Music News: James Corden's Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney to become prime-time special

James Corden's Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney joins James Corden for Carpool Karaoke in London on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN, scheduled to air Thursday, June 21, 2018 (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Craig Sugden/CBS)
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James Corden's epic Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney took television and subsequently the internet by storm. The feature, which was 23 minutes long, left the audience wanting more. CBS has responded by announcing an hour-long prime-time special of the Liverpool drive- and sing-along. It will air on CBS on Monday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central. (Billboard)

More music from Meath

Many listeners may be familiar with Amelia Meath's duo with Nick Sanborn, Sylvan Esso, but prior to founding that electronic outfit, Meath was in another band, Mountain Man, with her college pals Molly Sarlé and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig. Mountain Man have a very different sound than Sylvan Esso, showcasing layered vocal melodies and harmonies. On Sept. 21, Mountain Man will release a new album — their first in eight years — titled Magic Ship, on Nonesuch Records. (The Current)

AC/DC might be back

Recent photos have raised speculation that classic members of AC/DC may be reuniting. On August 7, photos of Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd smoking cigarettes outside of a studio were posted on Twitter. August 8, photos outside the same studio showed guitarists Angus Young and his nephew Stevie Young were taking a break too, suggesting the band is putting in some form of studio work. (Consequence of Sound

Pearl Jam fight homelessness

Using their hometown shows to make a powerful statement in support of those experiencing homelessness, Pearl Jam played Seattle's Safeco field on Tuesday night, peppering the hit-heavy set with stories (like Eddie Vedder's explanation of how a homeless veteran inspired "Even Flow") and covers. The band played "Help!" by The Beatles, "Again Today" with guest Brandi Carlile and the White Stripes' "We're Going to Be Friends."
(Rolling Stone)

Ludacris shows Southern Hospitality

When a person is the subject of a New York Times investigative report, what ends up being revealed isn't always good. In the case of Ludacris, however, a recent New York Times investigative report pulled back the curtain on the rapper and actor's immense generosity. It turns out Ludacris has been randomly purchasing groceries for strangers for a number of years. The New York Times' Jonah Engel Bromwich followed a number of internet threads that purported Ludacris had been spotted at various Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, where he picked up the tab on a number of strangers' grocery bills, several of whom were down on their luck. The artist behind the song "Southern Hospitality" has been very hospitable indeed. (The New York Times)

Viral Hit endorsed by Missy Elliott

A Rhode Island woman's karaoke version of Missy Elliott's hit song "Work It," has become an internet sensation, even drawing praise from Elliott herself. (Twitter)


Songs sampled in podcast

Jahzzar - Comedie (CC BY SA 4.0)
The Beatles - Penny Lane (performed by James Corden and Paul McCartney)
Mountain Man - Rang Tang Ring Toon
AC/DC - Back in Black
White Stripes - We Are Going to be Friends (performed by Eddie Vedder)
Big Cat Games - Against the Wall (CC BY 3.0)
Missy Elliott - Work It (performed by Mary Halsey)