Dolly Parton's 'Rockstar' Tops Sales Chart, Marks Career-Best Week



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Dolly Parton's 'Rockstar' Tops Sales Chart, Marks Career-Best Week
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Dolly Parton, the celebrated icon of country music, has once again demonstrated her remarkable staying power in the music industry. With an illustrious career spanning over five decades and a discography that includes 49 albums, Parton has reached a new pinnacle with her latest album, "Rockstar," which has soared to Number Three on the Billboard 200 chart.

This marks the highest chart position in her storied career, cementing her status as a musical legend. Expressing her gratitude, Parton shared, "Wow, this is a big thrill! I owe a thank you to the fans who have always been there for me.

Their support made this achievement possible." She also extended her appreciation to producer Kent Wells, along with the array of talented artists, musicians, and engineers who contributed to the success of "Rockstar." Released on November 17, "Rockstar" is a star-studded project featuring collaborations with music giants such as Stevie Nicks, Chris Stapleton, Miley Cyrus, Elton John, and Joan Jett.

This album is Parton's first to break into the Top 10 of the Billboard chart since her 2014 release, "Blue Smoke." Additionally, her collaborative album "Trio," with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, also achieved Top 10 status back in 1987.

Rockstar" Sales Triumph

"Rockstar" has made a stunning commercial impact, selling 118,500 copies, according to Luminate. This figure doubles the sales of her previous record-breaking week in 1993 with "Slow Dancing With the Moon," which sold 50,500 copies, as reported by Billboard.

The album's appeal was further enhanced by the release of more than 10 vinyl variants, featuring exclusive editions with unique covers and colors. In a move that delighted her fans, Parton released an expanded version of "Rockstar," adding two new tracks.

This included a reimagined version of her classic hit "Jolene," featuring Italian rock group Måneskin, and a cover of Eddie Money's "Two Tickets to Paradise." The album showcases Parton's collaborative spirit, featuring duets with the original artists on several covers, such as Elton John on "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," Debbie Harry on "Heart of Glass," and Sting on "Every Breath You Take." In a remarkable gathering of musical legends, she brought together Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr for a rendition of the Beatles' "Let It Be," joined by Peter Frampton and Mick Fleetwood.

Reflecting on the album's title in a conversation with Apple Music, Parton revealed, "I did that totally tongue in cheek. I thought, ‘Now, what am I going to call this album?' I thought, ‘Here I am, 77 years old, I'm going to be a rockstar,' just being funny and silly and stupid. I thought, ‘Well, that is what I'm going to call it. I'm going to call it Rockstar,' so I just did it to be fun."

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