Dolly Plans New Album, World Tour

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Dolly Parton will release a new album, Better Day, this summer, the follow-up to 2008's Backwoods Barbie. Dolly says the new disc, which features 12 tracks penned by the legendary superstar, more than lives up to its title.

"I wanted to do an album that would be very uplifting and positive, as well as inspirational," says the seven-time Grammy winner. "Times are hard all over. I think people need to feel better and I thought Better Day was a perfect title because it says 'Hope.'" The disc marks the fourth release on her independent Dolly Records.

Dolly will celebrate the release in grand style—with a world tour. The tour will include stops in Europe and Australia. The Better Day World Tour will launch July 17 in Knoxville, Tenn., and will include two shows at the historic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and two shows at the 02 Arena in London, the place where Dolly recorded and filmed 2009's Live From London, a two-disc CD/DVD set.

“I’m very excited, first of all, to be going back on tour at all," Dolly said in a statement. "But I love the fans and I miss the live stage shows. With the new stage show I hope to have a lot of new things for the fans, especially all the new songs from the Better Day CD and some new and different segments in the show with a lot more fun things as well. Of course, we will always be doing the biggest and most popular songs. We’re looking for a good time for ourselves as well as for the fans.”

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