Dolly Parton's "Blue Smoke – The Best Of" Album Jumps to #3 in it's Fifth Week On Official UK Chart; Glastonbury's "Doggy Parton" Reunited with Original Owners
Locarno, Switzerland – Dolly Parton, the most honored female country performer of all time, will be bringing her Blue Smoke World Tour to a close on Monday night as she takes the stage in Locarno, Switzerland. The Blue Smoke World Tour kicked off in January with concert performances in the United States before heading to New Zealand and Australia. Additional shows in America preceded Dolly’s European shows, which took her to Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.
"Well first of all we've had an absolutely wonderful world tour. Everywhere we've been, the audiences have been great, and the fact that we are closing out in Switzerland is absolutely great. And they say it's one of the most beautiful venues that we'll play - it's an outdoor show - we're looking forward to that, and we couldn't end on a better note. I'm SO looking forward to that. That's gonna be a great way to end it and a great way to head home and hopefully that'll be our best show yet", says Dolly Parton.
In addition, Dolly had made recent media headlines with her offer to adopt “Doggy Parton”, the dog that was abandoned at the Glastonbury festival. The Happy Landings Animal Shelter have reunited “Doggy Parton” with its original owners. Dolly comments here as the story comes to a happy ending.
“We got a call from the main people with the government and they told us that the true owners did come forward,” says Dolly. “There was a language barrier; I think they were from another country. They got the dog back so I don't get to take her home. I was looking forward to it.”
Dolly Parton’s latest UK album release Blue Smoke – The Best Of, continues to be a fan favorite as Dolly moves up to #3, her all-time highest album chart position, on the UK official chart. Dolly originally debuted on the chart five weeks ago at #6, which at the time was her highest ever album chart position.
Blue Smoke – The Best Of, includes her latest studio album Blue Smoke featuring "Home", "Blue Smoke" and new duet with long- time collaborator and friend Kenny Rogers and even a Bon Jovi cover! Alongside her greatest hits on disc 2 featuring the classics such as "Jolene", "9 to 5", "Islands in the Stream", "Little Sparrow", "Here You Come Again" and "I Will Always Love You" plus many more.
Dolly has achieved 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 42 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have topped a staggering 100 million records worldwide. She has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award.
As a zenith crown to the dreams of country music that originally brought her to Nashville, Dolly was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
Dolly’s career has spanned nearly five decades and is showing no signs of slowing down. An internationally-renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Parton has contributed countless treasures to the worlds of music, film and television. Some of her hit films have included Nine to Five, Steel Magnolias, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Rhinestone. Parton received two Oscar® nominations – one for writing the title tune to Nine to Five and the other for "Travelin’ Thru" from the film Transamerica.