WATCH: Miley Cyrus and Noah Cyrus Reimagine Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ During ‘Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party’

Miley Cyrus and her sister Noah Cyrus joined forces for an epic cover of Dolly Parton‘s “Jolene” during Miley’s New…

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January 1, 2022

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Miley Cyrus and her sister Noah Cyrus joined forces for an epic cover of Dolly Parton‘s “Jolene” during Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party on Friday, December 31.

“Welcome to the stage, my baby sister,” Cyrus said as Noah joined her. 

The Cyrus sisters gave an energy-filled performance of the chart-topping Parton hit, which they remixed with a party-vibe.

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Miley previously covered “Jolene” during her Backyard Sessions series with her band in 2012. The cover has gone to rake in over 330 million views on YouTube. 

Following Miley and Noah’s rendition of the Parton hit, fans are begging them to released a recorded version of the song. 

One fan even declared that their version of the song brought them to tears. 

Noah Cyrus, Miley Cyrus; Photo by: Vijat Mohindra/NBC
Noah Cyrus, Miley Cyrus; Photo by: Vijat Mohindra/NBC

Parton is Miley Cyrus’ godmother. The country icon previously opened up about her relationship with Cyrus in an interview with SiriusXM’s Just Jenny

“I worked with Billy Ray for all those years, when he had ‘Achy Breaky Heart,’” Dolly said. “He worked with me on some shows we did in the early days. He opened some of my shows. We just got to know each other. I wrote a song called ‘Romeo,’ and had him in a video. We just kind of gelled, ’cause we’re both country kids. We had a lot of fun just talking about that. And then when Miley came along, I said, ‘She’s got to be my fairy goddaughter.’”

“Jolene” is one of Parton’s signature hits. The track was recorded on May 22, 1973. 

Produced by Bob Ferguson, the song was recorded at RCA Studio B and was Parton’s first single from her album of the same name. 

The inspiration for “Jolene” came from a visit to the bank with her new husband Carl Dean.

“She got this terrible crush on my husband,” Parton previously told NPR. “And he just loved going to the bank because she paid him so much attention. It was kinda like a running joke between us — when I was saying, ‘Hell, you’re spending a lot of time at the bank. I don’t believe we’ve got that kind of money.’ So it’s really an innocent song all around, but sounds like a dreadful one.”

The title of the track and description of “Jolene” were drawn from a young fan who asked for Parton’s autograph during one of her concerts. 

“One night, I was on stage, and there was this beautiful little girl — she was probably 8 years old at the time,” Parton explained. “And she had this beautiful red hair, this beautiful skin, these beautiful green eyes, and she was looking up at me, holding, you know, for an autograph. I said, ‘Well, you’re the prettiest little thing I ever saw. So what is your name?’ And she said, ‘Jolene.’ And I said, ‘Jolene. Jolene. Jolene. Jolene.’ I said, ‘That is pretty. That sounds like a song. I’m going to write a song about that.’”

The track shot up the charts, becoming the second stand-alone No.1 single of Parton’s career. “Jolene” was later released as a single in the UK where it earned a spot at No.7 in the Top 10 hit songs on the UK Singles Chart.

Artists such as Carrie Underwood, Gabby Barrett, and Kelly Clarkson have covered the beloved track during their live shows. 

Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party also featured performances from Cyrus and Carlile, as well as Billie Joe Armstrong, Saweetie, Anitta, Jack Harlow, 24kGoldn, and Kitty Ca$h.

Co-hosted by Cyrus and Pete Davidson, the several-hour concert special gave a youthful twist to the celebration from Miami, Florida, executive produced by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels.

The show aired live at 10:30/9:30c on NBC as well as streaming on the Peacock app.

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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.