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YesAsia 2013 Bestsellers - Half-Year Report

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The below rankings are based on sales of movie, music and TV releases on from January 1 to June 30, 2013. Sales of all editions and versions of the same title are summed up to determine the total sales and ranking of each title.


EXO topped C-pop sales last year with MAMA (still charting), and they're well on their way to repeating the feat this year with XOXO coming in first for the first half of 2013. Their SM Entertainment labelmate Super Junior-M follows at second and Jay Chou settles for third behind the K-pop crossovers. It's good times for Hong Kong actor-singer Raymond Lam, whose compilation and concert both made the top ten. Diva Sally Yeh and composer Joseph Koo, meanwhile, represent the Canto-pop stars of yesteryear with their concert bestsellers.

1. XOXO (Hug Version) 2. Break Down 3. Opus 12 4. MAMA 5. Stories Untold
EXO Super Junior-M Jay Chou EXO-M JJ Lin

6. Sally Is Intimately Yours Concert 2012 7. A Time 4 You 8. A Time 4 You Concert 2013 9. Pink Dahlia 10. Joseph Koo Concert 2012
Sally Yeh Raymond Lam Raymond Lam Hins Cheung Various Artists


Arashi takes back the throne in the first half of the year with their double A-side single Calling/Breathless claiming the top spot in our J-pop bestseller list. The Johnny's group has two other releases on the chart, showing that they are still as popular as ever. Super Junior also performed strongly, thanks to singles from subunits Super Junior - K.R.Y. and Dong Hae and Eun Hyuk. On the girls' side, AKB48 and T-ara both make the top ten with their latest singles.

1. Calling / Breathless 2. Bunny Style 3. Popcorn Live Tour 4. Promise You 5. Sayonara Crawl
Arashi T-ara Arashi Super Junior-K.R.Y AKB48

6. Fire 7. D'scover 8. Expose 9. I Wanna Dance 10. Endless Game
SHINee Dae Sung KAT-TUN Dong Hae & Eun Hyuk Arashi


Girls' Generation's I Got a Boy leads K-pop sales as expected in the first half of 2013, while Kim Jae Joong's solo debut comes in a close second. SHINee's two-part release lands them two spots in the top ten and Infinite also checks in twice. Last year's super rookies, EXO and B.A.P, are still going strong this year in the top five.

1. I Got a Boy 2. I / Y 3. Dream Girl 4. XOXO (Kiss Version) 5. One Shot
Girls' Generation Kim Jae Joong SHINee EXO B.A.P

6. Re:BLUE 7. Why So Serious? 8. New Challenge 9. The Classic 10. Fly High
CNBLUE SHINee Infinite Shinhwa Infinite H


Wong Kar Wai's long-awaited martial arts film The Grandmaster handily comes in first as the best-selling movie of 2013 thus far. Other big-budget Hong Kong-China co-productions populate the chart with period epics and action movies, and both Stephen Chow and Stephen Fung's directorial efforts make the cut. Korea's biggest movie of all time The Thieves steals a spot at fifth – but that has Hong Kong stars, too.

1. The Grandmaster 2. CZ12 3. Cold War 4. The Guillotines 5 (tie). The Last Tycoon

5 (tie). The Thieves 7. Tai Chi Hero 8. Saving General Yang 9. Tai Chi 0 10. Journey to the West


Chinese films may dominate the big screen, but the small screen belongs to K-Dramas which take nine out of ten spots on the TV bestsellers chart. Song Joong Ki's The Innocent Man barely edges out Lee Jun Ki's Arang and the Magistrate and idol romance For You In Full Blossom for first place. TVB's family comedy Divas in Distress squeezes in at no. 10 as the sole Chinese drama on the list.

1. The Innocent Man 2. Arang and the Magistrate 3. For You in Full Blossom 4. A Gentleman's Dignity 5. Coffee Prince

6 (tie). The Great Doctor 6 (tie). Bridal Mask 8. Love Rain 9. Big 10. Divas in Distress

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Published July 4, 2013

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