Friday, August 26, 2016

Dolly Parton to Hit Top Ten With New Album, Get First Country Number One in 25 Years

by VVN Music

Dolly Parton's sales resurgence is continuing with her latest album, Pure and Simple.

It appears that she will not do as well as in the U.K., where the album debuted at number 2 on the overall albums chart and number 1 on Country Artists, but the final projection for the week from Hits Daily Double shows her just sneaking into the top ten.

Dolly's projected sales for the week is 21,000 copies, putting her at number 6 on the Building Sales chart. That is far short of the 232,000 projected for Frank Ocean's new album, Blonde, and half of the 42,700 projected copies for Lindsey Stirling's third album Brave Enough.

Jump over to Sales + Streaming, the basis for the Billboard 200, and Parton falls off to number 10, picking up just 500 additional units from streaming. By comparison, Ocean picked up an additional 56,000 units after streaming was added in.

From a chart standpoint, a number 10 debut would fall short of Blue Smoke's (2014) number 6 start, but it would make Pure and Simple the second highest charting solo album of Parton's career on the Billboard 200. The album Trio with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris also peaked at 6.

Even when Dolly was at the top of her career in the late-70's and early-80's, she didn't manage to make the Billboard top ten, although her 1980 album 9 to 5 and Other Odd Jobs did make it to number 11.

Then there is the Country Albums chart. Word is that Dolly will top that chart this week, making it her first number 1 in 25 years, going back to 1991's Eagle When She Flies. It will be her seventh number 1 country album overall:

  • New Harvest...First Gathering (1977)
  • Here You Come Again (1977)
  • Heartbreaker (1978)
  • 9 to 5 and Other Odd Jobs (1980)
  • Trio (with Linda Ronstandt & Emmylou Harris) (1987)
  • Eagle When She Flies (1991)
  • Pure and Simple (2016)
Final charts will be out on Tuesday.