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Dolly Parton: 'I don't care about topping the charts anymore'

Published 09/07/2016

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton keeps it old school when it comes to songwriting.

Country music icon Dolly Parton couldn't care less if she has another big hit.

The 70-year-old singer's latest singles aren't grabbing as much airtime on radio stations as her smashes 9 to 5 and Jolene did back in the day, and she accepts she's not as popular as her more contemporary peers, but reaching the top of album charts is no longer a concern of hers.

"I’m one of those people, I don’t do it for commercial reasons," Dolly revealed to Billboard reporters at a recent press conference in Toronto, Canada. "I just write what I write and I sing what I sing and I just get in and do it. At this point in my life I’d probably have more success if I would work with other important people, but my songs are just so personal.

"If I’m looking for big hit records, I’d probably go looking for a big producer, but for now I like doing what I’m doing and I’m happy and content with that. And my true fans accept that.”

Dolly is currently performing shows across North America as part of her Pure & Simple Tour, and in August (16) she will release her 43rd album, Pure & Simple - a nostalgic record that hearkens back to her humble beginnings in showbusiness in the early 1960s.

“This particular album is almost like a garage band," she explained. "I have a little old bitty booth that I have just set up at my publishing company just for songs I write; I just go in and do my little demos and that was how this all started."

Dolly's Pure & Simple album is filled with love songs in honour of husband Carl Thomas Dean. The couple renewed its vows in May (16) in celebration of 50 years of marriage.

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