Legendary singer-songwriter Dolly Parton was honored over the weekend for her groundbreaking sales milestone of 100 million records sold worldwide. This staggering achievement includes single and album numbers. With a career that spans nearly five decades, she is the most celebrated solo country female of all time. During her recent appearance at the Glastonbury Music Festival, Parton was presented with a plaque, commemorating her outstanding achievements in music-making.
“I’ve been so busy making records for the past several decades, I didn’t realize I had racked up so many sales. What a great honor to know that I have so many fans that have supported me through the years. Thanks to the RIAA for the acknowledgment and the plaque I feel very honored and proud,” Parton said during the press conference and after being presented with the award by BBC2 Radio’s Lauren Laverne, CTK Management CEO and Dolly Records President Danny Nozell and Glastonbury owner Michael Eavis. Parton then hit the Pyramid stage to preform in front of over 100,000 adoring fans.
Earlier this year, Parton dropped Blue Smoke, the singer's 42nd full-length album. It became her highest-charting solo record in the states, arriving at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. In the UK, the set dropped at No. 6, too, on the official tally.
To-date, Parton has charted 42 Top 10 albums and 25 No. 1 singles on Hot Country Songs, the most for any woman ever. She has also racked up 25 RIAA-certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums, resulting in seven Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards, and three American Music Awards.
Parton launched her latest Blue Smoke World Tour earlier this year, and it will continue through July 14, ultimately wrapping an impressive run. For more details and to purchase tickets, head over here.