Millions of Hunger Games fans are coming to the Tree. Jennifer Lawrence’s a capella performance of ‘The Hanging Tree’ has made its Billboard debut on the Hot 100 Singles chart at a stunning #12. In comparison, Lorde’s ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ hit the chart at #82.
Lawrence, 24, joins an exclusive list of Academy Award winners who’ve charted on the Hot 100. She’s just the 13th charted performer to win an Oscar in an acting category in the list’s 56-year history, joining Julie Andrews, George Burns, Cher,Bing Crosby, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, Burl Ives, Shirley Jones, Frank Sinatra, Meryl Streep and Barbra Streisand.
Lawrence won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook in 2013.
Lawrence is the first Academy Award recipient for acting to reach No. 12 on the Hot 100 or higher since Foxx, whose “Blame It” hit No. 2 in 2009. She’s the first woman since Cher, whose “Believe” ruled the chart for four weeks in 1999.
“Tree” is additionally the highest-charting Hot 100 hit related to any Hunger Games film (of three so far; the fourth and final movie is scheduled to open in theaters on Nov. 20, 2015). It bests Taylor Swift’s “Eyes Open,” from The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond, which peaked at No. 19 in 2012.
As for Howard, 63, “Tree” marks his first Hot 100 hit. He’s one of the most decorated composers in Hollywood history, having earned eight Oscar nominations. Among his scores: Pretty Woman (1990), The Prince of Tides (1991) and Maleficent (this year), along with the first three Hunger Games movies.
What do you think about this amazing Billboard debut? We can’t help but feel like this: