The jewel in Tennessee’s crown is on top again. A long 15 years after her most recent stop at No. 1 and an impressive 35 years after her first country No. 1, Dolly Parton is shinning once more at the pinnacle of the charts!
“When I Get Where I’m Going,” her moving collaboration with Brad Paisley, moved up to No. 1 on both the “Billboard” and “Radio & Records” country singles charts this week, giving Dolly her 25th chart-topper. In addition to extending her lead as the woman with the most No. 1s on any major singles chart (Reba is second with 22 country No. 1s), the achievement also makes Dolly the only artist to have scored a No. 1 on the country tally in each of the past four decades. The tune is so popular that it has also earned her an eighth career top 40 U.S. pop hit.
In Canada, however, it has already begun to fall. From its No. 2 country peak, it dropped two to No. 4 this week up north, and it has already slipped to No. 33 pop there, down from a peak at No. 23.
Elsewhere on the American charts, her recording of “I Still Miss Someone” with Martina McBride gained five spots to No. 51 on the “Billboard” country singles chart and should increase even more next week, given that McBride performed the song solo on “Good Morning America” this week, but Dolly’s “Those Were The Days” CD fell out of the 75-position country albums charts last week after just 17 chart weeks.
The disc of ‘60s and ‘70s cover tunes came out on Monday in the U.K., where the press has been giving it a great deal of attention thanks to Dolly offering several telephone and satellite interviews for radio and television there, so I would expect it to debut quite well on the British charts over the weekend.
Dolly is back in California this week, promoting her Oscar-nominated song “Travelin’ Thru” to last-minute Academy Awards voters. “I never worked so hard in life promoting anything,” she told “The LA Daily News,” referring to the process by which studios pitch nominees and their work to voters in coordinated, almost political, campaigns.
As part of that effort, she appeared on CMT’s “Insider” last weekend, NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Tuesday and the syndicated “Ellen DeGeneres Show” Thursday. She is scheduled as Friday night’s guest on “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on CBS, and last weekend she taped Naomi Judd’s new Hallmark Channel talk show, which is set to air March 12, although that is after Oscar winners will be announced.
And while she’s been talking about it publicly for weeks, the Academy just on Monday officially announced Dolly as a performer for the March 5 telecast. She says she’s very much looking forward to the event and will possibly wear three dresses that evening — one for the red carpet, one for her performance and a third for when she returns to her seat after singing (and, hopefully, to wear up to the podium to accept her award). Always humble, though, she confesses in each interview that she doesn’t expect to win.
However that didn’t seem to be the case on CNN’s “Larry King Live” last week, where a time delay in her remote link-up made it appear she was predicting her own win. In a statement to her fans released via Dollymania, she explained: “I was on a satellite feed from Nashville and it was hard for me to hear because there was a slight delay. The last thing I had heard Larry say was ‘Have a good time at the Oscars.’ I responded, ‘I will.’ I did not hear him say, ‘I hope you win.’ Because of the delay it came across like he said ‘I hope you win’ and I said ‘I will.’ I would never be so presumptuous as to say that I would win. There’s no way to know that anyway. I responding to his first comment and I didn’t want somebody to think I was that arrogant. That was a total miscommunication due to the delay. I’ll see you at the Oscars!”
Should she win, she would become the first country artist to snag an Oscar. Although country songs have won in the past, they have always been written by non-country composers. Dolly is currently the only country artist to have received two nominations, and the only other country performers to have gotten nods from Oscar, although none has won, are Willie Nelson for “On The Road Again,” Allison Moorer for “A Soft Place to Fall” and Gene Autry and Fred Rose for “Be Honest with Me.”
Finally, the final days are creeping up for those who wish to buy or renew their Dollywood season passes at pre-season prices. The cost increases on March 20.
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