Tarkan Says No Respect
On his way to yesterday's concert in Riga with current long-term girlfriend lawyer Bilge Oztürk, Tarkan was approached by journalists at Istanbul's Atatürk airport and questioned on certain rumours that had been generated by the celebrity press in Turkey.
In writing for Turkish newspaper Hürriyet's magazine supplement Kelebek, Onur Baştürk had repeated previous news in his column about a new Sezen Aksu song to be sung by Tarkan entitled "Biraz Nezaket" (A Little Respect), going so far as to even quote some of the lyrics. Tarkan denied this at the airport however, revealing that this song was no longer going to be in the album's playlist and that Aksu had been informed of the change. Baştürk had last interviewed Tarkan on the eve of the 2003 release of Dudu for Aktüel magazine.
Before leaving for his first musical appearance in the Baltic States, Tarkan also revealed that the new Turkish album would not be released at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in October. Explaining that he was working "full force" in the studio, of the new album's delay Tarkan stated, "You know how I am, but it will be worth the wait." The album had initially been set for release in summer 2007.
He also denied rumours he was planning the Umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca performed by Muslims that can be undertaken at any time of the year.
You can watch the filmed conversation posted by Tarkan Deluxe, with English subtitles, below.
Watch Tarkan's September 2007 Airport Chat
Video footage of Tarkan at Istanbul's Atatürk Airport
(Airkule) (Aired: 26 September, 2007)
Click on the play button to view if your browser doesn't start the video on load.
Size: 2.53 MB
Sound: 357 kbps (Stereo)
Language: Turkish (with English subtitles)
Notes: You can watch the original version at YouTube, here.
In a more detailed report, Trekstor's Turkish representative Önder Ünsal has been quoted to have said that even though Chip Online reported about the customised Tarkan player at this year's CeBIT fair, a proper unveiling has been delayed until next year's German CeBit in March. Explaining that they had been working on the project for over a year, Ünsal attributed the delay to what he believed was a new album's release date being pushed to 2008.
And finally, it seems that Tarkan may have collaborated with an as yet unsigned 19 year old female artist in the UK for a re-produced version of his Wyclef featured track "Why Don't We (Aman Aman)".
Called Filly and fronting the creation of a new techno sound known as sliide, she posted at her MySpace blog that she has "recorded a track with Wyclef Jean and Tarkan, which I am mega excited about." It is rumoured that they were introduced by music producer Pete "Boxsta" Martin, who has worked extensively with Tarkan for his English language album.