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Tennessee: As with Springsteen in New Jersey, it's hard to imagine anyone other than Dolly Parton representing Tennessee, especially since her "Dollywood" theme park welcomes approximately 2.5 million visitors annually. The Nashville queen, born in Sevierville, boasts the most No. 1s (25) of any female artist in the 68-year history of Country Songs.

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Dolly Parton is returning Down Under for a national tour.

The country legend will bring her “Blue Smoke World Tour” to Australia for six dates in February, promoter Live Nation announced on Monday.

"Australia, here I come again. We have a lot of new and exciting things for the show and can't wait to share it with you. I love my fans in that part of the world. You've been so very good to me for so many years and I know that we're gonna have a wonderful time," the singer said in a statement.

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When Parton last toured these parts in 2011, she played two-and-a-half hour shows and broke a drought with Australia which lasted close to three decades. That tour, organized by legendary promoter Michael Chugg, was one of the year’s biggest box-office hits.

The general ticket onsale for her 2014 trek starts Nov. 1, and the pre-sale kicks off Oct. 28.

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News of next year's Australian dates dropped just hours after an exclusive interview hit free-to-air local TV in which Dolly opened-up about her poor upbringing, her inconspicuous husband and the plastic surgery she’s had -- and will likely have again.

Its safe to say she won’t bring to Australia the hip hop act she’s pulled for talk show host Queen Latifah. In a clip that went viral over the weekend, the 67-year-old donned an enormous afro wig and gold chains, and rhymed her way through a short rap that included telling Latifah to "stick that in her pipe and smoke it." There was also a quick reference to Miley Cyrus and twerking.

Dolly’s latest studio album “Blue Smoke” will get a global release through Dolly Records at an unspecified date.

The Australian leg of Dolly Parton's 2014 ‘Blue Smoke World Tour’:
Feb.11 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Feb.15 - Hope Estate Winery, Hunter Valley
Feb. 18 - Entertainment Centre, Sydney
Feb. 21 - Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Feb. 25 - Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Feb. 27 - Perth Arena

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