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Jennifer Lawrence Gets Hot 100 Hit with 'The Hanging Tree' from 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1'

by Shawn Christ   Dec 4, 2014 11:23 AM EST

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Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence has a lot going for her these days. Aside from being one of Hollywood's biggest stars, J.Law also scored a Billboard Hot 100 hit this week with "The Hanging Tree" from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. According to Consequence of Sound, the tune hit No. 12 on the charts with 200,000 downloads and 2.1 million streams. The song was written by HG scribe Suzanne Collins and adapted for the screen by Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers.

Lawrence described the experience of singing on set for David Letterman recently.

"I do not like singing in front of other people," she said. "It's like my biggest fear. I cried on set that day. That was awful."

The actress, who portrays Katniss Everdeen in the franchise, talked about the roots of the problem.

"I'm like scarred from my childhood because I have a mother — a Southern mother — who would just tell me that I was amazing at everything and that I could do everything, but I can't," she added.

Her father ended up joking about a botched performance of "Holly Jolly Christmas" when she was 8, and that has stuck with her until now.

Lawrence can rest easy, though, because she is the first female Academy Award winner to break into the charts since Cher did it in 1999 with "Believe." Other notable acting/singing threats include Barbara Streisand, Jamie Foxx and Meryl Streep. She even beat out Lorde and Taylor Swift for the honor of highest charting single from the movie franchise.

Mockingjay, released Nov. 21, has grossed more than $485 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

Readers: What did you think of the track? Is Lawrence a good singer who has the ability to cut an album, or should she just stick to acting? Let us know what you think down in the comments section.

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