Tarkan is Number One
With Tarkan's opening track to his 2007 album Metamorfoz nearly catching 50,000 hits in one day at YouTube, and amassing over 100,000 in its first two days, sales of his album at shopping sites have topped the charts in the first week of its release.
Tarkan Deluxe sources in Turkey have also canvassed music shops in Istanbul and Ankara, with most of the stores sold out or with limited stocks available. One fan believes that during the first three days of the album's release, one Tarkan album was sold every five minutes.
Tarkan had already made the top ten in some charts even before the release of the album, through pre-order sales alone.
Emails coming in to the blog also mention that the print of the album has changed, too, removing the embossed Braille characters that were to be found on the back of the album's carton covering. It had previously been reported at Tarkan Deluxe that there was a mistake in the writing for the visually challenged, and that these few editions would become more valuable in the years ahead.
If fans managed to grab a first print with the Braille characters, it is advisable that they keep it in mint condition.
Tarkan Embraces the Digital
In a move to combat musical theft, formerly state owned Turkish telecommunications company TTnet will be making songs available for consumers from as little as 2 YTL (1 Euro), with options to download the tracks to CD, iPod devices or the end user's hard drive. TTnet decided to advertise the campaign with Tarkan's 2007 album.
The news report claims that Tarkan will be giving a press conference on 3 January 2008 - when the service will commence - hailing the first steps towards legal "free music" on the Net.
Tarkan Deluxe published previously that Tarkan's 2007 album was copied and distributed in a matter of hours after its release over the cyber highway, with a multitude of sites illegally distributing the star's hard work with its users, who are breaking domestic and international copyright laws.
Domestic piracy is crippling the Turkish music industry, and Turkish music sites and fans that take part in the downloading of illegally distributed media are helping to destroy what they enjoy.
Tarkan Records TRT Show
According to our sources, the recording "went really well" yesterday, with Tarkan's performance living up to the high expectations of those that took part in the audience for the show.
Newspapers however, confirmed by those at the event, have released information about a fight that broke out prior to the filming of Tarkan's end-of-year celebrations. Turkish broadsheet Hürriyet's magazine supplement Kelebek reports that when Tarkan's manager for domestic affairs and his personal security team tried to stop TRT's own personnel from allowing access to family and friends to the recording, an argument began between Tarkan and TRT's security men.
Reportedly chairs were pitched in the battle, with the fight continuing while those with special invitations were allowed into the studio. Fan reports claim that Tarkan's long-time bodyguard Levent Ağaoğlu was also injured in the struggle.
There was also trouble after filming, too, as a media frenzy outside the TRT studios blocked traffic, with the paparazzi harassing Tarkan who was trying to leave the vicinity.
You can watch video footage of the media frenzy, aired by Turkish station Star TV's evening news, below.
Star TV News Airs Tarkan's Media Frenzy
(Star TV) (Aired: 29 December, 2007)
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Notes: Paparazzi shout at Tarkan; Video footage of the media frenzy caused by Tarkan leaving the TRT studios after recording his end-of-year slot on 28 December 2007 for the state broadcaster's New Year celebrations. Aired by Star TV news on 29 December.
No Tarkan Duet for New Year?
And while the news of an end-of-year duet with Sibel Can on the TRT show goes unconfirmed after the recordings, it seems that every other Turkish TV channel has jumped on the bandwagon in an attempt to outdo Tarkan. Most notably by pairing female artists in the Turkish music industry associated with Tarkan with other singers, such as Can and Kibariye.
Newspapers also report that Tarkan has rejuvenated TRT, implying that the state broadcaster's "silence" about Tarkan's fee was a planned publicity stunt to generate media interest. It's claimed that TRT has already earned over a million dollars in advertising alone in the run up to the televised event.
TRT's New Year show will be aired at 20:05 (8:05 pm) in the evening on TRT's three main channels, TRT1, TRTINT and TRTTÜRK on 31 December, and repeated again on 1 January 2008 at 16:45 (4:45 pm) (all times are local Turkish time).