The popular “Carpool Karaoke” series has a new owner – but not everyone is happy about it.
Apple Music has emerged as the buyer for the series, which is a spinoff of a segment on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”
For the uninitiated, the series involves Corden picking up a celebrity guest to ride along with him in a compact car while singing their and others’ hit songs – past guests have included Adele, Justin Bieber and most recently, First Lade Michelle Obama. According to Variety, the series has helped boost sales and streaming for those songs that are performed on the segment.
The “Carpool Karaoke” spinoff will be available on Apple Music worldwide, and apparently “The Late Late Show” segments will still be available on YouTube – but fans are not pleased, because a spinoff could still affect the original show. More resources could be allocated to a spinoff or more celebrity guests could start appearing on the Apple Music show instead. Plus, some fans wondered whether a show hosted by anyone other than James Corden might just not be as good.
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Fans of the show took to Twitter to express their displeasure, too – although they mostly seem unsure what to expect with the new version.
I don’t know how to feel about this. Carpool Karaoke without JCo just isn’t the same. https://t.co/H092jsQ1d3
— Milla (@MissMilla17) July 26, 2016
Definitely won’t be the same. He’s the reason I’m obsessed with Carpool Karaoke. @MichaelAusiello
— Lisa ~ I❤⚾ (@BeSafe71) July 26, 2016
I’m not a James Corden fan, but Carpool Karaoke without him seems like not the best idea.
— Grant McManus (@Gr3ant) July 26, 2016
If this means carpool karaoke isn’t gonna be on YouTube anymore I’m suing https://t.co/sQ0jFB4juj
— laur // nsfr (@foryourhesonly) July 26, 2016
The episode featuring Michelle Obama already has more than 32 million views on YouTube since it was posted on July 20, which means there’s a huge following for the show – one that may not want to pay for an Apple Music subscription to watch the new show.
The music giant has licensed 16 episodes at a half-hour each – current episodes are more like 10 or 15 minutes – that will be produced by Corden and Ben Winston, the executive producer of “The Late Late Show.” A different host will be cast later.
Apple did not immediately return a request for comment.