That anticipated Carpool Karaoke series is here, just not in the way fans had expected.
Based on The Late Late Show viral segment in which celebrities hop in host James Corden’s car and sing some of their biggest hits, the series will debut on Apple Music through an exclusive first-window licensing agreement that was announced on Tuesday. Produced by CBS Television Studios and Late Late Show executive producer Ben Winston’s production company Fulwell 73, the series will be executive produced by Corden and Winston.
The Carpool Karaoke series, which does not have a debut date yet, has scored an order of 16 episodes, which will debut weekly on Apple Music (a $9.99-per-month subscription service). In each installment, famous folks will duet with a host to be determined while visiting places “meaningful to the celebrity” and giving fans in nearby cars a nice surprise. The franchise’s model is somewhat similar to Lip Sync Battle, which started as a bit on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon before becoming a standalone show on Spike TV.
Your Carpool Karaoke fix is not being removed from late night, however; it will remain as a segment on Late Late Show on CBS.
“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, in a statement. “It’s a perfect fit for Apple Music — bringing subscribers exclusive access to their favorite artists and celebrities who come along for the ride.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with Apple Music on this exciting new series of Carpool Karaoke,” added Winston. “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 is the undeniable viral video king of late-night television, racking up more than 800 million views on YouTube since its debut last year. Adele’s ride with Corden has netted almost 120 million views, making it the most-watched late-night clip in YouTube history. Other stars joining Corden for mobile musical adventure include Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Selena Gomez, and, sure, First Lady Michelle Obama.
Back in May, CBS Studios International that Carpool Karaoke was also being sold as a format to international markets.