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‘Better Day’ World Tour

Published July 17, 2011 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Dolly’s ‘Better Day’ World Tour most successful tour to date

Dolly began her “Better Day” World Tour on July 17, 2011, at Thompson-Boling arena in Knoxville, Tenn. It concluded on Dec. 1, 2011, at Melbourne Australia’s Rod Laver Arena. All told, Dolly played 50 dates, sold nearly 275,000 tickets, and grossed $34 million (her most successful tour to date).

Dolly was really excited to announce her “Better Day” World Tour saying,

“I had a great time when we were in Europe on the last ‘Backwoods Barbie’ tour, and I expect to have even more fun on the up and coming ‘Better Day‘ World Tour. I’m really looking forward to this, and I can’t wait to see all the fans again. We have a lot fun things for everybody!”

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‘Better Day’

Published June 28, 2011 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Dolly releases 41st solo album, “Better Day”

Dolly released her 41st studio album “Better Day” on June 28, 2011, her fourth on her Dolly Records label. “Better Day” was Dolly’s first album of entirely original material since 1998’s “Hungry Again.” All but one of the songs, “Country Is As Country Does” (written with Mac Davis), were exclusively composed and written by Dolly. Four of the album’s tracks were versions of songs she wrote for the Broadway musical “9 to 5” but had recorded–“I Just Might,” “Shine Like the Sun,” “Get Out and Stay Out,” and “Let Love Grow.” Randy Owen recorded “Holding Everything” on his 2008 debut album “One on One” while “Together You and I” was released as a duet with Porter Wagoner on the 1974 album “Porter ‘n’ Dolly.” The other four songs appeared for the first time on “Better Day.”

Writing more contemporary songs was one of Dolly’s goals,

“I always think every album is better than the last one… at least I strive for that. I wrote all the songs for this one, plus, I think it may be a little more contemporary than what I usually do.”

Dolly wrote the “Better Day” songs amid world crises and conflict which influenced her writing,

“Everybody’s so down in the dumps, and all this doomsday attitude with the economy so bad and all the wars and the bad weather… People really need to be uplifted a little bit right now.”

Dolly succeeded, as Steve Leggett wrote in his review,

“‘Better Day’… is an energetic, spiritual, and hopeful outing that rocks and soars with enough musical sunshine to light up even the grayest day.”

“Better Day” reached the Billboard Top 200 debuting at No. 51 (it debuted at No. 11 on the Top Country Albums Chart).

 

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‘Together You and I’

Published May 23, 2011 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Dolly re-records ‘Together You and I’ and releases it as the first single on her 41st solo album, ‘Better Day’

Together You and I” is the first single from Dolly’s 41st studio album “Better Day.” The single was released on May 23, 2011. The song was previously released in 1974 as a duet on the “Porter ‘n’ Dolly” album with Porter Wagoner. Dolly performed the new version of the song on the “Ellen Degeneres Show” (May 27, 2011) and on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno (July 22, 2011).

Dolly said of the song,

“‘Together You and I’ is one of my favorite love songs that I have written, and I’ve always been a sucker for romance. We all kind of have that fantasy that once you fall in love, it’s going to be forever. I think people still dream of that even when love goes bad.”

The single reached the British singles chart in 2011, peaking at No. 67.

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