Jennifer Lawrence is about to accomplish something that Fugazi, Dead Kennedys, Television, and other groups that music snobs list when they’re discussing great bands without a hit song never did: chart on the Hot 100. According to Billboard, Lawrence’s “The Hanging Tree” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I; The Klumps, which caused her to “break down in tears,” is likely to “sell upwards of 150,000 downloads in the U.S,” which “should be enough to enable the song’s debut in the top 40 of the Hot 100.”
“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. (Via)
“The Hanging Tree” remains the Lumineers’ second greatest accomplishment.