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YesAsia 2022 Bestsellers - Half-Year Report

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The below rankings are based on sales of movie, music, TV and book releases on from January 1 to June 30, 2022. Sales of all editions and versions of the same title are summed up to determine the total sales and ranking of each title.


Hong Kong super group MIRROR effortlessly tops the chart with overwhelming sales of their One & All Live 2021 concert Blu-ray, the overall #1 best-selling release at YesAsia in the first half of 2022. Besides MIRROR, the top ten in Chinese music is dominated by Cantopop artists including perennial favorites Jacky Cheung and Sammi Cheng. RubberBand and Terence Lam break into the top ten for the first time, while Alfred Hui, C AllStar and Joyce Cheng secure positions with their latest albums. The original soundtrack of TVB teen series Forever Young At Heart comes in third.

Jacky Cheung
Various Artists
Alfred Hui
1. ONE & ALL LIVE 2021 2. A Classic Tour Finale Hong Kong 3. Forever Young at Heart OST 4. 2021 5. Ciao 2021 Live

Jacky Cheung
Sammi Cheng
C AllStar
Terence Lam
Joyce Cheng
6. A Classic Tour Taipei 7. Listen to Mi Birthday Gig 8. Anthropocene 9. Seven 10. Joyce to the World


Stray Kids, our best-selling K-pop male artist last year, again lead the chart with their sixth mini-album. Dreamcatcher follows in second place with their second album. SM Entertainment artists – including Onew, Red Velvet, Tae Yeon and NCT Dream – claim four spots in the top ten, alongside TXT, (G)I-DLE and Monsta X. Rookie girl group IVE breaks into the top ten bestseller list less than a year after debut.

Stray Kids
Red Velvet
1. ODDINARY 2. Apocalypse: Save us 3. DICE 4. Festival 2022 - Feel My Rhythm 5. LOVE DIVE

Tae Yeon
Monsta X
NCT Dream
6. Thursday's Child 7. INVU 8. I Never Die 9. SHAPE of LOVE 10. Glitch Mode


K-pop idol groups occupy six spots in the top ten Japan music bestsellers. Red Velvet, Stray Kids, ATEEZ and Twice rank in the top four with their latest Japanese albums, and ITZY swiftly breaks in at #5 with their first Japan single. The one and only Utada Hikaru is the only solo artist in the top ten with her long-awaited eighth album, while Johnny's group Snow Man is the only act with two entries. Despite being on hiatus, Arashi's presence continues to be felt with their concert release rounding out the list.

Red Velvet
Stray Kids
1. Bloom 2. Circus 3. Beyond: Zero 4. #TWICE4 5. Voltage

Utada Hikaru
Snow Man
Snow Man
6. BAD Mode 7. Mania Live Tour 2021 8. Brother Beat 9. FILMLIVE Japan Tour
10. This is ARASHI Live


The power of Hong Kong's biggest boy band extends to the silver screen with comedy Showbiz Spy starring MIRROR member Anson Lo shooting to the top of our movie bestsellers. Even war action epic The Battle at Lake Changjin – China's biggest film of all time directed by the trifecta of Tsui Hark, Chen Kaige and Dante Lam – has to settle for second. Director Benny Chan's final film, the action blockbuster Raging Fire starring Donnie Yen and Nicholas Tse, rises to third place. A variety of other Hong Kong films made the top ten, including documentary Kungfu Stuntmen, dramas Time and Drifting, and COVID-era comedy All U Need is Love. Marvel film Eternals, Oscar winner Drive My Car and Taiwan coming-of-age queer drama Your Name Engraved Herein claim the fifth to seventh spots.

1. Showbiz Spy 2 The Battle at Lake Changjin 3. Raging Fire 4. Kungfu Stuntmen 5. Eternals

6. Drive My Car 7. Your Name Engraved Herein 8. Time 9. Drifting 10. All U Need is Love


Continuing the trend of previous years, BL dramas dominate the TV bestsellers chart, with hit Thai campus romance Bad Buddy starring Ohm and Nanon leading the way. Taiwan BL series We Best Love, which was last year's #2 seller, keeps its position, and the HIStory series also retains three spots in the top ten. Japan BL romance My Beautiful Man starring Hagiwara Riku and Yagi Yusei comes in third. The other new entries in the top ten are Chinese period BL adaptation Word of Honor and Thai BL college romcom Don't Say No.

1. Bad Buddy 2. We Best Love 3. My Beautiful Man 4. HIStory3: Trapped 5. HIStory3: Make Our Days Count

6. Word of Honor 7. HIStory2 8 (tie). Goblin 8 (tie). Stained 10. Don't Say No


Last year's best-selling writer Mo Xiang Tong Xiu continues to top the Chinese books chart with her Mo Dao Zu Shi and Heaven Official's Blessing BL xianxia novel series. Top-selling Hong Kong author Yi Shu also has two novels in the top ten. Photobooks and idol-related books are popular, including official books from dramas Forever Young at Heart and We Best Love, the latest male model photobook by Taiwan photographer Timothy, and a self-help book by a Keung To fan.

Mo Xiang
Tong Xiu
Mo Xiang
Tong Xiu
Yi Shu
Miao Yin King
1. Heaven's Official Blessing 2. Mo Dao Zu Shi 3. Forever Young at Heart 4. I Heard the Road Ahead is Windy 5. Confessions of a Keung Candy Psychologist

Yi Shu
Adam Lin
Yi Shu
6. Whose Home 7. Singsing Cookbook 1 8. Be Your First Man Photobook 9. No. 1 For You Photobook 10. Nian Chu

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Published July 7, 2022

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