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Dolly Parton And Linda Perry Collaborate on 'Dumplin'' Soundtrack

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Dolly Parton attends Variety and Women In Film's 2017 pre-Emmy celebration at Gracias Madre on Sept. 15, 2017 in West Hollywood, Calif.

Dolly Parton and producer Linda Perry have collaborated on the soundtrack for Dumplin,’ a film starring Jennifer Aniston.

The album, which Parton executive produced, will come out later this year on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville. The project features Parton vocally collaborating with a number of partners on six new songs, co-written by Parton and Perry, and newly recorded versions of several previously released Parton songs. 

The film, which is negotiations for distribution, is based on Julie Murphy’s best-selling book about a plus-sized girl who enters a beauty pageant to defy her mom, who is a former pageant queen.

The book references Parton throughout, including the opening lines that state that the best moments in the protagonist’s life have started with a Parton song. The main character is named Willowdean, a close reference to Parton’s sister, Willadeene. 

In addition to producing the album, Perry also wrote and produced the score. 

In March, WME began representing Parton in North America in all area. She continues to be handled by UTA internationally. 

Parton and Perry will discuss their collaboration later today at the Music Biz 2018 conference in Nashville during the “Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out” session.