Joan Jett Reveals Why She Didn't Want to Sing 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll' with Dolly Parton

Parton opened up to Hayley Williams about her new album 'Rockstar' in a cover story interview for 'Consequence'

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Joan Jett, Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton would have loved to sing "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" with Joan Jett — but the latter just wasn't up for it.

In a cover story interview for Consequence about her forthcoming album Rockstar, the "Jolene" singer, 77, opened up to Hayley Williams about Jett's influence on the record and — how she pivoted after the Runaways rocker declined to sing "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" with her.

"When I wrote 'Rockstar,' the title song, I was picturing her as a little girl wanting to be a rockstar," Parton told the Paramore bandleader, 34, of Jett. "'I’m gonna be a rockstar, whether you two like it or not!' I was picturing her the whole time I was writing that song, how her young life might have been — trying to be a rockstar as a girl at that time?"

Parton noted that when she finally did get to sing with the "Bad Reputation" musician, 65, "she was so sweet."

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"When I called her, I was going to do “'I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.' And I called her and I said, 'Would you sing ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’ with me?' And she said, 'No, but I'll sing ‘Hate Myself for Loving You.' 'Everybody can sing 'I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.' She said, 'Oh, that one’s more you. Let’s sing that one, because it’s really got some meat to it,'" Parton recalled of her conversation with Jett.

Parton added: "So I thought, 'Well, cool!' I mean, she's telling me what to do and I was glad! ‘Cause I was open to that. I love how it turned out. And she used her band, the Blackhearts."

Parton expressed how in awe she was of the collaborations she was able to do for Rockstar.

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Dolly Parton

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"Just getting to sing with all these classic people on these classic songs — if nothing else, whether it's a hit or not, it's a big hit with me to do it," she concluded.

Rockstar is due on Nov. 17 via Butterfly Records and Big Machine Label Group. The highly anticipated, 30-track record includes nine new songs and 21 covers of rock classics, as well as collaborations with Elton JohnChris Stapleton, John FogertyMiley CyrusSheryl CrowStevie NicksSting and more.

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