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Badfinger's Joey Molland talks 'Baby Blue' and the 'Breaking Bad' finale

Last night’s Breaking Bad finale brought about plenty of surprises — especially for Joey Molland, the guitarist and sole surviving member of the British power-pop band Badfinger.

As you certainly know by now (and if not, SPOILERS AHEAD), the group’s 1972 hit “Baby Blue” pointedly soundtracked the episode’s final scene, and the song has since shot up the charts (and seen a 9000% stream increase on Spotify) accordingly. We called the 66-year-old Molland at his home in Minnesota to catch up and ask him about his thoughts on the whole thing.

EW: Did you know beforehand that “Baby Blue” was going to be used in the finale?

Joey Molland: No. It’s a Peter Ham song, so Pete’s estate and the record label, publishing house — they’d communicate with them about it. So we had no idea it was going to happen. I was actually just catching the end of the show, really. I was working around the house all day, packing up stuff for the Goodwill, and just doing mundane stuff like that. READ FULL STORY

EW's 'Breaking Bad' playlist: Stream our Spotify playlist here!

The series finale of Breaking Bad was an emotionally wrenching hour of last goodbyes, tense showdowns, and an exciting advertisement for the Heisenberg™ Brand Oscillating Sprinkler Machine Gun. It also added three new songs to the AMC drama’s impressive soundtrack catalogue.

The episode kicked off with Walt White setting off on his mission of vengeance to the strain of Marty Robbins’ “El Paso.” It ended with “Baby Blue,” the song by Badfinger that begins with the quite appropriate words “Guess I got what I deserved.” (According to Spotify, “Baby Blue” saw its streams jump 9K percent following the finale.) And don’t forget about the newest addition to Todd’s Ringtone Library: “Lydia the Tattooed Lady,” originally sung by the Marx Brothers in At the Circus. READ FULL STORY

New 'Breaking Bad' original soundtrack coming next week - EXCLUSIVE

Most television dramas tend to deliver their biggest emotional cues via borrowed pop and rock songs. Breaking Bad is one of the few that draws much of its impact from its original score, constructed by composer Dave Porter.

The ASCAP award winner (not to be confused with this musical David Porter) has become known for building Bad‘s tension and whimsy depending on what situation Walter White has gotten himself into on any given week.

Next Tuesday, August 28, Madison Gate Records will release Breaking Bad: Original Score From the Television Series, the second soundtrack from the show which features 20 tracks from all five seasons of the show.

Check out the exclusive track listing and give a listen to an exclusive sample from the score below. (You can also preorder the album on iTunes here): READ FULL STORY

Lollapalooza interview: South Africa's Die Antwoord talk about breaking up street fights, the art of video-making and more

It took more than 19 hours for Die Antwoord, South Africa’s bonkers electro-rap collective, to travel from their homeland to Lollapalooza, but not even jetlag was going to stop emcees Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er from fighting crime — or doling out alternate South African history lessons.

We caught up with the “I Fink U Freeky” duo before their afternoon set Friday to hear about the robbery they stopped moments before arriving at the festival, their plans for an upcoming TV series, and why they’re done with making albums.

EW: At a festival, sometimes you get people checking you out for the first time. Does the audience feel different at all?

Ninja: In the club, everyone’s come to watch you. At a festival, it’s like a club in the front, and the big crowd behind them are other people seeing it for the first time.

Yo-Landi: There’s a spider on your shirt.

Ninja: It’s a small little thing. [Flicking it off] We just stopped a crime.

Yo-Landi: It’s like a black widow.

Ninja: We were driving down the street, and then this guy was running fast. He was crossing the road from the one side, right here, just before we got here. He was running, and as we were getting into the car, he didn’t slow down. He just ran right in front of the car. I noticed that the dude was running too fast. I think he did something weird. It happens a lot in Africa. You see guys running too fast, like there’s no reason to be running that fast. This chick was running after him, and we asked her what happened. She said, ‘He took my money,’ and then we chased him. We stopped the van and took him hard to get the money back.

Where does stopping a crime fall on your wildest tour stories?

Ninja: Pretty high up. It was weird. READ FULL STORY

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