February 4 2016

Behind the Scenes of the Viral Hit Carpool Karaoke

Have you watched the latest Carpool Karaoke starring Coldplay’s Chris Martin? I didn’t think I would sit through the whole 15 minutes but did and loved every minute of it. Though I know I could have saved the link for tomorrow’s Fun Links of the Week post, it brought me so much joy that I just had to share it. From the pitch perfect harmonizing between James Cordon and Chris Martin to the “sweet” stop for lemonade, the whole set-up couldn’t have been more perfect. Not only do you get to go back in time and remember Coldplay’s greatest hits, you get to know Chris’ fun and exuberant sense of humor.

Entertainment Weekly just put out an article titled Carpool Karaoke: Inside James Corden’s sing-along sensation where they provide some of the secrets behind the hit series. Did you know that musicians spend anywhere from 45 minutes to a couple of hours driving around with Corden? Or that set lists of the artists’ hits are sent to them in advance, but the producers also add in an element of surprise during the filming? I’m constantly surprised by the breath and depth of Cordon’s knowledge of song lyrics but I learned that he practices in his car for a week or so. (Now that’s some dedication.)

Corden’s famous passengers — such as Martin, whose road-trip to the Super Bowl involved a motel sleep-over — seem to enjoy playing along with these sing-alongs. “After every song he was like, ‘Oh, I haven’t heard that for ages!’ Or, ‘It brings me back to where I wrote this!” he recalls. “It’s actually quite a lovely thing for them to reminisce; they hear their whole career in eight songs.”

Codon’s wish list includes Kanye West, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, and Taylor Swift. Next up? Elton John!

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  1. Keep on writing, great job!

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