James Corden is bringing “Carpool Karaoke” to Apple Music.
The streaming service will be the global home of CBS Television Studio’s new series based on the viral hit “Late Late Show” segment through an exclusive licensing agreement.
The “Carpool Karaoke” series will consist of 16 episodes. 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.
Each week, a new episode will become available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers in more than 100 countries. A host for this new series and a premiere date will be announced later, with production slated to begin soon. CBS Television Studios and “Late Late Show” producer Ben Winston’s production company, Fulwell 73, will produce the show. Corden and Winston are creators and executive producers.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with Apple Music on this exciting new series of ‘Carpool Karaoke,'” Winston said. “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.”
“We love music, and ‘Carpool Karaoke’ celebrates it in a fun and unique way that is a hit with audiences of all ages,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services. “It’s a perfect fit for Apple Music — bringing subscribers exclusive access to their favorite artists and celebrities who come along for the ride.”
The segment is the biggest viral video hit ever on late-night television, with more than 830 million views on YouTube since its inception a year ago.
The No. 1 most-watched late-night clip on YouTube is the segment Corden did featuring Adele, which has racked up 119 million views in just six months. Other top stars, such as Justin Bieber, One Direction, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder and Gwen Stefani have also appeared in the segment, as has First Lady Michelle Obama.
“Carpool Karaoke” will continue to be a recurring segment on “The Late Late Show,” which received four Emmy nominations for its first season, including Outstanding Variety Talk Series.