James Corden’s Birthday Week: Coldplay, Rolling Stone, Britney

The Late Late Show host turned 38 on Monday.

JamesCordenRSCoverIs anyone having more fun these days than James Corden? In case your answer to that question is, foolishly, yes, here’s why you’re wrong.

On Sunday, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Corden joined Coldplay to sing a tribute song to Prince. The band then chimed in with “Happy Birthday” as a cake was brought out ahead of the official Monday Aug. 22 date.

Yesterday, with the VMAs just around the corner, it was Corden staring out from the cover of latest issue of Rolling Stone. In no small part because his ridiculously entertaining Carpool Karaoke series has largely supplanted the excitement that used to greet the release of major new music videos.

And this weekend, Britney Spears will help add a few tens of million more views to the series, which helped push the host’s CBS program past the billion-views mark on YouTube this spring. From Stephen Rodrick’s piece:

Not coincidentally, the day I first meet Corden, he can’t stop looking at his phone. It’s the day after his Carpool Karaoke segment with Michelle Obam aired. Every time he looks at the numbers of views, they have exponentially increased. “Look, two million. It was a million on my drive in this morning,” he says.

We are at a cafe near his CBS office, drinking tea and a deathly-greenish concoction that contains all of the vegetables that the carb-dodging Corden needs for the day. Waiting to pay, we run into a friend of mine who is worried about the wayward habits of a member of One Direction (friends of Corden’s who have collaborated with his executive producer, Ben Winston). “Don’t worry,” says Corden. “They’re good boys. He’ll be fine.”

Bottom line: The guards at CBS’s Television City entrance no longer ask this Brit for ID. Below, a highlight from this week’s Late Late Show episodes.