NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist takes the top spot for the most popular song on Tunefind last week. This musical comedy/drama series features cover songs by the musical cast to evoke their true feelings to lead Zoey Clarke (played by Jane Levy), who can hear their “heart songs.”
“In this episode, there is a Freaky Friday aspect to the storyline as Zoey’s powers glitch, resulting in songs being switched amongst the characters singing them,” shares Zoey music supervisor Jennifer Ross. “Early in the episode, Max (played by Skylar Astin) appears to be in a blissful state but then suddenly sings ‘Anyone.’ This confuses Zoey because it’s opposite to how Max appears to be. All of which begins an exploration of solving the mystery of matching the songs Zoey hears to the correct people. Ultimately at the end of the episode, we discover that Max and Emily’s song have switched, thus revealing that Emily is suffering from depression and is making a cry for help.”
“Early on it was clear that this moment would need to pack a powerful punch. We landed on ‘Anyone’ as it was a perfect marriage of song connecting to a deep emotional storyline,” continued Ross. “In that respect, it’s heart-warming to see how it has resonated with the audience. Hopefully, the use of ‘Anyone’ allowed some comfort to those who may benefit from being seen and heard for their struggles.”
‘Anyone’ is a cover version performed by the cast, but this track belongs to pop star Demi Lovato. The cast performances are released each week on their own episode album. Demi Lovato’s ‘Anyone’ is the first track on Lovato’s 2021 album Dancing With The Devil…The Art of Starting Over (Deluxe Edition) released earlier this month. Lovato’s album and her docuseries by the same name chronicle the singer’s journey and struggles over the past three years, including her near fatal overdose and road to recovery. Demi’s comeback single is a vulnerable ballad about wanting someone to be there to help her through the tough times.
Skylar Astin is an American actor and singer, most famous for his role as Jesse Swanson in Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 as everyone’s favorite Treblemaker. His first professional role was in the original Off-Broadway and Broadway casts of Spring Awakening. He’s appeared in six stage shows including the 2010 production of Rent, directed by Neil Patrick Harris and starring Aaron Tveit and Vanessa Hudgens at the Hollywood Bowl. On the small screen, Astin has appeared on Glee, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Love Bites, and House M.D.. You’ll also recognize Astin’s voice in roles in the 2012 movie Wreck-It Ralph, TV series Trolls: The Beat Goes On! (2018-2019) and Trolls: TrollsTopia (2020-present).
Alice Lee is also an American actress and singer. She got her start in 2009 on the soap opera As the World Turns, but is most known for her role as Heather Duke in the Off-Broadway production of Heathers: The Musical at New Worlds Stages. Lee became a contestant on the reality TV singing competition Rising Star in 2014 and finished in 11th place. She has appeared in various movies including Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) and Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018).
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〉Full list of songs featured in the Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist soundtrack