Dolly Parton’s star-studded debut rock album to feature McCartney, Lizzo, Miley, Elton and many more
For her very first entry into rock ‘n’ roll music, Dolly Parton pulled out all the stops, thumbing through her rhinestone-studded Rolodex for collaborators.
The 77-year-old country music icon, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year, announced the lineup for her upcoming album, “Rockstar.”
Boasting a whopping 30 tracks, the opus is set to be released Nov. 17. The album will feature superstar collaborations on new versions of popular songs — many with the artists who originally made them hits.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite for Parton’s take on their 1970 Beatles classic “Let It Be” with special guests Peter Frampton and Mick Fleetwood.
Meanwhile, Sting joins the diva on a new version of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take.”
Parton and her famous goddaughter, Miley Cyrus, team up for a cover of Miley’s hit ballad “Wrecking Ball.” The pair previously duetted on 2017′s “Rainbowland,” which was banned from a Wisconsin first-grade spring concert in March over concerns it would be controversial.
Lizzo shows up — along with “Sasha Flute,” her Instagram-famous instrument — for a rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” P!nk & Brandi Carlile join Parton for a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”
“I’m so excited to finally present my first rock and roll album, ‘Rockstar!,’” Parton said in a statement with Tuesday’s announcement. “I am very honored 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!”
Elton John, Stevie Nicks, Debbie Harry, Michael McDonald, Linda Perry, Melissa Etheridge, Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock and John Fogerty are also featured on the collection. Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora appears on the title track.
Elsewhere on “Rockstar,” Parton sings solo covers of Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Queen’s “We Are the Champions.”
The 10-time Grammy Award winner will perform the album’s lead track, ”World on Fire,” for the first time at the ACM Awards on Thursday.
“This is a song I felt very inspired to write,” she said. “I think it speaks about everything and to everyone this day and time. I hope it is something that will touch you and maybe touch enough people to want to make a change for the better.”