James Corden drove Apple CEO Tim Cook to today’s unveiling of iPhone 7, the updated Apple Watch and AirPods wireless headphones, during which the two men delivered exuberant karaoke performances of One Republic’s “I Lived” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” for which they were joined by Pharrell.
Not coincidentally, in late July, Apple Music and CBS Television Studios inked an exclusive first-window licensing agreement under which Apple Music will become the global home of the upcoming Carpool Karaoke series. CBS Television Studios and Ben Winston’s production company, Fulwell 73, will produce. Corden and Winston are creators and executive producers of the video franchise that started as a feature of their Late Late Show on CBS. CBS Studios International and Fulwell 73 had been shopping the series for an international home. Apple has ordered 16 episodes. Taking the stage after he was driven there by Corden, Cook said the series would air early next year.
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