograph items sold for upwards of tens of thousands of dollars as authentically hand-signed, and some of the coverage, such as music website Stereogum, specifically mention similar accusations against Dolly for using autopen, while others such as Varietyhere stop short of naming her and instead call her "one of the world's most famous country singers." In Dylan's controversy, he admitted that he has used an autopen since 2019 to sign everything he has sold as "hand-signed," including artwork prints that can sell for as much as $17,000 retail and deluxe editions of his new book, which sold for $600 each. The publisher, Simon & Schuster, has agreed to refund a total of half a million dollars to the nearly 1,000 purchasers of the "autographed" books and is allowing them to keep the books for free. Dylan said he began using the autopen when he was suffering from vertigo that made writing difficult and through the pandemic when he didn't have staff to help him organize items for autographing and continued to use it after the pandemic as "an error in judgement" because he was assured that authors and artists use these for autographed books and art prints "all the time." To try and keep fans from discovering the autopen, a total of 17 variations on his signature were programmed into the machine, the article added. Photographic evidence indicated Dolly used an autopen machine to sign copies of her novel Run, Rose, Run as well as 150 signed copies of the $250 deluxe edition of her Songteller autobiography that sold for $350 for the autograph, and although it was widely discussed in online groups and social media at the time, Dolly did not address it. In 2014, Wal-Mart acknowledged that autographed covers it sold of her CD Blue Smoke (at the same retail price as the unsigned CD) had been signed via autopen.
Dolly's Crossover Producer Passes At 82 Music industry pioneer Charles Keppelman died last week at age 82. He worked with many performers over the years and his connection to Dolly was executive producing her first four rock crossover albums: 1977's Here You Come Again, 1978's Heartbreaker, 1979's Great Balls Of Fire, and 1980's Dolly, Dolly, Dolly. Read more from Billboardhere.
Fan Petition Wants 'Jolene' Remix With Newton-John Fans in Australia of the late Dame Olivia Newton-John have started a petition seeking to have her record label issue a dance remix of her upcoming duet with Dolly on "Jolene" when it is released in the near future. You may sign it here.
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