Curious About a Beyoncé Cover of “Jolene” in Act II? Here’s What Dolly Parton Has to Say About It

Curious About a Beyoncé Cover of "Jolene" in Act II? Here's What Dolly Parton Has to Say About It
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The year 2024 is poised to be an extraordinary one for country music enthusiasts, with whispers circulating about a potential musical collaboration between two reigning queens of their respective eras: Beyoncé and Dolly Parton. If these speculations hold true, it could mark the pinnacle moment for the genre in the coming year – an iconic union destined to be etched in the annals of music history.

Dolly Parton’s debut on the country music scene dates back to 1967, and since then, her name has been synonymous with unparalleled success. Her influence has traversed multiple generations, earning her recognition as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2021. As eloquently expressed by Miley Cyrus, “Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t love Dolly Parton? I never have.”

And then, there’s Beyoncé – a household name transcending her origins with Destiny’s Child to carve out a solo career marked by chart-topping hits like “Dangerously In Love” from 2003. Throughout her musical journey, Beyoncé has fearlessly embraced diversity, seamlessly blending genres and pushing artistic boundaries. Her latest endeavor, the highly anticipated sequel to Renaissance, aptly titled Act II, promises to once again challenge and captivate audiences with its audacious experimentation.

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Rumors abound regarding a potential collaboration between these two icons in Beyoncé’s forthcoming album, Act II. Speculations suggest that Queen Bey might feature Dolly Parton in this musical odyssey, perhaps even reviving the latter’s timeless 1973 classic, “Jolene.”

During a candid interview with Knox News at the 2024 season opening of Dollywood, Dolly Parton hinted at the possibility of Beyoncé covering her cherished hit, expressing her admiration for the talented songstress. While stopping short of confirming the collaboration, Parton confessed to harboring a long-standing desire to see Beyoncé lend her voice to “Jolene.”

Parton further revealed the enduring friendship shared between herself and Beyoncé, recounting exchanges of messages over the years and the genuine admiration she and her mother hold for the multi-Grammy-winning artist.

Beyoncé’s recent release of two lead singles, “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages,” from Act II, announced during the 2024 Super Bowl, set the music world ablaze. “Texas Hold ‘Em” soared to the top of the charts, clinching the number one spot on both the Hot Country Songs chart and the Hot 100, with over 60 million streams and a viral reception on TikTok. The subsequent single, while not achieving the same meteoric rise, still made a notable impact, securing a spot at number 9 on the Hot Country list.

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Amidst her unprecedented success, Beyoncé made history as the first Black woman to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. However, her crossover met with some resistance from traditional country music outlets. Nonetheless, Dolly Parton extended her unwavering support, recognizing Beyoncé’s Texan roots and her genuine connection to the genre.

As Beyoncé gears up to release Act II, affectionately dubbed “Cowboy Carter,” on March 29, anticipation reaches a fever pitch. Following the triumph of Renaissance, which debuted at number one and amassed $579 million in tour earnings while its accompanying film dominated the box office, expectations are sky-high. And if whispers of a “Jolene” cover on the album prove true, it may very well solidify Act II’s status as a cultural landmark in the realm of country music.

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