Composed by James Newtow Howard,  “The Hanging Tree” is a breakout track that featured Jennifer Lawrence for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” . The Academy Award-winning actress may be new to the music scene but she has surprised the movie goers by delivering this beautiful a cappella performance through her role as Katniss Everdeen in the film.

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James Newton Howard’s original version of “The Hanging Tree” is part of both the film’s score album and Lorde-curated soundtrack album. It came as no surprise that the song has sold over 200, 000 singles in its first week because it was well-received by the public. In just less than a week, the song is topping the iTunes chart around the world and ranked as the #1 Soundtrack song and #2 Overall Song on iTunes.

The song even garnered over 3 million views on YouTube.


Just recently, “The Hanging Tree” made its debut at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart while the soundtrack and the score have debuted on the Top 20 and Top 40 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart respectively.

For those of you who are curious about Lorde-curated soundtrack album, here’s full tracklist:

  1. Stromae “Meltdown” ft. Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, Haim
  2. Chvrches “Dead Air
  3. Tove Lo “Scream My Name”
  4. Charli XCX “Kingdom” ft. Simon Bon
  5. Major Lazer “All My Love” ft. Ariana Grande
  6. Raury “Lost Souls”
  7. Lorde “Yellow Flicker Beat
  8. Tinashé “The Leap”
  9. Bat for Lashes “Plan the Escape”
  10. Grace Jones “Original Beast”
  11. Lorde “Flicker” (Kanye West Rework)
  12. XOV “Animal”
  13. The Chemical Brothers “This Is Not a Game” ft. Miguel
  14. Lorde “Ladder Song”
  15. James Newton Howard “The Hanging Tree”

Directed by Francis Lawrence, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” is based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling “Hunger Games” trilogy. The film was released in the cinemas on November 21st and it stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Woody Harrelson..

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