Dolly Parton Enlists Miley Cyrus For Reimagination of “Wrecking Ball”

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If you told middle school me this would be on Dolly Parton‘s forthcoming album, I would have laughed out loud.

But let’s look at the facts here, folks. Miley Cyrus is Dolly’s Godmother and the two share an extremely close relationship, so it only makes sense to highlight her on Parton’s upcoming rock album.

However, I would have thought Parton would have leaned more into Cyrus’ ability to belt out some classic rock songs. I mean, have y’all seen the videos of her covering Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog?”

@oocontexthannahmontana Miss Miley Ray never ceases to show the big boys how this rock thing is done!!! #mileycyrus #hannahmontana #fyp #fy #2019 #glastonbury ♬ original sound – out of context hannah montana

However, given that “Wrecking Ball” is an iconic song out of Cyrus’ discography, this reimagination of this 2013 hit track as well. Wonder if Parton will swing on the wrecking ball that caused a pop culture commotion like Cyrus did…

Parton opens up the track with haunting vocals, singing the opening words:

“We clawed, we chained, our hearts in vainWe jumped, never asking whyWe kissed, I fell under your spellA love no one could deny…”

Cyrus comes in right before the chorus for some stunning harmonies. After the first chorus, the rock aspect of the track kicks in.

The heavy guitar riffs and classic rock and roll elements give this song a new light, giving the initially pop track an ’80s hair metal feel.

In the track, they tie in one of Dolly’s hits, closing out the song with a line from “I Will Always Love You.”

Rock Star will be out everywhere on November 17th. You can check out the full tracklist below.

Rock Star tracklist:

1. Rock Star (special guest Richie Sambora)
2. World on Fire
3. Every Breath You Take (feat. Sting)
4. Open Arms (feat. Steve Perry)
5. Magic Man (feat. Ann Wilson with special guest Howard Leese)
6. Long As I Can See The Light (feat. John Fogerty)
7. Either Or (feat. Kid Rock)
8. I Want You Back (feat. Steven Tyler with special guest Warren Haynes)
9. What Has Rock And Roll Ever Done For You (feat. Stevie Nicks with special guest Waddy Wachtel)
10. Purple Rain
11. Baby, I Love Your Way (feat. Peter Frampton)
12. I Hate Myself For Loving You (feat. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts)
13. Night Moves (feat. Chris Stapleton)
14. Wrecking Ball (feat. Miley Cyrus)
15. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (feat. P!nk & Brandi Carlile)
16. Keep On Loving You (feat. Kevin Cronin)
17. Heart Of Glass (feat. Debbie Harry)
18. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (feat. Elton John)
19. Tried To Rock And Roll Me (feat. Melissa Etheridge)
20. Stairway To Heaven (feat. Lizzo & Sasha Flute)
21. We Are The Champions
22. Bygones (feat. Rob Halford with special guests Nikki Sixx & John 5)
23. My Blue Tears (feat. Simon Le Bon)
24. What’s Up? (feat. Linda Perry)
25. You’re No Good (feat. Emmylou Harris & Sheryl Crow)
26. Heartbreaker (feat. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo)
27. Bittersweet (feat. Michael McDonald)
28. I Dreamed About Elvis (feat. Ronnie McDowell with special guest The Jordanaires)
29. Let It Be (feat. Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr with special guests Peter Frampton & Mick Fleetwood)
30. Free Bird (feat. Ronnie Van Zant with special guests Gary Rossington, Artimus Pyle and The Artimus Pyle Band)

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