Other songs featured in "The New Rachel" include a mashup of Lady Gaga's "Americano" and Jennifer Lopez's "Dance Again," performed by recurring guest star Kate Hudson, who plays Cassandra, a challenging professor at the fictional New York Academy of Dramatic Arts; The Fray's "Never Say Never," performed by new cast member Jacob Artist (Jake); Barbra Streisand's version of Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind," performed by Michele (Rachel) and new cast member Melissa Benoist (Marley); Imagine Dragon's "It's Time," performed by Criss (Blaine); and Adele's "Chasing Pavements."
Here's how the premiere is described: "In the season premiere episode, the members of New Directions compete amongst themselves to become the next star of the glee club. During open auditions, a fresh crop of students is introduced, including Marley (Benoist) and Jake Puckerman (Artist), Puck's half-brother. Meanwhile, Rachel (Michele) has a rocky start at NYADA and struggles to please her demanding dance teacher, Cassie (Hudson). She also meets Brody (Dean Geyer), a handsome upperclassman."
Aside from Hudson, Benoist and Artist, the fourth season will also welcome "Glee Project" winner Blake Jenner, Sarah Jessica Parker (Once Upon a Mattress), Becca Tobin (Rock of Ages) and Dean Geyer.
Watch a sneak peek of "The New Rachel":