BREAKING: Dolly Parton and Kelly Clarkson Join Forces On Upcoming Duet

Music superstars Dolly Parton and Kelly Clarkson are teaming up to bring fans a new version of Parton’s iconic hit,…

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Lauren Jo Black

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February 2, 2022

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Dolly Parton, Kelly Clarkson

Music superstars Dolly Parton and Kelly Clarkson are teaming up to bring fans a new version of Parton’s iconic hit, “9 to 5.”

On Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 2), it was revealed that the country icon and chart-topping superstar are joining forces for a duet version of, “9 to 5,” a track that appears on Parton’s 1980 album, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs.

Produced by Shane McAnally, the new version of the track coincides with the announcement of Sill Working 9 to 5, a documentary celebrating the iconic film. The upcoming project reunites the 9 to 5 cast, Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman, and is set to world premiere with multiple screenings at SXSW beginning on March 13. 

Parton and Clarkson’s rendition of “9 to 5” will debut in the film, however, fans can hear a snippet at the 0:49 mark in the Still Working 9 to 5 sizzle. 

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“9 to 5” was penned solely by Parton and was written for the iconic comedy film of the same name. The song and film owe their titles to 9to5, an organization founded in 1973 with the aim of bringing about fair pay and equal treatment for women in the workplace.

The track went on to earn Parton an Academy Award nomination, four GRAMMY Award nominations as well as two GRAMMY Award wins for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

This marks the first time Parton and Clarkson have collaborated, although Clarkson made headlines after covering the legendary track in 2019 to promote her Emmy-award winning daytime series, The Kelly Clarkson Show.

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Still Working 9 to 5 reflects on 9 to 5 and takes a deep dive into the impact the 1980 film had on the women’s movement of that time and now. 

The upcoming release will also feature Rita Moreno from the 9 to 5 TV series, Allison Janney from the Broadway musical, and other stars from the television and stage versions of the classic film. Additionally, activists and individuals closely associated with the women’s movement both now and then will also appear.

9 to 5 Cast; Photo via YouTube
9 to 5 Cast; Photo via YouTube

In the past, Clarkson has teamed up with Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande, Brett Eldredge, and more for duets. While Parton recently joined her longtime friend and fellow country superstar Reba McEntire for a reprised version of “Does He Love You,” a song that originally features McEntire and Linda Davis.

Parton previously shared a reprised rendition of the track called “5 to 9” for a Super Bowl LV Squarespace commercial in 2021.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.