Dolly Parton is poised to debut at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart with her latest release, Pure & Simple, according to industry forecasters. Those in the know suggest the album could sell around 20,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 25, which will likely enable the set to debut at No. 1.
If it does arrive atop the sales-based tally, it will mark the legend’s first No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart in over 25 years. She last led the list with Eagle When She Flies, for one week, on the May 18, 1991-dated list.
In total, Parton has racked up six No. 1s on the Top Country Albums chart. She also topped the list with Trio (Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris), 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs, Heartbreaker, Here You Come Again and New Harvest… First Gathering.
Pure & Simple is Parton’s 43rd studio album and was released Aug. 19 by the diva’s own Dolly Records and RCA Nashville, through a new joint venture with Sony Music Nashville.