Carpool Karaoke coming to Apple Music for new series without James Corden
Apple has ordered a 16-part series of Carpool Karaoke, the Late Late Show segment that has become a YouTube sensation.
The technology giant is looking to increase its original content offerings, and bosses believe that James Corden’s original format – in which Corden picks up celebrities in his car and then chats and sings karaoke with them – is perfect for their platform.
Senior vice president of internet software and services at Apple, Eddy Cue said: “We love music, and Carpool Karaoke celebrates it in a fun and unique way that is a hit with audiences of all ages. It’s a perfect fit for Apple Music, bringing subscribers exclusive access to their favourite artists and celebrities who come along for the ride.”
Apple bought the rights to create the show from CBS Studios International, and will roll out the series in more than 100 companies where it operates, including the UK.
However, one crucial part of the segment will not be making the move over to Apple. James Corden will not host the series, which will instead pick a new host. Corden will serve as an executive producer on the new series.
Corden’s version of Carpool Karaoke regularly receives tens of millions of views on YouTube after clips are posted from the show. Recent guests include Michelle Obama and Adele, while an earlier episode featuring One Direction has amassed nearly 80 million hits on the streaming service.