Dolly Parton Moves Up The Official UK Chart Landing at #2, Her Highest Charting Album Position with 'Blue Smoke - The Best Of' Album
London, England (July 27, 2014) – Even two weeks after Dolly Parton returned to America from Europe, where she performed to SOLD OUT shows, Dolly is making headlines with the continued growth in album sales of Blue Smoke – The Best Of. In its seventh week since release, Dolly, once again, made history as Blue Smoke – The Best Of climbs the Official UK chart to Number 2, her highest ever album chart position. The album debuted at Number 6, moved up to Number 4 where it remained a few weeks, then jumped to Number 3. No slowing down for Dolly!
“Wow, Number 2!,” says Dolly Parton. “I am so excited. They say when you are Number 2, you try harder. Thanks to all the fans out there, as this would not be possible without all of your love and support. Thanks again!”
With the recent success of her first two single’s “Home,” and “Try,” as well as the album’s worldwide success and her amazing and now legendary Glastonbury appearance, Dolly Records and Sony Music Masterworks are releasing “Lay Your Hands On Me,” a song penned by Richie Sambora and Jon BonJovi. Fans who attended night one of Dolly’s “Sold Out” show at London’s O2 Arena caught a piece of history as Richie Sambora graced the stage to create an unparalleled performance. And if it couldn't get any better, the 150,000+ fans who attended Glastonbury received an encore performance as Sambora just couldn't get enough Dolly.
Blue Smoke – The Best Of, includes Dolly’s 42nd studio album Blue Smoke featuring tracks “Home,” “Blue Smoke,” “Try,” and the new duet with long-time collaborator and friend Kenny Rogers! Alongside comes 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 remains the most honored female country performer of all time. She has achieved 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, and 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 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.
And the litany of awards continues with 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.