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Monday, April 09, 2007

Tarkan Buzz in Domestic Press

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Tempo MagazineFollowing media interest generated by speculations of what a new collaboration between pop diva Sezen Aksu and Tarkan could mean for the Turkish pop industry, weekly magazine Tempo in last week's issue published Tarkan in a list of "50 reasons to love Turkey".

Listed along with Turkish pop music founder Aksu, Nobel prize-winner novelist Orhan Pamuk and the country's founder and leading statesman Atatürk, Tarkan can be found at number 18:

"When this handsome green-eyed Turkish pop star took the stage for the first time with "Kıl Oldum Abi", some fell in love to him and some didn't like him. His second album with the support of Sezen Aksu followed; a song titled "Şıkıdım" took Tarkan to the top. But what makes Turks admire him is his decency and highborn demeanor against scandalous events." (extract courtesy of Turkish Daily News).

Ambra Angiolini on cover of Tempo magazineMeanwhile appearing on the front cover of this week's Tempo edition, currently popular Italian actress Ambra Angiolini who came to Istanbul recently after starring in Turkish born Italian filmmaker Ferzan Özpetek's latest project, has confessed her admiration for Turkey's international star.

Pointing out that dining and shopping in Istanbul are a lot of fun, reports TDN, Angiolini is also a fan of Turkish pop star Tarkan. She said, "I look a little Turkish," and Ambra Angiolini's hair and eye color really do resemble a Turk's. Regardless of how attractive Turkish men find blondes, Italians really like Turks according to Angiolini. She said, "I could easily have been a local girl."

Murat Boz: Turkey's next international star?And in an arts and culture feature for Zaman newspaper centering on Tarkan's old backing singer Murat Boz in his new career as a solo artist, it is inevitable that comparisons with his old employer would be made.

Quoted as "considered to be the heir to the throne of Turkey's mega-star, Tarkan", the article goes on to suggest that becoming an international celebrity is a traditional "obsession" in the Turkish music industry, and only "Tarkan has managed - to some extent - to become known internationally, but no newcomers have yet followed in his footsteps".

Asking whether Boz could be the next "international voice" of Turkey, and finding similarities in Boz's management strategies with that of his previous employer, the write-up went on to state:

"Boz is dubbed the biggest rival to Tarkan, some people criticize him for being too reminiscent of the other singer ... Boz was ... a backup singer for Tarkan. "I have learnt a lot from him; we shared the same stage for five years. We are not rivals, just the opposite - we are like brothers," Boz said."

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