Dolly Parton is preparing for the holiday season with several new holiday projects, and she was dubbed the “new queen of Christmas” in a recent interview with Better Homes & Gardens.
“Now, don’t you say that! I’m not going to compete with Mariah.”
She’s referring to Mariah Carey, the icon responsible for everyone’s favorite Christmas song, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
The song is from her 1995 album “Merry Christmas,” and it is one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Perhaps this is why, after Carey, Parton agreed to second:
“I love her. You think of Christmas, you think of Mariah. I’m happy to be second in line to her.”
Carey responded to the 76-year-old singer via Twitter, writing:
“Dolly, let’s settle this one-You are the Queen of Everything! The Queen of the World, The Queen of Christmas, The Queen of Mine! Love you!”
Parton responded to Carey:
“I will always love you.”
While the pair appears to have agreed on who truly is the queen of the holiday, according to reports, Carey has filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the hopes of legally marketing herself as the “Queen of Christmas” in March 2021.
Instead of arguing, Carey and Parton’s fans suggested they work together. According to one fan, Parton had bottles of Carey’s fragrances in her tour bus.
“Mariah! Dolly uses your fragrances on her tour bus tour in [Dollywood]! It’s a sign! I recognized them immediately! We need a collaboration from the butterfly queens!”
“I mean, I think the only answer is a collaboration album with some amazing duets…Because that way, we all win…I think it would cause world peace, and unite America in a way that has never been able to happen before…Let’s make this happen!”
Parton is preparing to reissue her “A Holly Dolly Christmas” album, which will include four new songs, including a duet with Miley Cyrus, her goddaughter, according to Billboard.
In addition, she worked with “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon on a special holiday song called “Almost Too Early For Christmas.”
Parton will gather some singers to perform in celebration of the holiday season, adding to her long list of holiday treats. “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas,” a musical film, will be released soon.
Meanwhile, no word on what Carey has planned for the holiday season.