ESPN’s Monday Night Football will feature music from Dolly Parton’s new Rockstar album in the coming weeks. Here’s the scoop.
The multi-week collaboration begins September 25, which features Dolly Parton’s single “Night Moves” featuring Chris Stapleton. It continues on October 16 with “Heartbreaker” featuring Pat Benatar & Giraldo. After the Rockstar album drops on November 17, the track “Magic Man” featuring Ann Wilson with special guest Howard Leese will feature for the remainder of the season.
“I am excited for ESPN to spotlight songs from my new Rockstar album,” adds Dolly Parton about the new development. “When I decided to do a full-blown rock album after they put me in the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, I thought it would be fun to call the album Rockstar. The athletes who give their all everyday are most definitely rockstars, and I love that these songs will be a small part of celebrating their achievements.”
Each of the songs will take viewers in and out of commercials during Monday Night Football segments, with “Night Moves” featured more prominently during the Monday Night Countdown. After each song is used on ESPN’s NFL property, fans will hear the songs on additional ESPN programming. Dolly Parton is just the latest spate of musicians to led their artistic talent to NFL programming.
Chris Stapleton, Snoop Dogg, and Cindy Blackman Santana reimagined Phil Collin’s hit, “In the Air Tonight” for a new Monday Night Football anthem. Timbaland and Justin Timberlake’s music also features in promotional spots for Monday Night Football live telecasts and pre-game shows.
Dolly Parton was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She has achieved 27 RIAA-certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum records, with 26 songs that have reached the #1 position on the Billboard country charts.
She has amassed 48 career Top 10 country albums, a record for any artist and 110 career-charted singles over the last 50 years. In 2014, the RIAA recognized her impact on recorded music with a commemorative plaque celebrating more than 100 million units sold.