Kesha and Dolly Parton to Collaborate on Duet for Kesha's Upcoming Album

Kesha released a new song and announced her first new album in five years on Thursday. The album, Rainbow, is due on August 11 and will feature a number of collaborations with other musical guests, including one unusual pairing — a duet with Dolly Parton.

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Taste of Country reports that Parton and Kesha will team up to record Parton's classic "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You." The originally reached number one when released as the second single from Parton's Dolly, Dolly, Dolly album in 1980.

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While the duet may seem like an odd pairing, the song has a special history for Kesha. The musician's mother, Rosemary Patricia "Sebe" Sebert, co-wrote the song. Kesha also previously recorded a solo acoustic rendition of the song on her 2013 Deconstructed EP.


Rainbow marks the first album for Kesha since she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald in 2015. The lawsuit prevented Kesha from releasing new recordings for the past two years. Gottwald, who has filed a defamation suit against Kesha's attorney over the claims, is no longer the CEO of Kemosabe Records which will release Kesha's new album in August.