Jennifer Lawrence is climbing the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the strong debut of “Hunger Games: Mockingjay” song “The Hanging Tree,” which landed No. 12 this week.
The predicted hit, released on Republic Records, is credited as James Newton Howard featuring Lawrence, who sings the lyrics written by “Hunger Games” author Suzanne Collins.
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Even better, the song debuted on the Digital Songs chart at No. 2 with 200,000 downloads sold in its first week of release. According to Nielsen Entertainment., the Lionsgate film’s soundtrack sold 4,000 copies in its first week of release, which resulted in a No. 10 debut on the Soundtracks chart.
On Nov. 30, Billboard announced that Lawrence’s “The Hanging Tree” had achieved Top 20 debuts in both the U.K. and Australia, outperforming expectations in the former, where it landed at No. 14. Lawrence debuted even higher in Australia, coming in at No. 12.
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“I cried on set that day,” she told David Letterman during an appearance on “The Late Show” last month. “That was awful.”
But totally worth it.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, listen to the song here.