At 77, Dolly Parton Debuts Daring New Look in Lace Mini-Dress to Drop Career News

At 77, Dolly Parton Debuts Daring New Look in Lace Mini-Dress to Drop Career News

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  • Dolly Parton wore a lace mini-dress and gold studded sleeves in artwork for her latest album.

  • Dolly Parton revealed the release date of her debut rock album, Rockstar.

  • She will perform the album’s first single, “World on Fire,” at the Academy of Country Music Awards on May 11.

The wait is (almost) over! Dolly Parton’s highly anticipated rock album—a career first—has an official release date. The Queen of Country announced the big news in an Instagram that also shared a sneak peek of the album artwork, in which Parton debuts a daring new look to correspond with the album’s rock genre: a black lace mini-dress, gold-studded sleeves, and a bold red lip.

“I’m a rockstar now!” Parton captioned the photo, in which she lounges in the driver’s seat of a car with a leopard print-covered interior. “My new album ‘Rockstar’ is coming November 17 and it’s available for pre-order. Let’s rock n’ roll 🎸❤️🔥.”

Fans were so excited by the news and can’t wait to hear the music. “Must have this album ASAP!” Reese Witherspoon commented. “This photo is my religion now,” another added. “IM HYPE 🥰,” someone else wrote

On May 9, Rolling Stone published the record’s impressive 30-song tracklist and its many legendary guest musicians including, but not limited to, The Beatles, Peter Frampton, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, and Pink. A good chunk of the songs are covers of iconic rock songs like Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird,” Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” and Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” but it also features originals, one of which released as a single this week ahead of its performance debut at the Academy of Country Music Awards, which Parton will co-host with Garth Brooks.

The song, titled “World on Fire,” is the second track on the album and one that is near and dear to Parton’s heart. “This is a song I felt very inspired to write,” she said in a statement, per Pitchfork. “I think it speaks about everything and to everyone in 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.”

The proverbial gears of Rockstar began turning when Parton famously withdrew her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination in March of last year, stating that she hadn’t “earned that right” as a country star. By November, she had a change of heart and joined some of rock music’s prized artists at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in November (wearing head-to-toe leather, of course) to accept the honor, perform her first ever rock song called “Rockin’,” and tease the upcoming album.

“I thought, well, if I’m gonna be in [the hall], I’m gonna have to do a rock album,” Parton said at the ceremony. “Because my husband of 56 years is a huge rock fan. And all through the house he has music louder than this going on at all times. He’s always said, ‘You should do a rock album.’ And I thought about it a few times, but timing is everything.”

And, lucky for us, the time is now! It’s going to be a long six months.

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