The Stooges, Nico, and Swamp Dogg were the underground heroes of 1970

To commemorate 60 years of the Billboard Hot 100, Off The Charts revisits each year since it was established to spotlight songs and artists that didn’t make the cut, yet still made a significant impact. Years are chosen randomly and—to make it even harder on ourselves—rules for inclusion are that neither the songs nor…

Dolly Parton drops the "Dixie" from her Dixie Stampede show, citing "changing attitudes"

She may be from the backwoods of Tennessee, but Dolly Parton has the ability to change. Over the course of her career, the 25-time Billboard country-music chart topper has come to embrace her status as a gay icon:“I have a huge gay and lesbian following and I’m proud of ’em, I love ’em and I think everybody should be…

Fastball pays tribute to country royalty with a cover of Dolly Parton’s “9 To 5”

Dolly Parton is among the most accomplished singers to walk this Earth. She’s sold over 100 million albums, has had 23 number-one singles, and has been nominated for 47 Grammy Awards, as well as two Academy Awards for Best Original Song. Covering her is a daunting challenge, but it’s one Austin natives and ’90s…

From Justin to terrible: 21 unfortunate cinematic pop-star vehicles

If you are a successful pop star, conquering the movies appears to be the next logical step. After all, it worked (kind of) for Elvis. And Justin Timberlake! But it turns out that Elvis and JT are the rare exceptions. Most times, when movies are crafted around a particular pop star who’s new to film, the results are…

Lily Tomlin’s lifetime achievement award celebration will be a 9 To 5 reunion

It makes sense that Jane Fonda would be on hand for this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, where Lily Tomlin is set to receive a lifetime achievement award. After all, both are nominated for their work in Grace And Frankie. But the SAGs aren’t going to pass up on the potential for a full-scale 9 To 5 reunion. The…

Dolly Parton’s telethon raised $9 million for Tennessee wildfire victims

Here’s a ray of sunshine in an otherwise gloomy year: Dolly Parton’s telethon for the victims of the Tennessee wildfire victims raised over $9 million. Dollywood’s sweetheart (and founder/proprietor) doubled down on her efforts to help her neighbors, holding a separate fundraiser to boost the My People fund, which she…

Dolly Parton creates fund for families affected by Tennessee wildfires

Devastating wildfires in Tennessee this week killed at least seven people and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses in the Great Smoky Mountains region. Now Dolly Parton—who grew up in the area and operates her popular Dollywood amusement park there—has pledged to help the fire’s victims. In a video posted on The…

The trailer for Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors will uplift you, damn it

Last year, the first of NBC’s Dolly Parton movies brought in hordes of viewers looking for some comfort in the form of the childhood tales of the beloved country singer-songwriter. Now the network is at it again, reworking a few words in the title so it’s the Christmas Of Many Colors rather than the Coat Of Many Colors…

Dolly Parton to receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award

Rolling Stone reports that country music legend Dolly Parton will be this year’s recipient of the Willie Nelson Award for lifetime achievement at the CMAs. The singer-songwriter—whose achievements include “I Will Always Love You,” “Jolene,” “9 To 5,” and surviving 60 years in the music industry with a smile on her…

Here’s what’s coming to record stores and streaming services in August

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to reviews sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

Drag Race’s Pandora Boxx on why farts, falls, and funny women make her laugh

Even though she didn’t receive the crown of America’s Next Drag Superstar, Pandora Boxx—who RuPaul dubbed “the Susan Lucci of this competition” due to her eternal bridesmaid status on RuPaul’s Drag Race—came out of the reality-show game a winner. The breakout star (and eventual Miss Congeniality) of Drag Race season…