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Parton: I'm the queen of my 'hood

Dolly Parton has insisted her hip hop credentials rival those of her Joyful Noise co-star Queen Latifah.

The singer, nicknamed the queen of country, has joined forces with the rapper-turned-actress for the upcoming film, in which they play competing members of a choir.

"I just finished Joyful Noise with Queen Latifah and Kris Kristofferson, it's got some of the greatest gospel music you've ever heard," Jolene star Dolly told the audience at her recent gig at The O2 in London.

"It's very, very funny but it's also very serious. It's really a very fun, uplifting show."

Dolly, who penned some of the songs in the film, joked of Queen Latifah: "She's a big movie star now but did you know she started out in rap music, gangster rap? She's the queen of the 'hood, I'm the queen of Dollywood. I own my territory."

The pint-sized diva, whose new album Better Day is out now, went on to perform a comedy rap tribute to her co-star before returning to her more familiar material.

:: Joyful Noise is due for release next year.

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