RSS Feed
YumCha! » Feature Articles

YesAsia 2019 Bestsellers - Half-Year Report

Written by YumCha! Editorial Team Tell a Friend

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.


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 and GFriend successfully break into the top ten albums for the first time. SHINee's Tae Min is surprisingly the only soloist and SM artist to rank in the top ten.

Stray Kids
Monsta X
1. Map of the Soul: Persona 2. Miroh 3. XX 4. We Are Here 5. Fancy You

Tae Min
6. Want 7. Kill This Love 8. You Made My Dawn 9. Time for us 10. The End of Nightmare


Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, Arashi affirms their status as the kings of J-pop with their best-of album, which is #1 on our chart and sold over 1.3 million copies in Japan. Meanwhile, Korean-Japanese super rookie group IZ*ONE makes a strong debut at #5 with their first single. K-pop idols take the remaining eight spots of the Japanese music bestsellers chart, with NCT 127's first album and Seventeen's first single coming in second and third. Naturally, Twice and BLACKPINK rank high, as does Tae Yeon with her Japan debut.

NCT 127
Tae Yeon
1. 5x20 All the BEST!! 1999-2019 2. Awaken 3. Happy Ending 4. Voice 5. Suki to Iwasetai

6. #TWICE2 7. I Won't Let You Go 8. BLACKPINK In Your Area 9. Piri - Fue wo Fuke 10. Hologram


Perennial bestseller Sammi Cheng effortlessly tops the C-pop chart with her Sammi By My Side Birthday Gig Live concert. Taiwan diva Jolin Tsai takes the #2 spot with Ugly Beauty, which was recently recognized as Album of the Year at the 30th Golden Melody Awards. Hong Kong singers, including familiar names like Eason Chan, Hins Cheung, G.E.M., Vivian Chow and Alan Tam, handily dominate the majority of the chart. Juno Mak and Kay Tse's hit collaboration the album part one comes in at #8, while Hana Kuk debuts at #6 with her 2018 album. The late Danny Chan also makes an appearance with an album boxset.

Sammi Cheng
Jolin Tsai
Eason Chan
Hins Cheung
Vivian Chow
1. Sammi By My Side Birthday Gig 2. Ugly Beauty 3. L.O.V.E. 4. Senses Inherited 5. A Long and Lasting Love

Hana Kuk
Alan Tam
Juno Mak
Kay Tse
Danny Chan
6. Last Forever 7. Music Camp 8. the album part one 9. Happily Ever After 10. Galaxy Back to Black


The Donnie Yen-less Ip Man spin-off Master Z starring Zhang Jin is the best-selling movie for the first half of the year, while Donnie Yen himself settles for two films in the top ten. Felix Chong's Hong Kong Film Awards winner Project Gutenberg follows in second place. Zhang Yimou reclaims his favor among film fans with his wuxia masterpiece Shadow at #5, and Hong Kong cinema nostalgia elevates Young and Dangerous reunion fest Golden Job and Jackie Chan's Super Cop Blu-ray to the top ten. Romcom classic My Sassy Girl is the sole Korean representative on the chart at #9, thanks to its long-coveted Blu-ray release. Indie filmmaker Scud continues to be the wild card with his latest queer art film cracking into the top ten, but the biggest surprise is Lost in the Fumes – the documentary about jailed Hong Kong activist Edward Leung edges its way to #3 in these politically charged times.

1. Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy 2. Project Gutenberg 3. Lost in the Fumes 4. Big Brother 5. Shadow

6. Golden Job 7. Iceman
The Time Traveler
8. Super Cop 9. My Sassy Girl 10. Thirty Years of Adonis


It may be 2019 already, but the best-selling TV dramas at the half-year mark are actually the same three titles as 2018's first-half bestsellers. This time, Chinese period fantasy Eternal Love takes the lead over K-Dramas Goblin and Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. Two other 2018 top sellers, Legend of Fuyao and While You Were Sleeping, have also stuck around. Among newer releases, EXO members prove their popularity with 100 Days My Prince starring D.O. and Rich Man starring Su Ho coming in fourth and fifth. Lee Seung Gi's post-army comeback drama A Korean Odyssey and Zhou Xun's TV comeback Ruyi's Royal Love In The Palace also make the top ten cut.

1. Eternal Love 2. Goblin 3. Scarlet Heart Ryeo 4. 100 Days My Prince 5. Rich Man

6. My Secret Terrius 7. Legend of Fuyao 8. While You Were Sleeping 9. A Korean Odyssey 10. Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace

Related Articles:

Published July 4, 2019

Mentioned Products

  • Region & Language: Hong Kong United States - English
  • *Reference Currency: No Reference Currency
 Change Preferences 
Please enable cookies in your browser to experience all the features of our site, including the ability to make a purchase.
Cookie Preferences Close

We use data cookies to store your online preferences and collect information. You can use this interface to enable or disable sets of cookies with varying functions.

These cookies are required to use core website features and are automatically enabled when you use the site. They also enable use of the Shopping Cart and Checkout processes, assist in regulatory and security issues, measure traffic and visits, and retrieve order information for affiliate commissions. We use the information collected to evaluate and improve the performance of your shopping experience.
These cookies are used to deliver advertisements that are more relevant to you and your interests. Marketing Cookies are placed by third-party providers with our permission, and any information collected may be shared with other organizations such as publishers or advertisers.
These cookies enable us to provide better services based on how users use our website, and allow us to improve our features to deliver better user experience. Information collected is aggregated and anonymous.