Thursday, August 25, 2016

Prince's Paisley Park to Be Opened as Tourist Attraction

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Fans of Prince will be able to wander around his Paisley Park compound this autumn when the late music icon's home is opened to the public.

Bremer Bank officials, who were appointed special administrators for Prince's estate following his death in April, have announced the gates to the singer's private estate and production complex will open for daily public tours from October 6.

The decision was made by Prince's family, in conjunction with the Bremer Bank bosses.

Confirming the news, the late star's sister Tyka Nelson says, "Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on.

"Only a few hundred people have had the rare opportunity to tour the estate during his lifetime. Now, fans from around the world will be able to experience Prince's world for the first time as we open the doors to this incredible place."

Visitors will get a guided tour of Paisley Park's main floor, which features Prince's recording and mixing studios.

Prince's body was found slumped in an elevator inside the Paisley Park compound just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota. His death was ruled an accidental overdose of powerful painkiller Fentanyl, according to the late legend's official autopsy findings.

Reports suggest he was taking the pills in an effort to cope with the pain of an ongoing hip issue.

The Purple Rain hitmaker staged a party for fans at Paisley Park just days before he died. Guests who attended the bash claimed Prince seemed pale, gaunt and exhausted.




Elton John, Robbie Williams to Play London's Apple Music Festival

by VVN Music

Elton John and Robbie Williams are among the artists set for this year's Apple Music Festival at London's Roundhouse.

This is the tenth anniversary of the festival that will also include performances by The 1975, Alicia Keys, Onerepublic, Calvin Harris, Bastille, Britney Spears, Michael Buble and Chance the Rapper. All shows are broadcast around the world via Apple's various programs including special apps for iOS and Android.

Oliver Schusser, Apple's VP of International Content, said "Over the past decade, the Festival has brought the biggest and best artists from all over the world to London and into the homes of millions of music fans. This year’s Apple Music Festival builds on that incredible legacy and we couldn’t be more excited to have another amazing lineup to celebrate our 10th birthday."

The official lineup:
  • 09/18 - Elton John
  • 09/19 - The 1975
  • 09/20 - Alicia Keys
  • 09/21 - Onerepublic
  • 09/23 - Calvin Harris
  • 09/25 - Robbie Williams
  • 09/26 - Bastille
  • 09/27 - Britney Spears
  • 09/28 - Michael Buble
  • 09/30 - Chance the Rapper


Almanac: August 25, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1918 - Leonard Berstein (d. 1990)
  • 1927 - Monty Matthews (Jordanaires) 
  • 1928 - Jerry Rivers (Hank William's Drifting Cowboys) (d. 1996)
  • 1933 - Wayne Shorter (Weather Report) (83)
  • 1942 - Walter Williams (O'Jays) (74)
  • 1947 - Keith Tippett (King Crimson) (69)
  • 1949 - Gene Simmons (KISS) (67)
  • 1949 - Henry Paul (Outlaws, BlackHawk) (67)
  • 1950 - Willie DeVille (d. 2009)
  • 1951 - Rob Halford (Judas Priest) (65)
  • 1951 - James Warren (Korgis) (65)
  • 1952 - Geoff Downes (Buggles, Yes, Asia) (64)
  • 1954 - Elvis Costello (62)
  • 1954 - Martin Jourard (Motels) (62)
  • 1961 - Billy Ray Cyrus (55)
  • 1962 - Vivian Campbell (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Def Leppard) (54)
  • 1963 - Candida Doyle (Pulp) (53)
  • 1963 - Shock G (born Gregory Jacobs) (53)
  • 1965 - Nigel Durham (Saxon) (51)
  • 1965 - Mia Zapata (Gits) (d. 1993)
  • 1966 - Terminator X (born Norman Rogers) (Public Enemy) (50)
  • 1966 - Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Planet X, Black Country Communion) (50)
  • 1967 - Jeff Tweedy (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) (49)
  • 1968 - Stuart Murdoch (Belle & Sebastian) (48)
  • 1968 - Spider One (born Michael Cummings) (Powerman 5000) (48)
  • 1969 - Luke Scott (Babybird) (47)
  • 1970 - Jo Dee Messina (46)
  • 1983 - James Righton (Klaxons) (33)
  • 1987 - Amy MacDonald (29)
  • 1988 - Alexandra Burke (28)
Deaths
  • 1979 - Stan Kenton - Stroke (67)
  • 1995 - Doug Stegmeyer (bassist for Billy Joel) - Suicide (43)
  • 1999 - Rob Fisher (Naked Eyes) - Cancer (42)
  • 2000 - Jack Nitzsche (arranger, producer, songwriter) - Cardiac arrest (63)
  • 2001 - Aaliyah - Plane crash (22)
  • 2006 - Lou Wills (Warner Brothers executive)
On This Day
  • 1956 - George Jones joined the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. 
  • 1967 - Brian Wilson performed with the Beach Boys for the first time in two years at a show in Honolulu, HI.
  • 1970 - The Electric Ladyland studios in New York opened.
  • 1970 - Elton John played live for the first time in the U.S. at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA, opening for David Ackles.
  • 1970 - Emerson, Lake and Palmer made their live debut in Plymouth, England.
  • 1973 - Bobby Darin performed live for the last time at the Las Vegas Hilton.
  • 1973 - Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers broke his leg in a car accident.
  • 1993 - Snoop Dogg was indicted for his involvement in the murder of a member of the By Yerself gang, posting the $1 million bail. He was acquitted three years later.
  • 1994 - Jimmy Page and Robert Plant taped their MTV Unplugged special in London.
  • 1994 - Jimmy Buffett crashed his plane off Nantucket, MA, swimming back to shore.
  • 1999 - Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue was arrested for inciting a riot in Las Vegas when he tells the crowd to go out and turn over some cars.
  • 1999 - Whitney Houston was sued for $100,000 by the city of Concord, CA after she cancelled a show due to illness.
  • 1999 - Lionel Richie plays a show in front of the Sphynx in Egypt. 
  • 2003 - Jag, a children's book written by LeAnn Rimes and her husband Dean Sheremet, was published.
  • 2005 - Slash and Duff, formerly of Guns N' Roses, sued Axl Rose for naming himself sole holder of the copyrights of the band's works.
  • 2006 - Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton was forced to sit out the first part of the band's Route of All Evil Tour to undergo treatment for throat cancer. 
  • 2007 - Chuck Wicks made his Grand Ole Opry debut. 
  • 2009 - Country singer Jack Ingram set a record for most interviews in 24 hours by doing 215 five-minute interviews with radio stations. 
Marriages
  • 1941 - Billie Holiday and Jimmy Monroe
  • 1946 - Rex Allen and Bonita Linder
  • 2007 - Willa Ford and Mike Modano
Divorces
  • 1994 - Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley
Released
  • 1973 - Ramblin' Man - Allman Brothers (single)
  • 1975 - Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
  • 1976 - Boston - Boston
  • 1979 - Cars - Gary Numan (single)
  • 1982 - What Time Is It? - Time 
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1958 - Little Star - Elegants (1 week)
  • 1962 - Loco-Motion - Little Eva (1 week)
  • 1973 - Brother Louie - Stories (2 weeks)
  • 1979 - My Sharona - Knack (6 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 1973 - Chicago VI - Chicago (2 weeks (3 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2007 - Underground Kingz - UGK (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1956 - Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2) - Bill Doggett (13 weeks)
  • 1958 - Just a Dream - Jimmy Clanton (1 week)
  • 1962 - The Loco-Motion - Little Eva (3 weeks)
  • 1984 - Ghostbusters - Ray Parker, Jr. (2 weeks)
  • 1990 - Jerk Out - Time (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1945 - You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often - Tex Ritter (2 weeks)
  • 1958 - Blue Blue Day - Don Gibson (2 weeks)
  • 1973 - Everybody's Had the Blues - Merle Haggard (2 weeks)
  • 1979 - The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band (1 week)
  • 1984 - Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper's Dream) - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1960 - Apache - Shadows (5 weeks)
  • 1973 - Young Love - Donny Osmond (4 weeks)
  • 1979 - We Don't Talk Anymore - Cliff Richard (4 weeks)
  • 2002 - Crossroads - Blazin' Squad (1 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums

  • 1956 - Songs For Swingin' Lovers - Frank Sinatra (1 week (2 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2002 - Imagine - Eva Cassidy (1 week)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Alice Cooper Cuts New Version of "Elected"; Announce's Candidacy For President

via Press Release

Alice Cooper is tired of the rhetoric - the mudslinging – the media frenzy. Keeping his snake in his cage and the guillotine in storage, he is putting people before career. Alice Cooper wants to be Elected.

His classic 1972 hit is once again an anthem for modern times and when it all boils down to it – a long flowing mane of (real) hair beats Bernie/The Donald/Hillary styles hands down. And he's released a new single of Elected for this campaign, available here at iTunes, Spotify and other online sites.

But it's not all about debonair good looks and long flowing locks -- Alice Cooper has a platform that every voter can get behind. He is asking his fellow Americans, and all those around the world who are disillusioned with their leaders, to join "The Wild Party."


Alice Cooper has spent countless nights on the road; many troubled hours worrying about the course of our great nations. Not afraid of controversy or springing into action, Alice Cooper plans to channel every ounce of energy (including his Alice Cooper and Hollywood Vampire campaign appearances/concerts (click on the links for his schedule), his syndicated radio show "Nights With Alice Cooper," and his daily round of golf, of course) towards solving the world's problems. He is tackling the everyday concerns discussed among his fellow woman and man - the ordinary, decent hard working (and rocking) people he meets and entertains every day while performing nearly 100 concerts a year around the world.

So, if you're looking for a candidate with a platform that matters, vote Alice Cooper, the man with the plan to tackle the hot button, contentious and provocative issues on the minds of the real America and Britain:
  • Getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC
  • A snake in every pot
  • No more pencils, no more books
  • Adding Lemmy to Mt Rushmore
  • Rename Big Ben "Big Lemmy"
  • Groucho Marx on the $50 bill
  • Peter Sellers on the £20 note
  • Cupholders required for every airplane seat
  • Ban on talking during movies in movie theatres
  • Ban on taking selfies, except on a designated National Selfie Day
These "troubled times" call for a "troubled mind" indeed. These "troubled times" call for Alice Cooper.

Said Alice, "Why NOT me? I have t shirts to sell." Yes, there's campaign merchandise available here!


Emma Bunton Still Holds Out Hope For Victoria Beckham Joining the Spice Girls Reunion

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Spice Girls star Emma Bunton is keen for someone to take on Victoria Beckham's role as Posh Spice for the band's 2017 reunion.

A get together has been planned for many months and an initial run of shows to mark the 20th anniversary of the band's first hit Wannabe was abandoned when the girls couldn't book venues in time to do it this summer.

Emma, aka Baby Spice, has since regrouped with Ginger Spice, Geri Horner, and Scary Spice, Melanie Brown, to record new music and schedule a bunch of shows for next year, but the 40-year-old singer believes any reunion without a Posh Spice will fall flat.

"There's nothing set in stone," she tells British TV show This Morning. "I personally think we should do something. It would be lovely (but) I think we need a Posh."

Victoria has turned down the chance to team up with the trio, now called GEM, as has the fifth member of the group, Melanie Chisholm, but Emma reveals she has spoken to Posh, who since leaving the band has embarked on a career as a top fashion designer.

The two bandmates met at David Beckham's 41st birthday in May (16), and Emma has high hopes the soccer star's wife will change her mind.

"For a long time she's said that she wishes us the best," Emma says. "When I was at David's birthday we had a chat about it. She (Victoria Beckham) said, 'You've got to do something. I just don't feel like (it)'.

"We've known that (she's felt that way) for a while. Maybe she will change her mind. Sometimes she does do that. She might want to do it in time."

Melanie Chisholm has remained largely silent on whether she will return, and rumours persist she's even considering taking legal action to prevent any Spice Girls tour going ahead without her.

Second Wave of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Deluxe Reissues to Include "Trilogy", "Brain Salad Surgery" & "Welcome Back Friends"

by VVN Music

The second wave of reissued Emerson, Lake and Palmer albums are ready to go on September 30 with Trilogy, Brain Salad Surgery and Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends: Ladies and Gentlemen, Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

The three new deluxe sets follow in the footsteps of the July 29 release of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Tarkus, Pictures at an Exhibition and a new three-CD Anthology collecting some of the best music from throughout the band's career.

Each of the new deluxe sets includes a booklet with extensive liner notes with new band interviews by legendary rock journalist Chris Welch and the audio has been re-mastered by world renowned rock studio engineer Andy Pearce.

Trilogy

Trilogy was the group’s third studio album that shot to number 2 in the U.K and number 5 in the U.S. album charts in 1972. It has eight classical-rock numbers, including a joyful version of Aaron Copland’s Hoedown that would become the band’s signature tune, as well as Greg Lake’s U.S. Top 40 hit single ballad From The Beginning.

One of the group’s own favorite albums, it is packed with exciting, challenging music, and is full of stunning musicianship, with Keith Emerson playing grand piano, organ and synthesizer with commanding expertise. The Sheriff shows his versatility when he plays authentic ragtime piano.

Trilogy will be presented in a 2-CD format. Disc 1 has the original nine track 1972 album, as remastered in 2015. Disc 2 is an 11-track ‘Alternate Album’ utilising Jakko M. Jakszyk’s 2015 stereo mixes, with an alternate version of From The Beginning and a ‘live’ Hoedown from 1972. The LP version is cut from 2014 remastered files with the original sleeve and distinctive artwork faithfully reproduced, together with a foreword by Greg Lake.

Disc 1 (Trilogy, The Original 1972 Album - The 2015 Remaster)
  • The Endless Enigma (Part One)
  • Fugue
  • The Endless Enigma (Part Two)
  • From The Beginning
  • The Sheriff
  • Hoedown
  • Trilogy
  • Living Sin
  • Abaddon's Bolero
Disc 2 (The Alternate Album (Jakko M Jaksyzk 2015 stereo mixes))
  • From The Beginning (alternate version)
  • The Endless Enigma (Part One)
  • Fugue
  • The Endless Enigma (Part Two)
  • From The Beginning
  • The Sheriff
  • Hoedown
  • Trilogy
  • Living Sin
  • Abaddon's Bolero
  • Hoedown (Live, 1972)

Brain Salad Surgery

ELP’s boldest and most popular album. A massive best seller it represented the group at its best in terms of playing, production and creativity. The first release on their own label Manticore Records it dominated the charts and airwaves, reaching number 2 in the U.K. and number 11 in the U.S. album charts.

Disc 1 of the 2-CD set has the original 8 track 1973 album, presented in its 2014 re-mastered version. Among the highlights is Greg Lake’s superb vocal rendition of the much loved hymn Jerusalem and the ballad Still…You Turn Me On while Keith Emerson’s keyboard brilliance shines through the aggressive Toccata and extended concept piece Karn Evil 9.

Disc 2 is ‘The Alternate Album’ with Jakko M. Jakszyks’ 2014 Stereo Mixes of 13 tracks including B-Side single versions of the tongue in cheek When The Apple Blossoms Bloom In The Windmills Of Your Mind I’ll Be Your Valentine and Brain Salad Surgery. Together with alternate versions of the Karn Evil 9 tracks and an extract from a rare NME Flexi Disc, this will be of special interest to die-hard ELP fans and collectors.

The vinyl LP is cut for the first time from 2014 re-mastered files and the elaborate original sleeve is reproduced with a die-cut gatefold sleeve and fold out poster and a foreword from Greg Lake about the 140 gsm LP format.

Disc 1 (Brain Salad Surgery, The Original 1973 Album - The 2014 Remaster)
  • Jerusalem
  • Toccata
  • Still... You Turn Me On
  • Benny The Bouncer
  • Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Part 1
  • Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Part 2
  • Karn Evil 9 2nd Impression
  • Karn Evil 9 3rd Impression
Disc 2 (The Alternate Album (Jakko M Jaksyzk 2014 stereo mixes))
  • Karn Evil 9 3rd Impression (Original Backing Track)
  • Jerusalem (First Mix)
  • Still... You Turn Me On (First Mix)
  • Toccata (Alternate Version)
  • Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Part 1 (Alternate Version)
  • Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Part 2 (Alternate Version)
  • Karn Evil 9 2nd Impression (Alternate Version)
  • Karn Evil 9 3rd Impression (Alternate Version)
  • Excerpts from Brain Salad Surgery (NME Flexi Disc Version)
  • When The Apple Blossoms Bloom In The Windmills Of Your Mind I'll Be Your Valentine (B Side Single K13503)
  • Brain Salad Surgery (B Side Single K10946)
  • Brain Salad Surgery (Instrumental)
  • Karn Evil 9 3rd Impression (Different Version)

Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends: Ladies and Gentlemen, Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Originally released in 1974 as the first ever triple vinyl ‘live’ rock album, Welcome Back My Friends… would reach number 4 on the Billboard chart, the group’s highest ever placing in America. It was an artistic triumph, with superb in-concert performances of many of ELP’s finest compositions and arrangements capturing the adrenaline fueled atmosphere created during the band’s marathon 1973/74 Get Me A Ladder world tour.

Among the nine tracks are dynamic renditions of Hoedown, Jerusalem, Toccata, Tarkus, Take a Pebble and Karn Evil 9 played with the zest of a band responding to ecstatic audience reactions.

The 2-CD set features a new 24/96 2016 remaster of the original 1974 release taken from the master tapes. As with all the CDs there is a booklet with liner notes by Chris Welch, including revealing new band member interviews. The vinyl LP version is a 2016 remaster of the original album and the original LP artwork is faithfully reproduced, with a die-cut triple gatefold sleeve and embossed logo. The CD and vinyl formats are accompanied by the first release of MFiT and HD digital versions of the original album.

Disc 1
  • Hoedown (Taken From Rodeo)
  • Jerusalem
  • Toccata (An Adaption Of Ginastera's 1st Piano Concerto, 4th Movement)
  • Tarkus: Eruption / Stones Of Years / Iconoclast / Mass / Manticore / Battlefield (Including Epitaph) /
  • Aquatarkus (Conclusion)
  • Take A Pebble (Including Still... You Turn Me On and Lucky Man)
Disc 2
  • Piano Improvisations (Including Friedrich Gulda's Fugue And Joe Sullivan's Little Rock Getaway)
  • Take A Pebble (Conclusion)
  • Jeremy Bender / The Sheriff (Medley)
  • Karn Evil Nine: 1st Impression / 2nd Impression / 3rd Impression

Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley Releasing Holiday Album in U.S.

by VVN Music

In America, Tony Hadley is best known as the voice of Spandau Ballet on their hits True and Gold.

Spandau Ballet was formed in 1976, splitting in 1990 over royalty payments. Twenty years later, they came back together, going back into the top ten with the album Once More. Hadley released two solo albums during the nineties and a third in 2006. Then, last year, came The Christmas Album.

A hit in his native Britain, the album did not receive a U.S. release until now. Omnivore Records has picked up Handley's LP for release on October 21. The Christmas Album cuts across eight decades of holiday music starting with standards like White Christmas and Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Chuck Berry's Run Rudolph Run from the 50's, Greg Lake's I Believe in Father Christmas from the 70's, Fairytale Of New York by the Pogues from the 80's, Keane's recent hit Somewhere Only We Know and a few originals.

Kim Wilde is along for the ride on a duet of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas while Max Giusti joins Tony on Jingle Bells and Italy's Nina Zilli appears on Fairytale Of New York . Butch Walker and Train's Pat Monahan have also provided the song Shake Up Christmas.


The track list:
  • Shake Up Christmas
  • I Believe In Father Christmas
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Duet with Kim Wilde)
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  • Jingle Bells (Duet with Max Giusti)
  • I Don’t Want To Spend One More Christmas Without You
  • Fairytale Of New York (Duet with Nina Zilli)
  • Somewhere Only We Know
  • Lonely This Christmas
  • Every Second I’m Away
  • Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  • White Christmas
  • Silent Christmas
  • Driving Home For Christmas
  • Stay Another Day
  • Snowing All Over The World
  • Run Run Rudolph
  • Ave Maria


Cher Fears For the LGBQT Community If Donald Trump Wins Election

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Cher fears for the safety of the gay community if Republican candidate Donald Trump wins the upcoming presidential race.

The 70-year-old singer is an outspoken critic of the billionaire real estate mogul turned politician, and made her feelings for Trump known at a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Cher appeared in a video to introduce Clinton to the stage at the private fundraiser on Sunday in Provincetown, Massachusetts - a New England town where there is a large gay community.

"I'm here for multiple reasons, but I'm here one, out of love, and one, out of fear," she told the audience. "Because, I'm so frightened for what's going to happen to this particular community. I know there's going to be other people, other minorities that are going to be totally screwed as well, but I honestly fear for your safety."

Cher, who said she believes Clinton is "genuine," earned cheers for her comment that "this chick is tougher than Chinese algebra."

The Believe hit maker also spoke of Trump's running mate Mike Pence and his previous opposition to lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender (LGBQT) rights.

"I fear for you, because I know what they will try to do - they will try to turn back every clock, they will try to take back every one of your rights," she said of the Republican duo.

She claimed the Republican nominee doesn't actually want to be president, and even compared Trump and Pence to the 1977 comedy movie Fun with Dick and Jane.

"He wants the adulation, he doesn't give a s**t about the work," she told the crowd in the video posted by an audience member on Facebook. "Do you remember Fun with Dick and Jane? It's like a racist Fun with Dick and Jane! He doesn't mean we want to 'Make America Great Again.' He means: 'We want to make America straight and white'. He just says the weirdest s**t..."

Summing up her thoughts on the businessman, Cher said bluntly, "I just think he's a f***ing idiot. I just wish he would fall off the face of the Earth."

George Clinton Signs With Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder For New Album

by VVN Music

There's new music coming in 2017 from George Clinton and it will be on a new label.

Clinton has signed with Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label, an announcement that was made this morning on Los Angeles NPR station KCRW.

Flying Lotus, aka FlyLo and born Steven Ellison, is a multi-talent as producer, electronic musician, DJ and rapper. He started in the mid-2000's supplying music to Adult Swim and released his first album, 1983, in 2006.

In 2015, FlyLo, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces recorded an album together under the name WOKE with Clinton contributing to one of the cuts. The four artists are also playing the Afropunk Festival this coming weekend. They go from there to two nights at the Fox Theatre in Oakland (09/15 and 09/16) and one at the Hollywood Bowl (09/17).

The new signing was confirmed by Brainfeeder, FlyLo and Clinton on Twitter:






Dolly Parton to Release Deluxe "Pure & Simple"; Will Play Prostitute in Christmas Movie

by VVN Music

Dolly Parton is releasing a deluxe version of her new album, Pure & Simple, exclusively through Cracker Barrel stores.

The original ten track album was released last Friday. For the Deluxe Version, out this Friday (August 26), two additional tracks have been added, Jolene and 9-to-5 from the Glastonbury Festival of two summer's ago.

In addition, the album will come with a 48-page magazine with photos and interviews and coupons to various Parton attractions.

To celebrate the album's launch, Parton will host the Cracker Barrel Front Porch Series. This video series features Parton and some of today's emerging artists as they play humorous games such as "You're Sooooo Country," "Real Song or Fake Song," and "Dolly or Not Dolly." The original content will be released on Cracker Barrel's YouTube channel beginning Aug. 26.

"My relationship with Cracker Barrel goes back a long way," said Parton. "We are giving their guests something very special with this deluxe album filled with pictures and interviews from my past and present. I am very excited to be working with them on this project; we make a great team."

Julie Ulmer, senior marketing manager for Cracker Barrel, said "Dolly has been a wonderful friend to Cracker Barrel for many years. With our shared Tennessee roots and authentic Southern styles, Dolly and Cracker Barrel are a natural fit. From limited edition rocking chairs to exclusive and gold-certified albums, we've had a long and successful relationship, which we're incredibly proud to continue today."

The track list:
  • Pure and Simple
  • Say Forever You'll Be Mine
  • Never Not Love You
  • Kiss It (And Make It All Better)
  • Can't Be That Wrong
  • Outside Your Door
  • Tomorrow Is Forever
  • I'm Sixteen
  • Head Over High Heels
  • Forever Love
  • Jolene (LIVE from Glastonbury)
  • 9 to 5 (LIVE from Glastonbury)
Parton's second movie for NBC, Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, is set to premier on November 30. The film will, once again, star Alyvia Alyn Lind as a young Parton and Jennifer Nettles and Ricky Schroeder as her parents. 

Dolly has a small role in the film as the town prostitute. She told Jimmy Fallon that, when she was young, she patterned herself after the town's fallen woman. "When I was little, I patterned my look after the town trollop. I thought she was the most beautiful thing, because she had all this makeup, hair, tight clothes and everything I wanted. . . So I thought, why not play the painted lady?"

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