Dolly Parton Part Five
I’m doing Dolly Parton Part Five, and I’m grateful, to do it. However, this time, my only iTunes album I have is a Christmas album with Kenny Rogers, so I’m early (or late), but I’m trying to use what I got first before I buy more.
Parton earned her second Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for“Travelin‘ Thru,“ which she wrote specifically for the feature film Transamerica.(2005) Due to the song‘s (and film‘s) acceptance of a transgender woman, Parton received death threats. She returned to number one on the country chart later in 2005 by lending her distinctive harmonies to the Brad Paisley ballad, “When I Get Where I‘m Going“. In September 2007, Parton released her first single from her own record company, Dolly Records, titled, “Better Get to Livin‘“, which eventually peaked at number 48 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart. It was followed by the studio album Backwoods Barbie, which was released on February 26,2008, and reached number two on the country chart. The album‘s debut at number 17 on the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart was the highest in her career. Backwoods Barbie produced four additional singles, including the title track, written as part of her score for 9 to 5: The Musical, an adaptation of her feature film. After the sudden death of Michael Jackson, whom Parton knew personally, she released a video in which she somberly told of her feelings on Jackson and his death.
On October 27, 2009, Parton released a four-CD box set, Dolly, which featured 99 songs and spanned most of her career. She released her second live DVD and album, Live From London in October 2009, which was filmed during her sold-out 200 8concerts at London‘s The O2 Arena. In 2010, she was said to have been working on a dance-oriented album, Dance with Dolly, but as of July 2019, the album had not been released. With longtime friend Billy Ray Cyrus, Parton released their album Brother Clyde on August 10, 2010. Parton is featured on “TheRight Time“, which she co-wrote with Cyrus and Morris Joseph Tancredi. On January6, 2011, Parton announced that her new album would be titled Better Day. In February 2011, she announced that she would embark on the Better Day World Tour onJuly 17, 2011, with shows in northern Europe and the U.S. The album‘s lead-off single, “Together You and I“, was released on May 23, 2011, and Better Day was released on June 28, 2011. In 2011, Parton voiced the character Dolly Gnomein the animated film Gnomeo & Juliet.
On February 11, 2012, after the sudden death of Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton stated, “Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.‘“ In 2013, Parton joined Lulu Roman for a re-recording of “I Will Always Love You“ for Roman‘s album, At Last. In 2013, Parton and Kenny Rogers reunited for the title song of his album You Can’t Make Old Friends. For their performance, they were nominated at the 2014 GrammyAwards for Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
In 2014, Parton embarked on the Blue Smoke World Tour in support of her 42nd studio album, Blue Smoke. The album was first released in Australia & New Zealand on January 31 to coincide with tour dates there in February, and reached the top 10 in both countries. It was released in the United States on May 13, and debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart, making it her first top-10 album and her highest-charting solo album ever; it also reached the number two on theU.S. country chart. The album was released in Europe on June 9, and reached number two on the UK album chart. On June 29, 2014, Parton performed for the first time at the UK Glastonbury Festival performing songs such as “Jolene“, “9 to 5“ and“Coat of Many Colors“ to a crowd of more than 180,000.
On March 6, 2016, Parton announced that she would be embarking on a tour insupport of her new album, Pure & Simple. The tour was one of Parton‘s biggest tours within the United States in more than 25 years. Sixty-four dates were planned in the United States and Canada, visiting the most requested markets missed on previous tours. In the fall of 2016, she also released “Jolene“ asa single with the a cappella group Pentatonix and performed on The Voice with Pentatonix and Miley Cyrus in November 2016.
Also in 2016, Parton was one of 30 artists to perform on “Forever Country“, amash-up of the songs, “Take Me Home, Country Roads“, “On the Road Again“ and herown “I Will Always Love You“. The song celebrates 50 years of the CMA Awards. At the ceremony itself, Parton was honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by Lily Tomlin and preceded by a tribute featuring Jennifer Nettles, Pentatonix, Reba McEntire, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride. In 2017, Parton appeared on Rainbow, the third studio album by Kesha performing a duet of “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You“.The track had been written by Kesha‘s mother Pebe Sebert. It was previously a hitfor Parton and was included on her 1980 album Dolly, Dolly, Dolly. She also co-wrote and provided featuring vocals on the song “Rainbowland“ on Younger Now, thesixth album by her goddaughter Miley Cyrus.
On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazinelisted Parton as one of the hundredsof artists whose material was destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.