Friday, September 22, 2023 – Dolly Parton released the latest track off her upcoming rock album, a rendition of 4 Non-Blondes' hit, "What's Up?," which features the song's writer and lead singer, Linda Perry.
The song is on Parton's forthcoming rock disc, "Rockstar," out Nov. 17 on her own Butterfly Records.
"First of all, I love Linda Perry. Second of all, I love this song written by Linda. Third of all, I love being a part of this video to try to make people think about what's going on in this world today. Shout out to the little children that helped with the video! If our children don't make it, then what will? Again, I ask 'What's Up?' Enjoy," Parton said.
"How is one supposed to react when the greatest and most prolific songwriter in the world wants to cover a song you wrote? Her version of 'What's Up?' is so good. Her spin on it made me feel like it was her song. No surprise there. Being on set making the video was a comfortable easy experience. The vibe on set was chill, and Dolly and I got to catch up and laugh a lot. I could go on and on, obviously I'm a fan," said Perry.
Filmed at Eakin Elementary School in downtown Nashville on one of 2023's hottest days of the year and directed by Steve Summers, the video airs exclusively today on MTV and CMT/CMT Music/CMT on Pluto TV as well as on their Times Square billboard. The video will then be released wide via YouTube and all other streaming platforms beginning tomorrow at 10 a.m. eastern.
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