Apple has launched its first trailer for Carpool Karaoke, an exclusive video series for Apple, during the Grammies last night.
Carpool Karaoke started life as a fun cutaway segment on the Late Late Show featuring James Corden, but its viral nature prompted Apple to acquire the rights to the concept over the summer with the view to produce a video series exclusively for Apple Music users.
The segment shows host James Corden driving a musical guest to the studio prior to the filming of the episode. It featured Corden chatting with the star before eventually singing along with them – to hit, or classic songs, but also their own music.
However, since the announcement that Apple was planning the series, there’s been little information. Until now. The trailer confirms James Corden won’t front every installment – comedian Billy Eichner is seen riding with Metallica and John Legend is seen carpooling with Alicia Keys in the passenger seat. The YouTube page hosting the ad describes “16 celebrity pairings riding along in a car together as they sing tunes from their personal playlists and surprise fans who don’t expect to see big stars belting out tunes one lane over.”
There are also clips outside of the vehicle. Former Basketball star Shaquille O’Neill and professional wrestler-turned-actor John Cena are shown in a bakery, while later, Will Smith is shown in a helicopter with Corden himself.
It’s not a big surprise for Corden not to feature throughout, though. Other viral talk show segments that have gone on to become full series include Lip Sync Battle, a segment devised by actors John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant, which first appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The series, however, is hosted by LL Cool J.
And those worried Corden will no longer participate in Carpool Karaoke on his Late Late Show might be reassured by Lip Sync Battle’s occasional but contiued featuring on The Tonight Show.
The ad indicates the series is ‘coming soon’ to Apple Music, which all but confirms those wanting to view the series will need a subscription to Apple’s music streaming service.
Watch the commercial below.