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YesAsia 2017 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, 2017. Sales of all editions and versions of the same title are summed up to determine the total sales and ranking of each title.


Last year's best-selling artist BTS again powers their way to the top of our bestsellers chart with the album Your Never Walk Alone. Monsta X impressively rises to #2, while Girls' Generation leader Tae Yeon breaks into the top ten as a solo artist for the first time. Five years after the Alive albums, Big Bang storms into the top ten again thanks to their tenth anniversary Made album. Twice secures two spots with mini-album Signal and special album Twicecoaster: Lane 2, and GOT7, Seventeen and AOA also continue to make strong showings. Goblin (a.k.a. Guardian: The Lonely and Great God) is the only drama soundtrack in the top ten.

Monsta X
Tae Yeon
Big Bang
1. You Never Walk Alone 2. Beautiful / Shine Forever 3. My Voice 4. Flight Log: Arrival 5. Made
Full Album

Various Artists
6. Signal 7. Twicecoaster: Lane 2 8. Goblin OST 9. Al1 10. Angel's Knock


While Korean idols dominating our Japanese music charts is nothing new, the presence is especially strong this year. Claiming three spots in the top ten, EXO leads the pack with the CBX unit's debut album coming in first, and Coming Over, last year's best-selling single, still charting high. K-pop top seller BTS is right behind in second and third, while Monsta X and Twice also debut in the top ten. Twice's Japan debut album, in particular, was released on June 28, right before the half-year cutoff, and still managed to rank #5. Arashi holds strong as the lone Japanese artist in the top ten with two releases.

1. Girls 2. Best of BTS 3. Blood Sweat & Tears 4. Are You Happy? Tour 5. #TWICE

Monsta X
6. Hero 7. Coming Over 8. Five 9. EXO Planet #3
10. I'll be there


Hong Kong diva Sammi Cheng effortlessly takes the top two spots with her Sammi Touch Mi 2 live concert and the album Nude. Alan Tam comes in at #3, while fellow Cantopop veterans Hacken Lee and Vivian Lai follow closely behind with their cover albums. Denise Ho and Sodagreen are also among the top ten sellers with their live releases. With the help of various artists who cover their classic songs, Tai Ming Pair claims the eighth spot with their 30th anniversary tribute album. Lu Han shows his unbeatable popularity with his 2015 album Reloaded continuing to chart.

Sammi Cheng
Sammi Cheng
Alan Tam
Hacken Lee
Vivian Lai
1. Touch Mi 2 Live 2. Nude 3. Appreciation 4. Remakes By Hacken II 5. Vfresh

Denise Ho
Various Artists
Lu Han
Various Artists
6. Dear Friend 2017 Live 7. Endless Story 8. Tat Ming Pair Tribute Album 9. Reloaded 10. My TV Love Songs


Zombies and kaiju stomp to the top of our movie bestsellers as the sensational Korean blockbuster Train to Busan decidedly comes in first, followed by Anno Hideaki's Godzilla reboot. Derek Yee's wuxia remake Sword Master edged out other higher-profile Chinese action blockbusters like Dante Lam's Operation Mekong and Benny Chan's Call of Heroes for third place. Meanwhile, Peter Chan's 90s classic Comrades, Almost a Love Story pops back onto the bestsellers thanks to its long-awaited Blu-ray release. Perhaps the most surprising entry in the top ten is the Hong Kong indie Utopians directed by Scud, whose provocative queer films have a loyal following,

1. Train to Busan 2. Shin Godzilla 3. Sword Master 4. Operation Mekong 5. Utopians

6. Call of Heroes 7. Comrades, Almost a Love Story 8. League of Gods 9. Handmaiden 10. See You Tomorrow


Descendants of the Sun love is still going strong in more ways than one. Last year's top-selling Korean drama holds onto first place in the first half of 2017, while this year's most-talked-about K-Drama, the Gong Yoo-starring fantasy Goblin, settles for second. The 2016 Chinese gay youth web drama Addicted also stays on the chart at third. Other hot-topic Korean series like Doctors and W, TVB soaps Dead Wrong and Two Steps From Heaven, and China megahit Eternal Love round out the top ten dramas.

1. Descendants of the Sun 2. Goblin 3. Doctors 4. Addicted 5. W

6. Reply 1988 7. The K2 8. Dead Wrong 9 (tie). Two Steps From Heaven 9 (tie). Eternal Love

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Published July 7, 2017

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