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Dec 2014

Jennifer Lawrence is aiming to score her first hit single on Billboard’s charts.

The Academy Award-winning actress is heading for the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with “The Hanging Tree,” from her film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I.

Industry forecasters suggest the song, performed by James Newton Howard featuring Lawrence, may sell upwards of 150,000 downloads in the U.S. in the week ending Nov. 30. The song was released as part of Howard’s score album for Mockingjay, which was released on Nov. 24.

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.)

“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.

Lawrence recently discussed her unlikely turn as a singer on the Nov. 11 edition of The Late Show With David Letterman. “I do not like singing in front of other people. It’s like my biggest fear. I cried on set that day,” she told host Letterman. “That was awful.”

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