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YesAsia 2016 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, 2016. Sales of all editions and versions of the same title are summed up to determine the total sales and ranking of each title.


Make way for BTS! The Bangtan Boys come in first at the half-year mark with the special album Young Forever. Even more impressive, their 2015 albums also make the list, giving them three releases in the top ten. Last year's top seller EXO cedes the #1 position for now with their third album, just released in mid-June, at second. A new generation rises with Seventeen continuing their strong performance from last year, and JYP's new girl group Twice storming in at #4. AOA also breaks into the top ten for the first time while SHINee's Tae Min is the only soloist on the list.

1. Young Forever 2. Ex'act 3. Flight Log: Departure 4. Page Two 5. The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 2

Tae Min
6. Carnival 7. Good Luck 8. Love & Letter 9. Press It 10. The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 1


EXO has been consistently leading Chinese music sales since their debut, and this year looks to be no different with the group's third album coming in first. Lu Han follows right behind with his first solo album. Jay Chou shows he's still the king of C-pop with two releases in the top ten including his new album which was just released a week earlier but managed to chart fourth. Freshly crowned Golden Melody Best Mandarin Male Singer JJ Lin joins Hong Kong pop stalwarts like Sandy Lam and Twins for the remaining spots.

Lu Han
Joey Yung & Hacken Lee
Jay Chou
Sandy Lam
1. Ex'act 2. Reloaded 3. 2015 Live Concert 4. Jay Chou's Bedtime Stories 5. In Search of Lost Time

Jay Chou
JJ Lin
Linda Chung
Kelly Chen
6. Opus Jay World Tour 7. From M.E. To Myself 8. Under the Stars 9. And Then 10. #LOL Live in Hong Kong


VIXX's first Japanese album edged out perennial top seller Arashi's I seek / Daylight single by a nail-thin margin to become the best-selling Japanese music release in the first half of 2016. Arashi, however, still reigns as the only artist to chart twice in the top five. Japanese releases by popular Korean idols like B.A.P, SHINee and Girls' Generation occupy seven spots in the top ten, and Johnny's group Hey! Say! JUMP's latest concert rounds things out at #10.

1. Depend on me 2. I seek / Daylight 3. Best. Absolute. Perfect 4. Fukkatsu Love 5. DxDxD

Girls' Generation
Hey! Say! JUMP
6. Ai wo Choudai 7. Run -Japanese Version- 8. EXOPLANET#2 EXO'luXion in Japan 9. Phantasia in Japan 10. JUMPing CARnival Live Tour 2015


We can always count on Donnie Yen movies to do well, and when the movie also happens to be titled Ip Man, there's pretty much no competition. Ip Man 3 and the Crouching Tiger sequel gives Donnie two in the top five while Aaron Kwok has three films in the top ten. With new works by marque filmmakers like Hou Hsiao Hsien, John Woo, Chen Kaige and Stephen Chow, Chinese-language cinema easily dominates the list, though it's Taiwan youth blockbuster Our Times that edged out bigger productions for the #2 spot. Not content with just taking over our music charts, K-pop group EXO sneaks in at #8 with the movie version of their web drama EXO Next Door.

1. Ip Man 3 2. Our Times 3. The Assassin 4. Monkey King 2 5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

6. Crossing 2 7. Mermaid 8. EXO Next Door The Movie 9. Port of Call 9. Monk Comes Down the Mountain


TVB's high-profile period production Lord of Shanghai narrowly beat out acclaimed Chinese series Nirvana in Fire to become the best-selling TV drama of the year thus far. Two of China's biggest costume dramas of 2015, The Empress of China and The Journey of Flower, also make the top five. The most talked about Korean drama of the year, Descendants of the Sun, comes in third while fan favorites Oh My Ghostess, Twenty Again and She Was Pretty round out the top ten.

1. Lord of Shanghai 2. Nirvana in Fire 3. Descendants of the Sun 4. The Empress of China 5. The Journey of Flower

6. Under the Veil 7. With or Without You 8. Oh My Ghostess 9. Twenty Again 10. She Was Pretty

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Published July 6, 2016

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