Carpool Karaoke to become Apple Music series
CARPOOL Karaoke, the viral late-night television skit in which celebrities from Adele to Michelle Obama sing along in a moving car, is expanding to Apple Music.
The tech giant and CBS television, which broadcasts the recurring segment as part of The Late Late Show With James Corden, said on Tuesday that Carpool Karaoke will become a 16-episode series for Apple Music.
Corden will still air Carpool Karaoke on his show but a new version - with a host to be determined - will appear on Apple Music, the company's streaming service launched last year.
Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice-president of Internet software and services, said the series was "a perfect fit" for the service by offering exclusive footage with artists and celebrities.
"The joy of Carpool is both the intimacy it creates while seeing the love our passengers have for music," Ben Winston, executive producer of The Late Late Show With James Corden, said.
Corden introduced the skit last year to his show.
It has quickly taken on a life beyond late-night television, with more than 830 million views on YouTube.
The most successful skit starred British ballad singer Adele, who showed a laidback side to herself despite her phenomenal commercial success.
Adele's segment has been viewed more than 119 million times on YouTube in six months, the most-ever for a segment from the world of late-night television comedy.
A segment with Mrs Obama along with rapper Missy Elliott came out five days ago and has been seen more than 32 million times.
Other stars who have appeared on Carpool Karaoke include Justin Bieber, One Direction, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and Stevie Wonder.