Dolly Parton makes highest UK chart debut
The British love tea, Marmite, two-story buses, and kidney pie. And now you can add Dolly Parton to that list.
The country music iconâ€™s latest release Blue Smoke entered the UK album charts this weekend at number 6â€”Partonâ€™s highest debut on the British charts since, well, ever.
â€śIt feels great to be in the top 10,â€ť said Parton, in a press statement.
In fact, according to dollymania.net, on a population basis, the new albumâ€™s British sales are out-pacing its American sales by about 3 to 1.
Much of the albumâ€™s success likely has to do with the â€śspecial versionâ€ť of Blue Smoke thatâ€™s being sold in the UKâ€”it features the standard album of new material, plus a bonus disc of 20 â€śgreatest hitsâ€ť that all happen to be on the set list of the European leg of the Blue Smoke World Tour thatâ€™s currently underway.
Blue Smokeâ€”The Best Of includes such Parton standards as â€ś9 to 5,â€ť â€śIslands in the Stream,â€ť â€śI Will Always Love You,â€ť and â€śJolene.â€ť
Partonâ€™s previous British high-water mark was 2007â€™s The Very Best of Dolly Parton, which peaked at number 8.
Partonâ€™s UK fans will be rolling out the welcome mat in a big way June 29, when the Tennessee native headlines the â€ślegendsâ€ť portion of the Glastonbury Festivalâ€”where dancers will greet her with organized â€śflash mobsâ€ť who will break into a dance every time the 68-year-old singerâ€™s 1973 hit â€śJoleneâ€ť is heard.
To become part of the Dolly Mobâ€”or merely practice at homeâ€”check out the above demo of the Glastonbury â€śJoleneâ€ť dance.