Dolly Parton has made it clear that she has no interest in becoming an AI hologram.
While musicians such as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Whitney Houston have been digitally preserved and given hologram performances in recent years, the country music icon firmly rejected the idea during a press conference for her highly anticipated Rockstar album.
“I think I’ve left a great body of work behind,” she said. “I have to decide how much of that high-tech stuff I want to be involved [with] because I don’t want to leave my soul here on this earth,” she told The Independent.
Parton has made it clear that she will continue her legacy in her own ways, utilizing the incredible empire she’s created over her long career.
“I think with some of this stuff I’ll be grounded here forever,” she continued. “I’ll be around, we’ll find ways to keep me here.”
In typical Dolly fashion, she couldn’t resist cracking a joke about the matter, playfully saying that “everything” about her, including “any intelligence” was artificial anyway.
The country legend is gearing up to release her first rock album, titled Rockstar, which she announced will be available on November 17th.
She also released the the track list in the exciting announcement, along with the confirmed guest collaborations, which includes several previously announced artists. Collaborators such as Sting, Steve Perry, Ann Wilson, Kevin Cronin, Michael McDonald, Debbie Harry, and Elton John will be featured.
Dolly Parton, ‘Rockstar’ Track List: 1. “Rockstar” (special guest Richie Sambora) 2. “World on Fire” 3. “Every Breath You Take” (feat. Sting) 4. “Open Arms” (feat. Steve Perry) 5. “Magic Man” (feat. Ann Wilson with special guest Howard Leese) 6. “Long As I Can See the Light” (feat. John Fogerty) 7. “Either Or” (feat. Kid Rock) 8. “I Want You Back” (feat. Steven Tyler with special guest Warren Haynes) 9. “What Has Rock and Roll Ever Done for You” (feat. Stevie Nicks with special guest Waddy Wachtel) 10. “Purple Rain” 11. “Baby, I Love Your Way” (feat. Peter Frampton) 12. “I Hate Myself for Loving You” (feat. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts) 13. “Night Moves” (feat. Chris Stapleton) 14. “Wrecking Ball” (feat. Miley Cyrus) 15. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (feat. P!nk & Brandi Carlile) 16. “Keep on Loving You” (feat. Kevin Cronin) 17. “Heart of Glass” (feat. Debbie Harry) 18. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (feat. Elton John) 19. “Tried to Rock and Roll Me” (feat. Melissa Etheridge) 20. “Stairway to Heaven” (feat. Lizzo & Sasha Flute) 21. “We Are the Champions” 22. “Bygones” (feat. Rob Halford with special guests Nikki Sixx & John 5) 23. “My Blue Tears” (feat. Simon Le Bon) 24. “What’s Up?” (feat. Linda Perry) 25. “You’re No Good” (feat. Emmylou Harris & Sheryl Crow) 26. “Heartbreaker” (feat. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo) 27. “Bittersweet” (feat. Michael McDonald) 28. “I Dreamed About Elvis” (feat. Ronnie McDowell with special guest The Jordanaires) 29. “Let It Be” (feat. Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr with special guests Peter Frampton & Mick Fleetwood) 30. “Free Bird” (feat. Ronnie Van Zant with special guests Gary Rossington, Artimus Pyle and The Artimus Pyle Band)