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YesAsia 2015 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, 2015. Sales of all editions and versions of the same title are summed up to determine the total sales and ranking of each title.


In what is fast becoming a yearly occurrence, EXO tops our Chinese music chart in the first half of 2015. Perennial bestsellers Jay Chou and Sammi Cheng round out the top three, while young gun William Chan makes an impressive showing at number four. Cantopop legends Jacky Cheung and Alan Tam take three spots in our top ten, and next-generation legends-in-the-making Leehom Wang, JJ Lin and Jolin Tsai claim the remaining slots.

Jay Chou
Sammi Cheng
William Chan
Jacky Cheung
1. Exodus / Love Me Right 2. Aiyo, Not Bad 3. Touch Mi Live 4. Waiting 5. Wake Up Dreaming

Leehom Wang
Alan Tam
JJ Lin
Jolin Tsai
Alan Tam
6. Your Love 7. The 40th Anniversary 8. Genesis 9. Play 10. 40th Anniversary Live


After temporarily ceding the top position to Girls' Generation last year, Arashi reclaims their spot at the top with the Blast in Hawaii concert. The Johnny's group takes up two additional spots on the chart with their single releases, solidifying their reign as the top group in J-pop. Occupying six out of ten spots on the chart, K-pop stars like SNSD, Infinite and APink show that the Korean Wave is far from over.

1. Blast in Hawaii 2. 24 Jikan 3. Lost Planet
in Japan
4. Sakura 5. Mr. Chu

Girls' Generation
6. Catch Me If You Can 7. Aozora no Shita, Kimi no Tonari 8. Wake Me Tonight 9. Luv 10. Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai


EXO continues their reign on top and by a very healthy margin, thanks to the many versions of their second album. The increasingly popular BTS makes another leap forward, nabbing second place with their third mini-album. SHINee claims two spots with their fourth album plus member Jong Hyun's solo debut. CNBLUE leader Yong Hwa's solo debut also charts high, along with hot sellers Big Bang, Shinhwa, GOT7 and Super Junior's D&E subunit. SM Entertainment's new girl group Red Velvet is the only female act to crack the top ten.

Jung Yong Hwa
Big Bang
1. Exodus / Love Me Right 2. The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 1 3. Odd 4. One Fine Day 5. M

Kim Jong Hyun
Super Junior-D&E
Red Velvet
6. Base 7. Identify 8. The Beat Goes On 9. We 10. Ice Cream Cake


All hail Rurouni Kenshin. Not only did the live-action saga starring Sato Takeru buck our usual trend of Chinese epics coming in first, it did so resoundingly with Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Ends taking the top two spots and the first Kenshin film from 2012 also returning to the chart. Wong Fei Hung reboot Rise of the Legend and Donnie Yen fightfest Kung Fu Jungle hold down the fort for martial arts action and two animated family films, Hollywood's Big Hero 6 and Japan's Stand By Me: Doraemon, surprisingly break into the top ten.

1. Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno 2. Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends 3. Rise of the Legend 4. Kung Fu Jungle 5. Big Hero 6

6. Rurouni Kenshin (2012) 7. Stand By Me Doraemon 8. Triumph in the Skies 9. 20, Once Again 9. Tazza: The Hidden Card


Last year's best-selling TV drama You Who Came From the Stars is also this year's top seller thus far. It's followed by other high-profile K-Dramas of the past year – It's Okay, That's Love, Pinocchio and Fated to Love You – and three TVB serials including last year's top Chinese drama seller and Hong Kong ratings king Line Walker. Fan-favorite romcoms Cunning Single Lady and Marriage Not Dating edged out bigger titles to chart, while Doctor Stranger rounds out the list, making Lee Jong Suk the only actor with two dramas in the top ten.

1. You Who Came From the Stars 2. It's Okay, That's Love 3. Pinocchio 4. Fated to Love You 5. Tiger Cubs II

6. Line Walker 7. Cunning Single Lady 8. Lady Sour 9. Marriage Not Dating 10. Doctor Stranger

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Published July 6, 2015

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