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Coldplay frontman Chris Martin to appear on James Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke'

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What is the speed of sound? It’s a hit song by Coldplay — and, of course, whatever a carpool lane will allow.

Chris Martin will be the next passenger in James Corden’s car in the upcoming “Carpool Karaoke,” EW has learned.

The Coldplay frontman will appear in a road-trip themed installment of the viral bit from CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden that will air the week of Feb. 1. (See a first look photo above.)

“It’s more of a road trip than it is a Carpool in many ways,” Corden tells EW. “I’m such a fan of his. I’m a fan of that band — they mean the world to me. It was very funny. He brought a keyboard over, and it involved an overnight stay. It was fun.” 

Late Late Show executive producer Ben Winston also dropped a few hints about the installment, which relates to Coldplay performing during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show on Feb. 7. “Usually James gets a lift to work, but this time we thought because Chris was playing the Super Bowl halftime, he was actually in need of a lift this time.” 

He also noted that during the drive, the duo paid musical respects to pioneering art rocker David Bowie, who passed away last week. “We did a really beautiful tribute to David Bowie,” he says, “and that was really lovely.”

The most recent ride, which featured Adele singing such hits as her own “Hello” and the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe,” has already tallied almost 50 million YouTube views since its Jan. 13 debut. Previous passengers grabbing a ride with Corden and singing their hits (and unexpected covers) include Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, and One Direction.

Elton John has filmed a “Carpool Karaoke” segment that will air Corden’s post-Super Bowl show.