Jennifer Lawrence adds another honor to her already impressive resume: the Academy Award-winning actress scores her first entry on a Billboard chart, as “The Hanging Tree” debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 12.
The song, released on Republic Records, is billed as James Newton Howard featuring Lawrence. It’s from Howard’s score to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, in which Lawrence stars. It opened in theaters on Nov. 21. (The set starts at No. 10 on the Soundtracks chart with 4,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen Entertainment.)
Lawrence recently discussed her unlikely turn as a singer on the Nov. 12 Late Show With David Letterman on CBS. “I do not like singing in front of other people. It’s, like, my biggest fear. I cried on set that day,” she told Letterman. “That was awful.”
Given the song’s reception, her fears were unfounded.
The plaintive ballad roars onto the Hot 100 with 88 percent of its chart points from sales. It enters the Digital Songs chart at No. 2 with 200,000 downloads sold in its first week (ending Nov. 30).