Apple is turning Carpool Karaoke, the Late Late Show with James Corden segment that regularly goes viral, into its own TV show, which will air on Apple Music with 16 episodes already been ordered.
Creator Corden will not be presenting but has been enlisted as executive producer after his previous Carpool Karaoke videos passed the 830 million mark for total YouTube views. The skit features Corden driving celebrities around in his car as they chat and sing along to the radio.
Late Late Show producer Ben Winston and Corden will executive produce the music series, reported Ace Showbiz.
Each episode will be released weekly on Apple Music, but a premiere date and a host are yet to be announced.
In each instalment, 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.
Viral episodes have seen the likes of Justin Bieber, Chris Martin, Stevie Wonder, One Direction and most recently, Michelle Obama, go for a drive with the British comedian. Highlights have included Jennifer Lopez texting Leonardo DiCaprio from her phone, Obama grooving to Beyonce’s Single Ladies and Adele rapping to Nicki Minaj.
“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 favourite artists and celebrities who come along for the ride.”
Winston added, “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.”
Carpool Karaoke will continue to be a recurring segment on The Late Late Show.
It follows the footsteps of Lip Sync Battle, a favourite segment on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which has become a TV show on Spike.