Chart Watch Extra: “Breaking Bad” Boosts Badfinger
According to Spotify, global streams of Badfinger's 1972 hit "Baby Blue" are up 9000 percent since Sunday night's series finale of AMC's Breaking Bad. The song sold more than 5,000 digital copies in the tracking week that ended Sunday night, almost all of them after the show aired. The big question now: Will "Baby Blue" experience a sustained resurgence anything like that experienced by Journey's 1981 hit "Don't Stop Believin'" after it was featured in the series finale of The Sopranos in June 2007?
"Don't Stop Believin'" had been selling about 7K digital copies per week. The week of the episode it sold 9K. In the first full week following the episode, its weekly sales jumped to 41K. Moreover, the usage seemed to give the song extra gravitas. The song, which had sold 772K digital copies prior to the episode is now up to 5,855,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"Baby Blue" isn't remotely in that league as a song. It had been selling about 200 units a week. It is up to 83K in total sales to date. But the Breaking Bad use may well give it a push. An estimated 10.3 million people saw the finale, which was written and produced by series creator Vince Gilligan.
Badfinger was a rock group from Wales that was among the first acts signed to the Beatles' Apple Records. It had only four top 40 hits on Billboard's Hot 100, but its superstar connections and dramatic personal story gave it an impact that went far beyond those hits.