Dolly Parton Speculates on Beyoncé Covering ‘Jolene’ for Her Upcoming Country Album ‘Act II’

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Beyoncé’s ‘Act II’ Set for Release on March 29

There’s speculation that Beyoncé’s upcoming album might include a rendition of a country classic.

In an interview with Knox News during the 2024 season opening of Dollywood on Friday, Dolly Parton hinted that her iconic song “Jolene” could potentially be featured on Beyoncé’s forthcoming country album, Act II.

When questioned about the rumors surrounding Beyoncé, 42, recording a cover of the country legend’s hit, Parton, 78, responded, “Well, I think she has! I think she’s recorded ‘Jolene’ and I think it’s probably gonna be on her country album, which I’m very excited about that.”

“I love her!” exclaimed the “I Will Always Love You” performer when speaking about Beyoncé. “She’s a beautiful girl and a great singer.”

Parton disclosed that she and the 32-time Grammy winner have maintained communication over the years.

“We’ve exchanged messages over the years. She and her mother were fans, and I always appreciated that they admired my work. I’ve always thought she was fantastic,” the 9 to 5 actor shared with the outlet.

Last month, Parton lauded Beyoncé after her single “Texas Hold ‘Em,” which premiered during the 2024 Super Bowl, debuted at the top of the Hot Country chart. Beyoncé made history as the first Black woman to reach No. 1 on the country chart with “Texas Hold ‘Em.”

“I’m a huge fan of Beyoncé and thrilled that she’s ventured into country music,” Parton wrote in an Instagram statement. “Congratulations on your Billboard Hot Country number one single.”

Parton expressed her anticipation for Beyoncé’s full album, stating, “I can’t wait to hear the entire album!”

Her message followed Beyoncé’s revelation that the second act of her Renaissance album would focus on country music, while the first act centered on dance tracks.

Beyoncé made the announcement about Act II during the Super Bowl on Feb. 11. In a Verizon commercial aired during the game, the actor/singer, who had already stirred up the internet in the clip, attempted to disrupt the company’s 5G cellular network.

After her various attempts failed, Beyoncé came up with one last idea: to “release the new music.”

Her rollout featured two new singles, “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages.” However, she had been dropping hints about the genre shift for some time.

During the 2024 Grammys, Beyoncé sported a cowgirl hat, studded leather suit, and a lace necktie reminiscent of a bolero tie.