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YesAsia 2012 Bestsellers - Half-Year Report

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With 2012 already half over, let's take a quick look back at the best-selling movie and music releases of the year thus far. The below rankings are based on sales on from January 1 to June 30, 2012. Sales of all editions and versions of the same title are summed up to determine the total sales and ranking of each title.


Chinese-language movies take nine of the top ten spots, with action and period being the order of the day. The unbeatable combo of Tsui Hark, Jet Li, and 3D made Flying Swords of Dragon Gate an easy choice for movie fans, and trusty Hong Kong names like Johnnie To, Dante Lam, and Derek Yee still hold sway. Just like it did theatrically in Taiwan and Hong Kong, youth movie sensation You are the Apple of My Eye outperformed the superstars on our bestseller chart with a second-place finish. Seediq Bale also made the list, capping off a strong showing for Taiwan cinema. 2011's biggest Korean movie War of the Arrows is the sole Chungmuro representative in the top ten.

1. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 2. You are the Apple of My Eye 3. Viral Factor 4. White Vengeance 5. Life Without Principle

6. War of the Arrows 7. The Great Magician 8. Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale 9. The Sorcerer and the White Snake 10. Legendary Amazons


Continuing the precedent set by Super Junior M, SM Entertainment's new group EXO-M topped the Chinese music chart in the first half of 2012, while the Skip Beat soundtrack - on which Super Junior M has a major presence - took the bronze medal. Show Luo landed in the runner-up slot ahead of JJ and Jay. Sandy Lam and Twins represented the Hong Kong divas, but where were the guys? Fortunately, we had Wyman Wong's pen to save the day with his Y100 compilations.

1. MAMA 2. Good Show 3. Skip Beat OST 4. Concert MMXI 5. Lost N Found
EXO-M Show Luo Various Artists Sandy Lam JJ Lin

6. Y100 (Evil Version) 7. Y100 (Playful Version) 8. 2 Be Free 9. Exclamation Point 10. Second Round
Various Artists Various Artists Twins Jay Chou Mayday


Big Bang led K-pop sales in the first half of the year with the Alive albums. The multiple editions certainly helped, but sales of just the Big Bang Version of Alive alone already sealed their place at the top. The big groups continue to sell big with SHINee coming in second and Girls' Generation claiming two spots in the top five. The most interesting trend though is the rise of the rookies as EXO-K and B.A.P storm into the top ten with their debut releases. Fans haven't forgotten about the older idols either, as Shinhwa's comeback album also made the cut.

1. Alive/Still Alive 2. Sherlock 3. Twinkle 4. MAMA 5. The Boys
Big Bang SHINee Taetiseo EXO-K Girls' Generation

6. 100%Ver/ Blaq%Ver 7. The Return 8. Warrior 9. Funky Town 10. Ear Fun
MBLAQ Shinhwa B.A.P T-ara CNBLUE


Korean artists once again top the J-pop bestseller chart in the first half of 2012, as Girls' Generation maintains their reign with Paparazzi. The boys were also popular, as groups like Super Junior and Infinite took up four of the top ten spots. Continuing the popularity of their Beautiful World album in 2011, Arashi's same-titled concert tour was the best-selling Japanese concert DVD, and their two singles reached the top ten as well. Johnny's stars Yamashita Tomohisa and KAT-TUN round out the rest of the chart.

1. Paparazzi 2. Be Mine 3. Face Down 4. Beautiful World Tour 5. Opera
Girls' Generation Infinite Arashi Arashi Super Junior

6. Your Eyes 7. Ai Texas 8. Oppa Oppa 9. Chain 10. Sherlock
Arashi Yamashita Tomohisa Dong Hae & Eun Hyuk KAT-TUN SHINee

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Published July 12, 2012

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