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  1. 2019 may not have been the best year for K-pop, but it did give us numerous super rookies who surprised in different ways. The top rookies of the first half of 2019 have already been covered in Part 1 of this feature. Now, it's time to introduce YesAsia's top 10 best-selling K-pop rookies in the second half of the year! 1. X1 – "Fly High, X1!" Flash MV From I.O.I to Wanna One to IZ*ONE, the Produce 101 series never failed to lead its debut groups to the top tier despite their short period of promotion time. Last year, X1 was born from Produce X 101 with 11 members of different potential. Though most of the members are rather young, X1 surprisingly showed a pretty mature and powerful group... [read more]
  2. YesAsia 2019 Bestsellers - Chinese Music
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Hong Kong diva Sammi Cheng became the #1 best-selling female Chinese music artist of 2019, and held three bestseller entries with her compilation album and concerts! Ranking third among male artists, Eason Chan had the #1 album and a spot in the top ten concerts. Jolin Tsai's Ugly Beauty landed in second place, and the Taiwan diva rose to sixth among female artists. Hana Kuk unexpectedly grabbed the #3 spot for her 2018 album. Juno Mak, Kay Tse and G.E.M. also broke into the top ten albums, along with perennial bestsellers Hins Cheung and Leo Ku. Veteran Hong Kong singers continued to secure top spots, with Shirley Kwan, Alan Tam, Vivian Chow and Jacky Cheung charting in the top ten albums... [read more]
  3. YesAsia 2019 Bestsellers - Korean Music
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    BTS impressively rules our K-pop bestseller charts for the fourth straight year! Besides topping the chart as our #1 best-selling artist, the super group dominated the top spots of the album and video categories with the award-winning record Map of the Soul: Persona and the Love Yourself in Seoul concert DVD. Stray Kids bounced up to the #2 position of both the album and artist charts. Top-tier groups EXO and Twice effortlessly landed on the charts with several popular releases. EXO's Obsession was our third best-selling K-pop album of 2019, and Baek Hyun's first solo album took the sixth spot in the category. In addition, SM Entertainment occupied several positions on the best-selling... [read more]
  4. YesAsia 2019 Bestsellers - Japanese Music
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    After ceding the top-selling artist spot in 2018, Arashi reclaimed the throne in 2019. The group's best-of album 5x20 All the BEST!! 1999-2019, which has sold over 2.1 million copies, was well ahead of the pack as our #1 Japanese album. Arashi's 5x20 All the BEST!! CLIPS 1999-2019 was also the #1 J-pop video release, while Brave was the top single among Japanese artists. Besides Arashi, other Johnny's artists continued to be popular, with KAT-TUN, Hey! Say! JUMP, NEWS, KinKi Kids, Yamashita Tomohisa, Kamenashi Kazuya and Domoto Tsuyoshi all making the list. Divas are also well represented by Utada Hikaru, Hamasaki Ayumi, Sheena Ringo, Perfume and Daoko, while internationally popular bands... [read more]
  5. YesAsia 2019 Bestsellers - Movies
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The below rankings are based on sales of movie releases on from January 1 to December 31, 2019. TOP 10 MOVIES (OVERALL) 1. Lost in the Fumes 2. Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy 3. Project Gutenberg 4. Shadow 5. Big Brother 6. Golden Job 7. P Storm 8. White Storm 2 Drug Lords 9. Still Human 10. My Sassy Girl BEST-SELLING CHINESE MOVIES At the half-year mark, Lost in the Fumes was ranked third. By the end of 2019, the documentary about jailed Hong Kong activist Edward Leung had emphatically climbed to the top of the movie bestsellers, garnering over two times the sales of Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy in second place. The rest of the top ten is more predictably occupied by Zhang Yimou's... [read more]
  6. YesAsia 2019 Bestsellers - TV Dramas
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The below rankings are based on sales of television/drama releases on from January 1 to December 31, 2019. TOP 10 TV DRAMAS (OVERALL) 1 (tie). HIStory3: Trapped 1 (tie). Goblin 3. Eternal Love 4. What's Wrong with Secretary Kim 5. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo 6. Legend of Fuyao 7 (tie). Rich Man 7 (tie). 100 Days My Prince 7 (tie). While You Were Sleeping 10. HIStory2 KOREAN TV BESTSELLERS The ever popular fantasy drama Goblin comes in first for the second straight year, while Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young's hit workplace romcom What's Wrong with Secretary Kim? settle for second. 2018 bestsellers Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, While You Were Sleeping and The Bride of... [read more]
  7. YesAsia 2019 Bestsellers - Chinese Books
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The below rankings are based on sales of Chinese books on from January 1 to December 31, 2019. TOP 10 CHINESE BOOKS Hong Kong author Yi Shu continues to be the steady favorite with her reliable output of romance novels occupying half the Hong Kong bestsellers and comfortably securing her place as the top-selling writer. Actor-turned-celebrity-chef Steve Lee also stays high on the chart with the third edition of his popular Grandpa's Kitchen series. Bolstered by the popularity of the hit TV and anime adaptations, Mo Xiang Tong Xiu's BL novel Mo Dao Zu Shi easily rises to the top of the chart. The power of BTS also somehow extends even to Chinese books via the translated version... [read more]
  8. Best Chinese Albums of 2019
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Our editors' picks for the best Chinese albums of 2019! Angela Hui - My 25 From Produce 101 China to Singer 2019, Angela Hui finally got the chance to shine with her beautiful voice. After gaining the recognition she deserves, Angela releases her first EP in three years to delve into love from a woman's perspective. Her clear, dulcet voice is best suited for romantic ballads and sentimental blues, like "We Are All The Same" about letting go and the cycle of love, her first self-written "Sadness Overflow," "Never-ending" composed by Ronald Ng, rock number "Not As My Wish," and the bluesy English single Improper, which is the theme song of The Improper Lady. Drenched in emotions, Angela's... [read more]
  9. Best Korean Albums of 2019
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Our editors' picks for the ten best Korean albums of 2019! AKMU - Sailing Two years just passed in the blink of an eye. Though it's a pity that Su Hyun didn't release a solo album, fans must be relieved that Chan Hyuk is finally back from the army, and we got a full-length AKMU album! The brother-sister duo unexpectedly returns with the soft melancholic ballad "How Can I Love the Heartbreak, You're the One I Love." Unlike their usual upbeat tunes, the chart-topping title track delves into serious emotions and heartbreak. The melody is beautiful, but it's Su Hyun's clear and melodious voice that elevates the ballad to something beyond ordinary, especially in the last minute of the song.... [read more]
  10. Best Chinese Dramas of 2019
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Our editors' picks for the best Chinese dramas of 2019! All is Well All is most definitely not well in the Su family. When the Su matron suddenly passes away, her children reunite for the first time in years. Estranged daughter Mingyue (Yao Chen) left home years ago due to her mother's biased treatment. Feckless, favored middle son Mingcheng (Guo Jingfei) spent years leeching off their parents. Proud eldest son Mingzhe (Gao Xin) lives in the States, clueless of the family problems. The siblings are forced to communicate over providing care for their timid but demanding father (Ni Dahong). Years of resentment boil over as the siblings deal with relationship and career issues on top of family... [read more]
  11. Best Korean Dramas of 2019
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Our editors' picks for the ten best Korean dramas of 2019! Beautiful World "Children should not suffer from adults' faults." Last year, Sky Castle explored the intense college entrance exam process for high schoolers; this year, Beautiful World discusses the effects of school violence, bullying, parenting and family. Beautiful World starts with the shocking mystery of student Sun Ho (Nam Da Reum), who becomes comatose after falling from his school's rooftop. After the school and police pass over his case, Sun Ho's parents (Choo Ja Hyun and Park Hee Soon) decide to investigate themselves, and they discover that Joon Seok (Seo Dong Hyun) and his parents (Jo Yeo Jeong and Oh Man Seok) are... [read more]
  12. Best Japanese Dramas of 2019
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Our editors' picks for the ten best Japanese dramas of 2019! And, Live The disarmingly simple title of Soshite, Ikiru encompasses a years-long story about two young people who encounter love, loss and setbacks. After the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, Toko (Arimura Kasumi) and Kiyotaka (Sakaguchi Kentaro) meet while doing volunteer relief work. Both are trying to deal with their inner troubles through helping others, and they find a kindred soul in each other. Their romance is as brief as it is indelible as their paths diverge after experiencing life-changing traumas. Over six episodes, the drama follows Toko and Kiyotaka through the ups and downs of their separate lives that occasionally cross... [read more]
  13. Best Asian Movies of 2019
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Before saying goodbye to 2019, let's take a look back at the best of the year! To start off our countdown to the year-end, here are our picks for the best movies released on DVD or Blu-ray in 2019. SANWEI'S PICKS After My Death High school girl Kyung Min is suspected to have jumped off a bridge, and the last person to see her, Young Hee (Jeon Yeo Bin), is rumored to have goaded her into suicide. The troubled and spiteful Young Hee quickly becomes the target of other classmates, authorities and the missing girl's mother (Hong Sang Soo regular Seo Young Hwa), but she refuses to cooperate or accept the likelihood of Kyung Min's death. While she lashes back and tries to prove her innocence,... [read more]
  14. Fall for K-Ballads: 15 Songs For Your Autumn Playlist
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    It's not autumn without some stirring Korean ballads. Have you curated your autumn playlist yet? Here are our picks for 15 K-ballads that best accompany the feeling of reflection and nostalgia when autumn leaves fall. 1. Toy (Yoo Hee Yeol) – Three of Us (with Sung Si Kyung) Toy, better known as Yoo Hee Yeol, wrote a melodious ode to a past love in his seventh album Da Capo. Performed by ballad prince Sung Si Kyung, "Three of Us" tells a sad love story about a person seeing his best friend marry his longtime crush. You might not have experienced such a dilemma before, but once you listen to the song in Sung Si Kyung's dulcet yet heartwrenching voice, melancholy and reminiscence will... [read more]
  15. Is it too soon to start talking about the Heisei era in the same nostalgic tone that we use for the Showa era? Japan's Heisei era lasted from January 8, 1989, to April 30, 2019. Those 30 years brought Japan from the bubble economy through the lost decade to the new millennium. Meanwhile, Japanese music transitioned from kayokyoku to "J-pop," Matsuda Seiko to AKB48, analog to digital. Now that we're months into the Reiwa era, let's take the time to appreciate ten music icons of the Heisei era who set trends, shaped charts and influenced Japanese music and pop culture at large. B'Z On September 21, 1988, a few months before the start of the Heisei era, B'z made their start with the... [read more]
  16. We're over halfway through 2019, and it's been very competitive in the K-pop industry because of all the talented rising newcomers and breakout rookies who have debuted so far. Is there any new group or solo act that has won your heart already? Let's get to know YesAsia's top 10 best-selling K-pop rookies in the first half of the year as of June 30, 2019! 1. TXT – "One Dream!" Crown MV Following the massive success of BTS, Big Hit Entertainment proudly presents their first new boy band in six years, TXT. Meaning Tomorrow By Together, the name TXT signals the aspiration of "you and I, different but together, we explore one dream." Yeon Jun, Soo Bin, Beom Gyu, Tae Hyun and Huening Kai foray... [read more]
  17. YesAsia 2019 Bestsellers - Half-Year Report
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The below rankings are based on sales of movie, music and TV releases on from January 1 to June 30, 2019. Sales of all editions and versions of the same title are summed up to determine the total sales and ranking of each title. BEST-SELLING K-POP RELEASES 2019 Billboard Music Awards Top Group winner – and YesAsia's top seller for the past three years – BTS dominates again as the #1 bestseller in the first half of the year with Map of The Soul: Persona. With their growing global popularity, Monsta X and BLACKPINK also secure positions on the K-pop chart alongside Twice and Seventeen. Fast-rising rookies Stray Kids and Loona foray into the chart at #2 and #3, while Dreamcatcher... [read more]
  18. 13th Asian Film Awards Preview: The Nominated Films
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The Asian Film Awards are upon us again! The ceremony dedicated to celebrating the best films out of Asia is up to its 13th edition. This year, the AFA will present awards in 16 categories as well as four special prizes: the Lifetime Achievement Award to Korean director Lee Chang Dong, the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award to Japanese actor Yakusho Koji, the Next Generation Award to Korean singer-actor Kim Jae Joong, and the Top-Grossing Asian Film of the Year Award. The 13th Asian Film Awards will be held at Hong Kong's TVB City on March 17, 2019. Below is a quick primer of this year's nominated films! Burning (Korea) Nominations: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Newcomer, Best... [read more]
  19. YesAsia 2018 Bestsellers - Chinese Books
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The below rankings are based on sales of Chinese books on from January 1 to December 31, 2018. TOP 10 CHINESE BOOKS Yi Shu just keeps on writing, and her readers also keep on reading. The popular and prolific Hong Kong author's novels and prose occupied half of the 2018 top ten Hong Kong bestsellers. Bolstered by the buzz of his hit TV show, TVB actor and action choreographer-turned-celebrity chef Steve Lee claimed the third and fourth spots with his cookbooks. For Taiwan, the latest book by famous TV host Kevin Tsai came in first. Books by Chang Man Chuan, Jeff Chang and Peter Su were also well-received. HONG KONG BOOKS Yi Shu Yi Shu Steve Lee Steve Lee Genie 1. 好好好 2.... [read more]
  20. Best Japanese Albums of 2019
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Our editors' picks for the best Japanese albums of 2019! BAND-MAID - CONQUEROR Band-Maid is out to conquer your eardrums, and they largely succeed with their best album to date. Having passed their five-year benchmark this year, the all-girl band embraces a more mature and melodic sensibility in Conqueror, with a better balance between their hard and soft rock pieces. Though some fans may miss the loud rawness of their earlier days, the band now adds edge through sophisticated instrumentation and production. Packed with 15 tracks, all composed by the band and written by Kobato Miku (with the exception of the English-language The Dragon Cries), Conqueror jams seamlessly from the mellow... [read more]
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