LISTEN: Dolly Parton and Kelly Clarkson release long-awaited version of ‘9 to 5′

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Dolly Parton is still working “9 to 5″ — and now with a fellow music star.

The country music superstar on Friday released her much-anticipated duet with Kelly Clarson — a new, reimagined version of her 1980 classic “9 to 5.”

A slower, more pop take on the beloved song, was originally written for the 1980 comedy of the same name, was first heard in the “Still Working 9 to 5″ documentary when it premiered at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas in March.

“Nobody sings like Kelly Clarkson. She makes any song come alive,” Parton said in a statement. “I love her voice on ‘9 to 5′ and I am so proud I got to sing with her on it.”

On Friday, Clarkson took to social media to celebrate the official release.

“It’s out!! The brand new version of ‘9 to 5′ that I recorded with @DollyParton is available everywhere,” she wrote on Instagram. “It was such an honor to join Dolly on this record and I am so happy with how it turned out. "

“Still Working 9 to 5″ — which opens in select theaters in New York City and Los Angeles on Sept. 16 — features interviews with the cast and other stars including Rita Moreno and Allison Janney as it examines the legacy of the cult classic and the continuing fight for gender equality in the workplace, decades after its release.

The original “9 to 5″ song was written and recorded by Parton and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in February 1981.

The track also won two Grammys — best country song and best female country vocal performance — and was nominated for an Academy Award for best original song.

For the new version, Parton and Clarkson joined forces with the film’s executive producer Shane McAnally, Sasha Sloan and King Henry to reimagine the classic song into a “melancholic yet inspirational anthem over 40 years after the original’s release as the fight for workplace equality persists,” according to a news release.