Dolly Parton’s 'Rockstar' Debuts at No. 1 Garnering Her Biggest Sales Week in Modern Era

December 3, 2023
Dolly Parton’s Rockstar Debuts at No.1 Garnering Her Biggest Sales Week in Modern Era

Dolly’s blockbuster release, Rockstar, rides high at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart.

Rolling in like thunder, Dolly Parton’s Rockstar makes history, debuting at #1 on six different Billboard charts and marking her biggest album debut to date. With 127,778 units sold in its inaugural week, the 30-track collection more than doubled her 1993 achievement of 50,500 copies sold of Slow Dancing With the Moon, making Rockstar Dolly’s biggest debut week ever and biggest sales week in 30 years.

“Wow, this is a big thrill!” says Dolly. “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.”

Seven decades into her illustrious career, Dolly garnered her highest charting album ever as Rockstar sits at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, making it her third top 10 on that list. The album also debuted at #1 on Billboard Top Rock Albums, Top Rock & Alternative Albums, Top Country Albums, Top Album Sales, Top Current Album Sales, and Independent Albums charts. Additionally, it secured positions at #2 on Billboard Vinyl Albums and Tastemaker Albums charts. Released on Dolly’s own Butterfly Records with worldwide distribution via Big Machine Label Group, Rockstar joins Drake’s For All The Dogs – Scary Hours Edition and Taylor Swift’s 1989 (Taylor’s Version) in the overall top 3, marking Dolly’s career-best rank on the all-genre list. 

With its #1 debut on Billboard Country Albums, the album also becomes Dolly’s 48th top 10 entry on Billboard Country Albums and eighth #1, extending the Rock & Roll and Country Music Hall of Famers’ record on that tally for most top 10 albums by a female artist. The album extends Dolly’s run of #1s on Billboard Country Albums to 46 years—from 1977’s Here You Come Again to present—a record she claimed in 2020 with the #1 debut of A Holly Dolly Christmas and now furthers with Rockstar.

Rockstar not only conquered the domestic market but also made significant waves globally. With first-week worldwide sales exceeding 143,000 units, the album achieved a top 5 debut in the UK, Dolly’s first top 10 debut in Germany, a #1 debut in Canada on both Country Albums and Current Digital Album Sales chart, a #2 debut in Canada on the Current Album Sales chart, a #2 debut on the Digital Albums chart in Australia, a #3 debut on the Country Albums chart in Australia, a #2 debut in Switzerland, and more ex-US debuts still to be announced.

Furthermore, Dolly's massive global campaign for Rockstar was highlighted by a halftime performance at the Dallas Cowboys Red Kettle Kickoff game on Thanksgiving Day, where she made a staggering $1 million donation to the Salvation Army. Her appearance at the game contributed to making it the third most-viewed regular-season game in NFL history, peaking at 44 million viewers.

Rockstar Now Available

Kick-started by her 2022 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Rockstar is a 30-song collection that features a flaming array of iconic collaborations with rock & roll and pop royalty, including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Elton John, Pat Benetar, Steven Tyler, Melissa Etheridge, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Sting and Chris Stapleton. 

Available on all digital platforms and in multiple variations on CD and vinyl, Rockstar is taking the world by storm. Distributed worldwide, Rockstar can be purchased in CD and vinyl at a variety of retailers, including Cracker Barrel, Dollar General, HSN, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, independent record stores, Dolly’s webstore, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame store, Target and Walmart. Stream or purchase your copy of Rockstar here.