Dolly Parton reveals details of first rock album – featuring some very famous friends


Dolly Parton has revealed details of her first ever rock album – featuring collaborations with some of music’s biggest stars.

Rockstar, due for release in November, features tracks with artists including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr, Sir Elton John, Sting, Lizzo, and Parton‘s goddaughter Miley Cyrus.

Other collaborators include US musical heavyweights Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton, Stevie Nicks, Debbie Harry, Simon Le Bon, Joan Jett, Pink, and Brandi Carlile.

Paul McCartney performs at Glastonbury Festival in Worthy Farm, Somerset, England, Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
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Miley Cyrus performing on the fifth day of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset 30/6/2019

The country music legend, 77, described creating the record, which features nine original songs along with 21 covers of famous tracks, as “a joy beyond measure”.

“I’m so excited to finally present my first rock and roll album, Rockstar,” she said in a statement.

“I am very honoured and privileged to have worked with some of the greatest iconic singers and musicians of all time and to be able to sing all the iconic songs throughout the album was a joy beyond measure.

“I hope everybody enjoys the album as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together.”

The album comes after Parton’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2022. The star initially resisted the honour, saying she had not “earned the right” to join rock’s greats. However, she added that the nod had inspired her to release a rock and roll record.

Following fan protests, the star changed her mind and decided to accept the accolade “gracefully” – promising to “live up to the honour” – and headlined the 2022 ceremony in Los Angeles in November.

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Lizzo performing during the Brit Awards 2023 at the O2 Arena, London. Picture date: Saturday February 11, 2023.

Rockstar’s lead original track, World On Fire, will be released on Thursday to coincide with its world premiere performance at the Academy Of Country Music (ACM) awards.

Parton said she hopes the song will “maybe touch enough people to want to make a change for the better”.

Famous collaborations on the album include Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, with Sir Elton, and The Police’s Every Breath You Take with Sting.

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Sir Paul and Sir Ringo have collaborated on Let It Be, which also features guest appearances from Peter Frampton and Mick Fleetwood.

The star duets with Cyrus on Wrecking Ball, and Blondie star Harry on Heart Of Glass.

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