Dolly Parton Celebrates Biggest Album Debut To Date As ‘Rockstar’ Lands At The Top Of Six Different Billboard Charts

The country legend noted that these accomplishments are a “big thrill.”

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Madeleine O’Connell

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November 27, 2023

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Photo Courtesy Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton’s new album, Rockstarhas become the biggest album debut across her seven-decade career. 

Prior to its official release, the album featuring nine originals and 21 covers of some of the most iconic rock hits of all time produced several chart-topping hits including the original songs “Bygones (feat. Rob Halford)” and “World on Fire.” Now with the full 30-track on display, Rockstar sold 127,778 units in just the first week and landed the top spot on six different Billboard charts. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Top Rock Albums, No. 1 on Billboard Top Rock & Alternative Albums, No. 1 on Billboard Top Country Albums, No. 1 on Billboard Top Album Sales, No. 1 onBillboard Top Current Album Sales, and No. 1 onBillboard Independent Albums charts. Additionally, it debuted at No. 2 on Billboard Vinyl Albums and No. 2 on the Billboard Tastemaker Albums charts. 

Dolly Parton 'Rockstar' Album Art
Dolly Parton ‘Rockstar’ Album Art

A recent press release also revealed that Rockstar now sits in the overall top 3 alongside Drake’s For All The Dogs – Scary Hours Edition and Taylor Swift’s 1989 (Taylor’s Version). This feat serves as Parton’s best ranking on the all-genre list in her entire career. 

The album marks the Rock & Roll and Country Music Hall of Famers’ biggest debut week ever and biggest sales week in 30 years, following 1993’s Platinum-selling Slow Dancing With The Moon, which logged an impressive 50,000 units in its second chart week. 

It was also revealed that with the album’s No. 1 debut on Billboard Country AlbumsRockstar has earned Parton her 48th top 10 entry on Billboard Country Albums and eighth No. 1. Expanding her standing on that coveted chart, Parton now holds the record for the most top 10 albums achieved by a female artist. This album extends the Tennessee native’s run of No. 1s on Billboard Country Albums to 46 years, a record she claimed in 2020 with the top-charting debut of A Holly Dolly Christmas. This feat began with 1977’s Here You Come Again and continues into the present.

Dolly Parton; Photo Provided
Dolly Parton; Photo Provided

“Wow, this is a big thrill!” Parton said in a recent statement as she expressed her excitement towards these milestone achievements. “I owe a thank you to the fans who have always been there for me. Their support made this achievement possible. I’d also like to thank my producer Kent Wells, all the wonderful artists, musicians, and engineers who brought their talents to this project.”

Looking at the success of Rockstar outside of the U.S., the project topped 143,000 units in its first-week worldwide sales and achieved a top 5 debut in the UK. Additionally, the project earned Parton her first top 10 debut in Germany, a No. 1 debut in Canada on both Country Albums and Current Digital Album Sales chart, a No. 2 debut in Canada on the Current Album Sales chart, a No. 2 debut on the Digital Albums chart in Australia, a No. 3 debut on the Country Albums chart in Australia, a No. 2 debut in Switzerland, and more impressive feats across the world that have yet to be announced.

To celebrate the massive release of Rockstar, Dolly Parton appeared as the halftime performer at the Dallas Cowboys Red Kettle Kickoff game against the Washington Commanders on Thanksgiving Day. While dazzling the audience in her iconic Dallas Cowboys cheerleader uniform, Parton delivered several of her iconic hits, including “Jolene, “9 To 5,” as well as her version of “We Are The Champions” from her Rockstar album. 

Dolly Parton - Dallas Cowboys Halftime Show; Photo via YouTube, NFL
Dolly Parton – Dallas Cowboys Halftime Show; Photo via YouTube, NFL

Prior to her performance on the field at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, NBC News Dallas Fort Worth reported that Parton surprised Dallas Cowboys’ Charlotte Jones with a generous donation of $1 million dollars to the Salvation Army. Her presence also had a major impact on the game itself, as it became the third most-viewed regular-season game in NFL history with a 44 million viewership peak.

“Words can’t describe how proud I am that Dolly trusted us to deliver her Rockstarvision,” says Danny Nozell, Parton’s longtime manager and CEO/CTK Enterprises & NOZ Entertainment Soundstages. “I want to thank my Butterfly Records global marketing team of Kyle McClain, Steve Ross, John Zarling, Kelly Ridgway, Olly Rowland, global publicist Marcel Pariseau, and the teams at Marbaloo and TDS. I also want to recognize my entire CTK Enterprises staff for the sleepless nights bringing this vision to life. Additionally, a thank you to the best partners in the world—Scott Borchetta, Mike Rittberg, Julian Raymond, and the Big Machine family for their hard work and team effort.”

Parton’s Rockstar album featuring a variety of special guests such Miley Cyrus, Chris Stapleton, Elton John, Linda Perry, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, and more, is now available to purchase in multiple digital and physical versions. To learn more, visit her official website HERE

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.