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While many of her pop compatriots were at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, Katy Perry was hanging out with some country folk. You can’t get any more country than Dolly Parton herself.

The 31-year-old “Roar” singer, dressed in Perry-fied Western attire, and the 70-year-old legend hit the stage at the 2016 ACM Awards. Together, the lovely ladies performed a medley of Parton’s hits- “Coat of Many Colors,” “Jolene,” and “9 to 5.” Dolly was liviiiiiiing during “Jolene” with her sassy ad libs about that hussy. I loved it.

Parton was also in attendance because her TV movie based on her life, Coat of Many Colors, was being honored. The NBC film received the Tex Ritter Award which honors a movie “released and / or receiving major exposure during the preceding calendar year, featuring or utilizing country music.” Check out their incredible duet below.

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Carrie Underwood Covers ‘I Will Always Love You’

In: Donovan, Music
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Before I get to her killer cover, can we just talk about how Carrie Underwood hasn’t made an appearance on American Idol this season yet? Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Chris Daughtry, Jordin Sparks and the OG Idol, Kelly Clarkson, have all stopped by for the singing competition’s farewell season. Fingers crossed the 33-year-old country superstar is scheduled to appear on the finale. It wouldn’t be a proper send-off if one of the show’s biggest discoveries didn’t appear.

During an appearance on the Bobby Bones Show, Carrie delivered a stellar cover of “I Will Always Love You.” It’s a hybrid of the sweet original composition sung by Dolly Parton and the rousing rendition by Whitney Houston. Her sweet and powerful version is truly fantastic. Check it out below.

PS. Happy Birthday Carrie. She turns 33 today on March 10.

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Who doesn’t love Dolly Parton? Whether you love country music or not, no doubt you have a favorite track from the Tennessee-born singer. I definitely have several.

On this momentous day, I thought I’d share my Top 5 picks from her extensive catalog which includes over 100 singles, 42 studio albums, a handful of live albums and holiday sets, nearly 20 collaboration albums, and 180-plus compilation albums.

My choices aren’t too surprising. There’s no obscure B-side single here. Check out my Top 5 below and weigh in below.

Happy Birthday Dolly and many more to come!!!

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The gay gods have been really generous this holiday season with regards to Christmas albums. Kylie Minogue, RuPaul and her Drag Race alums are just a few who have dropped Yuletide offerings. LGBT ally Cyndi Lauper enters the game by covering an equally beloved gay icon- the one and only Dolly Parton.

The “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” singer covers Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas.” Though it has a festive title, technically it’s not a holiday song. Dolly recorded it for her 1982 film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas co-starring Burt Reynolds.

Lauper’s cover is off her forthcoming country album Detour, which is filled with her renditions of classic country tracks from the 1950s and 1960s. Before you comment, I’m also a bit puzzled how this 80s track got included. Whatever. I love Lauper and Parton, so I’m all over this.

Cyndi reveals to Rolling Stone the idea to cover this track came from a Nashville hotel where she was staying at. “What Would Dolly Do?” was written above the room’s artwork. Check out her Parton homage below.

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Dolly Parton Raps On The Queen Latifah Show

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

Forget Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj or any other female emcee. Dolly Parton proves she’s got the lyrical prowess to give any of them a run for their money. The 67-year-old busty singer ventured out of country and dabbled in another musical genre for her friend Queen Latifah with whom she co-starred with in 2012’s Joyful Noise.

Parton’s episode on Latifah’s talk show airs October 21 but you can watch a preview below. Check her out as she raps about hos, her world-famous bustline and even her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus. Godmama schools Miley on who has the true ‘wrecking balls‘ in the family. It’s truly a magical borderline trainwreck musical moment. Enjoy.

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While Miley Cyrus‘ milkshake might bring her hot Aussie boyfriend Liam Hemsworth to her backyard, I’m heading over for another reason. The former Hannah Montana star corralled her band this past summer (pre-infamous haircut) to cover a few of her favorite tracks. Over the past months, Cyrus has released videos from her Backyard Sessions. The latest one debuted on Christmas Day.

Given all her tabloid coverage and hijinks it’s easy to forget that Miley has a decent voice when used in the right context. Miley’s cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” is pretty spectacular. She’s definitely right at home with the country classic. After all, she’s probably known it since she was a child. Parton is Miley’s godmother. This isn’t the first time Miley has covered “Jolene”. She teamed up with Parton a couple years ago for Dolly’s Hallmark Channel special, 25 Years of Dollywood. Check out Miley’s latest rendition of “Jolene” below.

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At 66-years-old, Dolly Parton’s mind is as sharp as they come. The country legend was subjected to rapid fire questions during her appearance on Live With Kelly and Michael. Not only did she answer five questions in a minute, but she did it with panache and with humor. I have to admit she’s pretty quick on her feet. When asked her favorite color, Parton answer “Clairol, number 249”. LOL.

Before the lightning questions, they briefly discussed the honorary doctorate Parton is receiving. Michael asked her if he could call her “Doctor Dolly” or “Double D” for short. She quickly replied, that it wasn’t new to her because, “I’ve been called that for years.”

The one thing not covered in the interview were the rumors that surfaced earlier this week that Dolly was in a lesbian relationship with her childhood friend Judy Ogle. Parton dismissed the rumors already stating that she’s not gay, but her fans are. Amen to that sister. You’ve got one here. Check out Dolly’s rapid fire session below.

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Movie Review: Joyful Noise

In: Donovan, Movies

Ever wonder what “Sister Act” would like look like in a post-“Glee” world? Go watch “Joyful Noise” this weekend and you’ll find out. The musical film starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton combines ingredients from the classic film and popular television show to create an entertaining film. Not the best movie I’ve seen, but it kept me captivated for most of it.

The film focuses on a church choir group’s journey to the annual national “Joyful Noise” choir competition. Sectionals anyone? Along the way they face a few obstacles ranging from the untimely death of the choir director, financial hardship facing their small town to internal power struggles within the church choir.

For a film in this genre, I expected it to last in the 90 minute range. Instead, it had a running time of almost two hours. No beuno. The producers would’ve been better served if they didn’t have so stories going in. It was like watching several movies within one. The editors definitely needed to be more cutthroat in the editing room. In addition, a couple of the musical numbers could’ve been axed, especially Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton’s respective solo performances. I get it was probably part of their contract, but both didn’t do anything to propel the main plot forward. That being said, it shocked me that one of the best singers in the movie didn’t even sing one note. Jesse L. Martin of “Law & Order” fame appeared as Latifah’s husband, yet didn’t show off his vocal prowess. If you watched “Rent“, you know Martin has a powerful set of pipes.

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