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Dolly Parton is making plans for what will happen to her enormous catalogue of music

Dolly Parton is making plans for what will happen to her enormous catalogue of music - both released and unreleased - after she dies.

In the final installment of "Dolly Parton's America", a nine-episode podcast hosted by Radiolab creator Jad Abumrad, Parton explains that not only does she have a large reserve of songs that haven't yet been heard, but she's thinking of ways to continue to collaborate with other people in the music industry, even after she's no longer living.
Dolly explains, "There's enough stuff to go on forever with my music, to do compilation albums, to do, actually, new and original stuff, and I am purposely trying to put songs down for that very purpose. To have a click track and my vocals, to where any arrangement can be done. So I think ahead."

She add, "Anybody could produce that. Anyone, any producer in the world -- a hot shot producer, when I'm gone, they could take my songs, just the click track of my vocal, and build a complete arrangement around that. So that will go on forever."

Parton points out that she's had the chance to see what happens when other musical icons die, leaving legacies behind them. When it's her turn to go, she wants control over her music.

"I'm one of those people that believe in being prepared," she says. "I don't ever wanna leave my stuff in the same shape like Prince, or Aretha [Franklin], or anybody that don't plan ahead."

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