She’s got an Oscar, two major film franchises, and now a top 100 single. Jennifer Lawrence slid into No. 12 on the charts this week thanks to her vocal performance on The Hunger Games; Mockingjay, Part 1 song “The Hanging Tree”. Billboard reports the track nabbed the ranking with 200,000 downloads and 2.1 million streams in the US.
Lawrence received a feature credit on the song from James Newton Howard’s score (a separate release from the OST). The lyrics, as any true tribute knows, were written by Suzanne Collins in the Mockingjay novel and adapted for the screen by The Lumineers’ Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz. Lawrence sang the tune a cappella in the film itself, an experience she told David Letterman was “awful.” “I do not like singing in front of other people. It’s, like, my biggest fear,” she told the Late Show host during her recent interview. “I cried on set that day.”
She can dry those tears, as “The Hanging Tree” is now the highest charting song related to the Hunger Games franchise yet, beating Lorde’s recent “Yellow Flicker Beat” (at No. 65, but rising) and Taylor Swift’s 2012 track “Eyes Open” (No. 19). As for Lawrence, she joins the illustrious company of Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Barbra Streisand as Academy Award winners to hit the charts. She’s also the first female to do so since Cher released “Believe” in 1999.
See if you can’t bump the song up higher by streaming it below.