Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘The Hanging Tree’ Climbs Top 20 Debuts in U.K. and Australia

‘The Hanging Tree’ reaches top 20 debuts in U.K. and Australia.

The actress’ song of “The Hanging Tree” has occupired 14th position on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, published Sunday, and it’s new at No. 12 on ARIA’s Australian Top 50 Singles Chart.

The song was also included into the list of soundtracks for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”, which has appeared to be quite since it enjoyed its world premiere Nov. 10 at the Odeon cinema in London’s Leicester Square.

Some time ago Lawrence took part in “Late Show With David Letterman” and confessed to the host that  her greatest fear has always been public singing, comparing her crooning to a “tone-deaf Amy Winehouse voice.”

This topic of course came up in the television interview, during a discussion of her performance in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, where the actress sings “The Hanging Tree.”

“The star admitted to having had an upsetting experience with a Christmas pageant as a child, her performance in that children’s show turning out far worse than she’d imagined. She stated that the incident had caused a great aversion to public singing to develop, and it was something she had never done again, until it was called for in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” Inquisitr writes.

Lawrence had asked the filmmakers to allow her to lip-sync, but her suggestion was declined on the basis that the scene required that the musical number be heard in her own voice.

“I do not like singing in front of other people. It’s like my biggest fear. I cried on set that day. That was awful.”

However, the Oscar-winning actress is heading for the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with the soundtrack for the highly anticipated movie.

Industry forecasters expect that the song may sell upwards of 150,000 downloads in the U.S. in the week ending Nov. 30.

“That sales figure alone should be enough to enable the song’s debut in the top 40 of the Hot 100, the top 10 of which will be revealed on Wednesday (Dec. 3). (The Hot 100 blends sales, airplay and streaming data to rank the 100 most popular songs of the week),” admits Billboard.

‘The Hanging Tree” was written by Suzanne Collins (author of “The Hunger Games” series of books) and The Lumineers’ Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz. The song is heard in the film first as an a cappella performance by Lawrence (in character as Katniss Everdeen), before she is joined by a choir and an orchestra,” the publication adds.

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