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YesAsia 2020 Bestsellers - Half-Year Report

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The below rankings are based on sales of movie, music, TV and book releases on from January 1 to June 30, 2020. Sales of all editions and versions of the same title are summed up to determine the total sales and ranking of each title.


World star BTS continues to reign over our bestseller chart with their record-breaking Map of the Soul: 7. NCT has been growing bigger globally, and this year NCT 127 rises to #2 on our K-pop bestsellers list with Neo Zone, while NCT Dream enters the top ten for the first time. Dreamcatcher and Loona successfully guard their spots with their latest albums, and IZ*ONE breaks into the top ten with BLOOM*IZ. JYP artists GOT7, Stray Kids and Twice secure three positions on the list, while EXO's Baek Hyun is the only solo artist to make it into the top 10.

NCT 127
Stray Kids
1. Map of the Soul: 7 2. NEO ZONE 3. Dystopia: The Tree of Language 4. DYE 5. Go Live

NCT Dream
Baek Hyun
6. BLOOM*IZ 7. More & More 8. # 9. Reload 10. Delight


Hit drama The Untamed's original soundtrack handily takes the #1 position in the best-selling C-pop ranking, while the OST of Taiwan series Someday or One Day also comes in at #10. Fast-rising boy group WayV dominates with four releases in the top ten including their most recent Awaken The World at #2 and debut album Take Off at #9. The rest of the spots are occupied by Hong Kong singers, including our perennial bestseller Sammi Cheng, G.E.M., Juno Mak & Kay Tse, and Kayee Tam who enters the top ten for the first time at #8.

Various Artists
Sammi Cheng
1. The Untamed OST 2. Awaken the World 3. #FOLLOWMi Live Tour 4. City Zoo 5. Take Over the Moon Sequel

Juno Mak & Kay Tse
Kayee Tam
Various Artists
6. Take Over the Moon 7. the album and the rest of it 8. Can You Hear 9. Take Off 10. Someday or One Day OST


Korean group Seventeen, whose Happy Ending was our top-selling Japanese single in 2019, again tops Japanese music sales at the half-year mark with their most recent single. Stray Kids make a huge debut with their first Japan single and best-of album coming in a close second and third. NCT Dream and ATEEZ's Japan debuts also make the cut, along with releases by Dreamcatcher, Super Junior and BTS. JO1, the group formed from Produce 101 Japan, is the sole Japanese artist in the top ten with their debut single.

Stray Kids
Stray Kids
NCT Dream
1. Fallin' Flower 2. TOP 3. SKZ2020 4. The Dream 5. Treasure EP:
Map to Answer

Super Junior
6. Endless Night 7. Treasure EP Extra: Shift the Map 8. I Think U 9. Love Yourself: Speak Yourself
Japan Edition
10. Protostar


In a clash of the titans, Oscar winner Parasite and the finale of the Ip Man series tie for first place as the best-selling films in the first half of 2020. Bong Joon Ho's sensational hit is the only Korean entry in the top ten, while Donnie Yen sends the one-two punch of Ip Man 4: The Finale and Enter the Fat Dragon. Hong Kong's hardest-working duo, Louis Koo and Nick Cheung, fill the chart with their prolific output of crime thrillers: Koo's A Witness out of the Blue, Cheung's Bodies At Rest and Guilt By Design, and their co-starring Line Walker 2. Featuring new names both in front of and behind the camera, Taiwan horror Detention more than makes the grade at #5. It's not all genre fare. Director Heiward Mak and Sammi Cheng's sensitive sisterhood drama Fagara comes in fourth, and cineastes were happy to collect the 4K restored Blu-ray of Hou Hsiao Hsien classic Flowers of Shanghai.

1 (tie). Parasite 1 (tie). Ip Man 4 3. Enter the Fat Dragon 4. Fagara 5. Detention

6. Line Walker 2 7. A Witness Out of the Blue 8. Flowers of Shanghai 9. Bodies at Rest 10. Guilt By Design


Taiwan Choco TV's popular HIStory series of gay romances is unstoppable with three titles in our top ten TV dramas. The two stories from its third season – Make Our Days Count and last year's top seller Trapped – are first and second, while 2018's HIStory2 is still up there in sixth place. Also still around are the K-Drama hits What's Wrong with Secretary Kim and Goblin and the perennial Chinese period favorites Nirvana in Fire and Eternal Love. The 2019 fantasy suspense Item at #6 is the newest Korean drama release on the list.

1. HIStory3: Make Our Days Count 2. HIStory3: Trapped 3. What's Wrong with Secretary Kim 4. Goblin 5. Nirvana in Fire

6 (tie). Item 6 (tie). HIStory2 8. Eternal Love 9. Master's Sun 10. Devilish Charm


The best-selling Chinese books of the year so far are also a reflection of the most popular Chinese dramas. Mo Xiang Tong Xiu's BL xianxia novel series Mo Dao Zu Shi that inspired last year's sensational hit The Untamed easily grabs the top two spots. Books from HIStory3 and the romantic suspense Someday or One Day take up four spots in the top ten. Prolific best-selling author Yi Shu is well represented as usual with three of her most recent novels making the cut. Popular Hong Kong YouTuber Martin rounds out the top ten with his cookbook.

Mo Xiang
Tong Xiu
Mo Xiang
Tong Xiu
Yi Shu
Yi Shu
1. Mo Dao Zu Shi 2. Mo Dao Zu Shi: Side Stories 3. Make Our Days Count Photobook 4. Eye of a Needle 5. Still No Regrets

Yi Shu
6. Trapped Photobook 7. Someday or One Day Photobook 8. People Like Them 9 (tie). Make Our Days Count Novel 9 (tie). Dessert Guide Book

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Published July 3, 2020

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