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Dolly Parton Scores Platinum Album in UK

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As 2014 draws to a close, Dolly Parton is far from resting on her laurels, and shows no signs of slowing down. The songstress continues to make history, with a record-setting tour overseas, and also raises the bar from a sales standpoint with yet another platinum selling album in a career that has already seen worldwide sales of over one hundred million records, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

“I was so happy when Blue Smoke went Silver, so excited when it went Gold and now I’m over the moon to hear that we have gone Platinum,” says Parton. “Thanks to the fans and to everybody who made this happen.”

Once again, the Country Music Hall of Fame member proved her timeless quality as a recording artist once again with the Platinum-selling success of her CD Blue Smoke….The Best Of, a collection that includes her most recent studio album as well as a compilation that includes many of her most memorable hits, such as “Love Is Like A Butterfly,”  “Here You Come Again,” and her biggest hit as a solo artist, 1980’s “9 To 5.” But, Dolly’s success with the album was not entirely tied to those past glories. Blue Smoke….The Best Of earned a pair of Top-30 airplay hits for Parton in the UK with ‘Try” and “Home,” as well as her cover of Bon Jovi’s “Lay Your Hands On Me” and the title cut, which also made the Top-40 airplay.

“Dolly’s hard work ethic has once again paid off achieving platinum sales in 2014 with Blue Smoke…The Best Of,” says Danny Nozell, CEO CTK Management.  “I am very blessed to be working for a true Icon who lives up to her name. Dolly dominated 2014 with many milestones and charting history. Thanks to our partner Sony Masterworks, Sony UK, and all of Sony worldwide. We make a great team!”

Parton’s success overseas continued with a recent nomination for International Artist of the Year at the BBC Music Awards 2014. The nomination capped off a year in which Parton – after five decades in the business – scored one of her biggest and most heralded performances ever.

The singer brought her show to Glastonbury, where an estimated 180,000 came to watch her perform – her largest audience ever. Her set prompted The Guardian to say “Parton rewarded Glastonbury with a performance that surely calls for a redefinition of the word “crowd-pleaser.” The concert also aired on television, attracting the festival’s largest ever TV audience. Parton also was in the news constantly with appearances all over the tube in the UK, a Twitter campaign to “Get Dolly On Grimmy” (a reference to Nick Grimshaw’s Radio One morning show), and as well as through the story of “Dolly The Dog,” a fluffy white Lurcher who was separated from her owners following Parton’s Glastonbury performance last month. She volunteered to take the dog back to America with her, but the owners came forward to reclaim their lost pet.

The success of Blue Smoke…The Best Of gives Parton the distinction of having the biggest album from an International female so far this year.

Since moving to Nashville in the spring of 1964, Parton has created one of the biggest success stories in entertainment history, with hits on country and pop radio, Gold and Platinum singles and albums the world over, membership into The Grand Ole Opry (1969), the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1986), and the Country Music Hall Of Fame (1999). She was won seven Grammy Awards, nine CMA Awards, including the Entertainer of the Year prize from the organization in 1977, and seven awards from the Academy of Country Music. She has also enjoyed success on television, on the big screen, and as an author, with the Best-selling autobiography My Life and Other Unfinished Business.

For more information on Dolly Parton please visit:
www.dollypartonentertainment.com

Will Kristin Chenoweth Play Dolly Parton on Broadway?

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The immensely talented and utterly charming Tony Award winning singer-actress Kristin Chenoweth sat down with Larry King on the Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now” to talk about her new album ‘Coming Home’, the prospect of returning to “Glee”, being a “Jesus freak” and the possibility of playing Dolly Parton on Broadway.

Broadway star Kristin dished to Larry about introducing the “Glee” cast to old musicals, and Chris Colfer’s priceless reaction to meeting her,

“I can remember Chris Colfer saying, ‘This is like working with Jesus!'” Kristin also told Larry she’d love to play the queen of country, Dolly Parton, “When she very first met me, she said, ‘You could play me!’ and I thought, ‘I could play you!'” (interview below)

Kristin also talked about who she’d play in the ‘Wicked’ movie — and who she wouldn’t,

“I would love to be in it somehow, just not one of the midgets.” She also dished on getting fired from an early job for her support of LGBT rights, “They asked me to step down, and I said, ‘Well, you’ll have to go ahead and fire me,’ and they said, ‘We’d really like for you to just step down.’ I said, ‘No, that’s okay. You can just go ahead and fire me.'”

The beautiful Kristin wrapped up her interview by giving Larry a taste of her ‘Wicked’ talent and serenaded him with ‘For Good’ on the set of “Larry King Now”.

The episode is now LIVE on Ora.tv and Hulu.com

Get Your Very Own Christmas Tree from Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney and More!

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Imagine being able to say you have Kenny Chesney’s Christmas tree in your living room. You actually can, and then some. Kenny, Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, Reba McEntire, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, LeAnn Rimes, The Doobie Brothers, Zac Brown Band are among the artists who have designed Christmas trees to be auctioned off for their choice of charities in Gaylord Opryland’s Parade of Trees. Along with the trees – which are on display throughout the Nashville hotel – the artists have added VIP experiences, autographed guitars and more.

Each tree is up for grabs to the highest online bidder with the funds raised benefiting the not-for-profit organization designated for the tree. The winning bidder will receive the tree’s decorations and all the prizes for that particular tree.

Getting a little sneak peek under the tree, find out what is under Dolly’s, Charlie’s, and Brenda’s tree. More information on each artists gifts and goodies is located on the Opryland Parade of Trees website: www.OprylandParadeOfTrees.com.

Dolly Parton’s tree which benefits The Imagination Library will include four tickets to Dollywood including a meet & greet with Dolly, signed 8 x 10 photo, one personal book from Dolly, one cookbook, and 38 Imagination Library books (4 of them will be autographed).

Charlie Daniels tree will benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Galilean Home Ministries. Under his tree, bidders can find show tickets for two concerts in 2015 including meet & greet with Charlie, an autographed Cowboy hat, an autographed Guitar with case, an autographed Gold fiddle with case, along with a basket full of Charlie Daniels goodies (T-Shirt, Hat, Books, CD’s, sheet music for “Devil Went Down to Georgia” (autographed), and fiddle bows).

Brenda Lee’s tree will benefit NARAS/MusiCares, and will include a private lunch for 4 with Brenda at the Country Music Hall of Fame, including a guided Hall of Fame tour, an autographed “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” gold record, an autographed collectible “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” ornament, Country Music Hall of Fame gift bag and Malt Shop Memories souvenir backpack, autographed Malt Shop Memories scrapbook signed by many artists of the 50s and 60s, ornaments from The Beach Boys, Martha & The Vandellas, The Temptations, Dion, and others!

Bids are being accepted online at www.OprylandParadeOfTrees.com through Dec. 31.

Other featured trees include:

  • Little Big Town benefiting Blood:Water Missions
  • Reba McEntire benefiting Reba’s Ranch House
  • Kenny Chesney benefiting just keep livin Foundation
  • Zac Brown Band benefiting Camp Southern Ground
  • Martina McBride benefiting National Military Family Association/H.E.R.O. Child Rescue Corps
  • LeAnn Rimes benefiting Central Alabama Theater
  • Sara Evans benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • The Doobie Brothers benefiting Fisher House Foundation
  • Country Music Association benefiting the CMA Foundation
  • Albert Pujols benefiting the Pujols Family Foundation
  • Albert Pujols with a second tree benefiting the Pujols Family Foundation
  • The Fontanel Mansion benefiting Nashville Humane Association

The GRAMMY’s and Country Christmas Want to Add Some Country Cheer to Your Holidays

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The GRAMMY® Charity Country Christmas Online Auction want to add some country cheer to your holiday season!

Make the season bright by bidding on autographed items and experiences from country music’s biggest stars! The auction launched last night after the CMA Awards, and will continue until Nov. 15 at www.ebay.com/grammy. Presented in partnership with Kompolt, all proceeds raised through this special auction will benefit programs and services of MusiCares®, the GRAMMY Foundation® and the CMA Foundation.

Featured items include:

  • Official CMA Awards merchandise autographed live backstage during the 48th Annual CMA Awards rehearsals and telecast by celebrity performers. CMA Awards show items launch on Nov. 6 at noon PST!
  • Autographed guitars from country superstars: Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Jake Owen, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, and more!
  • Country music memorabilia autographed by Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, and many more!
  • A VIP experience to attend the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Bob Dylan on Feb. 6, 2015, and passes to watch private rehearsals.
  • A 57th GRAMMY Awards® platinum ticket package for two, including platinum-level seating at the awards telecast on Feb. 8, 2015, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, passes to the official GRAMMY

MusiCares ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need by providing programs and services including emergency financial assistance, educational workshops, flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings. The MusiCares MAP Fund® allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Safe Harbor Rooms, weekly addiction support groups and the MusiCares Sober Touring Network provide ongoing recovery support. For more information, please visit www.musicares.org.   Make sure to visit www.ebay.com/grammy to check out all of the items up for bid!

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