Tamar Herman

Hong Kong

Tamar Herman

Senior Reporter for Culture Desk covering K-pop.

Tamar joined SCMP in 2020 after years of covering K-pop and related content for outlets such as Billboard, Forbes, and NBC News. She released her first book, "BTS: Blood, Sweat & Tears," in August 2020, and can be seen in the K-pop episode of Vox’s Explained on Netflix.

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Super Junior’s Eunhyuk, Eric and Younghoon of The Boyz and 3 iKon members among wave of K-pop stars testing positive for Covid-19 amid surge in South Korea

Members of K-pop groups Super Junior, The Boyz, Wei, Winner, Treasure and iKon have contracted Covid-19 as South Korea struggles with a massive surge in infections.

Members of K-pop groups Super Junior, The Boyz, Wei, Winner, Treasure and iKon have contracted Covid-19 as South Korea struggles with a massive surge in infections.

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GFriend’s Yuju launches her solo career with album Rec., and the Korean singer is ready to be the star of her own show

With her first solo album Rec., Yuju, formerly of K-pop girl group GFriend, is hitting play on her own story – and she wants to be seen to be giving it her all, she tells the Post.

With her first solo album Rec., Yuju, formerly of K-pop girl group GFriend, is hitting play on her own story – and she wants to be seen to be giving it her all, she tells the Post.

25 Jan 2022 - 6:15PM
How web novel site Wuxiaworld, born of the Asian-American experience, connects Western readers with Eastern fantasy fiction

Wuxiaworld founder Jingping Lai talks about wuxia connects him to his cultural heritage and why the site’s recent acquisition by Korea’s Kakao was a perfect fit.

Wuxiaworld founder Jingping Lai talks about wuxia connects him to his cultural heritage and why the site’s recent acquisition by Korea’s Kakao was a perfect fit.

24 Jan 2022 - 11:51AM
Korean rapper Mirani talks hip hop as a female artist, a Doja Cat collaboration and the pressure she feels to succeed

High-flying female rapper Mirani shot to fame on a hip hop competition series in 2020, but has been feeling a little burned out since. This year, she is focusing on two things: fun and ‘not sucking’.

High-flying female rapper Mirani shot to fame on a hip hop competition series in 2020, but has been feeling a little burned out since. This year, she is focusing on two things: fun and ‘not sucking’.

20 Jan 2022 - 1:12PM
Kep1er profile: the K-pop rookies making waves on YouTube with first hit Wa Da Da – all you need to know

K-pop girl group Kep1er were created on reality TV show Girls Planet 999 in 2021, and their first single Wa Da Da sold 150,000 copies on its first day of release.

K-pop girl group Kep1er were created on reality TV show Girls Planet 999 in 2021, and their first single Wa Da Da sold 150,000 copies on its first day of release.

17 Jan 2022 - 4:15PM
Five K-pop songs to celebrate the Year of the Tiger: feline hits from Hoshi of Seventeen to Ryu Su-jeong from Lovelyz

The tiger is often associated with South Korea and Koreans, and these five K-pop songs are a perfect playlist for the Year of the Tiger.

The tiger is often associated with South Korea and Koreans, and these five K-pop songs are a perfect playlist for the Year of the Tiger.

15 Jan 2022 - 6:15PM
K-pop group Enhypen drop new album Dimension: Answer as they look to forge their own path in life and music

K-pop boy group Enhypen dropped an extended version of October’s million-selling Dimension Dilemma, with three extra tracks: Blessed-Cursed, Polaroid Love and Outro: Day 2.

K-pop boy group Enhypen dropped an extended version of October’s million-selling Dimension Dilemma, with three extra tracks: Blessed-Cursed, Polaroid Love and Outro: Day 2.

13 Jan 2022 - 7:31PM
Why K-pop groups like BTS and Blackpink aren’t the only ones who top South Korea’s charts – ballads, K-drama OSTs, trot and hip-hop also vie for supremacy

Ballads, K-drama soundtracks, trot and hip-hop also vie for supremacy in South Korea, with IU and Lim Young-woong topping charts for most streamed and most downloaded songs in 2021.

Ballads, K-drama soundtracks, trot and hip-hop also vie for supremacy in South Korea, with IU and Lim Young-woong topping charts for most streamed and most downloaded songs in 2021.

13 Jan 2022 - 5:39AM
IVE, K-pop rookies who rocked YouTube with hit song Eleven: all you need to know

K-pop newcomers IVE hit charts around the world with their debut single Eleven. But how much do you know about the six-piece girl group?

K-pop newcomers IVE hit charts around the world with their debut single Eleven. But how much do you know about the six-piece girl group?

8 Jan 2022 - 6:15PM
How BTS and Blackpink Spotify streams add to climate-change problem – the energy used generates annual carbon emissions so big, whole forests need planting to offset them

BTS and Blackpink ruled Spotify’s K-pop charts last year, but it came at a price – carbon emissions from the energy used streaming their top 10 tracks needs 760,000 trees planting to offset them.

BTS and Blackpink ruled Spotify’s K-pop charts last year, but it came at a price – carbon emissions from the energy used streaming their top 10 tracks needs 760,000 trees planting to offset them.

7 Jan 2022 - 12:21PM
It’s their Lunar New Year in 2022: the K-pop stars born in the Year of the Tiger – BoA, Dahyun of Twice, NCT’s Jungwoo and more

Lunar New Year 2022 ushers in the Year of the Tiger – and that should make it a lucky 12 months for K-pop stars born in the Year of the Tiger, from BoA to Dahyun of Twice, NCT’s Jungwoo and more.

Lunar New Year 2022 ushers in the Year of the Tiger – and that should make it a lucky 12 months for K-pop stars born in the Year of the Tiger, from BoA to Dahyun of Twice, NCT’s Jungwoo and more.

5 Jan 2022 - 6:19PM
BTS’ Jin ‘surprised’ by US$110 price tag of pyjamas he designed, and fans of the K-pop boy band are just as startled

‘How is the price this high’, Jin says on Weverse of the pyjamas, the first in a series of items designed by BTS members to go on sale. Fans of the K-pop boy band echo his surprise.

‘How is the price this high’, Jin says on Weverse of the pyjamas, the first in a series of items designed by BTS members to go on sale. Fans of the K-pop boy band echo his surprise.

4 Jan 2022 - 5:56PM
Jay Park and Day6’s Jae Park announce surprise departures on social media, shaking up the South Korean music scene

Hip-hop artist and producer Jay Park said he would be stepping down as CEO of AOMG and H1ghr Music, while Day6 member Jae Park said he’s taking a break from the band.

Hip-hop artist and producer Jay Park said he would be stepping down as CEO of AOMG and H1ghr Music, while Day6 member Jae Park said he’s taking a break from the band.

3 Jan 2022 - 7:15PM
A literal step back: new K-pop group GOT the beat’s debut song Step Back draws fan backlash for its lyrics about ‘silly girls’

Seven-member female supergroup’s first song is seen as a literal step back in the way women are presented in pop music, with its lyrics about ‘silly girls’ who need to ‘step back from their man’.

Seven-member female supergroup’s first song is seen as a literal step back in the way women are presented in pop music, with its lyrics about ‘silly girls’ who need to ‘step back from their man’.

3 Jan 2022 - 1:16PM
2021 in K-pop: a world of change, from BTS label’s merger to Seungri’s jailing, Gfriend’s break-up and record album sales

From the BTS label’s merger to Seungri’s prison sentence, the break-up of Gfriend, and record-breaking physical sales figures, K-pop has had a year to remember.

From the BTS label’s merger to Seungri’s prison sentence, the break-up of Gfriend, and record-breaking physical sales figures, K-pop has had a year to remember.

30 Dec 2021 - 7:02PM
5 new K-pop groups from 2021 to watch in 2022, from BugABoo to Purple Kiss

K-pop saw a number of rookie acts make their debut in 2021, and here are our top 5 groups to look out for in 2022

K-pop saw a number of rookie acts make their debut in 2021, and here are our top 5 groups to look out for in 2022

29 Dec 2021 - 6:30PM
The ‘female SuperM’, K-pop group Girls on Top to feature Aespa pair, BoA, Taeyeon of Girls’ Generation and other familiar faces

Girls on Top, the female equivalent of boy band SuperM, features some of the biggest K-pop stars of the past 20 years, from Aespa’s Winter and Karina to solo artist BoA and Taeyeon of Girls’ Generation.

Girls on Top, the female equivalent of boy band SuperM, features some of the biggest K-pop stars of the past 20 years, from Aespa’s Winter and Karina to solo artist BoA and Taeyeon of Girls’ Generation.

27 Dec 2021 - 12:08PM
11 things BTS are doing on their Christmas break, from opening Instagram accounts to dancing it out to Butter on YouTube and a US talk show

Here’s what BTS have been up to on their supposed Christmas break, from (finally) getting on Instagram to performing Butter on the 1,000th episode of The Late Late Show With James Corden.

Here’s what BTS have been up to on their supposed Christmas break, from (finally) getting on Instagram to performing Butter on the 1,000th episode of The Late Late Show With James Corden.

27 Dec 2021 - 9:17AM
BTS’ Suga positive for Covid-19 on Christmas Eve; fans flock to Twitter, Weverse to share well wishes for the K-pop star

Suga, 28, was self-quarantining after the band’s recent US concert dates when he tested positive for the virus. He is double vaccinated and not showing symptoms and has had no recent contact with other BTS members.

Suga, 28, was self-quarantining after the band’s recent US concert dates when he tested positive for the virus. He is double vaccinated and not showing symptoms and has had no recent contact with other BTS members.

26 Dec 2021 - 12:17PM
BTS, Stray Kids, TXT: 7 new Christmas songs from K-pop stars spreading the seasonal spirit

With both established K-pop acts as well as rookie groups putting out Christmas releases this year, here are seven songs to look out for.

With both established K-pop acts as well as rookie groups putting out Christmas releases this year, here are seven songs to look out for.

23 Dec 2021 - 4:15PM
25 best K-pop albums of 2021: Twice, Red Velvet, NCT 127, Seventeen and Monsta X are all there, but who took the No 1 spot?

Our 25 favourite K-pop albums of 2021, from Twice’s Formula of Love to NCT 127’s Favorite and Kang Daniel’s Yellow.

Our 25 favourite K-pop albums of 2021, from Twice’s Formula of Love to NCT 127’s Favorite and Kang Daniel’s Yellow.

22 Dec 2021 - 7:15PM
2021 was a year for K-pop nostalgia, as 2PM, 2AM, T-ara and Brave Girls racked up views, awards and appearances and Girls’ Generation members hinted at a comeback

Groups from K-pop’s second generation, including Girls’ Generation, 2PM, 2AM, T-ara and Brave Girls, enjoyed quite a revival in popularity in 2021.

Groups from K-pop’s second generation, including Girls’ Generation, 2PM, 2AM, T-ara and Brave Girls, enjoyed quite a revival in popularity in 2021.

19 Dec 2021 - 12:30AM
The 20 best K-pop songs of 2021: inspirational sounds from BTS’ Butter to The Feels from Twice, and Aespa’s Next Level

BTS, Twice, Seventeen, NCT, Aespa and many others have given us plenty of K-pop earworms and optimistic sounds this year. Here are our top 20 favourites.

BTS, Twice, Seventeen, NCT, Aespa and many others have given us plenty of K-pop earworms and optimistic sounds this year. Here are our top 20 favourites.

18 Dec 2021 - 9:05PM
BTS, NCT Dream, Stray Kids have 2021’s bestselling K-pop albums, and Exo member Baekhyun is top solo artist

In yet another record-breaking year for K-pop artists, boy bands BTS, NCT Dream and Stray Kids released the bestselling albums of 2021.

In yet another record-breaking year for K-pop artists, boy bands BTS, NCT Dream and Stray Kids released the bestselling albums of 2021.

11 Dec 2021 - 7:15PM
As it happened: K-pop’s 2021 MAMAs sees BTS win big, and Twice get Best Female Group nod

Hosted by Lee Hyori, the MAMA show featured performances by K-pop acts including NCT, and Ed Sheeran, and appearances by Korean stars including Rain and Song Joong-ki. BTS were not there but were the night’s big winners, taking home Artist, Song, Album and Worldwide Icon of the Year.

Hosted by Lee Hyori, the MAMA show featured performances by K-pop acts including NCT, and Ed Sheeran, and appearances by Korean stars including Rain and Song Joong-ki. BTS were not there but were the night’s big winners, taking home Artist, Song, Album and Worldwide Icon of the Year.

11 Dec 2021 - 10:46PM
How BTS’s return to in-person concerts is bittersweet for Army in Hong Kong, with the K-pop stars’ Los Angeles shows sparking feelings of joy, sadness and envy

The K-pop stars’ ‘Permission to Dance’ concerts in Los Angeles sparked mixed feelings for Hong Kong fans, who are unlikely to see the band perform live any time soon.

The K-pop stars’ ‘Permission to Dance’ concerts in Los Angeles sparked mixed feelings for Hong Kong fans, who are unlikely to see the band perform live any time soon.

7 Dec 2021 - 6:43PM
The K-pop groups featuring Korean traditions – hanbok dress, lion dancers, music – in their videos, from BTS and Blackpink to Stray Kids and Exo’s Kai

From BTS’ Idol to Blackpink’s How you Like That, K-pop music videos often blend traditional Korean cultural elements – hanbok dress, ceremonies, music – with modern choreography. Here are seven examples.

From BTS’ Idol to Blackpink’s How you Like That, K-pop music videos often blend traditional Korean cultural elements – hanbok dress, ceremonies, music – with modern choreography. Here are seven examples.

5 Dec 2021 - 4:15PM
K-pop girl group StayC, Gen Z hitmakers, talk freedom, equality and working hard for their dreams

K-pop girl group StayC are riding a wave of success a year after their debut, popular on social media apps like TikTok and topping music charts. They talk to the Post about their strengths and songs.

K-pop girl group StayC are riding a wave of success a year after their debut, popular on social media apps like TikTok and topping music charts. They talk to the Post about their strengths and songs.

4 Dec 2021 - 7:15PM
BTS dominate Spotify and Apple Music in 2021, with Blackpink, Twice, Exo, Stray Kids and NCT also among the most streamed K-pop acts

BTS song Dynamite was the most streamed song of the year on Apple Music, and BTS were the third most streamed group on Spotify, with seven billion streams.

BTS song Dynamite was the most streamed song of the year on Apple Music, and BTS were the third most streamed group on Spotify, with seven billion streams.

3 Dec 2021 - 9:00PM
Omicron variant: BTS set to miss out on 2021 MAMAs ceremony – K-pop boy band superstars will be in self-quarantine to comply with new South Korean rules for travellers

K-pop group BTS are set to return to South Korea but will likely need to quarantine thanks to new restrictions as cases of the Omicron Covid-19 variant grow. That would rule them out of performing at the MAMAs.

K-pop group BTS are set to return to South Korea but will likely need to quarantine thanks to new restrictions as cases of the Omicron Covid-19 variant grow. That would rule them out of performing at the MAMAs.

2 Dec 2021 - 12:15PM