Jennifer Lawrence Becomes a Pop Star With Success of “Hanging Tree,” Hunger Games Soundtrack Song

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is seeing success with her singing efforts. Murray Close

Jennifer Lawrence can add pop star to her growing list of talents and accolades. 

The Oscar-winning actress, 24, found herself amongst the likes of One Direction, Taylor Swift, and Meghan Trainor this week, climbing music charts worldwide with "The Hanging Tree," a track off the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

Lawrence currently holds the No. 12 spot on ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles Chart and the No. 14 spot on the Official UK Singles Chart. The chart performance puts the star behind 1D, Swift, and Trainor, but above heavyweights such as Nicki Minaj, Lorde, and Sam Smith.

Led by composer James Newton Howard, "The Hanging Tree" is also performing well stateside. Billboard reports that the track could move 150,000 copies, making it a contender for the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart. 

The haunting number is featured in Lawrence's latest smash hit Hunger Games installment, which has already grossed more than $480 million at the worldwide box office. Her heroine Katniss Everdeen uses the tune from her past as a rallying cry for the rebellion.

The Serena star's decision to sing in the movie clearly paid off, though she was far from enthusiastic about the gamble at first. 

"I can't stand singing," she said in an interview with HitFix last month. "The idea of singing in front of people is my biggest fear in the entire world." 

"I cried the day that I did that," Lawrence added of performing the Hunger Games song. "I was shaking. I was like, 'I want my mom.' I've never listened to it. When that scene comes on, I plug my ears."

Take a listen to Lawrence's chart-climbing pipes in the song above!

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