Holy karaoke – James Corden must be sitting at home right now, giggling and lavishly rolling around in a pile of that sweet, sweet Apple money.
His role as a late-night host in the UK has been immortalised with his insanely viral segment, ‘Carpool Karaoke‘, which has had 830 million views on Youtube since its inception.
The premise is simple – in case you *somehow* managed to avoid seeing it – he interviews celebrities while driving around in his car, and asks them to sing karaoke with him. If his guest is a musician, they’re normally singing their own tracks.
So far, he’s had big-name guests such as Justin Bieber (who has featured thrice: Vol 1., Vol 2. & Grammys Edition), Selena Gomez, One Direction, Jennifer Lopez, Adele, Elton John, Sia, and most recently, First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
Now, it’s been announced that Apple Music have purchased the rights in a massive bidding war.
It’ll now be the global home of ‘Carpool Karaoke‘ – the bit will continue to be a part of James Corden‘s late night show, and will air first on the streaming service.
However, the merger means that the viral video sensation will now be turned into its own show. The series has at this time been approved for 16 episodes.
According to Deadline,
“In each episode, celebrities will ride along and sing along with the host as they visit places meaningful to the celebrity, sing tunes from their personal playlists and surprise fans who don’t expect to see big stars belting out tunes one lane over.”
Executive producer of ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden‘ (and now producer of the new ‘Carpool Karaoke‘ series) Ben Winston said this about the decision:
“We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with Apple Music on this exciting new series of Carpool Karaoke.
The joy of Carpool is both the intimacy it creates, while seeing the love our passengers have for music. Where better to showcase that than with Apple Music.”
This is a bloody ballsy move – Corden has only been making celebs sing karaoke in his car for one year, which is a pretty infantile stage to make such enormous changes.
Plus, the new series will feature a different host, who is yet to be announced.
Fingers crossed, yo.
Photo: Late Late Show with James Corden.
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