On Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 2), it was revealed that the country icon and chart-topping superstar are joining forces for a duet version of, “9 to 5,” a track that appears on Parton’s 1980 album, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs.
Produced by Shane McAnally, the new version of the track coincides with the announcement of Still Working 9 to 5, a documentary celebrating the iconic film. The upcoming project reunites the 9 to 5 cast, Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman, and is set to world premiere with multiple screenings at SXSW beginning on March 13.
Parton and Clarkson’s rendition of “9 to 5” will debut in the film, however, fans can hear a snippet at the 0:49 mark in the Still Working 9 to 5 sizzle reel.
“9 to 5” was penned solely by Parton and was written for the iconic comedy film of the same name. The song and film owe their titles to 9to5, an organization founded in 1973 with the aim of bringing about fair pay and equal treatment for women in the workplace.
The track went on to earn Parton an Academy Award nomination, four GRAMMY Award nominations as well as two GRAMMY Award wins for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
This marks the first time Parton and Clarkson have collaborated, although Clarkson made headlines after covering the legendary track in 2019 to promote her Emmy-award winning daytime series, The Kelly Clarkson Show.
Still Working 9 to 5 reflects on 9 to 5 and takes a deep dive into the impact the 1980 film had on the women’s movement of that time and now.
The upcoming release will also feature Rita Moreno from the 9 to 5 TV series, Allison Janney from the Broadway musical, and other stars from the television and stage versions of the classic film. Additionally, activists and individuals closely associated with the women’s movement both now and then will also appear.
Watch the trailer below.
In the past, Clarkson has teamed up with Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande, Brett Eldredge, and more for duets. While Parton recently joined her longtime friend and fellow country superstar Reba McEntire for a reprised version of “Does He Love You,” a song that originally features McEntire and Linda Davis.
Parton previously shared a reprised rendition of the track called “5 to 9” for a Super Bowl LV Squarespace commercial in 2021.