The popularity of "Breaking Bad" has helped resurrect British band Badfinger. The AMC hit series, whose final episode on Sunday night, September 29 drew more than 10 million viewers, was brought to a close with the band's 1972 classic called "Baby Blue".
Now, the song has risen nearly 3,000% in sales gains. Billboard reported that the song sold 5,000 copies on iTunes just hours after the official episode aired. It then briefly rose into the top 25 on iTunes' top songs list. Streams on online music service Spotify also jumped 9000%.
"Baby Blue" was also used in Martin Scorsese's 2006 film, "The Departed". The song was written by Badfinger's guitarist, Pete Ham, for a woman he met on a tour. It first appeared on Badfinger's 1971 album "Straight Up" before being released as a single in the following year.
Badfinger was formed in Wales in early 1960s. Ham and his bandmates, Mike Gibbins, Tom Evans and Joey Molland, were signed to The Beatles' Apple record label in 1969 and released a total of ten studio albums. The band's major financial struggles prompted Ham to hang himself in 1975, eight years before Evan also committed suicide.