Badfinger Song on 'Breaking Bad' Finale Spikes in Popularity

Tuesday, 01 Oct 2013 05:07 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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The finale of “Breaking Bad” introduced more than 10.3 million viewers to the Badfinger “Baby Blue” song that played as the show closed, and Spotify reported streams of the song were up 9000 percent, said Spin.

“Breaking Bad” pushed the song into the “super popular” realm, according to Ultimate Classic Rock, with Billboard reporting a 3000 percent sales gain after the episode aired, with about 5,000 people downloading it.

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It’s also in iTunes’ Top 20 and the publication estimated the song will make Billboard’s charts, Classic Rock said. It would be the first Top 100 showing by Badfinger since “Hold On” hit the 56th spot in 1981.

The lyrics of “Baby Blue” fit what was happening on screen, as (and there’s a spoiler alert here if you were one of the few who didn’t catch the last episode) White, who loved his blue meth, died.

Vince Gilligan, who created “Breaking Bad,” told Billboard magazine that the song show’s White’s love for his “blue product.”

Lyrics like “I guess I got what I deserved. Didn't know you'd think that I'd forget or I'd regret, the special love I had for you, my baby blue,” blended well into the show’s ending, Billboard pointed out.

Badfinger had hits (“Baby Blue” was in Billboard’s Top 20 in its first round on the charts) in the 1970s, including “Come and Get It” and “Day After Day.”

Badfinger has its own tragic story, which fits with the tragedy of “Breaking Bad,” reported The Lonesome Beehive. Bad contracts in the music business, along with shenanigans that left the band short $600,000 that disappeared from an escrow fund, led its two main members, Peter Ham and Tom Evans, to suicide.

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