December 4, 2014


Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Song Is a Momentous Hit Single

UPDATE (12/4): Jennifer Lawrence is many things: An Oscar winner, a massive J. Lo fana lightweight and...a budding pop star?

The actress' haunting recording of "The Hanging Tree," featured in the new Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 1 movie, blasted onto the charts this week, debuting at No. 12. According to Billboard, the 24-year-old now joins 13 other Academy Award winners who have also charted on the Hot 100 singles ranking including CherJamie FoxxFrank Sinatra, Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews among others.

J.Law also earns the Hunger Games their highest-charting song ever with "Hanging Tree" outperforming songs like Lorde's "Yellow Flicker Beat" (which peaked at No. 34 so far) and Taylor Swift's "Eyes Open" (No. 19), from the very-first Hunger Games soundtrack.

Original Story: Happy Hunger Games! The latest installment of the blockbuster series hit theaters last night, but super-fans may be even more pumped to finally hear a full version of "The Hanging Tree"—the creepy childrens' song that Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen was taught by her father.

Even better, we get to hear the franchise's shining star, the Mockingjay herself, Jennifer Lawrence sing it! But does the Oscar winner have vocal chops? According to the recording, included on the motion picture's score, the girl definitely does. Take a listen below:

The recording begins with Lawrence's lovely, raspy tone delivering the eerie lyrics a cappella. Subtle, folky strings begin to back her until an entire orchestra and chorus (or maybe it's all the people of District 12?) back her for a huge, cinematic ending.

The dramatic track is a stark contrast to the dark-pop songs that feature on the Lorde-curated Mockingjay soundtrack like Ariana Grande's "All My Love"  Tinashe's "The Leap," along with Lorde's own "Yellow Flicker Beat" and Bright Eyes cover.  

Can J.Law pull a Scarlett Johansson and get critical acclaim and an Oscar nod for her singing? Awards season isn't too far away...we can't wait to find out.