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James Corden will say 안녕히 가세요 (goodbye) to The Late Late Show after providing U.S. platform to K-pop superstars

James Corden and BLACKPINK
James Corden joined the Korean girl group BLACKPINK for one of his final Carpool Karaoke segments. Photo by The Late Late Show/Twitter.

As everyone in Hollywood knows by now, James Corden will host The Late Late Show on CBS for a final time on Thursday (April 27). However, his famous Carpool Karaoke segment will continue to be copied in other countries long after Corden returns to the U.K., where he was born.

The British talk-show host generated a sensation—and countless YouTube page views—when he started belting out pop songs in a vehicle with top music stars like Paul McCartney, Adele, and Justin Bieber. It’s since been embraced by TV shows in Algeria, France, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

But in addition to featuring Canadian, American, and British entertainers, Corden also invited singers from Asia to participate on rare occasions.

The K-pop boy band BTS, for example, sang six songs with Corden on February 25, 2020. They were “Mic Drop”, “I’ll Be There for You”, “Finesse”, “On”, “Black Swan”, and “Circles”.

That video attracted more than 100 million page views.

Then in December 2021, Corden brought BTS back to perform one of The Late Late Show’s periodic Concerts in the Crosswalk. Check it out below.

More recently on April 18, the K-pop girl band, BLACKPINK, joined Corden for some Carpool Karaoke. They sang “Pink Venom”, “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du”, “No Scrub”, “How You Like That”, and “Wannabe”. They also impressed their fans with their lighthearted banter, delivered in outstanding English.

BLACKPINK’S Born Pink, is the best-selling album by female South Korean performers. And the video for “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” has attracted more than two billion views on YouTube.

Not bad for a group that didn’t even exist when Corden started hosting his show in 2015.

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Charlie Smith

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Pancouver editor Charlie Smith has worked as a Vancouver journalist in print, radio, and television for more than three decades.

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