World-renowned singer/songwriter/entertainer Dolly Parton has a worldwide #1 album to celebrate this week. The superstar’s new release PURE & SIMPLE debuts at #1 not only on the Australian ARIA Country Chart, but also on the national country charts in the USA, Canada and UK.
Dolly’s 43rd studio recording, which was released on August 19th, debuted at #9 on the overall Australian ARIA Album Chart and marks the first time Dolly has topped Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in the 25-year history of SoundScan.
Upon hearing the news, Dolly Parton, who co-produced and wrote every song on PURE & SIMPLE said, “Boy, it’s a good day for me. I am a happy girl! It feels great to be #1 as it’s been a long time and it feels so good to still be in the game after all this time.”
Doug Morris, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment said, “Congratulations Dolly, for your stunning debut with PURE & SIMPLE. You put your heart and soul in this album, and we join you in celebrating a long-overdue #1 on the country album chart.”
“I thought it was a magical time back in 1981, when I first started working with Dolly as we set up her BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE album on RCA, right after her huge hit, ‘9 To 5’”, reflected Randy Goodman, Chairman & CEO, Sony Music Nashville. “I spent a week with her on the RCA jet visiting radio and retail all over the country. But, to be reunited with Dolly and have a #1 debut is wonderful. Thank you, Doug Morris for bringing Dolly back to RCA.”
CTK Management CEO Danny Nozell said, “There is nobody more deserving of this tremendous success. Having worked with Dolly for the past 13 years, I have never met any person that works harder than her. She is a businesswoman that understands her brand and knows exactly what to do and when to do it, and once again, she proves it with a #1 album.”