“Rockstar” Has Become Dolly Parton’s Highest-Charting Album Of All Time
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Dolly Parton’s latest album, Rockstar, has officially become her highest-charting album.
Parton got the idea to record a full length rock album after she was selected as an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2022. Actually, she initially turned down the honor because she felt she wasn’t worthy.
“Even though I’m extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don’t feel that I have earned that right,” she wrote at the time. “I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out.”
The Rock Hall responded, saying that she was worthy and pointed out artists of multiple genres have been inducted in the past. Parton said she would “gracefully” accept if she was voted in. Once she was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she vowed to make a rock album and she got to work right away. At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, she performed a song she wrote for the album, titled “Rockin'”
Dolly Parton released her rock album, Rockstar, on November 17th.
The album includes nine original songs, plus 21 “iconic rock anthems” along with collaborations with some legendary names. Those names include Sting, Steve Perry, John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks, Chris Stapleton, Debby Harry, Miley Cyrus, Pat Benatar, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
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Dolly has released 49 solo albums and 17 collaborative albums.
Rockstar is officially the highest-charting album after debuting at number three on the Billboard 200 chart. Her next highest charting album on that chart is 1987’s Trio, her album with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, and 2014’s Blue Smoke.
It of course has already topped the Top Country Albums chart, where she has had eight previous album hit number one.
Dolly makes a statement about her highest-charting album.
“Wow, this is a big thrill!” she said. “I owe a thank you to the fans who have always been there for me. Their support made this achievement possible.”