James Corden is a successful entertainer who made a name for himself with his sitcom Gavin and Stacey and his late night talk show The Late Late Show With James Corden. However, when anyone hears his name today, only two words come to mind: Carpool Karaoke.
James’s Carpool Karaoke segment on his talk show has truly swept the nation, and it has become so popular that it has even inspired a spin-off series.
Here are three reasons why James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke has become so popular.
1. The segment appeals to a universal guilty pleasure.
If there’s one thing that almost everyone loves to do when they’re alone in the car, it’s singing at the top their lungs. James Corden took this relatable guilty pleasure and turned it into an entertaining television segment.
In Carpool Karaoke, James and his celebrity guests drive around and sing classic songs. Fans love to see that these celebrities are normal people just like them, who enjoy the same quirky things. This teaches aspiring musicians and YouTubers to make videos that show themselves as down-to-earth and quirky.
2. James Corden collaborates with celebrity guests.
A huge part of what makes Carpool Karaoke so successful is the fact that James collaborates with many celebrity guests. These guests are mostly modern singers like Adele and Selena Gomez, but James has also featured classic bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and political figures like Michelle Obama.
Fans love seeing their favorite celebrities being goofy and hilarious. James also usually has his guest singers sing their old songs, bringing the nostalgia factor into the mix. James takes full advantage of collaboration and teaches aspiring stars to work with their peers.
Check out James’ collaboration with Adele, in which she sings some old songs and impressively performs Nicki Minaj’s rap in the song “Monster.”
3. The segment was featured on YouTube.
Carpool Karaoke wouldn’t be nearly as popular as it is without the help of YouTube. When James Corden’s team posted the segments on YouTube, the videos instantly got millions of views.
These videos reached audiences that wouldn’t normally stay up to watch James’ late-night show. It became convenient for people to watch these segments, and this reminds YouTubers of the power of online sharing. Remember to use YouTube and other video-sharing/social media websites to gain popularity.
Even though James Corden was popular before, his Carpool Karaoke television segment really made him take off. Both musicians and YouTubers can learn a lot from this exciting and hilarious segment.
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David Yaghutiel is a Bay Area native who enjoys traveling, theatre, playing the ukulele, and learning as much about the world as he possibly can. He also occasionally daylights as a senior at UCLA.