"First of all, I love Linda Perry. Second of all, I love this song written by Linda," said Parton of her fresh take on the 1993 hit
"First of all, I love Linda Perry. Second of all, I love this song written by Linda," said the country superstar in a press release of the cover, which arrives alongside a sweet music video featuring the pair harmonizing together while Perry, 58, plays the guitar.
Interspersed between shots of Parton, 77, and Perry in the clip is footage of children playing and enjoying life, and many kids join the two performers throughout the video, directing the song's frustrated sentiment toward the youth's future in an uncertain world.
"Third of all, I love being a part of this video to try to make people think about what’s going on in this world today," continued Parton's statement. "Shout out to the little children that helped with the video! If our children don’t make it, then what will? Again, I ask ‘What’s Up?’ Enjoy."
The "Jolene" musician's admiration for Perry isn't one-sided — the former 4 Non Blondes member was equally, if not more, excited to work with Parton.
“How is one supposed to react when the greatest and most prolific songwriter in the world wants to cover a song YOU wrote? Her version of 'What’s Up?' is so good," said Perry in a press statement. "Her spin on it made me feel like it was her song. No surprise there."
Of course, working with Parton on the song's visual was delightful as well. "Being on set making the video was a comfortable easy experience. The vibe on set was chill and Dolly and I got to catch up and laugh a lot," Perry explained. "I could go on and on, obviously I’m a fan!"
The two Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees' music video premiered exclusively on MTV and CMT Friday.
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