‘Carpool Karaoke’ to become Apple Music series

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Updated 27 July 2016
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‘Carpool Karaoke’ to become Apple Music series

NEW YORK: “Carpool Karaoke,” the viral late-night television skit in which celebrities from Adele to Michelle Obama sing along in a moving car, is expanding to Apple Music.
The tech giant and CBS television, which broadcasts the recurring segment as part of “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” announced Tuesday that “Carpool Karaoke” will become a 16-episode series for Apple Music.
Corden will still air “Carpool Karaoke” on his show but a new version — with a host to be determined — will appear on Apple Music, the company’s streaming service launched last year.
Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, said the series was “a perfect fit” for the service by offering exclusive footage with artists and celebrities.
“The joy of ‘Carpool’ is both the intimacy it creates, while seeing the love our passengers have for music,” Ben Winston, executive producer of “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” said in a statement.
Corden introduced the skit last year to his show and it has quickly taken on a life beyond late-night television, with more than 830 million total views on YouTube.
The most successful starred British ballad singer Adele, who showed a close-up and laid-back side to herself despite her phenomenal commercial success.
Adele’s segment has been seen more than 119 million times on YouTube in six months, the most ever for a segment from the world of late-night television comedy.
A segment with First Lady Michelle Obama along with rapper Missy Elliott came out five days ago and has been seen more than 32 million times.
Other stars who have appeared on “Carpool Karaoke” include Justin Bieber, One Direction, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and Stevie Wonder.
Apple, which revolutionized music consumption when it launched iTunes in 2001, last year made a concerted push into the booming area of streaming through Apple Music.
The company says the service has drawn 15 million subscribers but it still trails leader Spotify, which said it had 28 million paying subscribers at the end of 2015.
Apple and rap mogul Jay Z’s upstart rival Tidal have tried to distinguish themselves with exclusive content as well as more integration with video than Spotify.
With its knack for technological innovation, Apple has long seemed invincible although its quarterly profits announced Tuesday slumped 27 percent from a year earlier.


Exhibit highlights Wellington’s formative Indian years

A handout photograph recieved in London on March 25, 2019, shows the Deccan Dinner Service, a vast silver gilt service bought by Wellington's fellow officers in the Deccan region of India as a mark of their appreciation. (AFP)
Updated 26 March 2019
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Exhibit highlights Wellington’s formative Indian years

  • The “Young Wellington in India” exhibition runs from Saturday until November 3 at Apsley House, which remains the Wellesley family’s London home, on the edge of Hyde Park

LONDON: An exhibition on the Duke of Wellington’s time in India opens in London Saturday, shedding light on formative years before he defeated French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo.
Between 1796 and 1804, as the young Arthur Wellesley, he helped overthrow the Tipu Sultan and masterminded victory in the Battle of Assaye.
A decade later he defeated Napoleon, paving the way for a century of relative peace in Europe and a time of vast British imperial expansion.
The collection includes a dinner service commemorating his leadership in India that was later supplemented with cutlery taken from Napoleon’s carriage.
It also includes books from the 200-volume traveling library that, aged 27, he took with him for the six-month voyage to India in a bid to broaden his education, having finished his studies early.
It included books on India’s history, politics and economics, Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels” and philosophical works.
The “Young Wellington in India” exhibition runs from Saturday until November 3 at Apsley House, which remains the Wellesley family’s London home, on the edge of Hyde Park.
Charles Wellesley, 73, the ninth and current Duke of Wellington, said his great-great-great grandfather’s time in India set the stage for defeating Napoleon.
“It was very, very formative... There is no doubt that he learnt a great deal in India,” he said on Monday.
“Napoleon underestimated Wellington and the reason for this exhibition is to show how important in Wellington’s life was his period in India.”
The exhibition features swords, paintings and the Deccan Dinner Service, a vast silver gilt service bought by Wellington’s fellow officers in the Deccan region of India as a mark of their appreciation.
The cutlery for the service was taken from Napoleon after Waterloo and carries his imperial crest.
The service is still used by the family.
Josephine Oxley, keeper of the Wellington Collection, said the India years were “a time when he learned to meld the military and the political, and became skilled at negotiations with the locals.
“It’s a really interesting period of his life.”