Jennifer Lawrence Lands No. 12 Spot on Billboard Hot 100 With Hunger Games Song “The Hanging Tree”

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence sits at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, and Selena Gomez just got some serious competition. The successful pop stars were joined atop the Billboard Hot 100 this week by a celeb known for her acting chops rather than her pipes. 

Billboard revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 3, that Jennifer Lawrence earned her first single on the publication's Hot 100 chart. J. Law's offering from the latest Hunger Games soundtrack, "The Hanging Tree," landed the No. 12 spot on the list of charting songs. 

The haunting track took off after the Nov. 21 release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, in which Lawrence, 24, stars alongside Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and others. 

Lawrence's recording debut opens with the Oscar-winning actress crooning in a quiet voice, "Are you, are you / Coming to the tree / They strung up a man / They say who murdered three / Strange things did happen here / No stranger would it be / If we met at midnight / In the hanging tree."

"The Hanging Tree" now stands on the Billboard Hot 100 below Swift's "Blank Space" at No. 1, Trainor's "All About That Bass" at No. 2, Hozier's "Take Me to Church" at No. 3, Gomez's "The Heart Wants What It Wants" at No. 6, and Ariana Grande's "Love Me Harder" at No. 10.

After seeing similar success on the charts in the UK and Australia, Lawrence's number beat out Beyonce's "7/11," Jessie J's "Bang Bang" with Nicki Minaj and Grande, Big Sean's "I Don't F–k With You," and Ed Sheeran's "Don't."

The public is far more enchanted with Lawrence's singing voice than the star is herself. She has been outspoken about how little she enjoyed recording the song, telling David Letterman, "I do not like singing in front of other people… I cried on set that day… That was awful."

Take a listen to Lawrence's brave effort in "The Hanging Tree" above!

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