Dolly Parton Announces New Joint Venture with Sony Music Nashville for 'Pure & Simple'
Dolly Parton will release her new record, Pure & Simple, on Aug. 19 through a new joint venture with Sony Music Nashville under the name Dolly Records/RCA Nashville imprints. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Dolly Parton is a national treasure and an iconic singer/songwriter,” Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be expanding our successful relationship with her through this new global agreement. We are very proud to call her a member of the Sony Music family.”
Since the advent of SoundScan, now known as Nielsen Music, Parton’s albums have scanned 9.25 million copies, and her track sales are at about 3.3 million since Nielsen began that tracking. This year alone, her album catalog has moved nearly 53,000 unit, while track sales total 123,000.
Her most recent album, Blue Smoke, has scanned nearly 88,000 units, including nearly 37,000 in its debut week ending May 18, 2014.
For the new album, Parton said in a statement that she is taking “my fans back to my roots. I feel like these songs have a pure, tender side and we didn’t go overboard with arrangements. I’m so glad we’ve teamed up with our friends at Sony to get this album out to the fans.”
Parton co-wrote and co-produced the album, according to the announcement.
“This is a special reunion for Dolly, RCA Nashville and for me personally,” Sony Music Nashville chairman/CEO Randy Goodman, said in a statement. “We have a firm foundation of Dolly’s incredible catalog of hits on RCA Nashville as well as Columbia Nashville.”
Goodman previously worked at RCA Nashville when Parton was putting out some of Parton’s biggest-selling albums, like Eagle When She Flies, with 1.14 million in sales.