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This week in
Dolly history
Fifty-five years ago Monday, Dolly completes the recording of “My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy;” released as a single six months later, it reaches only No. 45. Fifty-five years ago Tuesday, Dolly records “Evening Shade” for My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy. Sixty years ago Wednesday, Dolly becomes the first in her family to graduate high school. Fifty-six years ago Wednesday, Porter & Dolly record “We'll Get Ahead Someday;” released as their third duet single two months later, it peaks at No. 5. Sixty years ago Thursday, Dolly boards a bus and moves to Nashville to pursue her dream of becoming a singer-songwriter; she says she met Carl Dean at the Wishy Washy Laundromat later that day. Thirty-seven years ago Thursday, Trio marks its fourth of five weeks at No. 1 on the country albums chart (Dolly's fifth time there, Emmy's third and most recent time and Linda's fourth and most recent); it sells more than 1 million copies to be certified as Dolly's fourth of her six platinum albums (Emmy's sole and Linda's seventh), and reaches No. 6 on the pop albums chart, Dolly's highest career position there. Eighteen years ago Thursday, “When I Get Where I'm Going” by Dolly and Brad Paisley, earns the pair two Academy of Country Music Awards: Vocal Event of the Year and Video of the Year. Fifty years ago Friday, Porter & Dolly record “Please Don't Stop Loving Me;” issued as a single three months later, it would two months after release become the duo's sole Billboard No. 1. Forty-seven years ago Friday, Dolly begins a one-week gig co-hosting The Mike Douglas Show. Forty-four years ago Friday, “Starting Over Again,” a song co-written by disco diva Donna Summer, becomes Dolly's 12th of her record 25 country No. 1 hits; it peaks at No. 36 pop and No. 35 adult contemporary. Thirty-nine years ago Saturday, “Real Love” with Kenny Rogers debuts on the singles charts; three months later it would become Dolly's 19th country No. 1 and peak at No. 91 pop and No. 13 adult contemporary.

Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
  • May 23, 5 p.m., FM, The Dolly Parton Story: From Rags To Rhinestones (re-runs 1:30 p.m. May 24, 9 p.m. May 26, 9:30 p.m. May 27)
  • May 24, 1 p.m., Freeform, Gnomeo & Juliet
  • May 24, 4 p.m., RFD-TV, Billy Grammer (re-runs 5:30 a.m. May 25, 10 a.m. May 26)
  • May 25, 8 p.m., CMT, Steel Magnolias
  • May 26, 10 a.m., AXS, Dan Rather's The Big Interview
  • May 30, 11 a.m., FM, Dolly Parton: Queen of Country
    Upcoming or recent releases

  • Dolly Parton's Billy the Kid Comes Home for Christmas, children's book, Oct. 1

  • Good Lookin' Cookin' cookbook Sept. 17

  • "Somebody's Child" with Blessing Offor, May 10

  • Steel Magnolias 35th anniversary 4K edition, April 23

  • Glen Campbell Duets: Ghost On The Canvas Sessions, April 19

  • "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

    'Smoky Mountain DNA' Album Coming, Special Taping Next Week
    Dolly will soon release another massive album to follow her 30+-track rock project, her niece revealed in British media this week, and an apparent television concert special to promote it will be filmed next week. Jada Star, Dolly's niece, told The Sun here that the project, Smoky Mountain DNA, will feature approximately 30 songs, each featuring Dolly with members of her extended family. Some tracks will be their interpretations of her hits, while others will be original songs about Dolly's career and family. The album will be promoted alongside the documentary about Dolly and her family's Welsh roots that will air overseas at a yet-to-be-announced date. In addition, tickets were available Wednesday here for three nights' of concerts featuring Dolly and her family members next week at Knoxville's Bijou Theater which will be taped, presumably for a television special to promote the album.

    Dolly Heading To Dollywood This Weekend
    That's not the only Dolly appearance coming up, as even though the park has not made any official public announcement that she will be on park this weekend to open her new Dolly Parton Experience museum complex, Dollywood's Miss Lillian “The Chicken Lady” revealed on her social media that Dolly will, in fact, be on park this weekend for the museum grand opening.

    Touring Dolly Symphony Show Coming Next Year
    Now that she has retired from touring, Dolly will see her songs get the orchestral treatment and tour with her virtually at symphonies around the country. Doly Parton's Threads: My Songs In Symphony will premiere at the Nashville Symphony March 20 and then tour with local symphonies around the nation. Produced by Dolly in partnership with Schirmer Theatrical and Sony Music Publishing, the show will feature pre-recorded video of Dolly telling stories about her biggest hits before the local orchestra plays each one live using “new and innovative orchestrations.” In a press release, Dolly said: “I'm just so excited to share my songs and the stories behind them in this beautiful new way. Threads: My Songs in Symphony is like a journey through the heartstrings of my life. I hope we can take it far and wide to symphony orchestras everywhere!"

    'Somebody's Child' Debuts On Top Christian Songs Chart
    "Somebody's Child" with Blessing Offor debuts this week on the Hot Christian Songs chart, coming in at No. 41, the May 25 Billboard tallies released Tuesday showed. Elsewhere, Dolly and Pitbull's "Powerful Women inches down one to No. 10 in its eighth week on the digital rap songs sales chart. Her Beyonce collaboration "Tyrant" loses four to No. 25 in its seventh chart week on the Top R&B Songs chart. Dolly's duet with Zach Williams on "Lookin' For You" holds steady at No. 34 in its sixth week on the Christian airplay chart. Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection re-enters the 50-position country albums chart at No. 50, while Beyonce's Cowboy Carter loses one to No. 4 country albums. The set drops two to No. 10 top 200 albums in its seventh week, dipping three to No. 10 streaming albums, eight to No. 18 Canadian albums, five to No. 15 current album sales, eight to No. 18 top album sales, and two to No. 3 Americana/folk albums. Her cover of "Jolene" falls four to No. 49 country singles.

    Dolly Remembers Dabney Coleman
    Dolly this week released a statement remembering co-star Dabney Coleman, who passed away Thursday. On social media, she said: “Dabney was a great actor and became a great friend. He taught me so much when I was doing my first movie, 9 To 5. He was funny, deep, and smart. We remained friends through the years and I will miss him greatly as many people do.”

    Dolly Honors Late Founder Of RFD-TV
    RFD-TV, which airs reruns of The Porter Wagoner Show featuring a young Dolly, on Wednesday released a video of Dolly offering her condolences on the passing of their founder, Patrick Gottsch. Watch it here.

    Randy Rainbow Takes Trump On '9 To 5'
    Musical comedian Randy Rainbow returned this week with a new Trump trashing, this time set to the tune of Dolly's “9 To 5.” Watch his “Forty-Five” on YouTube here or in the media player below.



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    Past news

    May 20:
    '9 To 5' Co-Star Dabney Coleman Dead At 92


    Legendary actor Dabney Coleman, known mostly for his villainous characters throughout the 1980s and one of the mentors to Dolly on the set of her first film, 9 To 5, passed away at his home May 16. He also appeared in the film adaptation of The Beverly Hillbillies with Lily Tomlin and a cameo by Dolly, and he guested on one episode of Dolly's 1987-88 ABC variety series. Read his obituary from The Hollywood Reporter here. Image above of '9 To 5' leads Lily Tomlin, Dolly, Jane Fonda, and Dabney Coleman in 2003 in Atlanta copyright T. Duane Gordon/Dollymania.net. All rights reserved. Click on the image for a larger view.

    Elle King Addresses Dolly Tribute Fiasco
    Singer Elle King last week broke her silence on her drunken behavior at the Grand Ole Opry during Dolly's birthday tribute. In an interview with Chelsey Handler, she said she filled in as a headliner for the show at the last minute when another performer couldn't make it due to weather-related travel difficulties, and she had recently experienced a very traumatic private matter that left her with PTSD. She said due to the trauma she had not slept or eaten in several days leading up to the performance, so when she drank a few shots before taking the stage, she immediately became so drunk she "disassociated" from her body and did not realize what she was doing. She blacked out until she woke on the floor of her dressing room crying. She said she hand-wrote apologies to both the Opry and Dolly, who personally called her and forgave her. She said Dolly's reaction was "proof that angels exist." Dolly later publicly stated that she had forgiven and forgotten about the incident and encouraged her fans to do so as well. Read more from Billoard here.

    Dolly Tracing Welsh Ancestry In Documentary
    Dolly and her niece Jada Star were on BBC Radio 4 last week promoting an upcoming documentary tracing their family's roots to Wales on their mother's side. Check out a story from the BBC here.

    Beyonce Sales, Overseas Chart Updates
    In its seventh week of release, Beyonce's Cowboy Carter looks to hold steady at No. 8 on the U.S. Top 200 albums list this week, preliminary sales data from Hits Daily Double indicate. The site projects the title moved 36,000 chart unit credits for the week 4,000 sales and about 32,000 streaming equivalents.

  • Down Under, Cowboy Carter tumbles 17 spaces to No. 43 on the Australian all-genre albums chart and four to No. 7 country albums while Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection slips one to No. 38 country albums.
  • Across the pond, Beyonce slides seven to No. 19 all-genre albums, four to No. 27 Scottish albums, eight to No. 21 streaming albums, two to No. 22 physical sales and one to No. 21 album sales. The set remains steady at No. 1 country and re-enters the vinyl albums chart at No. 20 and gains six to No. 30 download albums and one to No. 3 Americana albums.
  • Elsewhere on the British charts, The Real Dolly Parton falls back off the physical sales albums chart, down from No. 92. Glen Campbell Duets: Ghost On The Canvas Sessions featuring a new Dolly duet with the late Campbell, loses one to No. 2 country compilation albums after three weeks at No. 1, while Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 holds steady at No. 3, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection gains one to No. 5, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe rises nine to No. 11, and the Original Album Series sees Emmylou Harris' first volume dip four to No. 18.

    May 15:
    Dolly's Costumes Get Own Official Social Media


    The official Dolly Parton Archive, which manages her personal costumes, artifacts, keepsakes, and memorabilia, including the items exhibited in her new Dolly Parton Experience museum opening at Dollywood on May 24, has launched several new official social media channels to keep fans updated when she exhibits any costumes or other items in other locations in the future and to give fans an inside look at some of the pieces and stories in the collection. They include:
  • Instagram 
  • Twitter/X
  • TikTok
  • Facebook

    Krispy Kreme To Give Free Doughnuts For Fans


    Krispy Kreme on Tuesday officially announced Dolly's doughnut collection. In a press release, Dolly said: "Having some of my very favorite southern flavors in one, unique doughnut collection from Krispy Kreme is so special to me. These doughnuts remind me of home. So, I'm excited for folks to share them with their own family and friends. They're pretty sweet, if I do say so myself!" To celebrate, the restaurant will provide a free original glazed doughnut on Saturday to anyone who visits wearing Dolly merchandise, a Dolly wig, or who will sing their favorite Dolly song. The treats are also being sold in a six-pack at select grocery stores (a searchable list is available here) and learn more about the doughnuts here and click on the promotional image above for a larger view.

    Butterflies Land At Dolly's Stampede


    Dolly's flagship Stampede equestrian dinner theatre in Pigeon Forge has added a new butterfly segment to its show. Featuring "a new take on a classic Dolly song," presumably "Love Is Like A Butterfly," the segment begins with horses entering the arena wearing whimsical butterfly wings in a choreographed formation, followed by a display of blooming flower petals opening center stage and flowers and butterflies falling from the ceiling, finishing with a human butterfly aerial act. In a release, Dolly said: "While growing up in the Smoky Mountains, I was always fascinated by butterflies. I used to get in trouble with my mom, 'cause they'd have to come find me, and I'd be chasing a butterfly from one place to another. I was fascinated with them, flying high in the sky. Butterflies are such gentle, beautiful and free-spirited creatures, and I've always related to them with my own personality and how I live my life. They've become my little symbol, and I like to include them wherever I can. That's why this new part of the Stampede show is so special to me. It's bringing a piece of my childhood to life, and celebrating something so beautiful that has inspired me to follow my dreams from a young age." Check out video from the show in the media player above or visiting YouTube here.

    'Billboard' Ranks Dolly's Top Country Hits
    Billboard this week unveiled the top 25 singles from Dolly's career on their Hot Country Songs chart. Check out the list here.

    Dollywood Train Closed For Repairs
    Dollywood revealed on social media Tuesday that the Dollywood Express train will be down for an undetermined length of time while they wait for a replacement coupling part that connects the train to the passenger cars to be manufactured.

    Dolly Remains On Rap Charts
    Dolly and Pitbull earn a seventh week on the digital rap songs sales chart as their collaboration "Powerful Women slips two spots to No. 9, the May 18 charts released Tuesday showed. Her Beyonce collaboration "Tyrant" gains three in its sixth chart week on the Top R&B Songs list, coming in at No. 21, but if falls off the country singles chart, down from No. 47. Dolly's duet with Zach Williams on "Lookin' For You" inches up one to No. 34 in its fifth week on the Christian airplay. Beyonce's Cowboy Carter loses four to No. 8 in its sixth week on the top 200 albums, dipping three to No. 7 streaming albums, one to No. 10 Canadian albums, and one to No. 3 country albums. It inches up one to No. 10 current album sales and two to No. 10 top album sales. The set holds steady at No. 1 Americana/folk albums but falls off the vinyl albums tally, down from No. 17. Her cover of "Jolene" falls 11 to No. 45 country singles.


    May 13:
    Dolly Drops 'Somebody's Child' For Mother's Day


    Just in time for Mother' Day, Dolly and gospel artist Blessing Offor on Friday released their collaboration "Somebody's Child." Offor spoke of the duet with Billboard here, and Dolly shared a clip of the video on social media with the statement: "I know it's too easy to say it was a blessing to sing with Blessing Offor but it was. I love the song 'Somebody's Child' and I am very proud to be a part of it." Stream the video on YouTube here or in the media player above, and download the song here.

    Dolly Doughnuts Coming To Krispy Kreme
    Although no official announcement has come from Krispy Kreme yet, social media was ablaze the past several days over images shared by food influencers of Dolly doughnuts supposedly coming to its stores nationwide on Tuesday: chocolate crème pie, banana puddin' pie filled, peachy keen cobbler filled, and a pink sparkly frosted doughnut with a butterfly on it called the Dolly Dazzler. In addition, she'll have a slushy drink called the Peachy Keen Lemonade chiller. Parade reported on the postings here.

    Update: Dolly Will Not Attend LA '9 To 5' Event
    The May 29 ERA Coalition's Women's Equality Trailblazer Awards at the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center as the Hollywood premiere screening of the documentary Still Working 9 To 5 to honor Dolly, Tomlin, and Jane Fonda with the Trailblazer Award will not see Dolly in person, as she has a conflict in Nashville that weekend, according to her publicist, Deadline reported in an updated story last week here. Fonda and Tomlin, however, are expected to attend in person, and Dolly is expected to send a videotaped address, the documentarians told the publication. Tickets, available here, benefit the nonprofit ERA Coalition.

    Dollywood's Dolly Parton Experience Nears Opening
    We're less than two weeks away from the opening of Dolly's new multi-building museum at Dollywood, and the park has announced season passholders will be able to register for preview tours May 17-19. Registration is required here starting at 11 a.m. Eastern Tuesday. Also, when the section opens to the public at 10 a.m. May 24, the Dolly Parton Experience museum portion will require timed entry tickets, which may be reserved here starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Timed entry tickets will be required through June 2, and require selection of a 30-minute time slot between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Tickets are not required for entry after 5 p.m. or to visit the Dreamsong Theater, Precious Memories, Dolly's Fan Shop or adjacent bathrooms.) You must arrive at the entrance either during your 30 minute window or no later than 15 minutes after the window time, but once inside you'll be able to stay as long as you like. In related news:

  • Little Debby snacks is partnering with the park to give away a vacation for four to the theme park. Check out their social media post about it here and enter here.
  • Dollywood's Splash Country water park opened for its 24th season Saturday and Sunday with daily operations beginning next Saturday.
  • The park announced last week that Food City has been named its official grocery partner and will sponsor this year's Smoky Mountain Summer Celebration and the Colossal Pumpkin Patch during the Harvest Festival.

    Dolly's Nashville Hotel To Begin Interior Demolition
    The Dollywood Company has started internal demolition on their recently-purchased $75 million office building in downtown Nashville set to be reimagined into a hotel, Nashville Business Journal reported here last week. The publication stated the company had secured its permit to begin a $500,000 interior demolition that as of now excludes the retail ground floor and currently-leased office space on parts of the sixth and seventh floors.

    U.K., Aussie Charts, U.S. Sales Updates
    In its sixth week of release, Beyonce's Cowboy Carter should lose four to No. 8 on the U.S. Top 200 albums list this week, preliminary sales data from Hits Daily Double indicate. The site projects the title moved 42,000 chart unit credits for the week 5,000 sales and about 37,000 streaming equivalents. Since release, the collection has seen U.S. credits for about 791,000 units: 240,000 in sales, 12,000 in track equivalent album downloads, and 539,000 in streaming album equivalents.

  • Down Under, Cowboy Carter falls five places to No. 26 on the Australian all-genre albums chart and holds steady at No. 3 country albums while Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection slips one to No. 37 country albums.
  • Across the pond, Beyonce dips four to No. 12 all-genre albums, one to No. 23 Scottish albums, seven to No. 13 streaming albums, 22 to No. 36 download albums, six to No. 20 physical sales and album sales, and three to No. 4 Americana albums. The set remains steady at No. 1 country and falls back off the vinyl albums chart, down from No. 24. "Jolene" falls off the all-genre singles chart, down from No. 70 in its fifth week.
  • Elsewhere on the British charts, The Real Dolly Parton re-enters the physical sales albums chart at No. 92, and Dolly's Rockstar: Deluxe falls back off the Americana albums chart, down from No. 39 in its 23rd chart week, while Glen Campbell Duets: Ghost On The Canvas Sessions featuring a new Dolly duet with the late Campbell earns a third consecutive week at No. 1 country compilations albums, while Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 slides one to No. 3, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection dips two to No. 6, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe falls 12 to No. 20, and the Original Album Series sees Emmylou Harris' first volume gain three to No. 14.

    Oregon Takes Imagination Library Statewide
    Oregon is the latest state to take Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy program statewide, with an announcement last week from Gov. Tina Kotek available on YouTube here or in the media player below.


    May 8:
    Dolly, Lily, Jane To Reunite May 29 In Hollywood
    Dolly, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda will reunite again May 29 at the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center in Los Angeles to accept the ERA Coalition's Women's Equality Trailblazer Awards at a Hollywood premiere screening of the documentary Still Working 9 To 5, red carpet, VIP reception, awards presentation, and panel discussion with the film's stars. Tickets, available here, benefit the nonprofit ERA Coalition.

    'Powerful Women' Re-Enters Rap Charts
    Dolly is back on the rap charts, as her Pitbull collaboration "Powerful Women" re-enters the digital rap songs sales chart at No. 7 for a sixth chart week in the May 11 charts released Tuesday. Her Beyonce collaboration "Tyrant" falls out of the Top R&B Songs top 10, losing 18 spots to No. 24, and slips 21 places to No. 47 country singles. Dolly's duet with Zach Williams on "Lookin' For You" inches up one to No. 35 in its fourth week on the Christian airplay. Beyonce's Cowboy Carter dips one more to No. 4 in its fifth week on the top 200 albums, gaining one to No. 4 streaming albums, but losing one to No. 9 Canadian albums, one to No. 17 vinyl albums, six to No. 11 current album sales, six to No. 12 top album sales, and one to No. 2 country albums. The set holds steady at No. 1 Americana/folk albums. Her cover of "Jolene" slides eight to No. 34 country singles.

    In Memoriam: Jim Mills
    Six-time Grammy-winning banjo legend Jim Mills, who played on Dolly's Grammy-winning The Grass Is Blue and Little Sparrow, has died. He was 57. Read more here.


    May 6:
    Blessing Offor Duet Drops Friday


    Blind Nigerian gospel singer Blessing Offor, who competed on The Voice and won two Dove Awards last year, appears to have a new collaboration with Dolly hitting retailers on Friday. He posted to his X account here a video of the two at the piano for the song "Somebody's Child" and the caption: "The myth, the legend, the queen herself! I can't believe this is happening and I can't wait for you guys to hear that voice!"

    U.S. Sales, U.K., Aussie Chart Updates
    Preliminary sales data projects Beyonce's Cowboy Carter will dip another spot in its fifth chart week to No. 4 on the U.S. Top 200 albums list this week, Hits Daily Double indicated. Their numbers estimate the album had 52,000 unit credits for the week (7,000 sold, 1,000 track download equivalents, and 44,000 from streaming).

  • Down Under, Cowboy Carter tumbles 17 spots to No. 21 on the Australian all-genre albums chart and loses the top country albums spot after four weeks at No. 1 on the Aussie tally, slipping two places to No. 3 while Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection rises two to No. 36.
  • Across the pond, Beyonce falls five to No. 8 all-genre albums, five to No. 22 Scottish albums, three to No. 6 streaming albums, and six to No. 14 download albums, remaining steady at No. 14 physical sales and album sales and No. 1 country and Americana albums, re-entering the vinyl albums chart at No. 24. "Jolene" in its fifth week loses 24 to No. 70 on the all-genre singles chart and falls off the downloads list, down from No. 80.
  • Elsewhere on the British charts, Dolly's Rockstar: Deluxe slides seven to No. 39 Americana albums chart for a 23rd chart week, while Glen Campbell Duets: Ghost On The Canvas Sessions featuring a new Dolly duet with the late Campbell earns a second consecutive week at No. 1 country compilations albums, while Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 holds steady at No. 2, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection holds steady at No. 4, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady at No. 8 , and the Original Album Series sees Emmylou Harris' first volume rise one to No. 17 and Linda Ronstadt's fall out of the top 20, down from No. 17.

    See 'Steel Magnolias' In Cinemas On Wednesday
    If you missed the limited-engagement 35th anniversary theatrical re-release of Dolly's classic ensemble film Steel Magnolias, it repeats on Wednesday. Check local listings for participating cinemas in your area.

    Dollywood Named World's Best Return Attraction
    Dollywood announced last week it had been voted No. 1 for the world's best tourist destination to return to for repeat visits according to a study published by UK-based travel insurance company InsureandGo. They compiled the online reviews from thousands of sources to rank each attraction based on how likely the guest said they were to return, and its score of 94 was the highest in the world. California's Disneyland ranked second with a score of 87, followed by Georgia's Stone Mountain Park, Warner Brothers Studio Tour London, and a tie for fifth place between the Grand Canyon and Oxford, England's, Blenheim Palace.


    May 1:
    Dolly To Open This Year's CMA Fest
    The Country Music Association announced on Tuesday that Dolly will kick off this year's CMA Fest with a live, in-person interview from their CMA Close Up Stage on Thursday, June 6. The stage is located within the Fan Fair X area on Level 3 of the Music City Center. Tickets are on sale here for $10 for the day and $25 for the four-day festival. The facility and each stage inside has 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. general admission, limited-capacity seating on a first-come, first-served basis, so not all ticketholders will be admitted to the event. (Those who purchase the more expensive tickets for the outdoor mainstage concerts in Nissan Stadium will receive complimentary admission to the separate, indoor Fan Fair X but are also subject to the first-come, first-admitted limited capacity.) As Dolly is only scheduled for the interview, she currently isn't expected to perform, but her merch will be there in a Dolly ALL ACCESS! Pop Up Experience open daily in Fan Fair X.


    Grant Duet Making Radio Waves, Chart Updates
    Dolly's collaboration with contemporary Christian artist Natalie Grant on the single "Step By Step" (an Annie Lennox song that was a hit for Whitney Houston) was last week's No. 1 most-added song at Adult Contemporary radio stations nationwide, according to radio tracker Mediabase, and debuted at No. 39 on Mediabase's Adult Contemporary airplay chart. It hasn't gotten enough airplay yet to debut on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, which only has 30 positions. However, her duet with Zach Williams "Lookin' For You" rises three to No. 36 in its third week on the Christian airplay chart in the May 4 tallies. "Tyrant" with Beyonce rebounds seven spots to No. 26 country singles and holds steady at No. 6 Hot R&B Songs. Dolly and Pitbull's collaboration "Powerful Women" falls off the rap digital singles sales chart, down from No. 7 in its fifth chart week. Beyonce's Cowboy Carter loses one to No. 3 in its fourth week on the top 200 albums, falling two to No. 5 streaming albums, four to No. 8 Canadian albums, 14 to No. 16 vinyl albums, four to No. 5 current album sales, and five to No. 6 top album sales. The set holds steady at No. 1 country albums and Americana/folk albums. Her cover of "Jolene" falls off the Hot 100, down from No. 88, and loses seven to No. 26 country singles.

    Ringgold Plans Dolly Fest
    Ringgold, Ga., where Dolly married hubby Carl Dean in 1966, will host its annual Dolly Days May 11, Local 3 News reported here.


    April 29:
    Jennifer Aniston Relaunching '9 To 5' Remake For Disney/Fox
    News broke last week that the reboot or sequel to Dolly's film debut, 9 To 5, is back on again. Jennifer Aniston's production company has the project in development for Disney's 20th Century Studios with Diablo Cody writing the script. No word on whether any of the original film is involved or details on the plot. A sequel had been greenlit by 20th Century several years ago with planned appearances by all three female leads from the original production and it survived the first two rounds of cuts after Disney's 2019 acquisition of the studio but was shelved in the third round of project cuts. Read more on the new version from Variety here.

    U.S. Sales, U.K. Chart, Aussie Chart Updates
    Preliminary sales data projects Beyonce's Cowboy Carter will dip another spot in its fourth chart week to No. 3 on the U.S. Top 200 albums list this week, Hits Daily Double indicated. Their numbers estimate the album had 66,000 unit credits for the week (11,000 sold, 1,000 track download equivalents, and 54,000 from streaming).

  • Down Under, Cowboy Carter rises five to No. 4 on the Australian all-genre albums chart and remains No. 1 for a fourth week on the Aussie country albums tally, where Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection slides two to No. 38.
  • Across the pond, Beyonce inches down one to No. 3 all-genre albums, 11 to No. 17 Scottish albums, off the vinyl albums chart (down from No. 11), two to No. 3 streaming albums, and eight to No. 14 physical sales, but it rises 27 to No. 8 download albums, and 24 to No. 14 album sales, while remaining steady at No. 1 country and Americana albums. "Jolene" in its fourth week loses 12 to No. 46 on the all-genre singles chart and 45 to No. 80 downloads, falling off streaming (down from No. 53), audio streaming (down from No. 51), and singles sales (down from No. 38).
  • Elsewhere on the British charts, Dolly's Rockstar: Deluxe re-enters the 40-position U.K. Americana albums chart at No. 32 for a 22nd chart week, while Glen Campbell Duets: Ghost On The Canvas Sessions featuring a new Dolly duet with the late Campbell debuts at No. 1 country compilations albums, knocking Very Best Of Dolly Parton Vol. 1 down one to No. 2 while Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection holds steady at No. 4, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe climbs nine to No. 8 , and the Original Album Series sees Emmylou Harris' first volume fall two to No. 18 and Linda Ronstadt's lose six to No. 17. Dolly and Pittbull's "Powerful Women" falls off the 100-position U.K. singles sales chart and downloads chart, down from No. 88 and No. 83, respectively.

    Dolly Wine May Be Coming: Report
    British tabloid The Sun reports Dolly has registered trademarks in the U.S. and U.K. for wine production under her brand, indicating new Dolly wine may soon hit markets. Read more here.

    New Dolly Interview With 'Amusement Today'
    Amusement Today last week published a new interview with Dolly for its Women of Influence issue. Check it out here.

    'Good Housekeeping' Picks Best Dolly Presents
    Good Housekeeping last week released a list of the 20 best Dolly gifts of this year for fans, ranking at No. 2 the Little Golden Book that your webmaster helped create. See the full list here.

    Dolly Food Line Introduces Frozen Mac & Cheese
    Duncan Hines last week revealed its next Dolly product hitting grocery shelves: frozen macaroni and cheese. That product has been added to its Baking With Dolly page, with additional products expected to be added soon.

    'Not Dolly' Heading To Night Of 1,000 Dollys Knoxville
    Professional Dolly impersonator Vancie Vega has revealed she will return to Knoxville with her "Not Dolly Show" for the annual Night of 1,000 Dollys party at Club XYZ as part of this year's Dolly-centered community Rhinestone Fest June 7 and 8 with 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. shows each night.


    April 24:
    'Powerful Women' Slips On Charts
    Dolly and Pitbull's collaboration "Powerful Women" remains on the rap digital singles sales chart in the April 27 Billboard charts released Tuesday, slipping five to No. 7 for a fifth chart week on the tally, but it falls off the all-genre digital sales chart, down from No. 8. Elsewhere on the charts, her Beyonce collaboration "Tyrant" falls off the Hot 100, down from No. 88 in its second week; country streaming songs list, down from No. 23; R&B/Hip-Hop songs, down from No. 38; R&B streaming songs, down from No. 6; and R&B digital sales, down from No. 10. The track dips 13 to No. 33 country singles and one to No. 6 Hot R&B Songs. Beyonce's Cowboy Carter loses one to No. 2 in its third week on the top 200 albums, falling two to No. 3 streaming albums and No. 4 Canadian albums, gaining three to No. 2 vinyl albums, and recapturing the No. 1 spot by moving up two on current album sales and top album sales. The set holds steady at No. 1 country albums and Americana/folk albums. Her cover of "Jolene" declines another 37 places to No. 88 all-genre Hot 100 and nine spots to No. 19 country singles but falls off streaming songs, down from No. 42; digital song sales, down from No. 15; Canadian Hot 100, down from No. 61; country streaming, down from No. 9; and country digital sales, down from No. 7. Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection falls back off the top 50 country albums, down from No. 44, while "Lookin' For You" with Zach Williams falls off the Hot Christian Song chart, down from No. 46 in its fifth week, and it earns a second week on the Christian airplay chart holding steady at No. 39.

    Win A Piece Of Dolly's Dress
    Dolly has announced a new contest with publisher Penguin Random House to give away 25 packages that include a copy of her most recent New York Times Best Seller Behind The Seams: My Life In Rhinestones, a piece of fabric from the butterfly dress she wears on the back cover, and a card from her. Enter here!

    'Steel Magnolias' 4K Edition Released
    Sony's 35th anniversary edition of Steel Magnolias, available for the first time ever in 4K Ultra-HD, hit stores Tuesday. Get yours here!


    April 22:
    Beyonce No. 2 U.S., U.K., No. 9 Aussie This Week
    Beyonce's Cowboy Carter will lose the top spot and slip to No. 2 for its third week on the U.S. charts, Billboard confirmed Sunday. The magazine reported the set was credited with 98,000 units (about 28,000 sales, 1,000 track equivalent downloads, and 69,000 streaming unit credits).

  • Down Under, Cowboy Carter falls eight to No. 9 after its first two weeks were at No. 1 on the Australian all-genre albums chart, while it remains No. 1 for a third week on the Aussie country albums chart, where Dolly's own Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection dips 15 to No. 36 country albums.
  • Across the pond, the album remains steady at No. 2 all-genre albums after debuting at No. 1 its first week and regains 11 to No. 6 Scottish albums, seven to No. 11 vinyl albums, and 11 to No. 6 physical sales but loses 30 to No. 35 download albums, and 26 to No. 38 album sales, while remaining steady at No. 1 country, streaming, and Americana albums. "Jolene" in its third week loses 18 to No. 34 on the all-genre singles chart, 32 to No. 53 streaming songs, 30 to No. 51 audio streaming, 18 to No. 38 singles sales, and 30 to No. 35 downloads.
  • Elsewhere on the British charts, Dolly's Rockstar: Deluxe falls off the 40-position U.K. Americana albums chart, down from No. 40 in its 21st week, 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 holds steady at No. 17, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection slips one to No. 4, and the Original Album Series sees Emmylou Harris' first volume fall one to No. 16 and Linda Ronstadt's rise five to No. 11. Dolly and Pittbull's "Powerful Women" slides 50 on the U.K. singles sales chart to No. 88 and 48 on the downloads chart to No. 83.

    Dolly Will Schedule Missouri Library Visit: Report
    Thanks to taking Dolly's Imagination Library early literacy project statewide, Missouri is working to schedule a visit from Dolly to the state to congratulate program leaders, MissouriNet reports here.

    Could Netflix Cowboys Cheerleaders Show Feature Dolly?
    Netflix announced last week it will soon debut a new series America's Sweethearts: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, which will follow the squad from its selection for the 2023-24 season through their final game. Because that time period includes Dolly's Thanksgiving Day halftime show that broke the Internet, it's assumed that rehearsal footage and/or performance footage from her show will likely be included.

    Campbell Duets Album With Dolly Track Released
    The Glen Campbell estate on Friday released his tribute album re-imagining a decade-old record as duets recorded after his passing: Glen Campbell Duets: Ghost On The Canvas Sessions. Dolly performs "A Better Place" with him. Stream the duet here, watch a lyric video in the media player below, or download it here.

    Linda Perry Doc With Dolly Coming
    Producer Linda Perry, who worked with Dolly on the Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Dolly's Rockstar album, will debut a documentary about her life and career, Linda Perry: Let It Die Here, in which Dolly is interviewed and footage of them working together is also included, according to the trailer that dropped here or in the media player below. The film premieres in June at the Tribecca Film Festival.


    April 17:
    'Powerful Women' Makes Top-Selling Singles Of Week
    Thanks to a viral video, Dolly and Pittbull's "Powerful Women" surges this week on the April 20 Billboard charts released Tuesday. The track debuts at No. 8 on the all-genre digital sales chart and re-enters the rap digital song sales chart at a new peak of No. 2. Elsewhere on the charts, her Beyonce collaboration "Tyrant" in its second week falls 44 spots to No. 88 on the Hot 100, eight to No. 20 country singles, nine to No. 23 country streaming songs, off the country digital sales chart (down from No. 12), 20 to No. 38 R&B/Hip-Hop songs, three to No. 6 R&B streaming songs, eight to No. 10 R&B digital sales, steady at No. 5 Hot R&B Songs but off the streaming R&B/Hip-Hop songs (down from No. 15), digital R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (down from No. 5), all-genre streaming songs (down from No. 37) and Canadian Hot 100 (down from No. 71). Beyonce's Cowboy Carter remains No. 1 top 200 albums, No. 1 streaming albums, No. 1 Americana/folk albums, and No. 1 country albums, slipping one to No. 2 Canadian albums and two to No. 3 current album sales and top album sales. Her cover of "Jolene" tumbles 44 spots to No. 51 all-genre Hot 100, 37 to No. 42 streaming songs, 13 to No. 15 digital song sales, 42 to No. 61 Canadian Hot 100, seven spots to No. 10 country singles, six to No. 9 country straming, and five to No. 7 country digital sales. Dolly falls back off the Artist 100, down from No. 94, while her Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection holds steady at No. 44 on the country albums chart, and "Lookin' For You" with Zach Williams earns a fifth week on the Hot Christian Song chart, losing five to No. 46, but it debuts on the Christian airplay chart at No. 39.


    April 15:
    Beyonce Album With Dolly Gets Second No. 1 Week
    Beyonce's Cowboy Carter will get its second week at No. 1 on the U.S. charts, Billboard confirmed Sunday. The magazine reported the set was credited with 125,500 units (20,500 sales, 2,000 track-equivalent-albums, and 103,000 streaming-equivalent-units for 133 million streams). This compared to the projections from Hits Daily Double of the same sales and TEA units but had about 5,000 more streaming units than Billboard.

  • Down Under, Cowboy Carter also gets a second week at No. 1 on both the Australian all-genre albums chart and country albums chart, while her cover of Dolly's "Jolene" falls off the Australian top 50 singles chart, down from one week at No. 24. Also on the Australian charts, Dolly's own Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection loses six to No. 21 country albums.
  • Across the pond, the album dips one to No. 2 all-genre albums, 16 to No. 17 Scottish albums, four to No. 5 download albums, 11 to No. 12 album sales, 16 to No,. 17 physical sales, country albums, and 17 to No. 18 vinyl albums, while remaining steady at No. 1 country, streaming, and Americana albums. "Jolene" in its second week loses nine to No. 16 on the all-genre singles chart, 12 to No. 21 streaming songs, 12 to No. 21 audio streaming, 15 to No. 20 singles sales, and 13 to No. 5 downloads, while falling off the video streaming chart, down from No. 10,
  • Elsewhere on the British charts, Dolly's Rockstar: Deluxe slides 12 places to No. 40 in its 21st 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 five to No. 17, Dolly's Diamonds & Rhinestones, The Greatest Hits Collection gains three to No. 3, and the Original Album Series sees Emmylou Harris' first volume fall two to No. 15 and Linda Ronstadt's rise three to No. 16. Dolly and Pittbull's "Powerful Women" re-enters the U.K. singles sales chart at No. 38 and downloads chart at No. 35.
  • Several media outlets last week noted that Dolly's inclusion on the credits to "Tyrant" made her just the third female artist to have charted on the Hot 100 across five separate decades (the '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, and '20s), joining Cher and Madonna as the only other two.
  • And for those who were unaware, the release brought to some attention a previous 1974 cover of "Jolene" with an R&B-influenced arrangement by a Black female artist where she flipped the lyrics slightly to warn "Jolene" (whom she made blonde) to stay away from her man. Candi Staton's cover was shelved, likely due to her switching labels shortly after recording it, and didn't see release until it was included in a 2011 release of her entire masters at Fame Records: Evidence: The Complete Fame Records Masters. Learn more from Q here. Listen to the track at YouTube here or in the media player below, order the CD here and download here

    'Billy The Kid' Book Gets Holiday Sequel
    Dolly announced last week she will be releasing a sequel to her children's book about her goddog, Billy. Dolly Parton's Billy The Kid Comes Home For Christmas hits shelves from Penguin Young Readers Oct. 1 and is based on her 2009 Christmas song "Comin' Home For Christmas." In a press release, Dolly said: ""I always love celebrating Christmas with my family and of course my god-dog Billy. Since he's a big star now, he deserves his own holiday special! Using my 'Comin' Home for Christmas' lyrics, I wanted to tell a story about the importance of family and friends, especially during the holidays. I hope this is a book families will be excited to read every year for Christmas." Promotional materials described the project as: "Featuring Dolly's beloved god-dog and inspired by her song 'Comin' Home for Christmas', this hilarious and heart-warming tale about the true meaning of Christmas follows Billy the Kid, a French bulldog who has everything he could ever want: a place in Nashville, a great band, and even a cross-country tour. But when Billy's band is scheduled to perform at Barkafeller Center on Christmas Day, he must decide what matters to him most: fame or family?" Reserve your copy of the book here, Kindle version here, and audio book here (although the audio book narrator has not been announced yet, the first book in the series was read by Dolly herself).

    Dolly Interviewed About Petty Tribute
    Tom Petty's estate shared an interview last week with Dolly about her recording the song and video for "Southern Accents" for the Petty tribute album. Check out the video here.

    Dollywood's Next Festival Opens Friday
    Friday is opening day for Dollywood's Flower and Food Festival! Check out more than 1 million brilliant blooms in displays throughout the park in larger-than-life floral depictions of a butterfly umbrella, animal scenes and even Dolly's mother quilting her Coat of Many Colors in addition to the Umbrella Sky over Showstreet. The festival concludes June 9.


    April 10:
    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.


    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.


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