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Dolly Parton Celebrates Birthday by Gifting 9 New ‘Rockstar’ Songs

Today marks Dolly Parton’s 78th birthday, and to celebrate, the country singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has shared a deluxe digital version of her latest LP Rockstar, with nine additional songs and covers.

“It’s my Birthday so I’m going to give you a present!,” Parton wrote on social media. “I’m releasing four never released songs for my birthday, to go with the Rockstar album, and a few others that you may have heard before that were not on the album. I hope you enjoy them, and I hope you all have a happy birthday for me! LOL.”

Rockstar Deluxe boasts the original, all-star, 30-song LP with an additional nine songs, five of which were culled from the various “exclusive retailer” tracks and four more that were unreleased until now.

The deluxe tracks include covers of Billy Joel’s “The Entertainer,” Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” Eddie Money’s “Two Tickets to Paradise,” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” The updated Parton originals are a live version of “Rockin’ It,” “Mama Never Said,” Rhinestone’s “Stay Out of My Bedroom,” and the Måneskin-featuring take on her classic “Jolene” featuring Måneskin.

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Parton’s Rockstar — which earned the best chart performance in the singer’s storied career — arrived in November with a guest list that included Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Chris Stapleton, Stevie Nicks, Sting, Elton John, Kid Rock, Simon Le Bon, John Fogerty, the late Ronnie Van Zant and other Lynyrd Skynyrd members, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Debbie Harry, Brandi Carlile, Lizzo, Michael McDonald, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, and many more.

“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,” Parton said in a statement at the time. “I hope everybody enjoys the album as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together!”

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