Tarkan News Report Update
Arriving in Macedonia on the 18 June for his first ever concert in Skopje, Tarkan was greeted by young BBC World Service journalist Ardi Pulaj, who managed to catch up with the Turkish star last Monday and chat about his upcoming musical projects.
Contradictory to recent news published in the Turkish press, Tarkan signalled that he was not yet ready to publish his latest Turkish album, though he is hoping to make it ready for this summer.
Describing it as a "very dynamic, very new, fresh and very original" album consisting of "twelve or thirteen" songs, he did not verify the current rumours in the Turkish press that he was working on an additional Sezen Aksu track called "Nezaket", or that he was trying to persuade Aksu to record a duet for the album.
Tarkan talked about the American version of his English language album Come Closer, too, set to be released in the Americas. The artist revealed that the reported collaboration with Snoop Dogg was not confirmed, even though they had met and he had listened to Tarkan's songs.
However, the Turkish pop icon emphasised he was currently focused on his latest Turkish album, as he had "missed singing" in Turkish and was "very excited about it". During the three minute interview Tarkan also revealed that his favourite Turkish songs up until now were his hits "Kuzu Kuzu" and "Sikidim".
Tarkan had given a concert in Macedonia as part of a series of summer concerts. The artist is giving a concert in Antalya this evening.
Watch Pulaj's chat with Tarkan in English here.
Live Earth Istanbul Cancelled?
News has just come through that the delay in publishing a list of acts for Live Earth Turkey has started rumours about the cancellation of the Istanbul leg of the concert. The website for the organisers of the Istanbul concert Purple Concerts have currently closed the website, and online ticket company Biletix has removed Live Earth from their pages.
Upon contacting a representative of Purple Concerts, they would not confirm a cancellation, but explained that there would be a press release given this Monday.
Previously it had been reported that the acts would be published on the 18 June, when tickets were meant to have gone on sale, and subsequent delays were attributed to official site preparations.