Madonna and James Corden get into the groove for Carpool Karaoke

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We’ve had plenty of amazing women join James Corden for his (now) iconic Carpool Karaoke. Think Michelle Obama, Adele, Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, Sia, and Jennifer Hudson, to name just a few.

And now it has been confirmed that the Queen of Pop herself will be clambering into the passenger seat.

Madonna announced the news via Instagram – and, in doing so, also let slip another crucial piece of information; unlike the majority of Carpool Karaoke sessions, Corden will not be taking her for aa spin around Los Angeles.

Instead, they’re shooting on location in the Big Apple itself.

“Riding around Manhattan with this Hunk of Burning Love,” she wrote, sharing a selfie of her and Corden pouting into the camera.

News spread around social media faster than a Ray of Light, with many die-hard Madge fans unable to hide their excitement.

“OMG YASSSSSSSSSS!” wrote one, as another commented: “Literally cannot wait for this.”

While we have no idea which songs Madonna and Corden plan on belting out together, it’s safe to say that some of her biggest hits from the Immaculate Collection are bound to be on the playlist. Think Vogue, Papa Don’t Preach, Like a Virgin, and Material Girl, to name just a few.

And, when you consider that Corden used the ‘prayer hands’ emoji in his own Instagram caption of the same photo, it seems a pretty safe bet that a duet of Like A Prayer is on the cards, too.

As for when the episode will air, details have yet to be announced. But, with the Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour concert film set to air on Showtime 9 December at 9 p.m. ET/PT, we have a feeling that her Carpool Karaoke sesh may be scheduled to air beforehand.

What better way to hype up fans, eh?

While Madonna is undoubtedly a huge coup for Corden, he’s still yet to announce that he’s secured his dream guest.

But, speaking in a new interview with GQ, he let slip that it’s only a matter of time before he lands the one and only Queen Bey herself – Beyoncé.

“It would break the internet. She's on tour right now. We're working on it.”

The Late Late Show with James Corden airs Mondays through Thursdays at 12.37am ET on CBS in the US. Sky1 airs the show in the UK.

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    “If you ask people to pair sounds with tastes like sweet, sour and bitter, a high tinkling piano sound will usually be associated with sweet; a low brass or woodwind instrument sound goes with bitter tastes; and sour tastes, such as citric acid, with high pitched brass instruments like trumpets,” says Smith. Studies show songs with slow rhythms like Bon Iver’s Holocene are the right match for a velvety merlot, “as they’ve been found to accentuate the vanilla notes of the wine.”

  • Sauvignon Blanc - Jasmine Thompson, Ain’t Nobody

    “Songs like this and Nouvelle Vague’s cover of Depeche Mode’s Just Can’t Get Enough have a bright, bouncy pace that goes with sauvignon blanc. They also feature high strings that accentuate the gooseberry and boxwood aromas and undertones of asparagus found in the wine,” says Smith. “Also, the fresh zingy acidity of the wine is brilliantly matched with the music’s persistent tempo and playful feeling.”

  • Torrontes - Lady Gaga, You And I

    “Something like Lady Gaga, or Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got To Do With It – with their rich, weighty sounds – are best with torrontes,” says Smith. “This powerful white wine from Argentina is high in alcohol and travels across the palette more slowly than something like a sauvignon blanc, for example. So the way they move in the mouth married with the pace of the music, gives us a satisfying feeling that our senses ‘match’ [a process called cross-modal matching].”

  • Malbec - Puccini, Nessun Dorma

    “Match a Trivento malbec with the magnificent Pavarotti singing Nessun Dorma,” says Smith. “The slow and powerful notes emphasise the weighty soft plum, blueberry, leather and chocolate aromas in the wine, and the rising high notes underscore the bright juicy fruit acids. The brain easily connects high notes with sharp fruit, and low notes with something deeper in the wine. In this instance, the combination in the music complements the components in the wine.” With red wine you also want to avoid music containing a lot of lowpitched brass instrumentation as it could make the tannins more noticeable.

  • Chardonnay - Mike Oldfield, Tubular Bells

    “Give people a lighter white wine like chardonnay and ask them to choose between Mike Oldfield’s soft and playful Tubular Bells and Wagner’s darkly dramatic Ride Of The Valkyries and they’ll go for Tubular Bells,” says Smith. “It’s got that high tinkling sound that’s very clean and aligned with the flavours in the wine.” Playing faster music will encourage your guests to drink quicker, too. So maybe avoid Rimsky-Korsakov’s frenetic Flight Of The Bumblebee, unless you’re up for an all-nighter. “New world chardonnays are a bit more ‘raunchy’ because of their rich melon and tropical notes so the punchier Spinning Around by Kylie is also a good option.”

  • Cabernet Sauvignon - Adele, Skyfall

    A ‘serious’ wine like this needs a dramatic soundtrack. “The taste of wine will be influenced in a manner consistent with the mood evoked by the music,” says Dr Adrian North, director of psychology at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. “If background music is powerful and heavy, the wine will be perceived as powerful and heavy, too, because our brain enjoys it when things match and therefore will make that neurological shortcut for us.” If you fancy something less mournful, the classic rock track All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix is also a good match.

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    “The pulsing, sharp musical ‘stabs’ in this piece of music underlie the nervosity [a fresh, edgy, lean character] of rioja, with its dark, blackcurrant fruit and mouth-filling tannins,” explains Smith. “The harmonies in complex wines match the drama of Orff’s driving score; you feel the weight and fruit in your mouth, but it takes its time to build to its full power and final resolution in the finish (the very last flavour or texture impressions that a wine leaves after swallowing).” Powerful classic music is the obvious choice here, but if you can’t quite face listening to music that has now become synonymous with The X Factor, try Absolution by Muse.


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.