By Duane Gordon
Promotions continue to line up for Dolly Parton's film “Joyful Noise,” with appearances scheduled next week for Jan. 12 on NBC's “Today” program and ABC’s “Live with Kelly” the morning before the film opens nationwide.
The world premiere of the movie takes place at 7 p.m. Jan. 9, at the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Stars of the film, including Dolly and Queen Latifah, will arrive at 6 p.m. to walk the red carpet prior to the premiere. The soundtrack is released the following day and the film opens nationwide Jan. 13.
Dolly's overseas chart performance continues to drop following the end of her world tour. Down Under, “Better Day” fell off of the 20-position Australian country albums chart, down from No. 20 country in its 13th week.
Her other two titles on the tallies there stuck around another week: with “The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1” losing three to No. 10 country in its 95th chart week and 17 places to No. 37 pop catalog albums in its 22nd week on that chart, and “The Essential Dolly Parton” inching down one to No. 17 country in its seventh chart week and falling off the 50-position pop catalog albums chart, down from No. 50. In the U.K., “Better Day” lost one spot to No. 4 country albums in its 18th chart week on the British charts, while “Dolly: Live From London” gained a dozen digits to No. 7 country compilations in its 94th U.K chart week.
Stateside, it looks like the end is near for the annual chart re-appearances by Dolly and Kenny Rogers' “Once Upon A Christmas” album from 1984.
Last week’s charts revealed that the collection fell off of the all-genre top 200 pop albums tally, down from No. 151 in its fourth week this season, its 13th since original release, and off the 50-position pop catalog albums sales list, down from No. 46 in its ninth week since release.
The album lost six to No. 15 country catalog albums in its eighth week there this year, its 73rd since release, and dipped three to No. 47 holiday albums in its 40th week on that chart since release.
Elsewhere on the charts, Chicago's “O Christmas Three,” with Dolly guest vocals on one number, lost three to No. 19 independent label albums in its seventh week there. The Grascals' “Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin,” featuring Dolly on three songs, fell back off the 15-position bluegrass albums chart, down from No. 15 in its 41st week.
This Week with Dolly
By Duane Gordon