Dolly Parton hinted that Beyoncé would sample or interpolate her 1973 classic “Jolene” for her new album, and Beyoncé did just that on her highly anticipated new album “Cowboy Carter.” Parton makes two cameos on the album, including an introduction to the song “Tyrant” and a “Dolly P” interlude before “Jolene.” Beyoncé puts her own spin on “Jolene,” changing the lyrics to send warning shots to a suitor rather than begging and pleading with a woman not to steal her man. Parton acknowledged the cover on social media and encouraged fans to listen to the original version in anticipation of Beyoncé’s rendition.

In addition to covering “Jolene,” Beyoncé also duets with Tanner Adell on a rendition of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” and includes several interpolations on the album, such as references to the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations,” Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’,” and purportedly Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” on the Miley Cyrus duet “II Most Wanted.” “Cowboy Carter” was released less than two months after Beyoncé surprise-released her dual singles “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages” during the Super Bowl in early February. The album’s creation was inspired by an incident where Beyoncé didn’t feel welcomed, which may have been in reference to a controversial performance with the Dixie Chicks at the 2016 Country Music Association Awards.

Dolly Parton’s impact on Beyoncé’s album extends beyond just the cover of “Jolene.” Parton herself appears on two tracks, showing her influence and presence on the album. Beyoncé’s reinterpretation of “Jolene” highlights her creativity and modern take on the classic country song, showcasing her ability to blend genres and styles in her music. Parton’s support and promotion of Beyoncé’s cover further cement the collaboration between the two iconic musicians.

The use of covers and interpolations on “Cowboy Carter” adds depth and variety to Beyoncé’s album, allowing her to showcase her range as an artist and pay homage to classic songs. The inclusion of diverse influences, such as the Beach Boys and Nancy Sinatra, demonstrates Beyoncé’s musical versatility and willingness to explore different sounds and styles. The album’s release and subsequent promotion by Beyoncé and Dolly Parton generate excitement and anticipation among fans, as they eagerly await the new interpretations and collaborations featured on “Cowboy Carter.”

Overall, Beyoncé’s incorporation of Dolly Parton’s classic song “Jolene” on “Cowboy Carter” is a testament to the enduring influence of iconic musicians and the power of collaboration in the music industry. The album’s mix of covers, interpolations, and original tracks showcases Beyoncé’s artistry and ability to reinvent and reimagine classic songs in her own unique style. With Parton’s support and involvement in the project, “Cowboy Carter” promises to be a memorable and innovative addition to Beyoncé’s discography, further solidifying her status as a boundary-pushing artist in the music industry.

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