Dolly Parton makes highest UK chart debut

Posted on June 19, 2014 | by Jason Walsh

The British love tea, Marmite, two-story buses, and kidney pie. And now you can add Dolly Parton to that list.

The country music icon’s latest release Blue Smoke entered the UK album charts this weekend at number 6—Parton’s highest debut on the British charts since, well, ever.

“It feels great to be in the top 10,” said Parton, in a press statement.

In fact, according to, on a population basis, the new album’s British sales are out-pacing its American sales by about 3 to 1.

Much of the album’s success likely has to do with the “special version” of Blue Smoke that’s being sold in the UK—it features the standard album of new material, plus a bonus disc of 20 “greatest hits” that all happen to be on the set list of the European leg of the Blue Smoke World Tour that’s currently underway.

Blue Smoke—The Best Of includes such Parton standards as “9 to 5,” “Islands in the Stream,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “Jolene.”

Parton’s previous British high-water mark was 2007’s The Very Best of Dolly Parton, which peaked at number 8.

Parton’s UK fans will be rolling out the welcome mat in a big way June 29, when the Tennessee native headlines the “legends” portion of the Glastonbury Festival—where dancers will greet her with organized “flash mobs” who will break into a dance every time the 68-year-old singer’s 1973 hit “Jolene” is heard.   

To become part of the Dolly Mob—or merely practice at home—check out the above demo of the Glastonbury “Jolene” dance.

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