James Corden, Carpool Karaoke, and Chris Martin, what else do you need to know? After the wildly successful inclusion of Adele in the last episode, James Corden returned last night with Coldplay singer Chris Martin to take the reigns.
Carpool Karaoke started off with Corden spotting Chris Martin on the side of the road trying to hitch hike to the Super Bowl.
“What do you mean? But you’re playing at the Super Bowl!” said Corden.
“I know, I know, and I’m supposed to be there — I don’t know where you’re going, is it okay if I get a little ride from you?” stammered Coldplay singer Chris Martin.
After a second Corden obliges, and the two of them begin their karaoke festivities.
EW reports that Chris Martin acknowledged Adele’s greatness before filming the segment. Contemplating Coldplay’s place in pop culture relative to Adele’s, he said, “Adele is a cool name, just the one word. I think if you say ‘the cold,’ no one’s thinking Coldplay yet. So we’ve got to work harder.”
For those who don’t know, Coldplay is going to play at the Super Bowl on sunday, and James Corden took this opportunity to ask Chris Martin whether he knew anything about football.
“We, from where we’re from, we call it American football, whereas here it’s just football. Do you know the rules of American football?”
“You have nine teams, and two balls — no, so the pitcher –” Martin began, clearly not knowing a thing about American football.
At one point Martin does an incredible Mick Jagger impression. “You’re great at impressions, you do a good Mick Jagger,” Corden said.
After stopping at a local gas station to pick up some San Francisco 49ers hats, Corden asks Martin, “Who do you look up to in the world of music?”
Martin responds “Bruce Springsteen, U2, Bruno Mars.”
“Ugh, incredible. No one will ever come close to doing what he did at that Super Bowl Halftime show,” Corden responded.
The best part of the segment is when Chris Martin whips out his electronic keyboard to do a David Bowie song.
Looking ahead, Coldplay is ready to take on the Super Bowl. Chris Martin told CNN that he got to speak with a former Super Bowl performer to get advice.
“I spoke to one of the other artists who did it a few years ago, and he said, ‘It’s gotta be muscle memory,’ ” Martin began. “Well, I’ll tell you, it was Bruce Springsteen, ’cause I realized I was starting to do his gruff accent: ‘You gotta know every note, man.’ Twelve minutes. It ain’t long, but it’s long enough!”
As for the challenges of doing the show, Martin said “I loved the whole concept of trying to present your entire musical life in 12-and-a-half minutes. It’s a great challenge… We’ve possibly got 11 good minutes. So we have some special guests and they’ll cover the rest.”
James Corden and Martin did pull over at a motel for the night near the end of the video, as San Francisco is 400 miles away from them at one point in the segment. It’s safe to say that James Corden did get Chris Martin ready for his Super Bowl performance with Carpool Karaoke.
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