Soul legend Stevie Wonder topped the UK iTunes album chart throughout large parts of September, following his carpool karaoke skit with super popular comedian James Corden. The singer of ‘Superstition’ joined the talk show host as the pair drove around the streets of Los Angeles whilst belting out a succession of Stevie’s biggest hits, for a segment on ‘The Late Late Show’.
The ten-minute video, which shows the duo playfully arguing over who should drive and Corden feigning annoyance at Stevie attempt at a British accent, went viral consequently causing a dramatic increase in demand for Wonder’s compassionate music. The video contributed to Stevie’s 2002 compilation ‘The Definitive Collection’ topping the charts.
The clip received a whopping 2.5 million views in just 24 hours on YouTube, whilst fans of the show branded the clip the best carpool karaoke yet. During the video ‘Gavin and Stacey’ star James Corden was reduced to tears as Stevie face timed his wife, Julia Carey, and serenaded the mother-of-two with ‘I Just Called to Say I Love You’.
Corden was brought to tears when Stevie changed the lyrics to “I just called to say James loves you”, but he soon perked up as his 65-year-old guest altered the final line of the song, so it read “And he promises me he’ll let me be on his show for an hour”.
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