Apple have purchased the rights to a spin off of the popular ‘Carpool Karaoke’ series. The show is set to feature on streaming service Apple Music but will not be hosted by ‘The Late Late Show’ presenter James Corden.
Carpool Karaoke has been arguably the biggest highlight of Corden’s tenure as ‘Late Late Show’ host and became an instant hit on youtube following its first episode featuring Mariah Carey on March 25 of last year. That episode has gone on to receive over 26 million views which pales in comparison to the Adele and Justin Bieber episodes which gained 119 million and 96 million views respectively.
Cordon claims to have got the idea for Carpool Karaoke following a skit he did for the UK’s comic relief back in 2011. The skit featured Corden (playing Gavin & Stacy character ‘Smithy’) taking part in an impromptu carpool sing along with singer George Michael. Corden said of the skit: “Ben Winston and I always thought there was something very joyful about someone very, very famous singing their songs in an ordinary situation. We just had this idea: Los Angeles, traffic, the carpool lane — maybe this is something we could pull off.”
The youtube series has become so popular in fact that its last episode featured none other than First Lady Michelle Obama.
Apple have now commissioned 16 new episodes of Carpool Karaoke. It is not yet known who the new host will be, but Apple have stated that Corden will play an important role as an executive producer.
Late Late Show producer Ben Winston had this to say about Apple’s takeover of the show:
“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?”