Jennifer Lawrence Has a Top 20 Hit with ‘Hunger Games’ Song

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Jennifer Lawrence is in a very special club. This week, the 24-year-old actress became the 13th actor in history to own both an Academy Award and a spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

As predicted, “The Hanging Tree,” Lawrence’s haunting ballad with James Newton Howard on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack, debuted strong, nabbing the 12th spot on the coveted chart this week.

Lawrence joins the ranks of Julie Andrews, Cher, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and Frank Sinatra, who’ve all been to Hot 100 territory.

According to Billboard, “The Hanging Tree” also entered the Digital Songs chart at No. 2 with some 200,000 downloads in its first week. The single’s also received a lot of love in the streaming world, with more than 2 million in the U.S.

The last time an Oscar winner charted this high (12th or higher) was in 2009, when Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It” reached No. 2. (He won the Oscar in 2004). Lawrence, of course, went home with Oscar last year for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.

What J-Law just did is actually pretty hard. For some context, here’s how some pop artists fared this year:

Demi Lovato: “Really Don’t Care” (debuted at No. 98)

Katy Perry: “Birthday” (No. 91); “This Is How We Do” (No. 88)

Nicki Minaj: “Pills N Potions” (No. 47); “Only” (No. 54); “Bed of Lies” (No. 70)

Lea Michele: “On My Way” (did not chart in first week)

Iggy Azalea: “Black Widow” (No. 97)

Jennifer Lawrence, please pat yourself on the back for a job well done.


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is in theaters everywhere.