It features a guest appearance by the song’s writer and lead singer, Linda Perry.
“First of all, I love Linda Perry,” Parton said in a statement. “Second of all, I love this song written by Linda. 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.”
She added, “If our children don’t make it, then what will? Again, I ask ‘What’s Up?’ Enjoy.”
The new release comes with an accompanying video, shot at Eakin Elementary School in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. It shows Parton and Perry singing the song as they are slowly joined by a group of young school children.
In an additional statement, Perry also expressed her excitement over their cover.
“How is one supposed to react when the greatest and most prolific songwriter in the world wants to cover a song YOU wrote?” Perry said. “Her version of ‘What’s Up?’ is so good. Her spin on it made me feel like it was her song. No surprise there.”
“Rockstar,” which also features guest appearances by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Steven Tyler, Steve Perry, Sting, Stevie Nicks, Elton John and more, comes out Nov. 17.