Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011: A Year In Review

2011 literally flew by, right? It feels like only yesterday that I was anticipating its arrival (read: HoMin's Keep Your Head Down) and here it is, almost the year the Mayan's predicted as the Year of Doom. I spent a vast majority of the year completely revelling in South Korea's finest (at least in terms of Idols), so there is no questioning a Year End Chart would be a bit biased (but you love that about me, right? ::doe eyes::). As time as gone on, and as Melismatic is now experiencing its fourth New Years in the Blogosphere, I've decided to do things slightly differently, considering my now geniunely haphazard listening history.

Presenting to you...Melismatic's 2011: A Year In Review.


For those of you who have Spotify, you can listen to the vast majority of the songs I've preached and rambled about here on the blog in the past year via my 'Favorites in 2011' Playlist here. Keep in mind much of the KPOP I've written about is unavailable on Spotify (::glare::), but if there's something you're interested in hearing for yourself, leave a comment or shoot me a message at and your girl will hook you up.

Read More for a truly Melismatic look at the Year of Pop that was 2011...

Concert Flashback Highlights:
It was a good year for KPOP here at Melismatic HQ. Check out my four in-concert reviews:

1. SMTOWN NYC (October) {featuring Mel's Top 2 Male Biases in KPOP}

2. Simon Curtis @ Superfraiche (April) {also featuring Sky Ferreira, Databoy & She's the Queen}
3. 2NE1 is the 'Best' New Band (December) {also featuring La Vida Boheme, Yuna & Gyptian}
4. Janet. Ms. Jackson If You're Nasty (April) {also featuring Mindless Behavior}
5. Manika 'Won't Let You Go' (June)

Melismatic Q&A's With:
1. Avery
2. Pastele {formerly known as Pasquelina}

Because Last.FM Doesn't Lie:
Here are the 40 songs I've listened to the most in the past year. I apologize ahead of time for all of the Super Junior...

40. T Lopez - Breathe (feat. Lil Wayne)
39. JoJo - Lie To Me
38. TVXQ! - Superstar
37. Ro Danishei - Michelle (feat. Simon Curtis)
36. Simon Curtis - Flesh
35. Nicola Roberts - Beat of My Drum
34. Pastele - Tabletops
33. Aubrey O'Day - Automatic
32. Brown Eyed Girls - Sixth Sense
31. Super Junior - Be My Girl
30. Joe Jonas - See No More
29. Miss A - Love Alone
28. Katy Perry -E.T.
27. Girls Nite Out - Goin' Gone
26. Lady Gaga - The Edge of Glory
25. Kelly Rowland - I'm Dat Chick
24. TVXQ! - Before U Go
23. Lady Gaga - Judas
22. Lady Gaga - Marry the Night
21. SNSD - Bad Girl
20. Big Bang - Tonight
19. Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend
18. Mandy Ventrice - Paradox
17. Jordin Sparks - I Am Woman
16. Jennifer Lopez - On the Floor (feat. Pitbull)
15. Adele - Rolling In the Deep
14. Infinite - Be Mine
13. 2NE1 - Lonely
12. F(x) - Pinocchio (Danger)
11. Kara - STEP
10. Simon Curtis - Superhero
9. 2NE1 - I Am the Best
8. Super Junior - A-CHA
7. The Saturdays - Notorious
6. Super Junior - Opera
5. TVXQ! - Maximum
4. Super Junior - Superman
3. Super Junior - Mr. Simple
2. TVXQ! - Why (Keep Your Head Down)
1. Super Junior M - Perfection (surprised?)

US Hot 100 #1's:

1. Rihanna - We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris) (8 weeks)
2. Adele - Rolling In the Deep (7 weeks)
3. LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem (6 weeks)/
Lady Gaga - Born This Way (6 weeks)
4. Adele - Someone Like You (5 non-consecutive weeks)/
Katy Perry - E.T. (feat. Kanye West) (5 non-consecutive weeks)
5. Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger (feat. Christina Aguilera) (4 nonconsecutive weeks)/
Bruno Mars - Grenade (4 non-consecutive weeks)
6. Katy Perry - Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (2 weeks)/
Katy Perry - Firework (2 nonconsecutive weeks)

And The One Week-Ers:
Pitbull - Give Me Everything (feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer) (1 week)
Rihanna - S&M (1 week)
Wiz Khalifa - Black and Yellow (1 week)
Britney Spears - Hold It Against Me (1 week)

The Must-Have KPOP Releases:
In no particular order...

Brown Eyed Girls - Sixth Sense (repackaged)
2NE1 - The 2ND Mini Album
TVXQ! (HoMin) - Keep Your Head Down (repackaged)

And also:
Wonder Girls - Wonder World
JYJ - In Heaven
Super Junior - Mr. Simple/A-CHA (repackage)
EAST - Fact or Fiction
Infinite - Paradise (repackage)
Kara - Step

Plus the KPOP infused Japanese Album:
TVXQ! (HoMin) - Tone

The Must-Have Western(-Ish) Releases:
In no particular order...

Adele - 21
Lady Gaga - Born This Way
Florence + the Machine - Ceremonials
Fefe Dobson - Joy
Robyn - Body Talk
Nicola Roberts - Cinderella's Eyes
Selena Gomez & the Scene - When the Sun Goes Down
Simon Curtis - RA
Jennifer Lopez - Love?
Ro Danishei - End of the Rainbow (deluxe repackage)
The Saturdays -  On Your Radar
Beth Ditto - Beth Ditto EP

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