Dolly Parton recently released “We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You” from her forthcoming Rockstar album. Now, the 77-year-old has released the video for the song, which honors Olympic athletes, including Simone Biles, Suni Lee, Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, Noah Lyles and Katie Ledecky, among others. The video will also be used to promote the upcoming Olympic games as well.
“I love the Olympics! I do my best to plan my schedule to watch as much of it as I possibly can,” Parton says. “I tape it just in case I miss the live action on a certain day and watch it back as soon as possible. I laugh, I cry, I scream, there are no losers in the Olympics as they have all spent a lifetime preparing but I celebrate with the ones that go away with the gold, silver, and bronze medals.”
“Dolly Parton is an American Icon whose popularity and recognition across generations is unmatched,” adds Jenny Storms, CMO, Entertainment and Sports, NBCUniversal. “She is also a close member of the NBCUniversal family, an Olympic super-fan, and has a new version of two of the greatest sports anthems of all time. So, she was the perfect choice to get America excited about Team USA and next summer’s Paris Olympics.”
Parton began working on Rockstar after she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, joined on the record by a lengthy list of collaborators, including Elton John, Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Chris Stapleton, Michael McDonald, Peter Frampton and more.
“I’m so excited to finally present my first Rock and Roll album Rockstar!” Parton said when the project was announced. “I am very honored and privileged to have worked with some of the greatest iconic singers and musicians of all time and to be able to sing all the iconic songs throughout the album was a joy beyond measure. I hope everybody enjoys the album as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together!”
Parton previously dropped “World on Fire,” “Bygones,” featuring. Rob Halford, with special guests Nikki Sixx and John 5 and a cover of “Magic Man (Carl Version), featuring Heart’s Ann Wilson. Although Parton says she is done doing massive tours, the Country Music Hall of Fame member vows to keep working, and working hard, for years to come.
“I’m not one to sit around doing nothing. I would never retire,” Parton said on the UK’s Greatest Hits Radio. “I’ll just hopefully drop dead in the middle of a song on stage someday – hopefully one I’ve written. That’s how I hope to go. We don’t have much of a choice in that. But as long as I’m able to work, as long as my health is good and my husband is good — the only way I would ever slow down or stop would be for that reason. But in the meantime, I’m gonna make hay while the sun shines.”
The 2024 Olympics, held in Paris, France, will take place from July 26 to August 11, 2024. Pre-order of Rockstar is available here.