Apple Music picks up CBS TV Studio’s “Carpool Karaoke”

Apple Music has secured an exclusive first-window licensing agreement with CBS Television Studios for Carpool Karaoke, based on CBS' The Late Late Show with James Corden segment of the same name (pictured).
July 26, 2016

Apple Music has secured an exclusive first-window licensing agreement with CBS Television Studios to be the global home for Carpool Karaoke.

The CBS Television Studios- and Fulwell 73-made series, which is based on CBS’¬†The Late Late Show with James Corden segment by the same name (pictured), will contain 16 episodes in which celebrities and an as-yet named host will visit locations that hold meaning to each star while singing along to popular tunes from their personal playlists.

Episodes of the series will exclusively become available each week to Apple Music subscribers.

The original late night segment has amassed more than 830 million views on YouTube since launching one year ago. The digital series has featured such pop superstars as Adele, with 119 million views; Justin Bieber; One Direction; Elton John; Jennifer Lopez; Stevie Wonder; and Gwen Stefani, as well as U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

CBS Studios International announced it would be shopping the format internationally in May.

Series creators James Corden and Ben Winston serve as executive producers.

A host and premiere date for the series have yet to be announced. Production is scheduled to begin shortly.

“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 VP 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.”

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