Tarkan: The Next Elvis
Having just released her 2006 Turkish album, the Turkish singer-songwriter explained that she felt Tarkan had been let down by Turkish American music producers Ahmet Ertegün and the late Arif Mardin, who passed away last summer.
"They were supposedly at the centre of things, but Tarkan has struggled on his own. He worked very hard, and they never supported him. I still believe he can be the next Elvis Presley. But someone has to get quickly get behind him and soon."
Allegedly fiercely competitive with Aksu, it was reported that Öncel's working relationship with Tarkan had become strained over the news that Aksu was partnering up with Tarkan for a new Turkish language album, news of which Tarkan had revealed while in Dubai.
Öncel had signed with Tarkan's production company HITT, which published her previous 2004 album, in which Tarkan made an appearance. She left HITT, however, and her 2006 album was released under a different label.