By Kurt Wolff
Dolly Parton reached two milestones this past weekend. Not only did the country legend appear for the first time at England’s famed Glastonbury Music Festival (a rock festival where country artists are not normally headline acts) — she also surpassed the astounding figure of 100 million in worldwide record sales.
During a press conference at Glastonbury on Sunday (June 29), Parton was presented with a plaque that commemorated her RIAA-certified sales achievement. The presentation was made by BBC2 Radio’s Lauren Laverne, Dolly Records President Danny Nozell and Glastonbury owner Michael Eavis.
“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,” says Dolly Parton.
According to the Telegraph, when Parton took the stage Sunday afternoon (June 29), “everyone came out for Dolly, leaving the other stages bereft of audiences.” The Guardian agreed regarding the show’s popularity, calling Parton’s performance an undisputed “crowdpleaser” packed with sing-along moments on such hits as “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors” and “9 to 5.” She “had 200,000 people in the palm of her manicured, rhinestone-studded hand,” the Guardian reported. “She said it best herself: it was corny, but it was fun.”
Parton’s set also featured a duet with a surprise guest, Bon Jovi‘s Richie Sambora. They performed the Sambora-penned Bon Jovi hit “Lay Your Hands On Me,” which appears on Parton’s recently released album Blue Smoke.
Sambora was on that side of the Atlantic as he’s currently touring the U.K. and Europe with Orianthi. He also performed with Parton two nights earlier during her show at the O2 Arena in London.
Parton has been touring this year in the U.S. and Europe in support of her latest album Blue Smoke. Released in the U.S. this past May, Blue Smoke turned out to be Parton’s highest-charting album to date.
Parton’s 2014 European tour continues through July 14.